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Last year we decided to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary in Hawaii. After examining many different vacation options we concluded that the 7 day NCL Pride of America (POA) cruise along with 3 extra days in Honolulu offered the best opportunity to maximize our exposure to the islands. We've cruised on 7 previous occasions but this was our first on NCL. For us, the key attraction of the POA cruise is that you are in port everyday and this allows the opportunity to arrange tours and/or activities. Other cruises to Hawaii originating from the west coast involve too many sea days for our liking. Overall, our experience on the POA was very positive. The ports that it sailed to gave us the opportunity to explore the islands with organized tour groups or on our own. We have nothing but pleasant memories of our first visit to paradise! We were particularly impressed with the ship's excursion services. Staff from the ship assisted each tour group off the ship and through the port terminals to meet tour guides and transport operators. We never were left standing around waiting for a bus or tour operator. Instructions on where and when to meet were clearly printed on the tour coupons delivered to our cabin at the start of our cruise. With regard to the deliverables there were no disappointments. There are many dining options on the POR and we selected a package of 3 specialty restaurants; Cagney's, LaCucina and Jefferson's Bistro. We were very pleased with our meals and service at Cagney's and the Bistro. The portion size and flavour of our entrees were a disappointment when we dined at LaCucina. When we returned to the ship each afternoon we went to the 11th or 12th decks for pool and lounge time. We always found plenty of space to relax and service from the bar was always nearby. There were a couple of times we sought assistance from Guest Services (lost key card, logging into the internet) and in each instance we received prompt and helpful service. No long waits at the counter!! In best indication of our overall level of satisfaction with our POA cruise is that before we disembarked we placed a deposit on a future NCL cruise.

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Pride of America Cruise Review by 3CanCruise

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2017
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
Last year we decided to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary in Hawaii. After examining many different vacation options we concluded that the 7 day NCL Pride of America (POA) cruise along with 3 extra days in Honolulu offered the best opportunity to maximize our exposure to the islands. We've cruised on 7 previous occasions but this was our first on NCL. For us, the key attraction of the POA cruise is that you are in port everyday and this allows the opportunity to arrange tours and/or activities. Other cruises to Hawaii originating from the west coast involve too many sea days for our liking.

Overall, our experience on the POA was very positive. The ports that it sailed to gave us the opportunity to explore the islands with organized tour groups or on our own. We have nothing but pleasant memories of our first visit to paradise!

We were particularly impressed with the ship's excursion services. Staff from the ship assisted each tour group off the ship and through the port terminals to meet tour guides and transport operators. We never were left standing around waiting for a bus or tour operator. Instructions on where and when to meet were clearly printed on the tour coupons delivered to our cabin at the start of our cruise. With regard to the deliverables there were no disappointments.

There are many dining options on the POR and we selected a package of 3 specialty restaurants; Cagney's, LaCucina and Jefferson's Bistro. We were very pleased with our meals and service at Cagney's and the Bistro. The portion size and flavour of our entrees were a disappointment when we dined at LaCucina.

When we returned to the ship each afternoon we went to the 11th or 12th decks for pool and lounge time. We always found plenty of space to relax and service from the bar was always nearby.

There were a couple of times we sought assistance from Guest Services (lost key card, logging into the internet) and in each instance we received prompt and helpful service. No long waits at the counter!!

In best indication of our overall level of satisfaction with our POA cruise is that before we disembarked we placed a deposit on a future NCL cruise.
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Balcony
Cabin BC 9068
Adequate size for 2 adults. Bed was comfortable. Plenty of room to store our luggage, clothes and travel items. Bathroom was tight but aren't they all on cruise ships!
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