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Pride of America june 29, 2019 We booked the POA for our 35th wedding anniversary. We’re Avid cruisers, have been on NCL cruises many times and the POA three times before this. Once with our children, then again for our 20 and 25th. We always combine it with a stay on Oahu to make it a two week stay. We took a Lyft from our hotel to the Port, got in line, checked our bags then got in the long security line. Even though it was long it went fast and we were checked into the ship, received our key cards and walked on the ship, we were eating lunch in Skyline (one of the free restaurants and open for lunch) by 1230. Very easy process. You can also go to the buffet on boarding day but we were hot and tired and needed to sit down, it was perfect. This is an older smaller ship of NCL and needs refurbishing. There is a lot of wear and tear and rust showing everywhere, I would say the worst is in the public bathrooms. Many times over the week more than one stall in women's and men’s areas would be shut down. Sometimes it was easier to run to our cabin then to find an open public bathroom. We also noticed they weren’t kept up well. Sometimes no toilet paper or hand towels, water on the floor and paper everywhere. The first few days we only saw one worker ever in the public bathrooms. She seemed overworked. The main pool bath seemed never cleaned until the last day. We had a midship cabin on deck 10, it was the perfect location. Very easy to reach the buffet area for coffee in the morning, and get to all the activities by the pool. A short run downstairs to the fun and restaurants. The cabin itself seemed quite small, very tight space to walk bed, limited storage space for clothing. One small closet with some built in shelves. A few other drawers in the desk and next to the closet. For the two of us we felt limited in where to put our things for a week. The room supposedly held three with the fold out sofa, if we had three it would have been overcrowded and we would not have reached our balcony without climbing over the sofa bed. The balcony was small with two chairs, two foot stools and a small table. It was fine for us and we loved that it was covered so even in rain we didn’t get wet. We used it a lot in the morning for coffee and the evening to watch the ocean and stars. Quite relaxing. The bathroom was tinier still and even though we are not large people, the shower stall gave me anxiety as I couldn’t turn i it well (I’m 5’2”, 120lbs). I could barely move in there! There are body wash and shampoo/conditioner mix provided in shower and liquid hand soap in the sink area. I was happy to find a few small shelves behind one mirror as the space was so limited I wasn’t sure were my toiletries would go. It worked out fine with some juggling. There is a small fridge, a safe and a desk area that holds a fairly decent hairdryer. Lighting was well done and we had lights bedside for reading. There is a tiny flat screen tv, for us with weaker eyes, we couldn’t read the screen well. We didn’t really spend too much time watching tv. There are two main restaurants, skyline and liberty that are included in your cruise, Liberty is slightly fancier and has a more strict dress code, but we liked Skyline so never made it upstairs. We did eat in Cargneys (steak) once and enjoyed it, and ate twice (once for breakfast once for lunch) in Cadillac which is open 24 hours. It has great burgers!! We ordered coffee from room service two mornings and found out that the last morning they will deliver a continental breakfast if you put out your tag. That was quite convenient. We did the buffet most mornings for breakfast and really enjoyed the area outside with covered seating. It was very relaxing We enjoyed the freestyle cruising and liked that no one minded if we showed up for dinner or came early or later, it added to the relaxed feeling. We attended two shows, one was the second night and it was not tour Liking. The second was a group of singers that did an excellent job. They also performed by the pool one day and we enjoyed them both times. The main pool consists of two pools, one larger one and one smaller “sitting pool”. We spent a lot of our time there and even though there is an adult pool, it is right with the smoking area and at the end of the ship and did not have the entertainment we enjoyed at the main pool so we never went back to the adult area. We never felt overcrowded and usually could find seats nearby the pool. We always found loungers somewhere and were quite happy with both the bar service and the music. We also enjoyed the little cabanas on deck 12 that overlooked the ocean and had two loungers. Many times we’d go up there in the evening and star gaze and relax. Staff: we found the restaurant staff and the bar staff to be awesome. They were friendly, helpful and did not skimp on alcohol. We had the drink package and they were always happy to refill us, in fact the bar staff would remember us and ask if we wanted our usual drinks. We really enjoyed talking to them and got to know quite a few of them at the pool bar and the staff in Skyline. All of them quite efficient and personable. Our cabin steward was wonderful, he ran over to speak with us day 1, asked if we had any requests, then proceeded to keep our cabin clean and tidy without ever being in the way. He was very respectful and always smiled and said hello. We would turn our message to “make up cabin” when we left and it was clean when we returned. The one thing we noticed was even though the regular staff was fun and friendly, most of the officers wouldn’t even nod or say hello. We actually spoke to only two of them although we would see them in the halls and walking through the areas, they would avoid eye contact and look away which we found strange, the two we met actually would seek us out (one was the head of beverages) and one was the head of Skyline) and both of them would go out of their way to talk with us and chat for quite a while. I wish more officers would have done this as we enjoyed their stories and their conversations. A smile and nod go a long way to making you feel more comfortable. Our last day we were encouraged to go downstairs and collect what tag corresponded to what time we wanted to disembark, 9am was the latest. We had transfers directly to the airport and picked the 9am slot. There were two lines to disembark and even though they were quite long, it didn’t take more then 15 mins to disembark, we then grabbed our bags and walked to our waiting transfer. We were at the airport about half hour later. It was all very easy and civilized. To recap our cruise, we enjoyed ourselves, were able to relax and never felt crowded in any area. We would go back in POA in a minute and hope NCL takes the time to get it freshened up so we can enjoy our 40th on her!!

Fun time in Hawaii

Pride of America Cruise Review by IamAlyce

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2019
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
Pride of America june 29, 2019

We booked the POA for our 35th wedding anniversary. We’re Avid cruisers, have been on NCL cruises many times and the POA three times before this. Once with our children, then again for our 20 and 25th. We always combine it with a stay on Oahu to make it a two week stay.

