2,409 Norwegian (NCL) Pride of America Hawaii Cruise Reviews

The staff on the cruise was really nice. The Cabin cleanliness could have been better. but our stewardess was really pleasant. Chef Singh went out of the way to arrange meals for us. Jay, our Butler, was awesome and really ... Read More
The staff on the cruise was really nice. The Cabin cleanliness could have been better. but our stewardess was really pleasant. Chef Singh went out of the way to arrange meals for us. Jay, our Butler, was awesome and really helpful. always available to answer questions. The food could have been better - there were no local food options in the restaurants. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
We took the Pride of America to four islands of Hawaii in June 2015. I took my children, my boyfriend and my 80 year old grandmother. I bought a family suite which had a butler and a concierge. Both of which were fairly useless. Halfway ... Read More
We took the Pride of America to four islands of Hawaii in June 2015. I took my children, my boyfriend and my 80 year old grandmother. I bought a family suite which had a butler and a concierge. Both of which were fairly useless. Halfway through trip the air conditioner stopped working in our room and we didn't have ac in our room for over 10 hours. We also did not have any windows to open. I was so sick I vomited from heat. The food was awful! I lost 8 pounds! At night when I was starving because I couldn't eat the crappy food through the day I would go to the Aloha Cafe which should be fully stocked until 11 p.m. By nine something it is practically empty and they don't try to refill it. They entertainment was okay...not great by any stretch! And don't even get me started on Splash Academy. All day long until 5 o'clock your children will sit in one room with mostly preschool toys. It is nothing more than glorified group babysitting. They have them doing drawings and silly crafts all day. If you don't care if your children have a good time on vacation this will work. My kids did a day and a half and I couldn't do it to them anymore. We do Beaches resorts they absolutely loved the childcare they offer while we're on vacation. I can hardly get them to hang out with me. They were so bored and unhappy . They turn off or restrict access to water fountains on the ship. You are not allow to fill your water bottle from them. You get one bottle of water in your room at check in. They charge you $50.00 for a case of water! The toiletries are cheap and dry out your hair. I had a horrible and expensive massage. Our Deluxe coffee maker also broke which was never replaced. Every time I ask the butler to do something it took two hours, by that time i had done it myself! And to top everything off my grandmother has wheelchair assistance. We had a butler and priority disembarkment. But my grandmother didn't even have a wheelchair for an hour she stood in pain until I completely flipped out and got one myself. Which by the way was one floor up with two employees standing by it. ????? Why is my grandmother crying in pain right now?!? Then after we went outside to get our luggage it was in the wrong place even though we had done everything correctly. And where was my Butler to help with the luggage and to get my grandmother a wheelchair?? I will never know! When I left the ship it was great. Hawaii is beautiful and excursions were amazing and worth the money. But if I have to pick 1 word to describe the Pride of America it would be CHEAP. I went to a show and the cruise director Jasper was trying to get the audience more involved. So we decided to have a challenge. One side of the room vs the other decide that cheer the loudest got free drinks. Well everybody did what they were supposed to do and when it was time for Jasper to handle the free drinks no one got them. He brought out one drink with 50 straws in it and said that's the best he could do. Really?? Im paying eight to eleven dollars per drink and too much to be on here in the first place. How cheap can you get? I found that rude and without class. I paid a LOT of money for this cruise. I got totally ripped off! Don't be me! Don't step foot on the Pride of America! You will contemplating jumping over board!!! My favorite part was leaving! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
This was our 5th trip to Hawaii, third NCL cruise and 10th cruise overall. This was a family vacation in celebration of a high school graduation, with 8 folks ages 10-70. We got three penthouse suites (12508, 12510, and 12512) for this ... Read More
This was our 5th trip to Hawaii, third NCL cruise and 10th cruise overall. This was a family vacation in celebration of a high school graduation, with 8 folks ages 10-70. We got three penthouse suites (12508, 12510, and 12512) for this trip. We arrived three days ahead of time and stayed at the Hale Koa on Waikiki. We arrived at the ship about 1:00pm on Saturday, had lunch, and settled into our cabins. These are large with a king bed, sofa, two chairs and coffee table, separate dressing room, and a good sized bathroom. The balcony is huge with two chaise lounges and a table with four chairs. These cabins have butler service, and Marc was a pleasure, very friendly and professional. The ship itself is lovely, decorated in vintage cruise and Hawaiian items, very clean, and well kept up. All the staff were friendly and for the most part efficient. We got the ultimate dining plan and made reservations ahead of time since we had either 6 or 8 for dinner. The children sometimes joined the adults for dinner or went to Splash Academy that they loved. We liked all the restaurants, the food was good to very good, but the service was uneven. Eating in Cagney's was an adventure: drinks were wrong or forgotten, dinners had the wrong sides, but the desserts were great. The Bistro was about the same; we asked for sparkling water that must have been on the mainland since it took so long to arrive. If you are a Starbucks fan, you have to try the cafe americana in the buffet--it is the best free coffee we have ever had on a cruise ship. Except for one snorkeling trip on Maui, we arranged all our shore excursions including rental cars that were pretty inexpensive. We drove to Haleakala on Maui, to the volcanos from Hilo, and to a tubing adventure and Waimea Canyon on Kauai. As other reviews have mentioned, it was easy to book our own trips, and we saved considerable money. The weather was warm in the 80's but pleasant with the trade winds. Everyone had a wonderful time and would do it again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
After using Pride of America, I believe that this is the most economical and efficient way to see the islands of Hawaii. With the excursions, you are only going to get a skeleton overview but they are worth it. A few observations: 1. ... Read More
After using Pride of America, I believe that this is the most economical and efficient way to see the islands of Hawaii. With the excursions, you are only going to get a skeleton overview but they are worth it. A few observations: 1. The staff. We had read many negative reviews about the staff not being friendly and courteous but we found that to be untrue. Everyone on board we encountered went out of the way to make our trip a good one. 2. The ship is an older one but was clean and nice. According to a staff member, they are going to be making upgrades at the beginning of 2016. 3. Food. This is the only negative. The food in the Liberty and Skyline was not great but mediocre. No shrimp cocktail or lobster. We did try Jefferson Bistro and the food was excellent but it was $30.00 more a person. We also ate at Cucina which was very good but again $15.00 more per person. We heard from friends that East Meets West was also terrible. 4. Excursions. We did not use the excursions from the ship but booked online with Hawaiian Discount. You will save a great deal of money by doing it this way. The best trips were Road to Hana, snorkeling on Maui and the trip to see volcanoes on Big Island. We also booked helicopter ride with Sunshine Tours in Kauai which was the best part of trip. If you do helicopter, do before going because they fill up early. 5. We booked a few days in Oahu after cruise to tour the island. I would encourage doing this before cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
I must start off by saying that I was uncertain about seeing Hawaii via a cruise ship, but I was happily proven wrong!! We saw so many islands, and we never had to pack/unpack or travel back and forth to the airport to island hop. The ... Read More
I must start off by saying that I was uncertain about seeing Hawaii via a cruise ship, but I was happily proven wrong!! We saw so many islands, and we never had to pack/unpack or travel back and forth to the airport to island hop. The cruise did all the work!! It saved us lots of time and stress! The staff was great, and Nicole in particular was a terrific bartender with the best personality!!!! The ship was very clean, the food was incredibly good and in abundance. My only criticism would be that the non-specialty restaurants take FOREVER to actually serve the food. I am not a fan of buffets, but I went more than I normally would to avoid the unnecessary delays in the restaurants. There were plenty of excursions to choose from. NCL had great choices, as did Robert's. If you do the sunrise excursion, wear heavy clothing, as it will be only 30 degrees up there (honest). Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Perhaps had we never cruised on Princess we'd not have recognized the failings, but they were many. The rooms are TINY. We had a balcony cabin, similar to what we get on Princess, but there was no room to move around at all. The ... Read More
Perhaps had we never cruised on Princess we'd not have recognized the failings, but they were many. The rooms are TINY. We had a balcony cabin, similar to what we get on Princess, but there was no room to move around at all. The bathroom was a postage stamp. All survivable since we weren't there much. Be warned that Deck 7 is where the lifeboats hang. We got our kids an oceanview room with a porthole...that looked directly into the side of a lifeboat. This is the best itinerary for Hawaii, at least for an active family like ours that doesn't enjoy "at sea" days as much as getting out and doing. Still, the entertainment was a step down, not just the people, but the sound system as well. Most disappointing to us was the crew. Where we were used to people smiling, greeting us, trying to help us on Princess here there was no eye contact, and when you asked a question, you got an "I don't know" and no effort to direct you to someone who did. The room steward had all day to clean our room...we left as soon as we docked each day, and were gone until just before departure, yet invariably she came in to clean after we were back and trying to shower. Many passengers used the one open deck for a running/walking course around the ship - it was even encouraged with a sign stating 3 laps was a mile. This activity was generally early in the am, yet that is when they chose to close portions of the deck for cleaning. Why couldn't that be done when everyone was away on excursions? The food was okay, but again, no one to help you at the buffet to find a table, or bring you more drinks, or clean up in a timely manner...and certainly no smiles, "How was your day?" At one sit down restaurant we had an awful experience with a terrible waiter who made it clear he hated his job, and was so inattentive that we left between courses. At the Brazilian Steakhouse, though, we had a great meal. So...long story short, this is the only ship with the itinerary so it's still worth doing. Don't stay on the 7th deck, and keep your expectations very low. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Pride of America is the only ship to sail around the Hawaiian Islands year round - same itinerary - leaves from Honolulu - and has an over night in Maui, two stops on Hawaii, overnight in Kauai - then after a float by the Na Pali Coast - ... Read More
