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This cruise was a once in a lifetime experience. I read the reviews online. The excursions seemed exciting. The ship looked beautiful. Our connections were great. Our agent from NCL lined everything up perfectly. Our hotel in Waikiki was more than we expected. It was Oceanview and lovely. We had time to explore the beach area. What a wonderful start! Embarkation went very smoothly. There was a line but it went quickly. We had to wait about 3 hours to go to our cabin since the suitcases weren't delivered. It would have been nice to have a welcome aboard with at least reduced price drinks and appetizers. That didn't happen. Our cabin was small but sufficient. The problem was they did not get serviced until 6-7 at night so we had messy rooms and no clean towels, even after being gone all day. The food was what we expected, good but not great. Now the dining staff (not any Hawaiian natives) bordered on being rude. The one waiter corrected my friend's pronunciation of "tomato", not once but 3 times. Some of the staff were pleasant but some were doing you a favor to wait on you. Obviously we picked the excursions. The Road to Hana was all day but our driver was excellent and made it a pleasure. The Waimea Canyon trip was 2 hours there and back. They stopped for bathroom breaks and to buy souvenirs. It was a wasted day in my opinion. The Canyon was gorgeous and we were lucky to see the fog lift so we could see it. The Luau was good except the seating made t difficult to watch.

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Pride of America Cruise Review by Bulagirl

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2017
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: Obstructed Oceanview
This cruise was a once in a lifetime experience. I read the reviews online. The excursions seemed exciting. The ship looked beautiful. Our connections were great. Our agent from NCL lined everything up perfectly. Our hotel in Waikiki was more than we expected. It was Oceanview and lovely. We had time to explore the beach area. What a wonderful start!

Embarkation went very smoothly. There was a line but it went quickly. We had to wait about 3 hours to go to our cabin since the suitcases weren't delivered. It would have been nice to have a welcome aboard with at least reduced price drinks and appetizers. That didn't happen. Our cabin was small but sufficient. The problem was they did not get serviced until 6-7 at night so we had messy rooms and no clean towels, even after being gone all day.

The food was what we expected, good but not great. Now the dining staff (not any Hawaiian natives) bordered on being rude. The one waiter corrected my friend's pronunciation of "tomato", not once but 3 times. Some of the staff were pleasant but some were doing you a favor to wait on you.

Obviously we picked the excursions. The Road to Hana was all day but our driver was excellent and made it a pleasure. The Waimea Canyon trip was 2 hours there and back. They stopped for bathroom breaks and to buy souvenirs. It was a wasted day in my opinion. The Canyon was gorgeous and we were lucky to see the fog lift so we could see it. The Luau was good except the seating made t difficult to watch.
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Cabin Review

Obstructed Oceanview
Cabin OK 7586
Small but sufficient. I can't imagine more than 2 people in this size cabin
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    They took us into town and showed us several points of interest. It was $20 and well worth it. You could go all day. Someone told us about this. Great tip!
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