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Pride of America

December 2015 - Pride of America to Hawaii

7 day cruise of the Hawaiian Islands

This is my 6th NCL cruise, and I enjoyed the week, that visited 4 main islands in Hawaii.  The balcony stateroom was fine - and we had (there were 2 of us) had plenty of room.  I generally don't spend a lot of time in my cabin, as I am up and out either on the back of the ship, or on a shore excursion.  I enjoy the food on the NCL ships, and the buffets work well for me, in particular due to a busy schedule.  I booked my shore excursions for us through NCL directly.  I enjoyed all of them, but wanted to say one thing about the luau that occurs on Thursday nights, during the cruise, on land.  We were 2 people, so I didn't book a table at the event, because the tickets said only when groups were 10+ should you do that.  But what happened was that we were seated at an "over flow" table, way in the back, and with several kids, who were hyped up on sugar.  I didn't feel the view was very good, and the children were distracting.  The food was average Chinese buffet, frankly.  What I should have done was to book a table ahead of time, regardless of the size of my party, or attended a Luau in Honolulu before the cruise.  So, if you go on this cruise, and book the luau, on land with NCL, be sure to book a table as soon as you are on board at the beginning of the cruise.  Otherwise the excursions were all good, and we saw a tremendous amount of the islands in a week.  Also, due to the American registry, 75% of the employees have to be US residents/citizens.  So you are supporting Americans in booking this cruise.  NCL has recently merged with Oceania, so let's hope the cost of the island cruise doesn't go up tremendously.  We had a great time, felt the ship was fine (although it gets some renovation in Feb. of 2016 in SF), and would recommend this highly.  Just book your luau table asap once you are on board.  Mahalo & Aloha!

 

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Bergen, Norway - Check the weather before your trip. IF the weather is for rain on the day you are in port, opt OUT of the trip to the top of the mountain, and either do Grieg's house and the Stave Church, or simply walk around the historical area. It rains in Bergen a lot, and if the weather is overcast, the trip to the top of the mountain means you see nothing. I want to do the North Cap next!
Geiranger, Norway - Take the trip up to the mountain and then another stop, for amazing photos of the fjord!!
Alesund, Norway - Be sure to walk into town and see the Art Nouveau architecture!!!
Flaam, Norway - Take the all-day shore excursion to include the train and a coach, and lunch at the Stahlheim Hotel, with an Onesco view of the mountains!! And there is a great pub, just near where the ship docks, and you can have a great beer!
Copenhagen, Denmark - I stayed at THE SQUARE HOTEL on the main square, that I could walk to, from the train station. I took a hop on, off bus on my free day there, and was able to see much of the city, even though most museums are closed on Mondays. Scandinavia is not inexpensive. Take the train into town and walk to this hotel. On the return, I stayed at QUALITY HOTEL AIRPORT DAN, and it was a 10 minute cab ride back to the airport. I hope shifting the port to Hamburg is as fun as hanging out in Copenhagen!
Norwegian Star Norwegian Star - If you can, request a room MID SHIP. There is less motion, and you are closer to the main elevators that take you to deck 7 and the buffet and pool on deck 12. My cabin this time was way far forward.
Pride of America Pride of America - Due to the shore excursion schedule eating at the buffet was a better fit for us. I also like to see the mainstage shows, so being able to have a faster dinner than in a formal dining situation, helped, as that first show is at 7 PM. I like mid-ship cabins, as they are closer to main elevators.

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shared a quick tip for Norwegian Star"If you can, request a room MID SHIP. There is less motion, and you are closer to the main elevators that take you to deck 7 and the buffet and pool on deck 12. My cabin this time was way far forward."

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