Cruise was good, but not 'great'
Pride of America Cruise Review to Hawaii
Ship: Pride of America
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 8 years ago
We just returned from a week on the Pride of America. The ship is in beautiful condition, but the food and shows left something to be desired. The 'free style' cruising idea seems to bea pretty good, but there are moments when I regret doing it this way. The food in the Aloha buffet was just 'so-so' with instances of slow omelet stations, food undercooked (as is the case with a prime rib night) and some dairy not kep cold enough (resulting in watery yogurt).
The shows in most part were great during the Christmas cruise except for the first night with some comedian from MTV who was terrible.
Be prepared to pay an extra 12 dollars a day per person for their so-called 'service charge' as well as extra $$ for specialty restauarants. I see that only as a profit ploy by NCL; we've already paid a lot of money upfront for the cruise, why sockit to us again with extras?
I also think some of the shore excursions were a bit overpriced.
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: Beautiful Ship, decent cabin.
Cons: Food leaves something to be desired, preset tips in some specialty restaurarants