Posted June 20th, 2017, 12:47 PM
With Princess having 11 days at sea, it seems the ship is the destination and the ports secondary. With the Pride of America being at a port every day, it seems the ports are the destination and the ship is secondary.
You have this exactly right, Silver Sweethearts!. When I go to Hawaii, my objectives are to see and do all 4 of the main islands, and for as long as possible, vs lounging on the pool deck staring at the horizion for 11 days. 11 days at sea are 11 days I could have spent on one of the islands. And many of the transpacific cruises skip islands altogether, or only allow you 6 hours in a port (?), or so I have read. Contrast this with the POA, which gives you 7 full days in Hawaii, two of the ports being overnights. So, potentially 22 hours or more total in Maui, for instance, (and I'm not including sleeping hours, but rather touring hours), depending on how much stamina you have.😜. Plus, we usually spend at least 3 or 4 nights pre and post on O'ahu.
As far is the POA, it was completely refurbished in 2016. All suites, cabins and public areas completely redone. I think most would agree that NCL suite perks are the best in the business. It does not have a Haven proper, the restricted private lounge area of most of the other ships, but they all have butler and concierge services as well as a long list of perks. For most, the POA is not a typical cruise experience for the reasons I stated above, but there are plenty of amenities for those who can stay awake long enough to take advantage. There is a different theatre show each night as well as lounges with comedians, or music, themed deck parties each night, and many bars will have music as well. 5 specialty restaurants, a 24 hour pub, buffet, and two MDRs. The Freestyle, dine when you want, where you want, lends itself particularly well in Hawaii. No need to worry about cutting the day short in order to make a 5:00 seating in the MDR.
So no need to feel like you'll be slumming on the POA. It's a very nice ship, and a great way to see the islands.