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  1. Hello, i have tried searching in as in as many ways as I could think of for examples...but could not find a single post. Has ANYONE successfully bid on an upgrade for PofA? Or is this cruise just too popular and always sells out?
  2. Hello Cruisers !!! We have booked an NCL cruise on Pride of America. My wife is in a wheelchair so we have chosen an accessible room: ROOM 9552. We were wondering if anyone has stayed in this cabin. Does anyone know if this room has a sofa, or 2 chairs and a table ? If you have pics, that would be very helpful ! Thanks so much in advance 😊 Jim & Linda... Idaho
  3. Hello Cruisers !!! We have booked an NCL cruise on Pride of America. My wife is in a wheelchair so we have chosen an accessible room: ROOM 9552. We were wondering if anyone has stayed in this cabin. Does anyone know if this room has a sofa, or 2 chairs and a table ? If you have pics, that would be very helpful ! Thanks so much in advance 😊 Jim & Linda... Idaho
  4. This may be a matter of semantics. In my NCL.com account, I can pre-pay my gratuities and there is a GET tax to pay in Hawaii. "The convenience of pre-paying service charges allows you to plan your budget prior to your cruise giving you additional freedom while on board. A discretionary charge of $15.64 USD per person per day for all guests 3 years or older will automatically be added to your onboard account. Your service charges will total $437.96 USD for all guests, for your entire cruise. Guests sailing to Hawaii will be charged an additional 4.275% Pre Paid Service Charge GET Tax " I'm trying to figure out is the GET Tax because I'm pre-paying the gratuities? i.e. it would be $15.00 pp/pd if I let the ship add it to my onboard account? Or would it still be $15.64 pp/pd even on the ship too?
  5. We have the drink package as a perk on a Hawaiian cruise in Feb of 2020. I think the agent called it the adult drink package when I made the reservation but now I’m wondering if that is accurate. Can anyone tell me if alcohol drinks are included in this perk for Hawaii? TIA!
  6. Looking at booking a Pride of America cruise for February 2020. We have cruised frequently. I'm finding this to be quite expensive. I love the idea of seeing all of the islands. Just trying to decide if I can justify the cost. How's the food? How's the ship? We have sailed Princess and Celebrity in the past. Thanks.
  7. Has anyone stayed in 7650 on PoA? Is the view from the balcony obstructed? it looks like it is pushed back some on the deck plans but I can't come up with any good pictures to see what it actually looks like. Thanks!
  8. Considering that this is my first review, I should probably give the customary background information. We are a family of 3; me-37, Scott my husband 43, and our 7 year old Sam. We travel often, but are relatively new to cruising. I believe that this is our 3rd cruise - 1st on NCL; this is also Scott's 1st cruise. We live in the middle of a cornfield (literally) in Indiana. I'm a teacher and Scott runs the family business, so typically it is just Sam and I cruising. We did not intend to go to Hawaii or cruise this summer; our plan was to go to the Grand Canyon, but like all good plans, they are always subject to change. I was surfing the internet one Sunday afternoon in February and stumbled across this cruise. I asked Scott how he felt about going to Hawaii on a cruise instead of the Grand Canyon and the rest is history. This review will be written journal style, taken from my own travel journal. All opinions expressed are my own. Also note, this review will more than likely not include any pictures.
