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Sail Date: May 2014
After the buffet breakfast, we headed out for our Kauai excursion to the Waimea Canyon, on an air conditioned bus. Our driver was very knowledgeable, and gave us a good description of the scenery along the way, stopping for us to buy ... Read More
After the buffet breakfast, we headed out for our Kauai excursion to the Waimea Canyon, on an air conditioned bus. Our driver was very knowledgeable, and gave us a good description of the scenery along the way, stopping for us to buy souvenirs, use restrooms, and get refreshments. We even saw a small blowhole, and a lot of wild roosters along the road. The “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” was amazing, and we thoroughly enjoyed the view. The restrooms were not the best, so I advise using one on the last stop before the Canyon. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
I had booked the “Heaven and Earth Quest” through NCL and this was one of my favorite excursions. This was another small-group tour that combined a tour of the Coconut Coast and a helicopter ride. Wow! From a picnic next to ... Read More
I had booked the “Heaven and Earth Quest” through NCL and this was one of my favorite excursions. This was another small-group tour that combined a tour of the Coconut Coast and a helicopter ride. Wow! From a picnic next to gorgeous Hanalei bay to soaring over “Jurassic Falls,” Waimea Canyon and the Na Pali Coast, this was just spectacular. We were blessed with good weather, which was important because things took a turn for worse on the following day. The helicopter company was Blue Hawaiian. The ride was smooth and the pilot was great and very informative. There was even a musical soundtrack! We had an opportunity to purchase a video of our flight - be aware that if you want to take it with you, they will give you an .avi file on an SD card. If you want a DVD, they will have to ship it to you. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2013
We organised this private tour with Jay Dorrance of Tread LIghtly and we could not have been happier. Travelling with Jay was like travelling with an old friend, he was so accommodating and went out of his way to ensure we had a special ... Read More
We organised this private tour with Jay Dorrance of Tread LIghtly and we could not have been happier. Travelling with Jay was like travelling with an old friend, he was so accommodating and went out of his way to ensure we had a special day. He took us to some of his favourite places, including a Hindu Monastery, Opaeka'a Falls, north to the lookout over Hanalei Bay, out to Lumahai beach, then back to swim and relax at his secret little beach at Anini. Afterwards we stopped to view the lighthouse at Kilauea, before stopping at a favourite eatery for a grass fed Kauai beef burger. Finally, we stopped at Gilligans Island for a photo shoot before heading back to the ship. It was an 8 hour day, so worth every cent. I highly recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2013
Again we rented a car and toured around ourselves. We snorkeled at Poi'pu beach and saw beautiful fish. We drove to Waimea and found black sand beaches.
Again we rented a car and toured around ourselves. We snorkeled at Poi'pu beach and saw beautiful fish. We drove to Waimea and found black sand beaches. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2012
Kauai was the last port of call after four days of going flat-out in other locations so we weren't particularly adventurous. There were the usual free shuttles waiting at the end of the gangway. I wanted to go to the beach so we got ... Read More
Kauai was the last port of call after four days of going flat-out in other locations so we weren't particularly adventurous. There were the usual free shuttles waiting at the end of the gangway. I wanted to go to the beach so we got aboard the Harbor Mall shuttle which dropped us off across the road from Kalapaki Beach behind the Marriot resort (5 minute walk from back of mall where shuttle stops). The beach was very pleasant. The weather the day we visited was somewhat overcast and breezy which didn't bother me but probably kept the crowds away. There is a surf school on site as well as Duke's Barefoot Bar/Restaurant but I just spread out a towel and alternated between playing in the relatively gentle surf and resting on the beach. After working up an appetite playing in the water I wandered back to the mall which is small and only has 4 food choices (pub, pizza, Mexican). I picked the Kalapaki Joe's sports restaurant which seemed to have as many locals as tourists. I chose the Blackened Ahi Salad (13.99), a big chunk of ahi with a tasty sesame dressing on the side over a massive plate of salad. I ate all of the fish and half of the salad so I could have the Kauai pie for dessert (8.99 but worth it - could easily be shared). Not much at this struggling little mall; thought about walking down the road to the Anchor Cove mall but decided to head back to the ship and wash the sand out of my hair. Shuttle comes by every 10-12 minutes, traffic not an issue on Kauai. Security checked ID and room keys from the shuttle so he could drop us right next to the ship; less walking on the way home=priceless. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2011
Wings Over Kauai was impressive as was the snorkel beach at Poipu, saw a whale from our balcony as we entered the harbor..
