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Report 1775: Cruising to Hawaii on NCL - POSTCARD

By Debbie from Phoenix from AZ, Spring 2009

Trip Description: My experiences while cruising Hawaii with Norwegian Cruise Lines Pride of America.

Destinations: Countries - North America; Regions/Cities - Hawaii

Categories: Cruise Ship; 3-4 people; Adult Children w/ Parents

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Page 1 of 3: My Impressions

In no particular order I offer you my experiences while cruising Hawaii with Norwegian Cruise Lines Pride of America. Our party consisted of two 40 somethings and two 23 year olds. This was our first trip to Hawaii and our first cruise. We are, however, experienced travelers and have traveled to many countries and places around the globe.

The Cabin - We all shared one cabin. It was not the least expensive one on the ship but it was still on the bargain end of the stateroom selection. Even at that, we found it to be quite adequate for four adults. It was very tight but livable and there were lots of nooks and crannies to store things and keep them out of the way. Fair warning though - the shower was laughably small. Dropping the soap meant I had to actually get out of the shower to bend over and retrieve it. The Ship – Clean, well lighted, well appointed and easy to navigate. There were lots of on board amenities to suit any age or activity level.

The Staff – I cannot say enough good things about the staff. Every single person we encountered was pleasant, accommodating and eager to please. They wanted us to have fun and expressed interest in our daily activities. We carved out a small niche at the Ocean Dive Bar and also occupied the same table several times in the dining room and the staff in both areas remembered our names and even our drink preferences. Nice touch, all.

The Activities – We participated in a few of the on board activities though most of the time we were either off the boat or exhausted and asleep. The few things we did were very entertaining.

The Food – First, I feel I must qualify our comments with some additional information about us. We enjoy dining out both in our city and in the countries we visit. We like and enjoy wines and two in our party are experienced cooks. So when I say I like or dislike something, I think we have a good background to compare it to. Having said that, I first want to say that dining in the Skyline and Liberty were both great experiences and it astounds me to read reviews to the contrary. Some of the menu selections missed the mark a bit, but not by much and certainly not enough to give anything a poor review. The Cadillac Diner was great for a quick, unfussy meal. We ate several times at the Key West Bar and Grill for burgers and salads al fresco. We also had several breakfasts and one lunch at the buffet. Of all the dining options, the buffet was last on our list in terms of quality and ambiance. The food was mostly just adequate although in some cases could be described as good. Seating was difficult but not impossible. Getting coffee each morning, however, was a pain. The machines didn’t seem to work very well and there never seemed to be enough cups. We did not try any of the premium dining rooms. The Skyline Restaurant suited us well and we didn’t feel the need to upgrade.

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