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View Poll Results: My family and I are sailing on the NCL STar in July. We would like to save money and do the excurs
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Check out www.PortReviews.com and then click on Hawaii, I think you will find a lot of excellent information there.

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We'll try this again, as I got cut off for some strange reason. We just returned from a 2 week land tour over 3 islands. It was our 4th time in Hawaii. The first time was on the old America-Hawaii Cruise Line, Constitution. We were on the islands 5 years previous, and boy, how they have built up. As ridiculous as it sounds, there is a MASSIVE traffic problem on Oahu, Maui, and Kauai. We only did Hilo on our first trip, so can't speak for that. I would not advise that you try anything on your own, based on this fact. The ship will leave without you, if you're not back, but if you're on a guided tour, they will hold the ship back for you. I Kauai, you are in an old shipyard, with just a few stores a considerable walk away. We were at the Marriott close by, watching the ships come and go, and seeing the people walking, not an area that I would want to walk in. Waimea Canyon, the North Shore Beaches, Blow Horn, and Fern Grotto are all magnificent, and must be done on a tour. Lehaina is something different, as you'll tender in there, and can do wonderful shopping without leaving the area. You'll come right in where you can book snorkel tours, or whale watching (in season), November to May. We did that, and it was a blast. Biking down Haleakala Crater should be done from the ship, if that's an option, as should helicopter tours. I recommend that strictly for maintenance, as the cruise lines go for the better maintained vehicles. There's many accidents on both, but they're kept low key. Hope this gives you a little more insight. Wish we were going back to the islands now. We had 2 weeks of doing basically nothing. That was such a joy.
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I guess we were lucky with the traffic. We were there during Thanksgiving week and had no problems. I highly recommend independent sightseeing via rental car. There are very few major roads on the islands, so it's practically impossible to get lost, and the independence allows you to see much more than you can with a tour group (you wait so long for loading/unloading at every stop and don't get to linger when you want to). We went to Volcanoes National Park on the big island and completed another activity and stopped at Wal-Mart to buy coffees as gifts for 1/3 of the gift shop prices (same product). In Honolulu, we stayed overnight on our ship, and our rental car allowed us to roam the whole island, which was a much better alternative than spending time at Waikiki. Oahu is a really beautiful island, but you need to get out from Honolulu. Also, watch the CRIME in Honolulu! Several people from our ship were ripped off (some on shore excursions and some not). Hawaii is so lovely that it's easy to forget that Honolulu is a big city, with all the inherent big-city problems. I strongly recommend that you purchase the Frommers Hawaii guide--you really can't go wrong there. It's www.frommers.com on the web, then enter Hawaii or the name of your port in the search box. I hope you have a wonderful time.
 
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