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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Rented a car. The car must park at a hotel over a mile away. This requires walking or hiring transport.
Rented a car. The car must park at a hotel over a mile away. This requires walking or hiring transport. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
We have been to Maui many times and are familiar with the island so no tour. We walked the town and went to Kinos for lunch and shopped.
We have been to Maui many times and are familiar with the island so no tour. We walked the town and went to Kinos for lunch and shopped. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
NCL decided not to go to Maui at all the week we cruise so I can't comment on Maui. It looked beautiful from the ship. Even with a beautiful calm day NCL still didn't let is visit the island.
NCL decided not to go to Maui at all the week we cruise so I can't comment on Maui. It looked beautiful from the ship. Even with a beautiful calm day NCL still didn't let is visit the island. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Rented a car to visit Haleakula, Waimea, Lahaina, Kaanapali, and the drive from Kahului to Lahaina.
Rented a car to visit Haleakula, Waimea, Lahaina, Kaanapali, and the drive from Kahului to Lahaina. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
Snorkel Turtle and etc. Saw some whales. Went to only one place due to weather. Crew very nice. Snorkeling good number of species but 20' down. Limited quantity of fish.
Snorkel Turtle and etc. Saw some whales. Went to only one place due to weather. Crew very nice. Snorkeling good number of species but 20' down. Limited quantity of fish. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
local Maui Ocean adventures whale watch tour, saw a lot. 2 hours, just a few steps from tender dock then local bus up to Whaler's Village and walk to Kaanapali beach, bus back
local Maui Ocean adventures whale watch tour, saw a lot. 2 hours, just a few steps from tender dock then local bus up to Whaler's Village and walk to Kaanapali beach, bus back Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
L'hanna...make sure you have your sun screen. Nice shops and restaurants. For wife and I, tenders were okay although going back to the ship, our boat hit another tender that was tied up. There was an incident with others getting back ... Read More
L'hanna...make sure you have your sun screen. Nice shops and restaurants. For wife and I, tenders were okay although going back to the ship, our boat hit another tender that was tied up. There was an incident with others getting back but didn't witness it so can't comment other than maybe they should have used the leeward side of the ship for tendering. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Rented a car, and drove around. Very easy to get around, and the multiple beaches and sights were wonderful.
Rented a car, and drove around. Very easy to get around, and the multiple beaches and sights were wonderful. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We took a rental car to the goat farm, vodka farm, lavender farm, and all around the island and it was beautiful and a fun experience.
We took a rental car to the goat farm, vodka farm, lavender farm, and all around the island and it was beautiful and a fun experience. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Make sure you have your itinerary booked, because this island is where the best To-Do items are. Iao Valley is not worth the time. Haleakala sunrise if you get advanced morning reservation and the clouds cooperate- memorable. Road to ... Read More
Make sure you have your itinerary booked, because this island is where the best To-Do items are. Iao Valley is not worth the time. Haleakala sunrise if you get advanced morning reservation and the clouds cooperate- memorable. Road to Hana (banana bread on the way, red and black sand beaches) - worth it. Whale watching from Lahaina? fantastic. Beach options are plentiful... Kapalua beach may be the best if you have the time leftover to drive that far northwest. Just not enough time! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I was really not comfortable with the idea of snorkelling the staff on the boat were great talked me through everything and in the water I went and was one of the last ones out. Loved it, also enjoyed the staff who on the boat were all ... Read More
I was really not comfortable with the idea of snorkelling the staff on the boat were great talked me through everything and in the water I went and was one of the last ones out. Loved it, also enjoyed the staff who on the boat were all different levels of marine biologists, they made the trip informative. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Security is a bit much. If you rent a car there is a hotel about a 15 minute walk from the ship that allows you to park your car overnight for $5. This was the best $5 spent our entire 2 weeks in Hawaii.
