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Queen of the Queen's Port Reviews of Maui, Honolulu, Hilo, Kauai
Golden Princess cruise in March 2012
Member Name: Queen of the Queen
Cruise Date: March 2012
Embarkation: Los Angeles
Destination: Hawaii
Member Review: Queen of the Queen's Golden Princess Review
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
This is a tender port and you are let off right in town. Since we have been here before, we did the historical walk recommended by the tourtist office. It is interesting but had to stop because of the pouring rain.

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Polynesian Cultural Center Rating: 5+ out of 5+
We contacted the Polynesian Cultural Center directly and signed on for the Around the Island Tour and the General Admission, since we had been there before and did not want to stay for the dinner/show. Although it rained all day, we enjoyed all the stops on the tour. We were very pleased with all the stops, however, the bus was an hour late in arriving at the pick up point and so we missed an hour at the Center. We did get to see the Pagent, enjoyable in the rain, and did get to see four villages. We would highly recommend booking this tour directly and not through the ship which is much more expensive for the same experience.

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City Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We had used the same tour guide, Ricky's Tours, last year, however, we followed a different itinerary.

Although it rained, we did see Banyan Tree Drive, The Rainbow Falls, which were really flowing because of all the rain. We went to Mauna Loa Nut Company and had the best pineapple ice cream! We visited the Akatsuka Orchid Garden and it was very interesting. We went to Richardson Ocean Beach park to see the black sand beach and the waves were really high! I would recommend booking a private tour, since with fewer people is was nice getting in and out of the van quickly.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
This was part of our six hour city tour. We went to the Volcano National Park but it was difficult to see the crater becasue of the fog. The Jaggar Museum was interesting, and we loved walkling through the Thurston Lava Tube. We also saw the Kilauea Iki Crater.

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Wailua River Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
We booked a tour called The Wailua River and Fern Grotto. There was a boat ride to the Fern Grotto with entertainment of singing and hula dancing. Because of the rain, they had to sing the "Hawaiian Love Song" on the boat. It did clear up by the time we arrived at the Grotto and so we had a pleasant walk. We also visited the Opaekaa Falls and they were really flowing because it had been raining for a few days. We stopped at Ahukini Landing, a beach with lovely views. We prefer private tours, however, we were unable to arrange for one and so took the ships tour. It takes so long to get on and off the bus that it takes away from the pleasure.

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