Posted October 13th, 2017, 12:24 AM
As I expected. Oh, well . . .
I don't feel as badly about it as someone who has never seen the Na Pali Coast. Actually, we, too, have seen it. Both from the air (helicopter), sea (dive boat). Even from the beach (I think it was Ke'e Beach - ?? From there you see a bit of it and get an idea of the beauty, but not the full experience.) I did do some research on the tripadvisor boards and got some boat excursion recommendations. In doing that I began thinking and realized that it would really be a push, needing time to get off the ship and pick up a rental car, drop it off, and make it back to the ship on time. Have not found anything yet with regard to smaller boats from the north, nor do I think I'll bother trying to. It's likely just not going to be doable for us. What got me thinking about Princess passing the Na Pali Coast was the ship's route shown on a travel agency's website when I was looking at the itinerary, thinking of booking. A drawing, really, representing the route, and on it the line showing the route goes sort of over the top of Kauai and loops down a bit and then up to Maui. No doubt that's not exactly "exact" but just a general representation.
Thankfully we once got to spend a week on Kauai. Matter of fact, one day we were up near Hanalei and saw an NCL ship passing by, towards Na Pali and then really not that much later, back to the east. Didn't know about the plane option until I was researching things to do on tripadvisor about 2 or 3 days ago and found it.
I wholeheartedly agree with scottann92's comment and think anyone would be hard pressed not to agree once they have seen Na Pali!
Thanks you all very much for the info. and replies!