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NativeTexanCruiser's Port Reviews of Maui, Honolulu, Kauai, Ensenada
Sapphire Princess cruise in February 2012
Member Name: NativeTexanCruiser
Cruise Date: February 2012
Embarkation: Los Angeles
Destination: Hawaii
Member Review: NativeTexanCruiser's Sapphire Princess Review
Maui
Whale Watching Rating: 5+ out of 5+
As the whales migrate to the warm waters to give birth & mate, there was an abundance of whales! You could easily see them all around the ship and if we had known that, we could have saved our money...but we still enjoyed it!


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Honolulu
Pearl Harbor Rating: 1.0 out of 5+
Bus driver didn't give us enough time to walk to the theater and have time to use the restrooms beforehand...so we missed our ride across the harbor to visit the USS Arizona Memorial. Tried to catch the next ride but were turned away by the operators. Poor communication beforehand explaining exactly how all this works on a time schedule in which there is no flexibility. HUGELY DISAPPOINTED!!!


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Kauai
Kipu Ranch ATV Tour Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
It was not a tour of the workings of a cattle ranch as we had hoped, but rather just a tour of scenery which was awesome! The young guide told us we had to drive fast or we'd lose him and get lost ourselves, so the driver did not get to look around too much as some of the trails were harrowing. He did stop and point out where several movies were filmed and gave us a cold drink & cookies. It had recently rained so our clothes were splattered with red mud which did not come out in the wash. We could not get a taxi to return to take us back to the ship, so our young guide graciously drove us back in his own truck! We really appreciated that and tipped him well.


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Ensenada
Port Rating: Not Rated
We arrived at 4pm greeted by dozens of sea lions lying on the shore, needless to say it was smelly disembarking. Then we had to wait in long, disorganized lines (more like people shoving & running up to buses) to board the shuttle buses which took you to the market area. They charged $3 going & $2 returning. It was a small town in Mexico so if you've ever visited Mexico..there's not much to say. We did not feel comfortable being off the ship as darkness fell. We hurried back on board after having one cerveza with nachos at a bar run by an American! We laughed at that, but felt safer! We did no shopping.

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