  9. Recently returned from the 11 day land/sea cruise of the Hawaiian island on the POA. If you are planning to cruise the Hawaiian island I highly recommend adding in the 3 days at the Hawaiian Village Resort if you can. We did our own air transportation so chose to fly in on Tuesday then had Wednesday as a free day to hang out at the resort and get used to the time change. The next 2 1/2 days were filled with tours all arranged by NCL and it's very well organized. We had the same tour bus driver all 3 days and he was great, we saw a lot and learned a lot. On Saturday after your tour they drop you at the pier and we got right on the ship. Your luggage is picked up at the hotel on Saturday and taken to the ship so you don't need to even worry about getting it to the pier. While we are happy to have had the opportunity to see the Hawaiian Islands, I have to say if we were to visit again it would be a land vacation only, we would not go on the POA again. We are frequent cruises and much more enjoy the larger ships (Breakaway, Escape) and all they have to offer. The POA is rather boring compared to other ships, food was good everywhere we ate and the shows were okay. We really enjoyed the These Guys Worldwide Theatre show and when they sang poolside on the last day, they were by far the best show on the ship. If I recall they said they were leaving when the ship docked back in Honolulu, not sure if they plan to return. Daily's attached for those interested. POA Day 1.pdf POA Day 2.pdf POA Day 3.pdf POA Day 4.pdf POA Day 5.pdf POA Day 6.pdf POA Day 7.pdf
  10. Great trip! Here's some info: Embark - we got there by 11am and were on by 11:30. No Platinum waiting area or special embarkation for Platinum. Suites had a separate area. Had lunch in the Skyline day 1. Rooms were ready around 1:30 pm. The Skyline was closed for lunch the remainder of the trip. Inside room on deck 4 under the lobby - noisy. Also one day had overwhelming shellac smell inside the room. Otherwise good location. There is shade to be found - back deck 11 is great; pool bar on 12 has a breeze and shade. Sides of pool are hot bc there is no ventilation on Deck 11. Deck 3 mid is used to get on/off the ship. Long lines for the first tender only. Not bad otherwise. Food was good all around. Same for drinks. Drinks were very expensive if you don't have the package. With tax/tips, could be $24 per drink! Long line to make dinner reservations on board the first day. Long lines at Skyline at 5:30 pm even with reservations. Separate line for no reservations was quicker, ironically. Comedian and magician were very good. Cover band was good, too. Ship never felt too crowded though it was full. Diner and Gold Rush worth visiting. Bring beach footwear for rocks! Stayed at the Hilton Hawaiian Village for three nights. Took UBER to Ship - @$15. Maui day 1 - took free shuttle to mall and then rode the public bus all the way to Lahaina and then transferred to waiting bus up north to the best beaches/Ritz/Golf. Wirth the trip! $4 r/t per person (day pass) Maui day 2 - walked across the street to public bus near TJMaxx/Safeway and took it to the beach in Paia. Beautiful! Rode it the rest of the route after the beach to sightsee. $4 all day pass. Kona - tender and took the $2 public trolley at pier at 9:40 am - DO NOT take this one! - wait instead until the 10:20ish trolley which skips the malls, etc. and heads right to the beach. We took an UBER back for @$12. Very rocky beach, but good for snorkeling. Can rent at the beach. Hilo- walked a block to the hop on/off bus $20 pp - went to first 5 stops including Rainbow Falls/Banyan Trees/Japanese Garden, then transferred to the beach hop on/off later (included in the price). Well worth it! Kauai - Walked to close by Marriott beach/golf course/lighthouse. Kauai day 2- took the $75 ship sponsored bus tour to Waimea Canyon - MUST SEE! Sat on deck to hear commentary while sailing past cliffs on way out. Disembarked on our own - off ship by 7:20 am. Had Lined up on deck 6 mid. Took UBER to airport for approx $17. Thru security at HNL by 8:30am. Waited a long time for noon flight. Let me know if you have any questions!
  11. I recently booked the Pride of America for next July. I've never been to Hawaii and I've only sailed on NCL twice (I have been on 22 other cruises however), so I feel completely lost for this trip. I expect I will be around here a lot in the next year as I have a lot o learn. 😉 For starters, I booked a category BF starboard side. Is that a good choice? Anything I should be aware of with that? Thanks!
  12. Normally you can find good deals for the spa while the ship is at port as most people want to be off the ship. But with Pride of America, every day is a port day, including 2 overnight stays. Does anyone remember if there are any deals to be found for my sister to get a massage, or is she better off just pre-reserving a spot now before we board?
