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

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Enjoyed reading your review and pictures.
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Awesome review. I'm researching what to do on each island. Your review was very helpful.
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I'll chime in again and say thanks for the review. It was both informative and entertaining. (and you can mention to your DW that my favorite pictures were the food pics!)


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Thank you so much for doing this. We are going to Hawaii on the Grand in November. I was starting to have a bit "buyer's remorse" as the price for us was pretty hefty and I was thinking we could have had 2/3 great holidays for the price of this one. We are from Scotland so have flights, hotels etc. to factor in. Reading your review is lighting my excitement again for doing this cruise and I look forward to reading it all.
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Originally posted by DundeeCake
Thank you so much for doing this. We are going to Hawaii on the Grand in November. I was starting to have a bit "buyer's remorse" as the price for us was pretty hefty and I was thinking we could have had 2/3 great holidays for the price of this one. We are from Scotland so have flights, hotels etc. to factor in. Reading your review is lighting my excitement again for doing this cruise and I look forward to reading it all.


Glad you are enjoying it. We met a nice couple from Scotland on our trip. One thing they didn't do was book their tours ahead, and some of them were sold out. The best advice I can give you is to research what you want to do, and book those tours early. If you are booking independent tours, be mindful of the actual time you may disembark.

Hawaii certainly has a lot of beauty in each island. You will only have time to get a small taste of what Hawaii has to offer.

Enjoy your planning.


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Thank you so much for taking the time to share your review! 99 more sleeps until we cruise to Hawaii out of Vancouver.
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Thank you so much for your marvelous review. I could not believe my luck finding this thread; we just booked this cruise yesterday for April 2019. Your review answered a few of my questions and I found a lot of information that will help with planning.
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Originally posted by h20skibum
Friday, April 28

I am up early and step out on the balcony. Something is different today. Land ho. I see land....
I am little late to the party but thanks for doing the travelogue. We are cruising to Hawaii in September and I am enjoying this review very much.
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Originally posted by floatel_lvr
I am little late to the party but thanks for doing the travelogue. We are cruising to Hawaii in September and I am enjoying this review very much.


Better late than never. It looks like a great itinerary on the Radiance. I think I would rather spend an overnight on Maui, instead of two ports on the Big Island. You do get to spend some time on the sunny side in Kona though. Plus, you will probably have some time in Honolulu post-cruise.

Enjoy


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Originally posted by FancyTales
My husband would like to know if there is a cigar lounge on the ship


Yes there is a cigar bar. It is Snookers Cigar Bar located forward from the Casino on deck 6.


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Thanks to everyone else for the comments. We just got back from our third trip to the Bay Area since April, and I thought Captain Diego was piloting our plane for our flight home again. That is the first time we ever had turbulence so bad that everything on the trays flew in the air and ended up on the floor of the plane.

Here are a couple more pictures of things in the Bay Area. I talked earlier about our trip to Muir Woods, and on this trip, we spent a day at Muir Beach. The water is definitely chilly in the Pacific here. Wish I would have brought my wetsuit.






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Grand Princess - April-May, 2017 -Hawaii Review with photos
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Originally posted by h20skibum
The British Invasion Production show by the Princess Singers and Dancers was fantastic. It was standing room only in the theatre for those who arrived less than 15 minutes before show time.



We headed up to the Explorer's lounge after the show to watch, and cast our votes for the first auditions for the Voice of the Ocean. Of course, Elvis was trying to make his comeback with his audition tonight.



It is a Hawaiian cruise, Elvis made three movies in Hawaii with many Hawaiian themed songs. So what does he choose for his song? The Battle Hymn of the Republic. How do they even have that in the karaoke play list? Granted, he did a good rendition of it, but the competition was just too fierce tonight. There were some very talented singers among the passengers, so I guess Elvis has some work to do to mount a comeback tour.




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seriously? Blue Hawaii is my all time fav movie! Battle Hymn? shaking my head...
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Originally posted by h20skibum
There are no shopping guides for here. Maybe they think there is no need, since we are here for such a short time, and all anyone is interested in buying is cheap drugs. Anyway, they do have a port guide.






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So what cheap drugs did they have and what did you pay for them?
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Originally posted by h20skibum
We didn't have a drink package for this cruise, but we had one included as a perk on our January Celebrity cruise. That package was about $20 a day more expensive than Princess.










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We were on a Celebrity cruise last month. Our Ocean View cabin came with the Drink Package. But a lot of the drinks we wanted were more than the $9 maximum so, we had to pay the extra costs. Princesses drink package is so much better.
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Originally posted by Cinerama
So what cheap drugs did they have and what did you pay for them?

We didn't buy any drugs, (legal or illegal) so I can't tell you any of the prices. These are a couple of links that were posted by one of our roll call members about buying drugs in Mexico.

http://www.peoplesguide.com/1pages/c...cheapmed1.html

Or WebMDs information.

http://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/f...-across-border

There is a little bit of discussion on our roll call board on the page linked below for a couple of drugs, and these included some expected prices.

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...php?p=52459092

We just were not in the market for them.





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Originally posted by Cinerama
We were on a Celebrity cruise last month. Our Ocean View cabin came with the Drink Package. But a lot of the drinks we wanted were more than the $9 maximum so, we had to pay the extra costs. Princesses drink package is so much better.


On our Celebrity cruise, we had the go best package included, so all drinks were included. We had a tendency to sample too many different drinks with the package. Although it was a short cruise, DW complained because she put on 4 pounds that she attributed to the drink package. Compare that to the Hawaii cruise where she actually lost a pound, because we didn't have a drink package. Go figure.

Buying individual drinks worked well for us this cruise, especially when we took advantage of the happy hour specials each day. Hope no one tells Princess their drinks are less than the other lines, or they may raise their prices.




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