Norwegian Cruise Line Pride of Aloha Hawaii January 9, 2005
We arrived in Hawaii late Friday night and spent the next two nights at the Miramar in Waikiki. You will need some time to adjust to the time change. We took a three hour nap on Saturday afternoon to catch up. The Miramar was clean and comfortable and our lobby led you right into the International Marketplace. It had about 150 shops with the best prices in Hawaii to do your souvenir shopping. You could get 8 t-shirts for $19.95. We went snorkeling in Hanauma Bay and it was outstanding. Look for the little books in the hotel lobbies for discount prices on tours and transportation, you can save a lot of money. They had limo rides for $23.00 to and from the airport and snorkeling with ride and equipment provided for $7.50 each. We went to the ship about 12:45 and were in our room by 1:30pm. Our luggage arrived before 2pm.
The service on the ship was excellent both in the restaurants and the staterooms. They have certainly ironed out any earlier problems. Our stateroom had twenty hangers in the closet and lots of room to store suitcases and souvenirs under the bed. The shower was excellent with lots of hot water and good pressure. We had no problem with it's size or water getting on the floor. The beds are quite hard so don't forget to ask for the eggcrate foam. The bathroom has 8 shelves beside the mirror that gives you lots of room for your toiletries. We traveled with another couple and rented minivans from alamo ahead of time for a great price. The only shore excursions we rented through the boat were in Kona. A horseback riding trip for me(that the cruiseline canceled the night before) and a fishing trip for my husband that had very rough seas and no fish. Every thing else we did on our own from the minivan. There was no problem finding your way around and you never had to pay to park. On Kauai we saw the Waimea Canyon, Macadamia Nut Factory, and the Fern Grotto. All worth the trip.
On Hilo we drove thru the Vocanoe National Park and the Thurston Lava Tube and Rainbow Falls. On Maui we saw the Ocean Center and Tropical Plantation and the second day drove to Lahaina and beyond. I did my horseback riding and we ate at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. On the ship we enjoyed the Blue Hawaii Lounge with the game shows and karioke. The magician was great and the singers and dancers were very talented but their material left a lot to be desired. If you like scanty costumes and dirty dancing, you will be thrilled. The food was good and there were lots of choices. We all loved the fresh fruit bar and the cold fruit soup in the cafe. The pizza in the sportsbar was great and they even had an alfredo sauce for people with heartburn. You will need a powerstrip if you have camera batteries to recharge and a cell phone recharger. We had a great time and would do it all again. Aloha, Lori