I was interested in going to Hawaii and this is the only ship that leaves from Honolulu sailing to three other islands. You get a lot of time at four different ports. This cruise is more about the ports than the ship. I sailed before the ship went into dry dock for refurbishing so I do not know how it may have been improved.
It is a small and older ship. It seems to attract more sedate cruisers. There are no nightclubs or the gimmicks of the newer and bigger ships. The food was good but not as good as The Epic. The entertainment was average -- mostly house bands. You do not get the Broadway Shows or big names that you would get on the bigger and newer ships. The ship seems to shut down by midnight which was ok with me.
There is very limited shopping, only four or five shops but they sell some interesting Hawaiian Products.
The cabins are expensive because there is no competition. I booked my excursions through NCL. Others preferred Roberts. Excursions were good but the drivers talk all the time and it can get tiring. You learn a lot but at times it is overload. The drivers were also a little greedy when it came to tips. They expected a big tip and even looked at what you gave them. It made me a little uncomfortable.
I have read some negative reviews about POA but I do not believe they are deserved. The cruise is more about the ports than the ship. If nightclubs and water parks are important to you, this will not be the right ship. You are going to be in port almost every day.
Now, that I have been once, I would;d love to go at least one more time. This is great way to get a taste of Hawaii.
This was a solo cabin. There are only four on POA. It is about 100 square feet and was perfect fort me but I heard of another passenger complaining about the small size. You have everything you need. You can adjust the lighting, The bed was great. There is no table and chair but I was comfortable sitting on the bed.
Good for one person who travels light.