Sail Date: December 01, 2009 Ship: Pride of America Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 8 years ago
Liked the ship, staff and entertainment available. We have attempted to avoid ships this large in the past. Yet, with 2300 passengers aboard it works!
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
The dining facilities are varied, and overall very nice. Staff is friendly and accommodating. Excellent variety of menu available, excellent service and presentation Almost excellent, to the palate.
Cadillac diner (twice) was the poorest food of the week. The food quality in Skyline and Liberty (free) was as good as the specialty restaurants requiring cover charges. Aloha Cafe is just, a (good) buffet.
3 out of 5
Good variety (music, dance, comedy, magic) two shows most nights. No need to rush through meals to see the early show (19:00) or immediately alter your body clock (5 timezones for us) to see the late show (21:00).
We chose one or more excursions per day -- however, it seems there were activities available all day for anyone wishing to stay aboard. Really, too many opportunities to take advantage of each.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
You expect great service on a cruise and you get it here. (We admired their patience with passengers who can't seem to understand the simplest of directions.)
Our steward entertained us each day with little extras... such as folding towels, as an animal or bird for display.
5 out of 5
Well appointed, well maintained.
The layout accommodates a full complement of passengers without feeling generally crowded. Our cruise was sold out, and with the exception of a late breakfast (after 07:00, Aloha Cafe) there were no issues with congestion.
One set of elevators would queue up a bit at times when majority of passengers were leaving or returning from excursions (deck 3). Excursions are scheduled nicely to minimize this. If you are able, use the stairs (up two levels) and walk to another set of elevators proximate to your onboard destination.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
Small, as expected (it isn't a hotel)... the balcony added just that little bit extra -- well worth it.
We spent little time in the stateroom. The bed was comfortable, everything about the staterooms are excellently maintained.
We were located on deck 10 aft, starboard. This is down one level from popular dining facilities and as close as possible the outdoor attractions. On-the-other-hand, I would recommend another area, perhaps deck 9. We could hear restaurant setup (rolling carts) overhead as breakfast was being prepared.
Pros: 5 ports of call in 7 days Many excursion opportunities.
Cons: Ships photographers everywhere specialty restaurants (each meal), and all ports of call.
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