We chose this cruise for the itinerary. "Pride" is the only cruise ship that stays in the Hawaiian Islands (no days at sea). We went 2 days early - to make sure luggage arrived before sailing, and to enjoy some sights on Oahu.
We arrived at port about 3:00PM, and there were very few people waiting for check in. Embarkation went very quickly and smoothly.
We originally purchased a balcony cabin, but had bid on and "won" a suite (more later). So the butler introduced himself as soon as we checked in and took us to a nearby sitting area with refreshments. After a few more people joined our group, he did a short talk on what we could expect as suite guests, then personally took us to our suites and showed us the amenities.
We bid on several suites to upgrade from reserved large balcony cabin. We won this "2 bedroom family suite".
There was a "living room" with convertible sofa and coffee table, TV with shelves above and storage below, fridge with shelves above. There was an espresso maker (we could have used a regular coffee maker) and some fancy looking tea "bags". This looked great in photos, but operating instructions were inadequate and we were told hot water would need to be requested as the espresso machine would flavor the tea. So - JUST FOR SHOW.
The "master bedroom" had 2 single beds pushed together, nightstands with dome lights above, closet, desktop, TV, 2 drawers, 2 shelves and cubbyhole with door. The door closed solidly, which made the room a little claustrophobic until I remembered I'd brought a doorstop which kept it cracked open a bit. Great lighting.
The "second bedroom" was smaller with a convertible couch, closet, desktop with TV, 2 drawers and shelves. Also nightstand with shelves. The WONDERFUL thing was a picture window looking out the SIDE of the ship. Since there were just 2 of us, this room became the MAN CAVE, and worked perfectly.,
The bathroom, for a FAMILY SUITE, was inadequate. There was very little storage. Next to it is a small hallway with shelves for life preservers, a safe and a cubby for beach towels. A shelf or two below would have been great. As it was, I laid an open suitcase on the floor, and kept pharmacy, makeup and accessory items in that.
Major complaint - the suite was often FREEZING. We had temperature controls in both bedrooms and the living room, and had to keep these on the next-to-highest setting to be comfortable (we are used to 77 degrees).
The balcony was FABULOUS. You walk out the door onto aft-facing large balcony with table and 4 chairs. Walk around the aft corner of the ship to 2 lounge chairs and small table. Complete privacy here. The view from here is from the SIDE of the ship.
We really appreciated the "fish swimming upstream" on the hallway carpets, so we knew whether we were walking forward or aft. GREAT IDEA!