I did speak to NLC rep at work yesterday who told me the Pride of America should be up and running by July of 2005. I told him I had been reading not so good reviews of the Pride of ALoha. He just got back from Pride of Aloha and had to pitch in working to cover the problems the ship was/is having regarding the crew. Short handed because all the paperwork was not in order for some crew members and they were pulled off the ship until paperwork was in order. Assured me that things would get better but I'm not booking this cruise until 2006 so hopefuly by then problems will get worked out, food will get better, etc. also the Pride of America will have lots more balcony cabins available because it will be new and not refurnbished. Also there will probably be a third ship by summer of 2006. He reminded me that no where else will a cruise passenger find so many land hours in Hawaii. 96 more hours than any other ship. I think you have to look at the product as a way to see Hawaii in a few days and not concentrate on the food aspect so much as the Hawaiian land experience you will be getting. Hopefully I'll see for myself in 2006. It's a lot pricier cruise than other lines because it is consistently sold out way before sail dates.