I recently spent visiting most of the main islands of Hawaii. It was my first trip to the 50th state, and I had a hard time deciding when I got there. I spent several hours on the internet and browsing through various forums to find out what island I would enjoy the most. I found that each island has a great deal to offer, and it would be great to see my holiday. There was the Norwegian Pride of America rescue.
Norwegian Cruise Lines-American Prose sailed in 2005 and is the first flagship US ship built in almost 50 years. Take a look at this wonderful boat; and you can say that the name "America of Pride" goes beyond the letter from outside. Everywhere on the boat you are reminded of what a great country the United States is, and most salons, restaurants, etc. have an American theme. Some reviewers commented that they thought this was very difficult. However, I differ, in part, because all of these boats are stuck, and this seemed appropriate
The bill, however, is well decorated and the packaging design was very functional.
An important part of this ship is that most of the staff are American citizens. Offline forums are filled with mixed reviews about the level of customer service they receive. Many attribute this to being Americans; however, I think the thought process is much narrower. I have found that in some cases the service was missing, however you are on vacation, try to ignore these limited cases and have a good time. You may be looking at the price you are paying for the experiment.
Here is the cruise that crosses the day of landing on Honolulu flight.
· Beach towels
· IPhone (I feel it is impartial)
· USB cable and charger (USB iPhone can be used in many rental cars)
· Check to see if your Auto Insurance Police meet Rental Liability (you save about $ 20 each when you rent a car)
· Urbanspoon – By Pre-Born Users, Search for Places to Eat
· TripAdvisor – Find things about you, read user reviews …
· Orbitz.com – Use this book before your rental car, and if you book your flight through Orbitz, it will send you text messages about your flight status, etc.
· GPS unit – A paid app that can replace the need for GPS
· Travel table – App that can save all app routes, flight numbers, confirmation, etc.
· My radar– The weather map gives you almost real-time weather
· Open the table – Reservations for busy restaurants
PORT OF CALL
Day 1 – My team and I went to Honolulu International Airport and gathered our luggage for the campaign. A taxi stop outside the terminal will assist you with a staff and transport your party to your hotel and / or port. The fare from the airport to Waikiki was $ 35. I decided to fly the previous day so that I could spend time on the east coast of the United States.
I was looking for a safe, clean and cheap Waikiki hotel, walking to the beach. I found this on Miramar Waikiki. The hotel booked around $ 145 on Hotels.com and it really exceeded my expectations.
We were all upgraded to a 15th floor viewing room above the deck. This hotel is close to many shops and restaurants, and two blocks to the beach. There is Denny's Hotel on the International Market Place for breakfast and purchase outside the hotel gates. I found a fantastic place for Vietnamese Pho in this market and it was the best meal I had in Hawaii.
You can also travel to the mall and shop in Ala Moana for a few hours in this huge shopping mall with one of the finest Asian food courts.
Day 2 – bulk.
We left Miramar Hotel at noon and took the cabin to the Port. ($ 22 taxi ticket) Upon arrival, you will be asked for a brief tour of luggage managers and baggage handlers who scan luggage. After taking your luggage, you need to check in and set up your Norwegian account onboard. This is the only source of your purchasing power during bulk, cash is not allowed anywhere. After completing the technicalities, you can see some of the 7 most beautiful islands in the world.
If you noticed, I arrived at lunch. It can dive at the beginning of the ship, even if it doesn't sail until the evening. Aloha Café can be used for lunch, which we all took advantage of. I was surprised to find that with the standard American fare, there was an Asian and Indian section of the buffet every day. After lunch, we waited for about 30 minutes and began announcing the number of floors in the available room. This has been a long time since my wife and I settled into our balcony closet and had a nap before dinner. We booked the balcony cabinets (7158), and as we entered the room, we were a little surprised by the size of the cabin. It was smaller than the other balcony rooms booked in the past, less storage, and smaller TVs. It should be noted that the bathroom is also an accessory that I have seen in other containers. Size and so on … no deal breaks, and once we got used to it, it didn't become a problem. The balconies are large enough, with 2 chairs and a small table.
