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Norwegian (NCL) Pride of America

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Itinerary

Overview

About
Passengers: 2,186   |   Crew: 927
Passengers to crew: 2.36:1
Passengers to space: 36.5:1
Launched: 2005   

Decks

  • Deck 4
  • Deck 5
  • Deck 6
  • Deck 7
  • Deck 8
  • Deck 9
Additional decks
Deck 4 layout
Cabins
  Inside (ID)  
  Mid-Ship Oceanview Picture Window (OA)  
  Mid-Ship Inside (IA)  
  Inside (IX)  
  Oceanview Picture Window (OC)  
  Family Oceanview Picture Window (O1)  
 
Amenities
Hollywood Theater

Cabins

Balcony
Cabin size: 138 - 138 sq. ft.
Connected rooms: 179
Accessible rooms: 8
Maximum passengers: 5
Number of cabins: 1145
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jkc wrote a review Mar 2020
Saint Louis, Missouri10 contributions1 helpful vote
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Background: This was our second cruise, traveled with another couple and started planning the trip over a year in advance. NCL offered a MasterCard with points to use for onboard credit. I took advantage of this and saved about $350. With better planning I could have saved more. Seeing Hawaii was my dream vacation and I had thought cruising around Hawaii would give us a great experience. I became worried when I started reading reviews on Pride of America (POA) and suggested to my travel partners we might want to consider otherwise. My biggest suggestion would be to research as much as possible so that you'll see/experience what you want. We came in the day before departure and stayed at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. Our travel agent (TA) got us a rate that was much better than what Norwegian offered me. We wanted a balcony, thinking we would have these beautiful views, but in reality most of the ports are industrial, most of the cruise is at night and it is very windy and the water (beautiful and blue) is rough. So we didn't spend much time at all on the deck. We stayed in 10-026. The view is somewhat obstructed to the left side, I don't know if POA considers it unobstructed - I think it is. See picture. Our purchase included a beverage package, three specialty dining, shore excursion credit and 250 minutes of WIFI. The three specialty dinners were booked almost as soon as they became available by TA. We booked some excursions through Norwegian and others on our own. Our TA booked the excursions through NCL to get the $50 credit/port it had to be done by calling NCL. You would have to verify if booking online or on the ship would allow you the $50 credit. The WIFI use was confusing so be sure to get the instructions and we really didn't need it, but I can see for others it might be important. We are not big drinkers, so the beverage package was okay - soda, beers, some wine, mixed drinks. It couldn't be used for the Starbucks coffees. The poolside bars were always quite busy. Dinners: La Cucina - Italian was fine. The men were happy when they were able to order steaks. Jefferson Bistro (French) which we thought we'd like the least and even tried to change it, we liked the best. Cagney's (Steakhouse) was our least favorite. The steaks were just OK. The service was fine in all three. We also ate in the Skyline, not horrible but didn't return. The Aloha Cafe was okay. We missed the night they had shrimp and would have loved to have some. But mostly went there for breakfast and lunch. Also, food was available (self serve) by the poolside bar, hamburgers, hot dogs, fries etc. I would have liked to see POA have a place for pretzels, popcorn, cookies but I don't believe there is other than going back to Aloha Cafe. Enjoyed the Cadillac diner, limited choices but I think they got something for my sister-in-law that wan't on the menu. There were plenty of activities and entertainment onboard. Our room was always cleaned and made up. Our steward was Alfonso and he made us towel animals every day. See pic. Getting on and off the ship went pretty smoothly at most of the ports. I don't recall why, but our first morning getting off in Kaua was not quick. I think the ship was a little late getting in and there were so many people wanting off first thing. It was nice that beach towels were available to check out as you departed and check in upon return if you need one. The ship is older and is suppose to get updated. I had no issues with the ship and did not experience any of the comments (smells, poor/rude service, uncleanliness, itinerary changes) that others wrote about. The shore excursions we did: Road to Hana, whale watching, Best of Hilo, snorkeling, Back Country Tubing, Smith Family Luau, helicopter tour, and Pearl Harbor. I could have done without Best of Hilo and hope to write a review on each excursion. There were plenty of hop on/off buses/trams in the ports and many people rent cars to go off and do their own touring. Some tours pick you up at the port, others don't so be sure to find out. At the end of the trip we had hours before our flight left, so we did Pearl Harbor. It was nice we didn't have to mess with our luggage. But I do think you can leave