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Age: 58


Number of Cruises: 10

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Pride of America

Sailing Date: 2010-01-2

Itinerary: Hawaii

Good shoulder season price ($650 balcony) encouraged us to book the Pride. This was probably the most exhausting cruise, since we were in Port every day, and up and off the ship by 8a to get our Rental spend as much time as possible on each island. We would come dragging back, eat dinner...and skip the show because we were too tired. But we saw so much, and enjoyed snorkeling at many spots, plus the volcano Nat'l Parks.

Food and presentation was Good. We started our week with 'extra precautions', because the former week the Pride was a 'sick' ship. By mid week, this caution was lifted. We ate dinner in the dining room each night, and tried to have breakfast there also, because the cafe was so disorganized and nuts.

The dinner service by the second night was nearly 'painful', and we left before the dessert course. However, the maitre'd noted our exit, and asked if anything was wrong. We shook our heads and explained how dissappointed we were. At this point the maitre-d Keith asked for a chance to make our experience positive, if we would return the next night. We did return, and he placed us with a professional waiter, Jose. From then on, we had standing reservations with Jose...and it's amazing how when people, doing an excellent job...turn our trip from mediocre to Great.

Our Balcony cabin was Great. It might be small, with less closets, but we had enough room for all our things, and the balcony was a great plus for us. TV could have been upgraded to a flat screen. Carpet was getting worn, but the most important components were very comfortable. I never used the in-room coffee pot since we didn't have a leisurely morning , even though I was prepared with my own coffee from home. Did use the room safe often, which was big enough for our laptop.

Were not involved in any onboard activities. Didn't even use the pool. Barely saw the shows.

Never booked any excursions. We self-toured every day, sharing car expenses with my sister & husband. When we broke our car expenses down, it was approx $30day/per couple, including insurance & gas, to fully see each island. We either snorkeled several spots per island, and/or drove up the volcano, on Maui & Hawaii.

Loved each port...had plenty to do everywhere. Surprising the Queen Liliuokalani Garden on Banyan Drive in Hilo is a very lovely site, and, is near the ship and could be walked to. On Kauai, Dukes & the Marriott Resort is easily accessible and another beautiful spot without any incured expense.

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