  13. Does anyone have a copy of recent MDR menus? We are trying to decide what days to eat at specialty restaurants vs MDR daily specials. Thanks
  14. Just completed the June 15-22, 2019 Pride of America Hawaii cruise... feel free to ask me anything while my memory is fresh. The ship is still in great shape from it's 2016 refurbishing. In fact, all of the bedding has just been replaced, and it's soooooo comfortable. (The crew bedding was also being replaced and upgraded on our cruise, and the crew was very happy about that.) The crew were exceptional, with excellent service from start to finish. On port days, the ship empties out and you will get completely spoiled if you stay aboard. I enjoyed a nice Spa and pool day, and it felt like I was on a much smaller, posh ship. We splurged on a massive owner's suite, 13500, which was enormous and felt very luxe with all the relatively new furniture and the muted "Norwegian Edge" beige tones fused with some tasteful Hawaiian touches. The balcony was even more expansive, with 4 sun lounge chairs with thick pads, a table for 5, and 2 more chairs with side tables. This port side, forward facing suite was perfect for viewing the Na Pali coast, and our absolutely fantastic butler, Georgia, made sure we had a big spread of snacks and wine so our family traveling with us could all come up and enjoy the views. In fact, Georgia frequently timed her appearances to escort us to dinner, and would take our dessert orders to be served later in the suite, so we would not miss the shows in the evening. She also expedited us to the front of the line for the tendering at Kona, and just wowed us more than any butler we have experienced on NCL or any other line. She was definitely our "cruise hero" and I can say many other wonderful things about Christopher, the very amiable and ever present Concierge, and Jenny, the CruiseNext/Latitudes representative who took me and my dad and 13 year old nephew on a private behind the scenes tour of the ship (another Platinum perk). Some of the things I enjoyed most took place around 4 p.m. each day - lei making classes were a lot of fun and they didn't skimp on the supplies. Origami folding was challenging and satisfying. Hula classes were fun to watch. Cooking demonstrations were fascinating. Keep an eye on your daily for these. The dress code in the evenings was very relaxed. The only place we saw it being followed was in Jefferson's Bistro, which was nice, because it preserved the elegant atmosphere and the top notch service. This was also our first time experiencing our free dinner and bottle of wine in the Bistro as a Platinum perk, and the list of complimentary wines was surprisingly comprehensive and included many bottles that would retail over $20 at a wine shop. The Liberty dining room was supposed to have the same dress code as the Bistro, but we saw people every night in shorts, t-shirt, sweat pants, you name it. Every other venue was this way, and you saw everything from adults in nice Hawaiian shirts and sun dresses to dressy dinner attire to raggedy tee shirts and short shorts. Hawaii is very casual, but this was more like college beach town on spring break casual. We also enjoyed dinners at Cagney's and La Cecina, which were slow paced but high quality. Allow a good two hours if you are doing 3-4 courses. Disembarking was a snap, with easy walk-off. The terminal is very nice, but DO NOT arrive early for check in unless you like sitting around. We used Blacklane to arrange our transfers to and from the ship, and their drivers know the processes and terminal very well. You know those NCL cruises where you are shocked at the end to find out there are 750 kids on board? Not this one... you will experience their presence in abundance when the ship is not in port if you are sailing while American kids are on summer break. The POA just isn't set up for sea time like other ships. This is very family oriented cruise, and there were lots of times when kids were running around Cagney's like sugared-up banshees during the suite guest breakfast and lunch times, or teens roaming the ship in the evenings with dripping soft serve cones, or thundering around the sun deck on deck 14 at 10 p.m. If you're an older couple celebrating your special anniversary, bear this in mind. Some people like having to wade through a pack of 5-8 year olds dressed as pirates on a scavenger hunt while trying to walk to dinner, others might find this a bit much. On a practical note, if you are traveling from outside of North America, most of the electrical outlets are the US 110v style. Our suite had one European style 220 outlet. Since its a port heavy trip, you will have good cellular/wireless service from Verizon and AT&T on board except for overnight and the last day. Kona and Kauai have easy access (walkable) to beaches, shopping and restaurants, but Maui and Hilo are container ports and you will need to take a shuttle or taxi if you are not on an excursion. Hope this is helpful... I would definitely recommend this ship and itinerary to families who want to sample the four main Hawaiian Islands and to couples who don't mind having lots of kids and families around them.
