26 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
This was my first cruise so have nothing to compare with but from start to finish I could not fault NCL. Pre cruise I found the website a great source of information, I pre booked speciality restaurants online before leaving home, I had ... Read More
This was my first cruise so have nothing to compare with but from start to finish I could not fault NCL. Pre cruise I found the website a great source of information, I pre booked speciality restaurants online before leaving home, I had free specialty dining package. Embarkation was easy and quick we arrived at approx 15.30 having had plans in honolulu in the morning. no queue at all, luggage was taken from us and we checked in, credit card was swiped and room keys allocated. Our room was ready by the time we got on board so we went and dropped our hand baggage off and freshen up, room was what I had expected we were in stateroom 10524 (large balcony) the room had everything we needed as we didn't plan spending much time it in, Why would you in Hawaii ???? Room was clean with plenty of storage for a couple who were travelling from the UK for 3 weeks. Bathroom was functional again not sure what people expect. We realised that the plug in the sink was stuck down so we had a wander round the ship via guest services to report it, when we returned to our cabin after a few cocktails it had been fixed and luggage had been delivered. Later on in the week we had a leak from our toilet fresh water thankfully, one phone call to guest services and within 10 minutes maintenance had arrived checked it left for 5 minutes and returned with a part and fixed it, we went out for the day on our return we had a phone message from guest services to ensure all was well. We dined in most of the restaurants we had breakfast in the Aloha cafe every morning just because it was on the same floor as our room, we never had an issue with seating, good choice of food from cooked breakfast to continental, cereals and pastries. My only issue was I couldn't find english breakfast tea bags only de-caf (I should've listening to my mother and took my own) its a british thing !! As we had the ultimate dining package we ate in all but the french restaurant. Our favourite being the tappenyaki restaurant we ate with 6 other people which was nice to meet other people. We tended to have drinks at John Adams bar near guest services, the girls who worked the bar were always smiling and happy. We never met any staff who weren't pleasant, we said hello to everyone and they all acknowledged us. Disembarking at port was easy to do and well organised even the tender port at Kona, we had no plans so weren't in a rush to get off, we collected our tender tickets at 8am and were on land by about 8.20 again no queuing or fuss. We did not attend any of the shows or arrange shore excursions with NCL, after much research we hired cars in all ports so we could do our own thing at our own pace, except Kona where we had a day on the beach and a walk to the brewery. The boat was clean and well maintained yes there was a bit of rust on the balcony but its a boat at sea 7 days a week, maybe as this was my first cruise I don't have much to compare with but I have travelled extensively around the world. I was aware of the added service charge which I choose to pay before departure, I never felt obliged to tip again and as the mother of a chef I was pleased to know the service charge was split with back of house staff as they usually lose out. The fact that there was no casino was never an issue as after a full day on shore, evening usually ended up as dinner and a few cocktails then bed ready for an early start. We did meet quite a few people who didn't actually leave the ship on a number of days, which was a mystery to us as even if you'd visited Hawaii before there was still such much more to explore on every island we visited. We would definitely sail with NCL again. Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
If you are looking for a good way to visit all the main Hawaii attractions in a week this cruise is a good option, but we were a bit disappointed with some aspects of the ship. If there was an alternative cruise doing a similar round trip, ... Read More
If you are looking for a good way to visit all the main Hawaii attractions in a week this cruise is a good option, but we were a bit disappointed with some aspects of the ship. If there was an alternative cruise doing a similar round trip, competition might be good for the punter. With the not insbstantial sum we paid for the trip, we expected clean sea air, not the ever present stink of sewerage, especially on decks 5 and 6. At Maui this was very bad, and the smell was pumped into our stateroom all night. This could hardly be conducive to health! We also disliked the creative ways we could be scooped for more cash. Eg the internet service charges, and the ship block booking of helecopter excursions preventing direct booking, and adding extra charges. I suggest planning and booking all your shore excursions independantly and well in advance. We prearranged car hire with friends for most of our time ashore but had to be very careful to get back to the ship in time for sailing - we cut it pretty fine on one occasion. Food was reasonable but service slow at times. Drinks were good but expensive. Our inside stateroom was very cramped and I would say we were glad not to have brought our boys along. Sleeping 4 in such a small space would not have worked. Read Less
18 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
First I will say that this was our first cruise and most likely be our last. This was a trip of a life time and Hawaii is an amazing place. If you are going to go, a cruise is the way to go to take in all of the beautiful sights. For ... Read More
First I will say that this was our first cruise and most likely be our last. This was a trip of a life time and Hawaii is an amazing place. If you are going to go, a cruise is the way to go to take in all of the beautiful sights. For the money you are paying, you would hope that the ship you are on does not smell like a sewer, has large sections of it blocked off for repair and/or is in one state of disrepair or another. I had a door handle come right off in my hand! Listening to a power drill or saw was not exactly relaxing. The spa was closed for the entire trip so a massage to de-stress was out. Cleanliness was also a problem. As you can imagine, the vistas were beautiful but were marred by dirty windows that looked like they haven't been washed in ages. The public bathrooms were filthy and the table tops on the pool deck were always covered with sticky stuff. There are hand sanitizer a everywhere. This is a good thing. Unfortunately, they forgot to train their staff on proper infection control (witnessed staff wiping their noses and coughing into their hands and then handling food - YUCK!!) Apparently, there were a few staff members sick at the onset of our trip. Needless to say, this respiratory infection quickly spread ship wide. My parents had to go on antibiotics and my husband is still coughing. I had a few positive experiences with staff (primarily bar staff - great strawberry mojitos Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
Booked owners suite for a very special occasion and was very disappointed with quality and service provided. Stayed overnight in Marriot hotel was good but maid started cleaning our room before we had checked out, removing our travel ... Read More
