Anthony & Lori – Aloha and hello again from The Villages, FL with our over 711 holes of golf. As much as we love the golf here, nothing compares to the great week of golf and golf courses we recently enjoyed in Hawaii. We can’t thank you two enough for the wonderful tour you put together for us. Your willingness to make changes to the usual itinerary and accommodate our needs and desires was certainly appreciated.
Every detail was covered and was handled flawlessly at each of the courses. We were treated like “ohana” by everyone and it was like we played those wonderful courses every week. Could not have felt more comfortable or at home. Lori arranged for me to rent clubs and each course provided Callaway Mavrik clubs and balls for my use. Loved the clubs and am pricing out a set now. The courses were impeccable, challenging, fun, and beautiful. The weather was perfect. Drivers were on time, courteous, and careful; Helen was especially fun & chatty at Kona.
We were lucky enough to get into the Aloha Spirit early by flying Hawaiian Air non-stop from Orlando to Honolulu. Unfortunately, they are ending this service in September which is a shame. Still would be worth flying them from the west coast after connecting. The Hilton Hawaiian Village is a complete resort. This was our second stay there in Tapa Tower. Huge & active, I realize it’s not for everyone but we love it. The Friday night luau and show at the lagoon was terrific and was followed by a firework show over the water. Would recommend the premier seating option to be in the front row at the luau. Transportation to the ship was well handled by NCL. We never saw our bags again from the hotel until they were delivered to our cabin.
The cruise business is slowly returning to normalcy. Our cruise was about 40% capacity and consequently, about 40% staffed which means that some restaurants and activities were closed. The crew is young, friendly, and eager but generally new to the cruise business. They need training, leadership, and experience. As the only American-flagged cruise ship they need 75% of the crew to be American citizens which is a hard number to hit. While we were aboard NCL received a waiver to reduce the number to 50% so they should be able to move some experienced hands to the Pride of America. The ship itself was spotless and clean; the Balcony Cabins were small and I would encourage you to discuss more persuadingly upgrading your clients to the Penthouse Suite category at initial booking. Lori, you were absolutely correct in advising a Penthouse Suite upgrade to us. They are well worth the extra cost and I wish we had followed your advice. Our cruise mates upgraded to Penthouse Suites, the extra space (square footage) and large verandas were marvelous. The extra VIP Suite guest amenities and other privileges make up for the price difference.
Back home again and have been busy telling everyone what a wonderful time we had with GolfAhoy. Thinking that our next GolfAhoy golf adventure will be to the really Big Island – Ireland!!!!!!
Ward & Rosemary K, The Villages, Florida