DAY 3 & 4 – MAY
The ship arrived at the port of Kahului (Maui) at 7am, and would remain until 6pm the next day. Since it was a one-night stop, it allows travelers to attend when night time matters. The site we were docked at is an industrial warehouse, and after leaving the boat, car rental agencies provide a pick-up service for rental cars. I recommend renting your car on each island, with the possible exception of Kona, and I will explain it later. You also need to reserve your car before you arrive to ensure availability. Rates are reasonable on all islands.
Our next decision is: Where are we going and what do we see? I am sure the guides you will read on Maui will guide you on the journey to Hana. I had died before doing that, but I'm looking for signs in certain directions for me. A sign like this came to me about a Grand Slam Breakfast … Denny & # 39; s Oahu Our server was of Hawaiian origin, and as a result, is a traveling sage! His advice was that I should definitely drive this way, if I had to be stressed, stuck in traffic for 4 hours to get to a town with very little to do. He advised us to see Haleakala in Crater and cross the road to Lahaina and see the landscape itself. I know there are some who disagree with me, but I'm glad I did it myself. So …
After taking the rental car, we decided to head to Haleakala National Park to see Haleakala Crater. The cruise line offers both bike rides at dawn and dusk to the crater. I'm sure this would be a place to see; However, we decided we just saw the island at leisure and didn't want to set any schedule. The drive to the park is very easy (using GPS) and before you enter the park, check out Kula Lodge. There is a small shop near the restaurant for food and snacks before entering the park.
I was a little worried about the visibility of the crater, since it was late in the morning, because this may be a problem; however, we had 100% visibility and were surprised by some of the peak views. It was wonderful to drive, really, as you drive through the clouds at 10,000+ feet through the air. I warned the doctor about any health conditions caused by altitude. I personally have asthma and I could feel my chest tightening and my heart rate increasing, but I wasn't enjoying it so badly. We left the park and had lunch and headed back to Kula Lodge for lunch. The food here was somewhat cheap for lunch, but we grabbed a pizza and enjoyed the phenomenal view from the back deck.
After lunch, we headed to the Maui Ocean Center, which was about 25 minutes away from the cruise port with a large aquarium. The exhibits were great, admission was around $ 22, and you can see most places within 2 hours. After the visit, we returned to the boat for dinner and lunch. Allows you to park your car all night, close to the boat. On the second day, on Maui, we decided to go to the coast to Lahaina to see some places and go shopping. The road to the fog is full of beautiful beaches and mountains and it is increasingly difficult to continue driving when you really want to catch and hang on the beach. If you feel that way, I'm sure you won't regret it. I should mention that when you enter Lahaina, you will be looking for the old Lahaina front. Where are the purchases. There is another street, but no big shopping.
Laundry shopping has many chain stores, local artisans, restaurants and the water is fine, so it's a very relaxing environment. There are restaurants in Bubba Gumps, Kimos and more. However, when I'm out of town, I like what the locals eat. So we set off for the Aloha Plateau. Aloha Mixed Plate is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. They have a large outdoor seating area near the water, and have plenty of cold drinks and mixed dishes were the best I've had on the islands. The kalua pig was outstanding! Service was slow; however, all the waitress around us was doing her best to satisfy us all. After lunch, we returned to the rental agency.
You may want to plan ahead 30 minutes or an hour before you want to re-enter. You turn off the vehicle and then take it to the port of transport.
Day 5 – Hilo, 8am – 6pm
Hilo – The same drill …. Leaving the boat, we caught a bus to the press rental agency and headed for the Volcano National Park. This monthly site has plenty of shops and petrol stations to stop for the rest of the way to the bathrooms, etc … Since we had only one day in the line, time was of the essence. We entered the park (for a nominal fee) and saw that all the attractions were clearly marked and could easily be carried on your own. First we stopped at the steam exits, the area where the heat of the volcano affects the earth.
