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We chose this ship because of its location. We have been on 6 cruises with another line and consider ourselves fully happy with it, BUT for our 25th anniversary we wanted to visit our only remaining state and only NCL does Hawaii on a regular basis and only NCL does only Hawaii on a 7 night cruise. The best way to describe our trip is to say we were very pleased with the itinerary and we were satisfied with the ship. To be honest we will not be changing lines, but will return to our "home", but we do not in any way regret taking this cruise. As a history buff I appreciated the American theme and found many parts of the ship's public areas attractive. The embarkation went very smoothly and the terminal in Honolulu was as nice as we have encountered. We enjoyed our first meal in the Aloha Cafe and then easily found our stateroom. Our attendant, Dio, warmly greeted us and he proved to be an excellent steward throughout our journey. Our cabin was very similar to what we have come to expect on other ships. This was our first time experiencing Freestyle Dining. We are sure it works for many, but truthfully we like being assigned a table and a regular dining time as it has always allowed us to become friends with head waiters, waiters/waitresses and the assistants. We tried the Liberty and Skyline for dinner as well as three of the "specialty" ones. We ate breakfast in the Skyline each day and for lunch did the Aloha Cafe and Cadillac Diner. Breakfast was good every day and Hamilton--who we had 3 mornings--was quite good as a waiter. We highly recommend Jefferson's Bistro if one likes French cuisine, but would pass on Moderno, which we really did not enjoy and on Teppanyaki which was good, but not as good as what we have in our own county. We did like our milkshakes at Cadillac and the burgers and we loved the decor. We found the Aloha to be inconsistent in quality which is something we have not experienced in similar venues on our other ships. It is also only fair to say we felt that some crew members in the dining places did not enjoy their jobs. Even if the job is not fun, we have never seen this on other ships. One would hope they could at least "fake it". We are not difficult to wait on as we try to be patient and polite realizing that service is a challenging job. We were very pleased with the entertainment. The production shows were very good. The vocal group (These Guys Worldwide) and duo (Toby Beau) were great. The magician was funny and "magical" and the comedian was quite good at his family show. We did not attend his "adult" show as we do not appreciate that sort of comedy. We liked every port and all the shore excursions we did. Every driver/guide we had was professional and engaging and all modes of transportation afforded were good and clean. We had no problems getting ashore whether pierside or tendering and felt this part of our trip was well handled by the ship in every way. IF you are looking to visit Hawaii and see more than one island, we would recommend Pride of America as a way to get a lot for your dollar and as a way to travel between the islands much more easily than flying between them--unless you like airports (even Honolulu is not a world class one) and security lines and dealing with baggage...

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Pride of America Cruise Review by Jtitus

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2019
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Inside
We chose this ship because of its location. We have been on 6 cruises with another line and consider ourselves fully happy with it, BUT for our 25th anniversary we wanted to visit our only remaining state and only NCL does Hawaii on a regular basis and only NCL does only Hawaii on a 7 night cruise. The best way to describe our trip is to say we were very pleased with the itinerary and we were satisfied with the ship. To be honest we will not be changing lines, but will return to our "home", but we do not in any way regret taking this cruise. As a history buff I appreciated the American theme and found many parts of the ship's public areas attractive. The embarkation went very smoothly and the terminal in Honolulu was as nice as we have encountered. We enjoyed our first meal in the Aloha Cafe and then easily found our stateroom. Our attendant, Dio, warmly greeted us and he proved to be an excellent steward throughout our journey. Our cabin was very similar to what we have come to expect on other ships.

This was our first time experiencing Freestyle Dining. We are sure it works for many, but truthfully we like being assigned a table and a regular dining time as it has always allowed us to become friends with head waiters, waiters/waitresses and the assistants. We tried the Liberty and Skyline for dinner as well as three of the "specialty" ones. We ate breakfast in the Skyline each day and for lunch did the Aloha Cafe and Cadillac Diner. Breakfast was good every day and Hamilton--who we had 3 mornings--was quite good as a waiter. We highly recommend Jefferson's Bistro if one likes French cuisine, but would pass on Moderno, which we really did not enjoy and on Teppanyaki which was good, but not as good as what we have in our own county. We did like our milkshakes at Cadillac and the burgers and we loved the decor. We found the Aloha to be inconsistent in quality which is something we have not experienced in similar venues on our other ships. It is also only fair to say we felt that some crew members in the dining places did not enjoy their jobs. Even if the job is not fun, we have never seen this on other ships. One would hope they could at least "fake it". We are not difficult to wait on as we try to be patient and polite realizing that service is a challenging job.

