We have sailed this same itinerary last January and in spite of the bad reputation at NCL America, were pleasantly surprised. I mentioned this to the Hotel manager on board and in a review I did after returning. This trip however indicates the general malaise that has befallen PoA staff, knowing the PoA's days are numbered.
I think this cruise is selected for the itinerary with less emphasis on the ship itself. The stops were as good as before but the attitude of the crew indicates almost indifference. Many are just "putting in their time" until next weekend completes the PoA's tenure. Don't get me wrong, several shining lights still exist but many are counting down the days until it's over. Housekeeping staff were great, amongst our group of 15 cruisers.
Embarkation was smooth. We were checked in and onboard in no time. We made a dinner reservation in the Palm Bistro for 15 of us and after clearing it with the manager were given the OK. (Large groups require a manager's approval) Unfortunately, by 7:00, many of us had yet to receive our luggage and several had to attend "as they were" as they had no luggage. The dinner was terrific and I have nothing but praise for all of the specialty restaurants. Missing luggage was received by the time we completed dinner.