Norwegian Cruise Line Pride of Aloha Hawaii January 9, 2005
Our Hawaiian cruise holiday began with a two day stay at the Miramar hotel in Waikiki.Buffet breakfast included as well as a Hawaiian Luau at Paradise Cove,a guided bus tour of Honolulu and Waikiki and of course a tour of Pearl Harbor.We still had plenty of time on our own to do the beach scene at Waikiki and do some shopping and haggling at the International Market Place.Two full days well enjoyed. Boarding the ALOHA was a fifteen minute breeze and within twenty five minutes we were settling in our inside stateroom minus our luggage which was delivered in about an hour.
By 2:30pm we were having a buffet lunch on deck 11.Ample choices and very satisfying.After exploring the ship and checking the shore excursions we had dinner at 6pm at the Palace restaurant.Both food and service exceded our expectations.Although the main menu did not change for the next 7 days,they did have the Chef's special every day.We decided to dine at the Palace restaurant every day and requested the services of the same attendants each day at the same time and table.Our menu choices each day were quite tasteful and well presented.The dishes were served hot and in a quick timely manner.
We had all our breakfasts and lunches at the buffet on deck 11 and there was no shortage of anything.Watered down orange and cranberry juice were the order of the day and the problem could not be fixed at all. The Island of Kauai was beautiful,the weather great and our tour of the island fantastic. Next,the Big Island.We did a tour in Hilo and in Kona, also sailed by the active volcano at 10pm and were awed by the fires and lava flows.Here also the weather was perfect. Next to Maui for 2 days.The morning started out with light rain,but by the time we boarded our tour bus it had cleared up and the remainder of our stay on Maui was sunny an hot.We did the" Best of Maui" tour one day and a local shopping tour on our own.
Be aware Maui is a very windy place. Back on Oahu the next day.The disembarkation was swift and only then it struck us how quickly 7 days aboard the ALOHA had gone by....Jan.9 to 16 I was not specific about our tours and visits because everybody has their own preferences and being a bit elderly we prefered easy and casual rather than sports etc.I must say we were blessed with great weather,calm seas,fine food and exceptional service by the staff of ALOHA After reading all the reports on the ALOHA problems I hope all those who cruise after us, experience a great time like we had. This was our 4th cruise..... the others being to the Caribbean and Alaska with Princess,Celebrity, and Carnival.