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  1. Unless you are in a suite where you get escorted off the ship when you want, you won’t have time sadly
  2. We used Uber and Lyft for transfers all around the islands and from hotel to port. We were three adults, 3 cases and 3 carry on bags and regular Uber were not suitable in some cases as they were small. We booked Uber XL and we had v large vehicles every time. When you look on the app there is also an option to choose a Uber Assist and they offer specially trained drivers to assist passengers. The price is the same
  3. AlohaCathy

    POA $$$ ??

    You’re absolutely right! I’m from the UK and meant it’s the same as being in the rest of the US!
  4. AlohaCathy

    POA $$$ ??

    We found it the same as being in the US or UK. I hardly ever have cash on me!
  5. AlohaCathy

    POA $$$ ??

    It’s the same as being America, malls with Macy’s in etc, Costco stores. You just need cash for incidentals. We never had a card refused this month, only used cash for tiny purchases like an ice cream.
  6. AlohaCathy

    POA $$$ ??

    We spent very little cash when we went earlier this month. I just don’t feel safe taking large amounts of cash on holiday anymore. Credit cards were accepted nearly everywhere, you get insurance with your purchases too - we just took a little cash for additional tips eg tours, ice creams etc. We’re from the UK and have organised credit cards that have no charge for foreign transactions, we can also withdraw local currency from cash points without cards as well. A great find, I wish we’d discovered them years ago. We made sure we had a lot of change and small notes for tips, vending machines, luggage carts etc
  7. We traveled this month on POA. We managed to get free WiFi off the ship at every port without even looking for it. Generally coffee shops or even in a Macy’s store. We only had to go to MacDonald’s once as we had no trouble finding it. Even the office where we were waiting to take a helicopter flight had good strong WiFi - so much so, my son asked if we could drive back there the next day and sit outside in the hire car for 10 minutes to “borrow” their WiFi to download a podcast! We had no trouble at all. The wifi on the ship is exorbitant and not that great anyway, it’s a much more cost effective way to buy a coffee, or meal (or helicopter ride 😂) and use the WiFi for free. We had a lot of minutes included in our package but the only thing the WiFi was really good for was social media and email. Anything else was a bit slow hence looking for better WiFi in ports.
  8. AlohaCathy

    Kauai Beaches

    I guess they know what days the ships come in on the islands and make sure they’re available. I’d say 80-90% of the drivers we had were women which is very different to the UK. I’ve only had a handful of female drivers in the whole time since Uber launched. We used Lyft a lot more than Uber unless there was a big price difference - there seemed to be more drivers and it was a dollar or two cheaper. I did think Kauai might prove a problem with drivers but we had the same experience there as on the other islands. Good prices and fast service.
  9. AlohaCathy

    Kauai Beaches

    See my message above about Uber and Lyft
  10. AlohaCathy

    Kauai Beaches

    We had the UBER and Lyft apps on our phones we used google maps to find the route and it gives you prices for both apps. We never waited more than 5-10 mins in any Hawai’i port this month. There were many drivers available.
  11. We also rented from here this month and it was so easy! I don’t know why anyone would bother going all the way to the airport or to any other location as this is a very simple walk and the staff there were lovely very quick and helpful. We got a big upgrade on the car we booked as we arrived a little later and the smaller cars were gone. Miami car rental could learn a lot from this tiny rental office!
  12. It’s quite a long hot walk through a fenced off area and fenced in walkways. Security is high at the port. The Uber was able to take us back a lot closer to the ship but we all had to show ID and we had to show our Key Cards as well. I’d suggest he has a good chat to the local security guards on his way out so they can see he’s a passenger and will hopefully allow him back in.
  13. You’ll spend all your time on the balcony don’t worry about the size or the suite! It will more spacious because of the outside area I promise! Take a light waterproof - we got SOAKED. It wasn’t cold but we did need an extra layer. Where proper shoes as well. Flip flops won’t cut it if you want to climb the waterfall and walk amongst the lava.
  14. That would be lovely set up outside on the balcony, the inside area of the suite is tiny there’s not really enough room inside. There were three of us and we were bumping into each other inside 😂 We had a letter before and it said to message with requests for help before your trip and they’d help. But to be honest they were useless, I emailed and asked for: the fridge to be emptied for some fresh milk in the fridge an extra sun bed on the balcony I had a rubbish almost auto response reply saying just ask when you get there at guest services! Didn’t even mention butler. It was sorted straight away. If it’s the same team you’ll have Guy as your butler, he’s very knowledgeable and keen to help. Ask him when you meet him and I’m sure he’ll sort for you. I had the above written down and when we met him I passed it to him and he sorted it. This is the email in the letter you could try asking for help now: customerservice@ncl.com I wouldn’t hold out much hope but at least you’ll have written down what you want and can pass it on when you arrive!
  15. I forgot to include the scuba diving! We did scuba diving, booked it last minute the day before when we were on Kauai when we knew the weather wasn’t good enough to do the plane ride with Wings over Kauai. The boys were amazed they saw eels, turtles, turtles being cleaned by other fish, tons and tons of colourful fish, trigger fish.. the list went on. It was the most amazing scuba experience. The company they were with didn’t collect them, they had to Uber there and find them. They booked two dives and managed to leave very early, do the two dives and be back on the ship ready for the afternoon coastal cruise. I’m not sure who they booked with but can find out if anyone is interested. They have dived a lot in Europe but this was the best diving they’ve done by far. Highly recommended if you can fit it in. They didn’t take their log books but we keep their cards with the passports in our travel wallet. A good tip in case your plans change and you want to go scuba diving which was the case here.
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