Booked owners suite for a very special occasion and was very disappointed with quality and service provided. Stayed overnight in Marriot hotel was good but maid started cleaning our room before we had checked out, removing our travel doc's for both cruise and stay in Vegas, got doc's back after frantic search. Checkout was at 11:00 maid had started clearing our room at 10:30! Boarded ship at 12:00, bags finally arrived 4 hours later, crew explained 1500 bags to bring onboard, I expected better service when we had paid for the most expensive cabin on the ship. Owners cabin was nice but had definitely seen better days, couch was well worn and both arm rests were worn through. Both sinks in the bathroom and WC were damaged and marked. Breakfast was just for suite guests in Gagneys resturant. Food was ok but nothing special, steak and eggs were good though. Pleased we did not have to endure buffet breakfast, it appeared a complete free for all with little organization from the crew. We booked tours on line prior to the trip and generally they were good, however the shore organization for these trips by NCL was zero once we left the ship. For the first trip we all stood in the sun whilst the bus was empty and just waiting there, the tour description number on the bus was different from our tour number. Our Atlantis submarine tour was cancelled one hour before we were due to leave, which can happen but we were offered no alternative, just a refund. The Kilohana manor house & Kalamaku show was very good, recommend this tour because the Kalamaku show only tour is just a buffet meal which according to people who ate this was poor quality, the meal in manor house was excellent. Entertainment onboard was average, DJ Mr W spent more time playing with his mobile than actually seeing if people were listening to the music he played. White Hot party should be renamed to White Hot crew party. After 1 hour people started to leave and the off duty crew took over the dance floor, music was defiantly not music that people wanted to hear, after 2 hours all guests had left but the crew still enjoyed the night. Great disappointment, wife even had a white dress made for this party. Entertainment very poor quality. Do not pre pay tips, we did but was informed on the last day that the pre paid tips did not go to our butler, concierge or drinks staff, so we were pestered for tips because the people we expected to receive the pre paid tip do not get it. General comment is NCL have the monopoly for this cruise so quality not really number one priority for crew, they need training in customer care. This cruise is good to see Hawaii but book the cheapest accommodation with NCL because you will not get improved service if you pay more. Do not expect normal cruise standard of food because this is very basic stuff, Disappointed Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
This was our first cruise and first trip to Hawaii. NCL went out of their way to make it special for our parent's 60th anniversary. Tips I would suggest for this trip: 1)Stay in a suite with another couple if possible. We ... Read More
This was our first cruise and first trip to Hawaii. NCL went out of their way to make it special for our parent's 60th anniversary. Tips I would suggest for this trip: 1)Stay in a suite with another couple if possible. We received many perks for being in a suite, and our cost was cheaper per couple than the other two couples who travelled with us. The room was spacious, quiet, and clean. We were in the middle of the boat--not above a party room that played booming music like the others in our group! 2) We rented cars on Maui and Kauai, and that was a smart option. We did as we wanted, and we parked them overnight so we could have them both days. DO NOT go with Dollar as they were expensive and not helpful (we did this on Maui). Enterprise was much more reasonable and helpful (we did this on Kauai). We made reservations beforehand with Dollar, but it was just as easy to catch the rental car shuttle off of the boat in Kauai, and they had plenty of cars. 3) When on Hilo and Kona, we chose MaryLou's Tours (marylousbigislandguidedtours.com), and they were FANTASTIC. A small mom-and-pop company, they took us to the all of the sights in a van, found out-of-the-way places for lunches, and even guided us through the snorkeling at Kona with individual instruction. At $70 and $60 per day per individual, we felt we got the most out of the big island! 4) Don't pay for any of the pay-at restaurants on ship. We did not, and trust me, we had plenty to eat! Hope you have the cruise of a lifetime like I did! Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
As first timers to Hawaii, this was an excellent cruise - in terms of getting an good introduction to all the Hawaiian islands. The itinerary is quite relaxed, giving you good amount of time on each island. The ship, services, programming ... Read More
As first timers to Hawaii, this was an excellent cruise - in terms of getting an good introduction to all the Hawaiian islands. The itinerary is quite relaxed, giving you good amount of time on each island. The ship, services, programming and food, however are very average. Someone had written in another review that this was like staying at a Holiday Inn - and that analogy is spot on. The ship was clean ! 5/5 for cleanliness; We had a balcony cabin - pretty good for 3 adults and one child. We were able to store our entire luggage in the closet, under the beds etc. Cabin steward was good- responsive and well-trained. Staff overall was a hit or miss. The staff at the sit-down restaurants (the ones that were included in freestyle) was always a let down. Seemed as if they were doing you a favor by serving you. We had instances when plates were cleared without asking and while we were still not finished with the meal. On the other hand, the staff at the paid restaurants was good. We had excellent service experiences, esp. at the Italian restaurant. The food was at best mediocre. And by mediocre, I mean the variety, taste and quality everything was lacking. Breakfast - same for seven days (ok, thats understandable). Try the Cadillac diner one day for breakfast - same food, but hey, its served !; Lunch - most of the days we were out on shore excursions. Dinner - surprisingly the best couple of meals we had was at the Aloha buffet. The Italian restaurant was below average, the chinese just about ok. The steaks left a lot desired in the quality of the meat. Entrees were all uniformly underwhelming. Not worth the extra cover charge, really. We all felt the desserts were pretty good - almost all the time. Maybe we got a good pastry chef in our sailing. Talking of extra charge, POA allows you to take wine @ $15/bottle. I would advise you take 3-4 bottles atleast, it will be worth it. Any half decent wine on board was about $55 per bottle average. Programming on the ship was again a hit or miss. We ended up being on the ship only in the morning and evenings - and there were atleast 3 days when none of the programs looked interesting to anyone in our group. A lot of orientation towards to the older generation. Mardi Gras (the night club) had the best programs for us. Good staff, good vibe. The pool in the front section is slightly larger than an average american living room. The so called pool in the rear is really a 12x12 feet tub. In terms of the excursions, we had a rental car pre-booked at every port, except Kona. That worked out very well for us. We explored the islands at our own pace. All rental companies have their courtesy vans at every port. At Kahului, we had a car for 2 days. The first day we drove up the Road to Hana. Most people turn back after Hana. But I would advise to get a SUV and go beyond Hana and the Pools at O'heo - there is just a dirt road for a good 20/30 miles. But the real beauty of Hawaii is beyond that dirt track. Its simply awesome ! The road becomes smooth eventually - it will be one of the best drives of your life ! The second day in Kahului, we went to Lahaina town, then Kaanapali beach. Excellent for snorkeling, but too rough for just swimming. wading. Go to DT Fleming beach a little further if you have kids. Perfect for playing, boarding in the water. In Hilo, since there is only one day - you can just about do the Volcano. If you have a car, from the Volcano, please drive down the Chain of craters road to the edge of the sea. That will take you through real lava tracks and down to indescribable beauty. In Kona, we remained close to the port. Took the Atlantis submarine trip down to the reefs. That was pretty good as it goes down almost 100 feet in the water. We also tried the Kona Brewing company near the port. Excellent beer tasting menu ! In Nawiliwili, we went up to the Waimea canyon. Again, awesome beauty ! We wish we had taken the helicopter ride here - as we saw helicopters flying right into the canyon. On the way back we stopped at Poipu beach. Great for kids. Easy snorkeling, and swimming. Last day was spent on the ship. Nothing too memorable. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
