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Mark

Age: 47

Occupation:Sales Service

Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Pride of America

Sailing Date: 10-4-2008

Itinerary: Hawaii

We researched POA before going and felt it would allow us to see more of Hawaii then any other plan with the money we had. We saw some negative reviews before going and had set our expectations low. Overall I was pleasantly suprised. Boarding was easy, got there at about 4 pm on Saturday. Fortunately the weather coming from the US mainland was excellent so we had no delays. Dinner the first night was at the Skyline Resturant. We got there just as it opened. It was good, service was good. Not quick, but then we weren't at the McDonalds drive through either. We ate dinner at Skyline twice that week. Good We also ate at the Liberty resturant a few times during the week. Our waitress was Debra and we really enjoyed her. Again the food was good, not super fast but we enjoyed the time. Later in the week we found the cadilac diner and ended up having desert there the rest of the cruise. My wife loved the hot fudge brownie sunday. Good food and a fun place. We ate breakfast a few times in the buffet but it was too crazy for me. Food was OK, just too many people running around. Hard for the staff to keep things stocked. Not relaxing. We found the serving area at the rear of the ship. That usually was less hectic. Had lots of good fruit all week. We did not eat at any of the extra charge resturants. Just couldn't see paying for a meal twice. The ship was in good shape. Saw maintenance activities every day. Painting cleaning, etc. Our room was forward starboard interior. A little rocky at night and a little noise from the wall rubbing the ceiling as the ship moved. Nothing as bad as the fellow next door who could REALLY SNORE. Bed was very comfortable. We had enough storage for 4 large suitcases. No problems with hot water, drains or anything else. Cleaning was done every day. My wife who cleans executive homes and is a little OCD was very satifsfied. Again, we took the cruise to see as much of Hawaii in a week with as little hassle and expense as possible. The cruise accomplished that. We only took two shore excursions through NCL. Snokling at Molokini Crater (Sunday) and Kona with Body Glove(Wednesday). With these, we felt a little pinched on time so we used the NCL excursions. All other days we rented cars and took our TOMTOM. What a beautiful beautiful piece of the planet. Make sure you pack warm clothes if you are going to the top of Haleakala(Monday). It was in the low 50's and very breezy. People thought we were nuts for taking gloves and hats to Hawaii. Well we needed them. Hilo was kind of a down day for us(Tuesday). We did rent a car and saw some of the island but the long flight and time change had caught up with us so we called it an early day. On Wednesday when we got off the tender boats in Kona, the athletes were practicing for the upcoming Iron Man Tri-athelon. Boy do I feel like a slouch now. We saw the dolphins out in the bay as we left on the Body Glove snorkle adventure. What beautiful clear water. Our only dissappointment was not being able to make the helicopter ride on Kauai (Friday). The clouds were socked in and we would not have seen anything. Still got to see most of the sights the day earlier by car. The cruise fit our needs. Would it be as valuable if the itinerary was not as spectacular. Probably not. But it works because it is a good value for the area and it has that great itinerary. Would I go again? Probably not, I fell in love with Kona and Kauai so I would go and stay at one of those locations.

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