Pride of America Cruise Review by lstrand_le
- Sail Date: November 2017
- Destination: Hawaii
- Cabin Type: Obstructed Oceanview
PoA only has one area on the ship to smoke (the Waikiki Bar, deck 13, aft) and honestly it's the most laid back, chill area of the ship complete with great views. You end up talking to the "regulars" and we made a few legit friends that we kept in touch with after we got back home. The bartenders (Gabby and David) turned a good vacation into a great vacation and kept my husband and I sane on a boat (erm ship) where our age group made up maybe 20% of the population. They recommended some local bars to hit when we were in port overnight and they did not disappoint. The cruise director, Jasper, was also extremely nice and just an overall fantastic person. NCL's staff was the best part of this trip, hands down. It is extremely regimented like a well oiled machine and they were some of the nicest, most down-to-earth people we met.
The ports were well planned out and although we only had one full day of sun, we made the best of every day we had. We went hiking, visited the Keck Observatory, hit some botanical gardens and enjoyed a few local breweries. The ship itself was small compared to other ones I've seen/been on but you wouldn't be able to tell unless you're the person who spends most of their money on the ship doing ship things.
My only real complaint is that NCL's Pride of America doesn't allow you to purchase any photos their photographers take on board after your cruise has ended. So basically...unless you remember to hit Guest Services on your way out, you're kinda screwed. I did not find this out until after we got home. Bummer. All things considered I'd give it an 7.5/8 outta 10.
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