your luggage at the cruise terminal for later pick up. Be sure to check with NCL, there may be a fee too. I did come prepared for sea sickness and glad I did. When the ship is moving so you can't walk straight down a hallway, I think it's quite possible to get sick. I do wish I would have brought sweaters for the dining rooms. Glad I had a raincoat, a poncho will keep you dry, but the wind will have it all over the place. I brought binoculars but rarely used them (whale watching). I would have passed on snorkeling (never did it before) at least where we went the water is rough. It is an ocean for sure. If I were to return I would do a resort/condo type of thing. But this was a good way to experience the islands and they do have differences. I hope if you take POA you have a good experience. I pray the coronavirus ends quickly so tourism can get back to business. Tourism in Hawaii is huge. Safe travels.
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Golf Traveler. wrote a review Mar 2020
Lynden, Washington68 contributions106 helpful votes
We've done this Hawaii golf cruise through GolfAhoy three times in the past nine years. My mom and I booked the 'golf cruise' through Lori at GolfAhoy because this ship does not sell golf shore excursions. The Pride of America Suites are comfortable. Our pre-cruise hotel at Turtle Bay was fine. Pride of America onboard dining especially the Steak House specialty restaurant was superb. Our Butler was the best - for a gratuity he carried our golf bags from our Suite to the gangplank at each port. Of the 7 championship courses, we most enjoyed The Plantation Course Kapalua Golf Maui, 2000 Plantation Drive, Lahaina, HI 96761 808-669-8044. Consistently ranked as the #1 golf course in Hawaii, playing The Plantation Course is sure to be on every golfer’s bucket list. Its lengthy 7,596-yard par 73 layout challenges the pros but it’s wide fairways and generous greens make it very playable for the average golfer. FYI. The Plantation Course is the site of the PGA TOUR's Sentry Tournament of Champions each January featuring an elite field of previous year's PGA TOUR winners. The field has included golf greats such as Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Justin Leonard, Ernie Els, Davis Love III and many more.
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MountainMurf wrote a review Mar 2020
Kansas City, Missouri176 contributions84 helpful votes
My wife and I's first cruise and trip to Hawaii. After much research we chose to cruise to the different islands to get a taste of what each one offers so when we return we can pick an island to relax at for a longer stay. Taking the Pride of America cruise was perfect. We booked everything through AAA and am glad we did. We had absolutely no problems. The balcony room mid ship was great. We actually were expecting it to be smaller after reading reviews. Every crew member that we encountered was very nice and helpful. We booked all of our excursions through NCL which may cost more but was worth it for the peace of mind. Our excursion to Hilo's Mt. Mauna Kea was cancelled due to heavy rains and we were instantly refunded whereas another couple that booked it themselves were having difficulty dealing directly with the tour company. We had friends that visited the same islands that we did but they flew to each one. They said it was horrible having to deal with packing and going through airports then renting cars every other day when we had our floating hotel making things much easier. The Corona virus scare was on a lot of peoples minds so NCL stationed many crew members with spray bottles of hand sanitizer at the entrances and exits of eating places as well as the gangways. We had the dinner and drinkings packages which we found well worth it.
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Peter H wrote a review Mar 2020
Leicester, United Kingdom127 contributions46 helpful votes
A major cruise for myself, wife & two friends....we have all know each other for some 40 odd years of marriage so we all wanted to push the boat out for this special event..... well the Islands got the vote...and off we went. this ship is of a different style to other Norwegian ships...but still met the expectations we have of the line...as we have been with them a number of times before & since. everything we could want or expect was met...and enabled us to also make some new friends...From booking in at the arrivals hall to the day we left all staff gave 100%.....
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PMG124 wrote a review Mar 2020
Toronto, Canada236 contributions20 helpful votes
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Great way to see several Hawaii Islands! Food and staff were very pleasant! Loved our Oceanview room, was quaint/cosy! Ship had just been renovated! We rented a car in Maui and Hilo and were so glad we did! Lots of car rental options we would recommend booking in advance although we did not and had success. Staff made us feel very welcomed and like family! Great evening entertainment. Highly recommend!
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