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Went on this same cruise, same ship, several years ago... Boarding okay, yet had to wait about 6 hours after previous passengers departed for cabin to be ready. Cabin ok - with exception that they have stinkin' bunks above. ... Read More
Went on this same cruise, same ship, several years ago... Boarding okay, yet had to wait about 6 hours after previous passengers departed for cabin to be ready. Cabin ok - with exception that they have stinkin' bunks above. Great for those who need 'em, yet in the way if you only have 2 people in a cabin. Dining ok. it would be greatly improved if they had a lobster night, escargot, and rib eye all missing - they do have N.Y. cut in Skyline/ Liberty Dinning rooms (which evidently share same menu, galley. Although Liberty less informal- NOTHING is formal on NCL). Went to one of their 'premium' restaurants - Cagney's - good steak (& did have ribeye), yet mushrooms too gamey and service not exceptional, either! Aloha Cafe, their buffet, hasn't got egg whites or substitute eggs for omelets during breakfast... Service - with possible exception of cabin - poorer than previous cruises; yet staff at least friendly (not as much as before there, either, though) Entertainment was fine, with good Polynesian show, comedian, magic, and variety/ dance/ singing shows. Can't vouch for shore excursions - we rented cars. Yet the ports of call & scenery such as the Na Pali coast (Kauai) and active Volcano lava (Southern area of Big Island) make this a very desirable and worthwhile cruise, which could be improved, though! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
If you love Hawaii and the fact that the Pride of America is American registered, you'll love the spirit of the crew and the experience. Cruising around the islands results in a minimum amount of cruise time and maximum amount of ... Read More
If you love Hawaii and the fact that the Pride of America is American registered, you'll love the spirit of the crew and the experience. Cruising around the islands results in a minimum amount of cruise time and maximum amount of port time. My experience is that the entertainment is a step above other NCL cruises I have been on. In addition to "cruise cast" shows, that were superb, the "Oh What A Night" show saluting the Four Seasons is exceptional. Saw it 7 years ago and again in 2017 and it never gets old. Again the crew from all other the United States as well as foreign countries makes for a great environment. No need to visit specialty restaurants. The two main dining rooms are superb. The highlights include cruising pass the "big island" volcano at night and the Nepali Coast on the final afternoon of the seven day cruise. All in all, magnificent experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Fabulous cruise in 2005 with our children!!! .... It was called "Pride of Aloha" then. Very excited to come back to celebrate our wedding anniversary in Hawaii. We found it a little disappointing this time around. Hawaii was ... Read More
Fabulous cruise in 2005 with our children!!! .... It was called "Pride of Aloha" then. Very excited to come back to celebrate our wedding anniversary in Hawaii. We found it a little disappointing this time around. Hawaii was beautiful !!! Food was delicious !! Entertainment was good. The negatives were, the ship had maintenance problems this time which affected our stateroom & it to took a long time to rectify the problem. No one could give us an answer as to when it would be fixed. We also couldn't hear any announcements given over the PA system. Everything seemed a little un-organized this time & Some of the shore excursions were sold out before we got on ship. So get buy ALL your shore excursions prior to cruising. A must see "Kona Joe coffee & Hawaiian chocolate" tour. Excellent !!!! & take a Blue Hawaiian helicopter tour in Kauai !!! Excellent !!! The ship photographers did & Awesome job !!!! Our pictures are BEAUTIFUL !!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
This was our best cruise ever. We cruised multiple times with Norwegian and always stay in Haven. This time we wanted to try out the Pride of America and the ship itself wasn't that great it's an old ship but, our butler was the ... Read More
This was our best cruise ever. We cruised multiple times with Norwegian and always stay in Haven. This time we wanted to try out the Pride of America and the ship itself wasn't that great it's an old ship but, our butler was the only reason why my whole family didn't miss the Haven! She was amazing throughout our entire trip. No words can explain this girl! Our reservations was done by day 1, anything you ask her it's like she sleep outside the door she's super fast the kids loved her very polite and beautiful! Thank you Susana. You are truly the best and will definitely ask for you next time we visit. Also, lots of American on this ship. Still no surprises, all the shows were amazings and restaurants staff provide great services excursions little over priced but worth it. Nepali coast helicopter and the luau kalamaku was my favorite .. We were all happy. Experience of a lifetime. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Wanted to see several of the different Hawaiian Islands in a short time period. The boarding process was very quick and easy. It started at ~12 - 1 pm, we did not arrive until 3:34 (have to be on board by 5pm) and just walked straight onto ... Read More
