Pride of America Cruise Review to Hawaii

Contributor Level: Purser

7+ cruises


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4 out of 5

Enjoyed it thoroughly!

Sail Date: June 20, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Cabin: 1904

Our expectations were framed by our travel agent as this was our first cruise with an American crew. He wanted us to be prepared for a lower level of service. In some ways, he was correct but for the most part, we were pleasantly surprised. It was our first NCL cruise and that in itself was a change to much more casual cruise experience. We are "old school" and probably will go back to our previous favorite Celebrity but wanted the itinerary this cruises offered. We found the crew to be exceptionally friendly, much more interactive with us (language was not a barrier) and chatty with one another. There was not one instance of lowered service levels and we enjoyed our dining and bar experiences across the entire week. This is a great way to see the variety of the islands and we felt that it allowed us to experience all aspects of the beauty and international aspects of Hawaii. We took about  4 NCL excursions and booked 3 through (tours by Roberts Hawaii) and all were very enjoyable. The ship itself is older and doesn't "wow" you but was small enough to take advantage of everything it offered. We did think the shows were some of the best we've ever seen. The Four Seasons mimics "Oh What a Night" were extremely entertaining as was the magician (did a Houdini type escape at the pool one day) and the comedian. Was not crazy about the Cruise Director (Jazz I think?). Would recommend this cruise to everyone!

Food and Dining
Only ate in the complimentary dining rooms - very underwhelming.
Service and Staff
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Ship Quality
There were a few cleanliness issues in our room upon arrival (balcony had not been cleaned and someone left something there). It was an older ship so needs some sprucing up.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Cabin / Stateroom


We enjoyed the Cadillac Diner for breakfast --- sit down service and a smaller setting. Really got tired of the fight to get to the buffets at the Aloha Café. People are like my pets - afraid they won't get anything, I guess!

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