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Runbarb55's Port Reviews of Hilo, Maui, Kauai, Honolulu
Golden Princess cruise in December 2012
Member Name: Runbarb55
Cruise Date: December 2012
Embarkation: Los Angeles
Destination: Hawaii
Member Review: Runbarb55's Golden Princess Review
Hilo
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
The first port of call was Hilo. we opted to do this port on our own. We walked into the old town and found it charming and I bought a Hawaii long dress for 5.00. it started to really rain while in Hilo. We went to the tourism office and found that there was a bus we could take and it was free to seniors. We rode the bus to the mall to look for a Hawaiian Christmas tie. We the walked over to Hilo Hatties which is a shop linked to the ship somehow and they have a free shuttle to the port. I found their prices to be much higher than in old town Hilo. We ended up taking the public bus back to the port.

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Maui
Snorkeling Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
The next day we were in port at Maui. We took a ship excursion to two snorkel sites. We used the ship tour because Maui was a tender port and we knew if necessary the ship would wait for us. The excursion was ok but the ship was a mess. The crew were nice but when we got to the crater to snorkel you could see our boat was not as nice as the other boats. I noticed a few companies I had tried to book with but the ship schedule did not work. They cost less and had fewer people and really nice boats. Princess should find and new excursion company.


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Kauai
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
The next port was Kauai and we ended up renting a car at the last minute from the port for a great price. We drove to the canyon and then to the beach and it was a great day.

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Honolulu
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
On Honolulu , we had reservations for Pearl harbor. If you go, get reservations and your life will be a lot easier. We took the public bus and it was fine but took a good hour. The cabs were not that much and so much quicker. Lots to see and do.

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