  15. After booking this cruise over 2 years ago, it's hard to believe the time is almost here to leave for our first trip to Hawaii. It will be our first cruise with NCL as well. We will fly out tomorrow morning(20th) from Knoxville TN to Dallas then on to Honolulu. We are flying business class with American. We have a 3 night pre cruise stay on Waikiki in a condo at Waikiki Shores that we booked through VRBO. We are told this is the only condo building that sits right on the Ocean vs across the street from the Ocean. I will post about our stay and our planned excursions to the Polynesian Cultural Center, Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, etc... I plan on posting daily(I wake up a lot earlier then my wife-ha) as internet allows. My reviews tend to be detail heavy as I've found that others have helped me so much in the planning process that I like to provide as much information as possible for others in the planning process. I'm going to try for the first time to post pictures. We will be in the Deluxe Owners Suite so I will try to post tips about suite perks, butler, etc... For perspective on how I view things: My wife and I are 55 years old with 4 grown married children and 4 grandchildren(and 2 more on the way). We started traveling solo about 6 years ago twice a year with either some type of cruise or all inclusive resort. We have found we love river cruises(been on 3 with Uniworld) and found we love small ship sailing(was on Silversea last August). Have been on Royal Caribbean(200 ton ship) and sailed with Carnival a number of times 20+ years ago. We chose NCL for the fact that the POA is the only ship that sails in Hawaii only. The reviews of the POA have been mixed at best but it is the only game in town if you don't want the long sailing from the West Coast. I tend to be a glass half full reviewer when it comes to travel as I feel so blessed to do the trips we get to do in the way we get to do them so I really focus on the positives realizing there is nothing perfect. But I will try to give a balanced review. I'll be happy to answer any questions for those considering the POA or those who are already booked on the POA for a future cruise. I look forward to sharing our journey with those who are interested. Time for last minute preparations and then let the games begin!! Brian
  16. Figuring while in port, no? How about on embark day? Thanks!
  17. Has anyone used the NCL luggage storage at the Honolulu port for the Pride of America at the end of the cruise? is it easy to find? Our flight isn't until late and we don't want to cart our luggage around with us for the day. :):)
  18. Sailing on this ship on January 19th. The wording on this is a bit different. Does this include Alcohol? It states it includes non-alcoholic beer. It's $99 per day so I would assume so, but just wanted clarification. If not, it's no different than the $7.95 per day soda package. They put this out today. Hawaii Beverage Package is applicable to Pride of America sailings only. Applicable to guests 1-2 on the reservation. Eligible guests are entitled to two beverages per person per transaction. Includes a variety of beverages up to $15 USD retail price. Anything consumed above the promotional benefit will be the responsibility of the guest at prevailing rates. Also includes fountain soda, freshly squeezed juice, bottled water (flat and sparkling), non-alcoholic beer, and specialty coffee (specialty coffee inclusion shall be limited to dining rooms only). Does not include: specialty coffee outside of the restaurants, room service, mini bar purchases, or vending machines. Guest is responsible for 20% gratuities on the retail value of the Hawaii Beverage Package ($19.80 USD per person per day) prior to cruise. Retail value of Hawaii Beverage Package is $99.00 USD per person per day. Package price is subject to change. The purchase of any alcoholic drinks within the Hawaii Beverage Package may, in certain individual circumstances, be restricted in accordance with Hawaii’s Intoxicating Liquor Law and applicable local rules and regulations. No substitute for package if guest cannot consume all beverages included.
