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We chose the POA because it was our 25th anniversary and we wanted to visit Hawaii and it was a great way to see multiple islands. After reading some of the reviews we were a little confused by some things so I thought I'd clarify a few since I couldn't find straight answers. 1 - The food in Cagney's is great for breakfast and lunch as a Suite guest. Martha (restaurant manager) has turned things around. The service and the food quality was great. 2 - Each suite is stocked daily with up to 2 (1 liter each) bottles of still or sparkling water. 3 - You pick three bottles of wine at check in that are delivered to your suite the night of departure. These bottles can be consumed in your cabin or at a restaurant or bar. 4 - A bottle of champaign is waiting in your suite at embarkation. 5 - You can pick soda to be replenished daily in your suite, up to 6 cans. This is something to consider in lieu of a soda card, however it doesn't cover any soda consumed in any of the restaurants or bars. We did the math and since most of our sodas were consumed in our Suite we didn't get the soda card. 6 - NCL has started offering a Hawaiian Unlimited beverage option, but it is $100 per person per day. Unless you're planning on consuming about 8 alcohol drinks per day it isn't necessarily worth it. I've also uploaded a walk through video of the suite since there weren't any recent videos. It can be viewed by searching youtube for "Pride of America suite 8500" Gulsen our Butler, Gene our Steward and Thomas the Concierge were absolutely amazing. Kaj the Hotel director actually performed our vow renewal and with Zoe's help from the group events group it was fantastic. Overall we had a fantastic trip. The ship is in good shape and although we didn't eat at the buffet we had good food at every restaurant we went to. The ship is smaller than many of the Caribbean ships that you may be familiar with both on NCL and other cruiselines. However, that makes it seem "less crowded". In addition, because of the size some of the amenities you would expect aren't at the same scale. For example the pool is not as large as you might expect. The entertainment isn't as "top rate" either and there aren't as many other amenities as you'd find on some of the other ships, like water slides, rollercoasters, ice skating, etc. However, because of the nature of this itinerary, ie you're at a different port every day, much of your time is spent off the ship, and very little on it. As far as dining, as I mentioned previously we didn't do the buffet, but the selection of food choices, both specialty and otherwise mean that you won't go hungry no matter how picky you are. There's a coffee bar, gelato bar, sushi bar, bakery. Granted all a la cart. There's also the cadillac diner (which is 24x7 and included), which has great milk shakes and simple "diner" fare. East Meets West and the Tepanyaki restaurants have "good" quality asian bistro food as well as a hibachi experience. The Moderno Churascarea is a great experience for those that like the brazilian steakhouse style. The Tuscan Bistro is excellent italian food. We did not eat at the french restaurant but heard positive reviews. All of the restaurants have no dress code except Liberty and the French Bistro which require close toed shoes for men and no shorts for women. Our experience with service was great from all of the crew. We never had anything less than excellent in terms of how people acted or reacted to requests. In fact, our experience was so positive we have already booked another trip, with our three college age children for spring break. We've also been advising people who are "new" to cruising that its a good intro, since you don't typically have any sea days, and it could very easily make you want to do more. In speaking with other guests who have had problems with motion sickness in the past they commented that they didn't experience it this time since we are predominantly sailing at night when its either dark outside or they're sleeping.

Pride of America Hawaii cruise Suite 8500

Pride of America Cruise Review by chadrobinmn

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2019
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: Owner's Suite with Large Balcony
We chose the POA because it was our 25th anniversary and we wanted to visit Hawaii and it was a great way to see multiple islands. After reading some of the reviews we were a little confused by some things so I thought I'd clarify a few since I couldn't find straight answers.

1 - The food in Cagney's is great for breakfast and lunch as a Suite guest. Martha (restaurant manager) has turned things around. The service and the food quality was great.

2 - Each suite is stocked daily with up to 2 (1 liter each) bottles of still or sparkling water.

3 - You pick three bottles of wine at check in that are delivered to your suite the night of departure. These bottles can be consumed in your cabin or at a restaurant or bar.

4 - A bottle of champaign is waiting in your suite at embarkation.

5 - You can pick soda to be replenished daily in your suite, up to 6 cans. This is something to consider in lieu of a soda card, however it doesn't cover any soda consumed in any of the restaurants or bars. We did the math and since most of our sodas were consumed in our Suite we didn't get the soda card.

6 - NCL has started offering a Hawaiian Unlimited beverage option, but it is $100 per person per day. Unless you're planning on consuming about 8 alcohol drinks per day it isn't necessarily worth it.

I've also uploaded a walk through video of the suite since there weren't any recent videos. It can be viewed by searching youtube for "Pride of America suite 8500"

Gulsen our Butler, Gene our Steward and Thomas the Concierge were absolutely amazing. Kaj the Hotel director actually performed our vow renewal and with Zoe's help from the group events group it was fantastic.

Overall we had a fantastic trip. The ship is in good shape and although we didn't eat at the buffet we had good food at every restaurant we went to.

The ship is smaller than many of the Caribbean ships that you may be familiar with both on NCL and other cruiselines. However, that makes it seem "less crowded". In addition, because of the size some of the amenities you would expect aren't at the same scale. For example the pool is not as large as you might expect. The entertainment isn't as "top rate" either and there aren't as many other amenities as you'd find on some of the other ships, like water slides, rollercoasters, ice skating, etc. However, because of the nature of this itinerary, ie you're at a different port every day, much of your time is spent off the ship, and very little on it.

As far as dining, as I mentioned previously we didn't do the buffet, but the selection of food choices, both specialty and otherwise mean that you won't go hungry no matter how picky you are. There's a coffee bar, gelato bar, sushi bar, bakery. Granted all a la cart. There's also the cadillac diner (which is 24x7 and included), which has great milk shakes and simple "diner" fare. East Meets West and the Tepanyaki restaurants have "good" quality asian bistro food as well as a hibachi experience. The Moderno Churascarea is a great experience for those that like the brazilian steakhouse style. The Tuscan Bistro is excellent italian food. We did not eat at the french restaurant but heard positive reviews. All of the restaurants have no dress code except Liberty and the French Bistro which require close toed shoes for men and no shorts for women.

Our experience with service was great from all of the crew. We never had anything less than excellent in terms of how people acted or reacted to requests.

In fact, our experience was so positive we have already booked another trip, with our three college age children for spring break. We've also been advising people who are "new" to cruising that its a good intro, since you don't typically have any sea days, and it could very easily make you want to do more. In speaking with other guests who have had problems with motion sickness in the past they commented that they didn't experience it this time since we are predominantly sailing at night when its either dark outside or they're sleeping.
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Cabin Review

Owner's Suite with Large Balcony
Cabin SC 8500
The cabin was absolutely fantastic. I know some people are concerned about the balcony "view" but if you watch my video on youtube under "Pride of America suite 8500", its actually not that bad. We really had no issues with the wind or noise. The balcony was smaller but we intentionally wanted a forward facing balcony. In general the room was clean and spacious. The closet area was spacious and the bathroom was great. The bed was wonderful.
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