Pride of Aloha
by Chuck Frank
February 2, 2008
We also just completed a 10-day cruise on Pride of Aloha. I can't believe that the last two reviews were for the same ship. We had the opposite experience.
Our cabin was very clean and we always had clean towels and wash cloths. Our room steward visited our room at least twice a day. Our bed was turned down every night. There was ample room for our clothes. As for storage we just put our bags under the bed, no problem there. I would suggest a port side balcony room for the best view of these magnificent islands.
The food was about the same quality as other cruise ships we've been on. In fact, the meal at the Bistro ($15 extra charge) was the best I've ever had on a cruise ship. I will agree that the service in the Crossings Dinning Room was sub par, but there are so many other choices of places to dine that we never had to go back. I think that the wait times will vary depending on the time you choose to dine. We enjoy a cocktail before dinner and would request a "beeper" from the hostess. We then would go to Captain Cook's Lounge. When our table was ready we would be paged. Sometimes I wished we had more time before being paged. Reservations can be made if you feel it is necessary. If your party is less than five people the only times are 5:30 and 8:00 PM for the main dining rooms. If your party is for five or more or at the "pay" dining rooms, reservations can be made for any time. It is best to make your reservations two days in advance. If you do this you will have no problems.
The nightlife on this cruise was almost non existent after 10PM. It's not that there was no entertainment, but with the average age of the passengers. I think "bed time" for most on this cruise was at or before that hour. We made our own entertainment and found that the bartenders and wait staff are very friendly, especially at Captain Cook's and the Plantation Club.
Alas, this ship will be leaving in June. For those who are going for a cruise on her before she leaves I say, don't worry. If your expectations are reasonable you will have good cruise. This is still the best and most economical way to see the Hawaiian Islands.