From a distance, you have a scenic landscape, and from there, drive straight to the Jagger Museum. Here you will find information on the Kilauea and the best views of the volcano. The eye around the volcano is closed due to volcano smoke, but the open areas are spectacular. When leaving the park, be sure to take a walk through the river pipes.
It is an underground tunnel, formed by the flow of lava. It is very interesting and quite easy for many people. The whole ride takes about 15-20 minutes.
After leaving Volcanoes National Park, head to the old GPS at Mauna Loa Macadamia Farm and take this self-guided Macadamia Plantation. The tour itself is not entertaining, but the trees are something new for new people. You can shop at the gift shop to buy free samples and by the way buy snacks.
The whole process should not take more than 30 minutes from driving until you leave. Next stop is one of my all-time favorite trips: Akaka Falls. Again, we found this area by typing our name on Garmin GPS only. This destination takes you from a whirlwind through a small town and through some pasture of cows, but the fall itself is worth every minute! As you approach you will know that you will see cars lined up on the side of the road. These cars are parked here because there is a parking charge in the park area. I want to pay the price and park here. Parking revenue is used to maintain these areas. After arriving, you will see a passage, and down the slope for about 15 minutes, you will see the beautiful Akaka Falls.
After the falls, it was late for lunch, so we headed to downtown Hilo. I would recommend Café Pesto in the old quarter of downtown. The atmosphere of this place is 1950s Hawaiian. The food is great, affordable and a view of the old town center; and the ocean wants you to stay until dinner!
If you have done all of the above, it will take a while for you to get back in the car and return to the boat. Going back, make sure you stop and make a change in the Banyan Tree at the time of Banyan Tree Drive. But wait: there is no trip to Hilo without a trip to Hilo Hatties! When you go back to the rental car agencies, stop in and pay tribute to one of the largest chains of gift shops
Hawaii: Hilo Hatties.
The store is loaded with whatever you can imagine, check out Hawaiian shirts, coconut syrup, jewelry, etc … but get ready to pay. This store has a wide range of options, but if you're looking for a business, look downtown or wait for this gift from Tony at Cona. The car returned and the ship was returned to the boat.
Day 6 – 7am - 6pm
Kona is calling to travel on this trip, I won't even think about renting a car. Since you are only in port of the day (this is also a bidding port), it may take several hours to get into bidding, get to the rental agency, get a rental car, and allow the car to return. offer to return the vessel. If you choose to rent a car, you can visit various attractions on the island, such as the Refugee City or Kona Café. If you are looking for some R&R, Hapuna Beach State Park is a beach access area on the island. Hapuna Beach is about 30 minutes from the cruise port by car. Daily shopping at many shops on Main Street in Kona and lunch at the Kona Inn. The Kona Inn opens at 11:30 a.m. and offers a wonderful view of the ocean while you eat.
The lunch food is a pretty snack, but the atmosphere fixes the food shortages. After shopping, we took a taxi to the local beach, which many of the cruise staff and some of our friends had picked up. Here you can shave and swim and swim with local sea turtles.
Day 7 – Kauai (Nawilliwilli) the next day from 8am to 2pm
Kauai Hawaii is my favorite island. This island is so much more than others, it's a great landscape and there are chickens everywhere! Yes, chickens … According to locals, these chickens went crazy like a hurricane several years ago. Hawaii law protects all native birds and these chickens are no exception. Come see it everywhere, they pose no threat and add to the style of this quaint island.
It should be noted that Hawaii does not originate from predators, as the chicken population does not diminish … unless the real estate of the hikers walks, whenever it can.
Again, rent a car and pick up your ride. You would be unhappy if you didn't rent a car for this child.
The main disadvantage of car rental on the island is parking. The main parking lot at night is a short distance from the dock near the Anchor Cove shopping center. If you want to leave before 9pm, you may want to walk with the group. Last bus:
Anchor Street Shopping Center starts at 9pm. Since the ship is parked in an industrial area, the environment is somehow unfortunate. I wouldn't say that you should be afraid of your safety when walking around at night, however, our wife and I took a walk on the 9th, and although we weren't afraid of our safety, it was a little exciting.
