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We had an outside cabin on deck 4 on the port side. Large window, not a balcony. The cabin was perfect for the two of us. The closet was large enough to accommodate 1 large and 1 medium sized suitcases. The window was large. Both inside and outside glass had some scratches or smudges so that you couldn't really take pictures from inside. Cruise pluses: Ship's size. The POA is large but not overwhelmingly so. (80K tons 2,200 pax, 927 crew) We were on NCL's Epic 3 years ago out of Barcelona, and breakfast buffet on that ship reminded me of NYC's Port Authority bus terminal at rush hour. The crowds at POA were far more manageable. Itinerary: overnight stops at Maui and Kauai allow for greater exploration of those islands Food: We liked it both at the buffet and at the no-extra-charge restaurants. Ship's theater: not a bad seat in the house. No supporting columns to block view. Minuses: Onboard entertainment. All nightly performances except 1 featured prerecorded music with dancing and live singing. Epic by contrast had a live band every night and top-notch Broadway-class shows. The exception on the POA was a boy band along the lines of Backstreet Boys called The Worldwide Guys (I think) backed up by a tight 5-piece band. They put on a memorable show with rock, funk and pop tunes from the 70s and 80s. The price of land excursions: Expensive. you do better making your own arrangements with Roberts or other established tour companies. Read about it in Fodors. Road to Hana in Maui. We rented a car and took the road to Hana. They are not kidding when the say "it's the journey not the destination." Sure, beautiful drive on a narrow mountain road, lush tropical forests, many waterfalls, including the Twin Falls. But Hana is just a hamlet with little to see and very few food choices. Back in the port I couldn't find a place to park overnight so I returned the car on the 1st night and on day 2 took NCL's "Lahaina on your own tour" ($60 per person for a 1-hr bus ride each way). Air experience: we flew American MIA-PHX and PHX-HNL then HNL-LAX and LAX-MIA. NCL handled the air. Despite having paid for reservations at least 2 months in advance, the Mrs and I were not seated together on PHX-HNL (6 and 3 qtr hrs); same on HNL-LAX but in this case we were able to swap with another pax. All AA offered us were a bag of pretzels and a pack of cookies. On the PHX-HNL flight they even ran out of for-sale food. To avoid the experience, BYOF.

4 beautiful Hawaiian islands in 7 days

Pride of America Cruise Review by Zurning

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2017
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Oceanview Picture Window
We had an outside cabin on deck 4 on the port side. Large window, not a balcony.

The cabin was perfect for the two of us. The closet was large enough to accommodate 1 large and 1 medium sized suitcases. The window was large. Both inside and outside glass had some scratches or smudges so that you couldn't really take pictures from inside.

Cruise pluses:

Ship's size. The POA is large but not overwhelmingly so. (80K tons 2,200 pax, 927 crew) We were on NCL's Epic 3 years ago out of Barcelona, and breakfast buffet on that ship reminded me of NYC's Port Authority bus terminal at rush hour. The crowds at POA were far more manageable.

Itinerary: overnight stops at Maui and Kauai allow for greater exploration of those islands

Food: We liked it both at the buffet and at the no-extra-charge restaurants.

Ship's theater: not a bad seat in the house. No supporting columns to block view.

Minuses:

Onboard entertainment. All nightly performances except 1 featured prerecorded music with dancing and live singing. Epic by contrast had a live band every night and top-notch Broadway-class shows. The exception on the POA was a boy band along the lines of Backstreet Boys called The Worldwide Guys (I think) backed up by a tight 5-piece band. They put on a memorable show with rock, funk and pop tunes from the 70s and 80s.

The price of land excursions: Expensive. you do better making your own arrangements with Roberts or other established tour companies. Read about it in Fodors.

Road to Hana in Maui. We rented a car and took the road to Hana. They are not kidding when the say "it's the journey not the destination." Sure, beautiful drive on a narrow mountain road, lush tropical forests, many waterfalls, including the Twin Falls. But Hana is just a hamlet with little to see and very few food choices. Back in the port I couldn't find a place to park overnight so I returned the car on the 1st night and on day 2 took NCL's "Lahaina on your own tour" ($60 per person for a 1-hr bus ride each way).

Air experience: we flew American MIA-PHX and PHX-HNL then HNL-LAX and LAX-MIA. NCL handled the air. Despite having paid for reservations at least 2 months in advance, the Mrs and I were not seated together on PHX-HNL (6 and 3 qtr hrs); same on HNL-LAX but in this case we were able to swap with another pax. All AA offered us were a bag of pretzels and a pack of cookies. On the PHX-HNL flight they even ran out of for-sale food. To avoid the experience, BYOF.
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Mid-Ship Oceanview Picture Window
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