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Found a good deal that included 2 nights in Honolulu prior to the cruise. Traffic in Honolulu is horrible! Took 2 hours from time plane landed to hotel (7 miles away). Stayed at Waikiki Resort. Not a bad hotel, close walk to beach, shopping and food/drink spots. Get a room on upper floors (we had 1512) to avoid garbage truck and street noise early morning). Decent buffet breakfast included (good luck with Hostess Nazi!). Pearl Harbor tour very powerful. Roberts is a great shuttle service! Went to Duke's for dinner first night - good but very busy. Did Paradise Cove luau second night. Highly recommend! Best food of entire week, and fantastic hula show. Nice pre-meal activities as well. Embarking was SLOW; they claimed they had several hundred more passengers than usual, then told us that Latitudes members would not get priority check in. Stood in line for about an hour before they finally segregated the Latitudes from others. Room was nice - enough room for everything plus the oceanview room was unobstructed. Cabin Steward nice enough but looked ragged; forgot twice that she had already cleaned our room, and only gave us one bath towel one evening. Kept ice bucket filled as requested. Food was so-so. Buffet was the best place to eat. Skyline dining room needs to get their act together! SLOW service (over 2 hours for a dinner for 6), waitress did not know the menu, food quality mediocre. We should have eaten dinner more often at buffet, but other couples preferred to be waited on. Cadillac Diner also poor - went there 2nd day for lunch and wanted chicken club sandwich. Asked for no avocado - waiter told me that was good since they were out, and also out of bacon! Out of bacon??? Saw 20 pounds of it on breakfast buffet a few hours ago! Don't be duped by their menu - the ice cream item are NOT included in the prepaid food. Ship in good condition, entertainment was very good, especially comedian and juggler. Travelling in April meant very few kids and not many younger cruisers, which meant plenty of pool space and for the most part deck chairs (except last afternoon). Many of the seniors eat promptly at 5 (then go to the early shows), so if you wait until after 6 you should be good. One good thing about having to wait to be seated in restaurants is you get free drink if you have to wait. Excursions: Molokai snorkeling was the best of the week. Well worth it. Got our parasailing cancelled due to choppy waters and wind on Kona. If you don't book an excursion on Hilo, take the Hoppa On Hoppa Off bus - you can see Rainbow Falls, black sand beach, farmers market and more for $20. Nice beach spot within walking distance of port in Kauai, along with lots of local shops. Do NOT go to Paia Beach in Maui- very rough surf and not all sandy bottom. Golfed at Paukea on Kauai - very average course which is why it was far cheaper than resort courses. Decent test of golf, but greens and sand traps iffy. If you go, take the K Mart shuttle (free) from the pier; the course is a short walk away (beats a $15 cab ride). Others in group did the Hana trip on Maui, Waimea Canyon on Kauai, and the Kona coffee plantation tour. Disembarking was a breeze. We waited until last available time to depart since we had a long wait time at the airport. Again, Roberts was there for shuttle ($11 pp) and made it easy.

Worth the trip, but. . .

Pride of America Cruise Review by logantonshoes

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2016
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Oceanview Picture Window
Found a good deal that included 2 nights in Honolulu prior to the cruise. Traffic in Honolulu is horrible! Took 2 hours from time plane landed to hotel (7 miles away). Stayed at Waikiki Resort. Not a bad hotel, close walk to beach, shopping and food/drink spots. Get a room on upper floors (we had 1512) to avoid garbage truck and street noise early morning). Decent buffet breakfast included (good luck with Hostess Nazi!). Pearl Harbor tour very powerful. Roberts is a great shuttle service! Went to Duke's for dinner first night - good but very busy. Did Paradise Cove luau second night. Highly recommend! Best food of entire week, and fantastic hula show. Nice pre-meal activities as well.

Embarking was SLOW; they claimed they had several hundred more passengers than usual, then told us that Latitudes members would not get priority check in. Stood in line for about an hour before they finally segregated the Latitudes from others. Room was nice - enough room for everything plus the oceanview room was unobstructed. Cabin Steward nice enough but looked ragged; forgot twice that she had already cleaned our room, and only gave us one bath towel one evening. Kept ice bucket filled as requested.