Where to begin: My husband and I went on this cruise hoping for 7 beautiful/wonderful days on Norwegian and in Hawaii. What we actually received was 7 boring & insulting days instead. This was our first anniversary has husband and wife ... Read More
Where to begin: My husband and I went on this cruise hoping for 7 beautiful/wonderful days on Norwegian and in Hawaii. What we actually received was 7 boring & insulting days instead. This was our first anniversary has husband and wife so we were extremely excited, boy what a let down. The only pro to this cruise was location, Hawaii is such an amazing and beautiful place to visit. Now for the cons: 1. Stateroom was so small it felt like I was in a college dorm room 2. The food was so nasty we might as well eaten at McDonalds 3. The entertainment/games were catered to the 70 and up age range so us being in our 30s we were bored out of ears. 4. My luggage was sent to another room and was not returned me to until late that evening on our first night. 5. The only staff members we interacted with was our room attendant and a friendly woman at guest services. Everyone else seem annoyed to be there. 6. The ship in a whole looks like it is in need of a major face-lift, cracks/grit/chipped paint everywhere. 7. On our first night decided to eat in the dining room, BIG MISTAKE! We had to wait 40 minutes for a table only to have the worst waiter there. When he did take our order down we have to wait a hour in a half for our mediocre food. He kept coming to us saying he checked down stairs and the food isn't ready what more could he do. Once the food (steak) finally arrived it was cold. We asked for another plate and the waiter acted as if we just asked me to slice his arm off for us to eat it. After his continued Huffing and Puffing w/ eye rolls we told him never mind and left. 8. The extra services charges are extremely expensive for the poor service we received. 9. The excursions are nice but nothing to brag about. We could have totally free styled the island. 10. The cruise director had a very nasty attitude when we tried to inform him about our experience so far. He acted as if he had no time to hear us out and that our complaints meant nothing. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2015
What a great way to see the Hawaii Islands. First time cruisers and now hooked, however not sure if I would do a Caribbean one, but would do one for Europe, Iceland or South America. I read every review before we left to be well ... Read More
What a great way to see the Hawaii Islands. First time cruisers and now hooked, however not sure if I would do a Caribbean one, but would do one for Europe, Iceland or South America. I read every review before we left to be well prepared and what to except. I am returning the favour as there are a few tips that no one mentioned. Enjoy We flew Delta from Toronto to Honolulu with a 2 hour layover in Atlanta. This got us into Honolulu around 4:00pm Hawaii time. We stayed at the Hilton Hawaii Village, check in was a breeze. We had time to explore the resort and a good dinner before bed. A taxi from the Airport to hotel was about $50. The resort was good, lots to do and see. It was busy, but we had our own pool in our tower and very few kids. I would stay there again. We also found local places to eat off the resort which saved us money We spent the two full days on Oahu exploring the Island by walking and rented a car for the drive to North Shore. Unfortunately the weather was rainy and cloudy, which you cannot control. We made the best of it as we are not sure when we will return. We saw everything we wanted within the two days and had a relaxing Saturday morning before embarkment. Embarkment was a breeze. We left the hotel at 11:30am by taxi which costs $15 and good scenic ride. We were on the ship by 12:30pm for lunch in the Skyline and exploring. Before we knew it was 3:00pm and our room was ready. We also checked in with 24 pack of water for our room. We dropped our carry on luggage and check out the cabin before our scheduled CC Meet and greet at 03:45pm. It was cool to meet all the officers and other CC members. Once done, we went back to our cabin to find our luggage had arrived. Unpacked , got ready for the sunset and sail away party. Dinner reservations were for 7:30pm, so we had plenty of time to get ready. Our cabin was fwd mid-ship in the middle #4073. This was prefect for us, as we were only there to shower and sleep. We are not much for pre-organized shore excursions, so we rented jeeps with discounthawaiirental.com. We explored each Island on our own and saw all we wanted and more. Picking up car rentals was fast, we would be one of the first to leave the ship right at 8am and be in our jeep rental by 8:15am and on the road. However Maui rental check in was the slowest (about 30 minutes) , glad that port was an overnight. Even if you do not have a rental, they do provide free shuttles to beaches and shops within town. Which we used in Kona, as my husband had schedule scuba drive that day . It was not worth a rental on that day. Kona was the best place to souvenir shopping as well, A lot of local artists. Well my husband was scuba diving I took advantage of the Spa services on the ship. Which was great, however a little expensive All dinner reservations were set for 7:30pm, which we made all of them. We had dinner in three of the speciality and others in Skyline or Liberty dinning rooms. All food was good, but a little salty. We normally do not cook with salt at home. The best was the Cagney’s Steakhouse, Morden Brazilian was awesome and Jefferson Bistro was good.. We were looked after well . Please note I had the duck for the first time even and found it wasn’t really my cup of tea…however the lamb chops we awesome. We are not into anything made with rice so we did not try East meets west …and because I am picky about Italian cooking we did not do that one either. We had breakfast in the Cadillac Dinner, except for disembarkment day. It was closed then. We were able to avoid the buffets, we are not into buffets. The shows were ok; we are not really into musicals. Other entertainment after hours was ok….the White Hot party was the best. We were in bed on average around 10:30am every night, as days were packed exploring. You do not get in to Kaui port until 10:00 am, which sorta cuts into your time spent on the island and you have to be back on the ship at noon the next day. We rented a jeep to explore the island and catch a sunset Popi Beach. For Friday unless you had a shore excursion for the morning most people stayed on the boat. Which worked out ok for me, as that was our only day of Sunshine to lie on the deck. We did take the free shuttle for some last minute shopping in the morning. All cruise staff we’re happy, friendly and very helpful. This made a good impression on us to start thinking about our next cruise. We booked the Pearl Harbour excursion on the disembarkment day, as it included luggage and drop off at the airport. We still had a 3 hour wait at the airport before we could check in, but they do have a sitting area and others were there to talk to, which passes the time. Disembarkment was a breeze, we walked off with our luggage with ease. We flew Westjest home, which we did not have entertainment unless you rented a tablet. You needed to have pre-loaded the Westjet app in order to have access to movies and TV shows on your personal tablet or phone. Wished I had known that …the 5.5 hour flight to Vancouver was restless, as I had a snoring beside me and nothing to block the sound. All was good the rest of the way to TO In summary, rent jeeps as the road are very windy and some area you need the 4X4. Purchase the Island ‘Revealed’ books for a tablet …this made it easy to navigate the islands and highlight sightseeing , where to eat and cute stories . Pre-book all dinner reservations and shore excursions. They tend to be full but the time you get there. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2015
