We really learned a lot from using this website so feel obligated to provide our review! Our group of six had taken several cruises together but none had been to hawaii. Coming from the east coast we struggled with the time change and long trip so not sure that we will make this trip again. That's why it was such a great itinerary. We spent two nts in Honolulu before leaving, and climbed diamond head at sunrise since we were up anyway. It was tough for this over 50 group but we were so glad we did it! We spent one day just driving around the island on our own, which was fun,took a few hours but allowed us to see a lot. Car rental wasnt bad but there is cheap public transportation as well.Then we boarded on Saturday, visited the sports bar to watch some important basketball games and had dinner in specialty restaurant, Jefferson bistro for a sampling of all the restaurants. Good tip I saw on here. We ate there another night as well and ate at buffet a couple of times but ate out More
whenever wwe stayed in ports long enough. That may seem silly when your meals are paid for but we like to try restaurants and had some great meals on the islands. The food was good though and having been on othe lines, we felt it compared well if not better than the others. Breakfast was great with omelet stations and the small fridg in the room was nice to have even though we didn't use it.
Rooms are small but we are rarely in them and there was a good amount of storage. We enjoyed our balconies immensely! The climate is so nice you can keep your door open and add to room space! We really loved the Toby beau show, best music show we have ever seen on any cruise and the other bars where singers performed were every nice. Didnt see the comedian.We Found the staff to be very nice and enjoyed talking with them,so that was much better than prior reviews had indicated. Really, we are on vacation to be with each other and pretty low maintenance but all agree this was a great trip and we just really a re amazed that more lines aren't doing this trip. Would have hated to spend days at sea just to get to the islands and back to mainland. Less
The park was great and we we're really glad we did it but our van was truly not safe to be on the road,watch out for island marketing, a booking company that simply sets up tours with local operators. They would note refund our ones even though we foundation slip of paper in the van saying that the wheel was not working correctly and the entire van rattled! Hilo is not a very impressive port.
We did a lot in Maui, maybe too much!! We had one member ride the bike down Haleakala and the rest went over to Lahaina the first day. Had a great dinner at royal palms that night
next day went on an all day tour of road to Hana. A lot of cool sights but we grew weary of an entire day in a van on a winding road with no real time for stops! Don't recommend driving it though just maybe doing half of it would be plenty if you can pick what you really want to see. We liked the seven sacred pools and just the black sand beaches with lava tube. If you are up to it do more inking to waterfalls,etc and enjoy the wonderful climate
This was an awesome experience and having done a helicopter flight over the grand canyon, I felt this was much smoother and easier on the stomach! We thought our pilot Brian did a nice job and had no problems with anything although this was also booked through island marketing. (see Hilo port) the ship also goes around the coast which was awesome so if you don't want to fly over just be sure to be out on deck on the second day as you leave for Honolulu
Mona has a nice little port areas but we didn't entire far from there. Had spent the day before in Hilo doing a tour of volcano, etc so we were not wanting to be in a car all day again. We went to outrigger hotel on 2.00 shuttle and had a nice lunch and some beach time. Beaches aren't much though unless you drive for a long way, pretty small and rocky, saw some turtles though!