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I have been reading these reviews for two years since I booked this cruise and was, quite frankly, dreading it. To set the scene, this was my 10th cruise and 3rd with NCL. Yes, it is expensive. Why? Because it is registered and based in USA and must employ US staff and pay US wages, unlike 99% of other ships which don't. Want a cheaper alternative? Book with another line out of California and waste 5 days getting to Hawaii and 5 days (including an enforced stop in Mexico) getting back. Are the excusions a rip off? Yes but in my experience all cruise lines do this. ( Use Roberts Hawaii instead). Does the ship look old and in disrepair? Absolutely not. It was immaculate. Is it full of modern facilities and bells and whistles? No, but if that surprises you when you get on board, it shouldn't. Do your research!!!! The website clearly tells you that it is one of the smaller, older ships in the fleet and exactly what facilities it does and does not have. We saw the shows every night and they were average to slightly above average. Main restaurant food was typical cruise fare and yes the aloha buffet was busy at lunch times, aren't they always??? Cagneys, one of the speciality restaurants, was the best meal I have eaten on a cruise ship. Overall it was a great week. Please remember people, NCL is a 4* cruise line so why are you expecting it to be the same as Celebrity/Holland America/Princess?????

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Pride of America Cruise Review by bradders4772

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2019
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
I have been reading these reviews for two years since I booked this cruise and was, quite frankly, dreading it.

To set the scene, this was my 10th cruise and 3rd with NCL.

Yes, it is expensive. Why? Because it is registered and based in USA and must employ US staff and pay US wages, unlike 99% of other ships which don't. Want a cheaper alternative? Book with another line out of California and waste 5 days getting to Hawaii and 5 days (including an enforced stop in Mexico) getting back.

Are the excusions a rip off? Yes but in my experience all cruise lines do this. ( Use Roberts Hawaii instead).

Does the ship look old and in disrepair? Absolutely not. It was immaculate.

Is it full of modern facilities and bells and whistles? No, but if that surprises you when you get on board, it shouldn't. Do your research!!!! The website clearly tells you that it is one of the smaller, older ships in the fleet and exactly what facilities it does and does not have.

We saw the shows every night and they were average to slightly above average.

Main restaurant food was typical cruise fare and yes the aloha buffet was busy at lunch times, aren't they always??? Cagneys, one of the speciality restaurants, was the best meal I have eaten on a cruise ship.

Overall it was a great week. Please remember people, NCL is a 4* cruise line so why are you expecting it to be the same as Celebrity/Holland America/Princess?????
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Absolutely fine. Why do you need a massive room??
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