Wings Over Kauai was impressive as was the snorkel beach at Poipu, saw a whale from our balcony as we entered the harbor.. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2011
Kauai - Our favourite Island on the trip. What can I say??? Ten minute walk into town, to the lovely Marriott Hotel and a nice sandy beach & clear water. Good for a lunch & drinks overlooking the beach. Lovely green soft grass ... Read More
Kauai - Our favourite Island on the trip. What can I say??? Ten minute walk into town, to the lovely Marriott Hotel and a nice sandy beach & clear water. Good for a lunch & drinks overlooking the beach. Lovely green soft grass under the palm trees. Try the outrigger rides with the local people, they take you out in the canoe, then all row fast, to catch & ride the waves. (Great stuff) Definitely take the WAimea Canyon, its worth every cent, to see such a sight. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2011
First day on Kauai we rented a car and headed to "Wings Over Kauai" for a plane ride. We rented the entire airplane for the six of us and had a fantastic experience. I can't say enough nice things about their outfit. We had ... Read More
First day on Kauai we rented a car and headed to "Wings Over Kauai" for a plane ride. We rented the entire airplane for the six of us and had a fantastic experience. I can't say enough nice things about their outfit. We had made arrangements beforehand and they did not even ask for a deposit. Be forewarned you will be weighed after cruising for six days! It was a beautiful day and our pilot made sure we knew all that was going on and took care to look out for those of us prone to any motion sickness or trepidation about a small plane (my first experience and I was nervous, but it was great). It's a wonderful alternative to the helicopters and far less expensive. You see Kauai from a panoramic view. We were given a DVD with our group photo after the tour, no extra charge. (By this point of the cruise I'd had it with being nickeled and dimed to death). This was one of the highlights of our trip, and when we did the sail by the coast from the ship I felt like I'd already experienced the coast's beauty. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2011
Easy on and off. Close walking distance to great beach and restaurant area. Best place to do a helicopter tour. For the Smith's Fern Grotto tour, I recommend catching a cab, $25.00 per cab each way, and paying for the $20.00 tickets ... Read More
Easy on and off. Close walking distance to great beach and restaurant area. Best place to do a helicopter tour. For the Smith's Fern Grotto tour, I recommend catching a cab, $25.00 per cab each way, and paying for the $20.00 tickets at the Smith's ticket window at the marina. They also offer a 10% AAA discount on the tickets. The ship charges $70.00 per person, so by taking a cab a group of 4 can save $150.00. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2011
We took a short walk to shops near the dock before returning to the ship to catch the shuttle for a helicopter tour we'd booked. Although it was a bit cloudy, vision was good, and the views were spectacular. It was an expensive, but ... Read More
We took a short walk to shops near the dock before returning to the ship to catch the shuttle for a helicopter tour we'd booked. Although it was a bit cloudy, vision was good, and the views were spectacular. It was an expensive, but truly memorable experience, with each sight more breathtaking than the next. We flew near remote coastal areas, mountain peaks, and waterfalls, and the pilot pointed out several sites used to film movies, including "Jurassic Park" and "South Pacific". Each helicopter carried six passengers and a pilot, and seats were assigned according to weight. Passengers were asked to step on a scale when arriving in the office, but it was positioned so that only the person checking you in could read the weight. Cameras recorded the flight and copies were available for purchase, and passengers were cautioned that any comments they made would be included in the recording. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2010
Kauai is absolutely gorgeous. By far this was our favorite Island. So beautiful and quiet. We loved the chickens, enjoyed our tour, loved the beach.
