barbie, when did you go on POA? As I understand it things have improved considerable over the past 6 months or so. The idea of an all American staff and sailing only Hawaii was and probably still remains quite a challenge. This is one of the reasons other lines that have tried doing only the Hawaiin Islands have not been able to make a go of it. I have not been on POA so am only speaking from what I have read and from what a couple of my clients have repeated to me.