Flew in from Australia on the 21st of May and spent 4 days in Waikiki. Did the usual tourist things like Pearl Harbour and the Polynesian Cultural Centre, as well as an island tour.
On the 25th of May, we boarded the Pride of America, as first time cruisers. Boarding procedure was very smooth and we were give a lei each and our photos were taken as we boarded. Boarded at about 3 30 , found our room and unpacked for the week. Located a bar which was also where we had to meet for the compulsory safety talk and this was the start of a fantastic week meeting new people.
Day two: We docked in Maui and had the Road to Hana excursion already booked through the ship's website. This was a full day's activity starting at about 8am and finishing at around 530pm.We were in a small van of about 12 people. The road was very picturesque and windy, lunch was at Hana, which was provided by the tour company. On the way back, we stopped at a waterfall and had the pleasure of being able to swim under a waterfall.
Once we were back on the ship, we found ourselves at the back of the ship having a quiet drink before tea. We dined in the Liberty dining room (very nice food) and then found our way to the Champagne Bar to listen to a piano entertainer.
Day three: Had the downhill excursion booked this morning to ride bikes down Mt haleakala. The drive up was clear weather, however, we soon ran into torrential rain and had to ride the bikes down the mountain, dripping wet(although not too cold). All part of the experience. We got back to the ship at around 2pm, where the weather was still fine, so enjoyed the poolside entertainment until drinks down at the end of the ship bar again. Met people who were on the bike ride with us and had a good laugh about our morning experience. Ate at the Shoreline Dining room tonight(just as good as Liberty), Went to the Mardi Gras cabaret lounge and watched the entertainment, a local Hawaiian singer. Very good.
Day four: Docked at Hilo in the morning and had a tour to Mauna Kea already booked. This was very different to other sites that we had seen already and was very interesting. This is where the international observatories are and is so high up, that you have to acclimatise on the way or else you may feel a bit funny at the top. Got back to the ship at about 3pm and just relaxed. Met up with people that night at the back of the ship Bar(we are now calling it Our bar)and then we had dinner at Cagney's Steakhouse. Although it was a nice meal, the meals in the other dining rooms were just as nice and did not cost you any extra. We then went to the Hollywood theatre and watched the show that was on.
Day Five: Arrived at Kona and had nothing planned. Got off the tender boat and just walked around Kona for a couple of hours. Caught a taxi to the beach and had a swim. Beach was very rocky and was quite dangerous getting in and out of the water. We then caught a taxi back to town and had lunch at Bubba Gump's seafood house. Got back to the ship at about 4pm and just sat around the pool. Made our way back to 'our Bar', before heading off to Shoreline for tea again. Once tea was over, we went to the Mardi Gras Room and watched the comedian that was on.
Day Six: Pulled in a Kauai where we had pre booked a car rental. Went to Waimea Canyon first which was definitely something to see. Was lucky enough to see it before the clouds settled into the canyon for the day. We then headed to the north shore, with lots of stops along the way. Had lunch at Princeville, before heading to as far as the road took us. This ended up at an absolutely beautiful beach where we stayed and had a swim for about 2hours. We then headed back to the ship and returned at about 730 pm. lucky enough to catch the last shuttle from the car rental place at the airport. Back to our bar, where we decided to go to the Aloha Café and bring our food outside to eat. This was very nice for a change. Went to the Mardi Gras again and then to the Champagne Bar for a night cap.
Day seven: Had a helicopter trip booked with Blue Hawaiian this morning for an hour. I have never experienced any thing so beautiful in all my life. THIS IS A MUST DO. Had to be back on the ship by 130 as we were heading back to Oahu overnight. There was a pool bbq for lunch as we sailed out of Kauai. After a few drinks with people that we had met throughout the week at our Bar, we had dinner reservations at La Cucina. DO NOT BOTHER. This was the worst meal for the whole week, just about inedible. For our last night, we once again went to the Mardi Gras Room.
To sum up the experience, the staff and crew were incredibly friendly and helpful, nothing was too much bother. Breakfasts were always filling (at the Aloha Café). Overall, a cruise is what you want to make it, and we both had a fantastic time, highly recommend the experience