We just got back from a week in paradise on the Pride of Aloha. Embarkation was very smooth. We got to our cabin and it was clean and tidy (even clean sheets)- which is the way it was throughout the week. Our cabin steward, Marietta, took care of all our requests and was very efficient.
At my request, the crew on POA arranged a get-together for all of the Cruise Critics on board. It was fun to meet everyone we had been emailing through Cruise Critic.
The only thing that wasn't up to paradise standards on the POA was the food. POA has a lot to address on the quality of the food offered. Freestyle dining is not for us. On a cruise, we expect good service and delicious food. You won't get either on the POA. The buffets started out great; Prime Rib, Prawns, and even lobster! Then after the 3rd day it went downhill. Even the $2.99 buffets in Las Vegas were better than the buffets on days 4-6. The Crossings Restaurant was okay, but if you eat later in the evening (8 p.m.) be prepared to eat food that was prepared for those eating at 6 p.m. The service was slow, but where else do you have to go? So we just enjoyed our server, Crystal. If you go to the Crossings, request her table and tell her the California group recommended her. You'll have a great time. We did not go to the pay restaurants. We do not agree with this policy as you pay enough to cruise without paying for your meals too.