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About StephC1217

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    Cool Cruiser

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  • Location
    Boston, Ma
  • Interests
    Planning vacations
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Disney
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Roatan, Honduras
  1. Yes- thank you! You are correct that it is VERY close. But the latest the baby will be born (by c-section) is Jan. 21 and the cruise leaves July 26 so we just make it.
  2. Looking for some advice for a stay in Vancouver before and after our Alaskan cruise in July 2020. The background: we are flying in and won't get in until late on a Thursday night. Our cruise starts on Sunday so we have 2 days in Vancouver for sightseeing. On the other end, we arrive back in Vancouver on a Sunday and our flight leaves Monday morning. We could use this as another sightseeing day or just a hanging around, resting day. It is my husband and I with our 3 kids (14, 3, and 6 months when we travel), plus my parents who are 80 but in fairly good shape and travel with us every year. They are obviously not as active as they used to be but still do lots of walking around with us at Disney and around d Hawaii last year, as long as we give them time to rest. So what we are looking for: 1. Recommendations for hotel stays- not sure if it makes more sense to stay close to the airport night one since we will be getting in late and then possibly moving to one closer to the pier the next day? Looking for something moderately priced- we are from US and used to paying approximately $300 or so per night but looks like Vancouver is a little pricier in the hotel department. Anything with a bus/train/shuttle is bonus points if we can avoid lugging two car seats for this cruise. 2. Recommendations for sight-seeing. Ever since our Hawaii cruise last year ended in Vancouver, my parents have wanted to come back and see the main sites. But obviously we will have two little ones with us (although we travel every year so we don't let the little ones slow us down too much!). Any interesting, kid-friendly sites would be great as well as transportation recommendations as I am hoping to travel by bus/train this trip if possible. 3. Any kid-friendly food recommendations for breakfast/lunch/ dinner is appreciated. We aren't super picky eaters (we tend to like any place we at) but we aren't all that adventurous to mostly stick to pizza, burgers, italian, seafood, chicken, beef- we don't usually go for super ethnic, such as Indian, Japanese, etc. For breakfast, any place with waffles and pancakes for the kids is good! Our only requirements for food are really just moderately priced and kid friendly. Reservations are a bonus so that we don't have to wait during busy times. I know this is asking for a lot- I have been doing lots of reading on the boards but haven't seen much asked with little kids- Thanks for any help!!
  3. We are too!! See you on board!
  4. I currently have two car rentals in Oahu booked through Hawaiian Discount Car Rentals and I am not sure which to keep. Both pick up in Honolulu Airport. We have the car for 4 nights and plan to drop off before getting on our cruise. I am guessing that my husband will probably drop me, my parents, the kids, and all our suitcases off and then go drop off the rental and taxi back to the pier. One drop off is back at the Honolulu Airport and costs $300. The other drop off is Kalakaua Ave (it is a Dollar Car Rental) and is $350. Which should we keep? I map quested and they are both a similar distance from the pier (airport slightly further away) but not sure if one is easier to get to/from or navigate? Anyone familiar with this and know which one would be easier?
  5. We are on the same cruise- the documents say you must be back on board by 6pm the latest so you could probably leave but wouldn't have all day. Our check-in time is 1:30 but we will probably just do stuff during the day and get there around 3-4pm to check-in and stay there. From others I have talked to, it seems like muster drill is at 9:30 or 10pm
  6. Not to hijack OP's post but I went on to get tickets for our Pearl Harbor day and despite going on exactly 60 days ahead first thing in the morning, could only get a 2pm tour for the Arizona. Do I need to get tickets for Bowfin and Missouri ahead of time too? Or can we just show up and do those at our leisure while killing time until Arizona?
  7. Hi Xmansmom I just wanted to say we are also doing the Hawaii to Vancouver in April! We have never sailed Carnival before or anywhere not the Caribbean- I love to do lots of research before we go but I am having trouble finding a lot of information on formal nights, menus, activities, etc. I would love to hear what you have learned so far!! We are in Oahu April 15-19 before we go....
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