I am new to cruising, we are going to Hawaii in 3 weeks for NCL Pride of America cruise. Should we book the shore excursions? Or is it really easy just to rent a car and do the trips by yourself? I would rather take the trips at our own pace, but I don't know how close the rent a car places are to the ports.
When we sailed the NCL Star around Hawaii we booked our excursions through the ship and were very happy with them except the one in Maui. We did the ships luau there and it was just awful...a real cattle call with over 700 passengers bused to a crowded hotel location, hurriedly fed, then hurriedly bused back to the ship. The Mai Tai included was watered down and small. Some smart cruisers who knew the area took a cab to the hotel and enjoyed the day there before the luau. We were told we couldn't do one with a private company off the ship because they don't finish in time and we would be late. If we had to do it again, we would book it with our hotel and do it pre or post cruise.
Teresa and Larry
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