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Hau Oli Tiki

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  1. Hau Oli Tiki

    Carnival Inspiration/Imagination Wedding

    Lot's of great info! My daughter just announced her engagement and wants to be wed on June 8th, 2018. On a boat/ship/water. So we thought about doing the one on the Inspiration. My questions is: Your getting married on a ship...on water... yet I have yet to see ANY one get married on deck! Do they even allow that? Or do they only offer one of the rooms mentioned?? I know it's in port (Oh So Picturesque Long Beach;) but she wants to be be out in the sea breeze and all. Anyone know? Thanks!
  2. I will be sailing on the Star tomorrow. I wasn't too thrilled when I found out there was not an actual dance spot...a disco! Seems the Star used to prowl the waters of Hawaii and had no casino. She was then put into service along the Alaskan and Mexican coasts. So the night club was turned into a casino. Now the dancing takes place on a dance floor the size of a postage stamp located in the Carousel Bar. Kinda like an after thought. I have heard the 'DJ' isn't that with it on the current tunes. My IDEA: Take the "family" room (***** is that anyway?) and the library and the card room and turn that wasted space into a disco! I've been chatting with quit a few recent cruisers aboard the Star and all have reported the rooms are always empty. There are other rooms that are not being used. They use them rarely for special occasions/meetings. Get a DJ that actual researches the current grooves (like actualy getting off the ship and sticking his/her head into a club once in awhile.) I think this is such an easy fix! It would make me want to return for a few more journeys! I always dance 'til dawn and return repeatedly to those ships that offer the disco. I get to know the DJ, bar tenders and all the first night and have so much fun. BTW: I am NOT a young 20 something party hopper! I'm on the backside of 30, a housewife and Mom. The only time I ever get to 'live it up' is when we cruise! I hope I won't be dissapointed next week on the Star. Honestly, if I had heard BEFORE I booked about no disco, I would have gone on another ship. I get back on the 15th...I'll let ya know how goes it! AHOY!
  3. I agree with all here. I read to get educated and then make the best of my vacation. A lot of time and money are being spent. I want the best bang for my buck. Of course, I can make a party with a glass of water and crackers, so I don't care about the really negative stuff. But it's nice to know stuff about tours, restaurants, common areas, hidden gems, etc... Go aboard with realistic expectations. However, your experience is up to you. Have a great attitude and look forward to a fun time! Go with the flow and lighten up! Don't have any expectations except your going to eat a lot, see a lot and be some where other than your couch! Beats a day workin!
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    Will NOT fly, need to get to Hawaii!

    HEY!!! Waiting's got a shweet idea! I have a buddy in HW on base housing that's always offering while he's at sea! I could hang out for awhile. As far as booking on freighters, yes, doable. You get a no frills cabin and can even get it almost free if you "help" aboard (if you're Coast Guard/ Navy or at sea Marine, active or retired, you can REALLY get a discount as you have experience.) Or I can just buy my own yacht. On another note: What's the best time to make the trip via sea to HW across the briny blue Pacific?
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    Will NOT fly, need to get to Hawaii!

    I can not fly due to several reasons. Physical, legal and emotional. The legal is a long, interesting story. Latter. I would love to take the cruise from Cali. But I wish it would hang around the islands a lot longer. I don't mind being at sea for 4-5 days at a time. If it would just stay in HW for 2 weeks or so with overnighters + in certain ports...I'd pay preem for that!!
  6. I do not fly. Ever. Hate it. Trains, boats, cars...fine. SO... I'm wondering if I can get to Hawaii on the cruise from LA/San Diego or Ensenada. Get OFF at the last stop in Hawaii before they head back. Get ON the Pride of America/Aloha. Cruise the islands for another 7 days. Get back ON the other ship going back to the Mainland. I'd have to find a cruise where the one going home had it's last stop at the Port of Honolulu so I don't have to get from Kona or something to Honolulu by itsy bitsy island hopper:eek: !! Do they let you get off and end a cruise then get back on a week or more latter to go home? Like a regular transportation issue instead of destination cruising. Hmmmm. Interesting.:rolleyes:
  7. Hau Oli Tiki

    Card room on the Star questions

    Hey thanks guys!
  8. Anyone remember if there's an actual poker table on the Star? Our Fam is hard core Texas Hold 'Em players and were just wondering. Can anyone use the card room? Do you have to make a reservation? I remember on the Carny Valor, the card room was just a big room with big tables. Thanks!
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    Bar Set Up !!!!!!

    So... are there booze sniffing dogs at port? Or do they rifle through your luggage in search of other things and find your booze? I've brought on my own wrapped in clothes in the luggage. I also have "hiders" that look like something else, but hold liquer. Is NCL going through the luggage that thouroughly? Cuz I go through a LOT of tequila! That'll get expensive!
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    Binoculars--Which ones do you like?

    The best binocs we ever had was actually a flask. Held quite a bit of rum. Problem is, when someone asked to use them to see something, we looked pretty selfish. Had to refuse or our secret was out!
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    Binoculars--Which ones do you like?

    The best binocs we ever had was actually a flask. Held quite a bit of rum. Problem is, when someone asked to use them to see something, we looked pretty selfish. Had to refuse or our secret was out!
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