My wife and I are both seniors 60-564 years old. This cruise was to celebrate her 60th Birthday and retirement as well as our 40th anniversary. We never took a real honeymoon and have always wanted to have gone there.We looked at cruise options on all lines but did not like the days at sea on other lines so we opted for the NCL Pride of America which was strictly limited to the major Hawiian Islands.
We started out on Oahu with a week long stay at the Disney Aullani Resort in Ko-Olina during that week we visited Pearl Harbor as well as several other major attractions on Oahu. It was a great week in preparation for a great cruise. We arrived at Pier 2 at about 1130 am on embarkation day, 27 April 2013. The ship was shining in the sunlight and looked great. The check in began about 20 minutes later and by 1215 we were checked in and on board. The process was well organized, and hassle free . Once on board we began exploring the ship. Everything was clearly marked and we made out way to the balcony cabin. # 9120 Starboard side. It was ready for us and neat and clean. Our luggage was delivered by 200 pm and we put things away and continued our exploration. The staff was helpful, courteous and polite.We made our way to the forward pool deck for a sail away barbecue and a great music show,by the ship band. Later that night we ate at the Skyline dining room and had a waitress named Jessica she was great and also told us the ship had just underwent a 30million dollar facelift . She was great and we gave her an extra cash tip for her great service, we subsequently had her several other nights by request and she was great each time. We also met our cabin steward that night gave him 20.00 the first day and told him another 20.00 on the last day. Need less to say our room was made up quickly each day with plenty of fresh towels and turned down each night great service.
The excursions were all great and booked thru NCL a little pricey could maybe have done it cheaper myself thru tour companies. All the included food stops,were ok, at least a B grade the exception was the Cadillac Diner which was mostly slow service with so-so food. The staff their seemed to be dis-interested, they needed a good Greek Restaurant owner to manage that staff.
All the entertainment was great and the cruise director Silas and his staff were entertaining. With all the shows and bar entertainment on board you were overwhelmed with activities .
All the negative reviews about this cruise must come for people who expect the moon. This cruise met or exceeded all my hopes and expectations. With the exception of the Cadillac Diner negative experiences it was great, imwould highly recommend it to anyone who wants to experience the islands without the headaches of airports.
Leaving the ship was easy, simply place the colored luggage tags corresponding to the time you wish to depart ans your bags are waiting for you in the terminal.