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kevink

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About kevink

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    Cool Cruiser

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  • Location
    Illinois
  • Interests
    Travel
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    RCCL, Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean

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  1. A lot of people advocate renting cars and driving. That's definitely cheaper than private tours, but you have the added hassle of rental and return, and driving on the islands is not a fun experience. For me, the extra cost of private tours was worth it for reduced stress and ability to sit back and enjoy the views. When we did POA last year, I researched a lot on Tripadvisor for small group or private tours. I ended up going with HoloHolo on Maui, Mary Lou's on the Big Island, and TreadLightly on Kauai, and they were all excellent. Good luck! -- Kevin
  2. When I heard they were replacing Sabor with these Playmaker bars, I was wondering about the TV coverage as well. When I've cruised the Oasis class in the past we'd have a running joke about whether the TV's above the cantilevered hot tubs would have Tennis or Soccer, because that's all it seemed they ever got from ESPN Caribbean. A sports bar with 70 TV's and 2 channels wouldn't quite work, so I'm assuming/hoping that they'll be able to pull in multiple NFL/MLB/NBA/etc games over satellite. -- Kevin
  3. I've been holding off commenting until we found out how this got resolved. Well, now we know, the OP ended up getting screwed over. This story reinforces why I never use a travel agent; in a case like this where the TA should have proactively taken care of the issue and fought for a better resolution (getting the guarantee honored or better compensation), it sounds like the TA was completely useless. I feel for the OP. This story is a black eye for RCCL, it reflects very poorly on them IMHO. And I'm D+ and a big RCCL cheerleader. Moral of the story: never book a guarantee cabin, because RCCL can't be trusted to honor it. -- Kevin
  4. I’m in Honolulu now doing a pre-cruise visit. Apparently there is a 2-week-old ongoing strike of employees against the Marriott-operated hotels, namely the Sheraton Waikiki, Sheraton Princess, Moana Surfrider, and the Royal Hawaiian. Lots of peaceful picketing and noisy demonstrations with chanting and drums. I thought I’d let people know in case they want to adjust travel plans. — Kevin
  5. I'm also partial to the Embassy Suites. It's in a great location, with a lot of food/shopping/entertainment within walking distance. Restaurant breakfast in Waikiki can be expensive, so the complimentary breakfast is a great perk. -- Kevin
  6. kevink

    POA Soda Package

    No, not for soda packages, only for alcohol. See this link: https://www.ncl.com/onboard-packages/beverage-packages . I'm a big soda drinker, but for my POA cruise in October I'm passing on the package. My thinking is that a) NCL serves only Pepsi products and I'm a Diet Coke guy, and b) We'll be off the ship so much that it wouldn't be worthwhile. FYI, from what I've read it's cheaper to buy a can of soda in the gift shop than from the bars. -- Kevin
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