We were very pleased with the entertainment. The production shows were very good. The vocal group (These Guys Worldwide) and duo (Toby Beau) were great. The magician was funny and "magical" and the comedian was quite good at his family show. We did not attend his "adult" show as we do not appreciate that sort of comedy.

We liked every port and all the shore excursions we did. Every driver/guide we had was professional and engaging and all modes of transportation afforded were good and clean. We had no problems getting ashore whether pierside or tendering and felt this part of our trip was well handled by the ship in every way.

IF you are looking to visit Hawaii and see more than one island, we would recommend Pride of America as a way to get a lot for your dollar and as a way to travel between the islands much more easily than flying between them--unless you like airports (even Honolulu is not a world class one) and security lines and dealing with baggage...
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Inside
Cabin IA 10083
Because we love to travel and do so every year on middle class salaries, we generally choose inside cabins to have more money to arrive 1-3 days early and see the embarkation port and/or have more money for excursions. Our cabin met our needs--like all inside cabins its not big, but it is efficiently designed. A'c worked well, our attendant kept it clean and the bed was comfortable. We had enough room for all our stuff, so no complaints from us.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Tropical Garden
    As with all our excursions we had terrific guides--maybe there are only good ones in the state! Daniel picked us up at the pier and his enthusiasm for his job was readily apparent. Once at the Garden we met Jason who gave us a friendly welcome and set us up for an enjoyable visit. The Garden is lovely. It is well designed for a leisurely visit. The map we were given made it easy to follow the trail and see ALL the lovely flowers. All employees we met were gracious.
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  • Pearl Harbor
    As a former Naval Officer who spent my whole career on the East Coast it was very important for me to visit Pearl Harbor. Our guide Gar was great. We enjoyed our day and it seemed more special that we got to do it on the 4th of July. We were disappointed that we could not board the Arizona Memorial, but knew ahead of time that it is closed. However the Visitor Center is excellent and the boat trip out and near was good and the park ranger was professional too. Bowfin was OK and the Missouri great.
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  • Polynesian Cultural Center
    This was a great day from pickup near our hotel with "Cousin Tilly" guiding us there to KC Ann being our Ambassador to our return trip to Waikiki all was smooth and enjoyable. Tilly arranged lunches for those of us who wanted to do so on the bus on the way there and after explaining the benefits of "upgrading" our tickets/plan arranged that too. The cynical might say it was an effective sales pitch, but after we concluded our day, we also concluded that we were very happy she had done so. We ate at Pounders and it was great from both a service and food perspective. We then met KC and we could not have asked for a better guide. She was enthusiastic, friendly, and knowledgeable. We enjoyed it all--every village, the canoe show, the luah, and the evening show were all excellent!
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  • Na Pali Coast
    This is not really an excursion per se as the ship does a sail-by, but I did want to mention it. The coast is beautiful and we liked that the ship slowed down as we traversed the coast.
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  • Wailua River
    We took the Smith Family boat back to Fern Grotto and enjoyed it. The embarkation at the pier was well done, the entertainment good, and the trail to the grotto nice. As we were here for our anniversary it was nice to be serenaded with the Hawaiian wedding song.
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  • Waimea Canyon
    At the risk of repeating myself...another tour another fine guide. This time it was Sam. It isn't hard to see why Mark Twain called this canyon the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. It is lovely. Any direction one looks from any of the overlooks one is impressed.
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  • Kona (Kailua Bay)
    On all our cruises we try to blend excursions with some exploring on our own and so we visited Kona on our own. Our first stop was the Royal Place. It was a good choice. The docents were friendly and helpful in our learning. We then walked around on our own doing some shopping, admiring the waterfront, and eating lunch. It was a great day. Everyone we met was friendly. I guess they understand how to spread "Aloha"!
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  • Haleakala Crater
    We booked the Sunset trip and were not disappointed. To be above the clouds was surreal despite it being VERY windy and quite chilly. Believe it when you hear to dress warmly. We had sufficient time at the top to walk around prior to the sunset and get a feel for this NP.
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  • Road to Hana
    Let's begin with kudos to Tony Perry of Temptation Tours...he deserves huge kudos as he took our "deluxe" trip and made it all about the 8 people on board with him. He stopped when we wanted, he made sure no one got motion sickness on the very curvy road, he found a great place for lunch and set it all up for us (it was a delicious lunch too), he gave us plenty of time for photos and restroom breaks. He clearly loves his job and his island.
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