We have recently returned from two weeks in Hawaii. One week staying in a condo in Waikiki and a week on the Pride of America. We have cruised in the past on Celebrity (about 20 years ago!) to the Caribbean and two years ago on Holland America to Alaska. My husband and I (69 and 64) and my sister (62) travelled together. DH and I shared an obstructed ocean view aft on deck 7. The cabin was spotlessly clean, as was the entire ship. There was plenty of room to unpack and store our suitcases. The bathroom was quite big enough and everything worked. The floor to ceiling window was great, and the view of the lifeboat outside was interesting, especially when it was lowered and recovered after being used as a tender at Kona. My sister had one of the new 'singles' suites on Deck 13. We were worried that this might not be much bigger than a cupboard, but it was lovely. A double bed, and a well thought out modular storage system, shower and toilet. It was perfect for one person. She didn't use More
the singles lounge attached to the cabin. Most of the other singles were occupied by mature cruisers, and she said it was very quiet. Her steward was an absolute gem, who really looked after her, which we appreciated as she was not in the best of health, and we were several decks away. Our steward was unobtrusive, very efficient and kept our cabin in spotless order. We only attended one show, the tribute to Frankie Vallee and really enjoyed it. Most nights we were so tired after our on shore excursions that we went to bed fairly early. We ate in the buffet except for one night when we went to the Cadillac Diner. We enjoyed the buffet, there was a huge range of food available, and we ate far too much! Occasionally the food was not very warm. We usually had a drink in the aft bar, as my sister is a smoker. Most of the bar staff were cheerful and chatty, but we were served a dreadful cup of coffee that was stone cold! When we asked for it to be heated up we were told they had no way of warming the coffee! Eventually one of the bar staff ran down to the deck below and obtained some fresh coffee, but it was still not hot enough. After that we always got our own coffee from the buffet. We had coffee and liqueurs twice in the John Adams coffee shop, the first time it was really hot, the second time it was only lukewarm again. But that was the only criticism we had of the catering. The pool area was great, lots of sun beds, and the water refreshing. The ship never felt crowded and there was always somewhere to sit quietly. We took two ships tours, one to Lahaina which was fun, and another to the Waimea Canyon, which was beautiful. We took a Roberts Hawaii tour to the Smith Family Luau on Kauai, and that was a wonderful evening, great food, great show and so well organised. There were not many announcements over the tannoy apart from the captain once a day and maybe the cruise director once or twice, which was good, and we never felt pressured to buy photos or anything else. Having read so many less than complimentary reviews about the POA, we were pleasantly surprised. The ship is so clean and well run, and the size suited us. We had a wonderful time seeing all the different islands, and would definitely recommend this cruise. Less
Great cabin. Very quiet location. Huge window with a lifeboat outside! Spotlessly clean, with an excellent steward. Lots of storage space and a bathroom where everything worked. Shower pressure was good.