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  1. Kapuna

    Lava viewing

    Lava is definitely flowing into the ocean for the last few days and should be visible from the ship . You can see photos on the Star-Advertiser website .
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    Suite Upgrade!

    What is a " fish site " ?
  3. We have stayed in several Deck 12 suites ( although not the specific ones you mention ) and have found the location to be convenient and quiet . SG suites are adequate for a couple and have nice balconies and bathrooms . If you want more room and a really quiet location , the end unit (12500) is ideal but is a more expensive category .
  4. Although we sailed on the POA before , our latest voyage showed some major changes , especially with respect to the new Deck 13 . We were impressed with the efficient boarding procedure ; surprisingly both the captain and the hotel director greeted us at the entry to the ship and we were immediately offered a glass of wine . After a pleasant lunch we went directly to our cabin and found our luggage already there . I mention this because we felt throughout the cruise that things ran more smoothly and efficiently than before . They really have their act together ! Unfortunately , this was not true with our penthouse cabin on deck 13 . Although it had a very large balcony , the actual living area was much more crampted than similar suites on other decks and frustratingly awkward in layout ( no dressing area , poor storage space , narrow traffic pattern , etc. ) . Even the hallways on deck 13 are narrow . Aside from this issue we found the entertainment , dining , and facilities to be excellent . The library is outstanding . Food in the buffet was always fresh and surprisingly varied . We ate in the Bistro , Cagney's , Moderno , and La Cucina specialty restaurants and enjoyed them all . For us , the highlights of the trip were seeing the volcano and the narrated sailby of the spectacular Na Pali coast .
  5. Our travel agent has booked us into 13004 . This is a SE penthouse but has both a connecting door and a Murphy bed ( which we don't need ) . Has anyone stayed in this type of cabin ? It is hard to see how these features are arranged and we are concerned about noise through the connecting door as well as loss of space with both a Murphy bed plus a sofa bed . Is there a photo some where ?
  6. We are looking at SE cabin 13004 but see that it has a connecting door to another cabin . Would this be a problem with respect to noise , etc ?
  7. Has anyone stayed on POA"s new deck 13 ? We are thinking of booking but cannot find much info on these new cabins . Please share your experience or opinion with us . Thanks very much .
  8. Has anyone stayed in a cabin on deck 13 ? If so , could you give some feedback ? We are considering making a booking on this deck but cannot find much information . Thanks in advance for any help you could give us .
  9. There is musical entertainment every night in the lounges . We particularly enjoyed that in the Napa bar and in Pinks . It is not necessary to order drinks - no pressure .
  10. To clarify , it is still possible to eat out on the rear deck ; only the old furniture has been changed . We had no problem eating there and really liked the new decor . Moreover , the new Moderno restaurant area ( immediately adjacent ) is also available as a seating area at breakfast and lunch times ; it even had a breakfast buffet on our cruise . It becomes a speciality restaurant at dinner . As a result there is actually more seating at the rear of deck 11 than before the renovation . Our cruise was fully booked but we never had any problem finding seats .
  11. There was a lava sail by but very little to see ( just a distant glow ).
  12. Having sailed the POA a few months before the renovation , we were interested to experience the changes . Overall we were very favorably impressed , especially by the much improved enthusiasm and helpfulness of the staff . There was a lot of positive energy on this cruise and we did not hear any complaints . The aft section of deck 11 has been totally redone . Instead of the cafeteria style furnishings there is now an elegant club style arrangement with both table and lounge type seating . Most evenings there was soothing live entertainment provided . Adjacent to this area is the new Moderno restaurant . This provides quite an experience ! After partaking of the extensive appetizer , soup , and salad offerings , gauchos come to your table with skewers of freshly grilled meats until you tell them to stop ( I should have stopped sooner ). A major change is the addition of new cabins and suites on deck 13 . This includes 4 single occupancy cabins , a few inside cabins , and a much larger number os suites with large balconies . It should be noted that some of these suites face out toward the pool area , resulting in a lack of privacy and possible noise problems . With the addition of more suites the POA has become more of a two-class ship . Suite passengers enjoy butler service , exclusive breakfast and lunch in Cagney's restaurant , and preferential treatment for boarding , tender service , and disembarcation, as well as a VIP party with the captain ( plus other amenities ) . Furniture , carpenting , TV sets, etc . have been upgraded throughout the ship and passenger flow at meal and show times improved . We never felt crowded or rushed .
  13. Does anyone have recent photos of the newly renovated cabins or suites on the Pride of America ? If so , could you please post them ? I realize that deck 13 is still being finished , but other decks should be in service . Thanks for any help or information !
  14. We have sailed in this cabin and liked it very much . There are indeed two full bathrooms , one off the main room and the other off the second bedroom . The main room is like a large cabin with a living area and a sleeping area as well as all the usual amenities . Four people could sleep there . The second room also sleeps four , but with two lower beds and two upper berths . There is a desk and chair , TV , etc but no real sitting area . If you don't mind the lack the lack of a balcony and the somewhat obstructed view , this suite is terrific for a family !
  15. Where do I find the rest of this review ? When I click on the link I only get the first few days .
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