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Our first ever cruise - loved Pride of America Cruise.

Sail Date: September 2011
Destination: Hawaii
Embarkation: Honolulu
First my wife & I have have never been on a cruise. I guess our experience on POA will now change all that. In the past we tended to fly to our destination, rent a car, then explore the countryside. However, as we age, we now find we like others eg. shore excursion to do the driving & shows us things we could have missed out on.

We found the crew to be very friendly & helpful. The entertainment was excellent, they even had some very talented crew who performed their own show one night. However, the entertainers brought onto the ship in the latter part were extremely good. It was tribute to all the entertainers throughout the Hollywood period.

Didn't swim the ship pool - a bit on the small size, and lots of people drinking cocktails/beers etc whilst in the pool - always worried about urine in the pool, rather swim in the ocean.

We couldn't fault the meals. We enjoyed a meal in Little Italy on our last night.

The price of wine is higher More than the mainland, but, hey your on a cruise.

The Aloha Cafe can be very busy with people each morning. Its a bit like a dodgem course. Some people seemed to be hell bent on getting that ice cream or last bit of cake. We tended to get our breakfast (cereal & tropical fruit - great stuff) then walked to the rear of the Aloha Cafe to the outside deck, called Aloha Cafe Lanai, just beautiful having breakfast whilst overlooking the ocean or port. Less

Published 09/28/11

Cabin review: IA4063 Mid-Ship Inside

We had cabin 4063 (inside cabin - no windows - hardly ever in our cabin - only to sleep) We had a lovely chap from India as our cabin steward, and after the cruise he was returning to India to see his wife & daughter (we gave him a good tip - he was so obliging & helpful) Our cabin was mid-ship, and hardly felt any wave movement during the voyage.

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Port and Shore Excursions

PORT 2: HILO - Went on the Volcanoes National Park Tour - great trip, but not as good as walking up Mt.Yasur on the Vanuatu Island of Tanna, to see exploding lava above you (that's a buzz), but still a good day out & most interesting. Thurston Lava Tube was like a slow moving train of people shuffling along. COFFEE - having just taken to coffee 2 years ago, I thought Kona Coffee would be great, but I found the espresso coffee to be more milky, and not strong like my favourite Segafredo's (Italian)

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Kauai - Our favourite Island on the trip. What can I say??? Ten minute walk into town, to the lovely Marriott Hotel and a nice sandy beach & clear water. Good for a lunch & drinks overlooking the beach. Lovely green soft grass under the palm trees. Try the outrigger rides with the local people, they take you out in the canoe, then all row fast, to catch & ride the waves. (Great stuff) Definitely take the WAimea Canyon, its worth every cent, to see such a sight.

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KONA - We really liked the township of Kona, running along the waterfront. We went on the historic shore excursion of Kona, which visited historical Hawaiian village (forgotten how to spell the name) which had volcanic rock walls, wooden Hawaiian figures, etc. then later visited the Painted Church.

We had lunch at the Dukes Kona Canoe Club Restaurant (overlooking the water & our ship)- had sliders & beer & dear wife a Mai tai.

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PORTS: 1. Maui - We took Roberts of Hawaii (booked before the cruise & cheaper than NCL)on the "Road to Hana" - loved this trip, black sand beaches, hippie type village of Hana, fruit stalls en-route, waterfalls. The bus trip now goes right around the island, coming back on the dirt road on the southern side of the island. On the next morning we decided to have a beach day. So we caught a taxi to a beach park nearby, think it was called Kahana Beach Park (great swimming, lots of kite surfers & sailboarders)

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