Nice Hawaii cruise on NCL: Pride of America Cruise Review by 87path
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Nice Hawaii cruise on NCL
Food on the ship was hit or miss. Most of it was good. We ate all our dinners in the main dining rooms, and breakfast in the buffet. The buffet is my least favorite More spot, because of crowds, that weird cafeteria smell, and fact that most of my hot food cools off by the time I get to my table. My wife loved the fresh fruit and pineapple, though. The formal dining room was generally good, although plain in it's offerings. I pine for food on the cruises my family took me on in the 80's on RCCL, where it was exotic (Baked Alaska, Flaming Bamalu, Frogs Legs!) and dining was much more of an experience (waiter performances, parades, etc). I'm not sure if RCCL is that way anymore, but I would love to go on ship that still does it that way. I do appreciate the free style dining on busy mornings though, and the poolside grill was surprisingly good with tasty hot dogs, burgers, and fries.
The only real honest to goodness knock I have against Pride of America was they seemed to turn a blind eye to some cabins in our hallway that reeked of smoking guests. You would think the housekeeper would report them, since it is non-smoking ship, but it didn't seem like it. Feel bad for whoever gets those rooms next.
Two other bright spots to point out - Roberts of Hawaii and Sea Hawaii Rafting of Kona. Roberts was great to work with for aiport to pier transportation, and seemed to have great deals on excursions, even though we didn't do those. Sea Hawaii Rafting of Kona was by far our favorite excursion. Less
Cabin review: IC9509 Inside
Cabin was perfect for two people, and we grabbed two that were at the very front of our floor, and not adjoining other cabins, kind of sticking out on their own. Plus side was we didn't worry about noise from next door cabins, but my wife said closing of cabin doors in hallway sometimes woke her up. Inside, so no view. Closet very roomy. Bathroom a little tight, but normal for basic staterooms. Location at front may have allowed for more bumps to be felt by waves in rough seas. Every so often the pleasant rolling motion of the ship would be interrupted by bumps that would literally shake your bed and make it tricky to fall asleep at times. Don't remember this when we had a mid ship cabin of our last cruise.Read All Inside (IC) Reviews >>