We had a great first trip to Hawaii on the POA! We flew into Honolulu on Wednesday and stayed at the Waikiki Beach Marriott, partners with NCL. The hotel was great and a great location! The balcony was awesome! We were transferred by bus to the ship port and we got to skip much of the check in line since we were Marriott guests.
Embarkation was easy. We went staight to the Skyline dining room and had a served lunch. The calamari was great! Our room was ready a couple hours later. We had a rear facing balcony on the 10th deck. The only disadvantage of that deck is there is a lounge right above our heads. So people could see in our balcony. The balcony was huge! I wish the room had been bigger and the balcony smaller! Our room was tiny. We ran out of room for our clothes and there were only 2 of us in a room for 3. The views from our balcony were great! The Na Pali coast and the night sailing past the volcano was cool. Sadly, it was just like a campfire in the distance. The major lava flow has slowed down alot. Our cabin steward was awesome! All the stewards always spoke and would give way in the hallways.
The shore excursions were fantastic! We loved all of them! Our helicopter tour on Kauai was cancelled due to rain. So we called other tour companies until we got one that was flying and we booked with them. Wonderful for us, it was half the price of the helicopter! It is called Air Ventures! Check them out!We brought jackets since we read that the ship was cold. We never had a problem. I wish I would have brought nylon running pants for the rainy days. We only tried 2 of the premium restaurants, La Cucina and Moderno. La Cucina is italian and the calamari was bigger and better than Skyline! Also, the chocolate dessert was amazing. I wasn't thrilled with the lobster ravioli. Now Moderno was a fantastic restaurant! The food was amazing! Definitely worth the extra money! The comedian was great and the we loved the lei making classes! Make sure abnd go to the flower class! I missed the weaving one. :( Most everybody on the cruise was older than us, but there were families and a few honeymooners.