Just love your postings - great info and we feel like we are right there with you. We are doing this cruise in September, so look forward more info more each port. We are avid Big Island visitors, so just wanted to correct one comment. There are some extraordinarily beautiful white soft sand beaches on the Big Island, mostly on the west side and north of Kona all the way up to the North Kohala area - beautiful sugary sand and some fabulous snorkeling areas.
I am really curious why the casino is closed the whole time you are in the islands - has anyone on board been able to explain that to you?