Wanted to see several of the different Hawaiian Islands in a short time period. The boarding process was very quick and easy. It started at ~12 - 1 pm, we did not arrive until 3:34 (have to be on board by 5pm) and just walked straight onto the ship. Our luggage arrived before the ship sailed at 5:00pm. I really have to be honest, there are parts of this ship that we never saw. With no days at sea, we left the ship every morning between 7-8 am and came back on board and 4-5 pm. We ate breakfast at the buffet (food is varied, warm, and filling). Lunch was always ate in town or on an excursion. We usually ate dinner to the Skyline restaurant (like that "free style" dining) food usually pretty good, but by end of week started tasting all the same. Service was alway prompt and friendly in the restaurant. Our cabin was the typical cruise ship cabin with a balcony. The starboard side of the ship is the place to be when the ship leaves Hilo and cruises past the volcano lava flow into the sea. Our cabin steward was very friendly and did a first class job keeping the cabin clean and the animal towels coming. Thanks Emil !!!! As I've said, not a lot of time using ship activities, but we did see a comedian one night who was pretty funny. We had two mixed drinks, nice and strong, but for $27.00 they should be good! Ports: Maui - first day we rented a car and drove across the island to the city of Lahaina, which is about a 30 minutes drive half of which is along a beautiful coast. Great little city that has Front Street running along the coast. Lots of shopping and restaurants, bought some art and jewelry. Had a very nice lunch at Kimo's Restaurant. Maui - second day had an excursion bought on-line that started at airport, drove in a luxury van up the coast on "The Road to Hana", long curved road that takes ~ 4 hours to drive 40 miles thru some of the most beautiful landscapes you can see. Had lunch provided by the tour and flew back to airport in a helicopter. Highly recommend this tour. Hilo - had an excursion bought on-line that picked us up at port and went to the volcano museum, took us to hot vents, lava tube, lava flow and hiked to volcano caldron. Lunch also provided on this tour. After leaving port of Hilo enroute to Kona, we cruised past the active lava flow at is going into the sea, at night you can it for miles. Kona - this is the only port that the ship uses lifeboats to tender from ship to port, which can be pretty time consuming. We did a ship excursion to make sure we did not get left if late getting back because of the tour. We took the zodiac boat tour and went snorkeling in a small bay. The water was beautiful and it was like swimming in an aquarium with all of the colorful fish. Kauai - first day we had an excursion bought on-line which took us on a airplane flight around and over almost the entire island. Kauai - second day, you have to be back on ship by 1:30pm, so we elected to sleep in and take it easy as we had been running for a week. After ship sailed we cruised up along side of the Na Pali coast. This time both sides of ship got to see the coast as you cruise up the coast and then the ship does a 180 degree turn and sails back down the coast again. Next morning you wake up sailing back into Honolulu harbor. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We have been on several cruises always on the Princess line. We really enjoy cruises both for the different destination but also for the time on the ship. Unfortunately this time we were very disappointed. The destinations were great. ... Read More
We have been on several cruises always on the Princess line. We really enjoy cruises both for the different destination but also for the time on the ship. Unfortunately this time we were very disappointed. The destinations were great. Embarking and disembarking were both handled well. Our steward was great and kept our cabin lovely and clean, supplied us with extra towels as needed and was very friendly. Unfortunately the cabins are smaller and feel smaller than Princess balcony cabins. The only upside was that I had booked a cabin with a larger balcony and that was a plus. There was as always on a cruise plenty of things to do or not to do. The shows were good. Bands and music a bit hit and miss. At times way too loud even sitting a distance away. We found not all the staff friendly. The Captain was very approachable but it didn't pass down the line. We had one great server in the main dining room for breakfast. We learned quickly to request to be on his side. The other side they were not friendly. Breakfast was not well served on that side. If you ordered cereal you could get your hot breakfast before the cereal, while you were still eating or everything at the one time. That is not good service. One morning the poached eggs were completely raw in the middle. This was rectified but with the original bacon which was then cold. We ate in the main dining rooms 3 nights. One night was good the other nights the food was tasteless and not appealing and again servers lacked personality. We ate 2 nights in East Meets West and the food and service there was good. We also ate in Cagneys Steak Restaurant and that was lovely. Great food and service. But unfortunately this did not make up for the service at other times. We will cruise again - definitely yes. Would we go with NCL - definitely NO! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This cruise was amazing. All the ports were outstanding. The Solstice is in excellent condition. There were lots of activities for sea days: ukulele lessons, hula lessons, Maori Poi Ball dance, cooking classes, a passenger chorus, ... Read More
This cruise was amazing. All the ports were outstanding. The Solstice is in excellent condition. There were lots of activities for sea days: ukulele lessons, hula lessons, Maori Poi Ball dance, cooking classes, a passenger chorus, outstanding lectures (Pacific Ocean, WWII, Women of Pearl Harbor, Volcanoes etc). Blu and Oceanview Cafe were both great. Crossing the Equator ceremony was lots of fun.. Damian our CD was very entertaining. The crossing was smooth with only one day out of New Zealand a little bumpy with 15 ft swells. The Sail Away from Sydney is the most beautiful I have ever experienced. We sailed at night and the Opera House was all lit up. Unfortunately the new production shows are not very good with the worst one the supposedly "Mozart" show. The guest entertainers were very good. One of the best tours we took was on Oahu from Escape Waikiki Tours. Kevin was a high energy fun and knowledgeable guide and the warm breakfast donuts are not to be missed. He will tailor a tour to the size (2-14 people) of your group and include whatever you like, but his knowledge of secret beaches and views on the island really sets this tour apart. The other tour was "Patrick's " snorkel tour on Bora Bora. It was an amazing experience with snorkeling and a pig roast on a private motu (small island) with wine, champagne and beer. Definitely plan on staying in Sydney at least three days before the cruise. It's a beautiful city and there is so much to do. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