Pride of America is the only ship to sail around the Hawaiian Islands year round - same itinerary - leaves from Honolulu - and has an over night in Maui, two stops on Hawaii, overnight in Kauai - then after a float by the Na Pali Coast - home to Honolulu. It was non stop action/activity - it would have been nice to have a sea day just to recover! The ship was lovely - not too big/not too small - just right - I loved dining in main aft restaurant - with lots of wood and antique/grand feel - better than the art deco more modern looking one...which is where you have to go for breakfast... The gym was not fancy but had all the basic equipment, visited it with the intention of actually working out, but I was too busy The only show that I saw was a salute to Hollywood, which was fun, actually preferred before it started with the original music being played with old photos in the background, but I enjoyed it and would see it again. All the staff are American - since it is in US territory the whole time - very friendly, helpful people - since the ship wasn't too big, I ran into many of same faces all week and they remembered me, too! I was most disappointed in the Bistro, not worth the money - maybe it was because I was dining alone - the groups seemed to be having a rare time - but I felt neglected/abandoned and asked them to take off the tip, which they did at guest services, because the wait staff didn't deserve it. I tend to over-tip, but not this time! The diner, open 24 hours, had a fun vibe, but tended to attract noisy teenagers/families with kids and the services was the slowest of anywhere - if you're wise, put in your order and ask for it to go - that seemed to get faster service... I had a great deal on a balcony cabin but I would honestly say that it's not worth it - you're out every day and by the time you get back, its dark...it was good to see sunrises - i tend to sleep with curtains open and for fly-by the Na Pali, if you're on port side of the ship... I used Robert's of Hawaii, as suggested by many here on cruise critic...for my ground transportation = fast, easy and if you book online, you will get a discount. I booked my shore excursions through NCL, because I got $75 credit for each excursion, up to 4 ports each; if you have the shore excursion credit, you reserve directly with NCL and don't pay for it until you're getting off ship! Whereas, normally, you pay when you book! On Maui, I did Road To Hana - fun, mad day = all over the island, got a great sense of the microclimates, one minutes it was raining, then sunny, to dry and cloudy!!! It is a long time on a mini bus but our driver was very informative and made the day fly by - and we got on and off regularly - i had a great bunch of people on my bus...good not to have to do the driving - it also gives you an idea of where you would like to go back to if you go again... Next day, I did the Haleakala Sunrise - got picked up at 3 15 AM - i napped on way up - it was really cold/frost on the ground - so wrap warmly - the views were stunning - so ahppy I did it/worth it to get up that early....our guide said we had a 9/10 view day. I was disappointed that we didn't get a chance to hike into the crater...many people chose to cycle back down = the insanely mad....there seemed to be many different companies, with different bikes, starting from different points, if you're doing that, choose your company wisely... I got back to ship after 9 am, had breakfast in the diner, then went to bed for a few hours before the Art Auction with free champagne!!! On Hawaii, I chose to do the Volcanoes National Park Hike down into the crater and back up- quite intense, but worth it, don't do it if you have bad knees/are unfit!!! Then we visited the Thurston Lava Tube, then after quick stop at macadamia nut farm, we drove up into the clouds and visited some water falls....very long/tiring day, but one of the best of the trip.... Nest stop was Kona, where I did the Cloud Forest Hike with visit to beach to see turtles and Kona coffee plantation...I chose it because I had the credit and picking an early tour through NCL guaranteed me an early tender, so I had the afternoon to wander...you can easily not book a tour, but rent paddleboard, snorkel gear right from pier/front - very small, quaint little town = the way I imagined that Hawaii would be...Kona Beer Company is 10-15 minute walk up the hill to the left from the pier...you can easily do this one by yourself... On Kauai, I chose to book a photography tour and go in the opposite direction to everyone on the ship! That was fun, being taken to obscure beaches/cliffs that the locals know - got some amazing shots...we were all over the place; when I go back there, I will be booking with Kauai Photo Tours again! Kauai was my favorite island - the people are so friendly and there is a very relaxing vibe....it was another long day - many people went to big luau that night - although I'd won a ticket at art auction, I was too tired to go anywhere...had pizza, which i took next door into old West Bar, where i enjoyed it and a cocktail and felt I had the ship all to myself...nice to do nothing for a bit but be!!! The next day I did the Horse Riding through ship - they are bloody great horses, not pony trekking, so be warned - and watch the video, if you've never done it - I was at toilet and missed it! Ironic, since I was the only one who'd never done it!!! Once I stopped panicking and calmed down, it was fun to climb the hill of the ranch, pose on top of a cliff, then descend through woods to beach and dabble in the surf - i am happy to have done it, but I'm not sure that I'll ever do it again!!! With sadness, i watched dramatic Na Pali coast - seen in so many Nat Geo shows - and started back for Honolulu.... There is no casino on board/no duty free - unlike every other ship i've been on!!! I had a discrepancy with my bill, where they had forgotten to subtract my shore excursion credits, but a swing by the desk on the way out sorted that one... I chose Robert's to do the pick me up from the port/take me around the island/drop me off at the airport tour - after all the fabulous tours that I'd been on, this was most disappointing - the pick up was flawless - but the driver was annoying - kept moaning and smoked cigarettes and seemed to be last one on each time. The Dole plantation stop was waste of time - touristy shop/not enough time to explore if you'd wanted to...i got some fresh fruit from stand outside, which was good and I nibbled for rest of day... I was annoyed that we did a drive by North Shore, no stops until we got to Polynesian Cultural Center - which I did enjoy - very clean/colorful/safe/Polynesian cultures - very Disney without the rides...check out the movie - I saw it twice - and sit in the center...there wasn't enough time to get more than a sense of the place... Because someone had an early flight, we were dropped at airport, i think, just after 5pm...where I had several hours to kill before my flight.... I would choose a tour that stops at more than Dole/PCC... Overall, I had a fantastic time...I want to go again and take my mum. I went alone and had no trouble meeting people....don't expect to be using the ship for more than sleeping/eating and don't waste money on balcony, if you plan on getting off everyday - and why do this cruise if you're not getting off every day??? For links to all the tours etc/see my photos - visit my website - yvonnemcleod.com... I hope this was useful to somebody...if you want to see Hawaii and maximize your time, choose Pride Of America...it is easy cruising/any style your way... Aloha and Mahalo.... I'm off next week to Barcelona on NCL Epic...getting SO excited - this time, next week, if weather cooperates, I'll be in Barcelona.... Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
This was a 7 day cruise that we boarded in Honolulu. Embarkation was fast and efficient. Staff were friendly and welcoming. We boarded and went to have lunch. It wasn't long until our cabins were ready. The cabins were good, ours had ... Read More
This was a 7 day cruise that we boarded in Honolulu. Embarkation was fast and efficient. Staff were friendly and welcoming. We boarded and went to have lunch. It wasn't long until our cabins were ready. The cabins were good, ours had a balcony which really loved and used. The cabin was well equipped. We cruised for 7 days stopping at Maui - 2 days, The Big Island (Hawaii) Hilo (1 day) then Kona (1 day), then Kaua'i - (1 1/2 days). You could get off at each stop, except Kona where you had to be tendered in. The food on board was good and there is plenty of it. There are 14 dining options. Some restaurants you pay extra to dine in. We tried Jefferson's French Bistro, and Moderno Churrascaria. both were very good. French food at the Bistro - Some of the dishes have another charge on top of the extra you pay to walk though the door! Still worth it though, the food was lovely. Moderno was Brazilian - really great - meat and lots of it! The Teppanyaki looked great but we couldn't get in. Book early for anything you want to go to. The restaurants you don't have to pay extra for are termed "freestyle dining". The Skyline and Liberty are basically the same food. Good, but not great. Food at the Aloha cafe is surprisingly good. NO atmosphere - it is like a cafeteria, but all meals offered were very good, and it keeps coming - even a late night snack gets put out - pizza etc around 10pm.The Cadillac Diner is a bit of fun, especially for Non-Americans (like us) who are not used to Diners! East meets West was a mix of Asian food - Japanese, Chinese, bits of everything. Pretty good but not fantastic. We were kept waiting over an hour for a table, so they apologised and gave us 9 vouchers for glasses of champagne to be used anywhere on the boat. Nice touch. There are many bars and lounges. We LOVED the Aloha Lana'i bar - off the Aloha cafe at the back of the boat. Lovely deck, comfy seats. Napa wine bar is also nice. Gold Rush Saloon shows sport on TV e.g. basketball - so it gets noisy, but its fun if you want to join in. Pink Champagne bar had a pianist, Hollywood theatre had shows most nights. All good entertainment. The last night was a big fuss - lots of fun. We didn't join in any of the games or clubs so can't comment on that. We wanted to go to the spa for a massage or manicure but the prices were huge! Ridiculously so. The pools were nice, waiters and waitresses walk around serving. Lunch is served around the pool. There are hot tubs too, but the kids seemed to take them over most of the time. Lots of people had photographs taken. They snap you around the ship and in the restaurants, but you can book a proper photo shoot too. Prices of photos are high, but they looked pretty good. On the last day we left the port in Kauai early afternoon to go along the Na Pali coast - it was quite spectacular. There are lots and lots of excursions offered. You have access to these before you board and I spent a lot of time researching. Prices are really high for what is offered. I went to the Seahorse farm in Kona and a volcano tour in Hilo -there are many different volcano options. The tours were good (I adore Seahorses) but costly. What irritated me was there