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Sail Date: December 2008
As mentioned in the review - this was a great day. I would have liked more time here. Waimea Canyon was beautiful.
As mentioned in the review - this was a great day. I would have liked more time here. Waimea Canyon was beautiful. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
Rent a car and check out the Waimea Canyon - it's beautiful. We also took Wailea River/Fern Grotto boat trip - lots of fun.
Rent a car and check out the Waimea Canyon - it's beautiful. We also took Wailea River/Fern Grotto boat trip - lots of fun. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2009
Amazng Island. PoiPoi beach is great. Saw lots of Monk Seals. Also rented a car and drove the island. Lots to see and do just beautiful everywhere/
Amazng Island. PoiPoi beach is great. Saw lots of Monk Seals. Also rented a car and drove the island. Lots to see and do just beautiful everywhere/ Read Less
Sail Date: March 2009
We booked the Luau, Waimea (sp) canyon boat ride and fern grotto expedition with the ship with the romantic ceremony. This is another VERY worthwhile excursion (a bit pricey but very good). We stopped at a waterfall on the way to the ... Read More
We booked the Luau, Waimea (sp) canyon boat ride and fern grotto expedition with the ship with the romantic ceremony. This is another VERY worthwhile excursion (a bit pricey but very good). We stopped at a waterfall on the way to the canyon boat ride to the fern grotto. We returned to their tropical garden where they gave us a tour before the luau. The food was great (even the poi was good if you try it the way they suggest). The romantic ceremony (no extra charge) was very special and they even gave all the participants free orchid leis. This is a very beautiful and lush island. The captain has his work cut out for him, as he has to maneuver the ship (with help from a tug) around the breakwaters where there is barely enough room for the ship. It is interesting to watch how they accomplish this. Free shuttles available for Wal Mart and Hilo Hatties. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
Kauai is our favorite of the Hawaiian islands. This is a 'docked' port so you can get off the ship right away - no Tenders. We rented a car and drove to 'Backcountry Adventures' to do zip lining. We had done zip lining ... Read More
Kauai is our favorite of the Hawaiian islands. This is a 'docked' port so you can get off the ship right away - no Tenders. We rented a car and drove to 'Backcountry Adventures' to do zip lining. We had done zip lining at Princeville two years ago and had a fantastic time. There were a LOT of people doing the 'Tubing' adventure where you sit on an innertube and go through caverns/tunnels. I had read reviews that the Tubing was ok and you only have time for one excursion so we picked ziplining. The guides were FANTASTIC. Either tour (Princeville or BackCountry) is highly recommended. They are safety conscious yet they have a great sense of humor. Again - had to be back on the cruise by 5:15pm - so not much time to get the rental car - get to the tour - get back the rental car ... Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
On Thursday, we arrived at Kauai...my personal favorite! Our room was at the port side this time, so the other side gives much better views of the ocean and island. Once again, there were free shuttles to Kmart, Hilo Hatties, and Walmart. ... Read More
On Thursday, we arrived at Kauai...my personal favorite! Our room was at the port side this time, so the other side gives much better views of the ocean and island. Once again, there were free shuttles to Kmart, Hilo Hatties, and Walmart. Another nice shopping area here is called Anchor Cove Shops. I enjoyed this area, as there were a variety of shops. There were again, free shuttles to the beach, so no need to pay to go to the beach. We ordered lunch from room service, and it was nice. There was a fair variety, and quite convenient. We did tip the person that brought the food. At about 4:00pm, we caught the bus to take us over to the ships Luau. You get there sooner if you choose the 1st train trip, as they must get you to the plantation 1st! We were greeted with a flower lei. We did take the train tour, and it was pretty scenery. We then went over and found our table at the Luau. There was an open bar available, and also soft drinks. The dinner and show were very organized and pretty good. My mom wasn't crazy about the food, but I enjoyed trying the native things. There were a few vendors set up around the plantation before the show, and there were hand made items available for purchase. This Luau was nice, and included transportation, so we didn't need to rent a car. Back on the ship, my sister participated in a "game show" called "Match maker". She had been asked earlier in the week by a crew member, to join the show. It was fun to watch, but she wasn't chosen. On Friday, we were still on Kauai, and took our second tour with Roberts tours. This is the one that we chose when we changed our plans earlier in the week due to weather. This excursion included the Hanalei valley. We saw places