Pride of America Cruise Review by GulfTX
- Sail Date: January 2017
- Destination: Hawaii
- Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Balcony
The greatest disappointment was the food on board. We are not cruisers as such, as we only cruise once a year. It was the worse both quantity and quality wise in our 8 cruises. This is the first (and probably the last) time we have cruised on Norwegian. We were not fans of the freestyle dining options on board during the cruise. Perhaps it's because we've not experienced it before. I'm not sure if the freestyle dining was the cause, but we've not had such poor service as our first three nights in the Liberty dining room. While the food was the same, the service was actually better in the Skyline dining room. After two mornings of fighting the crowds in the breakfast buffet, we enjoyed breakfast in the Skyline dining room ordering from a menu. Much more peaceful and enjoyable way to start the day.
This was also our first cruise with no days at sea. We are an older couple (my wife is retired, I'm not), so we planned our excursions for every other day. Between each excursion (3 days) we rented a car (3 days) to see the areas by ourselves at our own pace, eating at nice restaurants at noon. This worked out very well for us. Without having rented a car, we would have missed our favorite village, Lahaina on Maui. Our favorite excursion the entire week was the Road to Hana with Valley Isle (www.tourmaui.com). It was well planned, with plenty of stops for both pictures and restrooms.
Just one more minor gripe. :) We boarded the ship on Saturday afternoon about 2:30 pm. We were barred from our cabin until a little after 4:00 pm, as "the rooms were not ready." We were left hanging out in the rain next to the pool for well over an hour. In all our cruises, this was a first.
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The TV worked well, although we watched very little. The cabin safe worked flawlessly. The balcony was adequate. There was fresh ice in the cabin each day. There was room under the beds for our suitcases. The a/c control worked very well and was easy to use. The small closet was well organized with plenty of shevles.
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