Pride of Hawaii (RETIRED) Cruise Review to Hawaii

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4-6 cruises

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3 out of 5

Best way to see Hawaii

Sail Date: October 15, 2007

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

This cruise is for those who want the been there, done that checklist for Hawaii. Cruising is the best way to sample the main four islands. There is not a lot of wasted time spent at sea. Overall, we were not very impressed with NCL and the Pride of Hawaii, but found it to be on par with other mainstream cruise lines, e.g. Carnival, Princess. We had few complaints and had a great week, but I will look at other cruise lines before returning to NCL in the near future.
Never select a room on port side. Overnight stays at docks provides a bleak view.If you book port on lower decks(9 and below) you should just save money and get an inside cabin. Cabins are very small.
Always use EZ Fly
Dont buy excursions sold by NCL. Use Robert's tours at half the price.http://www.robertshawaii.com
Use the Robert's shuttle from airport
We enjoyed the Freestyle dinning, but you need to remember to make reservations everyday at 0700. We dined in the main restaurants-Grand Pacific and Alizar, as well as, most of the specialty restaurants-Paniolo Tapa, Papas Italian, Cagneys Steakhouse, Jasmine Asian Fusion, LeBistro. We never had a meal that was exceptional. Main courses were rarely hot, They just couldnt bring a full meal to fruition. Sometimes the appetizers were great and the entree fell flat. As previously mentioned, the food temperature wasnt very hot. Portions are fairly small, but this allows you to order the full menu. The quality of food at the Aloha Nui Cafe buffet was better than most that we experienced on other cruises.
Our room attendant was very friendly and attentive, but dusting was not part of the cleaning. Higher shelves were dusty and cluttered. There was no information folder in room. Therefore, we had to research everything from how do you get a key to the mini bar.No pen. No stationery. Two bottles of water stuck up high on a top shelf. Writing pen under the TV. There was not a lot of attention to detail.

Pros: Sampling four islands

Cons: Excursions, port side

Recommends Pride of Hawaii (RETIRED)? Yes!

Kahului, Maui
Commercial port is not pretty. Maui is great for excursions.
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Except for having to use the tender to get there, this was my favorite port. Quaint village. What you picture in Hawaii. Shops don't open early for chips.
Don't Miss: Market.
Nawiliwili, Kauai
Overall, we liked Kauai the best of the islands visited. Less commercial, more laidback.
Kahului, Maui
Commercial port is not pretty. Maui is great for excursions.
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Except for having to use the tender to get there, this was my favorite port. Quaint village. What you picture in Hawaii. Shops don't open early for chips.
Don't Miss: Market.
Hilo, Hawaii
Hilo, Hawaii
Nawiliwili, Kauai
Overall, we liked Kauai the best of the islands visited. Less commercial, more laidback.


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