If you fly from the East Coast to Hawaii you may spend 11 hrs flying. However, 5 1/2 hrs to SFO, hop in a cruise ship and you maybe saving $1500 if you count airfare, hotels, food, tours etc./ Things to remember: passport, book your ... Read More
If you fly from the East Coast to Hawaii you may spend 11 hrs flying. However, 5 1/2 hrs to SFO, hop in a cruise ship and you maybe saving $1500 if you count airfare, hotels, food, tours etc./ Things to remember: passport, book your tours before you leave home, otherwise you may find later on the ship your tour is closed. If you are traveling from SFO remember the avg temp is 61degrees. from Nov-May. Be prepared to feel cold weather, rocky seas and winds upwards of 25 knots for 6 of the 15 days you are sailing. Bring warm clothes for 10 days at sea. We brought bathing suits but the pool temperature was in the low 70s. If you are courageous you may watch movies outdoors. Book your transportation from SFO airport to Pier 27 and back as soon as you sign up for the cruise. Warning, it may take up to 1.5 hours from the airport. Our trip took that long on a Sunday at Noon. It took 35 minutes to travel two blocks at Embarcadero. Tours are very short, the best is the Arizona-Missouri Memorial. Be prepared to just bring a camera, tons of people go thru everyday and the security folks make you rent lockers at the reception center. This forces the rest of the tour group to wait for you to return to the bus. Hilo, Maui and Makawao are excellent tours. Unless you need to find a Pharmacy, the Ensenada tour is not worth getting. Oh, yes, the Pharmacy is 50 meters from the ship. The activity crew keeps you busy all 8 days at sea. Between Hula, line dancing, Ukulele lessons, Hawaiian history, art, photography lectures, Who can forget gambling? How about Bingo? At Happy Hour you can BOGO at 1/2 price. You can eat practically 18 hours a day and just in case you get up in the middle of the night hungry, just walk to the coffee shop and get a snack and a latte. Feel nostalgic? Go to the nightly shows and listen to your favorite tunes, magicians, dancers and stale jokes comics. Feel hungry after the show? Go to the pizzeria for a couple of slices. After all of these, you only wish to had less time at sea and more time in Hawaii. After we arrived home we couldn't wait to go back to work, we needed the rest........ Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We selected this cruise because we wanted to visit several of the Hawaiian islands and the cruise allowed us to do this without taking days of our time packing up, island hopping by plane, and unpacking to do it all over again in a couple ... Read More
We selected this cruise because we wanted to visit several of the Hawaiian islands and the cruise allowed us to do this without taking days of our time packing up, island hopping by plane, and unpacking to do it all over again in a couple of days. We enjoyed the excursions we selected and felt each port had something for everyone. The food provided on the cruise was very good as the different venues offered different selections. We did upgrade for 3-nights of optional dining venues for variety but thought that if we did this cruise again, we would just use the dining package that was included as those options were very satisfactory to us. I loved the Spa and had one of the best massages I have ever received. We did not attend any of the nightly entertainment shows as we chose the evenings to relax. We enjoyed the cruise so much we are talking about going on another cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
If you have high expectations then this is NOT the ship for you...If you're more into the onshore activities and seeing the Hawaiian Islands then this may be the cruise for you. My husband and I have taken this cruise twice within a ... Read More
If you have high expectations then this is NOT the ship for you...If you're more into the onshore activities and seeing the Hawaiian Islands then this may be the cruise for you. My husband and I have taken this cruise twice within a two year period. We'd expect improvements from the first cruise, rather we were quite let down. The shows are exactly the same, you'd think they'd update their entertainment! How does this accommodate frequent cruisers? Their food sucks unless you purchase the specialty dining packages. If you have an expensive palate like mine then you're forced to pay that extra fee for the dining package, if not then you'll be disappointed. The wait staff on this ship are nothing compared to the service you'd get on other cruises. We missed a show due to the extensive time the main dining hall took on our dinner one night and almost missed a second nights show due to the same reason. We dodged the ball on this night because we walked out having to wait 20 minutes for our dessert, after waiting that long we did without the dessert and hurried to the show. Service lacks and food sucks, again unless you dine in the specialty restaurants. The room stewards are exceptional. They seem to have a passion for what they do, both cruises we've loved the service from our stewards. They make coming back and leaving the room pleasant. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this ship for the itinerary and we weren't disappointed, there are no sea days, only ports. The overall experience of the ship was good, not as polished in areas such as entertainment or dining as other cruises I've been ... Read More
