I recently spent some time visiting most of the major islands that make up Hawaii. This was my first trip to the 50th State, and I had a hard time making a decision about where to stay when I got there. I spent countless hours scouring the internet and various forums to get an inside scoop as to what island I would enjoy the most. What I found is that each island has a great deal to offer, and my ideal vacation would be spent seeing them all. That’s where Norwegian’s Pride of America came to the rescue.
Norwegian Cruise Lines -Pride of America set sail in 2005, and she is the first US flagged ship built in nearly 50 years. One look at this glorious vessel; and you can tell that the name “Pride of America” goes further than just the lettering on the outside. Everywhere on this boat you are reminded of what a great country the United States is, and most of the lounges, restaurants etc… have an American theme. Some reviewers have commented that they felt this was too tacky, however, I beg to differ, to an extent, these ships are all tacky, and this one seemed to fit
the bill, however, the décor was tastefully done, and the layout of the ship itself was very functional.
One major difference on this ship is that the majority of the staff are American Citizens. The online forums are filled with mixed reviews on the level of customer service they received while onboard. Many attribute this to the staff being American; however, I find this to be much too narrow of a thought process. I did find certain instances where the service was lacking, however, you’re on vacation, try to ignore these limited instances and enjoy yourself. For the price you’re paying for what you experience, it can be overlooked.
Here’s a breakdown of the Cruise from the flight into Honolulu to disembarkation day.
TAKE WITH YOU
· Beach Towels
· iPhone (sorry I’m impartial)
·USB Cable and charger (USB can be used with iPhone on many rental cars)
· Check to see if your Auto Insurance Policy covers Rental Liability (this will save you about $20 each time your rent a car)
· Urbanspoon – Find Places to Eat based on Users Who have gone before you
· TripAdvisor – Find things to do near you, Read User Reviews etc…
· Orbitz.Com – Use this book your Rental Cars ahead of time,and if you book your flight via Orbitz, it will send you text messages for flight status etc…
· GPS Drive – Paid app that can replace your need for a GPS
· Trip Deck – App that you can store all of your itineraries, flight numbers, confirmation #’s etc… into one app.
· My Radar– Weather App that gives you nearly real-time weather maps
· Open Table – Reservations for busy restaurants
THE PORTS OF CALL…