September 11, 2005
Ok once and for all after reading the last review I must say we also cruised to Hawaii on the POA. We were on Deck 4 the lowest deck. Our cabin was Perfect. NO Smell. Our cabin steward was wonderful our room was always clean. People need to get over this tiny cabin thing. If you don't like small rooms don't take a cruise go to a resort and stay there. Complain is all some people do.
The food was good and at times excellent. This is the best way to see Hawaii's beautiful islands! The staff was by far the friendliest we have encountered. We have been on 5 cruises before never on NCL. So I feel I can compare.
Now as far as excursions are concerned booking on the boat was very expensive. Don't do it. Just get off on the island and book your tours thru the guys on the island. We took 4 and 5 hour tours on each island with another couple for less money and more personal service. To our wants and needs. The tour guides were wonderful people and will do anything you want and get you back in record time.
On Maui though we did do the Maui downhill ( ship excursion)_ which I absolutly loved it was fantastic the best experience everyone and anyone should do it. We flew all the way from TX so we did have a long flight but it was worth it. Embarkation and disembarkation was the best I have had on any ship so far. They never tried to push pictures on you nor push drinks which was great.
We also had a post cruise stay in Honolulu. We stayed at the Radisson Prince Kuhlio it was a beautiful hotel. The cruise bus took us and picked us up on time we never had to wait. Being on time is a big thing with me.
In a nutshell take this cruise it is fantastic. Trip of a lifetime. We had a wonderful wonderful anniversary. It's our 30th and what a way to celebrate.