Pride of America June 2011
Embarkation was very smooth as was the disembarkation. Though, we had a flight leaving at 1:30 and the ship strongly recommended we do the 8:00am disembark time slot to be sure we had time. We were at the airport by 9am. Oh well, next time we'll know.
When they finally called our floor and we went to our room, we were a little disappointed by the size and overall cleanliness. The bathroom looked clean, but there were hairs on the floor and in the shower. The closet is pretty small as is the shower compared to a cruise with same class room we did with Royal Caribbean.
I wasn't really impressed with the overall layout of the ship other then the pool deck.
The best food was the variety in the Aloha buffet. The worst food by far and I would not recommend going at all was at the Cadillac Grill. I mean how does one screw up a grilled cheese sandwich? Soup that had more salt than the ocean and burgers so dry you could not chew. The Skyline/Liberty food was good, More
but nothing to write home about.
Overall it was a comfortable cruise and you can make it as relaxing as you want. Take the time to wander the ship and enjoy the different bars. Each one has different drink specials for the 5-6pm happy hour. Less
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Cabin review: Pride of America Oceanview Stateroom With Balcony Deck Ten 10532
Small shower, small closet, great big balcony, but would have been nice to convert some balcony space to room space. Located close to stairs for easy pool and Aloha buffet access.
Port and Shore Excursions
Easy on and off, but not really close to anything and there is not much to do in the old town area. A good day to stay on board and relax. You can get off later in the afternoon and watch the turtles come up to the sea wall right by the boat.
Never had a chance to do any fun things before or after the cruise due to our flight schedules.
Easy on and off. Close walking distance to great beach and restaurant area. Best place to do a helicopter tour. For the Smith's Fern Grotto tour, I recommend catching a cab, $25.00 per cab each way, and paying for the $20.00 tickets at the Smith's ticket window at the marina. They also offer a 10% AAA discount on the tickets. The ship charges $70.00 per person, so by taking a cab a group of 4 can save $150.00.
At Kona you use the tenders to go to shore. We had a disabled person in our group who was unable to go to shore as they can only carry a person on and off the tender. They did not mind not to be able to go, the only problem was the ship does not tell you that before hand, and the crew at the disembarkation station was rude, they saw her waiting there for a while and then very tersely said she could only go if someone was going to carry her as the crew would not, and that they really did not have room for the scooter. On past cruises with Royal Caribbean, they could handle the person when we disembarked on the tenders. Otherwise, Kona was a great port, with lots to see, shops, restaurants, activities and beaches. Suggestion, if you want to go to the Kona Brewery, go early, later in the day there can be up to a 2 hour wait for a table.
Easy on and off. To bad the port is out by the airport. Very expensive cab rides. The cheapest way to get to Lahaina is to pay $20.00 per person to take a bus ride at 9:30. They pick you back up at 3:00 which gives you some time to wander around. Might be best to rent a car for the 2 days om Maui, though not sure where you would keep it overnight. There are free shuttles to some of the closer destinations, but they are all just shopping center destinations in Kahului or surrounding.