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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
We chose this cruise for a first time exploration of as much of Hawaii as possible. It met our expectations to sample many of the islands and many of the primary attractions. We took the three day pre-cruise excursion package in Oahu. ... Read More
We chose this cruise for a first time exploration of as much of Hawaii as possible. It met our expectations to sample many of the islands and many of the primary attractions. We took the three day pre-cruise excursion package in Oahu. The first two days focused on some sight seeing and the Polynesian cultural village and sights associated with Pearl Harbor and a brief drive through the punch bowl cemetery and all were excellent. Our tour bus driver- Kimokeo "Kimo" was awesome! we learned a lot about Hawaiian culture and history and current events. However, Norwegian changed the third day itinerary-- it was originally a catamaran cruise then lunch at a ranch, but they changed it to a visit to a ranch all day. This was not that great. The people there are very friendly, but we spent a lot of time on a bus riding around looking at pastures. Granted, some had been the site of some movie set, but it was not that interesting to be honest- no sets remain, just a small sign saying something had been here. There is another bunker area being developed but it still needs a lot of work as an attraction. This facility could have a lot to offer however, and I think Norwegian could do better by taking people there and letting them choose what they want to do that day. for example-- you could have gone horseback riding, driving around trails in mudbug/gaters, I think they might even have a zipline course. While we were there the facility had a rodeo going on but we did not have the option to go over to that area and watch-- we had a box lunch there then went on the bus ride around the pastures. This day needs reworked. Taking us to the ship after this day was great-- by the time we got there there was no line and we walked right on and our luggage was in our room. We do want to praise the captain for choosing to sail past the volcano slowly at night so that we could all see what was happening. It was not a sure thing that he would be able to do that. There was also a time when there were humpback whales very close to the ship and he abruptly cut the motors and announced their presence-- terrific! Shore excursions: We took 2 helicopter rides-- one over volcano national park and the other on Kauai. both were fabulous and we highly recommend them despite the cost. There is no other way to see or photograph some of that fabulous terrain- we looked right into the boiling volcano caldera. We did whale watching on both a larger boat and via zodiac. There are trade offs-- on the larger boat there are lots of people (100+?) vying to look at the whales, but the boat is comfortable, has many levels for viewing, offers bathroom, food and drinks and did a good job stopping for viewing. On the zodiac you are closer in the water to the whales when you find them, and only about 12 on the craft, but moving from place to place searching was very bouncy and rough. I would have preferred less zipping around on the zodiac at high speed and staying with whales we found for more in-depth observation. We had about 2 hours on each craft and saw whales both times and got great video of whales and spinner dolphins. snorkeling in molokini crater was wonderful- lots of fish and pretty clear water! But this is not the Caribbean--We suggest bringing your own wet-suit as the water is chilly and the boat RENTS just a swim shirt, but not even a true shortie. We brought 3 ml wet-suits with hoods, booties, gloves and we were OK for about 45 minutes of snorkeling before I got cold. We took one bus tour called " best of Kauai". It takes you to nice overlooks of the waimea canyon, we had an amazing buffet lunch at a beautiful semi-outdoor setting, then you take a brief river flatboat cruise to a pretty fern grotto. It is an easy, relaxing day. We wanted to mention that we also took in a smaller luau event at the Waikiki aquarium just a short walk away from the Marriott hotel used by Norwegian cruise lines for their pre and post tours-- it was great!! They had a nice buffet with locally sourced foods, the expected dancers and entertainment, but also a gentlemen giving ukulele lessons, another teaching lei making and weaving, and other cultural aspects...cash bar after an initial 2 drinks. We recommend this lovely event-- it was held in a tent just behind the aquarium! Regarding meals on board- We mostly used the Oasis Buffet on the aft 11th deck for breakfast and lunch-- you can get your food then sit inside or go towards the back and outside if you wish to eat outside in a lovely, under utilized area. great food options. We tried 5 specialty restaurants for dinner (purchasing a package) . The Brazilian restaurant and Cagney's steakhouse were EXCEPTIONAL for both food and service. The Tappanyaki (Japanese) and Italian restaurant were enjoyable. The