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  1. Bar Harbor and Newport are sheltered, Newport very much so-- you shouldn't have many issues with either. I cant speak personally on Iles de la Madelaine as I've never been there.
  2. I agree with the hotel recommendation but the dirty little secret is that it isn't private. If you aren't staying at the hotel but show them a receipt from breakfast at the hotel or even for a coffee at the little kiosk there they will let you use the entrance. And thats only in the morning when they police it. In the afternoon anyone can use it.
  3. It used to be that you sort of had to rent a car in LA to see anything as most things are fairly spread out. To be honest, the last few times Ive been out there Ive just used Uber and when you factor in the rental, fuel, and parking, unless you are constantly on the move or covering long distances, its actually equal or maybe a bit less in what you would spend. You would easily be able to do Disneyland (and see a decent amount of it, its TINY compared to Walt Disney World in Florida) but you would be fully committed to just seeing Disney. If you do that they have their own hotels on site (Grand Californian is my personal fave but it can be very pricey) but there area a bunch of other within walking distance of the gate. Its not like Florida where you have to stay on property. As the other poster said there are a bunch of other areas of town you can stay in that are central enough to see things-- Santa Monica for the beach vibe, Hollywood for a bit more of a party scene (think a giant Times Square type of environment), and my personal fave is staying in Beverly Hills. Any of those would be central enough to let you Uber around to things you want to see. If you stay in one of these you can pick up a bus or van tour to take you around to the major sights as well. The studios all have tours-- my personal favorite is the one that Warner Brothers does-- its very small and on golf carts-- much more in depth. Unless you really want to have a room on the day you are going back most nice hotels around town will check your luggage for a few hours. For example if you don't go to Santa Monica when you arrive you could go have breakfast at one of the major hotels, check your bags there and come back for them when you are ready for the short ride over to the airport.
  4. I honestly don't remember the exact size but it would fit larger than an airline carry on-- it just wouldn't fit a large suitcase.
  5. I don't believe there is (someone please chime in if I'm wrong). We were in a suite out of Black Falcon Cruise Terminal twice and never saw a dedicated lounge. The terminal itself is extremely basic and is essentially a shed.
  6. Where are you planning on going or doing with it? Might help make some timing or pickup/dropoff suggestions. None that I know of but there are several locations of all major rental companies in Waikiki that will then be a short Uber to the pier or back to your hotel. Generally around noon even though your documents might say later on in the day. You might have a wait if you show up early. Most likely, but again, not sure what you are trying to accomplish so not totally sure. Parking, especially at hotels on Waikiki, is expensive so the fewer nights you have the car the less expensive it will be.
  7. It's just that way all the time in most of the city-- they have sort of replaced traditional taxis in a lot of major cities. I would say even a 5 minute wait is a bit on the long side.
  8. My favorite still is the Chateau Frontenac (even after a bit of a modernization in the recent renovation). If you are going to stay in Quebec City for a night or two you might as well stay in its biggest landmark. The only downside is it can be pricey and sometimes not even available so you need to book ahead. There are plenty of other options-- both from known brands and independents though.
  9. The most expensive, but also the most enjoyable way, is to just walk over to the water taxi stand at the airport and take one into the city from there. Typically our drivers have run through Murano and then up the Grand Canal-- the scenery, especially after a long flight, is spectacular. A little over 100 Euro.
  10. Unfortunately you just came at the wrong time. Normally they call that body of water "Lake Maui" given how consistently calm it is with low surf. We were also there in May this year and the surf was the highest I've ever seen it in 10 years of regularly going.
  11. I mean it will still be there-- but like the ocean it will be a little on the chilly side to swim (said from someone with a low tolerance for cold). You might be better off taking a gander at the caves near Swizzle-- it will be enclosed underground.
  12. Theres certainly more there than you could possibly get done in a day and a half. In terms of beaches the water is going to start to be getting a bit nippy to swim so Horseshoe is worth a gander but might not be a long activity. You could skip Tobacco Bay if you do Horseshoe. Snorkel park isn't really worth your time unless you really want to be close to the ship-- either Tobacco or Horseshoe are dramatically nicer and like I said, it most likely wont be super warm to swim anyway. St George is worth walking around as is Hamilton. The ghost tour in St G is going to dictate the one evening if you do it-- personally I would skip it for the sake of time and autonomy. St George is going to be dead at night (its sleepy during the summer even after 8). Hamilton would have more going on at night. The "indoor/rain" activities are mostly concentrated near the Dockyard with the exception of the Aquarium/Underwater Exploration. You could knock these out the morning you leave which will keep you close to the ship. The National Museum is well worth it-- the Cooperage and Glassworks are touristy shops within the historic Dockyard facility. Overall I would cross off Tobacco Bay, Snorkel Park, St G Ghost tour, Aquarium (its fine, but most any other aquarium you've seen anywhere else is larger and more impressive), and Blue Hole from your list and you might have a chance to get to most of the rest (if you hurry). Always worth adding in a trip to the Swizzle!
  13. Thats just on the Airbus A321s they use for shorter flights from the west coast-- the rest of the fleet for longer haul flights have entertainment systems in the seats.
  14. You're talking about Kapalua right? Because I don't want anyone to think that Kaanapali is rocky-- its not. It's a very nice beach that it's easy to swim and snorkel from.
  15. Food was some of the uniformly better we've had at sea-- approaching what you get on luxury lines like Seabourn. All speciality restaurants are included. The ship is like a little floating country club-- no lines, no crowds at the pool etc. Staterooms are all well done with high end fittings, very nice toiletries, and luxury bedding. Nice things like internet and beverage packages included. Very little nickel and diming like we've experienced on RCCL. Ship is 700 passengers so this is a totally different experience that you will get with the 6000 passengers on Encore or even the 2000 on Empress. On this type of a trip the emphasis is on Bermuda itself and being docked in St George and Hamilton you had a chance to see a lot of the island without having to take a ton of ferries like you would from the Dockyard (where bigger ships dock). Insignia was a very comfortable and elegant floating hotel while we were there.
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