Great experience! The food was fantastic, the crew went out of their way to make our trip great, and the entertainment was top notch. We chose to do no shore excursions as we are very familiar with the islands. We instead rented a car ... Read More
Great experience! The food was fantastic, the crew went out of their way to make our trip great, and the entertainment was top notch. We chose to do no shore excursions as we are very familiar with the islands. We instead rented a car in Maui, Hilo, and Kauai. We did not pay for specialty dining as we felt the options in the Liberty Dining Room and Skyline Restaurant were very nice. We found late in the week that avoiding the buffet a t breakfast and going to the Skyline Dining room was a much nicer option. This allowed the people hurring to get off the ship a chance to clear aot as we ate a nice leisurely breakfast. The food was similar to the buffet, but it wasn't crazy busy like the buffet. We were then able to just walk off the ship and go about our planned day! You will not be bored on this ship! We were amazed at the quality of the entertainment. It was a real highlight for us. If you chose to stay on the boat there were a lot of activities planned, as well as music by the pool, and of course you can always find something to eat! Getting on the boat was a breeze - our bags were already at the stateroom door by the time we got there. Leaving the ship was very hassle free as well. This was our first cruise, and as Hawaii residents we are already plannning to spend next Thanksgiving aboard the Pride of America! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
This was my first cruise and I couldn't imagine it going any better. The check in was made easy by a staff who knew what they were doing and from the moment we stepped on the pier we were welcomed many times. The 1st night welcome ... Read More
This was my first cruise and I couldn't imagine it going any better. The check in was made easy by a staff who knew what they were doing and from the moment we stepped on the pier we were welcomed many times. The 1st night welcome show introduced us to the crew and told that they were there to ensure that we had a good time. They did everything they could to see that it happened. The food was great whether we dined in the Aloha room at the buffet or the specialty restaurants that we tried, and all of the staff had ready smiles and warm "Alohas" for us throughout the cruise. The comedian on board, Michale Somerville, was hilarious. Charles Bach, the performing magician, amazed me with his show and we truly enjoyed "Oh What A Night", the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute band. ANy future cruises I go on will have a tough time matching my experience on the Pride Of America. Malu, the Cruise Director, and her staff had a big hand in that. All of the ships amenities with a backdrop of the Hawaiian Isles made this journey a trip for all to take Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
Loved our cruise and would recommend it. We were first time cruisers on our honeymoon in our early 30s. We opted to purchase the specialty restaurants, being Gluten Free we thought that was best and it worked out well, everyone was ... Read More
Loved our cruise and would recommend it. We were first time cruisers on our honeymoon in our early 30s. We opted to purchase the specialty restaurants, being Gluten Free we thought that was best and it worked out well, everyone was very accommodating and there were options for me. The Teppanyaki was the best I have had and I have had A LOT, great show, delicious food and good service. Jeffersons Bistro was our favourite. The food was excellent and by far the best creme brulee I have ever had! It was the best service I have EVER experienced in a restaurant. The manager Addy from Romania and Head Chef both came out to see how our meals were which I thought was really nice. The next day at breakfast Addy saw me before I saw him and bought me a plate with gluten free toast and muffin, was so impressed! Moderno I wasn't a fan, but if you love your meat and lots of it you would probably like it. Cagneys I don't eat steak but my husband enjoyed it. The Liberty restaurant we went to twice and it was very tasty and the service was good too. Maui is our favourite island, rent a car and drive over to Lahaina - stay there for one night, check out Front St - amazing art galleries, restaurants, shops. Beautiful beaches. We rented a couple of stand up paddle boards. That was lots of fun. Shore excursions - do your homework and try not to book through the cruise ship unless you have to, as you will pay a lot more! Hilo we did a helicopter tour with Safari it was very good. Then did a hop on hop off bus which is worth doing. Hilo is a very old town. Pretty swimming spots. Kona we did the Captain Zodiac tour and that was a whole lot of fun. Highly recommend doing that one if you like snorkeling. We had spinner dolphins jumping out of the water which was pretty awesome. Have a walk around the township, very cool town. Kauai is just beautiful, we did a aeroplane tour just us two with "Wings of Kauai" they are half the price of others and very professional and lovely people that run it. Def book with them if that is something you want to do - it is a great way to see the whole Island including Jurrasic Falls and the Napali Coast in a short time. Entertainment on the ship is good. Games are fun and the live music is good. Could do with mixing up the music a bit. Overall we really enjoyed our cruise. The crew and staff were all very helpful and friendly. Food at the buffet was good but I have expensive taste so if that sounds like you, do the specialty restaurants some nights. Would recommend it to anyone that wants to see what else Hawaii has to offer. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
Having read quite a few negative reviews before we departed, we were a little apprehensive but we needn't have worried, as this cruise more than met our expectations. From the moment we arrived at the cruise terminal until the moment ... Read More
Having read quite a few negative reviews before we departed, we were a little apprehensive but we needn't have worried, as this cruise more than met our expectations. From the moment we arrived at the cruise terminal until the moment we disembarked, we really did feel part of a big family party! The entertainment was superb, far more than we could fit in! The staff, from our cabin steward through to the waiters and bar staff were excellent. We were always treated with a warm smile and greeting and nothing was too much trouble for them. I would certainly recommend this cruise to family and friends. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
We were pleasantly surprised by the standard of the ship and the service we received from every staff member we encountered. This was our first cruise and will be hard to beat. Food was "wow" in Blu and well worth the ... Read More