french restaurant had delicious food but the service was slow and inattentive the night we were there. We ate in the main skyline restaurant twice and found it delightful, food great, and service excellent. If we do this again, we will likely stick to the main dining rooms and perhaps take in only the Brazilian restaurant again-- it was truly that amazing-- you sample about 11 meats that they bring one at a time. entertainment onboard: we enjoyed the intimacy of pinks lounge where sometimes there was piano, sometimes guitar or ukulele. There are also a couple other small lounges with that kind of entertainment scattered around. There is a very small dance floor in Pinks and we were often the only ones on it. we tried the white hot party in the big club area -- too loud, clearly for a younger set interested in line/group dancing. our ballroom style was out of place :-). The shows were great and professional -- we loved the comedian... funny but not embarrassingly gross. We also had opportunities to learn to make leis of flowers, nuts, and ribbons and could take hula lessons. We did not spend time in the exercise room but it looks nice. The pools and hot tubs are fairly small, but nice and I never saw them so crowded that it was a problem. It does get loud near the pools. people do tend to stake out and put stuff on deck chairs near the pool. Chairs on other levels away from the pools were always available. Be aware that on the day when the boat is anchored, it may take you some time to get off if you are not scheduled into a cruise line planned excursion. priority goes to those who hold tickets sold by the cruise ship. on days when we were docked, there seemed to be no problems getting off in a timely manner. We chose to exit the ship on the last day with our luggage under our control-- it was easy and went quickly. once off, we immediately found a shuttle operator to take us to the airport for $10/person in a van... he gathered a total of 8 of us I think-- which took about 15 minutes, but none of us were in a big hurry. It was much cheaper than the bus shuttles arranged by the ship which I think were about $25/person. so... all in all we really liked this opportunity to sample so many of the Hawaiian islands on a nice, medium size ship. We do recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
UnCruise Hawaii Cruise Review - An Amazing Trip By Ken Montgomery, 4th time UnCruise passenger Jan 2018 The UnCruise trip from Kona to Molokai (northbound)was a wonderful trip In so many ways. We were on the Safari Explorer for 7 ... Read More
UnCruise Hawaii Cruise Review - An Amazing Trip By Ken Montgomery, 4th time UnCruise passenger Jan 2018 The UnCruise trip from Kona to Molokai (northbound)was a wonderful trip In so many ways. We were on the Safari Explorer for 7 nights. We embarked on Saturday Jan 27th, 2018. There were 33 passengers & 16 crew. There are 18 staterooms. We saw lots of whales, dolphins, turtles, Manta Rays and lots of reef fish. Every UnCruise Hawaii trip will have a different itinerary due to weather factors - mainly wind and seas. We had calm winds and seas for the most part, so we were able to stay to the original cruise plan. Itinerary Saturday embarkation day. - passengers had to get their bags to the Hapuna Prince Resort Hotel ( 45 minutes north of Kona) by 3pm. There was a gathering room in the hotel for the UnCruisers. The bags were then taken to the ship and placed in the state rooms. At 4:30 the Cruise Activity leader Travis introduced himself and gave a quick cruise briefing, then we all loaded on a bus for a 10 minute ride to the ship. We were shown to our cabins, then had the lifeboat drill and free time till dinner @ 6:30. The dinner started with the welcome aboard drink and welcome from the captain and introduction of the crew. After dinner, Travis explained tomorrow’s activities based on current weather & wind forecasts. There was a documentary or a talk about Hawaii on the cabin TV or in the lounge every night. The crew anchored the ship Saturday night off Kona. The ship had a gentle rock to it. Sunday After breakfast we got ready for our first snorkel trip - south of Kona. Great water clarity and fish. Fins and masks were given to each passenger’s approximate sizes. They had plenty of extra fins and masks in case the ones given to you didn’t fit. Your gear was stowed in lockers on the bottom deck by cabin number. We then learned how to use their skiffs for snorkeling. A fresh water shower & island punch awaited returning snorkelers. Lunch followed and we spent the afternoon positioning the boat for our evening adventure north of Kona. We saw a few whales along the way. Sunday Night - a light dinner was served at 5pm. At 6 we had a briefing about our evening snorkel trip to see Manta Rays feeding. An outside vendor brought in wetsuits for everyone, which were needed. We took the skiffs out to the location where the Rays were feeding and we broke into 5 groups with about 6 people hanging onto each surfboard. A leader would tow us around the area so the passengers just focused on looking down at the action. We saw