The Grand Hawaiian Adventure. A trip report with Patters, Menus, Elvis, and ...

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I know. I left mine in the cabin. Still $2.50 is not bad, but I remember when it was only 25 cents to ride.

Oh no. Now I am starting to sound like one of those really old people.


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Sunday, April 30

Today, we are in Kauai. The Captain gave us another smooth ride last night as we covered the 93 miles from Honolulu to Nawiliwili. We are to be in port from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This is the start of our second week. In our first week, our trackers said we covered 79.58 miles, but our second week will show only 75.43 miles.



The lower amount is probably because we didn't do a "Climb Diamond Head" type activity this week. At 6:30, Kauai is visible in the early morning light as we approach Nawiliwili harbor.





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Mark, wow I was surprised to see Princess charged $90.00 per person for the excursion to climb Diamond Head. We climbed it earlier in the week and only paid $1.00 for the entrance fee since we walked in. We also used the bus to get there and back with our medicare cards. This was my 4th time climbing Diamond Head and my wife's third time. The views are fantastic. I kind of disagree with you on the new International Market Place. We liked it a lot, not so much the high end stores but the restaurants up on the third level and the beautiful nightly free Hawaiian culture show they put on. They did a beautiful job designing it and keeping the old banyan tree in place. We found a great place up on the third level called Flour & Barley Restaurant that was fun and had a daily happy hour we would go to. I don't know if you noticed, but a couple blocks down they had a large area where the old vendors are now set up selling their crafts and souvenirs, it was a very busy place.

Loving your photos & review, keep it going!!!

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No time to write much more right now, so here are the Patters for Nawiliwili









Will post the shopping guides and port guides later



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[quote=h20skibum;53164666]So, instead of spending $180 with Princess to climb Diamond Head, we spent $7 for the two of us for the bus ride and the $1 entrance fee.

We did the Diamond Head climb as a family one year. The next year, we were with friends and my son and I "volunteered" to guard the car while they did the climb. Those killer stairs at the end was still a vivid memory (lol).

We were leaving the Islands the next day for home and I had several cold drinks left I knew we wouldn't consume before leaving so I suggested the boys take them with them for a refreshing drink at the top. Off they went with a cooler of six drinks. At the top they popped a can and a person came over and asked if they would sell them one for $1. Another person overheard the conversation and a bidding war started among three or four others. Being teenagers chasing the almighty buck, they let it continue and finally sold them for $5 each! Did they give me, the buyer of the drinks the money? Noooooooooo. I think they called it "labor charge."
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[quote=Tucker in Texas;53168876]
Originally posted by h20skibum
So, instead of spending $180 with Princess to climb Diamond Head, we spent $7 for the two of us for the bus ride and the $1 entrance fee.



We did the Diamond Head climb as a family one year. The next year, we were with friends and my son and I "volunteered" to guard the car while they did the climb. Those killer stairs at the end was still a vivid memory (lol).



We were leaving the Islands the next day for home and I had several cold drinks left I knew we wouldn't consume before leaving so I suggested the boys take them with them for a refreshing drink at the top. Off they went with a cooler of six drinks. At the top they popped a can and a person came over and asked if they would sell them one for $1. Another person overheard the conversation and a bidding war started among three or four others. Being teenagers chasing the almighty buck, they let it continue and finally sold them for $5 each! Did they give me, the buyer of the drinks the money? Noooooooooo. I think they called it "labor charge."

Sounds fair to me if they had to lug a cooler all the way up. Maybe it was some kind of carrying charge.


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Here are the shopping guides for Nawiliwili.












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Voyager of the Seas - March, 2012
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Coral Princess - April 2014 -Panama Canal Review with photos
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Western PA
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And the port guides.






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Coral Princess - April 2014 -Panama Canal Review with photos
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Thank you for all the info, we're booked on the Sydney-Hawaii round trip in 2019 so wetting out appetite a little.
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Western PA
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The sun is shining brightly as we enter the port at Nawiliwili.





At 8:20, the busses start to arrive to take passengers on their tours.



Being use to many of the Caribbean ports, their port facilities are very nice. By contrast, the ports we have seen in Hawaii have that "abandoned warehouse" feel to them. Maybe it is because they do not see as many cruise ships as ports in the Caribbean. Surely, they could at least afford better signs.




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Voyager of the Seas - March, 2012
Allure of the Seas - March, 2013
Coral Princess - April 2014 -Panama Canal Review with photos
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Celebrity Summit - January, 2017 Review with photos
Grand Princess - April-May, 2017 Review with photos