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We chose this cruise for the itinerary. "Pride" is the only cruise ship that stays in the Hawaiian Islands (no days at sea). We went 2 days early - to make sure luggage arrived before sailing, and to enjoy some sights on Oahu. We arrived at port about 3:00PM, and there were very few people waiting for check in. Embarkation went very quickly and smoothly. We originally purchased a balcony cabin, but had bid on and "won" a suite (more later). So the butler introduced himself as soon as we checked in and took us to a nearby sitting area with refreshments. After a few more people joined our group, he did a short talk on what we could expect as suite guests, then personally took us to our suites and showed us the amenities. We had carefully examined the "Free At Sea" offerings, and had the option to select ALL. Knowing about the HUGE automatic gratuity charge on the "unlimited drink package", we did not choose that. We chose the 3 nights dining in specialty restaurants, and doubled up on the $50.00 discount per day on shore excursions. We did not need the wi-fi, since our Verizon had good connectivity near the islands (but lost it between them). We couldn't use the "free and reduced airfare" since it could not accommodate our need for extra leg room. Although we enjoy shows, we ended up attending none due to timing with our dining. Also, being seniors, we don't stay up late. We thought the shore excursions were well handled. There are "many" luaus available in the Hawaiian Islands, and I really think Norwegian should offer more than one as shore excursions. We did the Volcanoes National Park tour at Hilo, submarine at Kona, and "Director's Cut" on Kauai, all of which were good. Dining was fine. Suite guests were invited to enjoy breakfast and lunch in Cagney's Steakhouse, which we did on several days. The food, as expected, was excellent. We also had both in the dining rooms and buffet, which were well done. Our dinners in the specialty restaurants were excellent. The shops were as expected. There were a few basic pharmacy items (if you may need something, BRING YOUR OWN, Consider buying it on land BEFORE you get on ship). We missed the advertised 50% off sale, but $99.00 for an Aloha shirt???? Buy your souvenirs on shore. My only complaint is that sometimes, the ship was FREEZING. This was mostly in our cabin, but also in the corridors and even in the Bistro. I was happy to find the public areas, particularly the pool deck, were not BLASTING music. I've been on other ships (not Norwegian) where earplugs were needed to lounge around the pool, and we had to scream in the central area of the ship since the live music was being amplified 5 decks above. It was a joy not to have a casino. I'm happy to play blackjack for a few hours on a cruise, but HATE the cigarette smoke. No smoke to deal with here! GREAT CRUISE!

Very well done

Pride of America Cruise Review by Village Gypsy

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2019
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: 2-Bedroom Family Suite with Large Balcony
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. "Pride" is the only cruise ship that stays in the Hawaiian Islands (no days at sea). We went 2 days early - to make sure luggage arrived before sailing, and to enjoy some sights on Oahu.

We arrived at port about 3:00PM, and there were very few people waiting for check in. Embarkation went very quickly and smoothly.

We originally purchased a balcony cabin, but had bid on and "won" a suite (more later). So the butler introduced himself as soon as we checked in and took us to a nearby sitting area with refreshments. After a few more people joined our group, he did a short talk on what we could expect as suite guests, then personally took us to our suites and showed us the amenities.

We had carefully examined the "Free At Sea" offerings, and had the option to select ALL. Knowing about the HUGE automatic gratuity charge on the "unlimited drink package", we did not choose that. We chose the 3 nights dining in specialty restaurants, and doubled up on the $50.00 discount per day on shore excursions. We did not need the wi-fi, since our Verizon had good connectivity near the islands (but lost it between them). We couldn't use the "free and reduced airfare" since it could not accommodate our need for extra leg room.

Although we enjoy shows, we ended up attending none due to timing with our dining. Also, being seniors, we don't stay up late.

We thought the shore excursions were well handled. There are "many" luaus available in the Hawaiian Islands, and I really think Norwegian should offer more than one as shore excursions. We did the Volcanoes National Park tour at Hilo, submarine at Kona, and "Director's Cut" on Kauai, all of which were good.

Dining was fine. Suite guests were invited to enjoy breakfast and lunch in Cagney's Steakhouse, which we did on several days. The food, as expected, was excellent. We also had both in the dining rooms and buffet, which were well done. Our dinners in the specialty restaurants were excellent.

The shops were as expected. There were a few basic pharmacy items (if you may need something, BRING YOUR OWN, Consider buying it on land BEFORE you get on ship).

We missed the advertised 50% off sale, but $99.00 for an Aloha shirt???? Buy your souvenirs on shore.

My only complaint is that sometimes, the ship was FREEZING. This was mostly in our cabin, but also in the corridors and even in the Bistro.

I was happy to find the public areas, particularly the pool deck, were not BLASTING music. I've been on other ships (not Norwegian) where earplugs were needed to lounge around the pool, and we had to scream in the central area of the ship since the live music was being amplified 5 decks above.

It was a joy not to have a casino. I'm happy to play blackjack for a few hours on a cruise, but HATE the cigarette smoke. No smoke to deal with here!

GREAT CRUISE!
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Cabin Review

2-Bedroom Family Suite with Large Balcony
Cabin SI 8702
We bid on several suites to upgrade from reserved large balcony cabin. We won this "2 bedroom family suite".
There was a "living room" with convertible sofa and coffee table, TV with shelves above and storage below, fridge with shelves above. There was an espresso maker (we could have used a regular coffee maker) and some fancy looking tea "bags". This looked great in photos, but operating instructions were inadequate and we were told hot water would need to be requested as the espresso machine would flavor the tea. So - JUST FOR SHOW.
The "master bedroom" had 2 single beds pushed together, nightstands with dome lights above, closet, desktop, TV, 2 drawers, 2 shelves and cubbyhole with door. The door closed solidly, which made the room a little claustrophobic until I remembered I'd brought a doorstop which kept it cracked open a bit. Great lighting.
The "second bedroom" was smaller with a convertible couch, closet, desktop with TV, 2 drawers and shelves. Also nightstand with shelves. The WONDERFUL thing was a picture window looking out the SIDE of the ship. Since there were just 2 of us, this room became the MAN CAVE, and worked perfectly.,
The bathroom, for a FAMILY SUITE, was inadequate. There was very little storage. Next to it is a small hallway with shelves for life preservers, a safe and a cubby for beach towels. A shelf or two below would have been great. As it was, I laid an open suitcase on the floor, and kept pharmacy, makeup and accessory items in that.
Major complaint - the suite was often FREEZING. We had temperature controls in both bedrooms and the living room, and had to keep these on the next-to-highest setting to be comfortable (we are used to 77 degrees).
The balcony was FABULOUS. You walk out the door onto aft-facing large balcony with table and 4 chairs. Walk around the aft corner of the ship to 2 lounge chairs and small table. Complete privacy here. The view from here is from the SIDE of the ship.
We really appreciated the "fish swimming upstream" on the hallway carpets, so we knew whether we were walking forward or aft. GREAT IDEA!
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