plenty of Manta Rays, a truly amazing experience. We were in the water about 45 minutes. Even with the wetsuits, many of us were a little cold and were ready to head back to a warm shower. This was the wildlife highlight for me on the cruise followed closely by all the humpback sightings. We had snacks and deserts on board after we returned and had our showers. Monday - 2 major activities. In the morning we went snorkeling at Captain Cook’s monument. In the afternoon we visited Kona where you could go on a guided walking tour, do an outrigger ride or just go shopping. In the evening we had a presentation from 2 lovely Hawaiians who told us about growing up and living in Hawaii. Monday Night - the crossing from the Big Island to Maui takes all night and can be a little rocky, but our crossing was fairly smooth. Tuesday - the morning activity consisted of a kayak trip along the south portion of Maui or a skiff boat ride exploring the coast. We saw whales before breakfast and during the kayaking trip. We returned to the ship and went whale watching off the west coast of Maui the rest of the day, seeing dozens of Humpback whales as we cruised. Following cocktail hour and dinner we had a staff presentation. Wednesday Morning - we did a skiff ride looking for whales and there were many whales putting in shows for us to enjoy. We went kayaking or paddle boarding after that. Afternoon- a tour of Lanai City where we visited their museum and explored the small town in the rain. Evening - Anchored in the lee of Lanai Thursday morning - snorkeling with turtles off Lahaina Afternoon - free time in Lahina town Friday morning / docked in Moloka’i - van tour of eastern portion of island visiting cultural sites. Optional difficult hike to waterfall with 4 stream crossings, walking sticks provided. Bug repellent provided. Very interesting story about Hawaiin culture. Friday night - went to a Panai, a Hawaiin party featuring roast pig and other traditional Hawaiin dishes at a local museum & community center with plenty of entertainment. Saturday departure- bags out by 7:30, they transported us at 8:30 to the only hotel on Molokai where we waited for a shuttle to the airport. The new UnCruise passengers were arriving here also. Best to book an early flight out of Molokai, as there is nothing left to do on Molokai. Misc Notes Crew Gratuities. UnCruise Staff recommends a $25 to $35 per day per passenger gratuity. Cell service - sometimes you have a few bars, sometimes there is no service, depending on your service provider and location. There wouldn’t be enough cell strength to use streaming services. There is no wi-fi on the ship. Laundry - there is no laundry service on the ship Shoes - water shoes are useful for getting in & off the skiffs and walking around. Sandals work for all other needs. Optional Excursions - there are no optional excursions - all activities, drinks, meals are included. The only thing you’ll ever need to pay for are Un-Cruise hats or t-shirts and the Crew Gratituities Things you should bring - [ ] 3 swim suits - so they dry in between uses. - [ ] Optional - a 3 to 5 mm wetsuit. A shorty would be fine. The water temp in January is in the mid 70’s and the snorkeling sessions were usually 45 to 60 minutes in the water, many passengers were cold without them. You can hang the wetsuit to dry on the deck on a hanger. - [ ] Rash guards are great for snorkeling, they give you sun protection and are perfect to wear under a wet suit. Buy them in any “Crazy Shirts” store in Hawaii. They even have rash guards that take on a new pattern once they are wet. They sell for about $48, long sleeves give the most protection, but are a hassle under wet suits arms. They dry very fast, so you can get by with one. - [ ] “Swimmers Ear” drops to dry out the water that stays in your ears from snorkeling. - [ ] Bring a long sleeve dry-fit t-shirt for boat trips or sitting out on the deck at night. - [ ] The ships store is very small, so bring your cold meds and cough drops in case you need them. A small tube of Vaseline in handy for minor scrapes & cuts. - [ ] Eye glass cleaner fluid and the microfiber clothes to clean them. - [ ] DVD’s that you’ve always wanted to watch. The ship has a few hundred movie DVD’s for borrowing. We like to bring documentary DVDs. Do not bring Blu-Ray DVDs, they won’t play on the stateroom equipment. - [ ] Extension chord to make plugging in all your chargers a lot easier. We only found one plug in the living area, so the extension chord was really essential. - [ ] Small flash lights for night time trips to bathroom - [ ] A secure hat for windy skiff rides. Things You May Not Need to Bring - [ ] Binoculars- the ship supplies each cabin with a large 7x50 pair of very good binoculars - [ ] Large Suntan lotion container. The shop has them on deck. Bring a small tube if you are staying a few extra days in Hawaii. - [ ] Lots of fancy camera gear. This is not really a photography cruise like Alaska and many other places are. Whale photography is particularly difficult. It’s best to enjoy the action and view the professional’s work. There are