where films had been made such as South Pacific and Blue Hawaii. We went to a pretty beach area, and viewed several places that were considered sacred to the natives. It was a beautiful tour of a beautiful island. This tour is what made me like this island the best. When I was here before, my husband and I took a tour via a fixed wing plane, called "Wings over Kauai". It seems that it was about $100 per person, which was very reasonable compared to the ships expensive air excursions! Check around, and make plans BEFORE you get on the ship, and you will save money!! As we pulled away from port, our balcony was a great place to view the NaPali coast. It can only be viewed from the air or a boat, as it is very rugged land. Again, we saw whales, which was a nice suprise!! Our bags were packed and ready to leave outside the door, as was requested. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
On this island, we ended up getting off the ship and went walking around the port to a shopping area, and found a beach nearby to take pics at, and of course, get a "shave ice"! We went to the Backcountry Zipline Tour and we did ... Read More
On this island, we ended up getting off the ship and went walking around the port to a shopping area, and found a beach nearby to take pics at, and of course, get a "shave ice"! We went to the Backcountry Zipline Tour and we did 7 levels of ziplines and that was the best time we had by far!! Mindy and Moses (our guides) were so much fun to hang out with and we even had an 82 yr. old couple on our tour that had a blast! We even got rained on and dried during each zip... afterwards, everybody wanted to do it again. The next morning, we got off the ship and went back to the shopping area around the bend and we were early for our Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tour, but decided to just enjoy the scenery and wait, but the instructor came out to us and asked if we were taking a ride and we told him that our time was later, but they took us right away and we were in the air before you knew it! This is absolutely the best way to see this gorgeous island! We hated to see our cruise end the next morning due to such a nice trip! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
Docked at Lihu'e, Kauai. Picked up Hertz car. Upgraded again for free because we had passengers. Drove rte 56 to Hanalei. Stopped at a couple of beaches. Took pictures of the wild chickens. Ask and they will tell you why there are ... Read More
Docked at Lihu'e, Kauai. Picked up Hertz car. Upgraded again for free because we had passengers. Drove rte 56 to Hanalei. Stopped at a couple of beaches. Took pictures of the wild chickens. Ask and they will tell you why there are thousands of chickens roaming around. Visited the seabirds at the Kilauea Lighthouse and wildlife refuge. Lighthouse is very picturesque. Moku'ae'ae Island below the lighthouse is northern most point in Hawaii. This is good place for whale sightings. Did not see any as it was late in the whale season. Drove as far as we could to Ha'ena State Park. Saw the mountain that was Bali Hai in movie South Pacific. Had another great lunch in a little restaurant in an old school building in Hanalei (recommended by one of the shop owners). Paid to park the car overnight near the dock. Got up early next morning and drove to Waimea Canyon. It lives up to its hype. Very impressive. Very different. Vast and colorful. Go early before clouds roll in and obscure view. Drove back to the beaches at Po'ipu. Very beautiful. A resort area. Great lava tubes at Spouting Horn Park. The ship cruised the Napali coast  from 5pm to about 9pm. Sitting on your balcony watching the lush scenery go by (also saw 2 whale eruptions) is unbelievable. Culminated this day with a sunset dinner on the fantail. A beautiful ending to a wonderous trip. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
Another great port.  The Islands are so different from one another!  We took a tour with a wonderful girl named Lisa who showed us around the Island.  This Island is different from one side to the next - totally different scenery and ... Read More
Another great port.  The Islands are so different from one another!  We took a tour with a wonderful girl named Lisa who showed us around the Island.  This Island is different from one side to the next - totally different scenery and landscape.  We visited a coffee plantation, the twin waterfalls....and there are chickens everywhere!!  It was a very entertaining and informative 4 hours and very reasonably priced.  There were lots of tours available once we got off the ship as well as ones you could book with the ship.  Lots of choices! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2009
We rented a car through NCL and went to Waimea Canyon and to Poipu to see the spouting horn (very cool) and turtles swimming nearby. Waimea is definitely worth the trip, however you decide to do it. Our second day in Kauai we went on the ... Read More
