My wife and I (age 50) sailed on the Pride of Aloha on July 22-29, 2007. This was our third cruise and the first with NCL. Like the other reviews we read on Cruise Critic we were concerned and hoping that the AC was fixed and ready for this cruise and it was. We had no problems with the AC. Embarkation on Sunday night went smooth and in less than thirty minutes we were on board and settling nicely in our cabin. Our inside cabin was the smallest we have been in. It is best to book a larger one if possible. We found the ship clean and beautifully decorated with bright Hawaiian colors. The best way to review our cruise would be for me to list the good and the bad, so here goes!
The good: 1. The entertainment for a smaller ship was quite good. Filth Fithian, program director does a good job and is most friendly! We found all the program staff and especially the ship's theatre group very hard working! The shows each night had good variety and were in good taste. 2. The ship itself is pleasant to walk around and has all the amenities you need. 3. We found the food in the restaurants the best and worth eating in each night. I suggest standing in line 15-20 minutes before the doors open at 5:30 pm to guarantee a good table. The food was very good and the menu each night attractive.
Now, the bad: 1. The service was poor. It's true, with an all-American staff, they are young and bored. Suggestion: Get them talking at the table and hopefully opening up and they will be more pleasant. Certainly not the service an international staff brings! We ordered breakfast served to our cabin one morning one hour ahead of time and it never did show up! 2. Upkeep is an ongoing problem. You should never see empty dirty glasses left at elevators, tables, etc. 3. Shore Excursions - are costly. We rented reserved a rental car for each of the islands and toured on our own. The only excursion I would highly recommend is the Monday evening luau. Over all, we did have a good cruise seeing the Islands. It is too bad that NCL has the monopoly on seeing them! Some other cruise line competition would bring their service up. I would not book another NCL cruise. I would rather pay a bit more and get the service and quality food other higher end cruise lines offer and that cruises are known for.