CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Norwegian Cruise Line Pride of America Hawaii October 28, 2006

Hawaii is probably the most beautiful place to visit in the US. To cruise the islands not only lets you see four of the largest islands but four very different life styles of the islanders. We cruised in Oct which is their low season. This means less people on the ship, shorter lines, and a more relaxing time.

The Pride of America is a beautiful ship. It is a Free Style ship. This means cruise as you want (eat as you want, eat were you want, no set time to eat). This is not the way this actually works. We found you needed reservations at most of the specialty restaurants or you couldn’t get in. Even when we tried to get reservations they were not available. The reservation desk was only open until 5:00pm. The specialty restaurants carry a cover charge of any where from $10.00 to $20.00 per person, this can add up. The other restaurants that do not carry a cover charge are very busy and the wait was up to 2 hours.

If this is Free Style give me a set dinning time.

The cruise itinerary was wonderful. We saw everything from beautiful waterfalls to active volcanos. Everything that Hawaii is supposed to be. You can just lay back and do nothing but enjoy the scenery or hike up Diamond Head it really is your choice. A must see is the Thurston Lave Tube. This was a once in a life time cruise. It is a shame that Norwegian’s Free Style is the only way to do this cruise in a week.

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