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  1. Hi all! My friend and I will be on the 10th April Eclipse sailing from Vancouver to Hawaii. We'll be staying aboard for the b2b and my sister is joining us in Honolulu for the second cruise, on 20th April. The itinerary has recently been changed so that we now overnight in Honolulu and don't leave for our next port until the evening of the 21st, at 6 pm. Since we now have this brilliant overnight stay we'd all like to do something in Honolulu during the afternoon of the 20th and go to a luau in the evening. When will they hold the muster drill? I am thinking that it won't be until after we've left port, in the early evening of the 21st. Am I correct? I don't want to book something that gets us back to the ship late on the 20th if the muster drill will be held that evening but I can't see that the ship would expect people to be aboard for that if we are in port overnight. Too much to see and do in Honolulu! This is a new experience for me! I've never been on an overnight port stop before. Pretty cool! Especially as we originally weren't going to have much time together to do things in Honolulu!
  2. Thanks very much for the suggestions! We're doing a snorkel trip out of Kona the following day so that particular idea won't work for us. I appreciate your advice about rushing - if I can find a guide/tour company that offers a Mauna Kea day trip (rather than the sunrise or sunset/stargazing trips) I'll ask what else could be reasonably included. We are also on the cruise following this one and have a comprehensive tour booked out of Hilo to various sites and I'm trying not to duplicate those on this excursion. That's why I thought Waimea might be a good choice.
  3. Thanks very much! I had been going in through their main website, which is where I came across the $200.00 deposit. There is also a long registration form, including stuff like food allergies and all sorts that I didn't have time to deal with just then! I hadn't realised that I could click on the individual tour guides themselves. I think that I'll try to work out something with one of them - perhaps the individual guides don't require a person to book through the official site... On a side-note, I'm noticing during my research for our b2b that the majority of the tour operators in Hawaii ask for full or partial payment upon booking, with a refund offered if cancelled within a certain time. I've not experienced that before. On excursions I've booked for other cruises, in Europe or the Caribbean, whether for just two people or if I fill up a van via my Roll Call, it's always been pay-on-the-day and everyone pays their own share on the spot. I did pay a 50 euro deposit for a scuba dive in Malta but that's the only time one was requested...I wonder why the difference? Maybe because there are also a lot of tourists at hotels and resorts that change their minds due to weather or something shinier that came along?
  4. Hullo! My friend and l will be on the Eclipse docking in Hilo on the 18th of April, 09:30 to 18:00. We definitely want to go up Mauna Kea but we'd also like to go to Waimea if possible. Does anyone know of any tour operators that offer both of these locations on one tour? I've checked into Toursbylocals but am hesitant as they require a hefty deposit to hold the date and while I may get some interested people to join in from our Roll Call I'd rather not suddenly find out I'm responsible for $700.00+ because people have dropped out. Even if you don't know a company that includes both of these locations I'd appreciate recommendations for just Mauna Kea - I'm finding quite a few operators that go up for the sunset and stargazing but those are far too late for us. Cheers!
  5. Very good info here! I especially like the idea of having my medical info/prescription meds available on there. One thing that I'd like to add is keeping your phone charged up and/or carrying your charger (with the proper adapter) or a portable power pack when you travel. I work in a major London railway station and we have trains coming in from the airport. Every day there are people that have their e-tickets on their phone but can't access them because their phone is dead. They couldn't charge it on the train because their charger was packed away or, occasionally, because they weren't aware that we have different power sockets over here than in America and couldn't plug their charger in. Not being able to prove that you have a ticket is the same as not having a ticket at all and the official rule is that you will need to purchase a new one before you're allowed to exit the platform. Obviously we are sympathetic when we can be, but shouting at me that "I have my ticket on my phone, I just can't show it to you!" isn't going to help the situation. The same would be true if you needed to access the other information stated above or if medical staff or police needed to get into your phone.
  6. Here is a new question to a very old thread...what about UK residents? Are we able to bring back pineapples and onions?
  7. Thanks very much for your input everyone!
  8. Thank you so much for the excellent advice!
  9. Many thanks to everyone for your input and advice! I'm going to go ahead and book, so that we can get great seats and if it does turn out that the ship sets sail at 10pm we will just have to leave a little bit early. It sounds like a really fantastic luau!
  10. Cheers jsf...my friend and I are doing a b2b from Vancouver and the first cruise has a sailing time of 11pm from Lahaina. My sister is joining us for the second cruise, back to Vancouver, and sod's law, the departure time from Lahaina shows as 10pm! It couldn't have been the other way around, lol! So, if your sail time was 11pm and the last tender was at approximately 9:30 it would be possible that for a 10pm sailing it might be as early as 8:30... I'm afraid that we just might have to take out a second mortgage and go on the ship's excursion!
  11. Hullo! I originally posted this question over on the Hawaii board but someone suggested that I might get a more definitive answer here from Celebrity cruisers who have done this port... We'll be on the Eclipse in April, 2020 and want to go to the Old Lahaina Luau, which finishes at 8:45pm. We've chosen this one based on the reviews and on the menu, which accommodates the taste/dietary requirements of our little group. According to them it's 5 minute drive back to the tender so we'd need to pre-book a taxi/Uber/Lyft. Our ship, the Eclipse, sails at 10pm. So we'd need to be back on board at what time? I always make sure to give myself at least an hour when I can but what's the official back on board time according to the ship - is it half an hour prior to sailing? Anyone know what time the last tender will go? This is what concerns me the most! Is this doable at all or are we courting disaster here? My sister really wants to go to a luau and this is the only night/port feasible. If we book one through the ship it's quite a bit more money.
  12. Thanks very much, it's reassuring to have some idea now how the system works! I had been researching various boat excursions in Lahaina when I saw the OP and suddenly remembered the Ft Lauderdale nightmare and was worrying that it would take hours to get off of the ship. To be safe I'm going to book something around 10ish I think, and if we are off the ship very early we'll walk around the town and see the famous Banyan tree 😀
  13. Hi, we're hoping for some advice from you more experienced cruisers! We'll be on the Eclipse in April, 2020 and want to go to the Old Lahaina Luau, which finishes at 8:45pm. We've chosen this one based on the reviews and on the menu, which accommodates the taste/dietary requirements of our little group. According to them it's 5 minute drive back to the tender so we'd need to pre-book a taxi/Uber/Lyft. Our ship, the Eclipse, sails at 10pm. So we'd need to be back on board at what time? I always make sure to give myself at least an hour when I can but what's the official back on board time according to the ship - is it half an hour prior to sailing? Anyone know what time the last tender will go? Is this doable at all or are we courting disaster here? My sister really wants to go to a luau and this is the only night/port feasible. If we book one through the ship it's quite a bit more money.
  14. Thanks CruiserBruce! We do stop at Victoria so from your post it seems that we will have to go through immigration at Lahaina. Hopefully there will be a good system in place. I would think that there must be as some non-US citizens will be signed up for ships excursions and will be under a time constraint for debarking. We're hoping to do a private tour so I hope that it won't take too long for us either! We are meant to arrive in Lahaina at 7am. Taking into account the immigration proceedings and the tendering process, what time do you think it will be safe for us to book an excursion? It will be a boat trip departing near where we'd get off of the tender. As we are doing a b2b, back up to Vancouver, I would guess that as we re-board from our shore excursion at Honolulu to start the second cruise that this is where we'd go through US customs? Thanks for your insight on this stuff!
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