Pride of America Cruise Review by eliana1122: Large Family Suite - Cabin 7178 - PERFECT for our family of 4 adults
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Large Family Suite - Cabin 7178 - PERFECT for our family of 4 adults
Our family of four, with two adult children, found this to be a lovely cruise. I highly suggest researching the available excursions and booking them before you cruise. You may add or subtract excursions once on board. (you do need to give 48 hours advance notice to cancel and receive a refund; so be certain of your desire to do the excursions you book for days one and two). We found that we desired more beach time, so ended up canceling an excursion to make that ocean time. The dedicated Excursion Desk makes it very easy.
Kauai was our favorite beach. Uncrowded, laid back feeling, beach chairs and umbrellas easily rented, restrooms close, bus shuttle was literally no more than 5 minutes. SLATHER THE SUNSCREEN!!!!
If you attend the Luau booked through Excursions, I highly recommend paying the extra 20ish dollars per person for Priority Seating. While they SAY every table has a good view, it is simply not so. We waited too long to ask for Priority seating, and it was More sold out. We ended up in a corner with a very poor view.
Gluten Free selections at the Luau are limited.
To my GLUTEN FREE FRIENDS:
The buffet is not all that gluten free friendly. They will gladly make you GF pizza to order, but it is nothing special in the taste department, and takes 20 or so minutes to prepare. GF desserts in the buffet are hard to come by. Many, MANY entrees are sauced, glazed, teriyaki, etc., and they do not use GF BBQ sauce.
I found out on :( the final day of our cruise from an especially accommodating server in the Liberty Restaurant (OUR VERY FAVORITE RESTAURANT) that they have these amaaaaazing gluten free dinner rolls available. I was in heaven. They actually tasted like REAL BREAD. They also had a flourless chocolate cake available upon request in Liberty. Yummy.
Avoid the WHITE HOT DANCE PARTY like the plague unless you are under say.... 30ish. It's ALL Club music. I would not have been nearly so disappointed if I had realized there was to be an 80's dance party later in the week. Suggestion to the cruise director! (Whom I adored...he was spectacular) Switch the days of the white hot party and the 80's party. By that late in the cruise, those of us who remember the 80s, and for whom those were our Glory Days, are TOO TIRED to dance it up!!!
A really great place we did not discover until the tail end of our cruise is the bar AFT on deck 12. Comfy cushioned chairs, lots of shade; watch the ocean trail behind you. The most relaxing lounge we found outside on board.
We also found the Spa Staff wonderful, and accommodating for last minute appointments. Prices are steep, but hey...it's a ship.
The so-called coffee bar on deck 5 was a disappointment. It shares space with an actual bar, and I would not call the people who made the coffee drinks baristas, by any stretch of the imagination. Suggest to the hotel manager to get actual baristas and a dedicated coffee shop. It would be VERY popular. Hello? Ever hear about the success of Starbucks?
Suggestion for those who thought, as we did, that staying overnight one night in Honolulu to decompress before you return home: DON'T.
Honolulu sucked the Aloha feeling right out of us. It's simply a big, bustling city with a busy beach and rude service most everywherejust like many large US cities.
DO make Pearl Harbor Excursion reservations through the cruise line. It is direct from Debarkation in Honolulu. Waiting to make reservations could end in disappointment, long expensive cab rides, or even not being able to make it to the memorial. I had no idea that some 4,000 people go to the memorial every day.
Fabulous cruise...loved it Less
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Cabin 7178 was a dream come true. AFT, starboard, with a 92 sq. foot balcony. We could have had a party of 15 people on that balcony and had room to move. The railing of the balcony wraps around, so we were able to see both side and back views of the islands and ocean. It is difficult to tell much from the photographs shown anywhere, so allow me to describe the AFT FAMILY SUITES. When you enter, The bathroom is on your immediate right. The master bedroom is on your immediate left. The beds are extremely comfortable, with oodles of yummy pillows provided. There is an extremely generous amount of closet space, drawer space, and shelving available. There is a lovely vanity to be seated at while putting on makeup. Lighting is not great, as there is no window in this room, so I do suggest bringing a lighted mirror for the purposes of applying makeup. The little rack just in front of the mirror proved handy for keeping my makeup handy all cruise long. Across from the MBR door is an open closet area and the personal safe. Handy and out of the way.Moving further into the cabin, to the left is a coffee/espresso machine and refrigerator, with shelving for storage above. Sofa to the right that makes up into a very LARGE bed that would accommodate three small children, and certainly worked well for our 6 foot tall son. To the left is another private bedroom with door that closes for privacy. This room has a window. Straight ahead is the Arcadia door leading to the enormous balcony. There are three televisions in this suite. There was much going on in the world during our cruise, and while we wanted to be on vacation, we did appreciate being able to tune into major news stations to catch up on world events. The bathroom is comfortable enough...standard cruise ship small. All of us are average in weight and had zero issues. I would imagine a person of larger proportions would find the shower and pretty much any cruise ship bathroom a challenge. The shower head can be hand held, and that would help in the challenge of turning around. We found water pressure always fine.Also, be aware that with a suite come perks like:Priority embarkation and DebarkationBreakfast dining at CAGNEYS off the menu and with a buffet available - no chargeButler & Concierge service - FABULOUSThis cabin layout is available on several decks, two on each deck. Definitely worth the extra cost. Loved it!