Pride of America Cruise Review by committedcruiser
- Sail Date: December 2017
- Destination: Hawaii
- Cabin Type: Balcony
embarkation chaotic: lined up for luggage tags; lined up to stow luggage. directed to table where medical forms were scattered - no forms - waited while staff got forms. lined up for security. over an hr wait. once past security greeted w/ lei and check-in went smoothly. usual wait for cabin over lunch.
entertainment: first nite hawaiian dancers came on board and provided an authentic Hawaiian atmosphere. excellent entertainment 2 shows 7pm and 9 pm. that was first and last decent entertainment in hollywood theatre. skipped comedian and magic show so no comment. 2 bands performed. we walked out after 2nd song of ea -- really bad. -- second rate. performances so forgettable i forgot names. las vegas show had imitators. eg. elvis. sonny and cher. poor performances. most people have seen elvis impersonators -- this guy sucked.
dining: food improved. but not as good as Epic Aloha buffet provided east indian food - very tasty - along w/ salad bar. fruit bar. carvery and hot entrees. 3 other complimentary restaurants on deck 5.w/ excellent service. in 'east is west' we ordered seaweed salad (we r from vancouver and enjoy oriental food) which arrived w/ tomato and mayo dressing. arg! same abomination as served on epic.last yr. when i spoke to mgr on epic i was told -- tuff. take or or leave it -- on the pride server happily brought us seaweed salad as it should be served and even offer second portions. no matter where we ate service was 5 star.
free style dining not available. must make reservations for ALL restaurants and if i wanted a specific time reservations must be made 72 hrs. in advance. i am diabetic and eat at specific times so i like reservation system. but it is not for everyone,
a crew member advised pride going into dry dock in 2018 where it will be cut tin half in order to add more restaurants and shops. cabin sizes won't change.
activities: this ship is for families, painting classes. arts and crafts incl lei making. hula lessons. trivia. clubs for children and teens. library only open 2 hrs afternoon and 2hrs evening. ship not geared to seniors. swimming pool area had a band playing badly at deafening decibels -- so much for sitting in the sun and reading. i really needed a balcony. no lectures
i would cruise on pride again because of the itinerary. only cruise that leaves from Oahu and overnights on maui and kuai as well as visiting hilo and kona on the big island. HAL, Princess, Celebrity etc. cruise out of LA and San Diego, therefore, spend 5 days at sea b4 cruising hawaii
Spa: small no thermal suite
Disembarkation. chaotic. advised of tag system as usual, but no tags sent to room. had to line up at customer service we walked off w/ luggage so it did not effect us, but not well organized.
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