was very little information about the Ports if you didn't take a NCL tour. There was a local Hawaiian lady giving a talk each morning at each port, but we didn't find it very helpful. NCL must have deals with certain tour operators and that's it. No one else is allowed near the boat.There is high security getting into and out of the area around the ship and you have to get into the town to find anything else available. Hawaiian people are lovely and there are many of them wanting make a living and take tourists around, but finding them is not easy as they don't have easy access to the tourists. As a result we loved Kona the best. You have to get tendered to the shore, but once there, it is a thriving little town - lovely shops and restaurants. All the other places were not as nice. There was a free shuttle in Maui, but that took you to a very ordinary shopping centre - (we weren't there to shop) Later we found we could have got a local bus to take us anywhere on the island, so we feel we really missed out on the best of Maui. For non-Americans - remember this is an American boat, travelling in America, so all things American will take place e.g. tipping is expected, plugs are only American, only coffee making facilities in the cabin. That sort of thing. Alcohol is very expensive on board, (plus tips of course!) You can bring bottles of wine on board and pay $15 corkage per bottle. When boarding the ship this wasn't advertised very well, and we were sent letters to the cabin to come and claim the booze and pay the corkage, or have it held until disembarking. We felt like we had broken the law! I wish there had been better information before embarking as we were happy to pay it. It was cheaper than buying wine on the ship. It sounds like I complain a lot about the cost of things. I am happy to pay top dollar for anything that is worth it Fine dining, good champagne etc but I hate it when its not value for money. All in all it was a great cruise, we had loads of fun (there were 4 couples in our group). It is an excellent way to see the Hawaiian Islands. Just the excursions really annoyed me. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
This was my first Norwegian cruise and I my first first trip to Hawaii. My pre-cruise stay was at the Marriott Waikiki Resort. The location was excellent! The beach was directly across the street and there was lots stores and restaurants ... Read More
This was my first Norwegian cruise and I my first first trip to Hawaii. My pre-cruise stay was at the Marriott Waikiki Resort. The location was excellent! The beach was directly across the street and there was lots stores and restaurants within walking distance. The only negative about the hotel was the remodeling; part of the lobby was boarded up and during the day you could hear the construction workers. Shuttle service from the hotel to the ship was quick and well organized. The embarkation process was smooth. I loved each of the ports of call, but the cruise ship and staff were just okay. A waiter in Honolulu had warned me that this cruise would not be as upscale as the Caribbean cruises I'd taken from Florida. I agree with that this is the most economical way to see the islands, but I would have liked more shipboard activities and a more experienced staff. Most evenings I was bored; the entertainment was lack luster. This is the only cruise I've been on that did not have a casino. When we commented on the lack of activities, a waiter told us that the cruise is about the destination and excursions, not the ship. The cruise line assumes that guests would be off the ship while in port and too tired for entertainment when they return in the evening. I ate in the main dinning room once for dinner (it was terrible; horrible tasting alfredo sauce) and twice for breakfast. The service was sub-par. Most of the staff I spoke with had only been working on the ship 4 - 6 months. By day 3 me and my travel mates were convinced that this must be a training ship. The Aloha Cafe buffet was okay. The Cadillac Diner had the best breakfast and lunch options. The specialty restaurants (Cagney's, Jefferson Bistro, Moderno & La Cucina) were exceptional; the food was fabulous, the waiters were experienced and worked well together. I shared a balcony cabin with two other adults. That was a mistake; the cabin was tiny. I drew the short straw and go the fold-out bed, which was the width of a twin bed, but a foot and a half shorter than a normal bed. My feet hung off the bed; it was hilarious. The cabin was so tight, we had to coordinate our movements. There wasn't enough closet space or drawer space for clothing and luggage. Only small carry-on luggage would fit under the beds. By day 3, I gave up on trying to maneuver in such a small space and rolled my luggage 10 doors down to my mother's interior cabin. Her cabin was huge; she got a handicap compliant room even though she nor her roommate had requested such a room. Every evening, I would make my way to my mother's room to prepare my clothes for the next day. Unfortunately, her room was directly under the main kitchen and the noise was so bad that it kept her up at night. When she complained, guest services offered earplugs and a complimentary dinner in a specialty restaurant. My co-worker suggested that I rent a vehicle at ever port. I did rent a minivan for me and my six companions on Maui and drove the Road to Hana. I wish I had rented at every port. Excursions are pricey. Although I absolutely loved my Mt. Mauna Kea excursion, I could have rented a car and done it on my own for half the price of the excursion. Taxis are expensive also. Be adventurous, rent a car, grab a map and venture out on your own. You will have control over when and where you stop and how long you spend at each stop. The locals are very friendly and helpful and road signs are easy to follow. If you take this cruise, keep in mind that it's not a luxury liner; it's a shuttle between islands. But, the cruise will give you a preview of multiple islands; it's more economical than flying between the islands. Rent a car; you will save money and see more of each island. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
1. Cabins: Let’s get this out of the way… the rooms are small. We stayed in a mid-ship balcony room on Deck 9 (cabin BA9584) with two adults and an 18 year old boy who slept on the sofa bed. Because I knew about the rooms and had ... Read More
1. Cabins: Let’s get this out of the way… the rooms are small. We stayed in a mid-ship balcony room on Deck 9 (cabin BA9584) with two adults and an 18 year old boy who slept on the sofa bed. Because I knew about the rooms and had proper expectations going in, this wasn’t an issue. The room would have been much better for just two people, but at night with the sofa bed out you had to climb over that bed in order to get to the balcony. The bathroom was also very small, with a shower barely big enough to fit one normal-sized adult. However, the space is designed extremely well with lots of drawers and shelves, and storing luggage under the bed is a necessity. Having the balcony was great and made the room feel larger; I felt it was definitely worth the increased cost to be able to get some fresh air in the morning, afternoon and/or evening. We were on the port (left) side so we enjoyed viewing the Na Pali coast of Kauai from our balcony. The Deck 9 was perfect because we rarely needed to use an elevator, we were within a couple of floors of most venues. The bottom line is that if you care about having a decent amount of space in your room, book a suite. 2. Dining: We are not “foodies” and do not frequent gourmet food establishments, but we felt the food was great. In fact, it exceeded my expectations that had been set low due to other reviews and being told that NCL wasn’t “on par” with some of the other cruise lines (we had previously been on cruises with Carnival and Holland America). The Liberty Dining room had the best waiter ever, whose name was David and he sings opera. The buffet in the Aloha Café was laid out very nicely, and even when very busy, we were able to find a table. We ate breakfast here daily so that we could eat outdoors on the back deck. We also ate in two of the specialty restaurants (La Cucina and Teppanyaki Grill) and they were good, but I was glad to have the Ultimate Dining Package as I didn’t feel they were worth an extra cost. If you do want specialty dining, book them either in advance or as soon as you board the ship, as the reservations book up very quickly. 3. Activities & Excursions: They had many activities on the ship scheduled throughout the day even though they were in port every day, so you will never get bored when on board. We did four excursions: Segway Tour of Lahaina, Haleakala Sunrise Bike Tour, Volcanoes National Park with Rainbow Falls Tour, and Mountain Tubing Adventure on Kauai. Segways and Mountain Tubing were booked through NCL and the other two were booked through Shore Excursions Group. The excursions were fabulous, and while expensive, we did not want to waste time shuttling over to get a rent a car and navigating on our own while worrying about getting back to the ship on time. Most reviews say to get your own car, but you have to decide what you prefer; we really enjoyed the comfort of a bus where we could relax, enjoy the scenery, and have a tour guide point out all of the sights. Also, I was worried that being in port every day would make for an exhausting week, but it turned out that we got back each afternoon with plenty of time to sit by the pool and read or engage in on-board activities. 4. Entertainment/Shows: The shows on board were first rate. We went to every evening show except the Polynesian one, and I highly recommend them. Do NOT miss the comedian Bud Anderson or the Magician Charles Bach, both of whom appear on more than one occasion. The magician does an underwater escape in the pool that is not to be missed, and do whatever you can to make it to “Oh What A Night” –those guys are amazingly talented and also quite funny; I had a smile on my face for the entire show. Even those who aren’t familiar with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will appreciate the level of talent and showmanship. If you like great melodies and 4-part harmonies DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW! (Beware, though—the CD they sell does not have these same men’s voices—it’s a different touring company.) 5. Staff: Other reviews have mentioned the carelessness or even rudeness of the staff, but that was not my experience at all. The staff members were excellent, highly knowledgeable and service-oriented. 6. Attire: You will not need formal attire (although the photographers are out every night so you can dress up/down according to your preference). The establishments that have a dress code (Liberty Dining Room and The Bistro specialty restaurant) only require for women shorts below the knee, pants, dresses/skirts, and for men they require long pants, closed toe shoes and collared shirts. 7. Items to Bring/Luggage: Due to the size and layout of the rooms, be careful about what you bring. Key items include Power strips (we were so glad we had these, we used two of them), clips/clothespins if you want to hang your bathing suits to dry on your balcony furniture without having them blow away, hanging bathroom kits, and tote bags or backpacks so you can bring various things on your excursions. Keep in mind that luggage gets delivered on the first day at a variety of times. My husband and son got their suitcases at 2pm, within an hour of boarding, but I had to wait until 7:30pm to get mine. If you need something the first day, pack it in your carry on (this includes bathing suits, as many folks used the pool area that first day). 