6 Honolulu Group and Theme Cruise Reviews

This cruise was chosen because of the fact that you could fly to Honolulu and get on the ship and were able to stop at all the islands. The ship was fine but some of the employees were just a little lacked in their taking care of the ... Read More
This cruise was chosen because of the fact that you could fly to Honolulu and get on the ship and were able to stop at all the islands. The ship was fine but some of the employees were just a little lacked in their taking care of the cruisers. One of the bar staff in the Aloha Lanai didn't want to work in that area and was very verbal about it. Sad that she felt the need to tell the passengers. The dining room was under staffed and the food was not what I expected. The presentation could be better. The cabin steward was Gene and he was very friendly and attentive to our needs. Entertainment was good. Activities at the pool area were fun. Jimmy Mac and The Cool Kats put on a great show. Took excursions from Shore Trips and from the cruise line. Loved the trip with Shore Trips to Kona. Mauka Makai Adventures and Joshua did a fantastic job. Highly recommend them for this excursion. Very informative about Kona and all the surroundings. Never rushed us if we wanted to stay longer at our stops. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We travelled with a group and left the ship in Kauai. Although it was pre-arranged before we left and every day on the ship it was reaffirmed - Disembarkation was a disaster. The group had arranged to have tables together at dinner ... Read More
We travelled with a group and left the ship in Kauai. Although it was pre-arranged before we left and every day on the ship it was reaffirmed - Disembarkation was a disaster. The group had arranged to have tables together at dinner previous to boarding. The tables were together (sort of) but different sizes and so our pre-arranged seating arrangements had to be changed - thanks to the staff who helped in this endeavor. The cost of beverages on the ship was absolutely ridiculous. A bottle of wine on the ship that cost $43 and the same wine on shore cost $7.89. The port staff were very unfriendly. 1 of our group was getting back on the ship with her picture id and sea pass and the port staff said that he had to go on the ship and run her card to see if it was her, although she had a picture ID. We had completed a Baltic cruise in 2015 (including Russia) and didn't have the same hassles. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
I chose this cruise due to a promotion by an oft listened to local radio station, sponsored by YMT Vacations. The price seemed attractive enough, since round trip air travel from Cleveland, Ohio, 4 nights hotel accommodation, and seven day ... Read More
I chose this cruise due to a promotion by an oft listened to local radio station, sponsored by YMT Vacations. The price seemed attractive enough, since round trip air travel from Cleveland, Ohio, 4 nights hotel accommodation, and seven day cruise visiting several Hawaiian Islands where included in the price of $8000 for two. Having had prior cruises ruined by night time chair rubbing, furniture moving, and thumping noise from an overhead activity area such as the Lido deck, I specifically requested that my outside balcony room NOT be directly under the such a noisy activity area in order to enjoy uninterrupted sleep. Lo and behold, the very first night I was awakened at 1 am by chair thumping from a popular bar area directly above my room. Each time a patron would sit at the bar, they would re position their chair so as to be able to talk with adjacent guests or to comfortably view the sports TV on the wall behind the bar area. Food in the Skyline Restaurant was pretty much tasteless with poor choices for appetizers, entrees, and desserts. My wife needed a special gluten free diet due to having been diagnosed as a Celiac so the buffet in the Aloha Cafe was out of the question having so many foods containing wheat gluten. At one particular breakfast my wife was served rye bread by mistake, which she at 1/2 slice before deciding it wasn't worth eating. The toast served with omelets are all small square, very hard and dense and tasteless. Only the servers can tell white toast from rye toast. We had 2 servers each morning, one was aware she needed gluten free food, the other was not aware. The second server gave her my rye toast, and failed to bring any to me, hence the mix up. On steak night, I was served a Steak Frites which I could not eat. I had no idea what it was, but the texture of the meat was somewhat like liver, and tasteless. The best food for myself was the Pizza bar and the Aloha Buffet, both off limits for my Celiac wife. Not wanting to eat those foods by myself, I chose to suffer through at the Skyline the same as she had to do. She was also unsatisfied with the Skyline, but had little or no choice. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This is the second Carival cruise to Hawaii with the twelve day itinerary. My first experience aboard the Spirit was an magical adventure. Unfortunately, I didn't get the same experience as last time. This voyage lacked a variety ... Read More
This is the second Carival cruise to Hawaii with the twelve day itinerary. My first experience aboard the Spirit was an magical adventure. Unfortunately, I didn't get the same experience as last time. This voyage lacked a variety of entertainment. The Cruise Director Jen was to hung up on dressing like Dorothy from Wizard of Oz. She even brought out a Mad Hatter outfit one night equipped with tuxedo jacket. With five days at sea I would have expected entertainment to be set a high priority. i selected three health care seminars on my sea days, out of the selected two was cancelled. When I tried arts and crafts the instructor didn't show and a replacement showed up dumped a box of plastic door tags at us and said there you go Jacks couldn't make it. I felt insulted at how this was carried out. Another time we were making greeting cards they set out the supplies and then when we're all at our tables left with us holding the scissors, I decided one day to go shopping at the fun shop. I found a perfume I loved and asked a clerk náme Laura to explain more shout it. She rudely told me that wasn't her department, and turned her back on me, thus she lost my interest in shopping. There WAS some saving grace to this cruise, our dinner waiters/Waitress was exceptional. Jowie, Kadek, and Ako you truly out did yourself. Without you this cruise would have been hard to make memories. In al, if your looking for a budget friendly cruise to see Hawaij then look no further. If your looking for an elegant ship, you will find yourself disappointed. There is many nude painting with symbols on the walls. It was one of the worst themes I have seen on a Carnival ship. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
