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Pride of America
Pride of America
Member Name: adamsrib2010
Cruise Date: January 2010
Embarkation: Honolulu
Destination: Hawaii
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Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 1.0
Public Rooms 3.0
Cabins 3.0
Entertainment Not Rated
Spa & Fitness Not Rated
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Embarkation 4.0
Service Not Rated
Value-for-Money Not Rated
Rates Not Rated
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Pride of America Food and Excursions
This is our third cruise and the first to Hawaii.

On the positive side, cruising on NCL's Pride of America is probably one of the best ways to see a little of most of the islands that make up Hawaii.

Our cruise visited Oahu (Honolulu), Maui, Kaui, and two spots on the big island of Hawaii (Hilo and Kona).

I hope that someone with NCL monitors these reviews. If so, they need to do something about the food aboard ship.

ABOUT THE FOOD

The food overall isn't horrible, but with few exceptions -- at the restaurants included with one's ticket -- it's not good. Our opinion. Your mileage may vary.

Specifically, the "cafeteria style" restaurant (I think it's the Aloha) is OK for breakfast. A lot of variety.

Lunch is so, so. I heard that the Indian food was good, but the rest seemed like typical cafeteria fare. As an alternative, you might want to think about the Cadillac diner. The desserts there looked really good. 1950's food.

The food in the nicer dinner dining rooms (Skyline and Liberty) features small portions of just about everything, and if you're a fan of beef, you'll probably be disappointed. It's practically tasteless. My advice is to ask your server for recommendations and follow that advice, rather than the menu. Also, if you're ordering appetizers, order 2 of them. You can also order two main dishes, perhaps one that you think you'd like, and one that the server recommends. That way you're likely to have at least one shot at getting something you'll enjoy.

We only tried one specialty restaurant -- the Lazy J Steakhouse -- and were disappointed by the quality of the steak. Lobster lovers beware: It's not Maine lobster and the night we dined there, we discovered that we not only had to pay the additional cover charge for that restaurant but to get tough, practically tasteless lobster, we had to pay even more.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

As veteran cruisers know, shore excursions are pricy. If, however, you're taking this cruise while the humpback whales are in Hawaii to mate and calf, I'd definitely recommend the snorkeling excursion to the Molokini (sp) crater off the coast of Maui. This was a delightful surprise. The excursion is run by the Pacific Whale Foundation whose crew members refer to the waters around Maui as "whale soup" during that time of year, because of the large number of whales present. The snorkeling was great and so was the whale watching.

We rented cars at the times we were in port for over a day. With a GPS, I think this is definitely worth it. The people at the rental car places will tell you what's worth seeing and the GPS will get you there because these places are pre-loaded into them.

(Our GPS from home did not work in Hawaii. Again, your experience may differ.)

Regarding Internet, check with your cell phone carrier to find out if they have coverage through a national plan in Hawaii. Verizon offers a mobile broadband plan that we were able to use to tether our phones to our laptop and avoid the price on board Internet charges. This only worked when we were near the islands or in port, which was most of the time. If you plan to use just your cell phone, make sure you also check with your carrier to make sure you won't be charged a roaming fee if you use the phone while you're aboard the ship. We were told that as long as our cell phones didn't show that we were roaming, that it would be the same as using our cell phones at any other time.

Hope this helps someone and bon voyage!


Publication Date: 02/03/10
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