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Adam

Age: 28

Occupation:Restauranteur

Number of Cruises: 4

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Pride of America

Sailing Date: 2009-08-29

Itinerary: Hawaii

Best trip ever because of the beautiful islands!

We rented cars and did our own excursions which saved us a lot of money. The cruise line excursions are extremely expensive. Book excursions through Tom's Barefoot Excursions.

View the ship as a floating hotel; service is below average, food is okay, entertainment was good and rooms are average. The itinerary is great because it allows you to see four islands in seven days.

The food was average - some items were great and some were poor.

Our stateroom was similar to other cruise lines except it was not as clean. They butler cleaned the basics but missed a lot of the details.

We enjoyed the entertainment but were rarely on the boat.

Do not book any excursions through the cruise line. Rent cars everyday; you can drive or do anything the cruise offers for less. For helicopters, zip lines, dun buggy rentals: call Tom's Barefoot Excursions.

Day 2 in Maui , leave the ship around 4:30AM and drive the Haleakala Crater to see the sunrise - amazing! Bring a coat - it was 40 degrees (10,023 elevation).

Helicopter advice: fly in Hilo to see the volcano or fly in Kauai to see Waimea Canyon.

Mug Bugs in Kauai, dun buggies were a blast!

Kona Beach Blast through the cruise line is a rip off!! It was a great place but cost $85/person for 4 hours on the beach. You can rent a car, drive there, hang out longer and it would only cost you for the car rental and any snorkling gear you rent.

I highly recommend the trip because you see so much of Hawaii for so little money. Do not have high expectations from NCL. View it as a floating hotel. You sleep as you get transferred from island to island and get a couple of decent meals each day. The staff has no incentive to impress you, as they charge a $12/person/day service fee (they call it a tip).

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