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Frederick

Age: 43

Occupation:Professional

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Pride of America

Sailing Date: 03-21-2009

Itinerary: Hawaii

Overall, we found this cruise to be EXCELLENT. The service was outstanding and the ship ammenities very good. Our three children (ages 8, 6, and 5) were very sad to leave. Although my wife and I have traveled extensively, this was our first organized tour experience. Since we travel independently, I was aprehensive about the cruise when my in-laws booked it for the extended family. After this experience and as a Kamaaina (long-time Hawaii resident), I would happily and eagerly recommend this cruise as an excellent way to see the Hawaiian Islands.

The food was very good, albeit not excellent at all times. We ate breakfast and lunch in the extensive buffet at the Aloha Cafe and dinner in Skyline and Liberty--the two main restaurants without a supplemental charge. The Aloha Cafe had a dedicated children's buffet with a staff member--which made things far easier for my wife and I to get our food. The salad bar, fruit, vegetarian and desert offerings were fairly extensive.
For dinner, we never had difficulty in getting a table for 10 at Skyline or Liberty at the time we wished. The 3-course dinner menu varied and the food quality ranged from very good to excellent.

Soda and alcohol were an extra charge--but this was not a problem for us. By nature, we have our children drink milk with every meal (free). A $30 coupon book allowed 30 drinks--thus each of our children was able to have one or two fruit smoothies every day for a comparatively minimal cost.

We had the basic interior stateroom but it was very comfortable and clean. It was cleaned twice daily and had sufficient storage space for four suitcases. Our oldest slept in his grandparents stateroom, but it was more than enough space for my wife, our two daughters, and me.

The cabin stewards were phenomenal and went out of their way to take care of us.

Excellent! There was a hula class and lei-making class every day. As a local family--most of us have lived in Hawaii most of our lives--we found these activities to be authentic and fun. There was also comedy, magic, music, etc. The musicians that I heard were excellent.
The evening children's club from 7:00 to 10:30 pm was wonderful. There were seven different themes for each night that we were there. My 8-year son who tends to be a skeptic--loved it and did not want to miss an evening after his first visit. Our younger daughters did not want to miss anything. Seldom have our kids looked forward to something so much.

The exercise room was spacious and there was never any difficulty in getting on any type of machine or weights. The ship library was extensive and a great place to read.

As a Hawaii resident, I would not advise taking too many of the shore excursions--unless you have real aprehension about driving. Rental cars are cheap and most ports are adjacent to the airport with free shuttles from the dock to the rental car agency. Driving on populated Oahu is just like driving in an American city and driving on most Hawaiian islands is little different than driving anywhere in rural America. My advice would be to get a good guide book, book your rental cars ahead of time online, and drive yourself as much as possible. It is better than being crowded on a large bus.

Excellent overall! I would love to do it again. This was a common sentiment of every other passenger we talked to.

For us, the only (minor) drawback seemed to be NCLs exhorbitant rates to connect one's computer to the internet. We went to the local Starbucks near the port to check e-mail, etc. (Alcohol and soda were also rather expensive--but my wife and I don't really need these so this didn't have too much impact on us.)

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