  19. Hello CruiseCritic Fam!!! It is great to be posting another review, but you may never have read any of my previous reviews. So far, all my cruise reviews have been about Carnival. In April 2008, DH and I were married on the Destiny (now the Sunshine). We were actually married on Limetree Beach in St. Thomas. We decided if all went well and “life” didn’t get in the way, we would celebrate our 10-year anniversary cruising around Hawaii. Thankfully we made it, and decided that the POA was the best way to go. The other cruise lines have too many sea days and although it sounds great, we just don’t have the vacation time. Cost was also a factor. When we started planning, I had no idea how expensive this trip would be… well, I surely had no idea 10 years ago when I said “Hun, let's do Hawaii for our 10th!” It’s a good thing we are doing this right now because when we retire, there’s no way we will be able to afford this. We’ll be back down to the cheap Carib if you know what I mean. A little more background on us. We love to cruise with friends and family. We sailed on the Carnival Pride in 2017 and we had 18 very dear friends on board. I called it the best booze cruise ever. We had so much fun my face hurt from laughing for an entire week. This week on the POA, I anticipated saving money on those pricy drinks because it was just the two of us and we planned tons of activities. No time or money for booze-cruising this trip. Or so I was thinking that during the planning process. After the cruise was booked, my biggest challenge was airfare and when to fly. The POA departs every Saturday so we decided to fly out from the east coast on Thursday. That would give us all day Friday to sight-see and hopefully recover from that excruciating travel. We had a choice to pay more money and fly non-stop from Newark, NJ or pay less and fly out of Philadelphia with layovers. DH ask for Philly because it is closer to home and that was more important when we return. I asked around and also on CC when would be the best time to book flights. No one could give me an answer. Around the 6-month mark, airfare continued to go up every time I checked so I panicked and booked. At 40 days left the airfare was about 200 less per person. I guess patience would have paid off in this case, but I had no idea. Did I learn a lesson? Probably not, I am an overplanner and a panick’er. My advice would be not to look at prices for flights every day, it will drive you nuts. When I only had about 1 week before departure, I told my boss about my flights. Going out seemed to be fine but he was very concerned with our layover in LAX. We would arrive at 11:13pm and (supposedly) depart at 11:50pm on the red-eye to Philly. He said that was not even enough time for the luggage to switch planes. I spent the entire morning agonizing over the issue and I called American Airlines 3 times. I was reassured time and again that this was in fact a valid connection and not to worry. DH said we should roll the dice. I cannot wait to tell you if this back-fired right in our faces.
  20. Shout out to my fellow smokers that have cruised on the Pride of America in Hawaii! I have searched NCL.com for information and called their help line to no avail. All I can find for smoking on board the Pride of America is the Waikiki Bar on Deck 13!!! My question is...Where are the smoking areas on board the Pride of America? Are there any smoking areas other than the Waikiki Bar? Where are the smoking areas located? Any help will be appreciated! My Hawaiian destination plans depends on the answers to these questions!!!
  21. I am beginning to make my "To Pack" list for our upcoming cruise on NCL Pride of America and need to know the toiletry situation. With baggage fees an unfortunate fact of life, I am looking to minimize. However, DD (17) and I do not want to wind up looking like Monica in The One in Barbados (Friends). We also do not want to wear ponytails for an entire week. We both have medium (me) to loooong hair (her) that is super thick and naturally wavy/curly. So.... What type of amenities are provided (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion)? What brand? And what was your experience with it? Thanks So Much!!!
  22. Hi all! I’ve just booked Pride of America for July 2021 for the first part of my birthday trip (I will go to Disney’s Aulani for a few days after) to celebrate my 50th birthday! I’m in an ocean view cabin with the beverage package and the shore excursion credit as my perks. I’ve cruised Royal (3 of the Radiance class ships), HAL (once to Alaska), fathom (to Cuba and then Cuba/DR when it existed), and mostly Disney (all their ships), so I’m not new to cruising, but I’m new to Norwegian. I’m also gluten-free due to a wheat allergy. What tips do you have for a new NCL cruiser? Thanks!
  23. Would appreciate recommendations for the better cabin on the Pride of America. I've heard some say port side was better and others starboard better. Thoughts? Also, is a mid-ship balcony important because of rough water or would a large balcony forward be a better choice? I think the large balcony cabins also have more square footage inside. Thanks for any advice! Elaine
  24. We will be sailing on Pride of America in July in an SG Suite. Could someone tell men what the butler service consists of? Also, I read that we can eat breakfast at Cagney's for breakfast and lunch. If two other family members are staying in a balcony suite, I'm think that they cannot join us. Is that correct? Thanks for any help with suites!😀
  25. We'll be on the Pride of America on the 4th of July - any idea whether there will be any festivities?
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