We chose this ship for the itinerary and we weren't disappointed, there are no sea days, only ports. The overall experience of the ship was good, not as polished in areas such as entertainment or dining as other cruises I've been on, but nothing to complain about either. Staff could be a bit more organised and enthusiastic with activities on board, and perhaps more people would partake. Shore excursions were very good but very over priced. We did a few of our own and they were a fraction of the price of the ships. Embarkation and disembarkation were very organised and speedy, probably the fastest we've had. I did feel cold quite a bit on the ship, especially in the dining room and theater, I think that they should turn the air conditioning down a little, as most people wore jackets or cardigans. We would possible go again if the price was more realistic. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
The overall cruise was amazing. My husband and I came to experience the multiple islands of Hawaii and did not realize the experience on the ship was just as exciting. From the food, entertainment, and environment, to the people we met ... Read More
The overall cruise was amazing. My husband and I came to experience the multiple islands of Hawaii and did not realize the experience on the ship was just as exciting. From the food, entertainment, and environment, to the people we met from all over the WORLD!!! We got some much needed rest and my husband begin exercising due to the ability to walk around the ship on the 6th and 12th deck. We would go on the islands after an amazing breakfast and run back because we did not want to miss the deck concerts, bar b que's, men's pretty leg contests, etc... We had a great time! Also, Norwegion gave us the 7 night/8 day option which was wonderful for our working schedules and it was a great option versus other cruise lines having longer schedules. It was just over the top. We would do it again and again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We had heard about the cruise from friends who did it a couple of years ago and it sounded great and they wanted to go again. We did. Overall it was a fantastic experience for us. It is a lot of days at sea but we managed to handle it. ... Read More
We had heard about the cruise from friends who did it a couple of years ago and it sounded great and they wanted to go again. We did. Overall it was a fantastic experience for us. It is a lot of days at sea but we managed to handle it. Laying by the pool for me and reading most of the time, for the wife, activities here and there. We had only one day of real rain in 33. Seas were very calm, worst was 2 days before the return to San Diego. She was unhappy with the type of activities overall as she was not keen on the number of activities that were aimed at over 70 types and the lack of movement oriented activities. There was no Karioke, not type of dance lessons other than hula/polynesian and the music in the lounges tended to be late 40 - 60 era. Cooking demos were interesting but short. The only more "modern" stuff was in the crows nest after the shows and the stuff on tape was a waste. The DJ just sat and made sure the tape didn't stop. The nights the band played upstairs was really good. Surprise gig by the RaveOns was just what we waited for. More of that needed. Shows were ok but accordian, violin and over the hill gymnist not what you want in entertainment, the RaveOns were the best act. We ate in the dining room most times and found the food really good and the service was the best we've had on 8 cruises. Very impressed with the executive chef Peter and would even try to find out what ship he was on next. He really made the attempt to meet you and get input and his attention to details was evident in the food. We ate anytime dining but tried to get the same table/servers every night and it made a huge difference. Room was fine, we had no problems with flooding or temperature though many on the same deck (4) did. The ship is definitely in need of a refresh and we heard they were trying to sell it. Not impressed with the cruise director or shoreside support. Very impressed with dining room crew, so-so service at the Pinnacle. 2nd time was better. Islands visited were interesting and we had some great excursions. Bora Bora we took one of Patricks tours, otherwise most were through the ship and were good. Tendering was a pain due to breakdowns, many people taking hours to get off the ship. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We really enjoyed the cruise. The food was very good. I'm not sure if I'd go back to Cagney's Steakhouse or La Cucina as it seemed to be the same as elsewhere. The service staff were excellent- bright- cherry-helpful ... Read More
We really enjoyed the cruise. The food was very good. I'm not sure if I'd go back to Cagney's Steakhouse or La Cucina as it seemed to be the same as elsewhere. The service staff were excellent- bright- cherry-helpful & funny! Just loved them! Although on the small size I felt the room had everything we needed and seemed in a good location-Stern 10154 There were several things I didn't like including the cost of drinks $7-14 each and the extra service charge of $13.50 per day per person. This is on top of the tip of our cabin stewarts etc. Overall, the Hawaiian Islands are the best and each island has its own charm and cruising was the easiest way to circumnavigate the main 4. There are lots of optional excursions and I really support taking as many as possible. Unfortunately, there did seem to be too many people (ie 49 on a bus) on most excursions. Lots of people with no "down/contemplation time" at each place. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
The food and entertainment were definitely the highlights. Our stateroom was very nice and well maintained by our steward. Service was very good in all areas of the ship. The Ports were excellent with lots of opportunities for ... Read More
