Pride of Hawaii (RETIRED) Cruise Review to Hawaii

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1 cruise (first)


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3 out of 5

Our first cruise Wonderful Vacation

Sail Date: September 01, 2006

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

The Ship is Beautiful, Clean, well kept, and has plenty of space. The decor emphasizes the islands perfectly. I was a bit disappointed with the food, service, and management . It didn't come near to what I was expecting, based on what I have heard in relation to "Cruises". We really enjoyed the freedom you have with the "Free Style" cruise. The food served in the dining areas the comes with the free style cruising is good, but nothing really spectacular, it is fast and convenient. The food in the Speciality restaurants, that you pay extra for was "exceptional" , "IF" you can get in. It seemed the ship overall was understaffed, and could not operate the restaurants to their full capacity. We were able to get into the French and the Italian restaurants, but never could get into the Cagneys, the steak house. If you have your heart set on dining in one or all of the specialty restaurants make reservations as soon as you board! A mistake we made (being our first cruise) was booking ourselves for shore excursions at every port, while we enjoyed the excursions, they can fill your whole day keeping you from experiences you could have on the ship.

Pros: Decor and Islands

Cons: The management, service, food (for what you would expect on a cruise)

Recommends Pride of Hawaii (RETIRED)? Yes!

Service and Staff
While the crew tried it was obvious they were over worked. Not near enough staff for the number of people on the ship. Hopefully management will take care of that.
Food and Dining
The food in the Free Style dining areas was average. The specialty restaurants that we were able to get into, The French, and the Italian were EXCEPTIONAL!
If your heart is set on eating in one of the specialty restaurants make reservations as soon as you board!
Ship Quality
Cabin / Stateroom
We had a mini suite with a balcony. BEAUTIFUL view and very nice room!

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