Food was so-so. Buffet was the best place to eat. Skyline dining room needs to get their act together! SLOW service (over 2 hours for a dinner for 6), waitress did not know the menu, food quality mediocre. We should have eaten dinner more often at buffet, but other couples preferred to be waited on. Cadillac Diner also poor - went there 2nd day for lunch and wanted chicken club sandwich. Asked for no avocado - waiter told me that was good since they were out, and also out of bacon! Out of bacon??? Saw 20 pounds of it on breakfast buffet a few hours ago! Don't be duped by their menu - the ice cream item are NOT included in the prepaid food.

Ship in good condition, entertainment was very good, especially comedian and juggler. Travelling in April meant very few kids and not many younger cruisers, which meant plenty of pool space and for the most part deck chairs (except last afternoon). Many of the seniors eat promptly at 5 (then go to the early shows), so if you wait until after 6 you should be good. One good thing about having to wait to be seated in restaurants is you get free drink if you have to wait.

Excursions: Molokai snorkeling was the best of the week. Well worth it. Got our parasailing cancelled due to choppy waters and wind on Kona. If you don't book an excursion on Hilo, take the Hoppa On Hoppa Off bus - you can see Rainbow Falls, black sand beach, farmers market and more for $20. Nice beach spot within walking distance of port in Kauai, along with lots of local shops. Do NOT go to Paia Beach in Maui- very rough surf and not all sandy bottom. Golfed at Paukea on Kauai - very average course which is why it was far cheaper than resort courses. Decent test of golf, but greens and sand traps iffy. If you go, take the K Mart shuttle (free) from the pier; the course is a short walk away (beats a $15 cab ride). Others in group did the Hana trip on Maui, Waimea Canyon on Kauai, and the Kona coffee plantation tour.

Disembarking was a breeze. We waited until last available time to depart since we had a long wait time at the airport. Again, Roberts was there for shuttle ($11 pp) and made it easy.
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Oceanview Picture Window
Cabin OA 4042
Room was decent size (of course bathroom tiny), bed comfy, plenty of storage. Good location to steps and elevators, Overhead light above bed was hanging down for last 3 days of trip (guess maid and steward did not notice), took 3 days to get tissues in room, and bathroom faucet leaked.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Hilo
    We took the Hoppa On Hoppa Off bus service - well worth $20. Get on and off as you please, and bus comes by every 20-25 minutes. Saw Rainbow Falls, black sand beach and nice little farmers market.
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  • Luau
    Great food - pork, chicken and fish better than any meal on ship. Mai Tais also good. Nice pre-meal activities, and great hula dancing.
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  • Pearl Harbor
    Very powerful,not real crowded so could spend time reading each ship plaque. Hard to believe that Arizona is still leaking oil. Learned things that were never included in history books.
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  • Golf
    Booked golf on my own (ship is of no help with golf or hooking you up with other golfers). Took a cab to course (about 3 miles away the way he went - claimed he didn't know where it was!), which was a $15 ripoff. Course starter was very nice and helpful. Got a nice rental club set, and was paired up with nice guy from Idaho who was staying on island. Course reasonably challenging - most trouble is avoidable if you can hit it straight. Greens were inconsistent - some in good shape, others not so good. Sand traps were like clay - really hard to get out of. Evidence of wild boar diggings near several sand traps, and saw and heard chickens everywhere.
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  • Waimea Canyon
    Very pretty, informative and chatty bus driver (again, Roberts). Scary ride up to canyon. Incredible views.
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  • Kona
    Were supposed to take parasail excursion, but weather caused cancellation (booked thru NCL - they give you on board credit for refund). Took coffee plantation tour and painted church with state park visit. You take a tender to and from the ship; saw a school of dolphins on tender back to ship - cool!
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  • Molokini Crater
    Best part of entire week! Boat held about 125 people. Served light breakfast (wonderful mango juice) and picnic lunch. Entire boat staff friendly and helpful. Snorkeling over crater is unbelievable! Even had open bar for an hour before returning to dock.
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