I think Norwegian should provide a parking lot closer to the port, or reach an agreement with the ferry company. Some of the older travelers did not want to go hiking, so we went to the port and turned off. That said, the shuttle service is very convenient and will take you to many shopping centers in the area.
The first thing on the to-do list after arriving was to see Waimea Canyon. Waimea Canyon is the main version of the island. When you are near the road to the canyon, stop at the last gas station you see and grab some steamed Shoyu Chicken. At Waimea Canyon, you have a very scenic area to enjoy the canyon, and there is also a fresh fruit stand. There are helicopter tours to see the canyon and the whole island. If you got the money, this would be an island to use for a helicopter ride.
You can exit Waimea Canyon and see Kokee Park, but when we got there the fog made 0% visibility. Leaving these areas, we headed to the Poipu beach area. Along the way, you can stop at Kauai Coffee Plantation. This plantation offers free samples of some of the best coffee in the world. The purchase is available and I highly recommend it.
We arrived at Poipu Beach and stopped at the Brennek Beach Pot. Brenneke has great fresh seafood and is the kind of beach restaurant I love. You are looking at Poipu Beach Park; this was my favorite place during the trip. If you want to spend a day at Kauai Beach, I recommend you come here, you will not regret it.
To celebrate the end of our adventure in Hawaii, we opted for "Hawaiian" mode and planned to participate in a Luau. We all know that Luau Island can be quite touristy and not true representations of the islands, so I chose to book with one that has been operating on Kauai for decades. You will have many difficulties getting rid of the Luau offered by NCL, but trust me, save your money and go to the Smith Family Luau.
The Smith family is located near the Luau Wailua River and is owned and operated by the family and has been around for decades. At the opening ceremony you can say that the bilingual in this family is very proud of the business and family he has built. The land is beautiful, the food is magnificent, and all the drinks are included in the entry price and plentiful.
The show itself is great, the performers are great, and there is no bad seat at home. One important note: USE YOUR GPS, AND USE THE SMITH'S TROPICAL PARADISE. The only time we missed on our trip was using our tickets at the address provided to us. Also, allow yourself some time to get to the location by crossing the main road.
The next day, we made last minute shopping and got on the boat early, asking for lunch time.
DAY 8 – Diversion
The Norwegian landing procedures were well organized, and there was no problem. The only excursion we booked by boat was the Pearl Harbor and USS Missouri route. So we would gather in the main auditorium to leave the ship. The main advantage I found when booking this departure was that we had a late flight, which allowed us to see the 8-hour ride, and not wait in line.
We left the boat and got on our bus to see Pearl Harbor. He didn't tell us the tour information, but he also gave us the tour on the Honolulu City Tour, where the town (as well as the Dog The Bounty Hunter's office!)! Pearl Harbor & The Mighty Mo (USS Missouri). This tour is one of the best I've ever taken. Time runs out, even if you're not a fan of history. I would recommend this tour to anyone over 6 years old. It's a very solemn and hard tour, but something everyone should see. He understands that war is real, and greed, hatred, and ignorance in no way have dire consequences.
Then we headed to the airport and took a laborious flight to the east coast of the United States.
This cruise is the best way to see all the islands of Hawaii in such a short time and price. It's a very dense port for a cruise, so you don't really have to spend a few lazy days at sea as it does. The accommodations were adequate, overall if the boat itself is beautiful. I would recommend eating on the boat every day, but if you have the money, go out to the islands and eat what the locals eat and help these small businesses. I think I need to focus on the ships for the future, the quality and taste of the food they serve, and the level of customer service it takes.
This does not mean that some of the ships have not exceeded my expectations, however, other cruise lines have exceeded my expectations in this area.
I would recommend it to anyone on the boat, and I think the positives are far greater than the negatives. It will not disappoint you.
PD Learn two words before you go, Aloha
& Mahalo, use all the options.