Pride of America review 11/30/13-12/7/13

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#82
New Jersey
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Originally posted by ksimpso3
I know...sorry . I figured it out later but never had to do it that way before. Thanks for sticking with it though . You will love Hawaii if you decide to go. I would recommend saving money and going with an oceanview or balcony though because you really are only in the room to shower and sleep.

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The reason we went with aft penthouse on Breakaway was the difference in price between a balcony in April for our 10th anniversary or October for OUR Shared birthday (hubby's 40th!). We are only paying $200 more for our Aft penthouse Haven suite than we would have for a balcony in April!! WTH!? LOL plus, I think the extra space will be good for our young girls. And I'm hoping to enjoy some music from H2O while relaxing on my balcony.
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#83
Upstate New York
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Originally posted by English101
The reason we went with aft penthouse on Breakaway was the difference in price between a balcony in April for our 10th anniversary or October for OUR Shared birthday (hubby's 40th!). We are only paying $200 more for our Aft penthouse Haven suite than we would have for a balcony in April!! WTH!? LOL plus, I think the extra space will be good for our young girls. And I'm hoping to enjoy some music from H2O while relaxing on my balcony.
One of my favorite things to do when we were in the GV on Dawn was just stand by railing overlooking the pool deck (or lying on lounger ) and listening to band play. I absolutely loved that!!! My husband and I also have Oct birthdays (one day apart). I am sure you will love your aft balcony. I loved laying out there in middle of the night listening to the sound of the wake and staring at the stars....very peaceful.

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#84
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Originally posted by Kamloops50
Nice pictures.

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#85
Upstate New York
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Originally posted by theking329
Thank you so much for your review and pictures. My son (the king), my sister, and I are booked on this cruise in August and I am more excited now than before after reading your review. Coming from the East coast too, we are spending two days in Honolulu before the cruise and flying home directly after. 151 days can not come fast enough!
You will have an awesome time. Any questions just ask

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#86
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Joined Oct 2013
THANK YOU, SO VERY MUCH for this review!!! I'm excited to be sailing on the POA for the week of Thanksgiving. We are booked in this same stateroom and could not find any images at all to know what to expect. THANK YOU!!! I get more excited every day for this cruise. This review is just AWESOME!!! THANK YOU!!!!
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#87
Upstate New York
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Originally posted by SwtP
THANK YOU, SO VERY MUCH for this review!!! I'm excited to be sailing on the POA for the week of Thanksgiving. We are booked in this same stateroom and could not find any images at all to know what to expect. THANK YOU!!! I get more excited every day for this cruise. This review is just AWESOME!!! THANK YOU!!!!
You will love it. If you have any questions about the suite just ask. That balcony is amazing!!!

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#89
Upstate New York
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Originally posted by SwtP
Another question: did you have any problems with soot or noise?
None at all. It was very peaceful. If there were people standing near the rail on the promenade on 6th deck you could hear them only if you were at your rail. No soot at all.

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#90
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Originally posted by ksimpso3
None at all. It was very peaceful. If there were people standing near the rail on the promenade on 6th deck you could hear them only if you were at your rail. No soot at all.

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GREAT!!! Good to know!! Thanks, much!!!
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#91
Ocala, FL
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Loved looking at all your pictures. Was excited to see balcony size as we have one of the 2 bedroom aft suites for our 9/6/14 sailing. Cabin 9698.


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#92
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Thanks for your wonderful review and great photo's.
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#93
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Joined Oct 2013
Thank you so much for the information and the suggestions. We took advantage of Cagney's for breakfast (and lunch a couple of times). The suite was fabulous - they must have changed the sofa sleepers because no complaints. This cruise was FABULOUS. This was my first NCL cruise and I found they do things differently (the ability to get an updated copy of the onboard account after adjustments are made is not easy. Have to wait until last morning to see the amount actually charged. Other cruise lines, it's instant.) We really enjoyed Volcanoes National Park and the beaches in Maui. The Luau was awesome. Thanks again for posting. Now, on to plan the next cruise to the Southern Caribbean or Mediterranean.
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#94
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Thank you so much for taking the time to put all this together. It has helped me a lot. Thanks again !
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#95
Upstate New York
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Joined May 2012
Originally posted by SwtP
Thank you so much for the information and the suggestions. We took advantage of Cagney's for breakfast (and lunch a couple of times). The suite was fabulous - they must have changed the sofa sleepers because no complaints. This cruise was FABULOUS. This was my first NCL cruise and I found they do things differently (the ability to get an updated copy of the onboard account after adjustments are made is not easy. Have to wait until last morning to see the amount actually charged. Other cruise lines, it's instant.) We really enjoyed Volcanoes National Park and the beaches in Maui. The Luau was awesome. Thanks again for posting. Now, on to plan the next cruise to the Southern Caribbean or Mediterranean.
We found out you can go to customer service desk every day if you want and they will print you out the most up to date on board account. We did that often when our girls were younger to keep an eye on their spending.

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#96
Upstate New York
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Originally posted by WarmWaters
Thank you so much for taking the time to put all this together. It has helped me a lot. Thanks again !
You're welcome!

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#97
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Joined Oct 2013
I have never cruised on NCL, only Princess. Looking at Hawaii island to island on Pride of America in 2015. I would appreciate advice on choosing floors or cabins. I won't be in a suite. Balcony room.


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#98
Upstate New York
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Originally posted by Retiring cajun
I have never cruised on NCL, only Princess. Looking at Hawaii island to island on Pride of America in 2015. I would appreciate advice on choosing floors or cabins. I won't be in a suite. Balcony room.


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I don't think it really matters much since all sailing is done overnight. We did feel some shuddering being aft but it didn't bother us. The balconies on the aft are much larger, and the ones in the middle are not suites. We were on deck 8 and it was very quiet.

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#99
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Thank you so much for the pictures of your room - I have been searching ALL over for picture of the S1 suite in pride of America - we are booked in one in July 2015. We are four adults - and plan on using all three beds - who did you ask for the bed topper for the single bed?
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Originally posted by Imalismom
Thank you so much for the pictures of your room - I have been searching ALL over for picture of the S1 suite in pride of America - we are booked in one in July 2015. We are four adults - and plan on using all three beds - who did you ask for the bed topper for the single bed?
The living room couch was fine without a topper but the one in 2nd bedroom was a different story. It took us 2 days to get them to bring us foam toppers...They couldn't seem to understand what we wanted. There is also an extra piece that fills out the space from end of bed to dresser area, otherwise your feet will fall off the end . They didn't seem to know about that either. We asked the room steward and butler daily until we got the topper. I think she had it for the 3rd night. Enjoy your trip! It was totally awesome!
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