The food and entertainment were definitely the highlights. Our stateroom was very nice and well maintained by our steward. Service was very good in all areas of the ship. The Ports were excellent with lots of opportunities for excursions of all kinds. It is definitely the best way to see the Hawaiian Islands as you are on the water during the night and at a port during the day. The entertainment was the best I've experienced on a Cruise, and was definitely the highlight of our time onboard. The ship's activities overall were adequate. The pool was colder than I'd like but the hot tubs were nice. The high cost of the wi-fi was a real downer and I wound up finding free wi-fi on shore which wasn't very convenient to do. We ate at three specialty restaurants which were very enjoyable and the food was exceptional. The other restaurants were good too and the service was fine. I would definitely recommend the Pride of America if you are interested in touring the many beautiful Islands in Hawaii - it sure beats staying on one of the Islands or trying to Island hop! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We picked this 15 day cruise because it was the same price as the 7 day cruise around the Hawaiian Islands leaving out of Honolulu. We flew in to LAX a day early and stayed at the Crown Plaza next to the harbor. Great location within ... Read More
We picked this 15 day cruise because it was the same price as the 7 day cruise around the Hawaiian Islands leaving out of Honolulu. We flew in to LAX a day early and stayed at the Crown Plaza next to the harbor. Great location within walking distance of the ship and also the USS Iowa which we toured that afternoon. Nice area by the port as they have a very nice wide walking path along the harbor. Very easy walk to the ship with our luggage. Embarkation was a breeze and walk off disembarkation was even easier with no wait. We thought the ship was very nice. We liked the layout of our inside room with plenty of storage. One of the nicer rooms that we have had. The highlight for me was the steam room in the men's locker room. Most of the steam rooms in the ships aren't hot enough but this one was perfect and I had a nice steam every afternoon before dinner. We really liked the 5:15 dinner seating. It seems like everyone wants early seating and this was the earliest we have ever eaten on a cruise. It would be fine with us if they would move it up to 5. We thought the food in the Horizon Buffet and dining room were excellent. We have never been able to understand how anyone can be dissatisfied with the food. A person would have to be very picky or super spoiled to not find food that they enjoy. This was our first time on Princess and we liked a lot of the things they did. They seemed to have more people working in the buffet getting drinks and clearing off dirty plates. I like it that they have servers serving the ice cream instead of having a serve yourself ice cream machine that people abuse. We enjoyed some good movies in the Princess Theater. We thought the crew in the Horizon Buffet were very friendly, especially Zelda and Ferdinand at breakfast. It never felt crowded at the buffet but we avoided peak times. The captain was very visible and friendly and I think this rubbed off on all the crew. This was our 17th cruise and this one flew by. The entertainment was excellent. The Asst. LA DA (retired) gave a lecture on one of the top ten LA cases (Bobby Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Onion Fields, DNA, OJ, Natalie Wood, Menendez Brothers, etc. each morning at sea which ended up being one of the highlights of our trip. They have a BOGO (buy one get one for $1) happy hour every afternoon. We don't usually drink even at home but this motivated us to have a fancy drink each afternoon and was something we really looked forward to. Lectures in the morning, BOGO and steam in the spa in the afternoon, the great entertainment in the evening, incorporating breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and our days flew by. Only had time to read one of the 5 books I brought to read. Rented a car at Hilo. I would recommend taking a taxi to rental. Didn't cost that much and we were first in line. Those that used the free shuttle had to wait in line for a long time. We drove to Volcano National Park which is a must see and one of the highlights. Also rented a car at Kaui and went to the valley saw part of it but as we got higher we were in the clouds and didn't see much. What we did see was stunning. Just walked around in Maui. In Honolulu we took Uber to Pearl Harbor and beat the rush. We had some great Uber drivers. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
It was a rough sail out of LA but sea days after were filled with lots of activities, great lectures and delicious food. We did not do tours but walked on islands however weather was cool and rainy. Still.... a very enjoyable cruise for ... Read More
It was a rough sail out of LA but sea days after were filled with lots of activities, great lectures and delicious food. We did not do tours but walked on islands however weather was cool and rainy. Still.... a very enjoyable cruise for us. We flew into SNA, took Uber to Best Western plus in San Pedro. Very accommodating and within walking distance to drugstores and restaurants with a free shuttle to ship! The Skywalkers Lounge was our favorite spot to relax and have a fantastic view from the back of the ship. Unfortunately we hear that it will be removed in the near future so take your cruise now and enjoy. Also skywalkers and explorer lounge have happy hours at various times which means buy one get one for $1.00. Can't go wrong there! We visited the "Sanctuary" twice, but believe it would be a better choice on a "warm weather" cruise. And always check with cruise critic before taking any cruise! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
we choose this cruise because of the itinerary. not many options to sail from use to hawaii. we have sailed with princess before and were happy with it. ship needs refurbishing but service was very good especially captain. he ... Read More
