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We had the hotel stay the night before at the Marriott Waikiki. Everything was well organized. The bus picked us up at 10:45 and we were on the boat by noon. We had lunch in the Aloha Café. It wasn’t crazy crowded and we had no problem finding a seat for 5 of us. We did have to wait until about 3:30 for our room to be ready. They announced as each floor was ready. Ours was almost last; the first floor announced was ready around 2:00. The boat was fine. The stateroom (10046) was small but as expected for a cruise ship. There was about 18 inches between the bed and the wall, so only one person could pass thru at a time. The bathroom had no place to store supplies; no shelves, etc. We did bring a shower organizer that we got on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XPRV306/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 ). It hung on the 2 hooks that were already on the bathroom door. I would highly recommend this. The shower is really small; not much room to move around in there. They supply shampoo (no conditioner), liquid bath wash, liquid hand soap, a bar of soap and body lotion. There is a hairdryer and a mini bar fridge. There was room in the fridge to store our water bottles. There is plenty of storage space. We were able to store our luggage under the bed. We did bring a few folding clothes hangers. There are plenty of hangers available, but we had a lot of extra shirts and dresses, so they came in handy. We also brought some magnetic clips and magnetic hooks. I had never used these before on prior cruises but they did come in handy. The walls on this ship are metal so they worked everywhere. I bought a travel (cruise ready) power strip (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BHVKPC3/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s02?ie=UTF8&psc=1 ) but didn’t need to use it. There are 3 available electrical outlets; 2 in front of the mirror and a third behind the TV. The balcony is small, but was fine for the 2 of us. There are 2 chairs with 2 footrests, and a small table. The balcony has a metal railing not the plexiglass in front. Be aware if you have small children. The food was fine. We ate dinner in the Skyline restaurant (made reservations for 7 of us at 6:30 each evening). You can make the reservations online before the cruise. That will save having to do it while on the boat. We chose that restaurant because it is less formal than the Liberty restaurant. We did not use any of the specialty restaurants. The food was fine; no complaints. We ate breakfast most days in the Aloha Café. We were up early so we were there at 6 AM before it got crowded. We were on tours most afternoons so did not each much lunch on the ship. We only attended a few of the shows after dinner. The ones we saw were good; no complaints. Mostly we were tired after touring all day and getting up early. We did not frequent any of the bars. Nor did we attend any of the onboard activities. I would recommend allowing some downtime in your schedule. The tours we took were long and the weather is hot, so we were exhausted much of the time.

Great way to see several islands

Pride of America Cruise Review by dd954cc

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2018
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
We had the hotel stay the night before at the Marriott Waikiki. Everything was well organized. The bus picked us up at 10:45 and we were on the boat by noon. We had lunch in the Aloha Café. It wasn’t crazy crowded and we had no problem finding a seat for 5 of us. We did have to wait until about 3:30 for our room to be ready. They announced as each floor was ready. Ours was almost last; the first floor announced was ready around 2:00.

The boat was fine. The stateroom (10046) was small but as expected for a cruise ship. There was about 18 inches between the bed and the wall, so only one person could pass thru at a time. The bathroom had no place to store supplies; no shelves, etc. We did bring a shower organizer that we got on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XPRV306/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 ). It hung on the 2 hooks that were already on the bathroom door. I would highly recommend this. The shower is really small; not much room to move around in there. They supply shampoo (no conditioner), liquid bath wash, liquid hand soap, a bar of soap and body lotion. There is a hairdryer and a mini bar fridge. There was room in the fridge to store our water bottles.

There is plenty of storage space. We were able to store our luggage under the bed. We did bring a few folding clothes hangers. There are plenty of hangers available, but we had a lot of extra shirts and dresses, so they came in handy. We also brought some magnetic clips and magnetic hooks. I had never used these before on prior cruises but they did come in handy. The walls on this ship are metal so they worked everywhere. I bought a travel (cruise ready) power strip (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BHVKPC3/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s02?ie=UTF8&psc=1 ) but didn’t need to use it. There are 3 available electrical outlets; 2 in front of the mirror and a third behind the TV.

The balcony is small, but was fine for the 2 of us. There are 2 chairs with 2 footrests, and a small table. The balcony has a metal railing not the plexiglass in front. Be aware if you have small children.

The food was fine. We ate dinner in the Skyline restaurant (made reservations for 7 of us at 6:30 each evening). You can make the reservations online before the cruise. That will save having to do it while on the boat. We chose that restaurant because it is less formal than the Liberty restaurant. We did not use any of the specialty restaurants. The food was fine; no complaints. We ate breakfast most days in the Aloha Café. We were up early so we were there at 6 AM before it got crowded. We were on tours most afternoons so did not each much lunch on the ship.

We only attended a few of the shows after dinner. The ones we saw were good; no complaints. Mostly we were tired after touring all day and getting up early. We did not frequent any of the bars. Nor did we attend any of the onboard activities. I would recommend allowing some downtime in your schedule. The tours we took were long and the weather is hot, so we were exhausted much of the time.
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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BC 10046
The stateroom (10046) was small but as expected for a cruise ship. There was about 18 inches between the bed and the wall, so only one person could pass thru at a time. The bathroom had no place to store supplies; no shelves, etc. We did bring a shower organizer that we got on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XPRV306/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 ). It hung on the 2 hooks that were already on the bathroom door. I would highly recommend this. The shower is really small; not much room to move around in there. They supply shampoo (no conditioner), liquid bath wash, liquid hand soap, a bar of soap and body lotion. There is a hairdryer and a mini bar fridge. There was room in the fridge to store our water bottles.
There is plenty of storage space. We were able to store our luggage under the bed. We did bring a few folding clothes hangers (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BR9YDGF/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 ). There are plenty of hangers available, but we had a lot of extra shirts and dresses, so they came in handy. We also brought some magnetic clips (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M03KZV2/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 ) and magnetic hooks (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0787Q54M1/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 ). I had never used these before on prior cruises but they did come in handy. The walls on this ship are metal so they worked everywhere. I bought a travel (cruise ready) power strip (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BHVKPC3/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s02?ie=UTF8&psc=1 ) but didn’t need to use it. There are 3 available electrical outlets; 2 in front of the mirror and a third behind the TV.
The balcony is small, but was fine for the 2 of us. There are 2 chairs with 2 footrests, and a small table. The balcony has a metal railing not the plexiglass in front. Be aware if you have small children.
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    Great tour around the island with Adventure Tours Hawaii. Shane was super friendly and knowledgeable. It was a custom tour for us. My husband and I were the only ones on the tour. We were picked up at the pier and dropped off at the Best Western Plaza hotel (near the airport) afterwards. I would highly recommend this tour.
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