I cruised NCL Pride of America in Hawaii from June 18-25, 2022 after spending five days on Oahu. After reading reviews about the cruise especially since it resumed in April 2022, I was prepared for the reduced number of dining options, reduced bar hours, reduced number of staff, etc. There was only about 40% passenger capacity which made the time we spent on the boat excellent and better than cruises I have done prior to the pandemic with no lines upon embarkation and disembarkation, availability of pool chairs, no wait at service desk, dining wait times/reservation availability, etc. The limited number of staff worked really hard making it hardly noticeable. The boat was very clean and newly renovated. The Aloha Café buffet staff was great, very clean, and food was typical of cruise buffets. The only specialty dining open during the cruise, Jefferson’s Bistro and Cagney’s Steakhouse, were both excellent and worth the extra cost. The main dining room, Skyline, was mediocre; however, the Cadillac Diner was good. I did have a spa experience which was very good (deep tissue massage). Our group did not do any NCL sponsored excursions opting instead for private guides and self-guided tours using a rental car. We used Daniel) for a two day private tour of Oahu. He drove our group of 8 around the island in a passenger van and was very flexible with whatever we chose to do and wanted to see. I would definitely recommend him. On Maui we used Holo Holo Tours for a one day private tour with Jasmine (808-298-5562) and would highly recommend her. She was a wealth of knowledge and made great choices on how we spend the day. Although I have sailed on a number of cruise lines prior to this cruise (Oceania, Holland America, Princess, Disney, Carnival), I chose NCL due to the itinerary island hopping around Hawaii with some overnight stays and would definitely recommend it for that specific reason.
Cabin on NCL Pride of America was in a great location just one deck below and near the stairs/elevator to the pool deck. I never heard any noise from the elevator area or pool deck. It was quick easy access to the elevators/stairs, pool, Aloha Cafe. The balcony was at the end of a line of balcony cabins so it was curved and just slightly smaller. However, it did allow a side view that the other balconies did not. Overall, the cabin seemed smaller than other balcony cabins on other ships I sailed resulting in a small couch area. Due to its location, I would recommend this particular cabin.