We recently had the pleasure of cruising with NCL in Hawaii. Our accommodation was small but adequate, however a balcony is a must! On the starboard side you can view the lava flowing into the ocean from the comfort of your balcony. Don't forget your binoculars- it is a spectacular sight. On the port side you can do the same for the cruise past the Na Pali coast.
We booked mainly private excursions to have the benefit of comfort and more customised experiences. In Maui we used Valley isle tours for The road to Hana excursion, Laurence from C-Big Island tours took us out to the Volcanoes National Park in Hilo and Jay Dorrance of Tread Lightly took us on a personalised tour of the North shore of Kauai. From the ship,we booked the Captain Zodiac Rafting & Snorkelling tour which was loads of fun. I did my homework and believe we got the best out of each of our tours. There are taxis and shuttle buses at every port if you want to do your own thing, but by booking a tour, you will see the best that each island has to offer. There are free shuttles to take you to the shops and in some ports to the beach. We loved every minute of our time in Hawaii.
The food on the ship is okay, but not special although we did not eat at the specialty restaurants which cost a bit extra. We mainly ate at the quieter Liberty restaurant rather than the busier Skyline and ate breakfast at the Aloha cafe. The entertainment was quite good and we attended 4 nights choosing the Comedy night, Oh What a Night, Hollywood Legends and the final night which was a mixture of comedy and a tribute to Frankie Vallie. The best aspect of this cruise is spending two days on each island so if you miss something the first day, you get another chance on the second day. Staff on the ship were friendly and helpful, but embarkation can be a long tiring experience, so try and get there early. Disembarkation was a quick easy process, but organise private transport back to Honolulu as the buses take forever to leave,waiting for the slow ones to get off the ship. We left the ship at 8am and didn't get back to our hotel until 9.50am.