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Sail Date: November 2009
Rented a car, visited the needle very nice, drove to a state beach. Had lunch at the barefoot bar at Whalers Village, was disappointed (very small portions), we had a nice lunch last time. Dollar rent a car had terrible service. They will ... Read More
Rented a car, visited the needle very nice, drove to a state beach. Had lunch at the barefoot bar at Whalers Village, was disappointed (very small portions), we had a nice lunch last time. Dollar rent a car had terrible service. They will only pick up the driver at the ship, they will not take passengers, on the return they told me I had to wait for 1.5 hours for the shuttle drop off a the port. Dollar Never Again. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
The tour in this port was not too good due to the fog which we encountered on the mountain top after over an hour ride. I would suggest you just stay in Lanai and forget the tours.
The tour in this port was not too good due to the fog which we encountered on the mountain top after over an hour ride. I would suggest you just stay in Lanai and forget the tours. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2009
We had a fantastic time in Maui, there is a ton to do there. The first day we took the Road to Hana tour from Valley Isle excursions. They use 12 passenger luxury vans, and they pick you up right at the pier so no worrying over how you are ... Read More
We had a fantastic time in Maui, there is a ton to do there. The first day we took the Road to Hana tour from Valley Isle excursions. They use 12 passenger luxury vans, and they pick you up right at the pier so no worrying over how you are going to get there! They are also the only group that takes you all the way around the back side of Hana. I loved this tour, it was a lot cheaper than the NCL excursion, stopped at more places and the guide was terrific! He gave a great history of the island and area along the way and was funny and entertaining. Be ready for a very curvy road and a very bumpy ride along the back of Hana. It was amazing to see the different sides of the island, one side is so lush and the other so arid and dry, like Texas! There were plenty of photo ops along the way, and I can now say I've been on the famous road! And I'm so glad I wasn't driving! Seriously this is one that I wouldn't drive, there are portions of the road that ride right along the edge of a cliff...scary! And it's twists and turns. Whoever is driving will not get to see the amazing scenery along the way because you really have to focus on the road. There are numerous one lane bridges as well. It is essentially a long car ride so if you have small children, or even teens, they will be bored out of their minds. But if you are an adult you'll appreciate the scenery, and the hike to the 7 Pools, the dip in the cool water....I liked it! I booked directly with Valley Isle. It includes a great BBQ chicken lunch stop along the way, and beverages. They really take care of you! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2009
Our second day in Maui we spent on a Molokini Snorkel excursion. We booked this one through AdventureMaui.com and were on the Pride of Maui. We took a cab to the harbor, which cost us $40 I think. If you have more than 2 people consider ... Read More
Our second day in Maui we spent on a Molokini Snorkel excursion. We booked this one through AdventureMaui.com and were on the Pride of Maui. We took a cab to the harbor, which cost us $40 I think. If you have more than 2 people consider renting a car and be sure if you do to reserve it in advance. We watched a lot of frustrated people trying to rent without reservations and didn't envy them at all. For us, the trip was so early in the morning that we didn't want to mess with the rental that early. On the way back you can actually take a bus from the harbor shops right there. $1 a person, what a bargain! The bus takes you to the mall (I think it's called Queen Center). From the mall there is a FREE shuttle back to the boat! You catch it by the Starbucks (you have to walk through the mall to get to the Starbucks from where the city bus drops you). It sounds complex but it's not, it's very easy! The bus picks up every hour, at about 9 minutes after the hour. The shuttle runs every 15 minutes. So that made the cab ride worth it for us. But if you have more people renting a car would make sense too. What a fantastic trip! They had coffee and a continental breakfast of juice and muffins and fruit waiting for us. They supply all equipment you'll need. They also have underwater digital cameras to rent for $40 (or $30 if you have a disposable one on you. those are horrible and they'll give you $10 for them as a trade in toward the good rental). I rented their camera and was so happy I did! I got fantastic pictures, which they give you on a CD to take home with you. The camera they use is so much better than anything you probably brought with you unless you've bought a really