December 2006 Destination:
Just returned from our third cruise to Hawaii. This time it was on the pride of america. Everything went as planned. Time from the plane landing to the ship was about 45 min. If you are a latitudes cruiser you will save a lot of time in line at the pier. We got upgraded to a oceanview room without being asked to. The ship is simple grand as you enter into the main lobby when you get on. The first evening we went to the Jefferson Bistro and had the chauteaubriand for two and it was great and the service was very good. The waiter was with ncl for 19 years and was the best. The 1st evening the service charges where discounted by half. The next evening we went to the lazy j steakhouse and the steaks where tender and very tasty. The 3rd night we went to the Japanese restaurant and had them cook on the grill in front, and the chef did a great job of tossing the knifes and stuff around , even put the salt shaker into his hat, a fun time. The oceanview room was bigger then expected and More
because it was on the forth deck, we had little rocking during the trip. We had been on the pride of aloha on the ninth deck two trips before, the lower the better. If you want the best service , tip the room stewart the first day and the last day . They will bend over backwards with a little up front. He even made us little swans out of towels and had them on our bed at night. We rented cars in most ports except Kona,just went around town and shopped. Thrifty is the cheapest and if you book on line ahead you will not be disappointed. Don't forget to join the blue chip club , its free and saves a lot of time at the rental places. Shuttle will pick you up at the ship and they have places to leave cars overnight. You can drive to most places in one day. Rented car on maui 2days. Went whale watching on maui , saw a mother and calf right outside the harbor , best deal is pacific whale watching society. Book on line the first day your there. The food on the ship was always good. Went one day to each main dining room, never had to wait for seating and had good service always. Breakfast was in the buffet on deck 11 and about 8:30 every morning , again food was hot and you could have omelets made to order , neat little area for kids and parents with little kid size tables and there own buffet food bar. Madi Gras bar had good dancing and fun shows. Hollywood theater was in front of ship and had good seats everywhere. Liked it better then pride of aloha . Take your time everyday , the ship is docked and easy to get on and off. Crew was friendly and the 10 dollars you get charged is not given to the bar staff , so tip them accordingly. This is the third year in row we have done this trip and have had a lot of fun each time. If you have people complaining then they must hate themselves already. Have a good time , this is the best way to see Hawaii. Less
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