To book the excursions or not?

When we cruised around the Caribbean we did not book any excursions - we jumped in local taxis and done our own thing. We are booked on the NCL Cruise around Hawaii and was wondering what people did for excursions there - look forward to some replies please!

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@KarenSmith, in case you didn't see my response on the other post.

Take a look at the new excursions feature on -

You can browse through the various excursions for each port on your itinerary. For example, here are all the excursions that can be booked for Pride of America's August 16th cruise to Hawaii:

Which date are you sailing?

The only time I take a excursion is if the port is new to me , the rest of the time , I check the port out on my own

There may have been a few cabs or tour guides available at the ports but I don’t remember them. We utilized a combination of ship tours, third party excursions and rented a car in Hilo and on Kauai. The ship's excursions seemed expensive, but they offered some unique options. We did a tour with Roberts Hawaii on Maui that was priced less than Shore Excursion Group which was even less expensive than the same tour with Norwegian. It pays to shop around. If you are comfortable striking out on your own and like to do your homework before sailing, renting a car is a great, affordable option. HOWEVER - the overnight parking on Maui was complimentary and right in the port. On Kauai, they had you park at a nearby shopping mall for $20, then either walk or shuttle back to the ship. We found "public" parking closer to the pier and avoided the "extortion fee". They don't tell you about that option.


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