We were pleasantly surprised by the standard of the ship and the service we received from every staff member we encountered. This was our first cruise and will be hard to beat. Food was "wow" in Blu and well worth the upgrade. Entertainment was much better than we expected and there was always something to see and do on the sea days if you prefer not to relax with a book. Everything is spotlessly clean. Shore excursions were good and we know we paid a little more but it was our first time. Coffee and Drink prices were scary to say the least and we were glad we got Classic packages. A glass of Pino Grigio was USD12 and a coffee around USD5 - USD6. That hurts when your exchange rate is only 70 cents. Internet was sold in time rather than data and in the middle of the Pacific we burned valuable minutes on nothing. Would recommend unlimited. Free access to the saunas and heated beds was great, as well as gym access for all passengers. You could hardly tell there were 2850 passengers on board. Would recommend to anyone but have a good think about how you will manage drink prices before you go. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2015
Here are my pros and cons of this Cruise on Pride of America NCL cruise line: Pros: Flight in a couple days early before you board the ship Honolulu was great to explore and you don't have to worry about your flight being late ... Read More
Here are my pros and cons of this Cruise on Pride of America NCL cruise line: Pros: Flight in a couple days early before you board the ship Honolulu was great to explore and you don't have to worry about your flight being late like ours was. This cruise takes you to the Hawaii islands without having the 5 day at sea that the other cruise line requires. Free style cruising means you can eat when you want to which is a real advantage. You have option of dressing up as much or as little as you like for dinner. Entertainment was great and lots of it. Loved the wine bar entertainment. Walk off Disembarkation was way better than waiting to be called to disembark. Cabins with balcony was a good size and kept very clean. NCL app for activities was handy to have. The ports in Hawaii islands were spectacular. Cons: I have never been on a cruise ship where the staff had an attitude. They need to only hire people who want to give the client a great experience. Not ones that are irritated that they have to service you. When asked how is the steak and server responds, "how should I know I don't eat meat". Food was so so. Most of the restaurant the food was served cold and had to be sent back. Even in the specialty restaurant where you were paying extra. In my option paying extra for the restaurants was not worth it. Staff in bars and restaurants always trying to get you to pay more, bigger size, real lime juice, premium grade etc. all costing you more. I have been in a hurricane on a Disney cruise and it wasn't as rocky as this ship. It was rocking every time we were sailing. I only got a good nights sleep when I was in port. They charge 18% gratuity on everything but they still put a tip option on every receipt hoping people forget that they have already paid the gratuity. As a seasoned cruiser with experience on many other cruise line this ship was a disappointment but the Ports were not. Since this was my first NCL ship I don't think I would ever sail with them again. But this cruise did give us what we were looking for and that was to see the Hawaii islands without being 5 days at sea to get there. So if have to decide on this ship for that reason because this ship is your only option. So don't set your expectation high and don't think it is going to be like the other ships you have been on. It will serve the purpose and you won't gain weight on this cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2015
Embarkation was quick and well organised, loved our cabin with balcony on deck 8 just had to step outside and go up to deck 9 to the pool area, bar and spa, or jump in the lift to go down to the coffee shop on deck 2 for my morning cuppa. ... Read More
Embarkation was quick and well organised, loved our cabin with balcony on deck 8 just had to step outside and go up to deck 9 to the pool area, bar and spa, or jump in the lift to go down to the coffee shop on deck 2 for my morning cuppa. Our room steward did a great job and we enjoyed all the towel animals each night. Dined mostly in the main dining room and the food was very nice, and menu quite varied although the drink service could improve. The buffet on Lido was a bit hit and miss at times and people were a bit grubby not using the sanitisers, saw one lady pick up a pie and then put it back with her bare hands. We did the Chef's Table which was absolutely amazing and so worth the additional cost, also did the Long Lunch at Sea which was very good value. The bar staff on the forward pool deck gave excellent service all the time and were very friendly and good fun. Entertainment was a bit hit and miss at times, the staff kept picking the same people all the time which is disappointing if you want to be more involved. After a couple of attempts at doing things I mainly stayed on the pool deck and read a book and mingled with other guests. We booked 2 excursions with the ship and both were well organised and good value for money. The first one was the Beach BBQ and Snorkel on Moorea which was good fun and then I did the Scenic Drive and Farmers Market at Suva and my hubby did the Flying Fox. Suva was an eye opener for sure and would not go there again as a choice. For Bora Bora we booked privately with Patrick did the 3/4 day lagoon tour with lunch, it was the best day out. A couple of bad points: 1. There were quite a number of children running around at all hours unsupervised creating havoc, staff did not seem to worry too much even though there were a lot of annoyed guests. 2. The collection of your duty free alcohol on day of disembarkation was a farce, they started at 6.30pm and people were lining up for hours, not getting what they had purchased, missing transfers etc. Would have made much more sense to deliver to our cabins the night before. 3. Found some guests on board to be absolutely rude ill mannered pigs, on more than one occasion I would take a seat somewhere with plenty available only to be told that they were taken. Certainly not the cruise lines fault but perhaps they could make a rule of not saving more than 1 seat. All in all though I had a fantastic time met some absolutely fantastic people and have already booked another cruise with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
This was both the first cruise AND first trip to Hawaii for my significant other and I. As this was an incentive trip through a vendor I deal with at work, the destination and cruise line were not my decision (however, who is going to ... Read More
This was both the first cruise AND first trip to Hawaii for my significant other and I. As this was an incentive trip through a vendor I deal with at work, the destination and cruise line were not my decision (however, who is going to complain about Hawaii OR a cruise??) We participated in several of the ship's free lessons, including a swing dancing class and a kukui nut lei making class. We enjoyed both; neither took a lot of time, and if we were on a cruise with more at sea time, we would have taken part in more of the offered activities. Most of our days were busy with excursions, either through the ship or just taking off on our own, and we spent most evenings on the ship, with a few exceptions. The nights we were on board, we spend most of our time in the Club Waikiki bar, enjoying the many themed dance parties they offered. The bartenders and servers at the Waikiki bar were fantastic. We dined twice at one of the free dining rooms, the Skyline, and once we enjoyed some Teppanyaki. Breakfast was nearly always at the Aloha Cafe breakfast buffet, which offered a lot of choices (and a LOT of pineapple!) We enjoyed all of our meals. Getting back on the ship was always easy, but the security folks were not all too friendly. I don't think Norwegian actually employs the port security, so I wouldn't hold that against them. The two official excursions we went on were a rainforest hike in Maui, and Canopy ziplining in Kauai. Both were well worth the cost; I was able to realize one of my Hawaiian adventure goals by swimming in a waterfall lagoon on the rainforest hike, and my boyfriend was able to achieve one of his by cliff diving! Overall, I think if we were on a cruise that was at sea for longer than overnight, I would have preferred a larger ship, with bigger swimming pools, and even more activities, but for a Hawaiian cruise, the ship was perfect. There was no way we would have had any time to partake in more shipboard activities because we wanted to spend as much time as possible enjoying the beach and other land activities! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2015
