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The ship is lovely. Cocktail time was very expensive. You are not permitted to bring on water or soda and there is a charge for each bottle of water. My husband purchased a soda card which turned out to be a bargain at the price they charged for soda. (You can also get cans of soda with the card which is a better bargain) I brought several bottles of sealed wine at ABC Store in Honolulu only to be greeted with an unexpected "corkage" charge of $15.00/bottle at check in which was was much less than the $35/bottle charge on ship. (However, I could drink the wine anywhere on board) You can't purchase bottles of vodka etc. as on other ships - poured drinks were $10-$14./each so be prepared. One surprise was a charge for scooped Gelato.....no charge for soft serve. We brought a bag of snacks (pretzels and chips) on board from each port for sail-away in the cabin. Food was nothing special. After the 2nd night, we ate in the Liberty dining room. Food and service seemed to be a little better up there and it's a little dressier than the lower dining room. The pastries and desserts were nothing to rave about and the food left a bit for improvement. There is a service charge ($7.95) if you order room service....however you can put your breakfast card on your door and choose coffee and muffins, juices a-la-cart from the menu without the service charge. We rented a car in every port and followed along the ship excursion routes. Saved a lot of money and we could stop at will. Most rental agencies come to the pier to pick you up and if you make your reservation ahead of time on line, you'll save even more.

Best Hawaiian Island Cruising for short time

Pride of America Cruise Review by Barbie-B

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2017
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: Large Balcony
The ship is lovely.

Cocktail time was very expensive. You are not permitted to bring on water or soda and there is a charge for each bottle of water. My husband purchased a soda card which turned out to be a bargain at the price they charged for soda. (You can also get cans of soda with the card which is a better bargain) I brought several bottles of sealed wine at ABC Store in Honolulu only to be greeted with an unexpected "corkage" charge of $15.00/bottle at check in which was was much less than the $35/bottle charge on ship.

(However, I could drink the wine anywhere on board) You can't purchase bottles of vodka etc. as on other ships - poured drinks were $10-$14./each so be prepared. One surprise was a charge for scooped Gelato.....no charge for soft serve.

We brought a bag of snacks (pretzels and chips) on board from each port for sail-away in the cabin.

Food was nothing special. After the 2nd night, we ate in the Liberty dining room. Food and service seemed to be a little better up there and it's a little dressier than the lower dining room. The pastries and desserts were nothing to rave about and the food left a bit for improvement.

There is a service charge ($7.95) if you order room service....however you can put your breakfast card on your door and choose coffee and muffins, juices a-la-cart from the menu without the service charge.

We rented a car in every port and followed along the ship excursion routes. Saved a lot of money and we could stop at will. Most rental agencies come to the pier to pick you up and if you make your reservation ahead of time on line, you'll save even more.
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Cabin Review

Large Balcony
Cabin B6 11014
Cabin #11014 is on the starboard (right) side of the ship. From the right side, you will see all ports coming in and going out.

Recommend a B6 cabin on deck 11 because the balcony is larger than most of the other balconies. Our cabin steward brought us 2 add'l chairs and we were able to fit 4 comfortably each evening for sail-away. Cabin #11012, 11014, 11024 & 11026 as well as the same cabins on the port side have the larger balconies. I got an extra small table from the pool and put it on the deck to hold extra drinks and snacks.

Very quiet floor and on the same deck as the pool, hot tubs and buffet. The cabin has plenty of storage space with 4 drawers and shelving in the closet. Bring a power strip to charge phones, cameras, laptops etc. My husband has a c-pap and our cabin steward, Eston, brought an extension cord for his use. He was very attentive and the best at making towel buddies as we returned one day to find them playing cards on our bed! The bed was very comfortable and made into a small king. Good cabin value for the money on a 7 day cruise.
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