The main attraction of the Pride of America is it’s itinerary around the Hawaii Islands.
No sea days, hence the on board facilities and the activities program is less relevant then on most cruises. We liked Kuai best and Kona least.
Embarcation and debarcation: in Honolulu: smooth without a problem.
We had booked a cabin on deck 4 mid ship. The cabin itself was well equipped and sufficiently spacious. However, in that cabin is was difficult to get a good sleep because of a continuous, irritating, humming noise (like a vacuum cleaner).
After complaining at the reception we were offered a cabin on deck 8 (in spite of the general information telling that change of cabins was impossible as the cruise was fully booked).
That fixed the problem.
Afterwards we were asked twice whether we were now satisfied: very good service.
Almost all nights we had dinner at the Liberty restaurant (deck 6), which was fine.
There are slight differences in the menu’s of the 2 main restaurants, but if we asked for something that was only on the menu of the Skyline restaurant we could get it without a problem. Food was fine, but nothing special / extraordinairy.
The only problem in the Liberty restaurant was that quite regularly opera songs were played loudly over the speakers. In my view that’s a kind of music which is utterly inappropriate as background music for dinner.
We ate once in the Skyline restaurant but thought the chairs were awfull.
We missed the cosy tea sessions as they are offered on Oceania ships.
We were unhappy with the many “luxury” restaurants. Especially the first half of the trip they were practically empty: obviously many guest wer not impressed. They did yet take a lot of public space, and quite often made strange detours necessary (e.g. if you want togo on deck 6 from the Liberty restaurant to the midship lounge).
One night we had dinner in the Lazy J steak house, but were not impressed. Hardly better then the main dining room and certainly less nice atmosphere. A wast of money.
Uncompable less then luxury restaurants at HAL and Oceania ships.
We missed a forward looking lounge, in spite of the fact that this was not as important as on other cruise, as the itinerary implied no sea days.
Quantity of inside public lounges is a bit limited because of the space taken by the many “specialty” restaurants (see above).
Sitting area around the pool is practically unusable if you want to sit quietly, because of the overly loud pop music. However, the back deck (behind the Moderno restaurant) was quite nice and quiet: our favourate place.
The best we have experienced on cruise ships (other cruiseline with which we can compare are HAL, MSC, Oceania and several German cruiselines). A big + for NCL !
We didn’t use the NCL excursion program, as we consider it outrageously expensive (as is the case with moth cruiseline excursions). We rented a car in most ports.
In almost all ports the rental car company did pick us up from the quai.
Exceptions were Honolulu (where onl Hertz offers a shuttle bus) and Kona.
In Kona you have to take a taxi to the airport, costing appx $30 one way: makes a rental car quite expensive, although still much cheaper (and nicer) then a ship excursion.