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  1. I really don't know. I did not receive this offer if they do.
  2. After reading here, I see that Carnival passengers can only reserve clamshells on HMC once onboard. Approximately, how much are they to rent? I'm doing some preliminary research for Spring Break; trying to decide between cabana, clamshell or staying on the ship. Thanks!
  3. If you are like me, and do not care for big tours (riding on a motor coach) stay away from Roberts or ship sponsored tours. I noticed that all of their tours were were 100 + people on motor coaches. We did get lucky on the tour we took with them in Maui and it was just us and another couple on a mini bus. This was the exception and not the norm from what I observed. I HIGHLY recommend Mauka Makai Adventures on the Big Island. Give Josh a call, you will have a great time with him. Enjoy your trip!
  4. Ohhhhhhh, I am so jealous you will get to fly in those awesome lay flat seats! I'm not sure about your excursion. We did the Journey to Waimea Canyon, not the river cruise. I would probably call Roberts to get some advise from them. Hope you enjoy your trip.
  5. Sue, We were late boarding due to transportation problems. According to the dailies, most things open up around 11:30, so I am assuming that general boarding starts around 11?
  6. Paul, I booked everything online either from Viator or Shore Excursions Group. I started booking things 2-3 months in advance, but probably would have started earlier if I had booked my trip sooner - just my personal preference. I rarely ever book excursions through the ship (too expensive) and have never had any issues where have felt unsafe or was worried that we would not make it back on time.
  7. The 1st tenders start leaving around 7:00 AM for those without tinder tickets. The ticketed tenders start around 7:45 and go fairly quickly. Yes, there were taxi's at the pier as well as people selling excursions. Everything is right beside the large Banyon tree near the pier, can't miss it.
  8. I'm sure that timing has a lot to do with the porter situation. There were empty luggage racks outside of the terminal, so perhaps the porters are only there to handle the initial rush? The lack of porter's wasn't as big of a deal as I thought it would be; all we needed to do is walk to the end of the right side of the terminal and drop our bags on the conveyor to be scanned. Took about 2 minutes.
  9. We ate at Skyline on embark day and the last day in Kauai (Friday). According to the dailies, it does not appear to be be open for lunch any other time.
  10. I did see lots of taxis in the port area. I’m sure they will take you wherever you need to go. Not sure about shuttles for rental car agencies.
  11. You can do early bird Pearl Harbor if you have a flight that departs after 2 PM. There is also a North Shore tour, but the flier doesn't say how late flights need to be.
  12. Thanks for reading! I hope you will enjoy the trip as much as we did. I'm not remembering if the brewery was the Kona Brewing Company - it sounds right, but I'm not 100%. It is either that or the Paradise Brewing Company. Both are within a few blocks of the port.
  13. Sunday, June 23, 2019 We landed in Dallas around 5:15AM about 30 minutes ahead of schedule. The plane ride was pretty smooth until we got closer to DFW, then it got rather bumpy. I could see lightening off in the distance, so I am sure that there were some storms moving in. We pulled into Terminal D and our connecting flight was in Terminal C, so we hopped on the tram that took us around to Terminal C. That tram is super fast, however, I am not at all confident that it was being c controlled by an actual person. It took maybe 10 minutes to get to where we were going, so per the usual, we sat and enjoyed the wifi for about 30 minutes before it was time to board the flight to Indy. Our new plane was a nice 737. We were in row 8 - a great location close to the front of the plane. Sam slept the entire flight again and I think Scott slept for a while as well. I was wide awake. My ankles and legs were really swollen from flying and it was hard to get comfortable. The flight was a little bumpy, but went quickly and before we knew it, the 2 hours were up and we were landing in Indy! We claimed our luggage and then hopped on the shuttle to Economy Parking to find the car. That took a hot minute. We lost the car for a bit. Scott took a picture of the lot number we were in, but sometime during the trip, his phone died (literally) and he was confused about which section we were in. I ended up just standing in the middle of the parking lot with the luggage while they looked for the car so we didn't have to keep dragging suitcases all over the place. The car was soon found and loaded up, for the 2 hour journey home. I slept the entire time!
