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The convenience of traveling to four Hawaiian islands without having to fly to each, or to unpack was enticing. We've cruised before on Royal Caribbean and there was no comparison here to the wonderful job they did. Staff was rude and rushed, we felt herded into the buffet every day for the same sub-par breakfast, since no other restaurant on the ship was open early enough for us, beds were like slabs of cement, the faint smell of mold was in our bathroom--which required climbing up a high step to get into, and the cabin itself not only required us to walk sideways to get around the bed, but contained nothing to sit on except a fold out sofa bed that would not stay closed, so it took up even more space in the miniscule cabin, and made it impossible to sit on it without practically lying down backwards. Too bad Royal Caribbean isn't allowed to cruise around the islands. A monopoly by NCL means no incentive to improve. The worst thing of all was that we received an email after we had already arrived in Honolulu, informing us that our scheduled early disembarkation ten days later--to sail along the gorgeous Napali Coast--had been cancelled due to "required maintenance". Not emergency maintenance--just required. We had to pay nearly $300 to book a cruise of the coast ourselves, and would not have chosen a balcony cabin on the cruise if we had know this highlight of our whole trip would be cancelled. I wish we had stayed with our original plan to fly from island-to-island. Much cheaper, and not too inconvenient. I would not recommend this cruise to anyone. Even the entertainment was abysmal, although the clearly very, very amateur performers tried their best, the choreography was frantic and disjointed, and performances among the worst we have seen anywhere.

Sub-par

Pride of America Cruise Review by betrobbins

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2018
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Balcony
The convenience of traveling to four Hawaiian islands without having to fly to each, or to unpack was enticing. We've cruised before on Royal Caribbean and there was no comparison here to the wonderful job they did. Staff was rude and rushed, we felt herded into the buffet every day for the same sub-par breakfast, since no other restaurant on the ship was open early enough for us, beds were like slabs of cement, the faint smell of mold was in our bathroom--which required climbing up a high step to get into, and the cabin itself not only required us to walk sideways to get around the bed, but contained nothing to sit on except a fold out sofa bed that would not stay closed, so it took up even more space in the miniscule cabin, and made it impossible to sit on it without practically lying down backwards. Too bad Royal Caribbean isn't allowed to cruise around the islands. A monopoly by NCL means no incentive to improve. The worst thing of all was that we received an email after we had already arrived in Honolulu, informing us that our scheduled early disembarkation ten days later--to sail along the gorgeous Napali Coast--had been cancelled due to "required maintenance". Not emergency maintenance--just required. We had to pay nearly $300 to book a cruise of the coast ourselves, and would not have chosen a balcony cabin on the cruise if we had know this highlight of our whole trip would be cancelled. I wish we had stayed with our original plan to fly from island-to-island. Much cheaper, and not too inconvenient. I would not recommend this cruise to anyone. Even the entertainment was abysmal, although the clearly very, very amateur performers tried their best, the choreography was frantic and disjointed, and performances among the worst we have seen anywhere.
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Balcony
Cabin BA 9634
Tiniest cabin ever, had to turn sideways to walk around beds, nothing to sit on except a broken fold-out sofa that would not stay closed, taking up even more space in the already tiny cabin, huge step up to get into the bathroom, smell of mold.
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