8. Pool Areas: Speaking of pool areas, they have two good-sized pools and plenty of lounge chairs on multiple levels with both sun and shade. The pool water was not salt water, and the temperature was perfect and quite refreshing. You do not need to pack beach towels as you are given one per person in your room, and can exchange them or get additional towels at the main pool area. The pool in the back is the “quiet” pool for adults, and it was very nice except that it got pretty windy on the back end of the ship, and it’s also right near the only bar on the ship that allows smoking, so if you care about second-hand smoke, select a lounge chair on the other side of the bar. 9. Kids/Teens/Young Adults: There were a lot of kids, teens and young adults on this cruise, perhaps because we went in June. What pleased me the most was that they set up a separate group for 18-20 year olds with an activity planned for each night at about 9 or 10pm, so my son made lots of friends on board, spent the days and evenings with us and then after dinner or the show he then went to hang out with this group. He also had friends to go ashore with on two of the days when our port was within walking distance of a beach (Kona and Kauai.) 10. Summary: This cruise is simply the best way to see multiple islands in a short timeframe with no transportation time wasted. To fly to different islands requires getting to the airport, waiting in the security line, dealing with luggage, flying to the new destination, getting luggage again and transporting to the next hotel. Cruising avoids all of that wasted time and mental hassles, because you enjoy your evenings on the ship and wake up in a new place. The POA is a beautiful ship with great people and amenities. Oh yeah, and the scenery’s not bad either! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Background to review: With our children grown and no longer cruising with us, we began booking suites for the extra amenities offered. On this cruise, we booked a penthouse suite with a large balcony on deck 11, Room 11018. We enjoy ... Read More
Background to review: With our children grown and no longer cruising with us, we began booking suites for the extra amenities offered. On this cruise, we booked a penthouse suite with a large balcony on deck 11, Room 11018. We enjoy the extra amenities of eating breakfast and lunch in Cagney’s restaurant, the services of the concierge and butler. This cruise is different than others since you are in port every day. It is like have a floating hotel room. You are there to see and visit the islands. There is NO down time or sea days to just relax. In Oahu prior to boarding on Saturday, we stayed at Hotel Renew which was one block off the beach and much less expensive than the Marriott next store where we stayed on our first trip. Overall Evaluation: (more detail comments appear below) • Our suite was very comfortable and the large balcony was a huge bonus. • Food quality was superb everywhere. We had the Ultimate Dining Package so we ate in the specialty restaurants each night. We ate two nights in Jefferson Bistro, La Cusina, Cagney’s twice. Moderno and Teppanyaki. • Entertainment was excellent especially Oh What a Night. • The staff was friendly and helpful and our Concierge, James, was outstanding as well as our butler. SUITE: I booked a Penthouse Suite with a large balcony deck 11, mid-ship. The large balcony was great. The room was centrally located, quiet and offered plenty of room. A perk for suites owners is access to Cagney’s restaurant for breakfast and lunch. Service is exceptional and the food is superb. DINING: Some people criticize anytime dining but I prefer it. It allows me to control when and where I eat based upon the day’s activities. Other people may prefer traditional dining because they are able to meet other cruisers and develop a relationship with them. Besides breakfast and lunch in Cagney’s, we ate at the buffet in Garden Café, and the Cadillac Diner. The Cadillac Diner is open 24 / 7 and they have great milk shakes along with hot wings. All our dinner meals in the specialty restaurants were good but Jefferson Bistro and Cagney’s are our favorites. ENTERTAINMENT: The shows in the theater were good and Oh What A Night was outstanding. Do not miss the final Farewell Variety Showtime on the last night. It provides a great emotional high and a fitting tribute to a great cruise. PORTS: The most important part of the trip. Since we had taken this cruise 6 years ago, we learned that the best way to see the islands is to tour on your own after some research. We rented a car each day. Parking at the port is easy and in Maui it is free. On Kauai you have to pay $20 but it is well worth it to have the car for two days. Maui: Rental car shuttles are on the pier and the ride to the airport (our driver showed us the back road) took about 5 minutes. Parking overnight is just a short walk to the ship and is free so we rented the car for two days. We DID NOT take the road to Hana. Tried that the first trip and found it to be a waste of time. All day trip with too much traffic. Instead, we visited Iao Valley and the needle. Short drive from the ship on route 32. After Iao Valley, we headed west along route 30 to Lahina. Spent a few hours in this small “whaling” village and make sure we had our picture taken under the Banyon Tree which covers an entire block. We left Lahina and toured the resorts in Kaanapali and Kapalau before heading back to the ship. On day 2, we visited the Maui Ocean Center Aquarium. We spent about two hours at the aquarium before heading to the beaches in Wailea. Hilo: Once we obtained the rental car, we headed to Rainbow Falls and Boiling Pots. I would skip Boiling Pots and just visit Rainbow Falls. After visiting rainbow falls, we drove to Onomea Bay area and took the scenic drive by the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens. Great views and picture taking opportunities but you will miss the turn off unless you have done your research. From Onomea, we make a quick visit to the Mauna Loa factory to buy many bags of Macadamias for the trip home. We then returned to the airport to catch the helicopter ride over the volcano. This was fabulous and is a must do at least once when visiting the Big Islands Kona: You will have to tender at Kona but it is very well organized and the trip is very short. We love the little village of Kona. This trip was special for us since a former IBM engineer I use to work with retired on the Big Island and we met him and his wife for lunch at a local spot on the outskirts of town. After lunch, we returned to the town for some shopping. Kauai: The MOST BEAUTIFUL of all the islands. If we ever return to Hawaii, this is where we will spend our two weeks or longer. Once we rented our car, we headed to Waimea canyon. Total driving time to the lookouts is about one hour. We took the second entrance at Kehaha Beach to the road up the canyon at the advice of some locals who indicated we would have a better view of the coast line and they were correct. We stopped at several of the lookouts and made it to Puu O Kila Lookout before turning around. This is like going to the Grand Canyon but with more color. It is NOT to be missed. On our return trip, we stopped at Poipu. No golf this time but we visited Spouting Horn and did some shopping at the village. Day 2 is a short day and you have to really schedule your time. We wanted to take the boat ride to Fern Grotto but it was about 1.5 hours and only left at 9:30 and 11:30. Our plans were slightly interrupted with a small fender bender in the town of Wailua so we ended up visiting the beaches along route 56 up to Anahola Bay before turning back. You have to watch your time going back as the traffic is slow moving throughWailua. The rest of the afternoon is spent on the ship viewing the famous Napali Coast of Kauai. Absolutely amazing views. Any return to Hawaii for me will be staying in Kauai for two weeks and playing golf at the Kauai Westin, Poipu and Princeville. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
This trip was on my Bucket List! This was our second cruise with NCL and I do like the free style feeling. We only brought casual wear. The Pride of America ship was nice but this one seemed little older than the Jewel that we took last ... Read More
This trip was on my Bucket List! This was our second cruise with NCL and I do like the free style feeling. We only brought casual wear. The Pride of America ship was nice but this one seemed little older than the Jewel that we took last year. We upgraded to balcony and LOVED it. We had jet lag for several days and some times we just chilled on our patio and looked over the water and ordered room service. The room was ok but the bathroom seemed so tiny compared to the Jewel Ship, and on the Jewel we had the best pillows ever! They were like those Gel Pillows and we didn't expierence those on the Pride of America. For some reason we weren't crazy about the food, I realize they have to feed over 2,000 people and basically how do you keep it all warm and different. Many times the food just was never hot, and by the end of the week it just wasn't applealing anymore. Same O Same O. We did enjoy the free dining rooms and never did upgrade to the the paid ones. I figured we paid enough for this cruise. The East meets West Dining was very good if you like Asian Food. Because of our Jet Lag We never could stay up very late for some of the entertainment but overall it was a very relaxed cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was our first cruise and it was amazing!!! It really was a dream vacation for us! I read reviews about the cruise and about all the shore excursions so that we could get the most out of our trip. I Hope this review will help someone ... Read More
This was our first cruise and it was amazing!!! It really was a dream vacation for us! I read reviews about the cruise and about all the shore excursions so that we could get the most out of our trip. I Hope this review will help someone on their Hawaiian cruise. One thing that I did not like about all the ports when we got off the ship is that there was not information on where to go or what to do or what they recommend you doing on the islands. If you have a shore excursion it is great that they pick you up and take you there and bring you back but if you just want a day to explore the island you are on your own to figure out what to do and how to get there. Here are somethings I think will really help you out and save you a lot of time of trying to figure it out yourself. I really wish that I knew about this stuff before the trip. 1. Our home time is a 5 hour difference so the time change is a little hard to get used to right away. 2. You leave Honolulu and come back to Honolulu but there is not much time to explore the island and see much of anything if you do not stay an extra night or two on Honolulu in a hotel. We just flew in and got on the ship and the last day when we got back to Honolulu we had to go home. We did not see this island much at all :( 3. Day 2 on Kahului, Maui we planned to just see the island on our own this day. Everyone said to go to Lahaina or Whalers Mall/Beach. We walked off the ship and there was a line of Taxis so we asked them to take us to Whalers Mall/Beach and it was $85 a person. We thought that was crazy so we decided to figure out a different way. There is no one out to help you so we had to ask security guards. Well we found out there is a bus at Queen Mall about a mile down the road that you pay $2 or $4.00 and the bus will take you around the island all day for that price! We decided on Whaler's Mall/Beach but we wish we went with Lahaina. Whalers is a tourist area of hotels and shops. It had a very large beach with very big waves. Lahaina was more ma and pop shops and streets of restaurants. They had a park with locals selling things. We passed it all on the bus on the way to Whalers. There is also a beach at Lahaina. 