On August 24th, My hubby and I set sail on NCL-Pride of America. First time with NCL.
We arrived at the pier at 100. Lined up, had our bags checked, security, lei greeting, picture taken and check in.
In total about 30 minutes. We went up the gang plank and were given a map of the ship. There was a trio of Hawaiian singers and a hula dancer.
We went and ate lunch in the Aloha cafe and had a couple of drinks. By that time our luggage had been delivered to our room.
We unpacked and then toured the ship on our own. The ship is beautiful. The public areas were very clean. I found the staff to be very hard working and friendly. We ate dinner in the Liberty dining room. first night was surf and turf. Very good. You have to dress up for this dining room but not on the first night.
I did the Lahaina on your own with NCL Lahiana is a quaint little seaside town. Beautiful ocean views. check out the Banyan tree park. there is a lot of art in the park and some galleries. Get shave ice at Ululanis. Delicious!!.I did 3 Tours with Roberts . They offer a package deal. I did Beach day in Maui, Volcanoes National Park in Hilo, and Waimea Canyon in Kauai . I did not enjoy the beach day as there was no chair or umbrella rental and it was hot!!
Cousin Jeff did the Volcano tour. It was awesome steam vents, lava tube, hardened lava, etc. We also went to Rainbow falls, and orchard farm, a coffee plantation, and Mona Loa nut factory .Waimea canyon is a photographers dream. There is a beach in walking distance from the Kauai port that is very nice.We did Kona on our own. The bus is $2.00. We went to Kahalu'u bay beach. Great snorkeling!! We saw 2 Honu right at the shoreline. There are also 2 beaches in walking distance and plenty of shopping on Alehe avenue. visit the church and the palace. There are also free shuttles to shopping at every port.The Hawaiian Ambassadors give a port talk at 730 AM. they give u lots of info and a map.
We only ate at the free places. I enjoyed the Aloha buffet the best. Very good selections for all taste buds. Omelet station, bacon, sausage, pancakes, waffles French toast, cereal, oatmeal, fruit, Danish and on and on. Are you full yet!! Plenty of selections for lunch and dinner as well.
I found the staff in the Liberty dining room to be more experienced than the ones in the skyline. The food is the same in both but u have to dress up for the Liberty.
Each night your cabin steward leaves a schedule. Bring a high lighter and plan your day. they have intimate shows in the Mardi Gras room and big productions in the Hollywood Met a lot of nice people on the cruise. . Plan your dinner around it. the shows are 7 and 9 sometimes 10PM. Disembarking was easy too. We had a excursion with Roberts to the North shore and Polynesian cultural center as we had a late flight. Hawaii is the star of this vacation. Because it is so port intensive, this ship does not have as ,any activities as other cruises. There is no casino. Go for it. You will have an awesome time. Do not let the negative reviews scare you. Make your own music.
On Saturday, we had a meet and greet. About 20 cruise critic members came out.
Norwegian sent the head of each department and provided coffee and cookies.
We also had a grab bag. it was really nice. I recommend starting a roll call and having a meet and greet.
Aloha and Mahalo
Tracy & Julian