Great way to get a taste of the islands

Pride of America Cruise Review to Hawaii

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 54

Overall rating:

3 out of 5
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Pride of America

7 Night Hawaii (Honolulu Roundtrip)

Sail date: May 31, 2014

Ship: Pride of America

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: GTY

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Review summary

The main reason that I decided to take this cruise was the convenience of visiting the major islands without the hassle of making my own transportation and lodging arrangements plus being able to travel to each island overnight, therefore not wasting any precious daytime for travel. As far as this goes, this cruise was great. In regards to the rest of the experience onboard, it was just OK. This was my second cruise on Norwegian, and again I only chose Norwegian for the itinerary of this cruise. The stateroom was cramped for 3 adults (buyer beware--the same category of cabin is not comparable to the same on another Norwegian ship, nor is the amount of obstruction with an obstructed view), although it was clean and the beds were comfortable. The room steward kept us supplied with clean towels twice daily, but the ice in the ice bucket was only replaced once a day and was usually melted by the time we returned to the cabin at night. The ship did supply beach towels that you could take off the ship which was a nice surprise! The ship itself was nice and clean. This crew was not as obsessive about cleanliness and sanitizing as our previous Norwegian cruise which was worrisome to some degree, especially when it came to cleaning the tables in the buffet. Don't choose Norwegian and expect good food. The food is only average to mediocre. We didn't eat at any specialty restaurants as I refuse to pay extra for meals on a cruise! We ate all breakfasts in the Aloha Cafe buffet to save time, although it was very crowded. We ate several evening meals in the more casual main dining room (Skyline) and once in the Cadillac Diner. Meal service was slow in both venues and we got very little attention from the wait staff other than taking our orders and bringing our food. Again, don't expect much from the food. We enjoyed the little bit of Hawaiian cultural information that we got from the few activities we were able to attend. I wish the lei-making classes had been scheduled a little bit later in the day as we were only able to make it back to the ship for one of them. The best entertainment, by far, was the "Oh, What a Night Tribute". It was fabulous! If you ever get a chance to see this anywhere, do it! If this is your first time to the islands, I strongly encourage you to take tours either sponsored by Norwegian or other vendors. They were reasonably priced considering and were well worth it. Again, if you want to see a bit of the main islands, I would recommend this cruise for that reason alone. Just don't have too high of expectations for the rest.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
Just average to mediocre--nothing to get excited about.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
We didn't participate in a lot of onboard activities because spent most of our time in port out and about, but there seemed to be a few activities we were interested in. They were not always at convenient times and we were discouraged at one of the trivia events when the scoring didn't seem fair, so we didn't return for any more of those.


3 out of 5
Polynesian show was very good; "Oh, What a Night Tribute" was fantastic; comedian was pretty good; illusionist was cheesy.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
The crew was basically friendly but not overly so. They'd greet you, but I didn't see a lot of excitement.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Clean and in good shape

Cabin / Stateroom

1 out of 5
After having a stateroom of this type on the Norwegian Jewel last year, I was extremely disappointed to find that this cabin was not comparable. It was very small--no bigger than an inside cabin I'd had on another line--and with the 3rd bed opened (on the floor), there was no room to get around the room without another person moving out of the way. You also couldn't use 2 of the storage drawers because the 3rd bed blocked access to them when unfolded. You also had to stand on the 3rd bed to gain access to the safe. I traveled with my 2 adult daughters and it was frustrating until we got used to it. But it was not at all what I expected! Also, the view was almost totally obstructed by most of 2 lifeboats and a walkway between them. My previous obstructed view (Jewel) was just the bottom part of a lifeboat and a great view under that. The bathroom was small but manageable.

Ports of call

Honolulu, Oahu

5 out of 5
We didn't spend a lot of time here since we'd been to Oahu before. We went to the beach at Waikiki and walked around that area. Previous trips saw us visiting Pearl Harbor, Pali Lookout, Dole Pineapple Plantation, Queen Emma's Summer Palace, and the Mission Houses to name a few.

Kahului, Maui

5 out of 5
We didn't stay around the port city, but took excursions to other parts of the island.

Hilo, Hawaii

5 out of 5
Enjoyed the Volcano National Park excursion and the macadamia nut store, but didn't have time to view the factory.

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

5 out of 5
We took the Coffee and Chocolate tour which was very interesting, then walked around the town.

Nawiliwili, Kauai

5 out of 5

Traveler Photos

Obstructed view from cabin
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