Pride of America Cruise Review by saintsfan1: Christmas Cruise
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My wife and I have done several cruises. This time we booked the flight, pre-cruise hotel and retuen flight through NCL. We were not disappointed. We were met when we deplaned at the top of our gateway by an NCL staff person. She even had a sign with our name on it like we were VIP's. She took us to get our luggage, got a porter and escorted us to our limo for travel to the hotel. We stayed at the Waikiki Marriott Resort and Spa. (NCL puts everyone there). We had a great room with a view of Waikiki Beach on the 20th floor. NCL had a consignor in the hotel that took our picture for our ship ID, gave us ship room luggage tags and took care of final boarding on Thursday.
On Saturday our luggage was picked up at 10 a.m. from our room in the hotel taken to the ship and was delivered to our stateroom. We were told to meet in the lobby at 11:30 for transport to the ship. When we got to the dock, we were told to use the express line to pick up ship cards, imprint the credit card and More were onboard the ship PDQ. No standing in line with 2000 other people. It was worth it.
We played golf three times on this cruise. The golf professional, Cory, had our clubs and shoes ready each morning by the ship departure way. After each round our shoes and clubs were clean and reeady for the next round. As we left the boat on Saturday he had taken our clubs off the ship and they were waiting near our luggage. Cory played a few holes with each foresome. If you asked for help with game he would give helpful hints. He never gave hints without being asked. He aslo took pictures of us on the course and were able to download them. He did this because he wanted to, not because he had to. The first two days we were in Maui and played golf on the Wailea Golf Clubs "Old Blue Course" and "Emerald Course". In Kauai we played the Lagoons Golf Club. Each course had its own sights and photographic holes.
At Hilo we took the Circle of Fire Helicopter excursion. It was great.We flew over the Kilauea Volcano and saw its active lava flow. Wow, what a sight. That evening we sailed slowly past the lava flowing into the water. Lots of red flowing into the sea. On Kona, we did the Kona Mocha excursion and saw coffee and chocalate fields and processing plants. Very interesting.
Most of meals were in the Liberty and Skyline restaurants. Food was very good and our service was outstanding. Erin, Brittany and the young lady that worked with Brittany were excellent servers and made our meals enjoyable. We did eat one evening in Jefferson's Bristo and found it very enjoyable.
All in alll we found this cruise to be very enjoyable Less
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