We rented a car through NCL and went to Waimea Canyon and to Poipu to see the spouting horn (very cool) and turtles swimming nearby. Waimea is definitely worth the trip, however you decide to do it. Our second day in Kauai we went on the Jungle Falls by Kayak. It was great!!!!! Kayaking was easy and very beautiful, hiking was good exercise and well worth it to see the gorgeous waterfalls. Lunch excellent. Guides fun! If you are in pretty good physical shape, this is a great excursion. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2009
My only complain is that a day and a half in Kauai is not enough.    We had been there 3 times before,   so it wasn't so bad,  but for first timers,   there is some much to do.We did a kayak trip (which are more like canoes ... Read More
My only complain is that a day and a half in Kauai is not enough.    We had been there 3 times before,   so it wasn't so bad,  but for first timers,   there is some much to do.We did a kayak trip (which are more like canoes than real kayaks) up the Wailiu river to some waterfalls were you can go under the falls and swim.   Second day we rented a car and went to Hanalei Bay.   Later in the afternoon,  the ship goes up around the Napli coast, which is awesome.   I have seen the coast by helicopter and zodiac,  but never from a couple of miles off shore on a ship. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2009
This is about the only Island that has not been adulterated by the tourist hustle. Breathtaking views and vistas are still for the taking. But remember, the cab drivers on all the islands are jaded. Busing around is fine. Best bet on any ... Read More
This is about the only Island that has not been adulterated by the tourist hustle. Breathtaking views and vistas are still for the taking. But remember, the cab drivers on all the islands are jaded. Busing around is fine. Best bet on any of the islands is to rent your own car and make your day at your leisure. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2009
On Kauai, my wife and I had planned to do one of the ship’s Zip line tours. We got as far as signing our life away, boarding the van and driving a short distance, when our driver was told that the trip was cancelled. My guess is that NCL ... Read More
On Kauai, my wife and I had planned to do one of the ship’s Zip line tours. We got as far as signing our life away, boarding the van and driving a short distance, when our driver was told that the trip was cancelled. My guess is that NCL hates to cancel tours because they lose the revenue, but someone said that there were flood conditions in the area we were going, so it wasn’t safe. So the second thing I really wanted to experience was thwarted. Bummed, we went back to the ship and sulked until we learned that Birdnutty and her husband were coming back from an aborted trip to Waimea Canyon, so they picked us up and we all went off to explore Kauai on our own by car. We headed up the Kuhio Highway to the North Shore, where we saw the lighthouse at Kilauea Point, several rare birds, and even a seal sunning himself on the rocks below. Further down the road we entered Hanalei, saw the beautiful bay and taro fields, and discovered a distant waterfall at least 3000 feet high. It was getting dark (and we were getting hungry), so we headed back to the ship for the day. For our last day on Kauai, we had arranged with Blue Hawaiian for a helicopter tour. We booked online a couple of weeks in advance because it is about $30 per person cheaper to do it online than to wait until you get there. It’s still not cheap – about $200 per person – but oh, is it worth it!! Blue Hawaiian won’t fly if the weather’s bad – in fact, the tours had been cancelled the day before so we were pretty assured that we’d either get to fly or get our money back. This 50 minute helicopter tour of Kauai was the high point of our two weeks in Hawaii. It rained quite heavily in the mountains the day before (thwarting our plans, remember?), but that made for a spectacular array of waterfalls to appear – literally hundreds of them. Our pilot, Andy, took us right up close to see them. The other scenery was also magnificent. There are many areas on Kauai that are not accessible by car or trail, but we were able to see them in their natural beauty from the air. You can kinda get a sense of what you’ll see from the videos posted on their web site, http://www.bluehawaiian.com/kauai/video/, but the actual experience is way better. The ride is much smoother than on a plane, and the pilots take great care to make sure you have a pleasant flight. I’d recommend that you bite the bullet and book this tour. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
We took a helicopter tour through Blue Hawaiian, which was spectacular. It is very easy to get to their offices from the port- take the free shuttle to the little shopping center and they are right there.
We took a helicopter tour through Blue Hawaiian, which was spectacular. It is very easy to get to their offices from the port- take the free shuttle to the little shopping center and they are right there. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
The wagon trek/zipline was not as advertised, it was a disappointment and nothing against the folks running it, it was just not what was expected. The Na-Pali trek was very good, watch for dolphins.
