Norwegian Sky Cruise Review by duffy's wife: Great Cruise
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Pride of Aloha Review 2/13-2/23
Day 1 We arrived in Waikiki on Sunday afternoon. At the airport there was a lady with a card with NCL Pride of Aloha. She told us where to get our luggage and where to meet the shuttle. The shuttle NCL provided was very nice but staying at Marriott Waikiki, we were the last people to be left off..(I know let's not whine we are after all in Hawaii.). NCL express check-in..It literally took 30 seconds to get our room key. Marriott is absolutely wonderful... beautiful room and lobby, we ate at the buffet downstairs and if you eat before I think 6:00 you can get it for$ 20.00 each.. DELISH.. We had a very long day of traveling so after dinner we crashed..slept around the clock.
Day 2 Beach Day, Lunch at Cheeseburger in Paradise..Yummy.....Dinner at Dukes.. Beautiful sunset...
Day 3 We were going to Pearl Harbor booked through Roberts...we were supposed to get picked up at the lobby of our hotel..after waiting for ½ hour I More called them and they informed me that I was suppose to walk to this other hotel to get my shuttle....I told the gentleman that when I booked the trip they told me that I would be picked up at the Marriott...(This said they would credit my credit card and they were sorry) Please when booking with Roberts make sure that you are being picked up at the place they tell you...We ended up walking Waikiki Beach going to the aquarium, having a beach day, and dinner. It was a beautiful day even though it started out disappointing...We love Waikiki......
Day 4 Honolulu 1st Day of Cruise,Pride of Aloha ....The NCL office in the Marriott was great they gave us tons of tips..and even booked Pearl Harbor for us last day before we flew home..Dinner reservations were booked also (they booked them but when we got on the boat we confirmed them for Valentines Day guess what??No reservations...)we re-booked..I checked because so many of you told me they sometimes don't get posted.. The reps told me sometimes the reservations from the hotel don't get through or posted.. always check.... They picked up our luggage in the morning and we went out for breakfast and returned it was gone. We did some last minute shopping and heading back to the hotel..Shuttle pickup was at 11:15. Got to the ship and embarkation was so fast. They gave us our cards and we literally walked on the ship. Contrary to previous post...The ship was very clean and very well maintained. We went upstairs to eat lunch on the deck...the food was hot and delicious... Our room was ready at 1:00.. Our steward was great..room was immaculate...NO COMPLAINTS............................. Walked the ship..laid by the pool. Dinner...all great....
Day 5 Honolulu, Shopped at Aloha Tower and had lunch. Back to the ship to the pool..( the staff keep things hopping on the deck.. we had fun..) Dinner at Bistro. Valentines Day..Yummy great dinner and wine deal..
Day 6 Kahului, Maui. We took the bus to Lahaina, then another bus to Whalers Village. Spent the day with my niece, had lunch at Hula Grill, Dinner, at Mama's Fish House.. Delicious but very $$$$$.
Day 7 Kahului, Maui. Molokini Crater snorkeling...It was great.. bring extra $$ if you want to rent a wet suit top. 10.00 each..We did and we were glad we did..Light lunch was provided, tons of fish beautiful coral.. The weather was super, and the water was clear.
Day 8 Kailua, Kona. Captain Zodiac Snorkel..We loved this trip..It was so much fun. The crew was fun the snorkeling was super, light snack provided. I Highly recommend this tour....Great fish.. great coral. Say Hi to Paul...
Day 9 Nawiliwili Kauai .. Journey to Waimea Canyon.. great tour
Day 10 Took Shuttle into town for lunch and a little shopping
Day 11 At Sea..The views were great Coast of Molokai
Day 12 Lahaina, Maui Went up the coast to have breakfast and toured the beaches and coves.. Shopped in Lahaina great little town. Woo Hoo extended our time in town by 3 hours...
Day 13 Hilo, Volcano National Park The craters were unbelievable...
The Ship... Very Clean.. Crew...Helpful...Many staff explained that many of the staff from the Hawaii had been transferred to the Pride of Aloha so on that 10 day cruise there was a full staff..
Our room was immaculate, room steward was always left tons of chocolates, and clean towels twice a day.. he brought us a egg crate first thing we loved our room steward... (One negative note.... The beds are rock hard..and the pillows are those foamy things) Hated the beds even with the egg crate...We got spoiled because we had just spent 4 days at the Waikiki Marriott..
Food.. Bistro was delish.. Main dining rooms good service, Keith in Crossings table 42 by the windows, Table for 2 ) good food, Long Boards, Great Fish and Chips, Wings and Burgers & Cold Beers..Buffet.. very busy after 8:00, but food was always hot plenty of fresh fruit. We always ordered room service in the morning if we had a early excursion day.. It just worked for us, put the little card on the door at the time you wanted it the night before and in the morning it was there.. If we had extra time we would walk down and grab snacks or bowls of fruit.. We would bring our coffee cups with us and just fill them up
We were so tired by the end of the day DH would head for Captain Cooks for a drink and I would head for the cabin... We saw some shows they were fine.. The Piano player Lex at Captain Cooks was great, he also played the banjo...very entertaining...
Spa..Very professional.. we were both satisfied..
Health Spa, up to date equipment.
We had extended time in Lahaina which was great..and extra 3 hours.
Antibacterial hand gel throughout the ship.. (I only spoke to 1 women who said she had gotten sick and I asked her if she had gone to the infirmary to let the Dr.s know she said no but I hadn't heard of any other people saying they had gotten ill.
We heard some people complaining at the front desk about not getting cookies, and 1 gentleman that wanted an upgrade because he thought the rooms were too small...
The odor people complained constantly about was sometimes evident but a crew member confirmed that the smell came from the docks.. ( I didn't smell it consistently, nor was it that disturbing...just sometimes..)
There was not a lot of people smoking or if they were they we extremely polite. Unlike Carnival you could not smell it in the halls or corridors.
There are good things and bad about freestyle cruising.. We ended up having the same waiter because we reserved a table in his area when we were eating in the Crossing, It is nice that they remember your drink order and after they get to know you can recommend entrees.. We made or reservations at the same time everynight so we are creatures of habit...
We had a great cruise and would recommend NCL and Pride of Aloha...I think if you go with an open mind and remember your in Hawaii you will have a great time...I want to thank all of the people on Cruise Critic who helped us make this the best cruise ever, you information was invaluable Less
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