Pride of Hawaii (RETIRED) 545 Cruise Review to Hawaii

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4-6 cruises


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3 out of 5

Just an okay experience

Sail Date: January 07, 2008

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

We had very high expectations based upon our prior experience with NCL. Unfortunately this cruise fell short of our expecations.

Pros: The itinarary

Cons: free style dining and the lack of wait staff service

Recommends Pride of Hawaii (RETIRED) 545? No.

Food and Dining
Most of our meals were just ok, certainly not what we had expected based upon our previous NCL experience. The Italian restaurant meal that we had was awful and the French restairant experience was not much better. Freestyle dining was supposed to mean eating when we wanted to but we waited to be seated most of the time, sometimes for as long as 45 minutes.
Cabin / Stateroom
The room required dusting when we got there which I did myself. It was smaller than expected based upon our recent cruising experience on other ships. Did like that we had a shower door as opposed to a curtain and there was certainly enough room to put everything. The bedding was just fair -- flat pillows and only a duvet which was often too warm.
Service and Staff
Our cabin steward provided good service. Wait staff was inconsistant and service was often poor. The shore excursion staff were unimpressive and we were surprised that the purser's office staff lacked knowledge about the ship.
Ship Quality
The ship was well kept. The decor was tasteful; especially liked the atrium ceiling. Most public places seemed able to accommodate the people who wanted to use them. The public bathrooms were small. Did not like that the aft elevators and stairs could only be accessed at the 6th floor or higher which meant we had to take a round about way to get to some locations.
We enjoyed the comedy show. The illusionist was a little overblown and not very original. The song and dance reviews were entertaining.
Hilo, Hawaii
Volcano National Park is the place to go.
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Not impressed by area near the tender port.
Nawiliwili, Kauai
Too much to see and not enough time.
Don't Miss: Don't miss the Canyon.
Kahului, Maui
We enjoyed everything we did on this island from driving along the coast and watching the whales, to our snorkeling trip and luau which were not ship excursions and our visit in Lahaina.

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