Security is a bit much. If you rent a car there is a hotel about a 15 minute walk from the ship that allows you to park your car overnight for $5. This was the best $5 spent our entire 2 weeks in Hawaii. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Car hire for 2 days booked in advance and worked really well. Mainly quiet well maintained roads and got to see more than if we had booked tours. Booked a whale watching tour direct with the company several months before and had saw lots ... Read More
Car hire for 2 days booked in advance and worked really well. Mainly quiet well maintained roads and got to see more than if we had booked tours. Booked a whale watching tour direct with the company several months before and had saw lots of whales. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Although Maui is my favorite island, because of the tender service and limited time, it was a real disappointment. First of all, my mom couldn't go onshore because she needed her wheelchair. Secondly, since time was limited we chose ... Read More
Although Maui is my favorite island, because of the tender service and limited time, it was a real disappointment. First of all, my mom couldn't go onshore because she needed her wheelchair. Secondly, since time was limited we chose to do a whale watch which was only ok. The boat we were in moved twice and we saw a mom and calf. They let the clock tick away. I've been on much better whale watches. To their defence though, this is early in the season so sightings aren't as frequent as later in the season. After the whale watch, we decided to use our little time to shop instead of eating, so we rushed up and down Front Street, as did everybody else, which made the stores crowded. The worse part of this port was going back to the boat. The line was horrendous. If my mom would have been able to come on land, we would have had major issues with the line. It took a long time to get back onto a tender and get onboard. I will pay closer attention to ports where you have to use a tender, in the future. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
Had a great time walking through Lahaina and talking to the various shop keepers. Cool Cat bar/restaurant on top of the one of the main shopping malls is a fun spot especially for the hamburger and beer crowd. Several of the boutiques ... Read More
Had a great time walking through Lahaina and talking to the various shop keepers. Cool Cat bar/restaurant on top of the one of the main shopping malls is a fun spot especially for the hamburger and beer crowd. Several of the boutiques carry high level mens and mainly women's wear, with a huge emphasis this year on LEATHER. Laid back easy going port city. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
Walked around because we have stayed there many times. Think there needs to be a safer way to load seniors onto the tender.
Walked around because we have stayed there many times. Think there needs to be a safer way to load seniors onto the tender. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
If your looking for the best Hawaiian experience, this is the best option. The cruise’s strength is that is has the best itinerary hands down of any other ship. There is enough time at the two main ones (Maui and Kauai) but a great ... Read More
If your looking for the best Hawaiian experience, this is the best option. The cruise’s strength is that is has the best itinerary hands down of any other ship. There is enough time at the two main ones (Maui and Kauai) but a great opportunity to see Hilo and Kona which would likely not be on your radar. Each island has its own feel and it’s the perfect amount of time on each. The ship overall was just ok. It does feel like one of NCL’s older fleets. We did have an issue with a bathroom toilet for two days due someone improbably disposing of things but didn’t feel it got much attention until we had to escalate it. Also feel there were some sections of the hotel that smelled a little moldy. If you like participating in a lot of the cruise on board activities, you might be slightly disappointed it didn’t seem as much variety as with other past cruise including on NCL. Overall everything really shuts down on the ship by midnight which is fine for early birds but might be slightly disappointing for the night owls. It was a very diverse group of people which was nice to see. I will say that the ship staff were GREAT. They might have the been the second best part of the trip because they were funny, personable and went out of there way to connect with people. As for excursions, you can mostly skip them and venture on your own. In Maui, I would recommend renting a car (Budget/Avis/Thrifty/Dollar) pickup right at the port. I took an Uber for two days and the access was great but it can run you if you are trying to see different things. I would recommend visiting the Lahaina but know it is about 30-45min away, Maui Brewing headquarters for local beer tasting in a really cool setting with great views and Wailea Beach (our Uber driver took us to a local entry section and it was nice, not crowded and felt like a local). In Hilo, Kona and Kauai you can take a Hop on Hop Off bus that goes to the main tourist sections. Hilo it’s called Hoppa On Hoppa Off. You will find the store to purchase tickets and pickup right outside the port gates. All of the hop on hop offs take you to the beach also. Kona is an island where they tether you to the shore FYI for some that might not be ok with small boats. In Kauai you have to walk a little further to get to it or you can take the free shuttle right at the port to the shopping center where it is located. In HIlo I would recommend eating at Suisan for the BEST poke bowl. It’s the freshest food we ate the entire trip and it’s the number 1 local spot. It’s on the Hoppa on Hoppa off right as well. Lastly if you have the opportunity I would recommend a pre and post in Honolulu to see Pearl Harbor and also go to the North Shore. I didn’t make it to either but was told that it’s best to rent a car to North Shore because it’s over an hour and Uber’s can get really pricy on the way back. Some hotels like Kahala have a Hertz located in the hotel making it really convenient. We did do the Luau with VIP upgrade and the Kayak/Hike excursion through NCL in Kauai. I would recommend the Luau in Kauai because its one of the most authentic and first islands. Note if booking the hike to bring proper hiking shoes or proper sneakers that you don’t mind getting fully muddy and wet. There were some large puddles in which your feet will be fully submerged. It also can be a little tricky going up and down the hills with the mud so I wouldn’t recommend it for those with any physical challenges. Read Less

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