good underwater camera. The first place they take you is Molokini. This time of year there aren't as many fish to see so be prepared for not a lot of fish. However, the water is so clear! And it was beautiful, even if I didn't see as many fish as I expected I still had a fantastic time. If you've never been snorkeling they'll teach you how, and they have all kinds of flotation devices if you feel more comfortable using those. I used the tubey noodle thing and it worked just great. I didn't have to worry about staying afloat while I took pictures. They serve hamburgers and hotdogs and grilled chicken while they take you to the second snorkeling location. The food was fantastic, probably because swimming made me hungry heh. The second place was Turtle Town (they call it that, there actually is no such place and I couldn't tell you exactly where we were). The turtles the day we went were shy or were somewhere else. We only saw one, and he went and hid very quickly lol. But it was amazing just being in the same ocean with him, and I did get one picture of him. I heard other people saying they saw more over toward the other side of the area from where we were so don't stay in one spot, branch out a bit. Just keep in mind you have to swim back to the boat! Overall this was a fantastic excursion. There was plenty of food, the staff were nice. They even had Vaseline for my husband since he has a moustache. We didn't know that facial hair will make the mask not seal correctly (it was only our second time snorkeling ever). The Vaseline made all the difference in the world for him so if you have facial hair be sure to ask them for it. As I mentioned before, we walked over to the harbor shops after the trip and caught the bus back to the mall, and the shuttle from there to the boat. We were back in plenty of time, probably 2 hours before we had to be. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2009
Lahaina is a beautiful port town with all the touristy things within walking distance, the harbor, beaches, shopping and really good restaurants and pubs, and that beautiful huge banyon tree. So much to do...submarine tours, surfing ... Read More
Lahaina is a beautiful port town with all the touristy things within walking distance, the harbor, beaches, shopping and really good restaurants and pubs, and that beautiful huge banyon tree. So much to do...submarine tours, surfing lesson...everything close to the dock. Wonderful port! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2009
Maui was our only Tendered port. Princess had ample tenders all day and the worst was the line for security to get back on the tender. The town is lovely and easy to walk around, and the park with the banyan tree is very close to the ... Read More
Maui was our only Tendered port. Princess had ample tenders all day and the worst was the line for security to get back on the tender. The town is lovely and easy to walk around, and the park with the banyan tree is very close to the tender area. Easy to do on your own. While DH and sis went on the zip line excursion at Haleakala I went back to the ship and then back to town and shopped. They loved the zip line excursion and personnel. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
Absolutely beautiful - my favorite Hawaiian island! We took a snorkel tour, booked privately, and it was a lot of fun. We saw spinner dolphins and sea turtles, coral, and all kinds of fish. Transportation on the island is good as well; we ... Read More
Absolutely beautiful - my favorite Hawaiian island! We took a snorkel tour, booked privately, and it was a lot of fun. We saw spinner dolphins and sea turtles, coral, and all kinds of fish. Transportation on the island is good as well; we took a bus to get back and forth to the beach. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
We anchored overnight in this port. We tendered in and rented from Hertz. We were in Lahaina. We drove about 45 minutes to see the Iao Valley. Very nice. Had to make a choice of what to do next and we decided to drive to the summit of ... Read More
We anchored overnight in this port. We tendered in and rented from Hertz. We were in Lahaina. We drove about 45 minutes to see the Iao Valley. Very nice. Had to make a choice of what to do next and we decided to drive to the summit of Mount Haleakala (?) a dormant volcano. A vert tedious drive of switchback roads, usually 15 mph, reaching the summit at 10,000 feet. So glad we did it. It is like nothing I have ever seen before. On the way down, we stopped a Kula Lodge for a very over priced lunch with one of the most beautiful views ever. Following lunch we drove through Lahaina and up to Kaanapali (?) where we window shopped in Whalers Village. We had intended to keep the car for both days, but felt we had seen enough, so we turned it in about 6:30 and walked back to the pier (15 min). Great day. Day 2 - we rested strolled through town, had a little lunch, and did some shopping. Read Less

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