We have read all the (not very many) good reviews and all the (very many) not so good reviews on all the "Prides" and of NCLA. We are still planning to book a balcony stateroom on the Pride of Hawaii despite everything we have read. We have cruised on the Serenade of the Seas (RCCL), which was superb, and are prepared to give the POH a fair go. We will cruise Hawaii with the knowledge of what we have read about the "Prides" and of NCL, so we will cruise with an open mind. We will go prepared to be impressed, with some minimum expectations, and hopefully this will help us enjoy our next cruise experience.
We'd like to know from someone with first hand knowledge whether the port side is the preference for enhanced viewing of the volcano lava and general island viewing - or doesn't it really matter?