Hi...we are joining the Summit on 23rd April for the Hawaii cruise. We definitely want to swim with dolphins and looking at the organised trips it looks like the only one is at Sea Life park in Honolulu. Has anyone done this excursion? Is it worth it? This will be our first cruise so any advice will be very welcome especially concerning the excursions Thank you
We are recently returned from the March 12th sailing. I would suggest that Volcanoes National Park at your 1st prot of call (Hilo) is well woth the trip. Additiopnally, The Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor is a very moving & emotional experience and is not to be missed. This will be your 3rd port of call (Honolulu).
We snorkeled at our 2nd and 5th ports of call, (Kona on Hawaii & Lahani on Maui). At the Maui port of call we did a shore excursion called "Lanai Wild Dolphin Snorkel Adventure" It goes out on a boat owned by the Pacific Whale Foundation or some such "green group". You get alot of chatter about saving the wildlife and what-not, but they are generally informative, if somewhat pedantic and strident, and, we saw lots of sea life. Lunch & drinks were included.
Your itinerary for the ports will be different than the last sailings.
You will be in Maui from 7 AM to 11 PM, the Lahania Luau is fantastic and should not be missed, one of the best on the islands.
Honolulu from 7 AM to 11 PM. AZ Memorial and Mighty MO.
If it is affordable a helicopter excursion can not be beat on one of the islands, ours was Hilo, worth every cent.
In Kauai the fern grotto, good river trip and spectacular scenery.
There is so much to do in Hawaii you will not be able to take in all of it.
The islands have a lot of rain recently, suggest you book any shore excursions through the Celebrity in case of a cancellation. Your Sea Pass card will be credited for missed excursions.
We just came off the Summit April 9 and would go right back.
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Thanks for your advice....to be honest we are overwhelmed with the choice of excursions. We are from the UK and this is our first ever cruise. I have tried to read through the many topics on here and we cant make our mind up whether to go on an organised excursion or do our own thing.
Think we are going to have to go to Hawaii a number of times before we see everything.
Just back 3/12 :
Volcanoes Natl Park Celeb excursion not to be missed...Cannot describe how awesome the place was---also may get to view live lava at night from ship's deck if all goes well (it did not on our cruise-- Celebs est8imates of timing off by an hr--went to sleep & missed it)
Best snorkel was Pawai Bay trip out of Kona--great boat & crew...& still time to explore & or shop after the trip--lots of fish & calm water
The Mauai Lanai dolphin snorkel was a big disappointment... it is a barefoot cruise-- everyone walking around in wet, dirty bare feet just turned me off. It's an older vessel with character but more primitive bathroom. The big problem, though was not their fault--no dolphins--we could not go to Lanai. They said the water was murky--so instead we followed the Mauai coast (interesting) & did a whale watch--snorkel area was rough, cold water & so reef...but it was a nice day--just keep in mind that conditions change & you might not get what you hoped for--just whales, one sick turtle, a big nature spiel--could not wait to get back...it was pricey & a sell out, but next time I'd so something land based in Maui--Also beware--NCL gets to berth at the dock on other side of island--for Celeb it is a tender port & really can't handle it--long lines in hot sun to re-board--they were "on it" though & may have it worked out by the time of other cruises...
Loved the Pearl harbor excursion-- very moving---do not miss it ---saw alot & then did Waikiki on our own(like Miami beach) ...should have taken another excursion in that port to see some of the natural areas--next time....
Also could not do the Waimea Canyon trip due to roads being flooded out--had a nice lunch at Dukes Kauai--
So much to see, so little time--just enjoy whatever you choose..Also to save wasting shopping time, you can ship home nuts from the Mana Loa factory & I bought alot of gifts on the internet when I got home--anyone wanting some links let me know...
next time we will do a land based trip or one that stays over in the ports...
For whale watching in Maui, try Captain Steve's excursions. You can find him online. It's cheaper than the ship excursion, esp if you book online ahead of time. You have to get to the Mala wharf which is only a 5-min taxi ride there. Once you know where it is, it is an easy walk back to the center of town and the ship. I would never have found it on my own as it is not marked in any way and looks like a decrepit, decaying wharf. But the Zodiac ride is fun and there are only 24 capacity. There are no bathroom facilities on board but there is a public one near the wharf.