Pride of America Cruise Review to Hawaii

Contributor Level: Third Mate

4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

Beautiful islands on an ok ship

Sail Date: August 30, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

I would definitely recommend this cruise to anyone who wants a good overview of what the islands have to offer.  Good selection of excursions for seeing lots of amazing and beautiful sights.  The ship itself was ok, but not outstanding.  I guess that's what you can expect when there's no real competition allowed for other cruise lines to offer a similar trip.  Cabin was smaller and more crowded than other cruise lines we've been on, though it was clean and the cabin steward was great.  The food was only a step above mediocre but we loved all the fresh, juicy pineapple and other fresh tropical fruits available that we just don't seem to find on the mainland.

Ship Quality
Clean and well kept but not what I would call great.
Food and Dining
Mediocre and kind of disappointed with selection and quality, based on prior cruises.
Cabin / Stateroom
Small and crowded for an outside window cabin, but clean and well kept. Bed and pillows were older and not very comfortable.
Service and Staff
Emi, our cabin steward was fantastic. She was always there to keep things clean and picked up. David, one of the dinner waiters was also excellent. He took time to go over each item on the menu to give us his opinion on which he thought we would enjoy the most.
Loved their musical production show and Matt Marcy the magician was very entertaining and had some great tricks.
Children's Programs NA
Onboard Activities
There were several very good pool side bands who performed. Didn't do much else onboard as we were mostly off ship seeing the sights.
Destinations and Excursions
Excellent places to go and lots of things to see and do. The only part that was a bit disappointing was Haleakala Crater on Maui. Long bus ride up the mountain with few stops and a tour driver who was very hard to understand. The crater is often obscured by clouds so it's hard to get good views of it. The Road to Hana on Maui, Volcanoes National Park & Rainbow Falls on Hilo and particularly the Waimea Canyon on Kauai were all fantastic. Kauai is absolutely breathtaking with it's amazing geography as well as the magnificent flora. Pearl Harbor is a must see and is very awe inspiring. The Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu, as part of a circle tour of the island is also a must.


If you can afford it, I would recommend upgrading from window cabin to balcony. It seems that those were considerably larger and the balconies I saw in my exploring the ship were as nearly large as our outside window cabin.
The Cadillac Grill is a pretty good lunch place. Not quite so crowded.

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