We actualy sailed on the Pride of America in 2005 for our honeymoon, but I have not gotten around to posting this review yet. We had some issues but they were addressed and we love Hawaii and plan on retiring there so you can imagine the impression we were left with.
We were in Hawaii for two weeks. The first six days in Oahu and then the cruise and then a final day in Oahu. We stayed at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and The Marriot Wakiki. The Hilton is the only hotel to stay at if you ask me. It was private at the end of the strip and on a peninusula so you felt like you were all alone and not in the middle of a major city. The Marriot is nice but across the street from the beach and in the middle of things.
All hotels charge a parking fee but if you do a pre-stay, which is what you must do, you will need a car.
The Ship Embarkation was smooth and we were onboard rather quick. We were not Latitudes members yet but we were staying in a penthouse so we used the penthouse line. Our cabin was 10520. It is huge and the balcony has room for a full size lunch table with four chairs and two loungers and a side table. I posted photos in the gallery. The decor fits the islands and is pleasent. We had some issues with our cabin steward and butler. I spoke with our butler since the cruise (he is a member of CruiseMates) and he explained what he dealt with. Basically our cabin steward bad mouthed him and said he stole tips, which he did not. Our cabin was not made up till 8 PM some days so he just was not good. This was surprising since we were in the high rent district (we got a great deal). The deck crew had to use our bathroom to run a hose out to the cleaning apparatus, which was not working. The hose ran across our bed, etc. Needless to say we were not happy, but it was all worked out and we were compensated. The buffet was great and seating may be limited, but we always got our plates and went into the gold rush saloon because we loved the view and played battle of the sexes trivia everyday, which the men won!
We would recomend this cruise to anyone, with some recomendations. Rent cars in the overnight ports and research what you wish to do. Golfers pick a seaside course you want to play. We played Pukea (spelling?) and it was the same as ones here in NJ!
We like to take concierge level cabins (NCL is less expensive then other lines, so for a little more than you would spend on another line for a balcony we can get a suite), but do not take minisuites as they do not offer full amenities of other concierge level cabins and are not much larger than other balcony cabins.
With no casino, the cruise director's staff plans more events and there is no bingo (Hawaii does not allow gambling) so you can have more trivia events, etc.
The shows were good when we were there but the trend now for entertainers to sell their cd's, etc. during their shows bothers me (although we have purchased Jose and Patti's cds as they are the best entertainers that NCL has bar none!), but I understand this happens on all lines.
The food was nice and there were some interesting local additions to typical cruise fare (blue potatos from Hawaii).
ALL IN ALL I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS CRUISE TO ANYONE, except for someone who is looking for a luxury cruise experience. Hawaii cruising is about laid back enjoyment and Pride of America does not disappoint. Any questions post a thread or email me.