4. Day four Hilo, Hawai'i we had a shore excursion in the morning and the rest of the day on the island we wanted to explore the island and our tour guide told us to go to Richardson Beach. From the ship it was about $25 for two people to get there. Our tour guide said that it would be 2 miles away and the taxi guy told us it was 4 miles and we asked him why other people told us 2miles and all of a sudden it was 2 miles to get there :) If you take a taxi get the taxi drivers phone number so that you can get back. There are not taxis there waiting for people. Richardson beach was one of my favorite spots! It was beautiful. You could walk on dried lava around the beach and an old wall that lined the outside of the beach on one side. There was a hill of dried lava with a cross on it and kids were jumping off into the water. We went up there to look and could see around the island. I recommend this beach. If you do not do a shore excursion on this island there is a bus stop right outside the dock where you get off called Hoppa on Hoppa off and you pay a small amount per person and it takes you everywhere on the island and comes back every half hour to pick people up. One of the stops is Richardson Beach. 5. Day five Kona, Hawai'i This day they can not pull up to the land so that you can get off the ship. They have tender boats that will take you to the land and back to POA. Pack a bag for the day so you do not have to go back on the tender boats. We did the Captain Zodiac shore excursion ( everyone should do it, all ages were doing it ) and had a change of clothes and changed after. There were lots of little shops and restaurants around to go to. 6. Day Six on Nawiliwili Kaua'i is the Luau day. There is only one Luau and the different times are for when you leave for the luau. I recommend getting the earliest time and going so that you get a better seat. Some of the seats in the back are really bad. There are cute small local shops there and a rum tasting if you are there before 5:00. We had the 4:30 time and were one of the first people in line to get on the bus and just made the rum tasting. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Booked this cruise months in advance, our very first cruise, all paid in advance, upgraded our cabin to a suite. So excited to be going to get to the docking area with all my paperwork to be told I'm not in their computer. Left ... Read More
Booked this cruise months in advance, our very first cruise, all paid in advance, upgraded our cabin to a suite. So excited to be going to get to the docking area with all my paperwork to be told I'm not in their computer. Left standing there for a long time with no one explaining what's going on, just we are working on it. Finally taken over to the priority area but still haven't fixe the problem, by this time I'm in tears and all the excitement of a first cruise and to Hawaii has disappeared. Finally get on ship lead by Butler who drops us at a restaurant whom we never see again for the rest of the day. We go to the drill and again they do not have u on their list and ask us if we are sure we have the right room number, we show them paperwork with our room # and they write us in. This continues throughout the cruise. 5 days later go to make a spa appt. and they still don't have us listed in our room, service in the upgraded dining restaurants was very slow always waiting for different parts of meals to be delivered, while watching multiple staff members standing around. Constantly waiting on Deck 13 bar for someone to serve u no matter how busy they where. Sometimes up to 15 minutes, went to the pool bar to get a coke after an excursion standing at the bar with 3 bartenders no one even acknowledging I was there till I asked if I coul be served. During this trip my room had a butler whom I only saw to drop off a plate of cheese or desserts, and he would be in and out. He never made any of our reservations for the restaurants except one which he was unable to make cause they told him they where full, but I stopped there later cause the sign said they had room and had no trouble getting in. The dining plan was a joke seeing u could only eat at 9:00 pm. No one this trip apologized for the mistake they made for not having us in there computer system. Had no problem taking my money and couldn't even apologize. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
I didn't know what to expect for my first cruise, every time I thought about taking one, a bad story about a cruise ship would come out. I decided to just do it and was pleasantly surprised. The Pride of America is such a great ... Read More
I didn't know what to expect for my first cruise, every time I thought about taking one, a bad story about a cruise ship would come out. I decided to just do it and was pleasantly surprised. The Pride of America is such a great ship. The bed was comfortable, I had a balcony, which was great. Since I'm very tall, they put a bed extender on so my feet would not hang over as much. The showers are a tad small but the pressure is good nevertheless, I didn't expect a huge bathroom. The restaurants are nice, the staff is very friendly, and they had a lot of activities aboard the ship. I ate at Cagney's, Jefferson's Bistro (Great French Onion soup), Moderno's and the buffet for breakfast everyday. I did a beach day in Maui, Volcano in Hilo, Captain Zodiac (awesome!) in Kona and Tubing in Kauai. You can find websites that are cheaper than booking through the cruise line, but if the ship arrives late or there is some kind of problem, you get a full refund. The biggest thing was, if there was a problem while out on any excursion and you are possibly late back to the ship, the ship will wait for you. If you book it through some other website or company, you're TSOL and need to book a flight to catch up to the ship. That was worth the extra money to book through the cruise line- to me. Very simple boarding and disembarking procedures, they were very organized and it went very smoothly. Make sure you take your room key and ID each time you get off of the ship at each port, some didn't and suffered. I would, for sure, take the cruise again. It was a great experience, you can hardly feel the ship moving, the views are amazing, the staff is great and I'm very happy with this experience. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was the third NCL cruise in three years, the itinerary is great, the size of the ship is manageable and the staff's performance was wildly uneven. We arrived two days earlier so were able to get to the ship right around noon so ... Read More
This was the third NCL cruise in three years, the itinerary is great, the size of the ship is manageable and the staff's performance was wildly uneven. We arrived two days earlier so were able to get to the ship right around noon so embarkation was a breeze. I guess the trick to an easy embarkation is either to arrive early or late. There was a special line for Latitudes members but there really was no line for non-Latitude. Being in a suite and adjoining balcony cabin gave us more attention on the the Gem and the Jade so immediately I am wondering if this ship is as well run as those were. Luggage arrived quickly and we were given a short orientation by the concierge and even a lunch at Cagney's. If there is any way to move up to a suite to get this perk, you will find it highly enjoyable. The suite was a 2 bedroom family suite with large balcony with an adjoining balcony stateroom. Both rooms seemed a little smaller than other big cruise line staterooms and the balcony stateroom really did not have as much storage as I had hoped. The next disappointment was that we could have the door between the rooms unlocked but not the panel separating the balconies. I know that there was mumbling of fire restrictions but I have a feeling "safety issues" are sometimes thrown in but really don't apply. Even so, I think the answer was given in a way that made me think this is really a bother. AND THAT IS THE DOWNFALL OF THE PRIDE OF AMERICA, i. e. too many staff seemed discontented with their jobs, appeared sullen or desultory or just did not care. Editorial statement -- when people have to travel a long distance to Hawaii and spend the same amount of money as they would on any other NCL ship they should not feel as if they have disccomoded the staff. A good cruise ship, hotel or vacation activity should understand that the experience may be the only vacation for the year. That being said, there was some wonderful staff members but I think a safe statement would be that the higher the level of responsibility the better the level of service. For example, in Cagney's, Jefferson's Bistro, Teppinyaki and La Cucina the wait staff was wonderful and professional. the same could be said for the main dining rooms, especially the Liberty. The Liberty and the Bistro descriptions say there is a dress code for them but when a man walked in wearing shorts, tank top and sandals to the Bistro, no one turned him away. If you have a rule, enforce it or get rid of it. By the way, those two venues were truly a pleasure to eat in, maybe because the dress code was followed by the rest of the passengers. As an aside, I saw more poorly dressed people on this cruise than any other. Folks if you want to be casual, that's OK but how about neat and clean. Jeans and hoodies just don't belong at a dining venue on an Hawaiian cruise. The captain and his staff were wonderful. The food was good throughout and surprisingly good at the buffet. If you want a nice experience, use the open deck at the rear and their little buffet, the omelets were terrific. The two main dining rooms and the specialty restaurants were as good as any large ship. Hint: ask the wait staff for recommendations and you probably will enjoy your meal. Our four year old greatly enjoyed the children's club helping us all to enjoy the ship. The ports are wonderful and overnighting was really nice. Be aware, the ports are all working container ports and you can expect to hear them working at 7 AM, not a complaint, just an observation. Everybody thought the excursions were wonderful, our favorite was the helicopter ride (expensive but once in a lifetime). The ride up the Napali coast was also a major highlight. We saw the magic show and loved it, pool entertainment was fine. Disembarkation was easy but then there was a long (up to an hour) wait on line for the transfers to the airport we purchased from NCL. In retrospect, I guess taxis are the way to go since this procedure caused a fair degree of appropriate complaining, not the way you want to end your vacation. The other two ships provided more amenities to suite guests and the total experience while onboard the POA was underwhelming but Hawaii and the itinerary are super so I guess I would recommend this as a great way to see the 50th state. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
My husband and I both turned 50 this year, and he picked Hawaii to celebrate. We booked the trip as a package a year earlier but cancelled and re-booked everything separately 4 months ago to take advantage of better rates. Initially we ... Read More
