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chimeara's Port Reviews of Honolulu, Maui, Kona, Hilo
Rhapsody of the Seas cruise in April 2012
Member Name: chimeara
Cruise Date: April 2012
Embarkation: Honolulu
Destination: Hawaii
Member Review: chimeara's Rhapsody of the Seas Review
Honolulu
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Honolulu's port was simple and easy to get around. We rented our own vehicle and did our own thing. Lots to do on Oahu. We enjoyed Kuloa Ranch, where we did a 2hr ATV ride, and 1 hour jungle tour. Both fantastic. Movie set tours apparently pretty boring, as the ATV does the same thing. Hanauma Bay for snorkeling, it was okay... I've done better snorkeling the the Caribbeans. Germaine's Laua, VERY good... well worth it. Pearl Harbor... wonderful but do it yourself, we missed out on BB Missouri. Felt like the Arizona/Pearl/City tour was boring.

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Maui
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
This was in Lahaina.... a Tender port. Tenders always slow things down, but we were there for two days. We drove to Ioa Valley, it's nice, if you're on your own time and no tour, then you get to see more and swim more. Road to Hana is LONG. 36 miles that took us easily 3 hours stopping to take pictures. Not much to do in Hana... like... nothing. They have 2 restaurants. That's it. Haleaka for sunrise is pretty cool. It's definitely a nice sight. But it's cold. We're from Canada... we brought heavy sweater... but should have brought a parka, mittens, scarf. The Beaches are nice in Maui.. so enjoy the sun.
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Kona
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Another Tender boat. And the fact the ship takes off earlier than other ports to catch the Lava at midnight off the ocean, didn't allow us to have much time. Our original plan was to drive to Hilo and skip the boat for a night, but RCCL doesn't permit it due to Jones Act (ridiculous).

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Hilo
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Nice port. Lots to do here too.. and not enough time. We missed out on the waterfalls, but where we missed, we gain at the National Volcano Park, where you still craters, and steam vents and beautiful wild jungle. Also caught a helicopter ride over the volcanoes, a little expensive, but well, well worth it.

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