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Kimberly A Bower

Age: 55

Occupation:Claims examiner

Number of Cruises: 6

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Pride of America

Sailing Date: 2016-05-16

Itinerary: hawaii

This is a good way to visit Hawaii as you go to three islands after departing Honolulu and you are in port overnight giving you time to experience the islands. The ship is nice, our room was an interior on the 4th floor. The bed was comfortable and the room clean. The stateroom has a sign with an option of not having your room serviced every day. The layout, food, restaurants and shows are like other major cruise lines. There is a buffet, two dining rooms, a bar with grill type food and several restaurants where you pay a fee to dine. The food is fair to good, general cruise ship fare. There are numerous excursions to choose from, however, I did find the cost to be quite high for the excursions sponsored by the cruise. We rented cars on each island and drove to Volcano National Park (awesome) Hana highway (don't go if you have motion sickness) and to the crater in Maui. In Kauai, the ship takes a nice, slow journey past the Na'pali coast, the best sight of the entire cruise. Shows included a Vegas show that was excellent, a magician and comedian, both good. There were many families and several kids in the kids club. Spa is nice, but again, pricey. Overall enjoyable and a good way to see Hawaii.

The ship offers typical cruise ship fare, many choices on the buffet, a bit of an upgrade in the dining rooms. I did not pay to eat at the other restaurants. There were two meals on the deck, a sail away party and a BBQ, both were fine.

Clean, comfortable, typical inside cabin

The shows were enjoyable, they have classes in lei making and the hula as well as "Hawaiian Ambassadors" talking about the islands and the culture and that was enjoyable. There is no gambling as this is not allowed in Hawaii, so no casino, but they did play Bingo. There were ship tours and cooking demonstrations, and a night with the captain. Again, if you have cruised, the activities are the ones generally offered on most ships.

The excursions are expensive. I do not care for bus tours. Rent a car and drive places yourself, cheaper and the car companies all have shuttles to/from the ship.

We traveled with another couple and all of us enjoyed the trip.

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