My husband and I both turned 50 this year, and he picked Hawaii to celebrate. We booked the trip as a package a year earlier but cancelled and re-booked everything separately 4 months ago to take advantage of better rates. Initially we booked a balcony guarantee, but a few days before sailing we got a great up-sell to a penthouse suite, 13510. We were able to keep our Ultimate Dining Plan (UDP) and OBC. I was contacted a few times before sailing offering us to switch our UDP for other amenities such as picture packages and excursion credits, but we kept what we had. We stayed at the Aston Waikiki Beach pre-cruise for 2 nights. This is shown as a 3.5 star, and I'd say that's accurate. Loved their "breakfast on the beach" that's part of the room rate as well as their attached Tiki Restaurant. After a 6-hour delay in Phoenix, we didn't arrive until 11:45 PM. You know what they say...the best laid plans! Spent a great day on Waikiki Beach, nice lunch at Tiki's, then off to our Germaine's Luau with pick-up at the hotel. Very fun evening. Good entertainment and food. The next morning we walked to Diamond Head from the hotel and hiked to the top. Gorgeous views. The hike itself took about 25 minutes from the path at the bottom to the top. We took the bus back to the hotel, since I acquired some huge blisters on my heels which would pose a problem with footwear for the cruise. Boarding was quick and painless, as we used the suite check-in and lounge. We were first on the ship at around 11:45. James, the concierge, took us up to Napa wine bar, gave us a quick briefing, then we were taken to Cagney's for lunch. Afterward we explored the ship until our suite was ready around 2:30. This deck 13 suite was nicely appointed, and the port-side balcony was huge, with a dining table and 4 chairs and 2 loungers and side table. Great cabin steward and butler service throughout the week. With our UDP, we ate in La Cucina once, Teppanyaki once, Cagney's three times, and Jefferson's Bistro twice. Our favorite meal was actually La Cucina, but they were all quite good. All our breakfasts were at Cagney's, and most lunches were off the ship. The few times we were on the ship for lunch, we did Key West Grill for burgers and dogs. We never tried the buffet, Cadillac Diner or the main restaurants (Liberty and Skyline). Tip, if you like lobster, eat in Cagney's or Bistro on Kona night, as they have live lobsters for a $10 upcharge. The lobster was huge, sweet, and cooked perfectly! All in all, we thought the food was good to excellent, which definitely exceeded our expectations. We went to a few shows in the evenings - comedy magician, comic, the Polynesian show when docked in Maui (awesome), and some of the musical shows. The Oh What a Night show was good, but DH did not appreciate the Beatles Tribute. I think he just didn't care for Toby Beau. I'd say the entertainment was average. We didn't do any of the late night stuff, so I can't comment on that except to say there didn't seem to be much going on after 10:30! We rented a car in Maui and did Lahaina (old town, fun shopping, restaurants and the huge Banyan tree), Iao Valley, Kaanaplai beach, and west Maui to the Nakalele Blowhole on the first day. I wish we had our golf clubs with us, since the courses in Kapalua looked spectacular. The second day we did Haleakale crater, which was very cool. We hiked part of the Sliding Sands trail. But beware if you are prone to motion sickness, the drive up and back is a bit rough with the curves and winding road. DH didn't fare so well. DH had a sport massage later this afternoon, and he said it was awesome and didn't get a hard sell for product! I went to a lei making class which was presented by the onboard Hawaiian ambassadors. So I came away with lots of good info as well as a kukui nut lei (this is all complimentary - no charge for the lei materials). In Hilo we rented a car and drove to Volcano National Park. We did the short hikes and Jaggar Museum. It was pretty amazing to see. We only did the Crater Rim drive and opted not to do Chain of Craters since it looked a bit too winding after the prior day's experience. We then went on to Punaluu black sand beach and saw some sea turtles. On our return we stopped at Rainbow Falls - while very pretty, we didn't see any rainbows! For our day in Kona, we did an excursion through the ship - Captain Zodiac Raft and Snorkel. This was so much fun, and the bay where we snorkeled had tons of coral and fish (this is where the Captain Cook memorial is located). On the way back we made a couple other stops where the guide pointed out interesting things about Kona for us. When we returned, we went to Umeke's for some poke. Yum. We went to their new location - small shop with outdoor picnic tables. It's an easy walk from the tender area. Highly recommended! We finished the day by walking around town and up to Kona Brewing Company. We had some great local beers, and the food looked good too. Finally we made it to Kauai, which is what I looked forward to most. We booked a helicopter tour with Blue Hawaii, and this was truly a highlight for us. If you are thinking about a helicopter tour on the Hawaiian islands, this is the place to do it. Our pilot was super, and we got to see everything, including the Jurassic Falls and Napali Coast. Wow! The rest of our time in Kauai was spent at the beach by the ship and just taking it easy, kind of like our version of a sea day. After leaving Kauai, the ship does a very close sail-by of the Napali Coast with narration. Our port-side balcony was the perfect viewing spot. We had a late flight on disembarkation day, so we booked a Pearl Harbor tour excursion with airport drop off. This was another bucket-list item, so it was worth the price to have a hassle-free day. Unfortunately the motor launch couldn't get us on the USS Arizona Memorial because of an accident that took out the dock earlier that week, but the USS Carl Vinson was in port and sailing out that day, which was really cool to see. Our tour guide, Ed, was funny and informative. After our time at Pearl Harbor, he took us through Honolulu to some of the main sites and to Punchbowl National Cemetary. I didn't know this was part of the tour and was pleasantly surprised, since we hadn't had an opportunity to do this before the cruise. He made sure to point out all the Hawaii Five-0 stuff (old and new) as well as Dog the Bounty Hunter's place. All in all, we thought this was a great way to see Hawaii for the first time. The ship was clean, and the staff and crew were all friendly and helpful. Of course the main reason for the cruise was the destination, and Hawaii was just awesome! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Overall I was cautious of a ship with 75% American staff based on service we get from workers in fast food and housekeeping in the USA, but I was pleasantly surprised. There were very friendly staff everywhere and several of the Americans ... Read More
Overall I was cautious of a ship with 75% American staff based on service we get from workers in fast food and housekeeping in the USA, but I was pleasantly surprised. There were very friendly staff everywhere and several of the Americans were citizens not originally from America. I think this ship has so many fantastic ports and views that they could roll you out on a shrimp boat and they'll get great reviews. It's a decent ship but it wouldn't get booked much from Miami, etc. I'm not sure people even read these before booking. I mean it's Hawaii! But I don't blame them. Disney does the same with the Wonder which gets the choice itineraries, and is their oldest ship (one of a twin set which has not been updated. I thought they had a great fitness center. But I've travelled with exercise gear on several cruises and really only used it on this one! I can not comment on dinner in main dining rooms. We prefer to buy the package and stick to the good upscale dining locations that we know there is a bit more attention to the temperature of the filet and fish, etc. the restaurants were all very good. The kids enjoyed the teppinaki experience. The breakfasts in the main dining rooms were good most days. There was a very fun photo staff with Huckleberry as the vibrant circus leader. He got some great shots. We bought a package early in the week and got two extra prints. The NCL app is great for people under 50. I'd rather not have to carry paper around. It was a little difficult on this cruise because we kept cellular coverage and when connected to wifi, apple tries to use that first and they have it locked out unless you pay a bundle. So turn on wifi to use the app, then turn it off to use anything else... And it should cache and work offline and have a way to set favorites and get reminders. The splash academy team was good as ever and made us feel safe leaving the kids with them. We even left them on the ship while we went on a helicopter excursion... I really appreciated the lecture during the mandatory safety briefing about the no smoking policy. They told the smokers where to smoke and seemed to enforce it. Carnival is a rolling ash tray... people on both balconies next to us smoked. Not so on this cruise. Glad to see NCL protecting the rights of the rest of us. We really enjoyed Tim Dion on the guitar and went to his shows over the cheese machine on the piano. The wave band at the south beach pool was fun, if not a little too mellow. Not what you would hear on South Beach. We did not see any of the shows in the theater. The ship has a very nice pool setup at the south beach pool but misses things like the staggered lounge chairs I have grown to appreciate on other ships, and no water slide or kids splash areas. I'll have to say the worst part of the trip was the $25/round for two weak drinks. There is no unlimited alcoholic beverage plan on this one boat in the fleet. And NCL in general would get higher marks from me if it were not for the Pepsi. Ugh. Another thing that bothered me was the deck floors not wood, but some rubbery cover that looks like it was put on as an afterthought. It is not cut well in the sides and around poles. It is a waffle pattern that is tough on bare feet. Our last NCL we applauded the "kids buffet" inside the real buffet. It had nuggets, mini burgers, fries, and cookies. Well, we were told there were not enough kids (100) to warrant opening the kids buffet, which as a real slap in the face to those of us who travelled with family. They should at least relocate the items somewhere on the buffet. The only place to get nuggets was in Cadillac Cafe. Luckily, they had some of the nicest staff. Tim was always there with a smile. The excursions desk was great. We booked most of our events on line before the cruise but we checked in at the desk as our day two Maui Atlantis Submarine event was canceled. Ironically the first excursion should have been cancelled but instead of snorkeling the molikini crater and turtle area, we had a six hour catamaran (more like a ferry) ride. Great for a 5 and 8 year old. They credited both of them and booked us on the Lahania on your own. But only those who complained about the snorkel got credited. I guess a wise business model. I probably would not have complained if they gave everyone a partial credit. There was constant work around the ship, which is odd because this thing is literally never at sea. They sail at like 4 knots from island to island and only open up the engine to 18 knots on the last sail back to Honolulu. Anyway, there was a ridiculous amount of noise, ugly missing panels with ropes and yellow tape all over them and things like that. Not sure how often they do it but a lot of the stairwell handrails were being varnished. They were polite enough to mark them with signs above them. Need more than signs for the people who attend splash academy and can't read. We lost a beautiful outfit... Could use more shuffle board areas. Normally they have some on the upper decks and also on deck 5/6. There are only two on this ship and plenty of room available. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