Our first cruise on the Pride of America through the Hawaiian Islands was a success from start to finish. Our cabin, the dining options, the onboard activities, on shore excursions and the 5 star service from beginning to end made this a ... Read More
Our first cruise on the Pride of America through the Hawaiian Islands was a success from start to finish. Our cabin, the dining options, the onboard activities, on shore excursions and the 5 star service from beginning to end made this a "best" vacation. we will treasure the photos and the memories for months/years to come. We arrived 3 days early and spent time on Oahu exploring Pearl Harbor, the Polynesian Cultural Center and Kailua. We stayed at the Outrigger on Waikiki, where the sunsets were gorgeous and Duke's for breakfast and for a nightcap was a huge bonus. We board the POA on a Saturday morning; easy and efficient process, complete with orchid lei and our first official cruise photo; so many more of these to come, we brought home a package of 20 to remember our cruise. Freestyle Dining exceeded our expectations. No set dining time, required seating; we had options for every meal, on each day. The variety was excellent. The only thing we missed was a Mexican food option, but POA has Tacos every Tuesday in the Aloha Café. Our favorite excursion was Blue Hawaiian Helicopter on Kauai; over the top outstanding. Barrett the pilot is the training for BHH; his knowledge of the island the entire flight was amazing. This is a Must Do for everyone. Our cabin steward surprised us with a whimsical "towel" animal each day, the cabin was well maintained and very comfortable. New mattresses and a large balcony extended the size of our cabin, we recommend this option. Each day there were more activities on board than we could do; the variety was great, something for everyone. We ended the cruise with a "Behind the Scenes" tour of the ship, exploring the galley, Stage, dressing rooms, laundry, environmental services and finishing the tour on the Bridge with the First Officer. Amazing. Disembarkation was efficient, we were on shore and off to the airport with our bags in less than an hour. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
Aukai: Hawaiian Language/Olelo Hawaii: to swim or travel by means of the sea. This was our first cruise. We thoroughly enjoyed The Pride of America; so much so that we did not leave the ship. Having lived on Maui for over 22 years, we ... Read More
Aukai: Hawaiian Language/Olelo Hawaii: to swim or travel by means of the sea. This was our first cruise. We thoroughly enjoyed The Pride of America; so much so that we did not leave the ship. Having lived on Maui for over 22 years, we have traveled to all of the Hawaiian Islands, multiple times, for both business and pleasure. Therefore, we enjoyed our "aukai" experience, traveling by means of the sea, to it's fullest extent by being on the water as much as possible. I gave Embarkation an average rating; while we are thankful that we could board at our home port of Kahului, we had to walk down an extremely long and narrow fenced in path after being dropped off by friends behind the Old Kahului Railroad Station. As I had ALL my luggage at that point, it was a difficult and uncomfortable transfer. Once on board, however, the magic began. The Pride of America made it easy for us to fill our days with both relaxation and entertainment. There was so much to do that we never even practiced playing the two ukulele we purchased prior to the journey. The only excursion I paid for was the ship tour. I am VERY grateful that I was able to go on the behind the scenes, and under the passenger decks tour. The grand finale was visiting the Bridge. I highly recommend this "shore excursion". It is limited to a very small group, so book early. The Crew and Staff on board were professional and warmly accommodating. From the housekeepers and wait staff to the Captain, we send our gratitude for truly helping us vacate our daily lives while sailing around the islands we have called home for so long. Mahalo a nui loa. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2015
This was my first time cruising and we chose Pride of America primarily for its itinerary. Even though we had to change our itinerary due to weather, it did not disappoint. I enjoyed the shore excursions (and it is best to book through the ... Read More
This was my first time cruising and we chose Pride of America primarily for its itinerary. Even though we had to change our itinerary due to weather, it did not disappoint. I enjoyed the shore excursions (and it is best to book through the ship in case there are changes to the itinerary). The on board entertainment was great too. I personally enjoyed spending time where the live music was. The cruise staff were great at trying to get people involved in games, activities and parties on board. The crew were very friendly overall and the ship was kept very clean. Our room attendant was excellent and very accommodating. All in all I cannot wait to go back. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
Overall the cruise was good. Embarking the ship went well there was a friendly staff member to greet us just as we were about to board the ship. There were not alot of interesting activities since gambling for $$ is illegal in Hawaii ... Read More
Overall the cruise was good. Embarking the ship went well there was a friendly staff member to greet us just as we were about to board the ship. There were not alot of interesting activities since gambling for $$ is illegal in Hawaii (includes bingo and casinos ) - the lei making class, the movie trivia and the fitness center were the only activities of interest. The pools were small and always crowded. Finding an empty desk chair could be a challenge sometimes. Dining in the Skyline restaurant was the best place to eat meals. The aloha cafe was always crowded and there were long lines at many of the stations. The dining experience in the aloha cafe was 'forgettable'. Our cabin was smaller than most cruise lines but the patio was well worth paying the extra costs. I enjoyed watching the sun rises every morning. The cabin attendant was nice and the room was always kept clean. The entertainment was average - I've seen bigger/glitzier shows on other cruise lines. Dining in the specialty restaurants was 'okay' - I would probably skip the Bistro and the Italian restaurant the next time. The food was just okay - not really worth the extra charge. Stay away from East meets West....the service in this restaurant was the slowest. Since they do not take reservations - make sure you are in line before the restaurant opens at 5:30; otherwise expect a 60 - 90 minute wait. Regardless of which restaurant you dine in, make sure you tell your server that you have a show or activity to attend ; otherwise expect the dining experience to take anywhere from 90 - 120 minutes. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
My daughter and I just got back from a vacation aboard the Pride of America cruise ship to Hawaii. Everything about the cruise ship was wonderful!! The food was excellent, our room was comfortable and always clean, and everyone that ... Read More
