We just returned from our cruise on the Pride of America around the Islands of Hawaii January 26 to February 2, 2013.
The ports of call were excellent. Starting from Honolulu then to Maui (Kahului overnight), Hilo and Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, Kauai (Nawiliwili overnight) and then back to Honolulu. Each port was unique and we enjoyed each one of them. The itinerary cannot be beat and much preferable to spending 7-8 days at sea if you start in LA or San Francisco.
In Maui we rented a car and visited Lahaina, Kihei, Wailea, Paia and Haiku. Definitely plan to return to Wailea to spend a couple of weeks. Very modern and beautiful beaches.
Our excursion in Hilo was a bike tour in the Volcano National Park. It was excellent. Alan and Pa? (not sure how to spell his name) were very good. In Kona we did not have anything planned and it was great. We shopped and went to the beach (Mariott Resort).
In Kauai our excursion was to the Kalamaku Luau. It was quite good even though there were about 300-400 people there.
Returned to Honolulu and spent 2 days there before returning home.
Cruise in general was great but the service from staff on board was poor and the food in the Aloha Cafe was very poor. Add this to the outbreak of the NORWALK virus and we started to eat in the dining rooms.
The outbreak of NORWALK was inevitable. The way the staff on this ship work (or should I say DON'T work) I am surprised they don't have a permanent outbreak on this ship!
I would still recommend this cruise to someone who wants to see 4 of the fantastic islands that make up Hawaii. But if you go do not expect the same service you would get on other cruises.