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HI there!


I have ben reading for hours to find out everything I can on the Pride of America ship! We have booked our very first cruise (very excited) for 04/28/07 - 05/05/07 on the POA. We are a group of 4 and booked cabins 11512 and 11514 (category BA). Since we have never cruised before, I am very concerned about the size of the cabin, balcony, etc. We are used to timeshare vacations, so even a regular hotel room seems small to me! Does anyone have any pitures of these particular cabins, or maybe some of thhis similar type of cabin? I do know that our balcony is larger than normal in this category, about 95 sq. feet. Am I stressing over nothing? Everyone we talk to that has cruised before says you are never in your room, but I just find that so hard to believe!


Thanks in advance to all who can put my mind to ease!



Michelle :)


P.S. If anyone has any pictures from the POA I would love to see them! :)

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We have sailed on her two times: both times in a category BA. The rooms are SMALL: the smallest of any ship we've ever been on....but you're in Hawaii, and do spend almost all of your time in port. For the evening sails past the lava flow and the coast of Kauai, you will spend all of your time on the balcony, and you're definitely on the best side of the ship for the beauty of Kauai. As for the lava viewing, they'll sail past it on the other side first...then you can return to your cabin and enjoy the view. The cabins really aren't so bad for only two people. The bathroom is where you will really feel crowded. They are small! The shower is the worst....but otherwise, I really do LOVE that ship. You might want to try to get an upsell for a suite , but I chose to save my money for suites on other sailings when I would spend more time in my cabin. You can email me if you can't find any pics from anyone else. I stayed in 11524, but I don't think I took many cabin photos. I did stay in another BA cabin with a regular balcony the first time, and I took a lot more pics. The problem is that my computer has a virus right now...hopefully you can find someone else who has pics. If you get closer to sailing, and still have no luck, email me at megolden@peoplepc.com and I'll see what I can come up with....but it may be awhile. Be sure to put Pride of America in the title, or I'll probably junk it.

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I appreciate your candor! It sounds like you were in a cabin very similar to the ones we booked, so if you can send pictures (when virus fixed) I would greatly appreciate it! My email is maja651@yahoo.com.


Thanks again!


One more thing - did you like being on the 11th deck, with the convenience of the pools, etc? I am thinking this is a great deck, but wondering if it is louder/more crowded in the rooms areas than the other decks due to the Aloha Cafe, the bar, the pool, etc. on this deck.


Michelle :)

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We were on deck 11 of PoAm. We loved it. The rooms were not loud at all. The pool and hot tubs are right there, and the Aloha Cafe is at the back. We ate breakfast there just about every morning just so we could dine outside (all the way to the back).


The hot tubs were often busy, but the pool area was not usually very crowded at all. And the decks above it with deck chairs and the outside areas were even less so except for the lava viewing.


We originally booked a BA, but ended up in an AE. We spent a fair amount of time on the balcony. I couldn't imagine this trip without it. We were on the balcony every morning having coffee and every evening relaxing before bed.

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Thanks Jame-g for your reply. Did you get upsold to the AE cetegory? I am hoping we get that opportunity!


One more quick question - are there doors on the balconies that would allow you to access the balcony next door to you? If we end up in the rooms we have booked, our rooms are right next door, so if we could actually combine the baconies that would be great.



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Yes, we got an upsell about 3-4 weeks before sailing. It was when they were still taking calls. The deal wasn't as good as many people claim to get here, but it was still about a $1200 savings over what I would have had to pay if I had booked that room initially.


As far as the balcony partitions, we had a framed/hulled balcony. In our section of the ship they were permanent partitions bolted into place. There were no doors between balconies. Just a gap of a few inches between the partition and the deck/ceiling. Not sure if this is different in other areas of the ship or not, but I had the impression that all partitions were like this.

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