we choose this cruise because of the itinerary. not many options to sail from use to hawaii. we have sailed with princess before and were happy with it. ship needs refurbishing but service was very good especially captain. he was very visible all the time. would not go again. 9 days at sea is too much and i prefer a hot holiday. very cold at sea. embarkation was very long but the disembarkation went smoothly. dining room staff were very good. the head waiter was there every night not just on the last night for the tips. they need more sitting areas around the centre area to watch entertainment before going to dine shore excursions are very pricey so we did our own with other companies prices on the ships seem to get higher and they seem to be charging more for any extras the shops say duty free but the prices are about 1 1/2 times more than what you would pay at home for the same item. however i do like the fact that they had laundromat on site. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Love Princess! Rarely disappointed! Our room was terrific and ditto for Eddie our cabin steward. Loved the room location at mid-ship. Our wedding coordinator, Alex, from customer service was outstanding! Loved breakfast at Sabatini's. ... Read More
Love Princess! Rarely disappointed! Our room was terrific and ditto for Eddie our cabin steward. Loved the room location at mid-ship. Our wedding coordinator, Alex, from customer service was outstanding! Loved breakfast at Sabatini's. The buffet was a little sparse at times. The dining room menu has been reduced and the always available menu portion was lonely. Room service menu was outstanding....maybe better than the dining room. The service was faster, too! The casino seemed a little sparse with the slot machines. We spent some time there with so many sea days. The shopping was disappointing in quantity and selection. I did buy perfume and aftershave for my new husband! The weather was a little cooler and so we didn't use the balcony as much as I had hoped. We saw a couple of movies but it was chilly. Most days at movies under the stars but soft throws were provided for those who wanted to stay. The shows were enjoyable with a magician one night and the singers and dancers one night. Enjoyed shows in the Piazza frequently. The International Cafe was good and convenient. Played Bingo....and lost! It was fun with the Captain calling the numbers! The Captain was fun and always mingling with passengers. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
My husband and I cruised with two other couples.We enjoyed the ship and the crew. Check in went smoothly and rooms were ready as soon as we boarded. Room E632 was an obstructed view but our cabin had good view. It was located close ... Read More
My husband and I cruised with two other couples.We enjoyed the ship and the crew. Check in went smoothly and rooms were ready as soon as we boarded. Room E632 was an obstructed view but our cabin had good view. It was located close to elevators, laundry , activities and dining. Captain and crew were one of the best ever of my 16 cruises. Captain was out and about and greeted passengers. He participated in many activities. Our dinning room servers in the Amalfi were wonderful. Giovanni, John and Von were professional and FUN! One night it was like a party with friends. Servers from nearby tables joined in singing and dancing. If they saw us in other dining areas they came by to say hello. I really enjoyed Leialoha and Tikki Dave. Dave's lectures on the ports were excellent and he is a very good speaker. He also entertained with his wife, Leialoha and treated us to music of the Islands. He also did a show Music through the Ages in the Princess Theater. My favourite activity was the Hula lessons. I met some lovely people and we got to perform on stage. It was 4 sea days to Hawaii. We found lots to do and I never did get to read my books. Honolulu was our first stop. Being seniors we got on the bus for $1.00. First stop Pearl Harbour. You could spend the day there but we just toured the Missouri . Another bus ride took us to the North Shore to watch surfers and had a nice lunch. Another bus ride back to town and a bit of shopping. We got to use our transfer for ride back to ship. All day of travel for $3.00 Kauai was my favourite island. We rented a car and toured on our own, Waimea Canyon was beautiful. There were free shuttles from ship to several shopping areas ( even Costco). In Maui we walked off tender and visited shops and got an hour of beach time. Weather was not great but I needed the beach. On the Big Island of Hawaii, we did an independent tour of the volcanos, orchid nursery and macadamia nut farm. Then 5 days at sea to Encenada. We did a bus tour to La Bufadora. We took a tour from the people who run the shuttle to town. There is not much to do in town but tour brought us through the country side and beautiful scenery of the ocean. This was a good bargain at $15.00 with a coupon. Good shopping and eateries there too. While I think I prefer the Caribbean for the beaches this was a very nice holiday. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
I always like to read reviews from experienced vacationers. Because of that here is a brief history of our vacations. We have been married for 18 years and have been lucky enough to do a tropical vacation every January of our marriage. All ... Read More
I always like to read reviews from experienced vacationers. Because of that here is a brief history of our vacations. We have been married for 18 years and have been lucky enough to do a tropical vacation every January of our marriage. All have been to 4 or 5 star All Inclusive resorts except for 4 cruises including this one. Along with that we have done several other trips at other times of the year around the USA as well as Europe. Now for the Pride of America Food: This food was in the bottom 2 or 3 of all our vacations. I have heard many people complain about cold food on a buffet, but in 18 years I have never once complained that the food was too cold. Sometimes not super hot but always warm enough to eat. Well not on the Pride of America. We did every breakfast, many lunches, and one Dinner at the buffet. I never once had any hot food and only a couple times had even somewhat warm food. On top of the buffet food never being warm it was almost always tasteless or of very poor taste. I am not a very picky eater and always find food I like at a vacation buffet. On the Pride I was just eating something to fill my stomach, not because it was good. The main dinning rooms were no better. The food was hot but was not good. A couple of the soups were OK but nothing else was. On a cruise I usually have 2 or 3 entrees every night that I would like. This time I had a