stwells2001

stwells2001
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Hometown: Richmond VA
Joined: 05/12/2015
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Cruising is the best way to visit tropical islands.



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Pride of America

May 2015 - 7 Night Hawaii (Honolulu Roundtrip) Cruise on Pride of America

Hawaii by cruise ship

We are in our 60's, and this was our first trip to Hawaii.  I am so thankful for the cruise ship service that took us to multiple islands so we didn't have to make our own arrangements, drag our luggage around, and spend more time waiting in the airport for the short flights.  The Shore Excursions were varied and excellent.  All our drivers/guides were so knowledgeable, friendly, and even funny.  The food was good on the ship; it was kept clean, and there was adequate on-board entertainment.  They were very organized and efficient getting us On & Off at every stop.  This is an ideal way to visit the islands.  It was our 15th cruise overall and the FIRST to have fast internet!

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Pride of America Pride of America - Arrive at least one day early, three days would be better. See as much of each island as possible.
Willemstad, Curacao - Ship didn't offer the Ostrich Farm, so we took a local tour to it, the Hato Caves, and Aloe-Vera Plantation. It was wonderful! See Island Experience for that or other tours. Great folks.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten - We'd been here many times before also and went off on our own. Many things to do of interest to most.
Oranjestad, Aruba - We went off on our own since we'd been there many times and had done all the touristy things that interested us. It's a lovely island.
Adventure of the Seas Adventure of the Seas - This was an extremely loud, noisy ship. Maybe it was just this particular group of passengers, but it was a relief to get in an elevator for a few moments of quiet! Perhaps they need to add some type of sound abatement?
Gustavia, St. Barthelemy - There wasn't much to do, and we were there early. We tried to rent sun lounges but the guy setting them up said we would have to wait over two hours even though he was there and the chairs were empty at Shell Beach.
Azamara Quest Azamara Quest - This may be a very slow, relaxing cruise as far as activities and entertainment go. Plan shore activities that you would enjoy independent of the shore excursions. There aren't many options offered.
Cruise Gatun Lake And Panama Canal -
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii - Wonderful scenic trip to A-Bay. Had a little difficulty finding restroom initially. Feet got cut/shredded on sharp lava rocks getting in & out of the water, but it was still a great day! Saw neat turtles swimming there.
Nawiliwili, Kauai - Allerton/McBride Gardens were gorgeous and a good lunch was included. Lots of walking, but not difficult. Again we had a most informed driver.
Kahului, Maui - Wailea Beach was a lovely setting with decent snorkeling. Beach staff were ready to assist with any needs. Would have liked to have had lunch included!
Hilo, Hawaii - Botannical Gardens tour was exceptional with Kemake (sp?) as our knowledgeable humorous driver. He kept us laughing and informed about so much culture and plants.
Honolulu, Oahu - Our driver Kimoto (sp?) made this the most interest tour as well as a sobering experience at Pearl Harbor.

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