Pride of Aloha - Hawaii: Norwegian Sky Cruise Review by BDHPlayer
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Pride of Aloha - Hawaii
Arrived early from Phoenix with air booked through NCL which included transfers from the airport. We were onboard by 1:00 PM. Room wasn't ready so we ended up on the 11th level with the buffets. Thankfully we didn't book the Aloha for the food. As most others have said, the food on the boat was terrible in the buffets.
If you have want to do some sightseeing, the Aloha Towers are a short walk or free shuttle from the dock.
Had dinner the first evening in the Pacific Heights restaurant. Food was slightly better than average and the service was excellent.
Monday on Kauai we rented a car. I went golfing up in Princeville on the Prince course. My wife went snorkeling on an excursion booked through NCL. They vanned to the snorkel site. For the price, I would have expected an offshore boat trip, but she was happy with it.
Monday evening we went to the Luau at the Sheraton in Poipu. Purchased More the upgraded package and were seated right near the stage. Show was excellent and the food and open bar were above average. Parked the rental car near the ship and returned it early the next morning. Had breakfast at the buffet. The food was terrible.
Tuesday we booked the Kayak trip through NCL. The kayak trip was a 2.5 hour trip up the river then a van ride to a waterfall. The trip was fun and the guides were very informative. Had dinner in the main dining room and they couldn't even cook a steak.
Wednesday we rented a car and drove up to Volcano National Park. The best part of the trip was the video at the welcome center. On the way back to the airport to return the car, stopped at the Big Island Candy Co. If you like macadamia nuts then the candy selection was superb. Rented the car from Budget and their shuttle service back to the pier was terrible. Ended up getting a ride back with Hertz. Had dinner at Pacific Heights and it was fine. Cruised past the ex-lava flow into the ocean. Guess that the lava flow went on vacation as you could only see a small orange dot.
Thursday was beach day. Rented a car and drove up the coast. The water was warm and the sun was bright, what more can you ask for?
Friday was golf day for me and beach day for my wife. Went up to Kaanapali to golf. Didn't think that the course was anything special, certainly not for $200 for a round of golf. The beach was fine. Dinner was lobster night and the lobster with prime rib was the good. Thinking that dinner in the dining room might be ok, we returned the next night and we made a mistake thinking that you could enjoy a good meal in the dining room.
Saturday was a scuba trip on the Pride of Maui. They took us out to the Molokini Crater for an hour and a half of snorkeling. We tried snuba which is scuba diving light. I essentially thought that it was a waste as snorkeling had pretty much the same results and the wallet was not $47 per person lighter. After the crater, they brought us closer to shore where we could see the turtles. Trip was worth the money with the only exception being a charge of $10 to use a wet suit. It was not even a full wet suit, but just a top.
Drove up to Lahaina and walked through the shopping area. Typical tourist shops. Then drove down to Waimea and checked out the area for future vacations.
The nice thing about the cruise was the ability to visit multiple islands and the places to stay on future visits. The cabin maid service was excellent. Up until Saturday night in the dining room and Sunday morning in the dining room, the wait service was excellent.
Bottom line is we did the cruise once and never again. Next time we'll fly out to the islands and stay for a week in one place. After a day in the sun, we were too tired to take in any of the shows.
Sprint cell phone service was very spotty in Kauai and worked fine in the ports on the other islands. Sprint broadband worked in all the ports and here at the airport while I'm writing this review. Less