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  1. I’m so jealous! The POA was our last cruise in November 2019 before Covid. Are you going in March? If so be sure to book a whale watch on Maui. Have a wonderful time!! 🙂
  2. You want the port side for viewing the Napali coast. Yes the ship turns but by then the lighting and colors are not as optimal. Once the ship turned, we then had a beautiful sunset on the port side which was truly the best of both worlds. As far as docking, I thought all our views from the port side were great although it hardly mattered since we were off the ship as soon as possible.
  3. We had it on our 2019 POA cruise and yes alcohol is included. Honestly, if you're on the fence about the bev package, I wouldn't get it. We are pretty big cruise drinkers and we were off the ship so much/so busy, we definitely did not get our money's worth and ended up using it mostly for bottled water to take on excursions.
  4. The Macadamia nut ice cream I had at Cagney's on the POA is something I still dream about 2 years later.
  5. Woo hoo! I’ll be here! Can’t wait, so excited for you!
  6. We did the cruise in November 2019 for our 10-year wedding anniversary. Little did we know what would happen just a few months later. It was fabulous and we have so many wonderful memories. Our goal was to be off the ship as much as possible -- we love cruising but we love Hawaii more and this cruise should be about Hawaii and nothing else. There are several discount car rental services but we used Avis since my FIL was Avis preferred and didn't really see much difference in prices when we compared. Skipping the line was great. Try and spend as many days before the cruise on Oahu as you can. You can see Pearl Harbor and get acclimated to the time change. Here is my trip report if you would like to read it. Keep in mind though that Hawaii is different now and may be different still by September, but hopefully for the better. Enjoy, I envy you already! 🙂 If you can find a FB page for your specific cruise, those can be a lot of fun.
  7. I would not do a day trip to Lanai on the cruise. There is so much to do and see on Maui, the ferry to Lanai is not the best use of your time.
  8. Sure! But a lot would depend if you wanted condo or hotel and your budget. On Kauai I would say the Grand Hyatt if budget allows. Kauai also has condos and cottages. On both islands, you need to make sure there is AC if you stay somewhere other than a hotel, but this is especially true on Kauai. Maui has luxury hotels like the Montage and Four Seasons, mid-range chains like the Hyatt right on Kaanapali beach, older Hawaiiana hotels like the Kaanapali Beach Hotel and the Royal Lahaina (which is in one of my favorite locations), large condo resorts like the Westin Nanea, and then smaller condo complexes, many of which are oceanfront or beachfront. Lots of great choices!
  9. I hope you make it and have a wonderful time! We will be on Maui that week also, hopefully. I could sure use some Hawaii right now! 🙂
  10. We visit Maui almost every November (fingers crossed we make it this year!). Our wedding anniversary is the first week in November and we love that time of year, it's a great time to go. But the winter months bring whales which is also wonderful. I've been in January once and had a great time. I don't cruise June - September and probably wouldn't go to Hawaii in February or March but that is due more to crowds than weather. It can rain anytime -- or not, just like anywhere else. There is never a bad time to visit Hawaii! 🙂
  11. Will always rank as one of the best vacations ever!
  12. Well if it's any consolation, I was looking forward to your cruise as much as you! 🙂 J/K of course, but I feel for you. Yes, the chance for disruption would be a big concern. But it's a wonderful cruise to a wonderful place so if you get the chance to rebook, I would.
  13. I cannot believe this was done with just one day's notice. For our POA cruise in November, we arrived to Oahu on Wednesday. I can only imagine the chaos this is going to cause. Wow. Cindy, my fingers are crossed for you!
  14. Yes 11:00 am Is the earliest time slot for the Arizona available online. We got there at 9:20 am and exchanged our tickets for the 9:45 am tour.
  15. Yes, it was the way I wanted to go anyway so it was fine but I was glad someone had mentioned it beforehand. We had seniors with us so knowing where we could stop for restrooms, lunch, etc. was helpful. I also wanted to make the driving as easy on my husband as possible so I had the whole route and itinerary printed out, info about parking, etc.
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