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POA 8/25 Review

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Good evening to all CC. I have recently returned home from my first NCL cruise on the Pride of America. I had a great cruise around Hawaii.

 

Here is the background. I am from FL and cruise at least 2-4 times a year. I have cruised on HAL, Carnival, and RCCL. I mostly cruise with RCCL where I am at Platinum status. This cruise included my family - Mom, Dad, Sister and Nephew. The last cruise all 5 of us were on was last year on the Freedom of the Seas.

 

We had 2 aft balconies wich wear JR Suites. More on that later. This cruise was also booked about a year ago.

 

This review I will to a review of the ship Pride of America, the ports that we visited, the tours that I did, and my overall review of the POA and the crew.

 

During the review I will also be including pics.

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Well my Family and I ended up getting to Hawaii 3 days before the cruise for a pre-cruise stay at the Disney Vacation Club. This was a great resort with a fantastic room, pool areas, and bar/eating areas as well. My Dad and I also played golf at the course next to the DVC.

 

We used Private Limo Company for transportation from Airport-DVC-Port-Airport for our transportion needs. The company did a great job.

 

We did have a great pre-cruise stay as well. During the pre-cruise I played some golf and relaxed. I also caught up with a former co-worker as well.

 

On Saturday 8/25 it was time to go and check in for the cruise. The check in did have a different feel in that you did not need a passport for this cruise. First we checked our baggage which got to us before dinner, then we checked in. We were able to check in as a family. Once checked in we had to wait about 15 minutes till our number was called. Once on the POA we went to the guest relations to get new cards printed as we re-adjusted the cabin roomates of the 2 cabins. This whent fast.

 

After that we went to the buffet and met up with a solo cruiser and waited till our deck was ready and called. To me the buffet area never got full, always a seat available.

 

That night I went back to the buffet for dinner because I was watching sail-away at 1900. After that I went to the welcome aboard show to meet up with my sister and new friend the solo cruiser (SC). I was picked by the comedian to come up to the stage that night. After the show we went to the Waiki Ki Bar to finish up the night.

 

This was a great first day because my family practicaly adopted a solo cruiser on the first day. That solo cruiser would hang out with my sister and me thoughout the rest of the cruise. That SC would also be with us once for dinner during the week.

 

Next up photos of Day 1

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Here are some photos from Day 1 - Embarkation Day. Note the captions are at the bottom of photos.

 

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This is the check in area for the POA

 

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A view of the front of the POA from the dock as I was boarding

 

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A view of the Gangplank to the POA

 

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The gangplak is removed and ready to sail.

 

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Pulling away from the dock

 

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A view as we are pulling away to start our cruise vacation

 

This was a great sail-away. Was able to get alot of great shots. I will include more shots tomorrow when I get home from work.

 

Well that is all for tonight more tomorrow.

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Thank you - I can't wait for more!! We leave in a week for our Hawaii Cruise!!!:D

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Thx so much! I am enjoying this a great deal since we will be on Sept 22 cruise.

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Thanks for taking time for your review ~ I thought the last picture when you were leaving was beautiful ! We will be sailing November 10th and I'm getting all ramped up :-)

Can't wait for the next "installment" of your review ~

 

Cindy

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Thank you soooo much for doing this. We plan on doing this cruise next year and are looking forward to the rest of your great review.

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We will be on it march 2013, and staying also at Ko Olina !

 

Anything you can tell us about that ship will be so great.

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this. it is really really appreciated :D

 

ps: would you have the daily journal that they deliver to your room ( sorry, dont remember the name on ncl )

 

Thanks again,

 

Josee

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Good evening to all,

 

Here are some more of Day 1 Embarkation day. We arrived around 1130 and got on the ship around noon. After a stop at Guest Services we made our way up to the Aloa Diner which is the buffet. We found a table of 6 and was able to stay there till our rooms were ready around 2pm.

 

As I mentioned before we had Aft Balconies. My Parents said that they were JR Suites, but to tell you the truth I thought they were smaller than an E-2 on the RCCL Voyager Class ship. The balcony was huge though. The aft balcony had 2 regular chairs and 2 loungers.

 

Below are a couple of photos of our stateroom where my Sister, Nephew, and I called home for a week.

 

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Here is the Stateroom where the bed was together. We got that seperatated and the couch pulled out for a 3rd bed

 

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Here is the balcony facing aft. Not a bad stateroom but I now prefer a bacony on the side and on a hump if available.

 

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Tonight was also the first theme night at the Waikii bar. This bar was outside on deck 13 aft. Tonight was the Toga Party. The Cruise Director Staff participated in this event.

 

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Here is another shot of us leaving port on the first night

 

Next some photos of the other areas of the ship

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Here are some general ship photos that I took during the first couple of days. These photos show the general guest areas.

 

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First is the Oasis Pool which I think is the adults only pool. However I never went in the pool and never saw anyone in the pool. This pool is deck 13 aft right below the Waikiki Bar

 

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These next 2 photos show the outside Promanade. This is on Deck 6. This walkway is very wide and does goe all the way around the ship. In the front it is coverd but in the back you do have great open areas to take pics from.

 

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This next photo is of the main swimming area, This is a small area but greatly utilized. In this area you do have 4 hot tubs and 2 pools. This area also has its own bar as well. I did go in the hot tubs and pool. It did appear that the pool is fresh water (I tasted).

 

Well that is all for tonight. Tomorrow I have to uploade some more photos in Photobucket so I can continue this reveiw.

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We will be on it march 2013, and staying also at Ko Olina !

 

Anything you can tell us about that ship will be so great.

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this. it is really really appreciated :D

 

ps: would you have the daily journal that they deliver to your room ( sorry, dont remember the name on ncl )

 

Thanks again,

 

Josee

 

Unfotunatly I did not keep the daily journal.

