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Selected the cruise for spring break. We realized that the ship was nothing more than a floating hotel as there are no days at seas. The islands were great and the ship was so-so. The ship has ~2000 passengers but seems small. The main lobby is small and seems to have a low ceiling. Same comment on the Aloha buffet where we had breakfast every day. It was crowded and tough to find tables and there just was not a lot of room. Many areas of the ship seem to have dim lighting so at night it is pretty low light levels. Also the theme of American history for the cruise ship seems weird for a Hawaiian Island cruise. Drinks Seemed pretty weak. A long island iced tea was 75% sweet/sour mix. That is not the ratio. They ran out of all cabernet by the glass on Wednesday. They were out of pinot on Friday. We were in port every day???? Drinks were fairly pricey: 6.50 for Corona (which they ran out of), 12.50 for a Long Island, 11 for a margarita. At dinner, I paid $14 for a 7oz glass of wine of a type that cost $16 on shore for the bottle. It was not a drinking trip so not a big thing. Food Breakfast is breakfast. They make omelets and eggs at the buffet. Their corned beef was weird. Except for the meat station which was some type of carved meat, dinner at the buffet always looked unappetizing. The desserts were not very good except when they had cookies (3 nights). Whoever makes their cakes needs to learn to make them moist. Only had breakfast in the dining room on the last morning. Ordered scrambled eggs which were not fresh eggs and were oozing water. Could only eat one bite. Dinner had pretty much nothing memorable. No shrimp cocktail on the menu. The steak is chewy and had gristle around the edges. They had prime rib one night which was the luau night so over half the passengers were not at dinner. The rolls, fresh made, were no better than grocery store. I did a Royal Carib cruise in the fall and their rolls were hard crusts and chewy centers. I had at least 6 every night. Not on this ship. Dining room desserts matched the buffet. Cakes were dry. The chocolate mousse was good but only had it on the menu the last night. Nothing unedible but nothing you would want to re-order. Only ate lunch twice on the ship and that was a BBQ on desk which was nice. Ports Rent a car and do it yourself. We had a blast controlling our own schedule. The Big Island Snorkel in Hilo was great. They had a lot of toys on the boat. Service Bartenders were not very talkative. Except for the one who told us the ship is dead by 9PM everynight as all the older passengers go to bed. Never got asked around the pool if we wanted a drink. Never got asked if we wanted a second glass of wine at dinner. The maître'd never stopped at our dinner table during the week. Our waitresses at dinner, for the most part, did not talk much and we had a cute 7 year old with us. When we finished the bread in our basket, we were never offered more bread. Dinner could take a while to get food. At the breakfast buffet, they would come and remove plates but no one came over to clean the table surface when we sat down after the people before us had left. They took their plates but did not clean the table. Our cabin attendant was ditzy and seemed nervous all the time. We kept getting varying amounts of towels. Oh, and they automatically add an 18% service charge on all drink, ice cream, cookie purchases then give you a receipt to sign with a blank tip line. Cabin We did an inside cabin since we were in port so much. Our cabin continuously creaked if the ship was moving. It was annoying. Cabin small but never really in there. Price-wise, we did a 9 day Royal Carib in the fall in the Southern Carib. It was their most expensive Carib cruise. Our balcony cabin on that cost less than this inside cabin. So, the cruise was average but we selected it to see the four islands in a week which we did and had a great time. However, NCL really needs to go take some Royal Carib cruises and look at how they do it. We did both cruises in the last 6 months so it is still fresh in our minds. There is no comparison. I will always select a Royal Carib instead of an NCL. Entertainment Only went to see the magician. He was great. Did three different shows. Two of which were for kids.

Nothing great about the ship or NCL

Pride of America Cruise Review by bfamily03

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2017
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: Inside
Selected the cruise for spring break. We realized that the ship was nothing more than a floating hotel as there are no days at seas. The islands were great and the ship was so-so.

The ship has ~2000 passengers but seems small.

The main lobby is small and seems to have a low ceiling. Same comment on the Aloha buffet where we had breakfast every day. It was crowded and tough to find tables and there just was not a lot of room. Many areas of the ship seem to have dim lighting so at night it is pretty low light levels. Also the theme of American history for the cruise ship seems weird for a Hawaiian Island cruise.

Drinks

Seemed pretty weak. A long island iced tea was 75% sweet/sour mix. That is not the ratio. They ran out of all cabernet by the glass on Wednesday. They were out of pinot on Friday. We were in port every day???? Drinks were fairly pricey: 6.50 for Corona (which they ran out of), 12.50 for a Long Island, 11 for a margarita. At dinner, I paid $14 for a 7oz glass of wine of a type that cost $16 on shore for the bottle. It was not a drinking trip so not a big thing.

Food

Breakfast is breakfast. They make omelets and eggs at the buffet. Their corned beef was weird. Except for the meat station which was some type of carved meat, dinner at the buffet always looked unappetizing. The desserts were not very good except when they had cookies (3 nights). Whoever makes their cakes needs to learn to make them moist. Only had breakfast in the dining room on the last morning. Ordered scrambled eggs which were not fresh eggs and were oozing water. Could only eat one bite.

Dinner had pretty much nothing memorable. No shrimp cocktail on the menu. The steak is chewy and had gristle around the edges. They had prime rib one night which was the luau night so over half the passengers were not at dinner. The rolls, fresh made, were no better than grocery store. I did a Royal Carib cruise in the fall and their rolls were hard crusts and chewy centers. I had at least 6 every night. Not on this ship. Dining room desserts matched the buffet. Cakes were dry. The chocolate mousse was good but only had it on the menu the last night. Nothing unedible but nothing you would want to re-order.

Only ate lunch twice on the ship and that was a BBQ on desk which was nice.

Ports

Rent a car and do it yourself. We had a blast controlling our own schedule. The Big Island Snorkel in Hilo was great. They had a lot of toys on the boat.

Service

Bartenders were not very talkative. Except for the one who told us the ship is dead by 9PM everynight as all the older passengers go to bed. Never got asked around the pool if we wanted a drink. Never got asked if we wanted a second glass of wine at dinner. The maître'd never stopped at our dinner table during the week. Our waitresses at dinner, for the most part, did not talk much and we had a cute 7 year old with us. When we finished the bread in our basket, we were never offered more bread. Dinner could take a while to get food. At the breakfast buffet, they would come and remove plates but no one came over to clean the table surface when we sat down after the people before us had left. They took their plates but did not clean the table.

Our cabin attendant was ditzy and seemed nervous all the time. We kept getting varying amounts of towels.

Oh, and they automatically add an 18% service charge on all drink, ice cream, cookie purchases then give you a receipt to sign with a blank tip line.

Cabin

We did an inside cabin since we were in port so much. Our cabin continuously creaked if the ship was moving. It was annoying. Cabin small but never really in there. Price-wise, we did a 9 day Royal Carib in the fall in the Southern Carib. It was their most expensive Carib cruise. Our balcony cabin on that cost less than this inside cabin.

So, the cruise was average but we selected it to see the four islands in a week which we did and had a great time. However, NCL really needs to go take some Royal Carib cruises and look at how they do it. We did both cruises in the last 6 months so it is still fresh in our minds. There is no comparison. I will always select a Royal Carib instead of an NCL.

Entertainment

Only went to see the magician. He was great. Did three different shows. Two of which were for kids.
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