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We arrived from Australia at 7 am. Port storage held our luggage until we could embark, so we went for a walk for an early coffee. Embarkation was quite well organised considering the number of guests to be accommodated. Room on deck 9 balcony was fine, clean and well serviced, but small. Sip was always clean and tidy.

Entertainment was varied and some was entertaining, the dancers were good as was the comic. The quizzes etc were suited to Americans only. Not much in the way of presenatations of the history of the islands.

There was a big push for spending more money, on restaurants, art works, Luau, jewelry. The music in all the public areas is irritating when it is played continuously.
The food was of poor standard, highly sweetened or fatty and not apppealingly presented. The buffets seemed to close at all the wrong times. Not much variety, especially at lunch and breakfast.

The ship's staff in general seemed to work hard and were pleasant but some seemed "over the top" in a rather insincere friendliness. Paying the $12 daily tips fee per person is WRONG and the amount can be removed from your bill. A passenger only needs to speak to the pursars office (reception) and ask for it to be removed. This is so on ANY ship. Then one can tip those who serve over and above the call of duty.

The tours were well conducted but sometimes padded with visits to commercial places. They mostly started very early in the morning which was irritating if you wanted a sleep in...after all this is a holiday.

Hiring a car at port worked very well, hire cheap . insurance not. About $90 for the day. Cheaper than tours.

Fair to middlin

Pride of America Cruise Review by Derinya

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2013
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Balcony

We arrived from Australia at 7 am. Port storage held our luggage until we could embark, so we went for a walk for an early coffee. Embarkation was quite well organised considering the number of guests to be accommodated. Room on deck 9 balcony was fine, clean and well serviced, but small. Sip was always clean and tidy.


Entertainment was varied and some was entertaining, the dancers were good as was the comic. The quizzes etc were suited to Americans only. Not much in the way of presenatations of the history of the islands.


There was a big push for spending more money, on restaurants, art works, Luau, jewelry. The music in all the public areas is irritating when it is played continuously.
The food was of poor standard, highly sweetened or fatty and not apppealingly presented. The buffets seemed to close at all the wrong times. Not much variety, especially at lunch and breakfast.


The ship's staff in general seemed to work hard and were pleasant but some seemed "over the top" in a rather insincere friendliness. Paying the $12 daily tips fee per person is WRONG and the amount can be removed from your bill. A passenger only needs to speak to the pursars office (reception) and ask for it to be removed. This is so on ANY ship. Then one can tip those who serve over and above the call of duty.


The tours were well conducted but sometimes padded with visits to commercial places. They mostly started very early in the morning which was irritating if you wanted a sleep in...after all this is a holiday.


Hiring a car at port worked very well, hire cheap . insurance not. About $90 for the day. Cheaper than tours.

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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Balcony
Cabin BA deck 9, midships

Small but comfortable. Good bed. Small balcony but adequate. Well positioned. Bathroom efficient but small.
Room quiet except for the occasional noisy early morning guests walking down the passage. Room well serviced every day.

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