A bit of background, we've been cruising for a number of years with our kids and have used several different companies. Last year we cruised for the first time with Norwegian and vowed to never cruise with them again for a host of reasons (being nickel and dimed to death, mediocre service, ship etc.). However we really wanted to explore the Hawaiian Islands without spending many days at sea and this is the only option. After many, many requests from my better half to reconsider we booked the cruise albeit half heartedly after reading some of the reviews on here. We still feel the nickel and diming is annoying but the cruise itself beat our expectations easily!
updated fairly recently it was always clean and is very easy to navigate, we had an obstructed view cabin and in all honesty it didn't matter - you're off the ship so much that an inside cabin would have been just as fine (and cheaper). Our room steward (Kris) was fantastic - always attentive to our requests and did a great job!
The dining room staff were also very friendly and seemed to be run off their feet most nights but still had a quick smile when they interacted with us. The only issue we had with the dining room was the time it takes to get served (not the problem of the wait staff), I feel that the freestyle approach means that the kitchen is stretch too thin as theirs no 'concentration' of cooks working on entrees/appetizers etc. one evening we left after an hour and a half before we got to dessert. There's no shortage of places to eat - we loved the Diner and the Asian restaurant had really great food, the buffet was as good as any we've experienced in the past.
The ports of call are perfect, we hired a car on 2 of the islands and saw so much! we booked all of our excursions of the ship and saved a ton of money.
We would highly recommend this cruise as a way to see the islands without breaking the bank, the ship is basically a floating all inclusive hotel that has something for everyone.
Smaller than on newer ships but adequately appointed - the bathroom is small (especially for someone over 6').
The ONLY way to see the island! we called as soon as we docked and dealing directly with Island Helicopters was a breeze and saved a lot of money! The scenery is breathtaking!View All 69 Helicopter Tour Reviews
Spent the last morning on the beach by the Marriott hotel, a perfect swimming beach with the little guy and a perfect way to end the cruise!
The hop on off bus runs up and the coast and is great value and very entertaining! A great way to see the sights
Hired a car again, amazing time at the Volcanoes National park - be sure to check out the lava tubes!
Bit of island exploring - visit the Macadamia nut factory - great ice cream! Heading through town and then to Rainbow falls - very picturesque
Hired a car for the 2 days, drove up to the crater (bring a warm jacket at least!), amazing views and drive!.
Stumbled on a beach that the locals hung out on and saw 4 giant turtles on the beach and in the ocean - great day.