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sillylizzie

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About sillylizzie

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  • Location
    Milford, CT
  • Interests
    Photography. Traveling. Writing. Hiking. Reading. National Parks.
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Carnival
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Alaska
  1. We are currently staying at the Old San Juan Sheraton & have been extremely happy with it. It is VERY clean and convenient to great good, shopping and nightlife. We stayed at the Hotel Milano about 9 years ago when we were in PR and were happy with that as well. The o Love you! Reason we didn't return was that it was a bit dated then and on this trip we were planning to be in the hotel a bit more. That being said we walked by Hotel Milano today on our way to a museum and it looked the same from the outside as it did back then. Very well maintained with friendly staff outside. I don't think I completely answered your question, but hope I helped a bit. Have a great trip!
  2. We just got back from Hawaii.... As for the PCC, we rented a car. I definitely suggest that. It took about an hour to get there on Hwy 56. We stayed at the Outrigger, which made renting the car super easy as there was a Hertz in the basement! The other good thing about us having the car is that we simply made a day of it, and hit some of the North Shore beaches as we headed to PCC. In terms of excursions, we pretty much got a rental car at each port (so easy!) and had decided what we were going to do ahead of time. It was a lot cheaper, as many of the things we did were offered by the cruise line for a great deal more. For example, we did ditch tubing on our 2nd morning in Kuaui. We paid $85 pp, they offered the same thing on the cruise ship (same company, with a 1 hr later time) for $149. We actually ended up taking theBus to the USS Arizona, which was fine. It took a bit longer, but was $2.50 verus the cost of the cab ride. With 8 people though, I don't know if that's really an option or not for you....
  3. For us it is: 1. Destination 2. Cost 2a. Cruiseline
  4. BIG ISLAND We just got back from a Hawaiian cruise on POA. While we were in Kona, we booked a trip with Sea Paradise via Shore Trips (I think...). Regardless, it was some of the best snorkeling we have done! We saw tons of humpback whales & dolphins on our way out & back in to our two snorkeling locations. The 1st location was near the Captain Cook monument, where the water was extremely calm. Tons of butterfly fish, tangs, an eel or two and lots of beautiful coral. The 2nd location was a bit rougher water, but we still had plenty to see. The other nice thing that we enjoyed about this excursion was that on our catamaran there was a total of 14 people, including the cabin & staff. It seemed like we had the catamaran to ourselves! Very nice change of pace. KUAUI We also snorkeled on Kuaui on our own. We saw that Anini Beach had great snorkeling reviews in our Frommer's book, and decided to try it out. The beach there is nice. You can pretty much walk out to the reef. While we were there we ended up seeing a couple sea turtles and swimming with them for about 30 minutes. That was very cool. We did have our own gear though. There wasn't a place on the beach to rent gear, however there were plenty of places along the main road to the beach that had signs out advertising that they had equipment to rent. The other nice thing about Anini Beach was that there was plenty of shade on shore, as well as bathrooms, lots of picnic tables, & a shower. ~~~ We had a lot of fun at both snorkeling locations. I wouldn't say one was inherently better or worse than the other. We truly liked both of them. I don't think that you'll go wrong no matter what you choose because it really is that beautiful there! :)
  5. We just got back from a Hawaiian cruise on POA. While we were in Kona, we booked a trip with Sea Paradise via Shore Trips (I think...). I can look back through emails if you want to know for sure. Regardless, it was some of the best snorkeling we have done! We saw tons of humpback whales & dolphins on our way out & back in to our two snorkeling locations. The 1st location was near the Captain Cook monument, where the water was extremely calm. Tons of butterfly fish, tangs, an eel or two and lots of beautiful coral. The 2nd location was a bit rougher water, but we still had plenty to see. The other nice thing that we enjoyed about this excursion was that on our catamaran there was the captain, 3 girls working, and 6 people (besides our group of 4) on the trip. It seemed like we had the catamaran to ourselves! Very nice change of pace.
  6. Thanks for sharing. Some of these are really great. :)
  7. We just got off the Valor on Sunday. You will be fine with skirt and some nice tops. I was actually surprised that more of the ship didn't dress up for dinner. On any given night there were numerous pairs of jean & flip flops. I was considered overdressed when I wore a simple dress. Go figure. I found some good deals at womanwithin.com, jessicalondon.com, torrid.com, and Lane Bryant. I had to search for some of the things I found, but it was totally worth it. Some of them were having huge sales on summer things a couple weeks back. Good luck, and enjoy the Valor! (And let me know if you have any questions about the ship/activities.) :)
  8. We were in Cozumel for the day on the 14th of this month. No mosquitos to be found, and we explored a good chunk of the island while we were there.
  9. We just got back from a cruise that had a surprise stop in Progreso. Because we didn't know we were headed there until the night before we had to book through the cruise line, CCL, in this case. We went to the Dzibilchaltun Mayan Ruins. I must say that I really enjoyed them. The Temple of the Dolls is really neat, and they have a cenote you can swim in. It's really refreshing after spending the morning in the sun exploring the ruins. They also have a very nice museum there as well. This was something we weren't expecting to do (we thought we'd be in Belize at Altun Ha), but that we all really liked nonetheless. I highly recommend it to anyone. I know that our tour was 4.5 hours and was $50. That was also through the cruiseline, so I'm sure you can find it cheaper elsewhere. Have fun with whatever you choose. :)
  10. I've never gained. I take the stairs everywhere, and when on land we do active excursions that usually include hiking/walking/snorkeling. And on the days we're at sea, I generally find myself hiking all around the ship from one activity to another.
  11. We were on a cruise with a sail away time of 10pm. We got to the pier around 12:30pm, and were on the ship by 1pm. There was definitely more of a line to get on that ship than there was for any other one we've been on. Things really got going on the ship (ie - fuller decks, people at the bars, etc), I'd say, around 4pm.
  12. We always prefer to get a jump start on the cruise and head to wherever we're sailing from a day or two early. It also depends on what port you're leaving from and how your schedule works out. For our next cruise in October, we're spending a day before the cruise sightseeing (Everglades) and spending two days after the cruise with family. That's just how it happens to work out best for our schedule. :)
  13. After 15 years with your children, one week away won't be a big deal. In essence, everyone will be getting a nice break from the norm. Yours will just be on a cruise ship. :)
  14. Though I'm not the original poster, this has been very helpful. I have a severe shellfish allergy, which I don't think about too much because we eat at home 99.9% of the time. Just filled out the special needs form, emailed it to Carnival and also let my TA know as well. It's definitely reassuring to know that Carnival is willing to work with those with allergies. :)
  15. Thanks to everyone who replied. :) I really appreciate it. We ended up booking a tour with Victor Bodden Tours - 'The Best of Roatan.' In emailing back and forth with Victor it pretty much sounds like we'll decide what we want to do when we're down there, based on the weather/time and what not. Only 47 more days until the cruise! :D
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