Pride of America - Hawaii: Pride of America Cruise Review by Applecopter
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Pride of America - Hawaii
Some notes on car rentals and driving: the Thrifty Blue Chip membership worked out well for us. Thrifty was fairly quick and very courteous, reasonable and efficient. We had enough time off the ship to explore the major points of interest on the islands. We brought a GPS navigation system with us and it proved invaluable, but the x-ray security @ LAX wiped out all the Hawaiian addresses that I entered, and I had to re-enter them. I would not let them x-ray it after that.
From the airport to our Waikiki hotel, we took the Roberts Hawaii shuttle bus which was reasonable, and our driver gave us a wonderful free tour.
Another tip: if the weather gets a bit humid, find a waterfront place and cool off with a drink and the trade winds. Kimos was good in Lahaina. Torchy's was good in Kona. Shaved ice is also a great way to cool off.
The Old Lahaina Luau was awesome and I succeeded in drinking up the cost of it in the open bar (my wife was the designated driver). Book online early because they were sold out at least 2 weeks in advance.
If you are wondering if a Hawaiian island cruise is worth it compared to island hoping and staying in hotels, consider this: our friends did that and all they did was stand in airport security and check-in lines (up to 3 hrs. in Honolulu for example) and hotel registration lines and pack and unpack all week.
Kudos to NCL on the ship, stateroom, restaurants and itinerary. All we can say is WOW!!!!!
P.S. I do not work for NCL, but I think they should give me a free cruise for this wonderful review. What do you think? Hope your cruise adventure turns out as well as ours did. Less