Pride of Hawaii (RETIRED) 545 Cruise Review to Hawaii

Contributor Level: Deck Hand

4-6 cruises


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2 out of 5

Would not recommend NCL!

Sail Date: December 18, 2006

Reviewed: 10 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Inside

My family and I (4 adults) just returned from a cruise on the Pride of Hawaii. While cruising was the way for us to travel to the other islands, the cruise line was not enjoyable. There were way too many extra costs! Soft drinks were $1.82 a can or we could purchase a sticker that would allow us to drink soft drinks unlimited for $35.00 each person (that adds up to $140.00 for drinks that didn't include bottled water). We reluctantly purchased the stickers and when we wanted a soft drink, they would fill their small glasses up with ice then pour in the drink...No we cannot give you the can they would say....only a glass with the drink in it. BAD IDEA!!! If this wasn't bad enough, to get a drink was like an act of congress..another bad deal. Then we find out that some of the restaurants we wanted to eat at required a SERVICE CHARGE(?). What's up with that? The charge was from $10. to $20., add that up and that is $80.00 for our family to sit and dine in this restaurant...BAD IDEA!! There were also restaurants that you HAD to have reservations to dine at, didn't matter if there were tables available and no one would be using them. Reservations required...BAD IDEA! The service at any of the places we ate at was sad. The waiter/waitress would bring our food and see that we needed refills on drinks but would not offer to refill, even if we put them on the edge of the table were they would almost knock them over but never offer a refill, always had to ask...BAD SERVICE! The food wasn't good at the buffet and drink choices were not good there either. One of my son's had a bug crawl out off his plate...YUCK! Only one ice cream machine and the condiment counter was either empty or didn't work. I do have one positive comment; the ship was clean and nicely decorated.

Pros: Was very clean

Cons: extra costs to dine and for soft drinks

Recommends Pride of Hawaii (RETIRED) 545? No.

Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
Occassionally, someone would be helpful but all in all the majority would do as little as possible to assist.
comedy act bad, pianist bad
Food and Dining
Ship Quality
Hilo, Hawaii
Secrets of Puna was fantastic and the tour guide (Tammy) was exceptional.
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Beautiful place but didn't do lots. Snorkeled and shopped
Nawiliwili, Kauai
The Heaven and Earth Helicopter ride was our best excursion. Very expensive but was great. Tour guide (Jorge) was great. Prettiest island with best scenery
Kahului, Maui
Sunrise on top of the volcano Haleakea(Spelling?) and bike ride down was fun.

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