Pride of America Cruise Review by rarbf
- Sail Date: October 2011
- Destination: Hawaii
- Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Inside
The boat does not make a lava sail by any longer as there is no lava to see. There aren't any lava flows at this time.
Here is a quick review of the food offerings. There are 6 dining areas that are included in your basic package. The main buffet is called the Aloha Cafe. There are two very small buffets located outside, fore and aft. The two main table service dining rooms are the Liberty and the Skyline. The Liberty has the more rigid dress code requiring long pants, closed toe shoes and a collared shirt for men. The Liberty and Skyline menus differ only in their every day regular offerings and even then only slightly. The daily specials are the same. There is one small 24/7 table service cafÃ© that serves a limited menu for the always hungry.
We found all the staff to be excellent in service and attitude.
www.robertshawaii.com was our best choice for airport -â€" pier transportation as well has shore excursions. In Maui we biked down Haleakala volcano with www.mountainriders.com . It was a great experience and the longest ride available -â€" 28.2 miles. Make sure you have ridden a bike lately. We rented cars for Road to Hana, Volcanoes Nat'l Park and Waimea Canyon. We probably missed some information by not having a personal guide but the monetary savings were worth it. For the Road to Hana I downloaded an app for my iPhone that gave a running commentary while we drove. Allow plenty of time. The road has lots of turns but is not difficult and the scenery makes it worth it. If you rent a car in Kauai from www.kauaiscooter.com you can get free parking near the ship if you are renting overnight. We did Captain Zodiac in Kona. It was some of the best snorkeling I have ever done, crystal clear water with lots of fish.
If you use Thrifty Car Rental make sure you sign up ahead of time for their Blue Chip club. It is free and it gets you preferred service at the rental place. Thrifty at Maui was a joke. We spent over 40 minutes in line waiting to get to the counter. The few staff were not prepared and did not seem to care that the line was out the door.
Make sure you take in the ship entertainment. There is something every night. The entertainment team has an excellent group of talented singers and dancers.
The best drink offer is the $4 MaiTais on the back of the ship from 5 to 6. The Napa Wine bar has happy hour specials too but if you just want a White Zinfandel it is cheap anytime of the day.
You can bring back any liquids you like from going on shore. Your bags are x-rayed but we were never searched or had anything confiscated.
Overall it was a great trip. We knew we would spend very little time on board so we booked an inside stateroom that worked out fine. Hanging out in the room is not what we do. This cruise was right up there with our Alaskan and Boston -â€" Montreal trips.
Other thoughts -â€" brings baggies to bag up lunch stuff, bring small umbrellas, don't forget your GPS for the car and make sure your camera battery is charged each night.
We saved Pearl Harbor for the day we got off the ship. Our flight wasn't going to leave until 6PM. We took the Roberts shuttle (prearranged for $6 a piece) from the pier to the airport. We checked our bags. We then caught the city bus (#20) for a 15 minute ride to Pearl Harbor. The return to the airport was just as easy. The pick up for the return is a different location (close by), so ask the bus driver where it is. Also ask for a free transfer good for two hours for your return.
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