Kauai is absolutely gorgeous. By far this was our favorite Island. So beautiful and quiet. We loved the chickens, enjoyed our tour, loved the beach. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2010
We had an overnight in Kauaii which means you basically don't have to be back at the ship at any certain time. You could stay out all night if you chose. So we rented a car and saw the Waimea Canyon. I highly recommend seeing this. ... Read More
We had an overnight in Kauaii which means you basically don't have to be back at the ship at any certain time. You could stay out all night if you chose. So we rented a car and saw the Waimea Canyon. I highly recommend seeing this. It's called the Grand Canyon of Hawaii for good reason. It is stunning! We then hit the beach down south in Poipu. We then hoofed it up North to Hanalei to watch the sunset. This was really probably too much, and it was a little scary taking the tiny little road back in the dark, but we felt like we got our money's worth. The next day, the ship sailed by the amazing Napali coast which can only be seen by foot, ship or from the air as it's too mountainous to have a road. It was an incredible view and a shower popped up creating an amazing rainbow! This was the perfect ending to a perfect trip. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2014
Very disappointing. We booked a plane tour which was canceled due to weather. Since all morning ones were already booked, they gave us an afternoon flight. Wings Over Kauai called us 2 minutes before pick up time and said our flight is ... Read More
Very disappointing. We booked a plane tour which was canceled due to weather. Since all morning ones were already booked, they gave us an afternoon flight. Wings Over Kauai called us 2 minutes before pick up time and said our flight is cancelled. By that time it was too late to do anything else, so we walked around and returned to the ship. Basically have not seen anything in Kauai. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2012
Kauai was not prepared for us but had a good rustic old fashioned farmers market with interesting handmade items otherwise not a great place to spend the day with nowhere to sit and rest. It was long walk to get a cab but where's all ... Read More
Kauai was not prepared for us but had a good rustic old fashioned farmers market with interesting handmade items otherwise not a great place to spend the day with nowhere to sit and rest. It was long walk to get a cab but where's all the nice hotels, scenery and shopping? Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
I think by this stop, the teenagers were revolting from getting up early every day. My husband and I got off the ship at 8 to pick up the mini-van, then parked it at Anchor Cove, close to the ship. My husband was still wondering where his ... Read More
I think by this stop, the teenagers were revolting from getting up early every day. My husband and I got off the ship at 8 to pick up the mini-van, then parked it at Anchor Cove, close to the ship. My husband was still wondering where his stay-cation was, so he and son hung out on shipe while my cousin and I drove the girls to Poipu Beach and the spouting horn. This was beautiful and probably the most relaxing time of the trip. The girls loved the shopping at the Spouting Horn! We got the van back to boys at 1:30 so my husband could take son to golf at Wailua Municipal Golf Course. Son is a beginner and wanted to play golf in Hawaii, but I didn't want to pay $200 for him to do this. They got in about 9 holes (course was scenic, but busy) before son came back to the ship to join us for the luau we had booked thru the ship. Luau was good...something the kids wanted to do. Most enjoyable part to me was getting sat at a table with 5 Australians (dad & mom and 3 teenagers/young adults) and getting to visit with them and share knowledge of their country and lifestyle. The last day we did a kayak trip to Jungle Falls. The ship's excursion was full, but we booked thru an agent at Anchor Cove (a lot cheaper, but probably cheaper still if you just drive directly to it). Again, very enjoyable, very memorable. Another tip I picked up from cruise critic was to bring sandwich bags and pack your own lunch from the breakfast buffet in the Aloha (PB&J or ham & cheese + fruit). We used this time/money saving tip for the Road to Hana, Volcanoes National Park and the Jungle Trek in Kuaia. There is not enough time in the day to do everything you want. Cram in as much as you can and enjoy. I think looking back even the teenagers will appreciate it! Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2018
Because of the inclement weather, there wasn’t much to do but go to the local nearby ABC stores and Walmart. There was only one shuttle available to shuttle the whole ship, (or those who decided to get off and go to Walmart). Waiting was ... Read More
Because of the inclement weather, there wasn’t much to do but go to the local nearby ABC stores and Walmart. There was only one shuttle available to shuttle the whole ship, (or those who decided to get off and go to Walmart). Waiting was terrible. I can’t understand why there is only one shuttle when there are hundreds of people who want to go to Walmart. The average wait time for a shuttle was 20 minutes, and 20 minutes to Walmart. Do the math. If you are at Walmart waiting to come back to the ship, and there are 50 people in front of you, that’s 20 minute one-way 20 minutes back x’s the amount of people. You could be waiting for over an hour or so. It seems like the last time I was here, they were at least two if not three shuttles that went to Walmart. People were rushing to get on before people could even get off. Horrible experience! Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2017
Rented a car. Drove to Hanalei Bay and spent the day. Hit a beach by the ship. Drove to Poipu Beach and surfed the last morning.
Rented a car. Drove to Hanalei Bay and spent the day. Hit a beach by the ship. Drove to Poipu Beach and surfed the last morning. Read Less

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