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We did this cruise 6 years ago and really enjoyed the islands tour. Our favorite islands when all was said and done are Maui and Kauai. Ship is smaller and being American flagged means the crew gets decent pay and US work rules which translates to high morale. Recommend 2 days minimum in Oahu on front end to adjust time zones and relax a bit. You don't have to stay on the crowded Waikki Beach area. Check out the North Shore area for a quieter venue. P of A Complimemtary Food quality B+. The upgrade restaurants were enjoyable. We did the French Jefferson's Bistro (A) and the Brazilian churrasco restaurant (A) which had an impressive salad bar and of course meats in the Texas de Brazil tradition. Most popular option was Cagneys Steak which no longer has a special surf and turf night. Shell fish now just on the menu. If you like to eat early, reservations not always needed but wise on the more popular venues. For our cruise, the first 3 days had more restricted buffet access (no self serve) for virus precautions but that was relaxed back to normal ops for last days of trip. Recommend bring your own coffee for the room machine-- we like the Starbucks powder straws with hot water from machine. CPAP users... you can order distilled water in advance delivered to your room. Bring 2 X 9 foot extension cords. Maui Like the first cruise, we rented a car and rode the shuttle from the pier to the closeby airport to get a car. Bad news....there is now no overnight parking lot across from the pier area if you want to keep the car for day 2. However there are about 6 disability parking spots inside the gate perimeter at the pier so bring your disability parking tag with you as it might enable you get a permit to use those slots during your stay. Kauai Ditto on the rental care but the area around the pier has no overnight parking options period. You need to park at the shopping area a quarter mile from ship for 20.00. With the ship leaving the next day around 2pm we are not sure keeping the car a second day is worth it. Maui Drove up the mountain to the Lavender Farm near Kula-- wife loved it!! Helicopter Tours Have flown on Blue Hawaiian 3 times and the third was on this trip out of Hilo on the "Circle of Fire" tour of the volcano areas. Wife has bad knee and the multi hour drive and walking to the national park was not a player. The air tour was SPECTACULAR and well worth it. Contact Blue Hawaiian direct to take advantage of military discounts! If you have the concentration to watch, you can see the humpback whales from the ship here and there. No spectacular water breaches but water spouts and big tails visible. Lastly, if you have transportation, hit the Costco on Maui or Kauai for a great selection of Hawaiian shirts etc at much better prices than the ship gift shop. Cheap gas for the rental car refills as well. Mahalo and Aloha!!

Second time cruiser...a few points after our Feb 15th 2020 adventure.

Pride of America Cruise Review by Seniorflyer

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2020
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
We did this cruise 6 years ago and really enjoyed the islands tour. Our favorite islands when all was said and done are Maui and Kauai.

Ship is smaller and being American flagged means the crew gets decent pay and US work rules which translates to high morale. Recommend 2 days minimum in Oahu on front end to adjust time zones and relax a bit. You don't have to stay on the crowded Waikki Beach area. Check out the North Shore area for a quieter venue.

P of A Complimemtary Food quality B+. The upgrade restaurants were enjoyable. We did the French Jefferson's Bistro (A) and the Brazilian churrasco restaurant (A) which had an impressive salad bar and of course meats in the Texas de Brazil tradition. Most popular option was Cagneys Steak which no longer has a special surf and turf night. Shell fish now just on the menu. If you like to eat early, reservations not always needed but wise on the more popular venues. For our cruise, the first 3 days had more restricted buffet access (no self serve) for virus precautions but that was relaxed back to normal ops for last days of trip. Recommend bring your own coffee for the room machine-- we like the Starbucks powder straws with hot water from machine.

CPAP users... you can order distilled water in advance delivered to your room. Bring 2 X 9 foot extension cords.

Maui Like the first cruise, we rented a car and rode the shuttle from the pier to the closeby airport to get a car. Bad news....there is now no overnight parking lot across from the pier area if you want to keep the car for day 2. However there are about 6 disability parking spots inside the gate perimeter at the pier so bring your disability parking tag with you as it might enable you get a permit to use those slots during your stay.

Kauai Ditto on the rental care but the area around the pier has no overnight parking options period. You need to park at the shopping area a quarter mile from ship for 20.00. With the ship leaving the next day around 2pm we are not sure keeping the car a second day is worth it.

Maui Drove up the mountain to the Lavender Farm near Kula-- wife loved it!!

Helicopter Tours Have flown on Blue Hawaiian 3 times and the third was on this trip out of Hilo on the "Circle of Fire" tour of the volcano areas. Wife has bad knee and the multi hour drive and walking to the national park was not a player. The air tour was SPECTACULAR and well worth it. Contact Blue Hawaiian direct to take advantage of military discounts!

If you have the concentration to watch, you can see the humpback whales from the ship here and there. No spectacular water breaches but water spouts and big tails visible.

Lastly, if you have transportation, hit the Costco on Maui or Kauai for a great selection of Hawaiian shirts etc at much better prices than the ship gift shop. Cheap gas for the rental car refills as well.

Mahalo and Aloha!!
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Balcony
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Restricted view and either a standard balcony or smaller. Suitcases go under bed! Still crowded for room.
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