Pride of America Cruise Review by sptym: Blue Hawaii
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We flew from Boston to Phoenix and Phoenix to Honolulu via US Airways. 12 hour flight. The airlines does not offer any movie or radio from Boston to Phoenix and back so bring some entertainment. There is a movie or two on flight from Phoenix to Honolulu and radio channels that have a lot of static. From Honolulu to Phoenix there was one movie because it was an 11pm flight. Food offerings were few and were for a fee. They do offer a lot of cold drinks for free and liquor for a fee. O the flight home with a very short time between flights they ran out of sandwiches and we had only a snack for 12 hours. Flights were on time and fairly smooth. The flight attendants did only there job. No real interaction with the passengers.
We were met by our tour company rep. and received a very fragrant lei greeting. Got our luggage quickly and were off to the hotel for an overnight stay.The hotel Ohana East was clean and nicely situated to the beach and shopping and restaurants. All price More ranges.
The next day Sat.3/31 we went to the ship . Again met with a lei greeting and picture taking of course. Check ion was simple and we were on the ship right away. It was about 12:30 pm and we were on board and went to the Aloha Cafe for lunch. The usual buffet food but nothing outstanding. Plenty of seating.
We looked around the ship which was nice but showing her age. Our room was ready by 1:30 or 2 and we unpacked. we found the room to be much smaller than the usual balcony rooms and can't imagine a 3rd person in the room. Not as much storage space either but enough. You need to look around the room to find some of the hidden places like in the BR behind the mirror on the left.
We were tired the first night and ate in the Cadillac diner.The food was good and the brownie sundae was incredible.This was lobster night in the DR. We went to the show it was ok for a welcome aboard show.
Sun 4/1 we were in Maui. No we didn't do Road to Hana , we explored the island instead. We took the bus to Lahaina . It's a very quaint little town and we loved it. It is very easy to get around there if you find the right people to hook you up. $2.00 R/T on the bus. You need to watch your time to get the shuttle back to the ship. Before we left the ship we ate in the Skyline DR for breakfast. The food had no taste. Even the eggs tasted like they had been sprayed with water and oil. We ate lunch on the island and then had dinner in the Cadillac. Entertainment that night was Aloha Polynesia.A celebration of the islands mIt was very good. I think this was the night we also saw the comedian Bud Anderson. Don't miss his show you'll be dying of laughter. Don't know where we ate. Nothing to remember or wish for. Then we went to the Bingo , they had prizes one of which was a ticket for one to the luau, some jewelry, champage, tee shirts and mugs.
Mon. 4/02 we went on the Best of Maui tour from 8am to 5pm. Very nice tour up to Haleakala Crater and back to Lahaina Town. The crater is 10,o32 ft above sea level and they stopped every couple of thousand feet so you could get use to the altitude changes. What an incredible view being above the clouds. OMG. Then we went to IAO Valley. Very nice rainforest . Many plants and pools. The weather was perfect. Then onto Lahaina . We went to Hilo Hattie's free drinks and some samples and of course shopping. We had lunch at Bubba Gump's. The food was great.It was a little pricey . Back on the ship for dinner. The show was Lights,Camera ,Music. They could dance but they couldn't sing. Later they had the Not so newlywed game and the 50's sock hop both a lot of fun.
Tues 4/03 Hilo We went on the Volcano Spectacular and Hilo Waterfall Tour . 9am to 4:30 pm. This is where you walk through the Thurston Lava Tube. Very dark,wet, and slippery. It is also a long walk down and back up if you have any mobility issues. Back on the ship we ate in the East Meets West. Food was good except for the Shrimp. It was very salty and I use salt but my Sister doesn't. We found out they soak the shrimp in Soy sauce ginger and sugar. The show that night was The Blast, Musicians from TN. Sorry but we didn't go. They also had FABBA ,the music of ABBA and Dancing with the American Stars. Both good shows.
Wed. 4/04 Kona and we took the day off from excursions and walked around the town. What a beautiful place . Plenty of shopping and restaurants. This was the tender pier so we had room service and waited for the tour people to get off the ship. We got a shaved ice at the Scandanavian place with ice cream and Lava flow which was condensed milk. We got a medium for $5.00 and shared it. There were no words to describe it. Bought a lot of nice things here and the prices weren't bad either. The tender going back to the ship was a little rocky. If mobility impaired they will assist you in every way possible. The crew was wonderful to people with canes,walkers and wheelchairs. There are 13 steps to get down to the tender from the ship. That night at the DR was a disaster. We went to the Skyline for dinner. The Prime rib again tasted steamed and had no flavor. First cruise where I left the DR hungry. I was offered another choice but when my meal is spoiled I don't want anything else. The DR manager came over and he was very nice and offered us a meal in one the pay restaurants so we could see how the food was in the "better restaurants. I explained that I shouldn't have to pay to get good food ." "I'm already paying for the food" He asked if we had tried the "Pay" restaurants and we told him we had eaten at the East Meets West and that the food was good. I turned down his offer but my sister wanted to go . She felt that his gesture was genuine and that we should go. I will tell you later about that. That night the show was Oh What A Night , a tribute to Frankie Valle, What a great show. They also had The Perfect Couple and The White Hot Party. Both also a lot of fun.
Thurs. 4/05 Kauai, In the morning we explored Kauai on our own. We took the shuttle over to the shopping center, went to the beach by there and enjoyed the day. That night we went to Smith's Luau. Not the ship sponsored Luau. There were about 400 people at this one versus 1400 to 1500 at the ship's . What a great place. The food and entertainment was fabulous. They made you feel at home. Many animals, gardens and music. We saw the pig in the Imu and then unearthed. There also was a new goat born while we were there.
Fri 4/06 We went to Waimea Canyon 7am to 12:30 pm. What a beautiful place. Back on the ship we went to the Jefferson Bistro for dinner that was given to us by the Dr manager. The food was unbelievable and our reservation was as we passed the Napali Coast so it was nice to be where we were.
Sat 4/07 we disembarked. It went very smoothly. We left at 8 am because we were going to Pearl Harbor. What a beautiful place and very touching. From there we went on a tour of the island and then we went back to Ohana East to stay in Hawaii for 4 more days. That night we went to the Sheraton for the Crab legs and Prime rib dinner and then to the Society of Seven show . Both of which were fabulous.
Sun. 4/08 We shopped and went to the beach for 4 hours then that night we went to the Illusionist show . It was alright. The food was not so good.
On Monday 4/09 We went the Polynesian Cultural Center from 11:45 to 9pm. What a beautiful place. The dinner was great and the show was very touching.
Tues. 4/10 We took the Grand Circle Tour because we didn't have a flight until 10:50 pm . Then we flew home.
Overall The trip was nice , the tours were good, but the ship was not my favorite and the food well everyone has their own taste. I like to eat but not on this ship. Less
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