I think this cruise was a great way to see Hawaii and what was wonderful about it is that you really got to spend alot of time in port and really explore the islands. However--thats really all I can say about this ship. This was my ... Read More
I think this cruise was a great way to see Hawaii and what was wonderful about it is that you really got to spend alot of time in port and really explore the islands. However--thats really all I can say about this ship. This was my first time on NCL and it will be the last. There were several ocurrances throughout the trip that brought me to that decision. The major issue that I found extremely upsetting is that the company did not separate smokers/non smokers. I spent extra money for a balcony that went to waste because I was next to a group of chain smokers. When I called the front desk to ask if possibly i could be moved to another room, the receptionist was very rude, curt, and let me know that there was absolutely nothing they could do for me. She made the claim that the ship was completely booked so for the next 7 days I would be forced to enhale second hand smoke. I don't tolerate smoke when I'm at home and to be forced while on VACATION i found unacceptable. What really irritated me though was that I later spoke with 2 other crew members who both informed me that the ship was NOT fully booked. I can not respect a company that lies to its customers and will certainly never reward that kind of behaviour. The other issue was that the music from the night club could be heard in our cabin into the wee hours of the night. So much for a relaxing trip. Also when we arrived the coffee maker in our room was filty, sticky, and looked as it had not been cleaned in quite some time. I also found hair in my shower and a water bottle from, I guess, the previous occupants. Never did I meet out cabin steward and as a whole I did not find the staff to be very friendly or eager to meet your needs. Not to mention I took a survey after the cruise alerting them of the issues and no one bothered to respond or even apologize. So I write this review as a warning to you all who are considering Pride of America. If you can, use any other line but NCL. They are only interested in taking your money and nothing else. The rooms are dirty, smoking is allowed in public areas, and the cabins are not sound proof so be prepared to hear the disco music until about 1-2am every night. Also the food is sub par, Lazy J's steakhouse being among the worst. And it seemded that every time I turned around there was a pushy staff member trying to get me to spend even more money than I already had. Aviod this company at all cost!!!!!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
This is our third cruise and the first to Hawaii. On the positive side, cruising on NCL's Pride of America is probably one of the best ways to see a little of most of the islands that make up Hawaii. Our cruise visited Oahu ... Read More
This is our third cruise and the first to Hawaii. On the positive side, cruising on NCL's Pride of America is probably one of the best ways to see a little of most of the islands that make up Hawaii. Our cruise visited Oahu (Honolulu), Maui, Kaui, and two spots on the big island of Hawaii (Hilo and Kona). I hope that someone with NCL monitors these reviews. If so, they need to do something about the food aboard ship. ABOUT THE FOOD The food overall isn't horrible, but with few exceptions -- at the restaurants included with one's ticket -- it's not good. Our opinion. Your mileage may vary. Specifically, the "cafeteria style" restaurant (I think it's the Aloha) is OK for breakfast. A lot of variety. Lunch is so, so. I heard that the Indian food was good, but the rest seemed like typical cafeteria fare. As an alternative, you might want to think about the Cadillac diner. The desserts there looked really good. 1950's food. The food in the nicer dinner dining rooms (Skyline and Liberty) features small portions of just about everything, and if you're a fan of beef, you'll probably be disappointed. It's practically tasteless. My advice is to ask your server for recommendations and follow that advice, rather than the menu. Also, if you're ordering appetizers, order 2 of them. You can also order two main dishes, perhaps one that you think you'd like, and one that the server recommends. That way you're likely to have at least one shot at getting something you'll enjoy. We only tried one specialty restaurant -- the Lazy J Steakhouse -- and were disappointed by the quality of the steak. Lobster lovers beware: It's not Maine lobster and the night we dined there, we discovered that we not only had to pay the additional cover charge for that restaurant but to get tough, practically tasteless lobster, we had to pay even more. SHORE EXCURSIONS As veteran cruisers know, shore excursions are pricy. If, however, you're taking this cruise while the humpback whales are in Hawaii to mate and calf, I'd definitely recommend the snorkeling excursion to the Molokini (sp) crater off the coast of Maui. This was a delightful surprise. The excursion is run by the Pacific Whale Foundation whose crew members refer to the waters around Maui as "whale soup" during that time of year, because of the large number of whales present. The snorkeling was great and so was the whale watching. We rented cars at the times we were in port for over a day. With a GPS, I think this is definitely worth it. The people at the rental car places will tell you what's worth seeing and the GPS will get you there because these places are pre-loaded into them. (Our GPS from home did not work in Hawaii. Again, your experience may differ.) Regarding Internet, check with your cell phone carrier to find out if they have coverage through a national plan in Hawaii. Verizon offers a mobile broadband plan that we were able to use to tether our phones to our laptop and avoid the price on board Internet charges. This only worked when we were near the islands or in port, which was most of the time. If you plan to use just your cell phone, make sure you also check with your carrier to make sure you won't be charged a roaming fee if you use the phone while you're aboard the ship. We were told that as long as our cell phones didn't show that we were roaming, that it would be the same as using our cell phones at any other time. Hope this helps someone and bon voyage! Read Less
Sail Date January 2010

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