My daughter and I just got back from a vacation aboard the Pride of America cruise ship to Hawaii. Everything about the cruise ship was wonderful!! The food was excellent, our room was comfortable and always clean, and everyone that worked on the ship was kind, helpful, and we always felt welcomed. I would recommend this trip and cruise line to anyone!! My daughter became ill after a shore excursion and the security guards in the port took wonderful care of her. We even went back out later in the day and they remembered her and asked how she was. I was so happy with the whole experience. Definitely want to ride this cruise ship again!! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
My wife and I are Honolulu residents and recent retirees. For our very first cruise experience, we decided to take the NCL Pride of America cruise around our home state because we expected it to be a safe and relaxing way to see the ... Read More
My wife and I are Honolulu residents and recent retirees. For our very first cruise experience, we decided to take the NCL Pride of America cruise around our home state because we expected it to be a safe and relaxing way to see the neighbor islands of Maui, Hawaii and Kauai; my wife had previous problems with seasickness when on smaller boats so we thought that if she got in trouble on this large and stable ocean liner, we would be close to home and medical facilities if needed; and really, what could go wrong? Boarding takes place at Honolulu Harbor's Pier 2. My daughter and son-in-law dropped us off at 11:00 for our noon boarding. We waited in line for about a half hour, the quickly went through security and check-in. We finally boarded shortly after noon, but learned we could not go to our cabin until it was announced on the ship's PA system. Decks 13, 12, 11 and 9 were called before our deck, which meant we finally got into our cabin on deck 10 around 4:30 p.m. I noticed a letter by my door, which informed me that due to a computer problem, my 5:30 dinner reservation at the Teppanyaki restaurant was rescheduled to the last seating at 8:30. I should have been upset, but wasn't because until 4:30 we sat in the Aloha Cafe eating lunch, snacks and sipping drinks while we busied ourselves on the Internet service that would vanish when at sea. We got mid-ship balcony cabin 10100, which turned out to great in terms of size, quietness and location. The stairway was just steps away. We rarely took the elevators. It was an easy walk from deck 10 to Aloha Cafe on deck 11, to the spa and fitness center on deck 12, and down to decks 6 and 5 for the main and specialty restaurants, as well as guest services and shore excursion desks. Our cabin steward, Michael, was terrific. Whenever he saw us, he asked if he could do anything for us. We appreciated his asking. Here's my take on the restaurants: Aloha Cafe (complimentary): Our most frequently visited dining room for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Most items stayed the same each day, with the main entree changing daily. Desserts were the biggest disappointment. Cadillac Diner (complimentary): The only 24-hour dining option. Menu does not change. French toast breakfast was fine. Cheeseburger lunch was fine. Extra-cost milk shake was worth the money. Desserts were very good, but avoid the apple pie. You'll thank me. Teppanyaki (extra cost): Not worth the money. Chef and hostess were personable and made the experience enjoyable. Food was very disappointing. Cagney's Steakhouse (extra cost): Definitely worth the money. Service and entrees were very good. Desserts were very good, but the cheesecake was disappointing. Skyline Main Dining Room (complimentary): All in all, the best in terms of food and service. They take reservations, but always had a table for my wife and I when we walked up. Our shore excursions: Maui Day 1: We had never visited Hana, so we took the all-day Hana bus tour. The process of leaving the ship was quick and easy. A short time later when our bus stopped at a traffic light, a motorcyclist told our driver that our brake lights were not working. The driver quickly stepped out and confirmed it. He called his dispatcher and arranged for a substitute bus to meet us at our first rest stop. We switched buses there and the driver immediately noticed the substitute bus had bad rear shocks. He apologized for the bumpy ride, but I didn't mind. The driver was fantastic, very personable and knowledgeable, and really was a highlight of the tour. After lunch at a small hotel (a decent buffet included in the cost) and a quick drive through tiny Hana town, we proceeded on a rough country road to return to the ship. About an hour short of the ship, our bus lost its coolant and we were stranded for two hours until a replacement bus reached us. So instead of returning at 4:30, we staggered in at 6:45. The ship's shore excursion director met us, offered bottled water and cookies, and asked us to fill our incident reports. He contacted me the next day and offered a 50 percent refund, which I gladly accepted. I praised the driver for his professionalism throughout the incident. Our comfort and safety were his top priorities throughout the ordeal. Even with all the problems we faced, I would recommend this tour for those who do not get motion sickness and can go long distances without a restroom break. But my wife and I would not do it again. Once was enough. Maui Day 2: We took the bus tour to Haleakala Crater. We left at 8 a.m. and returned by 1:30 p.m. Some people went directly to their afternoon excursions, but I had decided we would board the ship, get lunch and relax in our cabin. We liked this tour and would recommend it. Hilo Day 3: We took the half-day tour to Volcano National Park. We visited only two sites worthy of being called highlights: Halemaumau Crater and Thurston Lava Tube. My wife and I agreed the tour was skimpy and not worth the money. As the day before, we returned to the ship for lunch and rest. Kona Day 4: We took the half-day tour to a coffee plantation/factory and chocolate plantation/factory. These are small enterprises, with each having less than 10 employees. Delicious samples plus interesting and educational information made this a tour I would highly recommend. Kauai Day 5: We took the full-day Director's Tour of movie/television sites. Great driver and a really fun trip. The tour included lunch at a restaurant in Hanalei. Lunch choices limited to hamburger, fish burger or vegetarian. We crossed the street and bought delicious homemade ice cream at a small shop. We recommend this excursion. Kauai Day 6: We scheduled a morning helicopter tour. A bus transported us to the heliport, where we checked in, were weighed and sat through a safety presentation. Then just minutes from boarding, we were told the flight was canceled because storm clouds had closed out Waimea Valley and the Napali Cliffs, two of the top highlights of the tour. We got a full refund, but were very disappointed. We returned to the ship and, to make up for our disappointment, scheduled an afternoon massage session. I am a veteran of massage services and I was slightly disappointed in what I received. However, I knew the therapist was doing the best she could and maybe a 50-minute session could not melt the knots and tension I had in my neck and back. A massage is a highly personal experience, so please try it if you feel like it. But it is very expensive. Disembarking at Honolulu Harbor was quite efficient. We attached colored luggage tags to our bags the night before. We used the gray tags for an 8 a.m. disembarkation. We left the bags outside our door before midnight and, next morning, waited for the call to get off and find our luggage. If you're willing to carry your bags yourself, you can leave as early as 7:45. All in all, the disembarkation process was easy and smooth. We did not participate in any onboard entertainment activities and events, so I cannot comment on them. The swimming pools were small and always crowded. The fitness center was warm (don't know what happened to the a/c) and well used. Lots of machines but not enough barbells and space to use them. Cleanliness was stressed throughout the cruise by staff with alcohol sprays and dispensers everywhere. In summary, it was a once in a lifetime cruise for us around our home state. It was quite expensive, but something we expected so we had saved for it. I don't think we will do it again, but I would recommend it as a great way to see the best of Hawaii in a short time. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