  14. Sunday, June 22, 2019 We were all up and dressed around 6:30 this morning and then up to the Lido to get some breakfast before meeting our tour. After eating, we went back to the room for a potty stop and a final walk through. We grabbed our backpacks and went down to the nightclub on Deck 6 forward to meet our tour. Today's tour was Pearl Harbor and Honolulu City. At promptly 8:00, our group was called. Debarking the ship was super easy. We walked on the outside of Deck 6, swiped our card and off we went. Down 2 escalators in the port building and we were at baggage claim. All the bags were separated by color coded tags; ours were black because we had purchased a tour through the ship. It was super easy to find our luggage and the tour met right beside the baggage claim. We handed our bags off to the porter by the bus, who separated the bags by airline. We then boarded the motor coach. It was a full coach and I was smooshed next to the window. Our driver's name was Leo and he was very nice- he really made the trip fun. It was a short ride to Pearl Harbor. We arrived around 8:30 and were given tickets for the 10:30 tour. Leo explained that all bags, including backpacks, purses, fanny packs, camera bags, etc. were not allowed in Pearl Harbor and must stay on the locked bus. We walked around the grounds of Pearl Harbor and before we knew it, it was time to go to the movie portion of the tour. We watched a short documentary about the bombing of PH and all the events that took place that day. We then boarded a small boat that cruised Battleship Row and past the USS Arizona Memorial. Unfortunately, the Arizona is still closed to visitors due to repairs being needed so all we could do is sail by. Visiting PH is such a moving experience. I am so glad that we had the opportunity to visit. Our instructions were to meet Leo back at the bus at 12:15 to begin the city tour portion of the excursion. The 1st stop was the Punchbowl Cemetery. We then traveled downtown Honolulu, to see the government buildings, and the formal royal palace. We then had the opportunity to get off the bus and get a picture of the statue of the queen and get a hotdog from the street vendor. Sam was tired, so I stayed on the bus with him. Scott got off and got a hot dog. After everyone was back on the bus, we then were on our way to the airport. It is recommended that people arrive 3 hours early for flights out of HNL. Leo dropped us off right at the ticketing counter. We checked in for our flight and checked in our bags fairly easily. We then faced a long line getting through security. We ended up changing security lines because the one we were in got shut down. We moved to the next line that was even longer, but it went surprisingly fast. We still had a little bit of time before our flight so we decided to look around the shops and get something to eat. We still had about an hour before our flight, so we waited at the gate and enjoyed some free wifi before boarding the flight to Dallas. Our plane took off from HNL around 5:15 PM. Those 777's are nice with the TV monitors, but for us lowly folk in the back, it sure seemed cramped. The inflight meal was a yucky Buffalo Chicken Wrap that none of us ate. I did not sleep at all, but Sam was out for the majority of the flight. I think Scott dozed off and on.
  15. Friday, June 21, 2019 Today is the 1st day of Summer! We all slept in today. I don't know what it is about vacation, but the longer we are gone, the more tired we seem to be. We are still in port today in Kauai. The plan is to leave port around 2 and sail the Na Pali Coast. According to the paper, we should sail past around 5:15 PM with a narration of what can be seen. The paper said that viewing can be seen from Port side decks, and lucky for us, we have a port side room. I saw in the paper this morning that for people like us with later flights, we could purchase Early Bird Pearl Harbor tickets and visit there before going to the airport. I asked Scott his thoughts about doing something like this and he said he would rather take a tour instead of sitting in the airport all day. I agreed and was glad that we would get to visit Pearl Harbor. It made me sad to think we went all the way to Hawaii and would not get to see it. Today was the only day that we did not have anything planned. Sam was excited about this because I told him earlier in the week that he could pick what we do today. Of course, he chose to go to the beach. Scott and Sam took the trolley to the beach that is a few blocks away. I went down to the shore excursion desk to see about getting on the tour. Lucky for us, there were 4 seats left on the Pearl Harbor and Honolulu city tour. The guy at the desk was very nice and helpful. He gave me the tickets for the tour and explained the luggage process. It was all very easy. I then went to guest services to ask about getting refunded for my prearranged travel to the airport now that I had a shore excursion. After all that hubub, I enjoyed sitting out on the balcony and watching the boats come in and out. There was a little bit of a rainstorm that lasted about 10 minutes. It was a lovely morning. I also got the majority of the room packed up. Scott and Sam came in around noon, the got cleaned up and we went to the Skyline for lunch. We came back and hung out on the balcony for a little bit because the pool was too crowded to be enjoyable. Around 3, they went back to the pool. I packed away my suit because I didn't want to have wet things in my luggage. I stayed in the room and finished packing, read my book and enjoyed the quiet. Around 5ish we sailed past the NaPali Coast. It is very beautiful to see the jagged peaks and all of the colors. It would be fun to spend the night on one of those deserted beaches and explore the caves. There were some dolphins swimming next to the ship as we were sailing by. The narration going on as well, but I couldn't hear a thing because of the neighbors. Scott and Sam returned near the end of the sail past. Scott was striped sunburned. It looks like he used sunblock, but didn't get it applied evenly. I had a good laugh. They got showers and we went to the Liberty Dining Room for supper. I was expecting a different menu than the Skyline, but it was exactly the same. There isn't much difference between the 2 dining rooms. I think I actually prefer the Skyline. Scott and I both had the Prime Rib. Sam of course had the NY Strip for the 6th time this week. After supper, we just decided to hang out in our room and get the suitcases out in the hall. We were all sad that this was our last day.
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