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We (two retired female friends) chose this cruise because the P of A spends so much time on the islands, with all traveling done at night. We spent two days on Oahu before the cruise, got to see a big wave surf competition, and the Kualoa Ranch. (Both excellent). Arrived at Hanauma Bay, prepared to snorkel, and found that they close at 5:30, not 7 p.m. as advertised everywhere. So we missed what I now assume to be the best snorkeling spot in Hawaii. We arrived at the port around 12:30 p.m. and were on the ship within the hour. Went to the buffet for lunch and all rooms were announced to be ready before we were finished. We had anytine dining with reservations for 6:30 on most days. Never had to wait for a table, had same waitresses every night, and a window table. Most food was pretty good. Went to the french restaurant one night. Service was impeccable. Food so-so (big disappointment). Cream puff dessert was highlight. Whether it was because there was no casino or that we were so busy off the ship all day, every day, we found that we went to sleep pretty early every night but not before seeing shows and laba flow! Entertainment was great! Comedian was a riot! We saw him twice, two different shows. Magician was very good. The four guys in the rock and roll band were excellent! We had planned much of our dinner times around being able to get to shows and were very glad that we did. The ship let everyone know that we would be passing the lava flowing on the big island at 10:45 one night and we made sure to get front row standing. You can see the streams of red on the mountain but not that it actually enters the ocean You can see it from starboard side of ship. They get as close as they are allowed, I am sure and linger about 15 minutes. Viewing the Napali Coast is seen from the port side of the ship. Awesome. We had alot of fog but it was still beautiful. Bring over the door shoe holder for odds and ends. We also brought 4 small magnets which we could use both inside the cabin and on the balcony to hang wet bathing suits on to dry.

Great in every way!

Pride of America Cruise Review by Janespup

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2018
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: Large Balcony
We (two retired female friends) chose this cruise because the P of A spends so much time on the islands, with all traveling done at night. We spent two days on Oahu before the cruise, got to see a big wave surf competition, and the Kualoa Ranch. (Both excellent). Arrived at Hanauma Bay, prepared to snorkel, and found that they close at 5:30, not 7 p.m. as advertised everywhere. So we missed what I now assume to be the best snorkeling spot in Hawaii.

We arrived at the port around 12:30 p.m. and were on the ship within the hour. Went to the buffet for lunch and all rooms were announced to be ready before we were finished. We had anytine dining with reservations for 6:30 on most days. Never had to wait for a table, had same waitresses every night, and a window table. Most food was pretty good. Went to the french restaurant one night. Service was impeccable. Food so-so (big disappointment). Cream puff dessert was highlight.

Whether it was because there was no casino or that we were so busy off the ship all day, every day, we found that we went to sleep pretty early every night but not before seeing shows and laba flow! Entertainment was great! Comedian was a riot! We saw him twice, two different shows. Magician was very good. The four guys in the rock and roll band were excellent! We had planned much of our dinner times around being able to get to shows and were very glad that we did.

The ship let everyone know that we would be passing the lava flowing on the big island at 10:45 one night and we made sure to get front row standing. You can see the streams of red on the mountain but not that it actually enters the ocean You can see it from starboard side of ship. They get as close as they are allowed, I am sure and linger about 15 minutes.

Viewing the Napali Coast is seen from the port side of the ship. Awesome. We had alot of fog but it was still beautiful.

Bring over the door shoe holder for odds and ends. We also brought 4 small magnets which we could use both inside the cabin and on the balcony to hang wet bathing suits on to dry.
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Large Balcony
Cabin B6 9522
Cabin was tight for two females to share but we had enough closet and drawer space and made the shelves in small bathroom work. Extra large balcony was wonderful. 2 chairs, 2 chaise lounges, 2 tables.
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