many great documentaries on whales on U-tube and on Netflix where the photography is better than 99% of photographers can do. - [ ] Water bottle- UnCruise provides cold water in the dinning room and reusable water bottles for your use. - [ ] Alcohol- all the alcohol, beer and wine are free all the time. - [ ] Shampoos & conditioner are in the shower in large dispensers, so no need to bring your own. A hair dryer is in the bathroom. - [ ] Walking sticks - the ship supplies them for the 2 hikes. They are provided by outside contractors and are not carried on the ship. - [ ] Sea sickness meds, the ship supplies them. - [ ] Fancy clothes - everyone dresses casually all the time. - [ ] Jacket - it never really got cold enough for anything above a windbreaker Summary A great trip with fun adventures. The food was very good. The wine and cocktails were excellent & plentiful and free. The crew is hardworking and talented. They even remember everyone’s names. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
This was the 2nd time we did this cruise because having taken this cruise 2 years ago, we felt there were still places we wanted to explore. Unfortunately of the 4 islands visited, only 2 of the tours were well done those being the Big ... Read More
This was the 2nd time we did this cruise because having taken this cruise 2 years ago, we felt there were still places we wanted to explore. Unfortunately of the 4 islands visited, only 2 of the tours were well done those being the Big Island and Oahu. Both Kauai and Maui tours were very disappointing. We also felt that the ship needs a major overhaul if not permanent retirement. There were several buckets placed around the ship to catch leaks and the furniture in the public rooms are literally sagging. The mini suites could use a major design renovation but the bed was extremely comfortable. The service staff were ok but not as great as on previous cruises. Other than Sabatini’s and the 2nd formal night of lobster, the food was just ok. Our server was fabulous and did all she could to make us happy. We had compatible table mates and enjoyed the lively and interesting conversations. All said there will not be a 3rd time for us with Princess to the Hawaiian Islands without some significant improvements as mentioned above. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
This was a wonderful way to get to see 4 of the Hawaiian Islands. This was our first trip to Hawaii. We did an 8 night cruise, the first night was at the Waikiki Marriott. We had a penthouse suite on board, which gave us plenty of room. ... Read More
This was a wonderful way to get to see 4 of the Hawaiian Islands. This was our first trip to Hawaii. We did an 8 night cruise, the first night was at the Waikiki Marriott. We had a penthouse suite on board, which gave us plenty of room. The deck was wonderful. We had breakfast daily in Cagney's which was very good, not crowded at all. A dining package came with our suite so we had 3 dinners in the specialty restaurants: 2 at the Bistro, 1 at the Brazilian Steakhouse. The rest of our dinners were in the upstairs section of the main dining room. The food in the main dining room was okay, nothing special. Service there was spotty at best. I think they had the staff spread too thin. We noted that the servers were also seating the guests, and standing in line a lot, which I think kept them from their tables... The Bistro was wonderful. We had the same server both evenings and he was very attentive. The food was really good, and the presentation was excellent. The Brazilian Steakhouse was very different. They had a system for you to ask for another meat, which they totally ignored. We put the red cards out, and they came around anyway, pressuring us to try whatever they had. Also, we ordered a bottle of wine which the menu said was from the Alexander Valley. When it came, there was nothing on the bottle to indicate it was from the Alexander Valley. When my husband questioned this, our server consulted the bartender, who gave her an explanation that didn't make any sense to us. It was obvious at that point that they had no real wine expert on the staff and at the prices they charge they should! Our concierge was really helpful. He spoke to us at breakfast each day and was very helpful to us. We didn't quite get the butler concept. We saw him most days, made a simple (we thought) time sensitive request (twice) at the beginning of the cruise that was never fulfilled and never referred to by him. He did bring us fruit & canapés, and made our dinner reservations. Our room attendant was mostly very efficient, we rarely saw him. We rented a car on 3 of our stops and it worked out very nicely. We booked only one excursion through the ship and that went well. We booked three excursions(including Pear Harbor on the embarkation day) through the Shore Excursions Group which were all very good and used smaller busses. If you are an American, Pearl Harbor including the USS Arizona Memorial is a must-see. