We opted to fly to Hawaii and cruise the islands on Pride of America, instead of having all the sea days travelling from North America. That part was a good decision.
We suspect that the majority of passengers would remember Don Ho and Hawaii calls from the original broadcasts, but musically, NCL did not cater to us. The only decent dancing was one hour of a Glen Miller tribute. This was a real disappointment for a couple who have spent many hours dancing on every previous cruise.
We like to have a sherry as a pre-dinner drink. It was not available on the ship, and we were not allowed to bring it on board. We never did determine if the problem was state law of NCL policy
We did have some good main courses in the dining room, but there was a shortage of variety, and little with a local flavour. At noon the Aloha did have some interesting/tasty salads and stews.
Entertainment was mediocre, and the biggest disappointment was the crew entertainment. On other vessels, the crew provided some great quality entertainment, even with a very small crew. In this case the supply of entertainment from the crew was so weak that paid entertainers were part of the program
Communications left a lot to be desired. More detail could have been provided on the shuttles in port. No mention was made in the daily newsletter of the lava flows which we passed late in the evening. Why were we so far offshore - did the captain fear another Costa Concordia disaster?
We did end our cruise with norovirus on board, and in a way, I was not surprised. Passengers would place their backpacks on the tables in the Aloha to reserve a table for themselves. Where had the backpacks been before? - on the floor of a shuttle bus, or the floor of a washroom ashore. Why was this behaviour tolerated by staff?
In summary, we would suggest this cruise as a method of getting an overview of the islands without packing and unpacking, but as a cruising experience, it rates near or at the bottom of our list.