hard time finding 1 I wanted, and when I did get it I was sorry. I never went hungry but nothing was very good. The big attraction to cruising is usually the fantastic food. This was so disappointing I can't say enough about it. It is pretty sad when a cruise ship is getting blown out of the water, food wise, by an All Inclusive resort. That is the case with all AIs compared to this ship. If you wanted something for a snack between meals there was never anything more than basic pizza or plain hotdogs and hamburgers. A major problem I had was the extra charges for food. For dinner, any restaurant other than the main dining room were an extra charge, as well as many items on the menu in the main dinning room. Presumably this is were any of the decent food was. Well on a cruise I shouldn't have to pay extra for good food. Ship/Cabins: The ship is smaller than some of the monsters they are building now. Because of that there isn't the grand entry or the large open shopping/promenade down the center of the ship like you see in more modern ships. Not an issue at all for us, just different. Like most ships there are different bars and lounges that have different vibes where you can spend your evenings. Most will have different live music, DJ music, live game shows, comedian, ect. One problem we had with the layout of the ship is the area for the buffet where everyone goes for breakfast is too small. Many times we had a very hard time finding a place to sit and eat. There were times we had to carry our food outside by the pool to eat breakfast. The cabins were everything we have had on all other cruises. The cabins as well as the bathrooms are small but that is what is expected on cruise ships. This ship did have larger decks off the cabins than what we have had in the past. The cabins, bathrooms, and decks were all in good repair and we had no issues with anything there. Crew/entertainment: For the most part all the servers were very nice and professional and did a good job. Ben, one of the bartenders and was usually at the bar on the 5th level, was a great guy. There were a few servers in the main dinning room that seemed less than happy to be there and always had a sour look on their face. That is something I have never seen on any cruise or at any AI resort. The Cruise Directors staff which organized events and games, mostly in the evenings, seemed inexperienced and didn't always know what to do or what to say. It was often uncomfortable watching them trying to figure out what to do next. We had one comedian which did 2 different shows with completely different material on 2 different nights and was very good. All the live music we heard either on the pool deck or in the bars in the evenings were of pretty poor quality. Not a lot of talent there and some times hard to listen to. The main problem we had with the entertainment was the volume of the music on the pool deck. Now we are only in our mid 40s so you wouldn't think this would be a major issue. Well it was so obnoxious we couldn't take it. It was so loud that my wife and I would yell to each other and we still couldn't hear each other. The only day we tried to lay around the pool was the last day. When they were playing prerecorded music it was pretty loud but we were able to deal with it. It was kind of hard to have a conversation but we made the best of it. As soon as they started the live music we had to leave because it was so loud. I am talking hurt your ears loud. When they were getting the live music ready, tuning their instruments, people were yelling "It's too loud turn it down". When they started I went up to the assistant cruise director and asked her why it was so loud and could they turn it down. First of all she couldn't hear me and I was yelling. When I repeated it as loud as I could her response was that it was live music and that is how it is. We had to leave. All in all this was a pretty bad experience. It was nice to see several of the islands but there are other and better ways to do that. Getting on and off the ship wasn't too bad but you do have to use a tender boat for one port. That is a major hassle and takes a LONG time both ways. I would definitely suggest to people to do a hotel a few days on each island. I think you would have more time to see things on the island, you would get a better feel for what the island is like, you could eat more local food which I know would be better than what is offered on the ship, and I think price wise it would be about the same. With the time spent cruising between ports and getting on and off the ship, it would be faster and more efficient to fly between islands and stay in hotels. That way you would have more time per island to do and see things. This all comes from a pretty experienced vacationer. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
My title sums it up. I thought it would be nice to have 4 days before and after visiting Hawaii. It did not think about the fact we may have to skip a port or 2. Even that did not seem too bad until it happened. In Honolulu, we were told ... Read More
My title sums it up. I thought it would be nice to have 4 days before and after visiting Hawaii. It did not think about the fact we may have to skip a port or 2. Even that did not seem too bad until it happened. In Honolulu, we were told we could not get into the next stop because of bad weather at that port. We were told that we could have a 2nd day in Honolulu. OK That seemed reasonable, BUT we would not have as long on shore. OK Then we found out the cruise had no excursions for the 2nd day. We left the ship on the second day thinking there would be trips offered at the pier. NO there was only one option, a free ride to the mall if we listened to a 20-minute talk on jewelry. NOTHING else. No guidance to where we might find an excursion, not even a line of taxis looking for a fare. This happened again at Kona. This time we needed to be back on the ship by 1 PM. There were a couple of early excursions offered on the ship but by the time we were ready to leave the ship it was too late to go anywhere with assurance we would be back on time. We shopped at the nearby shops and bought a few things we did not need. Wow, that was exciting. The ship was cold inside and out. We did not use our balcony. No swimming for most of us. There were a few brave souls. It was too windy to use the mini-golf or walk the upper deck. I really got bored. My husband got motion sick and lost his lunch. And there was a cold or flu going around the ship. They ran out of cold medicine in the Fun Shop and I was up for hours coughing. Even with trip insurance I was told it would cost about $50.00 from the ships doctor. So I decided to see the doctor as my cold got worse. It was after 9 PM so he was off duty and because we would be disembarking the next morning he would not be available. Oh, well. It was just a cold. I believe it was my poor planning to go to Hawaii in the winter. The water was cold, the sea was rough, and the on board temperature was cold. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This will be our ONLY cruise on Princess. We had high hopes as my brother in law likes Princess and recommended it. We however hated it and here's why: Food - The meat and seafood was grossly overcooked. We sent stuff back, we ... Read More
This will be our ONLY cruise on Princess. We had high hopes as my brother in law likes Princess and recommended it. We however hated it and here's why: Food - The meat and seafood was grossly overcooked. We sent stuff back, we ordered it "Medium Rare" - it sill came out slammed. The sides were disappointing as well. For the most part everything friend came out soggy. The buffet was horrible, food way soggy and overcooked. Beds - The Grand Princess beds were replaced just a few weeks before our voyage. We found the beds lacking in support and too soft and uneven. My back hurt for most of the cruise as a result. Crowds - The ship was like an Ant hill. Other cruise lines we've been on pack far fewer people onto a ship the size of the Grand Princess. There were lines and crowds everywhere. We've never had to wait in line for an hour for anytime dining before. We took to calling in at exactly 8AM to make reservations. So that pretty much killed doing anything else around that time. We found it very stressful. Embarkation - I've never seen a crowd that big in a terminal. We showed up a tad early for our appointed check in time but still had to queue up for almost 2 hours before we could board. There was also a 30 minute line to check in suitcases. Never seen a mess like that before. Rust Bucket - while the interior of the ship was worn but in pretty good cosmetic shape the exterior was horribly rusty. Systems such as the Vacuum toilets also broke down repeatedly. Cabin - We booked a mini-suite. It was the size of a regular veranda cabin on some of the other lines we were on. The storage was ample and there was a nice sofa seating area, but calling it a mini-suite was quite an exaggeration. Fitness - the Gym equipment was insufficient for the crowd on board and there was often a long wait for treadmills and ellipticals. The classes were too crowded and unpleasant. The public rooms were inadequate for the crowd. There's only one real theater on the Grand Princess, but the staff had it offline for "rehearsals" and shuffled off the popular enrichment activities to venues way too small for the audience. The only bright spots on the cruise were the Hula and Ukulele instructors and the Naturalist and Forensic Lecturers. They made the cruise for us, otherwise we'd have disembarked at the first port and flown home. I must point out that the staff was uniformly courteous and friendly even when they were not empowered to fix anything. Out cabin attendant was fantastic. All in all, we had a great time, because we didn't let the problems with the cruise get to us, but we'll never cruise on Princess or any Carnival property again. We'll stick with Celebrity and Oceania. Possibly trying some of the other higher end cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
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We cruise about twice a year to relax and to have fun and we did on each cruise.The dinning and the fitness room are very good. The serve from the staff people are very good. You might get one or two staff people that is not nice on a ... Read More
We cruise about twice a year to relax and to have fun and we did on each cruise.The dinning and the fitness room are very good. The serve from the staff people are very good. You might get one or two staff people that is not nice on a given day, but most of all I found the staff very nice and helpful on all my cruises we have been on. I enjoyed the cruise tours and all the stops, they were a lot of fun. Some are a little high priced, but most I was able to afford. Getting on and off the cruises, sometimes it was hard and sometimes it was easy. As an Elite Princess traveler it is a little better getting on and off the ship. I like the pricing for the cruises. I find them OK priced. Overall I can't wait for our next cruise! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We chose this cruise, no flying involved. Once onboard discovered ukulele lessons for group. I had taken lessons at home so this was exciting. Then we discovered the 2 for 1 happy hour! Need I say more. But, then the Ensenada ... Read More
We chose this cruise, no flying involved. Once onboard discovered ukulele lessons for group. I had taken lessons at home so this was exciting. Then we discovered the 2 for 1 happy hour! Need I say more. But, then the Ensenada wine excursion was the best. Leaving the 3rd world city we come upon a valley of vineyards, who knew. A tour guide that was excellent and wine sampling on the bus. We were the happiest bus around before getting back onboard the ship. The Star could use some updating, but our room was ok and had excellent room steward. We want to do this cruise again. Encouraging our friends. I will take my own ukulele next time. Tiki Dave did the uke classes and I learned so much more from him free than I did paying for classes at home! Overall such a pleasant 15 days. The 5 lbs I gained all worth it! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017

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