 

You will enjoy the stay at the DVC. They had a great pool area and ocean area as well. If you play golf they have a golf course that is 10 min walk from the resort alont with a great ice cream shop. Also the Luau show is also a 10 minute walk from the DVC resort.

 

Unfotunatly I will not include any pics from my stay at DVC as it does not pertain to the current post. If you want pics from the resort let me know and I can email them to you.

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What a great idea. Thank you for posting pictures and your review. I will be going in July 2013. I'm looking forward to seeing more.

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Thanks for your review. We will be on the September 15th sailing. Packing now! Happy dance!

 

I will be there on the 15th too - stop in on our roll call and meet up with us on ship if you would like!:D

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I was in 9202

 

Love the fact that the balcony is larger - it will be my first aft and I have booked 2 more afts for our next two cruises. Did you have much noise back there?

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Unfotunatly I did not keep the daily journal.

 

You will enjoy the stay at the DVC. They had a great pool area and ocean area as well. If you play golf they have a golf course that is 10 min walk from the resort alont with a great ice cream shop. Also the Luau show is also a 10 minute walk from the DVC resort.

 

Unfotunatly I will not include any pics from my stay at DVC as it does not pertain to the current post. If you want pics from the resort let me know and I can email them to you.

 

 

I would love to have everything you have :-) j.barbeau@d2technologie.com .

 

Thank you again so much for taking the time to post your review. We REALLY appreciated it.

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Thanks for taking the time to write a review and post pics - we will be on the POA in October :D.

 

Was the toga party worth attending? Did everyone wear a toga or just staff?

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Thanks for taking the time to do this review. I know they take a lot of time... with the picture up loading and writing etc. But they are so worth it for people wanting to know about the cruise and/or ship and fun for you to relive the memories ... now and later. I go back and read my Carnival Victory review once in a while and it brings back those cruise memories. Also we are going on the POA in June of 2013 so this is awesome to have a current review. Thanks again. :D

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I was in 9202

 

 

We are in 9202 as well. Love looking at our balcony. :D:D:D

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Can't wait to read more of your review and see more pictures. We're going in December and really appreciate hearing your experiences!

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Thanks to everyone for their comments.

 

I apologize for late posting. I have been very busy with work and work around the house since I have been back from vacation.

 

I to have read my other reviews that I have done in the past.

 

Tonight I am going to work on some more of my review.

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Well before I dive into day 2, I want to give News Notes about this cruise

 

Note 1 - This is a very port intensive cruise. We spend almost 100 hours in port. There is no "Sea Day". I this cruise I had a tour everyother day.

 

Note 2 - We overnighted in a port twice. First port we overnighted was in Kahului, Maui. The second port we overnighted was in Nawilewili, Kauai.

 

Note 3 - When the ship is docked there is sales tax added to purcheses on the ship. Once the ship leaves port there is no sales tax.

 

Note 4 - For all of the ports except Kona the POA is docked in an industial area where the town is either a walk of 1/2 mile or a shuttle away.

 

Note 5 - Kona is a Tender Port, which means the POA uses its own Tender to transport guests to the port. The main town is right off the Tender.

 

Next up will be the port of Kahului, Maui

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Well instead of going day by day on this review I will port by port.

 

This first port was Kahului, Maui. We arrived at 8am and left 6pm the following day. We docked in the middle of an industry area where trailers are loaded onto cargo ships. In fact at this port the buiding that we enter and come back to the ship is also a place where trucks are stored for the port. Actually it was very well organized to allow tourists to come thru.

 

Well on this port, my Dad and I had a round of golf at Wailea Gold golf course. This was the best round of the trip as I shot a 95. I had many great shots along with some bad. I had a great time playing with my Dad and our 2 other players in our group that also came from the ship. After the round we all had a couple of drinks at the bar at the clubhouse.

 

POA and NCL do a great job with their golf program. My Dad and I brought our own clubs and POA was able to keep them in storage untill we needed them at the ports that we played at. On the final day we met up with the golf pro in a back stage area to pack our clubs on the final day. The golf pro even gave me a quick lesson and played with our group on my final day of golf. I give this service a 10.

 

After golf I came back and took a nap then went to Dinner in the Liberty with the family. After that it was off to the shows and the night life.

 

The next day I slept in and then relaxed by the pool area. I saw a nice rainbow this day as well. I did get off the ship to get some good pics of the POA. Also during the afternoon I went to the Beer Tasting event. This was a great event and well worth the price. We tasted 6 different beers that we tasted. 5 Hawaiin beers and 1 Austrain Beer.

 

That evening was a busy one. I went to the Comedy workshop which was fantastic. Later that evening was NCL version of the Newlywed Game. The Cruise Director Silus Cook did a fantastic job.

 

Next up the Photos of Maui

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Well here are the photos of our first Port of Call. Once again the captions will be below each photo

 

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Welcome to Maui

 

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Land shot of Maui

 

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Another Land shot of Maui

 

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Getting off of the POA

 

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A shot of POA in Maui

 

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Another shot of POA in Maui

 

Next up more photos of Maui

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Well here are some more photos from the first Port

 

 

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A view of the building where we enter into the port. This also held Security to get back on the ship. This made getting back on very easy

 

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What view from the golf course.

 

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Another great view of the course.

 

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What a beutiful Rainbow that I saw.

 

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One of the shuttles to take guests on their tours

 

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It is good to see the Old Red White and Blue on the back of the ship. I wish there were more US flagged cruise ships.

 

Well that is all for this evening. Next up on the review in the Port of Hilo. Here I go to the Zip Line.

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Wow, Silas is back on the POA? He was our cruise director when we were on POA back in 2009. He was on the Epic when she debuted and then I lost track. Glad to see he's still around.

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