- Aug 23, 2017
It was a great cruise, wasn't it?
It was fantastic! We really want to do this again.
Seems we were following in each other's footsteps! We also rented cars in each of the ports, but we used Turo, so the the cars were waiting for us right outside each of the ports and we were able to drop them back off there as well. We went up to Haleakala, and then over to Lahaina for lunch. When we got back to Kahului were heading for a gas station and we could see the ʻIao Valley in the distance. It looked so lush that we decided to make a trip there before letting our Turo hosts know we were done with the car. It was gorgeous in the gorge. We made sure to get back in time for the Formal Night fun... but while we were getting changed we happened to get tipped off (by some posts in a Facebook group) from people who had already found out (the hard way) that it was not going to be the Formal Night. I think you're right: I think they just predicted formal night based on the previous cruise. It made zero sense to be on a port day when the all aboard time was 10pm.
In Hilo we picked up another Turo and also we headed up for Volcanoes National Park. We must have been off in timing from you, because we were able to see lava splashing around in the crater. It was not easy to spot, but we had binoculars that we were passing around to the other folks that were there. I managed to get a few very bad pictures, and some shaky video. We kept saying that we really wished our overnight was on the Big Island instead of Kauai, so we could have been able to visit the caldera at night time, when the lava would have been so much more visible. But we were grateful to have been able to hit the Big Island at all, since the Vancouver to Hawaii itinerary didn't get to stop there.