My husband and I recently cruised on the Pride of America as part of a family vacation for a party totaling 8 adults (4 married couples). We had a wonderful time! The majority of our group had not cruised before, but the information we ... Read More
My husband and I recently cruised on the Pride of America as part of a family vacation for a party totaling 8 adults (4 married couples). We had a wonderful time! The majority of our group had not cruised before, but the information we received prior to embarkation was excellent. The check in process was very smooth. Everyone from the NCL staff on board that we interacted with was gracious and very accommodating. Our room steward was helpful with port tips and extra towels. We ate dinner only in the complimentary venues, which was more than enough variety for us! The food was great (I gained 5 lbs) and service excellent. 1 member of our party has a severe allergy to cow-based dairy, and the staff in the Skyline Dining Room went above and beyond to ensure he had a delicious dinner each night that we dined. My husband and I also purchased the wine package with help from yet another member of the friendly NCL staff. The selection was very nice, and we were happy with the discount and quality of our wines. We had booked our excursions prior to embarkation, but other members of our party were able to book excursions from the ship. All of our excursions were very well-done, and we have loads of photos and great memories to show. Each driver or guide was knowledgeable about the area of the tour, and provided helpful narration. Our favorite excursion was the "Secret Waterfalls of Kohala" on the day we were in Kona. The waterfalls, hike, swim and lunch were EXCELLENT. Our family also attended the Lu'au on Kauai and it was very well done. I would recommend it for anyone that has not attended a Lu'au before. The on ship entertainment options were excellent. I saw several shows (all musically-based) where I was blown away by the talent. My husband and I also participated in the two wine tastings, which we greatly enjoyed. The wine steward was funny and informative. We never lacked for something to "do" - and sometimes we just enjoyed sitting on the balcony or the pool decks enjoying the air at sea. This was an excellent way to see a large portion of Hawaii without organizing our own inter-island transportation or housing. We already plan to cruise with NCL again. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2015
We have just returned from our cruise on the Pride of America - Norwegian Cruise Line. Before we left, I had read all of the reviews and was worried that we would be totally disappointed. That was not the case at all. My sister-in-law ... Read More
We have just returned from our cruise on the Pride of America - Norwegian Cruise Line. Before we left, I had read all of the reviews and was worried that we would be totally disappointed. That was not the case at all. My sister-in-law and her husband travelled with us, also. They had cruised before and we (my husband and I) had not. Both couples were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversaries. We were recognized by the staff with cake at dinner. Embarkation was easy and smooth. We boarded about noon and went up to the Aloha Deck. There we ate lunch and participated in the precruise games around the pool. We met other passengers during this time while we waited for our rooms to be ready. We were able to go to our rooms about 3:00. Our luggage was delivered within minutes of getting into our rooms. My sister-in-law said that the rooms were smaller than the other cruise line, but overall these were much nicer in furnishings. If we were disappointed about anything, it would be that we could not open our balcony to each other. But we just visited each others room to sit on the balcony. The crew and staff were helpful, friendly, and courteous. We were never made to feel uncomfortable. From the first moment, we were greeted with smiles, leis, and short lines. The food was delicious. We ate breakfast one time in the Skyline Restaurant. Usually we ate in the Aloha Cafe for breakfast. The Aloha Cafe was a buffet with lots of choices. For lunch, we took bread, coldcuts, cheese, and fruit at breakfast and put them in ziploc bags for our lunch all but one day. At night we ate in the Skyline and Liberty restaurants alternately. We dressed for dinner each night. One night, we did pay the upcharge and ate in a specialty restaurant. There were enough choices on the menu that we did not feel we were eating the same food every evening. We rented cars on Maui and in Hilo. We had reserved them before we left. Getting them was not a problem. On Maui there is a parking lot about one block from the pier where we parked. It is marked for the cruise ship. Renting cars saved us lots of money. We had a car reserved for Kona, but we cancelled the reservation. We spent our time there on the beach and walking around town. On Maui, we did the Road to Hana, and the Maui Pineapple Plantation. We were able to bring the pineapple on the ship no problem. In Hilo, we went to Volcanoes National Park. On Kauai, we took an Alex tour that was excellent! We did the luau with the cruise ship. It was great! Just signup early and get an early time. These are actually the seating and transportation groups since there is only one large luau. We had great seats. We also did the Sun Fun Beach Snorkle with POA. This was quite enjoyable and we were provided with all the gear at no additional cost. We did not participate in many of the on board entertainment offered. We did go to a lei making class and loved it. We went to a Frankie Valli show one night. It was good. Mostly we visited and sat on the balcony. When you leave the ship for the port, ask questions! Some of the ports are not as clearly labeled for where you need to meet or stand as others - especially for the rental cars. We flew in to Honolulu a day early and flew out a day after we disembarked. We did Pearl Harbor on our own. We had secured our tickets prior to the cruise through recreation.gov. We chose to stay near the airport (Airport Honolulu Hotel) They were friendly and the rooms were clean. They are near the car rental agencies and airport. We rented a car after the cruise in Honolulu. This was the best way to get around. City bus takes too long. It took over an hour to go to the beach. With the rental car, we drove up the windward coast and north shore. Overall, this was great. We were on a floating hotel for a week. This was wonderful. Would love to do it again! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
The staff on the cruise was really nice. The Cabin cleanliness could have been better. but our stewardess was really pleasant. Chef Singh went out of the way to arrange meals for us. Jay, our Butler, was awesome and really ... Read More
The staff on the cruise was really nice. The Cabin cleanliness could have been better. but our stewardess was really pleasant. Chef Singh went out of the way to arrange meals for us. Jay, our Butler, was awesome and really helpful. always available to answer questions. The food could have been better - there were no local food options in the restaurants. Read Less

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