Hi, I went to look at the vtg website to look at the P. America and it is a beautiful ship inside. You can see where the BG Catagories cabins are located. Ship was built 2004 which means it is still new.
Here is the MAJOR FLAW OF NCL Ships that have "American" crew workers. This is very factual..... Because they are American workers.... your cabin steward can jump ship any time they want on one of the islands if they get angry or too tired to work. That means that your cabin may not get cleaned every day.
Americans are not used to working more than 8hours per day.
But, recently NCL Managers are starting to hire the GREEN CARD permanent resident workers who are happy to have jobs on the cruise ships. They say that most of the crew comes from the Dominica Republic.
So if you see them on the ship you will get better service.
If you are willing to put up with poor service then you will have a great time. Cruising with NCL Hawaii cruises can be hit or miss.
Best time to cruise would be in the Fall and Winter when most of the families are not cruising. Cruise prices go down too.
Stay away from the OLD NCL SUN SHIP because that ship has many mechanical/electrical problems, lousy food, etc.
The Hawaii Honolulu cruise port is the worst cruise port to board the ship because it is hot and humid if you arrive during a congestion time of cruisers trying to board the ship. I have been there twice and I have learned to just be patient and wait for the long lines to move.
The main problem is that the Embarkation ROOM IS TOO SMALL so that is why it becomes a problem. Since I am a Latitudes member I was able to go into a super short line to do the paper work to embark the ship.
My advise is to go ahead with a positive attitude and roll with what ever goes wrong on the ship like the lack of bananas.
NCL ships in Hawaii have wonderful fruits every day. They even have a special fruit STATION where you can get all the fruit you want at the buffet.
As long as the balcony cabin is not obstructed.... you will be fine.
I prefer the Portside cabins because I like to see people leaving the ship and I can see what FREE BUSES are there to take us somewhere for free.
One morning there was a great movie on t.v. and my grandson and I decided to watch the movie until it was over. We could see the cruisers coming and going portside. There was no line when we walked off the ship. We took a free bus to Hilo Hattie and right across was a Wal-Mart. Then we just took a free shuttle bus back to the port.
We had a wonderful time.
I am sure you will have a wonderful time too. Luci