Pride of Aloha - Hawaii: Norwegian Sky Cruise Review by Jay & Pam

Norwegian Sky 4
Jay & Pam

Overall Member Rating

Pride of Aloha - Hawaii

Sail Date: July 2006
Destination: Hawaii
Embarkation: Honolulu
We sailed on the POA in late July. We had lots of rain from Hurricane David, but we still had a wonderful time. We boarded the ship at noon on Friday in Maui. Check in was a breeze, 15 minutes and we were on the ship. Our room wasnt ready until 2:30, so they had us sit in the Stardust Lounge for an orientation meeting. After waiting for an hour we got bored and went upstairs to the buffet. We found the food in the cafe to be cafeteria style food. The dining rooms are closed for lunch, so you have to eat in the buffet. Our room was on the 10th floor with a balcony.

We found the room to be adequate in size. The bathroom was bigger than other ships we had been on. The bed was King size, with a firm mattress. The balcony was small, but it was workable. There was a pool of water on the balcony (from the rain.) Apparently there is no drainage system, as it was there all week. The A/C wasnt working due to a clogged air vent (looked like it hadnt been cleaned in months), but More it was fixed in a couple of hours. We read from another review to bring a strip plug and it was very useful as there is only 1 outlet in the room. We waited until 5PM but our luggage still hadnt arrived yet. So we took our rental car to Lahina, and had a wonderful time at the Old Lahina Luau (highly recommended).

The next day we were supposed to bike down the Haleakala Crater, but it was raining, so we drove the road to Hana. Very long winding road, but lots of waterfalls.

Sunday we took the public bus ($2) to Pearl Harbor. The Ship charges $80 and it is free to get in. We found that we could do all the tours the ship offered in port at a much cheaper price on our own. Sunday night they finally had the bon voyage party. It seemed anti-climatic, as we had been on the ship for 3 days. Half the ship boards in Maui, and the rest in Honolulu.

We ate in the Crossroads restaurant all week. Service was great, but the food was just OK. There was a long wait unless you get there right when they open. Half the tables were empty, and when I asked why, I was told, We are under staffed. The waiters tried very hard to please us.

Monday we rented a car in Kauai, and drove to the Waimea Canyon. Worth the trip, it is awesome. In the afternoon we went snorkeling at Poipu beach. It too was awesome, lots of fish to see.

Tuesday we took the car up north to Princeville, very beautiful scenery. The ship leaves at noon to cruise the Napali coast, it was awesome. We drank champagne on the balcony and enjoyed the view.

The barbecue on deck was delicious, but very crowded even in the rain. They kept running out of food, ice and iced tea though. For dinner we went to the Bistro restaurant and had steak and lobster. It was small portions but it was good, it cost us $20 each. It was formal night, but most people were in Hawaiian clothes.

Wednesday we were in Hilo. We rented a car and drove to the volcano. It looked like we were on Mars. The walk through the lava tube was easy and well worth it. Wednesday night the ship cruises past the volcano and it was an awesome site to see. We were on deck 11 on the right side of the ship in the back. That is the place to be., but get there early as it gets crowded.

Thursday we rented snorkels, mask and fins in town and took a taxi (there are shuttles too) to snorkel beach. It was the best. There were hundreds of fish and 5 large turtles. We swam right up to the turtles and they just hung out there. We had a wonderful time. The crew tried very hard to please everyone.

The ship was not in the best shape. I mentioned the A/C, the toilets stopped flushing for 6 hours, and the wood railings needed attention. If youre looking for a first class ship, this isnt it. But if you want to see Hawaii in 7 days, this is the way to go. Less

Published 09/05/06

Cabin review: BA0043 Mid-Ship Balcony

Read All Mid-Ship Balcony (BA) Reviews >>
Read more Norwegian Sky cruise reviews >>
Read Cruise Critic’s Norwegian Sky Review >>

Compare Prices on Norwegian Sky Hawaii Cruises

Jay & Pam
Enrichment Activities
Family & Children
Fitness & Recreation
Onboard Experience
Public Rooms
Shore Excursions
Value for Money
Share feedback
Thank you!  Cruise Critic values your feedback.
How can we improve this page?
Skip X

See Norwegian Sky deals up to 82% off:

September Deals
Norwegian Sky 66% Loved It

4 Night Cuba Cruise
See all Norwegian Sky Deals >>