The wagon trek/zipline was not as advertised, it was a disappointment and nothing against the folks running it, it was just not what was expected. The Na-Pali trek was very good, watch for dolphins. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
We planned to do only 1 expensive thing and this was it. We flew with Wings Over Kauai. Half the price of a helicopter tour and one of the BEST 2 tours we have ever done (the other being sailing with Calabazza in Barbados). Very ... Read More
We planned to do only 1 expensive thing and this was it. We flew with Wings Over Kauai. Half the price of a helicopter tour and one of the BEST 2 tours we have ever done (the other being sailing with Calabazza in Barbados). Very professional and personable. Highly recommend this company. after I flight we were driven back to the ship. We changed into our swim suits and returned to the nearby beach. Beautiful. We enjoyed lunch at Duke's Canoe Club on the beach. Did some shopping and returned to the ship about 5:00. Great day. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2009
Took the tubing trip which was great. We were driven into the back country by fun and interesting guides and had a blast on the tubing trip....two thumbs up! Since this was a morning tour, we had the afternoon to explore on our own. ... Read More
Took the tubing trip which was great. We were driven into the back country by fun and interesting guides and had a blast on the tubing trip....two thumbs up! Since this was a morning tour, we had the afternoon to explore on our own. There's a trolley from the ship to the village and beaches...we had an excellent time! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2009
Kauai. Due to the excursion we had little time to explore on our own. The NaPali coast was breathtaking, but the scuba dive had no marine life to look at, the inflatable Zodiac raft/boat was OK but a very bumpy ride. Be sure to wear sun ... Read More
Kauai. Due to the excursion we had little time to explore on our own. The NaPali coast was breathtaking, but the scuba dive had no marine life to look at, the inflatable Zodiac raft/boat was OK but a very bumpy ride. Be sure to wear sun protection, for some reason I got sun-poisoning on the front of my legs and it was uncomfortable for days after. I had checked online for doing this on our own, but both time wise and price the ship's excursion was the best bet. Many pax, esp. those who had been on the islands before rented cars and were fine with doing it at each port. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2009
In Kauai we just rented a car and went our own way and I have to say it was the best decision! There's a free shuttle to the rental car places, just be sure to reserve the car before you go so they have it waiting for you. If you ... Read More
In Kauai we just rented a car and went our own way and I have to say it was the best decision! There's a free shuttle to the rental car places, just be sure to reserve the car before you go so they have it waiting for you. If you don't try to go first thing in the morning you won't have to worry about lines. We went around 9 and there was no one in the car rental place at all! Less than 10 minutes we were driving! We got the GPS thing and were glad we did, made me feel better. But it's a really easy island to get around on and if you get the Revealed books you'll have plenty of maps. We spent the day first at Waimea Canyon. I was glad we drove ourselves, we stopped at every single lookout along the way and could stay as long as we wanted. Definitely go see it, it's an amazing site and so beautiful. I think it was my husband's favorite place on the whole trip. It's like seeing the Grand Canyon, just a little smaller. We then drove over to the Kilauea Lighthouse (north shore, long drive back lol). If you like birds you'll love this place. It's a bird sanctuary. We didn't know that, I just wanted to see the lighthouse. It was a neat stop. If you don't like birds or lighthouses don't bother. The view was fantastic. It'll cost you $5 to get in. We then had a pre-booked tour with Smith's to see the Fern Grotto Wailua River Cruise, followed by the Smith's Tropical Paradise Luau. The fern grotto is neat to see, but don't book through NCL. It's not worth the money they charge. Smith's charged $20 per person, and it's probably worth about $10. But it was a nice way to spend an hour before going to the luaua. Be sure to take bug spray, the mosquitoes ate me alive! They used to have weddings back in there, it's quite beautiful. We did the Smith's luau instead of the NCL arranged one because we read good things about it in the Revealed books. We also heard from locals that Smiths is the best. The food was fantastic, except for the mashed potatoes which are instant. Don't eat them lol. They really shouldn't bother, I was surprised to see them. They have an open bar, and the drinks were great. The show was very nice. The whole evening was very very nice and the price we paid for the whole thing was so much better than the NCL arranged one. We drove back to the boat and parked in a special lot marked "cruise ship overnight parking". Be sure to get there early (before 9:30 or 10:00 at night). There were only around 5 spots left by the time we got there and the guy had gone home for the evening. we went ahead and parked and paid him in the morning when we left. If you leave before 7 am you won't have to pay at all as he won't be there that early. If he's there, it's $20. If there aren't spots left, I heard people were parking at the airport and getting a cab back. The next day we drove out to a beach recommended in the Revealed book and had a great time just hanging out on the beach. A giant sea turtle had crawled up on shore to have a little sun so we got some cool pictures of that and hung out with him all day! It was such a relaxing day. We took the car back, free shuttle back to the boat in plenty of time for the 1:30 deadline. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
I thought that the port was a delight and it was so good to see all the fauna on this island, I took the helicopter ride and it was the most fantastic hour imaginable. I would recommend this tour to all as it is the best way to see all ... Read More
I thought that the port was a delight and it was so good to see all the fauna on this island, I took the helicopter ride and it was the most fantastic hour imaginable. I would recommend this tour to all as it is the best way to see all the waterfalls. Read Less

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