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Norwegian Cruise Line Pride of Aloha Hawaii August 28, 2005

Prior to our embarkation, I read a great many of the reviews of this Pride of Aloha Hawaiian cruise. Because this was a surprise gift from my husband, I really didn't want him to be disappointed, so I kept the negative comments to myself. I have to admit, however, that those who travelled last year (2004) must have been on a different ship and with different crew members!

When we arrived, our cabin was spotless, a bottle of wine was in the refrigerator, and a bucket of ice was on the table. Our room was cleaned a minimum of three times daily and our bed was turned down each night. Our steward, Jeff, was EXCELLENT!

We ate in several buffets, at the Crossings Restaurant, and at the Kalihi for dinner (at which we had outstanding personal service, excellent food and wine) and all for only $32 (we gave the two waiters a $20 tip because of such good service--the meal and wine only cost $12)!

The stateroom was comfortable and well maintained...

We had only one complaint--the buffet areas needed more seating, as they were always crowded...most folks were accommodating and left after their meals, and the staff, knowing that tables were at a premium, were constantly bussing them...we even saw crew members in dress whites bussing tables...and always with a smile.

The crew was young, but extremely polite, courteous, and friendly. We heard no grumbling of ANY kind, in fact they were EAGER to please you.

The entertainment was fine...the Polynesian troupe was excellent, the magician was, too...those are the two shows we enjoyed...

We have been to the islands many times, but never on a cruise...this one did NOT disappoint...what disappointed ME was the prior negativity surrounding this ship...we found NONE of the problems others say they encountered...

In fact, the casual dining was more to our style...the one thing we could have easily skipped was our two hour dinner in one of the more upscale restaurants--we eat out a great deal at home, this didn't really interest us--we had other things to do, rather than waste time dining!...

If you want a more relaxed, casual cruise, this is the one...we thoroughly enjoyed being able to go to breakfast in shorts and Hawaiian shirts, and we enjoyed the more than friendly staff, from the cabin steward to the young people who waited on tables...

I suppose going in late August and early September IS a great time to visit the islands...we had NO trouble booking cars for off-ship excursions and at reasonable rates...We have been home for five days and are still talking about how relaxing and enjoyable a trip we had. I hope those of you who are planning a trip enjoy yourselves as much as we.

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