Pride of America Cruise Review by wildflower71
- Sail Date: April 2018
- Destination: Hawaii
- Cabin Type: Balcony
As far as the meals go, we ate at the Aloha Cafe, Cagney's, Skyline Dining Room, Cadillac Diner and the Key West Bar. Aloha Cafe was basic and bland, but there were lots of choices and seemed to be something there for everyone - I only ate there once and I was done, but my husband had a quick breakfast and coffee there each morning before we went ashore. The Skyline DR was also pretty basic but a step up from the Aloha Cafe - We ate dinner there once. Cagney's is in another category. We ate dinner there three times and the food was really great! We had Filet Mignon or Fish each time and they offer many side dishes which were also really good. We had one meal in the Cadillac Diner - salads and burgers, but they were also really good. We went to Key West Bar a few times as it was nearest to our stateroom, and were amazed that we'd be the only ones there. Maybe everyone was tired from the day and in bed - but we never encountered anyone else in that bar until the sail-away from Kauai - it was packed that day. We had a port-side balcony but wanted to sit in the bar until we reached the Na Pali coastline. Having a private balcony to view the coast was worth every penny - INCREDIBLE!!
As far as our itinerary at each port - we left the ship everyday and we do our own thing. We rented a car at every port and intended to see as much as possible.
On Maui day 1 - Road to Hana. What a gorgeous place!!! An absolute must-see, at least once! It rained like the skies opened and the gods were angry LOL but the waterfalls were incredible and everywhere!! We encountered an landslide shortly after the 'Halfway to Hana' area which closed the road and were told it would take two hours to clear, so we waited but it was worth the wait. We drove the whole way around to the back of Haleakala. It was interesting but I think if we did the drive again we'd turn around at Hana and go back through the pretty part :) We also visited Wailea and Kihei - ate dinner at the Maui Brewing Company. Btw, we dowloaded the Shaka Guide app - worth it beyond words!! Made a great trip even better!
Maui day 2 - We drove to Kaanapali to see the sights and then to Lahaina to walk around, see the Banyan tree, shop and eat before heading back to the ship. Lots of sun and blue skies on this day. YAY :)
Hilo - Another washout of a day LOL not sure who we angered or why but we made the best of it and laughed as hard as it rained!! Took Saddle road up and over Mauna Kea and down to Waikoloa Village and saw our first and only rainbow for the whole trip :D which was awesome!! We then drove back along the north coastline which was gorgeous and lush. We stopped at the Hawaiian Vanilla Factory and the Macadamia Nut factory. Snagged a great parking spot to do some souvenir shopping in Hilo before heading back to ship.
Kona - Tendering was super-easy and very-well organized. We were off the ship before 7:45 so we never needed the tickets so I can't explain that process for anyone. The tender boat has us to the shore in 5-10 minutes which was great and we were on our way. Picked up our rental car at the Marriott - super easy pickup and drop off. Easiest one of all in fact. We drove to the Pu'uhonua o Honaunau state park to see the Tikis, huts and sea turtles - LOVED this place!! Blue skies and sunny all day made it even better :) After that we hit a Kona Coffee place for sampling, the we drove back to the cool town of Kailua-Kona to wander around, shop and we had a meal at the Kona Brewery. Parking is tricky so it worked out great renting a car from the Marriott because we just parked there and walked everywhere.
Kauai day 1 - We are fans of the hurricane-battered resort, CoCo Palms and scheduled a tour for 10AM, before the tour we were able to drive up to see Wailua Falls which was brown and raging from all the rain, but still glad we squeezed it in. After the tour we continued north to Hanalei Bay. We went to walk the pier and watch the surfing lessons. We then went into town for shopping, ate food truck poke bowls, and finished with JoJo's shave ice - perfect!! We stopped in Princeville on way back to have a drink at Tiki Iniki and then made our way back to the ship and tried to figure out where we were going to park for the night. Turns out there's FREE on-road parking on Nawiliwili Road between Wilcox Road and Waapa Road!! We felt like we struck gold!! We parked the car, returned to the ship to freshen up and enjoyed the evening at Duke's Kauai - Totally amazing place with views to match
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