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soxfan1495's Port Reviews of Honolulu, Maui, Hilo, Kona, Kauai
Pride of America cruise in June 2012
Member Name: soxfan1495
Cruise Date: June 2012
Embarkation: Honolulu
Destination: Hawaii
Member Review: soxfan1495's Pride of America Review
Honolulu
Pearl Harbor Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
A very meaningful stop. Good presentation that brings history to life.


Polynesian Cultural Center Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
This is a long drive, but it is worth it if you want to learn about the cultures of the various islands that make up Polynesia. In addition, there is an entertaining show called "Ha, the Breath of Life." We purchased the "ambassador package" which provided a guide. Although pricey, we thought this was worth it. The guides, all students from the Polynesian islands featured a the PCC did a nice job.


Dolphin Swim Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
This excursion involved snorkeling in the same area as dolphins. A nice opportunity to get close to nature... if the dolphins wanted to cooperate (which they eventually did).


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Maui
Iao Valley Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
OK to see, but not as interesting as other things on the island.


Road to Hana Rating: 5+ out of 5+
This was probably the highlight of our trip. Well worth it if you have a private guide who knows the hidden spots to visit.


Haleakala Crater Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
A very interesting experience, even if it is cold, windy, and rainy, during your visit (as it was for us).


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Hilo
Akaka Falls Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Probably the best falls we saw. Very high.


Botanical Garden Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
This was a surprisingly nice stop. It was beautiful and we would definitely recommend seeing this. It doesn't take too long but is really special.


Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Interesting stop, especially if you are interested in geology. We actually liked the Botanical Gardens more.


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Kona
Glass Bottom Boat Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Fun experience for those in our group who were not interested in snorkeling but wanted to see fish.


Rafting Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Captain Zodiac rafting took us to a wonderful snorkeling spot. Many nice photos there of colorful fish. The guide was friendly, and very competent.


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Kauai
Zip-Lining Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
This was more fun than expected. We took the zip and splash tour. This included a couple of nice long zip lines, an opportunity to zip over and drop into a refreshing fresh water pool, and a nice lunch. All near where parts of Jurassic Park were filmed. Very competent guides.


Flightseeing Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We enjoyed the airplane tour over Kauai much more than the photo tour, but both were good to do.


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