Number of Cruises: 15
Cruise Line: Norwegian
Ship: Pride of Aloha
Sailing Date: January 31st, 2006
Norwegian Cruise Lines America
Pride of Aloha Cruise Review
I was worried about this trip due to the fact I had read some real tough reviews. Mainly concerning the crew & food.
I have to say this ship was one of the best I have sailed on. And this is my second trip aboard a Norwegian Cruise Line Ship. (16th overall including Carnival, Royal Caribbean & Celebrity)
First off, the cleanliness of the ship was outstanding. I never saw a bottle, cup or glass lying around on a dirty table near the pool area. The food from the buffet line was presented in a clean manner & the folks working behind the buffet where beyond friendly.
OK, food in the main dinning room. I myself never went to one of the restaurants that required a cover charge. I strictly stuck to the "Crossing." The food was fine. If you are looking for a gourmet meal you may be a tad disappointed. On a scale of 1-5 I give it a solid 4. Lot's of fish & chicken dishes.
As far as the people who complain about the wait to be seated & "slow service" I
did not see it. Sure there was a line every now & then, but the hostess was
honest & told you when a table was going to be available. Quick note, if you do
not mind being seated with "strangers" you will get a table sooner. Besides,
it's a great way to meet your fellow passengers. And if you are in a party of 5
or more you can make reserve a dinning time ahead of time.
People need to realize that the ship has a fairly young crew. Sailing with the U.S. flag is something new. It means the staff is 95% American. Sure they may seem more like the kid next door instead of the lifelong employee, but so what? They where far from rude (like I had read on previous post) and always gave you tips on where to go once you reached the islands.
As far as shows, I only attended one. I found myself so busy in Hawaii I often retired to the Long Board Bar for a drink to wind down with. I strongly suggest you visit this bar as well as the Outrigger.
The rooms were typical of what you expect a cruise room to look like. Tight in spaces, but comfortable enough to relax in. The 24 hour room service is the best I have encountered. Before you could put the phone down & grab your favorite book they were there with your order.
Last but not least the islands. If you can't have fun in Hawaii something is seriously wrong. The place is awesome. Each island brings it's own feel to the trip.
Overall I would say the Pride Of Aloha deserves a solid 4 out of 5 stars. Kick back, relax & enjoy the trip. Hot tubs, a pool & a top notch behind the scenes crew make this a safe bet!