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#1 roxyqt

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    Posted 27 July 2010 - 11:09 PM

    Hi Ladies,

    Did anyone on the Hawaii Forum do a cruise around the Islands or did you island hop by ferry or plane?  We are looking at staying in Oahu or Maui for a few day and then doing a 7 day cruise with NCL for our honeymoon.  I told FI that staying a few days on Oahu or Maui is a must because even a overnight stop doesn't allow you to see everything.  Just wanting info from a brides point of view of the pros and cons :)!!  Thanks to all that help :)



    #2 Amanda81

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      Posted 28 July 2010 - 05:44 AM

      Hi Roxy,

       

      I personally haven't done the Hawaiian cruise but I know people who have. I'm getting married in October in Maui and my mom is doing the cruise the week before my wedding and my dad is doing it the week after.

      The main complaint I have heard about the cruise is that the service and staff is not up to par with other cruise lines, so if you have cruised before with another cruise line you might be a bit disappointed with it.  But the good thing I have heard is that the itinerary is amazing. Depending on the itinerary you do the ship goes by lava going into the ocean on the big island.

      I guess the main thing to do is look at what there is to do in Maui and Honolulu and see if you'll need more than the 2 days on the cruise, then you'll know if you'll need extra time in the islands. If you have the time to spend after the cruise it might be worth while because you could be pretty busy on the cruise if you do an excursion every day.

      Hope that helps.



      #3 roxyqt

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        Posted 28 July 2010 - 10:40 AM


         

        Originally Posted by Amanda81 

        Hi Roxy,

         

        I personally haven't done the Hawaiian cruise but I know people who have. I'm getting married in October in Maui and my mom is doing the cruise the week before my wedding and my dad is doing it the week after.

        The main complaint I have heard about the cruise is that the service and staff is not up to par with other cruise lines, so if you have cruised before with another cruise line you might be a bit disappointed with it.  But the good thing I have heard is that the itinerary is amazing. Depending on the itinerary you do the ship goes by lava going into the ocean on the big island.

        I guess the main thing to do is look at what there is to do in Maui and Honolulu and see if you'll need more than the 2 days on the cruise, then you'll know if you'll need extra time in the islands. If you have the time to spend after the cruise it might be worth while because you could be pretty busy on the cruise if you do an excursion every day.

        Hope that helps.


        Thank you so much!! To be 100% honest, I'm not a super huge fan of cruising, but my FI is :), and since the wedding is about the bride, I would like for him to make the decision about the honeymoon and what he would like to do :).  He feels it's the best way to see a good part of the Hawaiian Islands, and like you said, the itinerary is amazing.   I'd love to hear what your parents have to say after the trip about the cruise :).

        We will be taking the cruise a month or 2 after our wedding, my FI coaches Club, AAU & Collegiate Volleyball, so we will be waiting until his off season to take our trip. I couldn't imagine flying to Hawaii from Key West, so we will head home then make our trip later :). Thankfully we are making a 2 week trip out of it, with a few day spent in California before the flight to Hawaii to break the flying time up from our home in Florida, then on the way home we will do a overnight in CA before flying home the next day, so we should have a couple of extra days to extend our time on the islands :)



        #4 karyan

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          Posted 14 November 2010 - 12:20 AM

          I'm just curious if you've found a cruise line? My FI and I are thinking of doing a cruise around the island but I heard your choices are a bit limited....



          #5 fallfromgrace

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            Posted 24 November 2010 - 12:41 PM

            I would not recommend a few day cruise around Maui, what I would recommend is doing some day trips instead.  For example, you can book a day trip to snorkel in Molokai for about $80.00, and there are so many things to do in Maui, such as the road to Hana, a trip up to the crater of Haleakala, Sea Turtle excursions, visiting the seven sacred pools.  Unless you really wanted to go to the other islands such as Kauai, then it may not be worth a cruise.  

             

            And I have also heard the complaint that the cruise lines are not up to par with the other cruise lines, and there are so many people that get off in Kahului and they never leave the town because they are afraid of missing loading time, so they go to the shopping mall and check out the local Starbucks. 

             



            #6 LisaMatterni

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              Posted 24 November 2010 - 05:33 PM

              How I love to go to Hawaii especially in Maui. I am planning to go there someday and my husband also loves to spend a vacation there.



              #7 karyan

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                Posted 25 November 2010 - 02:50 AM


                Thanks for that, it confirms what I've heard about the topic. 

                Originally Posted by fallfromgrace 

                I would not recommend a few day cruise around Maui, what I would recommend is doing some day trips instead.  For example, you can book a day trip to snorkel in Molokai for about $80.00, and there are so many things to do in Maui, such as the road to Hana, a trip up to the crater of Haleakala, Sea Turtle excursions, visiting the seven sacred pools.  Unless you really wanted to go to the other islands such as Kauai, then it may not be worth a cruise.  

                 

                And I have also heard the complaint that the cruise lines are not up to par with the other cruise lines, and there are so many people that get off in Kahului and they never leave the town because they are afraid of missing loading time, so they go to the shopping mall and check out the local Starbucks. 

                 








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