We did this cruise last August and loved it. NCL has the only USA flagged ship in the POA and it has a mostly American crew. This cruise is very port intensive and with the overnights in Maui and Kauai you will probably find you actually spend very little time on the ship. If I can answer any questions on the ship or the itinerary, please ask. My only advice would be to do lots of research on each island so that you have a good idea of what you want to see and do.
I just responded on another thread with our experience on the POA in August. You might take a look in case there is any useful info for you.First, thanks for your reply. Here's our situation: We've stayed on Kauai for a week before and love it; we're actually going to fly there after the cruise for another week. And we've scheduled excursions through Roberts for four of the land side days.
We've just never cruises NCL, so I was mostly curious about the ship. I've read some problematic reviews of the American crew, which I find saddening. And this freestyle thing also is a bit different. We're longtime Carnival cruises, so this is different.