Firstly, let me say that our 1st cruise ever was "Pride of America" 8 day cruise around the Hawaiian Islands - that was always special to us, as we love Hawaii, the people, culture, surfing etc. We both now have stand up paddle boards because of Hawaii.SUN PRINCESS CRUISE - We had an oceanview cabin on the 6th deck (can't remember cabin number). Our cabin attendant was "magic", so polite. In fact, we couldn't find fault with any of the crew. We expected to pay a little more for our wine at dinner each night (approx.$32 for Californian Zifindell?) - $3 for coffee, I think beers were $7-8? - but who cares. You save up to spend a little on yourself.The food was excellent wherever we ate. Entertainment - we never missed. We also had a wonderful lecturer, named Rod (he gave lectures on latitude etc, can we travel to Mars, how did the ancient seafarers find their way) He also loved train trips in Europe - I never missed he lectures. Would I do another Princess Cruise - YES, YES. I found everyone on the ship to be helpful, even down to the Princess Phone Service, when I booked the cruise over the phone prior to the trip. What I am trying to say to newcomers to cruising, go with an "open mind", be respectful of other cultures and you will enjoy meeting & seeing how other people live on this planet. Our main ports were - Port Vila (Vanuatu), Isle of Pine, Noumea & Suva.(P.S. in Suva go see Museum in Thurston Gardens (well worth it - they have the rudder from HMAS Bounty)
Our Oceanview Cabin was excellent for us. Our last cruise on POA in Hawaii was great,but we made the mistake of getting an inside cabin. I now realise my wife likes to know if it is day or night, when she wakes up.The size of our cabin was good, size didn't really matter, as didn't spend much time in their, only to sleep. So much to enjoy up on deck.