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Nice relaxing way to Hawaii. 10 sea days, may not be for everyone, but very relaxing. Just fantastic enrichment activities with Lecturer Sharon, on the volcanic, flora, whales, etc. Tiki Dave and his wife were amazing. played and Ukelele classes (ship has some , but may need to bring one. his wife did Hula lessons and Lei making. Final night, an incredible Uk and Hula show from fellow cruisers. Dave lectured on each island, very informative for those who have not attended. 2 lobster dinners for 2 of the 3 formal nights. We preferred 5:15 dining, but our group wanted 7:30, so a bit later than normal. had NFL sports on the big screen and in the room on ESPN. News channels were MSNBC, CNBC, and Fox. lots of moves on room tv, day after they were shown on big screen. Entertainers were excellent. Ventriloquist, comedian, illusionist, new magic/illusion show based on Schwartz music from Wicked etc. and a 70's show. House band from UK ;Atomic was fantastic (did Queen tribute etc) . House orchestra, did some shows in atrium as well and they were great. Usual balloon drop and champagne toast nights. Main theatre is smaller than other cruiselines, so must get there early to get a seat for the 2 evening shows. Kayle cruise director was very good. Lots of trivia contests and Voice of the ocean going on suduku and crossword in library every day, fair book selection, look for personal books left on last day of cruise. borrowing of ship/s books on honour system. Elite snacks every night in Fusion. even played some paddle tennis and ping pong when winds were not high. weather leaving LA was cooler than expected, 50-60's a few days. had at least 2 rough high wind days, made for 10-15 ft swell and waves, other days great. Been to islands several times, so did tours on our own. Kauai walk to nice beach 10 min from ship beside Marriott. there is a hop on hop local bus for $25. Maui, did local whale watching with Maui Ocean adventures, excellent 2 hour tour, 1/2 price from ship on smaller Zodiac vessel. then took $2 local bus from Lahaina for Whaler's Wharf and walk to Kaanapali beach, swim/snorkel by black rock Sheraton, catch bus behind Wharf cinema center across street from tender dock (note long line at end of day for tender, so recommend come back early) In Hilo, walked 2.5 miles from dock into downtown, partly along road, but not too bad, there are shuttles to Wed local market and to Walmart. Honolulu, took free shuttle to Hilo Hatties, to Ala Moana center, then many local buses to all over area, took bus to Diamond head state park, and walked up to top, 600 feet elevation gain and 1.3 miles, so not easy but rewarding view of Waikiki. $1 entrance/ then there is a hoho trolley system and took it back to Waikiki. watched sunset, swam, but beach is quite rocky, than before, due to hurricaine damage. free shuttle also to Walmart. Arizona memorial tour is actually free if you go to nps website and book a time, can taxi over or trolley over, can pay for Mighty Mo tour as well if you wish. Food presentation good and food quality also good. Would not rate as high as Royal, Celebrity or HAL, still acceptable. Also almost 0 children on cruise, average age maybe 70 Aloha any other questions can email me kruzinsathotmail.com Mahalo

Great enrichment cruising to Hawaii

Emerald Princess Cruise Review by KruzinAl

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2019
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
Nice relaxing way to Hawaii. 10 sea days, may not be for everyone, but very relaxing. Just fantastic enrichment activities with Lecturer Sharon, on the volcanic, flora, whales, etc. Tiki Dave and his wife were amazing. played and Ukelele classes (ship has some , but may need to bring one. his wife did Hula lessons and Lei making. Final night, an incredible Uk and Hula show from fellow cruisers. Dave lectured on each island, very informative for those who have not attended.

2 lobster dinners for 2 of the 3 formal nights. We preferred 5:15 dining, but our group wanted 7:30, so a bit later than normal.

had NFL sports on the big screen and in the room on ESPN.

News channels were MSNBC, CNBC, and Fox. lots of moves on room tv, day after they were shown on big screen.

Entertainers were excellent. Ventriloquist, comedian, illusionist, new magic/illusion show based on Schwartz music from Wicked etc. and a 70's show. House band from UK ;Atomic was fantastic (did Queen tribute etc) . House orchestra, did some shows in atrium as well and they were great. Usual balloon drop and champagne toast nights.

Main theatre is smaller than other cruiselines, so must get there early to get a seat for the 2 evening shows.

Kayle cruise director was very good.

Lots of trivia contests and Voice of the ocean going on

suduku and crossword in library every day, fair book selection, look for personal books left on last day of cruise. borrowing of ship/s books on honour system.

Elite snacks every night in Fusion.

even played some paddle tennis and ping pong when winds were not high.

weather leaving LA was cooler than expected, 50-60's a few days. had at least 2 rough high wind days, made for 10-15 ft swell and waves, other days great.

Been to islands several times, so did tours on our own. Kauai walk to nice beach 10 min from ship beside Marriott. there is a hop on hop local bus for $25. Maui, did local whale watching with Maui Ocean adventures, excellent 2 hour tour, 1/2 price from ship on smaller Zodiac vessel. then took $2 local bus from Lahaina for Whaler's Wharf and walk to Kaanapali beach, swim/snorkel by black rock Sheraton, catch bus behind Wharf cinema center across street from tender dock (note long line at end of day for tender, so recommend come back early) In Hilo, walked 2.5 miles from dock into downtown, partly along road, but not too bad, there are shuttles to Wed local market and to Walmart.

Honolulu, took free shuttle to Hilo Hatties, to Ala Moana center, then many local buses to all over area, took bus to Diamond head state park, and walked up to top, 600 feet elevation gain and 1.3 miles, so not easy but rewarding view of Waikiki. $1 entrance/ then there is a hoho trolley system and took it back to Waikiki. watched sunset, swam, but beach is quite rocky, than before, due to hurricaine damage. free shuttle also to Walmart.

Arizona memorial tour is actually free if you go to nps website and book a time, can taxi over or trolley over, can pay for Mighty Mo tour as well if you wish.

Food presentation good and food quality also good. Would not rate as high as Royal, Celebrity or HAL, still acceptable.

Also almost 0 children on cruise, average age maybe 70

Aloha

any other questions can email me kruzinsathotmail.com

Mahalo
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