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this cruise because my husband was doing his CME (Continuing Medical Education) credits on board. This was our FIRST NCL cruise. We have sailed on ocean cruises numerous times with a variety of cruise lines from Deluxe to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because my husband was doing his CME (Continuing Medical Education) credits on board. This was our FIRST NCL cruise. We have sailed on ocean cruises numerous times with a variety of cruise lines from Deluxe to Luxury; we have also sailed with a private company in the Galapagos as well as river cruises in Europe. Both my husband and I were both pleasantly surprised. The positives: (1) embarkation was a breeze, (2) Officers, Staff & Crew were overall very polite, friendly and helpful, (3) the ship was maintained spotlessly clean and very nicely decorated, (4) easy on and off in ports of call, and all were very different and loads of FUN!, (5) service tended to be spot on, (6) entertainment was better than we had expected, (7) a wide variety of food selection offerings in both the main restaurants and buffets which was surprisingly DELICIOUS!, (8) no Hard Sells pitches for this and that, which was refreshing ... and (9) finally -- THE PASSENGERS! Passengers can make or break your experience on a cruise. The passengers on this cruise were respectful, very nice, and very friendly. That truly does leave a lasting impression, and does make a difference in how much everyone onboard enjoys their cruise. Now ... for the not so positives: (1) Balcony cabin was very small and the bathroom was very poorly designed, (2) NCL holds a monopoly on those passengers that are short on time and are willing to fly out to Hawaii to take a cruise. There are other cruises (from NCL's closest competitors) leaving from the West Coast that are less expensive, and this includes a Transpacific crossing. Having said that, I believe the price point is just a tad high for this particular voyage. (3) Logistics nightmare for seeing the Comedian for the second time during the voyage. He was moved from the theater to a much smaller venue. The 7:30 show was a Mad House and Mayhem; no where to sit, the servers couldn't get to people to serve drinks, there was a Crew member shouting at passengers to leave and come back for the 10:30 show; honestly, upon further review I really can't blame him, but it definitely was not the way I wanted to end our cruise. We just decided to leave as we had no other choice. So, suggestion here would be to add an additional time for the Comedian as he was very funny, and we are sorry we missed his second show. IN SUMMARY: Overall, we would sail with NCL again. However, we try to compare apples to apples when we make our cruise selections, and we generally like to UP PAY for more inclusions. NCL's business model is more on the simple side of you get meals & board along with your entertainment; what I refer to as "deluxe" cruises. We have become quite spoiled with our voyages on "premium" and "luxury" lines. We generally upgrade on our voyages, or we receive some additional perks such as premium beverage packages, pre-paid gratuities, Wi-Fi, and on some of our voyages, Shore Excursions! However, we knew this going into it, and overall, I would have to say that this particular voyage with NCL exceeded our expectations, and we would consider sailing with them again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Sailed on January 20th, 2018. I’m trying to come up with a few positive mentions, but it’s very difficult. Pros: Most of the crew we encountered were extremely nice Water pressure in the bathroom was great ... Read More
Sailed on January 20th, 2018. I’m trying to come up with a few positive mentions, but it’s very difficult. Pros: Most of the crew we encountered were extremely nice Water pressure in the bathroom was great Cons: Ship is very old and not even close to a “Luxury” cruise ship. Design of ship is boring and not exciting…because it’s an OLD SHIP Food in the buffet was pathetic and not much better in free dining rooms Food in the pay restaurants was a notch or two up from pathetic Nickel and dime you for everything Cabins with balconies are very small. Bathrooms basic and small…really small Only saw our cabin girl on the last day and she was not very pleasant. This really was a terrible waste of money. We really could have spent just a little more and hopped from island to island. Having been on 2 other cruise and experienced what a real luxury cruise ship is like, I cannot recommend this ship. Awful Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We sailed on the sister ship Pride of Aloha 11 years ago. We felt this would be a gret experience again. We started our adventure in Honalulu The day before the cruise. I was fun exploring. Embarkationa and disembarkation went very ... Read More
