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  1. Across the top of the RCI homepage there is an area for "destinations". If you click that, at the bottom of the page there's a tab for "explore all ports". Once you click that tab you'll see a page that shows all the ports listed in alphabetical order. The individual page for each port will show the highlights of the port, and at the bottom of the page there is a box to click for shore excursions.
  2. We sailed Honolulu to Vancouver this May. The weather was beautiful during our visits to the Hawaiian islands. Average temperature in the 80's F. The weather for the following sea days became gradually cooler as we sailed further north to Vancouver. I'd guess the temperature on the cooler stays was in the 60's F.
  3. We do exactly the same! It's worked very well for us, and the magnets are very easy to pack.
  4. We were in ISP a month ago and booked a whale watching excursion with Glacier Winds that was spectacular! Like Guindalf, we saw many whales and had an enjoyable experience. We chose to book the tour on a smaller boat that only took 6 people. There are many whale watching tour choices in both Juneau and ISP. Some are on larger boats with many people and some can be booked on boats that take less people. When you research the individual tours, you can decide what type of tour you would like to book.
  5. We just completed a 6 night pre-cruise tour and are currently cruising. Hotels, transportation, and the excursions shown on the tour description are included. Meals are not included. The meals on the train are also not included. There are optional tours that you can book during any free time, but they are an extra cost. There is not any organized evening activities. We very much enjoyed our cruise tour. The days were very busy, so everyone seemed to be pretty tired by the evening. We did find the food to be quite expensive wherever we went. Alaska is a beautiful state. The scenery and wildlife are amazing. I feel the cruise tour really added to our Alaska experience and would really recommend doing one if you have the time.
  6. We are currently on the 8B 6 night cruise tour beginning in Fairbanks. We flew in a day early and would also recommend it. Gave us some time to adjust to the time change and explore a bit on our own. There is some more specific information on the cruise tour included in the cruise documents. We did not receive the information on our specific daily itinerary/times and optional tours until we met with our Tour Guide on the first day of the cruise tour.
  7. Still don't understand why you are cancelling instead of just booking another date. If you book another date you will loose $600, but still have a cruise. By cancelling you loose $2000 and forfeit any cruise. Doesn't seem rational to me. $600 is an expensive lesson, but loosing $2000 and having nothing to show for it is even worse and unnecessary.
  8. Well that makes sense. Wonder who'll replace Susan on Radiance.
  9. We just disembarked from Radiance last week. The CD was Susan Adams. According to Susan she will remain on Radiance until June and then Cuddy will return to Radiance as CD.
  10. We booked the Volcano National Park tour with Robert's Hawaii. It was similar in price to Marylou's tour. We are currently cruising and were in Hilo today. We are very pleased with the Robert's Hawaii tour. We were able to see a lot of Volcano National Park in addition to a few other stops.
  11. We had already booked another tour for Hilo as a "Plan B" since we were pretty much expecting the tours to be cancelled. Thank you for the info for Kona. I'm going to take a look at that tour. Have a great cruise!
  12. We were booked on Marylou's tours for both Hilo on May 8th and Kona on May 9th. We just received a cancellation email for both tours this morning. We had already booked a "Plan B" tour for Hilo, which we are now glad we did. We're now working on a decision on what to do in Kailua-Kona.
  13. We plan to wait until then end of this week and then cancel also. We've heard wonderful things about Marylou's tours and were really looking forward to it, but we leave in 17 days and will need to finalize our plans by that time.
  14. This is exactly how we feel. We don't drink enough to justify the price of the drink package, even with a discount. We enjoy our time with friends in the CL or DL during Happy Hour. The total cost of any drinks that we purchase during the day or after Happy Hour is much less than the cost of both of us purchasing a drink package.
  15. Yes, please let us know if you receive a response from Marylou's as we also have a tour booked the week after yours. I did email Marylou's Tours on March 30th to confirm whether our tour was going to occur. I received this response on April 2nd. I realize the family is going through some very tough times at the moment, but was hoping that by now they would be able to make a decision regarding their May tours. Below is my response on April 2nd: MARYLOU’S AUTO RESPONDER Aloha and thank you for contacting us. This is an automated response. We apologize for any inconvenience, but at this time, due to the unexpected passing of Ken Smet, Marylou’s Big Island Guided Tours is temporarily unavailable. No new tours are being accepted at this time. Tours through April are cancelled. You should have received a separate correspondence if you had a tour with us in April. All other existing tours booked on the calendar will be contacted in the event it needs to be cancelled. We are just taking it month by month. We appreciate your understanding and patience at this difficult time for Marylou and the ohana(family).
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