We took a Lyft from our hotel to the Port, got in line, checked our bags then got in the long security line. Even though it was long it went fast and we were checked into the ship, received our key cards and walked on the ship, we were eating lunch in Skyline (one of the free restaurants and open for lunch) by 1230. Very easy process. You can also go to the buffet on boarding day but we were hot and tired and needed to sit down, it was perfect.

This is an older smaller ship of NCL and needs refurbishing. There is a lot of wear and tear and rust showing everywhere, I would say the worst is in the public bathrooms. Many times over the week more than one stall in women's and men’s areas would be shut down. Sometimes it was easier to run to our cabin then to find an open public bathroom. We also noticed they weren’t kept up well. Sometimes no toilet paper or hand towels, water on the floor and paper everywhere. The first few days we only saw one worker ever in the public bathrooms. She seemed overworked. The main pool bath seemed never cleaned until the last day.

We had a midship cabin on deck 10, it was the perfect location. Very easy to reach the buffet area for coffee in the morning, and get to all the activities by the pool. A short run downstairs to the fun and restaurants.

The cabin itself seemed quite small, very tight space to walk bed, limited storage space for clothing. One small closet with some built in shelves. A few other drawers in the desk and next to the closet. For the two of us we felt limited in where to put our things for a week. The room supposedly held three with the fold out sofa, if we had three it would have been overcrowded and we would not have reached our balcony without climbing over the sofa bed.

The balcony was small with two chairs, two foot stools and a small table. It was fine for us and we loved that it was covered so even in rain we didn’t get wet. We used it a lot in the morning for coffee and the evening to watch the ocean and stars. Quite relaxing.

The bathroom was tinier still and even though we are not large people, the shower stall gave me anxiety as I couldn’t turn i it well (I’m 5’2”, 120lbs). I could barely move in there! There are body wash and shampoo/conditioner mix provided in shower and liquid hand soap in the sink area. I was happy to find a few small shelves behind one mirror as the space was so limited I wasn’t sure were my toiletries would go. It worked out fine with some juggling.

There is a small fridge, a safe and a desk area that holds a fairly decent hairdryer. Lighting was well done and we had lights bedside for reading. There is a tiny flat screen tv, for us with weaker eyes, we couldn’t read the screen well. We didn’t really spend too much time watching tv.

There are two main restaurants, skyline and liberty that are included in your cruise, Liberty is slightly fancier and has a more strict dress code, but we liked Skyline so never made it upstairs. We did eat in Cargneys (steak) once and enjoyed it, and ate twice (once for breakfast once for lunch) in Cadillac which is open 24 hours. It has great burgers!! We ordered coffee from room service two mornings and found out that the last morning they will deliver a continental breakfast if you put out your tag. That was quite convenient. We did the buffet most mornings for breakfast and really enjoyed the area outside with covered seating. It was very relaxing

We enjoyed the freestyle cruising and liked that no one minded if we showed up for dinner or came early or later, it added to the relaxed feeling.

We attended two shows, one was the second night and it was not tour Liking. The second was a group of singers that did an excellent job. They also performed by the pool one day and we enjoyed them both times. The main pool consists of two pools, one larger one and one smaller “sitting pool”. We spent a lot of our time there and even though there is an adult pool, it is right with the smoking area and at the end of the ship and did not have the entertainment we enjoyed at the main pool so we never went back to the adult area. We never felt overcrowded and usually could find seats nearby the pool. We always found loungers somewhere and were quite happy with both the bar service and the music. We also enjoyed the little cabanas on deck 12 that overlooked the ocean and had two loungers. Many times we’d go up there in the evening and star gaze and relax.

Staff: we found the restaurant staff and the bar staff to be awesome. They were friendly, helpful and did not skimp on alcohol. We had the drink package and they were always happy to refill us, in fact the bar staff would remember us and ask if we wanted our usual drinks. We really enjoyed talking to them and got to know quite a few of them at the pool bar and the staff in Skyline. All of them quite efficient and personable.

Our cabin steward was wonderful, he ran over to speak with us day 1, asked if we had any requests, then proceeded to keep our cabin clean and tidy without ever being in the way. He was very respectful and always smiled and said hello. We would turn our message to “make up cabin” when we left and it was clean when we returned.

The one thing we noticed was even though the regular staff was fun and friendly, most of the officers wouldn’t even nod or say hello. We actually spoke to only two of them although we would see them in the halls and walking through the areas, they would avoid eye contact and look away which we found strange, the two we met actually would seek us out (one was the head of beverages) and one was the head of Skyline) and both of them would go out of their way to talk with us and chat for quite a while. I wish more officers would have done this as we enjoyed their stories and their conversations. A smile and nod go a long way to making you feel more comfortable.

Our last day we were encouraged to go downstairs and collect what tag corresponded to what time we wanted to disembark, 9am was the latest. We had transfers directly to the airport and picked the 9am slot. There were two lines to disembark and even though they were quite long, it didn’t take more then 15 mins to disembark, we then grabbed our bags and walked to our waiting transfer. We were at the airport about half hour later. It was all very easy and civilized.

To recap our cruise, we enjoyed ourselves, were able to relax and never felt crowded in any area. We would go back in POA in a minute and hope NCL takes the time to get it freshened up so we can enjoy our 40th on her!!
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Small, tight space, mid ship, small but covered balcony. Very small bathroom and shower stall. Did not like the smell of the body wash. Liked the hand wash at the sink. Good hair dryer. Small fridge. Bed was super comfy. Loved being in deck 10, very convenient. Quiet and peaceful.
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