10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We just returned from an amazing week aboard the Pride of America. We went with my in-laws. Ages 53 to 78. We all loved it. I read many reviews prior to going on and was a little worried about the service of the staff from previous ... Read More
We just returned from an amazing week aboard the Pride of America. We went with my in-laws. Ages 53 to 78. We all loved it. I read many reviews prior to going on and was a little worried about the service of the staff from previous reviews BUT there was NO worries. From beginning to end, we were greeted, treated and pampered with a warm welcome and smile on their faces. Our room was extremely clean with fun towel characters when we returned each day.. We stayed in room 4094. We had a window. One thing I read was the windows were not clean. No it wasn't spotless but we could see out of it though. My guess is if they wash them every week, once you set sail, they will be dirty anyway. But, I'm not a picky person when it comes to clean windows. I enjoyed having a window to peek out. It was cool to watch the waves. We ate at the buffets and dining rooms. We all agreed that we would stick with the buffets for breakfast and lunch and do dining rooms in the evenings. Only because it's quieter and we can dress up a little more which is fun for a stay-at-home Grandma to do. We ate the Skyline a few times. No extra fee unless you order something off the menu with an extra fee which my husband did every time. Surf and Turf and he said it was worth every penny. We also ate at Cagney's Steak house. Food was excellent. Up to you whether it's worth the extra money. Our steak at Skyline was just as good. Entertainment. We went to the main shows every evening. We all thoroughly enjoyed the shows. Excursions. We did three. Snorkeling - Big Glove in Kona (something like that). Zip line in Hilo and River Float/tube in Kauai. We enjoyed all of them however we would not do them again as we would just rent cars and sight see on our own next time. You can rent cars for $40 a day and tour anywhere. Rent snorkeling equipment on your own and snorkel anywhere or hike wherever you want. Just our opinions though. The river float was our first time to do this. It was great. If you haven't done this before, we would recommend doing it. Just get a morning tour so book early...months in advance or try for a Friday tour if possible so then you can rent a car Thursday and tour the island. The water is cold...don't be intimidated though. You get used to it within a couple of minutes. if you have a long sleep rash guard, that may help. If you haven't snorkeled or zip lined before, then we also would recommend it but if you have, then we would say, rent the car and tour. This was our third time to Hawaii and it's worth seeing the sights. We also went a day early and toured Pearl of Harbor which is well worth the stop. We did the walk off which was extremely easy to do. Woke up, had an early breakfast and grabbed a taxi. This was cheaper than the bus. We dropped off our luggage, rented a car for the day for a total of $37.00 and drove around the island for 5 hours until our flight. It beat sitting in the airport for the day. This was our third trip to Hawaii in 5 years. The other two times we rented homes for a week on Maui and a week on Kauai. We highly recommend the cruise to see more islands but definitely recommend renting a car, buying the books Kauai Revealed and Maui Revealed to tour the islands. These books are great to show you many hidden treasures on the islands. The only complaint/recommendations we have for you would be to bring a sweater with you as it is very chilly in the shows but they are worth seeing....so don't miss out on them. The other would be the price of beverages. A strawberry daiquiri is $10.00 and a soda is $3.40. I'm not a big drinker but that seemed high. Actually made me wait for a pop until I left the ship. Thank you Pride of America for a wonderful week filled with memories I will cherish forever. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Honolulu to Sydney - While we do not usually give extra tips money on this cruise our service was so good we gave extra to a number of the staff. We did not expect the greatest entertainment as this was a transpacific voyage but what was ... Read More
Honolulu to Sydney - While we do not usually give extra tips money on this cruise our service was so good we gave extra to a number of the staff. We did not expect the greatest entertainment as this was a transpacific voyage but what was presented was done well. The food was excellent, the wait staff was very gracious. All the staff seemed happy and more than willing to please. If they sensed there might be a problem they inquired and were attempting to correct the matter. The embarkation was a breeze. The disembarking was so easy and the taxi's well organized on our arrival in Sydney. The inside staterooms on the Solstice style ships are very spacious with plenty of storage. The entire experience was excellent. Even though the ship os due to be refurbished shortly it was still in good condition and the staff GREAT. We will continue to use the Celebrity line. Read Less

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