Best cruise ever!: Pride of America Cruise Review by Lukesteele
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Best cruise ever!
Embarkation was a little slow but we got there! Cabin with balcony is great in both size and appearance. 1 robe was missing as were the beach towels and some bottles from the minibar but that was taken care of quickly by our friendly steward, Lawrence. We ate at the Aloha Café for breakfasts and lunch and at specialty restaurants for dinner every night. We preferred Jefferson's Bistro, for it's French cuisine and atmosphere and were treated wonderfully by their waiter, John on several occasions there. Coffee was weak unless you ordered it from the McAdams Bar on level 5. Mmmm Mocchachino to die for!
We'd planned our shore excursions for a long time prior because we came to see Hawaii more so than do a cruise, but the cruise became more of a magic home away from home as you explored the islands and returned to set sail to another one next day. Our rainforest hike and waterfall excursion with Krichelle was amazing. She is a local and knows all the history and nature of her island. we did an incredible rafting and snorkelling tour of Lanai for my birthday. Going to places so desolate and untouched was incredible and the weather was magic too. Onwards to Big Island and Hilo! Big Island Volcanoes National Park was next. Mt. Kilouaea and walking through a lava tube, steaming vents in fields and a bus breakdown at the tourist stop all part of the adventure. The rainforests are surreal.
Back onboard and to Kona and the seahorse farm. Truly unique and worthwhile. had lunch at Quinns almost at the beach and we ate mahimahi and oni battered fish and chips that were yummy. Then back to Kona for the Atlantis sub tour! That was truly different and incredible. We went to 105 feet below sea level!
Onwards to Kaui on the POA! Our last day of shore excursions we went horseback riding by the sea at the CMJ ranch. Gorgeous scenery everywhere! Back to the ship and a return cruise to Honolulu port via the incredible Napali coastline. We were quite surprised at how quiet the ship seemed later at night as we recall nonstop parties on the last one we were on but it seemed the majority of passengers on this trip were over 40's. The daily shore excursions did require you to get up early often, another reason for early nighters! Met some lovely people from the US on the cruise. If you truly want to see paradise and experience real American and Hawaiin hospitality in one go, then cruise Pride Of America soon! Less
Cabin review: 10032
Great cruise for giving you the total package of service, entertainment, food and sights.