GETTING ON THE SHIP - We arrived at the embarkation dock at 1:30 and crowded on the ship along with 900 other early passengers. By 2:00 we were checked aboard, but our room on deck 9 was not ready. So we sat in the Aloha restaurant and ... Read More
GETTING ON THE SHIP - We arrived at the embarkation dock at 1:30 and crowded on the ship along with 900 other early passengers. By 2:00 we were checked aboard, but our room on deck 9 was not ready. So we sat in the Aloha restaurant and waited to be called. At 3:00 the rooms were ready. The Room was the smallest balcony stateroom I’ve ever seen on a ship. It was larger than the prison cells at Alcatraz. We moved the table and chair out onto the patio so that we had more room to walk in the room. Our steward, Ceilo was always at our beck and call, always smiling, and always one step ahead of us. Kudos to Ceilo. He made our cruise a pleasure. Then we waited in our stateroom until 7:00 for out luggage to be delivered. Rumor had it that all luggage was delayed because security was scanning it. And later we met a gentleman that had one of his bags impounded until he showed them that the alcohol that security detected was no more that a bottle of after-shave. The bed was covered with a quilt that weighed approx 10 lbs and would come in real handy if Hawaii were ever hit with a chilling blast of arctic air. We brought along a roll-up shoe bag with 20 pockets and hung it from the towel bar with shoe laces. It held our mouth wash, bottles of this and that, brushes, combs, etc. The sink does not have a lot of room, but does have a mini medicine cabinet in one corner. You can’t hang the shoe holder on the shower stall which goes all the way to the ceiling. Next night, we danced in Pink's bar to live band playing ballroom music (cha cha, rhumba, and swing) on a 15-foot round dance floor. Just the right size for two couples. The 4-piece band (Wave) was great. 95% of the staff were helpful, friendly, and courteous - answering the most trivial questions with a smile. However, my wife became annoyed at one of the Aloha bus-girls that repeatedly tried to pick up my wife's plate before she had finished eating. MOVING ABOUT THE SHIP - I've been on three other cruises and I had very little trouble moving about those ships. However, on Pride of America, there are blind alleys and barriers blocking your ability to get from here to where you are headed. Some elevators do not go to all decks. For example: to walk to the Hollywood theatre (in the bow) start at the stern of the ship and stroll along deck 6 ‘til you hit the Hollywood Theatre. To walk to the Mardi Gras Theatre start walking on deck 7 and you end up in Pink’s bar where you have to back track to an elevator, go down to deck 6, walk under Pink’s bar and take an elevator back up to deck 7 to the Mardi Gras Theatre (just above the Hollywood theatre). The four shows we attended at the Hollywood Theatre were all top shelf. I rated one show (a tribute to MGM) better than anything I've seen on Broadway. If you opt for the Ultimate Dining (UD) experience, I recommend that (before you unpack) you make reservations at your preferred restaurants, at the preferred times and preferred dates. If you wait two days and try to make a restaurant reservation you'll likely find that the time, day, and restaurant you prefer is booked solid. For you non-UD diners there is always the cozy Cadillac Diner open 24/7 no reservations needed. The railings in various parts of the ship were being re-varnished which made some stair wells unusable as WET PAINT signs were everywhere. The smell of drying varnish spread through the entire ship. The last day, leaving Kuai, the ship made a double pass by the Napali coast. Frantastic at sunset time. Don’t make the mistake I made by packing your camera in the luggage to get off the ship. Fortunately we had shots of Napali from the plane tour. GOING ASHORE- To help resolve the lack on gambling on-board, they've installed an ATM machine on deck 3 as you leave or return to the ship. Sometimes it accepts your card and other times it ignores your card. When it finally took my card after four attempts, there was a $5.50 service charge. Welcome to Hawaii. In port there are protected walkways at Maui, Hilo, and Kaui. At Maui the walkway leads to Whole Foods and Longs Drugs and takes maybe 15 minutes. Whole Foods has WiFi and giant pizza slices (the perfect combination). At Hilo, greeters met us on the dock and explained the local bus schedule, the taxis, tours available, and pointed out the walkway that leads to a security gate. Outside the gate is the HOPPA-ON HOPPA-OFF Bus Terminal. For $20 you can jump on/off the bus all day, stopping at Rainbow falls, Hilo farmers market, and the magnificent coast line. At Kuaii, there were free shuttle buses to K-Mart and the Harbor shops (and ABC store). Be sure to ask what time the last shuttle runs. At the back corner of K-Mart is a set of stairs up to a fairly large Mall. The mall has WiFi at the large patio in front of the small McDonalds. My Kindle picked up WiFi from Macys and Famous shoes. The patio also had 110 v for charging your devices. At the Bamboo Bar and Grill in Kaui we had the best breakfast sandwich EVER. Eggs folded into a perfect cheese omelet, with bacon done to a break-apart crispness, with a soft gluten bread holding a light crust. And - it was priced reasonably. We took the Big Kahuna 6-place plane for an hour flight around Kuaii and up Waimei canyon, along the Napali Coast, and over Julia Roberts house. Each passenger had his or her own window. Also less expensive than the helicopter. Air Adventures picked us up at the ABC store at Harbor shops, and because we were early, took us on an impromptu tour of the hotels and coast including a history of why there are so many roosters on the island. . WiFi on the ship is outrageously expensive. I passed on that. GETTING OFF AND AWAY- We Waited for 80% of the passengers to exit the ship all at once at deck 5. Then we got off the ship and walked right up to our baggage under the Gray sign in the shed. On other cruises I spent 45 minutes hunting our luggage in a jungle of black bags. I bumped into a porter and was out of the terminal and on our VIP bus to Honolulu airport all in 20 minutes. A record in the cruise industry I’m sure. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
For our 35th Anniversary, my wife and I took a 17 day vacation to Hawai'i. We flew non-stop from JFK to Honolulu on Hawaiian Airlines and had a nice, if long, flight. We paid extra for the Extra Comfort section and were glad we did. ... Read More
For our 35th Anniversary, my wife and I took a 17 day vacation to Hawai'i. We flew non-stop from JFK to Honolulu on Hawaiian Airlines and had a nice, if long, flight. We paid extra for the Extra Comfort section and were glad we did. We were in row 11 (seats C & D) and had more than enough leg room. I'm 6'2" and could barely touch the First Class seats in front of us. We spent two days at Waikiki at the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach hotel. I had reserved an Ocean View room, but upon arrival we were told they didn't have any more rooms of that type available and we were upgraded to an Ocean Front suite. SWEET! We really just took it easy those first two days, window shopping and dining until ready to embark on Saturday morning, when we grabbed a cab for the short ride over to the port. We were very early so checkin was a breeze and we grabbed a seat in boarding section B to wait. We were entertained by dancers and greeted by chanting just before embarkation which went very smoothly. My wife and I were a little skeptical about this cruise as we had only cruised on Disney ships before this. We heard that NCL was not up to Disney standards and that Pride of America was the worst because most of the crew was American and didn't have the same work ethic as most foreign crew members. Both of us had a wonderful time on the ship and in ports. While we think the food was not that great in the complimentary dining rooms, we cannot provide information regarding the upcharge dining as we did not dine in them. We had bad experience in the Cadillac Diner with crew, but the food was good. Our best meal was at East Meets West, while the dinners in Liberty dining room were OK, though the service was very good. Entertainment on the ship was very good. We liked all that we went to (comedian, magician and "Oh What a Night" Four Seasons tribute). Pool area was clean with plenty of chairs, drinks cold and plentiful, although they ran out of Bacardi and Pusser's rums during our cruise. Not sure how you do that when you know you'll be making LOTS of rum based tropical drinks. The Na Pali coast sail by was almost a bust as the shore line was shrouded in fog as we started our way up the coast, but a breeze and sun pushed the clouds away and we finally got a great look at the craggy cliffs. We did not do any NCL excursions, deciding to do a personally guided tour on Maui and renting cars at both Hilo and Kona on the Big Island. We scheduled an excursion on Kaua'i through Roberts and were disappointed when the luau portion of our excursion was cancelled since the Smith Family Luau was sold out. I thought that once we reserved our spot, that we were guaranteed a spot. We specifically went with Roberts as we heard that Smith Family was the best luau. Ended up going to Germaine's on O'ahu with friends and realized that luau's are pretty much the same - the food at Germaine's was pretty good and drinks were strong. Back to the ship, cabin was clean and while not as large as the comparable type on Disney, was fine for our needs. Plenty of storage as we had packed light and our suitcases fit easily under the king bed (a plus over the Disney queen). We had an extended veranda and it felt very private. I wish that NCL would provide loungers on the extended verandas. Our steward, Made, was great as ice was always topped off, room clean, bed made and when we saw him in the hallway, we were greeted with a smile. The handrails in the stairwells were being revarnished and we saw rolls of carpeting lashed around the promenade deck. Maintenance crews were sanding and varnishing various structures around the pools. While one would wish that this was not going on during THEIR cruise, I think it's important to note that NCL was keeping the ship maintained. When we stopped in port, painting crews were touching up the outside of the ship. It was noticeable after cruising with Disney how much older the cruisers were on this cruise. Youngest for the most part were a few honeymooners, while the rest seemed to be mostly 50+, which was fine for us as we fit right in to this age group. We would definitely do this cruise again as a way to visit all the islands, however we would just rent a car in each port and do our own excursions now that we know a bit more about the islands. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
I've cruised over a dozen times on four different cruise lines and this Hawaiian itinerary on Pride of America is, hands down, my favourite vacation yet. I went into it with average expectations, mostly from what I've read in ... Read More
