Pride of Aloha
by G Moss
January 23, 2008
We just returned from a 10 day cruise of the Hawaiian Islands, where we cruised from January 23, 2008 to February 2, 2008. It was the worst ship I have ever been on.
There was no one to help at embarkation. Room small, nowhere to put anything. We were seated at a dirty table in the Crossings dining room the first night. The Maitre 'd was snotty. Poor service at all times, not much food choice, indifferently prepared. That was whether we ate in the dining rooms or the buffet. Really it was better to eat on shore, at least the food was edible.
The staff on this ship is poorly trained, careless, indifferent. They have no idea of customer service. The ship was dirty in all areas, except our room. Our steward took good care of us and was rewarded for it at the end of the trip.
Two girls in the back buffet played toss with my butter, like 3 yr. olds.
No entertainment to speak of, and some of it we were expected to pay for. Three speciality resturants that cost extra. Reservations were almost impossible to get any night, and I am talking about the main dining rooms.
This was the most boring ship I have been on. Hard to get around anywhere. Again, dirty, poorly maintained, poorly staffed, poorly trained staff. Not even close to worth the money. Interestingly it was staffed by mostly Americans.
The tours were expensive and not worth what you paid. The luau, for example, was a dinner show and not at all what one would expect. Mostly it was the same tours from different angles. The islands were pretty, but wet and chilly, so bring long pants, jackets and sweats. Also bring lots of money, it is very expensive.
Our best time was at the Hilton, in Honolulu before the cruise.
We will never, never do an NCL cruise again.