We sailed on the sister ship Pride of Aloha 11 years ago. We felt this would be a gret experience again. We started our adventure in Honalulu The day before the cruise. I was fun exploring. Embarkationa and disembarkation went very smoothly. We were told that our 2 cabins would have connecting balconies. When we arrived instead was adjoining rooms. In hindsight, a ship of this age would not have connecting balconies. We were still very comfortable. We saw a couple of very entertaining shows; A magic show, broadway type musical, and comedian. The food was good, but I was surprised not to see more seafood on the menu. Most of the service was good, but not as good as other ships I have been on. Sadly, we had to wait for 45 minutes to be served our drinks in the Pink Champagne Bar. We booked all of our excursions on our own with no problems. It was a great cruise to explore the different islands, but there was really no down time to enjoy the ship. We were in port each day. since this was the 2nd time for me, I will not be taking this cruise again. I will fly to my favorite island and stay a few days or a week. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
This is a great cruise of four of the major Hawaiian islands; the days on each island were divided well, and we were very happy with NCL and the crew. The ship was beautiful, very clean, and in great condition. Even the public bathrooms ... Read More
This is a great cruise of four of the major Hawaiian islands; the days on each island were divided well, and we were very happy with NCL and the crew. The ship was beautiful, very clean, and in great condition. Even the public bathrooms always looked 'just-cleaned.' We didn't make it to all of the restaurants, but every meal we did have on the ship I'd rate as excellent or very good, ditto for the service. The buffet does get crowded. The NCL employees were very outgoing, and seem to love what they do, which makes a big difference. The concierge (Chris T.) was outstanding, knew us (and many others) by name, and made sure we were having a good time every day . They had great entertainment at the pool, live bands and music, but some quiet time also, and five hot tubs -- one is aft, literally at the back railing, which is an awesome view while the ship is underway. This was our fourth trip to the Hawaiian islands, but our first one that was a cruise, and it was a blast. We would highly recommend this NCL cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We do this every year in January, usually on Holland America. I could not believe that we spent 10 sea days and only visited 4 Hawaiian ports! Princess hurried our Hawaiian timeso that we could spend !ALL DAY! in Ensenada. (How many ... Read More
We do this every year in January, usually on Holland America. I could not believe that we spent 10 sea days and only visited 4 Hawaiian ports! Princess hurried our Hawaiian timeso that we could spend !ALL DAY! in Ensenada. (How many passengers booked this cruise because of its full day in Ensenada?) Our dinner table assignment was a table for 8 with only 4 people sitting there. No effort was made by dining room personnel to either get us a smaller table or assign more people to our table. Princess staterooms are always inadequate. They did improve the beds. Our room steward was excellent, as were our waiters. The entertainment was very good, but the theater seating is inadequate for the number of passengers. Princess ships lack an observation lounge on the front of the ship except for their small ship Pacific Princess. We will not take another Hawaii cruise with Princess unless it's on Pacific Princess and unless we have 5 full days in Hawaii. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this cruise as it involved no flying - LA to Hawaii and back. Embarkation very smooth. Seas very rough the first two days (20 ft waves said the Captain) but then spotted out and warmed up for the rest of the trip. Overall staff ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it involved no flying - LA to Hawaii and back. Embarkation very smooth. Seas very rough the first two days (20 ft waves said the Captain) but then spotted out and warmed up for the rest of the trip. Overall staff was excellent, very animated and eager to please. The Star Princess was not overcrowded even though sold out. They kept it very clean. For a ship just out of dry dock though, it had a number of faults. In particular, one elevator dead the whole cruise and a second would not go to the buffet deck. On a cruise with a lot of elderly folks who could not use the stairs this is not excusable. The wife and I did not like the new mattresses - we like a firm one and the new one was like a cotton ball, no back support at all. Food on the whole was good - the two pub lunches were great. But the food seemed a notch down from our last cruise in 2016. The destination experts and speakers were very good. Activities were many and varied going to the islands, seemed to slack off some on the way back. But not nearly as much arm twisting to buy stuff as on our Panama Canal cruise. Shows were good but not great - except for the really fantastic magician. Shore excursions were fine - swimming with sharks was awesome! Snorkeling in Maui we saw lots of fish and even some whales. I can see why we met several people who said they had done this cruise many times. Read Less

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