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We were skeptical at first because we booked the cruise before reading the review. Our party really just wanted a convenient way to explore the islands without having to pack and unpack all the time. We all agreed beforehand to book a room with a balcony instead of a stateroom and decided to splurge on the Penthouse. Best decision ever!Especially for the Na Pali Coast sail by! The perks are really worth the price. We enjoyed the convenience of eating the special Cagney’s Breakfast, exploring the Island and occasionally having dinner on the balcony. The priority tendering in Kona was a real lifesaver that day. It beats standing out in the sun in the long line going back onboard the ship. The crew really made this cruise special. Our Butler Gulsen Cummings really went above and beyond each day. From dinner reservations to even car rentals she did it all! Edwin our Steward also made sure everything in the cabin was taken care of. Both of them always greeted us with a smile and chatted with us every morning and evening to make sure all was well. China(the Hawaiian Cultural ambassador) also added a unique aspect to the cruise. We enjoyed her lei making classes, port talks, and other various activities throughout the week and the Aloha Polynesia show. Its a blast. There are only a few minor complaints for our experience. Given the age of the ship the shower took a little while to drain. It took a while to get the Bartenders attention on the pool deck, but at other venues the response was average. The Vegas show was unbearably loud the night we went hopefully thats a one off thing. Despite the minor complaints the overall cruise was enjoyable. Its not a glitzy cruise with a ton of onboard attractions, but if you just want to explore the islands and have a place to unwind after being in the sun all day then I would recommend this cruise and staying in a suite.

Great Way to explore the Islands!

Pride of America Cruise Review by S_villa1619

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2019
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: Penthouse with Large Balcony
We were skeptical at first because we booked the cruise before reading the review. Our party really just wanted a convenient way to explore the islands without having to pack and unpack all the time. We all agreed beforehand to book a room with a balcony instead of a stateroom and decided to splurge on the Penthouse. Best decision ever!Especially for the Na Pali Coast sail by! The perks are really worth the price. We enjoyed the convenience of eating the special Cagney’s Breakfast, exploring the Island and occasionally having dinner on the balcony. The priority tendering in Kona was a real lifesaver that day. It beats standing out in the sun in the long line going back onboard the ship. The crew really made this cruise special. Our Butler Gulsen Cummings really went above and beyond each day. From dinner reservations to even car rentals she did it all! Edwin our Steward also made sure everything in the cabin was taken care of. Both of them always greeted us with a smile and chatted with us every morning and evening to make sure all was well. China(the Hawaiian Cultural ambassador) also added a unique aspect to the cruise. We enjoyed her lei making classes, port talks, and other various activities throughout the week and the Aloha Polynesia show. Its a blast.

There are only a few minor complaints for our experience. Given the age of the ship the shower took a little while to drain. It took a while to get the Bartenders attention on the pool deck, but at other venues the response was average. The Vegas show was unbearably loud the night we went hopefully thats a one off thing. Despite the minor complaints the overall cruise was enjoyable. Its not a glitzy cruise with a ton of onboard attractions, but if you just want to explore the islands and have a place to unwind after being in the sun all day then I would recommend this cruise and staying in a suite.
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Cabin Review

Penthouse with Large Balcony
Cabin SG 12506
Amazing! Best seat on the ship for the Na Pali sail by! Our Butler Gulsen Cummings and Steward Edwin really went above and beyond. The room is a great size even for 3 adults. There is a massive curtain that separates the sofa bed from the king which gives a great deal of privacy. Overall the room is cozy and a great way to spend the evening after a day of exploring. If its a clear night you can see so many stars and even the Milky Way!
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