I've cruised over a dozen times on four different cruise lines and this Hawaiian itinerary on Pride of America is, hands down, my favourite vacation yet. I went into it with average expectations, mostly from what I've read in other reviews, but every part of the vacation exceeded all my expectations. We flew into Honolulu and boarded the ship after travelling for 14 hours. I would not recommend this approach to anyone because of the extreme jet lag, though it was efficient! Also, spending a couple of days on Oahu would have given us more time to see this unique island as well. NCL was offering a great promotion, so we ended up booking a suite for our family of five for a similar rate to booking two inside cabins, which is our usual habit. The amenities that came with the suite--priority embarkation/debarkation, in-cabin espresso machine, nightly treats, butler and concierge services--made us feel like royalty. The cabin wasn't large, but was sufficient. We had a balcony on the 13th deck overlooking the main pool area, which was a great vantage point for following all the action. When the doors were closed, it was completely sound proof. Our cruise package also came with unlimited dining in the specialty restaurants, and we tried: Jefferson's Bistro (not a hit with the children, but better for adults); Cucina (everyone loved); Teppanyaki (wonderful and entertaining, delicious food); and Moderna (two of the five of us were not meat eaters, but we still managed to enjoy the plentiful buffet and fish). I would recommend all of these restaurants. We also took advantage of the breakfast and lunch option in Cagney's for passengers in suites. This was a welcome change from the hectic bustle of the main buffet and the regular dining room, though mealtimes were a bit time-consuming. Because of the go-go itinerary, we didn't take advantage of the evening shows and onboard activities as much as we normally would. We felt lucky to have fit in a quick swim and hot tub just once during the week. Our routine was to get up and moving fairly early, by 8 a.m., to enjoy what the islands had to offer. In Maui, we rented a car for our two-day stay and drove to Iao Needle as well as Haleakala Crater on the first day; then explored Lahaina and enjoyed the beach on our second day. We chose not to do the road to Hana, as we felt it would be too long a day in the car for five people to do properly. Getting the car, and parking it for free near the ship, made this an easy option. On the Big Island (Hilo), we also rented a car and drove to Volcano National Park, stopping at the nut factory, the tiny zoo along the highway, Rainbow Falls, and Akaka Falls. My expectations for Akaka Falls were higher than what it turned out to be, and on a return visit, I would choose to spend more time at VNP, and take the time to do the route down Crater Chain Road to the coast. The next day we tendered at Kona. This was our downtime day, and we spent it on the little beach next to the pier, which also offered pretty nice snorkelling. In Kauii, a two-day stop, we took a flight with Air Ventures around the island. It was a better option for our family at about two-thirds the cost of a helicopter tour, and lasted about one hour. I would recommend both this option and this company. There's no better way to get a feel for the amazing landscape of this popular island. That night, we did our one and only ship excursion to the Luau. It was a little pricey for what it was, but we felt that this was one of those must-do-while-in-Hawaii experiences, and we have no regrets. The next day was a much-deserved low-key day again, and we headed off the ship to the incredible beach fronting the Marriott hotel, just in walking distance from the ship. We didn't shop too much; never took advantage of the shuttles going to Hilo Hatties or Walmart or Costco, though they did seem to be popular with other guests. Overall, the cruise experience on POA was top-notch. I found the service to be exceptional from every person we met, from the guys cleaning the floors to the wait staff to the concierge. Of exceptional note was the Hawaiian embassador. He gave the most informative port talks each morning, always including little stories about the history and culture of the islands. I would advise future cruisers not to miss this opportunity to learn about the islands from these talks. He also organized hula lessons and lei-making workshops, which we did not take advantage of. Throughout the week, I had to keep reassuring myself that "you can't do it all," and you truly can't. You can only plan to return one day. Getting on and off the ship, as priority passengers, couldn't have been easier. After docking in Honolulu after the cruise, we filled the six hours before our flight with a windward coast tour by taxi. If you are looking for a way to kill some time before your flight, I highly recommend Izzy Francisco (808-852-9417; israelizzyfrancisco@gmail.com). He picked us up from the airport on the first day (was waiting for us with our names on a sign, even when our flight came in one hour early) and so impressed us with his friendly nature, that we arranged to meet him for the tour at the end of the cruise. His rate was exceptional, and he was able to take us to all the places on our must-see list, even including a few places we didn't know about. This guy will not disappoint you! A-looooo-ha! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
I cruise a few times of year and was excited to board The Pride of America. I was confused on how the terminal was set up but we found our way and actually boarded rather quickly. Waiting for our stateroom was the standard time frame. I ... Read More
I cruise a few times of year and was excited to board The Pride of America. I was confused on how the terminal was set up but we found our way and actually boarded rather quickly. Waiting for our stateroom was the standard time frame. I did like the way they released staterooms. No guessing, you were notified by level. I was shocked at the size of the stateroom. We had a balcony which is typically a larger room. This thing was tiny! It was at lease 3 feet smaller than any other ship I have been on. Very little closet space and no storage. Our next shock was how miserable most of the crew were. They looked, and acted, like they would rather have a tooth pulled than serve their guests. The food was the worse ship food I have ever had. The best thing they had was a popcorn machine and fruit! Some of the shows were good. They had a singing group we enjoyed. I will not sail with NCL again. Save your money and time. On the upside the ports were as beautiful as you would expect. The one thing they had no control over was awesome. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Had the best time on our cruise. The staff was friendly and our room was cozy but nice. I have never been on a cruise before so I don't know how it rates compared to others, but I think having a balcony room was a definite must. The ... Read More
Had the best time on our cruise. The staff was friendly and our room was cozy but nice. I have never been on a cruise before so I don't know how it rates compared to others, but I think having a balcony room was a definite must. The islands were beautiful and I felt lucky that we were able to see so much of them during our cruise. On board purchases are pricy, but if you expect that, there are no surprises. I would definitely recommend getting your dinner reservations in right away for the entire cruise if you plan to dine at any of the specialty restaurants. We didn't and sometimes had to eat at 9:00 pm and later. The shore excursions are easy to book and lots of fun, but I would also suggest looking outside of what is offered on the ship for local attractions and activities. I wished I would have researched more so we could see more of the islands. Want to return soon so I can do it better next time! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This cruise was absolutely wonderful!! Me and my husband decided to celebrate my 50th Birthday in Paradise, the decision of taking the cruise, was the best...with this cruise you go the main islands and you get to see the best of Hawaii ... Read More
This cruise was absolutely wonderful!! Me and my husband decided to celebrate my 50th Birthday in Paradise, the decision of taking the cruise, was the best...with this cruise you go the main islands and you get to see the best of Hawaii with their shore excursions, the ship is great, very well manteined, beautiful, comfortable, very clean, crew members were awesome, very helpful and friendly; food was great, a lot of variety for all tastes, entertainment was fabulous. My only recommendation for those who may get seasick, wear the patch behind the ear, for balance. Pacific Ocean is ruff!!! I will highly recommend this cruise to anybody as well as NCL, they really know the meaning of the word "PERFECTION" Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Recently returned from a POA Hawaiian cruise and just wanted to share my thougths. Overall is was another fantastic cruise with NCL! The crew is probably the finest sailing the seven seas. We were taken care of by Klaus Lugmaier and he ... Read More
Recently returned from a POA Hawaiian cruise and just wanted to share my thougths. Overall is was another fantastic cruise with NCL! The crew is probably the finest sailing the seven seas. We were taken care of by Klaus Lugmaier and he made sure we had the vacation of a lifetime. For me the best experience was having dinner with Klaus and the Captain. Just a bunch of wonderful people!! Food was tasteful and appealing. East meets West: Best meal during the cruise!!! Had the chicken cashew which was amazing. Athmosphere was very good. Skyliner: Embarkation lunch and dinner later in the week. All very good and service top notch. Cadillac: Meh. Menu isn't very good and service is slow, but a decent option for some food. Aloha Cafe: Breakfast was less options from the other ships but good. 2 eggs over hard very day with the same chef but she didn't remember it at all. Temperature was good. I was able to take serveral plates with snack, fruit, salad and pizza from the buffet to the pooldeck and cabin, so had no problems with the new food policy. Teppenyaki: Seated at a table with three of us and two crew. Was weird at first but had a lot of interesting conversations during the meal. 9:30 available all week and we booked Sunday.. La Cuchina: Food excellent as always but service was HORRIBLE. Waiter didn't introduce herself and hardly said anything. (Mind you this was the only time we met a waiter/crew like this all week so didn't bother us much.) Room service; Ordered two pizzas for the 7.95 charge and they were flipping burning when they got delivered 20 minuted after order! Ports were so so. If you aren't into beach or shopping and isn't on an excursion you might be bored. We went on 5 excursions and to the beach at Kauai so were pleased. Weather wasn't very good at the start of the week but got better. Ship is beautifully decorated and well maintained. They varnished the two staircases during the week and all the carpets were about to get changed. All in all a very good cruise much thank to Klaus being there for us when there was an issue or anything else. Like being at home. So I guess the next question is... where to go next?? And YES, I did purchase a cruise reward. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Pride of America Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 3.9
Dining 5.0 3.5
Entertainment 4.0 3.5
Public Rooms 4.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.8
Family 5.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.0
Enrichment 4.0 3.5
Service 5.0 3.8
Value For Money 4.0 3.5
Rates 3.0 3.7

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