We have just returned from a fabulous trip that I would recommend to anyone thinking of going to Hawaii. We stayed for five nights at the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach prior to embarking on what I can only describe as a very enjoyable holiday. This hotel was in a prime position for not only the beach but for strolling around Honolulu and the many shops. I would strongly recommend it.
We arrived at the pier about 2pm and were on the ship within about 15 to 20 minutes at the most. We were travelling with friends who also had children (ages 8, 9 & 10) and they too were on the ship in no time.
Our room steward, Anthony, was absolutely wonderful. He was very polite and friendly as was all the staff we encountered. I was at a loss to understand how anyone could go on this ship and not have a good time (although there was one young 20 something travelling with her parents and she complained about everything. My suggestion to her would be to grow up and stop sponging off your parents because when she wasn't around they seemed to be enjoying themselves).
We did a shore tour booked with NCL in every port and absolutely loved every one of them. You might pay a bit more but as the old saying goes "you get what you pay for".
We went to a show every evening, as did our children, and again couldn't fault them. Some of the acts had us in stitches of laughter.
The food was plentiful and they catered for all tastes. We ate mostly at the buffets but did manage to have a few evenings in the dining rooms.
There is only one way to sum up this holiday - you don't have to cook, make a bed or do any housework and you get to experience things as a family in one of the most beautiful places on earth - what more could you ask for. Oh and if you're wondering, yes we have cruised before and this ship and its crew are just as good.