Pride of America Cruise Review by 7960Ken: Not your typical cruse ship experience
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Not your typical cruse ship experience
This was our first trip to Hawaii, so our travel agent suggested we take Pride of America to familiarize ourselves with the state rather than picking just 1 or 2 places to visit. GOOD CALL- This is a terrific introduction to the 50th state and we have some good ideas about future trips based upon our experience. BAD CALL - was this really a cruise? I love cruise vacations for their relaxed pace, but with ports every day, there is really very little cruising and no full cruise days.POTENTIAL UPSIDE - Some ports are overnight, so the dining rooms and entertainment venues are sparsely populated.
We planned the trip at the last minute (30 days out) so the prices of suites and balcony rooms was very close. We took the bait and upgraded to a suite. In hind site, this was probably not a good cruise to upgrade to a suite since most of the time is spent in port and the emphasis is on excursions.
If you are looking to explore Hawaii, take this cruise. If you are looking for a More relaxing cruise, this may not be for you.
As a suite guest you also get priority check in and first in line service at other points, such as the dining rooms. You carry a different colored card and the staff recognize them. Less
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Cabin review: Pride of America 10512
A nice suite, but everything is dated. I trust the ship is scheduled for dry dock soon. The furniture is showing wear and the bathroom was missing a sliding door for the water closet. The suite comes with nice perks like prompt breakfast service in the room (via butler)and a private dining room for breakfast and lunch. The suite concierge is helpful also. The rooms are huge. There is ample storage. Never any hallway noise. The only time you know you have neighbors is when you are on the balcony.
Port and Shore Excursions
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Best way to see a lot of Hawai...
Great way to see the Islands.