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  1. The Crown Plaza cruise package used to be 15 days free parking......hope it still is when we take a 15 day Hawaii cruise
  2. We did the ABC's last year.......Aruba has a real submarine that goes out right at the ship......not cheap but holds about 40 people dives to around 170' costs about $90 bucks pp.....would not do it if claustrifobic .....in Curacou (sp) we did a nice kayak trip through the mangroves.
  3. While we were aboard the Royal In April, they announced a vow renewal event one afternoon in the Piazza.......for free.....I was dressed in my best sweats.....along with about 15 other couples.....the cruise director conducted the ceremony......it was great.
  4. We are sailing aboard the Koningsham (sp) next April having never sailed HA before. It's a repositioning before the Alaska season San Diego to Vancouver just to try out the line to see what we think. What is different about the Pinnacle class ships....?
  5. Honestly.....I'm not sure where you frequent to purchase drinks, but I find Princess drink pricing very reasonable when compared to many other places. If you've traveled with RCI lately you'll find they charge around $12 dollars per average drink while Princess is closer to $8.....many lines are pricing to get you into their "package" and at the higher price it's worth just paying for it. If you don't drink that much then ala carte is a better way to go on Princess.
  6. My wife and I just booked the Pacific coastal aboard the Kottingsdam (sp?) repositioning for next April. Being HA virgins, we're used to Princess mostly, we wanted to explore the newer Holland vessels and it looks like this ship is one of them. Having never sailed this line before we have some questions. I enjoy smoking cigars occationally while on vacations and would like to know the smoking policy as it pertains to this....? Am I allowed to be up on deck with the cigarette smokers to enjoy one...? Is there in interior smoking lounge anywhere....? Also, it looks like this ship has a nice looking spa with tiled heated loungers.....do they sell day use passes or maybe a deal for the entire cruise for us to use this....? I know there will be more questions as we figure this all out so I thank you in advance for your help.......:) What things about HA and/or this ship should we "not miss".....?
  7. there is a smoking lounge off the casino and also up on deck aft.
  8. Yes....it's only a twenty minute walk into town and the wharf is halfway.......easy walk.
  9. Beware of far forward cabins as we discovered the ONE TIME we booked a "guarantee" balcony aboard the Crown last year. We were assigned on Caribe deck which we were thrilled about, however the cabin was second behind the bridge and the first two days we got rough seas to the point where my wife did not want to walk up the our cabin one evening. Imagine your floor rising up some 40' under your feet then dropping out from under you again.....not fun. Learned our lesson that time, we book the cabin we want......and midship or at least front midship works better.
  10. It's a fifteen minute walk from the ship......
  11. Agreed for sure about the "smog"....I grew up against those mountains by days end we'd all have what we called "smog throat" where our lungs hurt so bad to inhale. I't s environmental strides aside, the cost of living is driving us Cali born folks away.
  12. There is a Chart House just down from your pier where your ship will be docked.......at least it's walkable for you....it's on the pier where all the restaurants and carrosell is.......we love it and are Landry's members.....just another option.
  13. We just took that Amtrak train from Portland to Tacoma and while it was maybe 15 minutes late per their schedule, as far as reliability I would be quite comfortable with your timeline. While we always arrive a day early your plan seems reasonable.....enjoy your cruise.
  14. Temps for Long Beach in October can be roasting or cool......we get "Santa Ana" wind conditions that can get quite warm. Ocean temps will be in the sixties.
  15. Anytime dining begins around 515pm and you'll need to get there by 530 to get your 2 top without a wait. After the room fills up you can't get in until 715 to 730 as the tables open up. You can call the dining line at 8am each morning to reserve a table but your choices will be 515, 530 or 730......they do not reserve any other times. If you need a 2 top you'll need to wait sometimes.
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