Pride of Hawaii (RETIRED) 545 Cruise Review to Hawaii

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4-6 cruises


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3 out of 5

A great 1st-time cruise!

Sail Date: September 04, 2006

Reviewed: 10 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

If someone has never been to Hawaii, this is a great way to experience it. For those who have been before, I would think it is preferable to go to the island you like the best and stay there. The ship is beautiful. We particularly liked the colorful lighting in all areas. It was so artfully done. We were happy with the ship, however, we felt the staff, generally speaking, were not as helpful as other cruises we've taken. The food was average - the biggest complaint was, even though it was "freestyle" dining, you had to have a reservation in order to get into a nice restaurant. If you had not made your reservations by the 3rd day, you were pretty much out of luck. We ate several nights in the top deck buffet for that reason. We talked with several crew members who weren't happy with their jobs and felt they were overworked. The ship itself was the highlight of the actual cruise - very well laid-out, and very clean since it was brand new! Anytime you are in Hawaii, it can't be all that bad!

Pros: The itinerary

Cons: The service

Service and Staff
There were a few extra wonderful crew members, but, on the whole, there was a feeling of unhappy employees who did not go out of their way to be helpful.
Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
We were pleasantly surprised at the nice shower for an inside cabin - that's a first!
The main entertainment group did a great job with their big productions. The other entertainment was very average.
Hilo, Hawaii
The volcano was great from the water at night.
Don't Miss: The nighttime volcano cruise.
Nawiliwili, Kauai
You can't say anything negative about this island!
Kahului, Maui
Warren and Annabelle's show in Lahaina is great.
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Very tourist-y, but, we enjoyed it.

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