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  1. Three hotels that are mentioned regularly that are near the People Mover and Piazzale Roma (the bus area) are Hotel Olimpia, Hotel Arlecchino and Hotel Santa Chiara. We stayed in the Hotel Olimpia and loved it!. We'd stay there again in a heart beat.
  2. Just in case you won't take my word for it...... https://visitpearlharbor.org/faqs/much-baggage-storage-pearl-harbor/
  3. NO BAGS that exceed 1.5" x 2.5" x 5.5" are admitted at Pearl Harbor Visitors Center. That size is practically all purses.You will be directed to the bag storage shack to the right side just past the bathrooms The fee is $5 per bag.
  4. We are SF Bay Area based and We had to make the same decision for our Mexican Riviera cruise next February. We decided to fly down to LA on SouthWest and depart from San Pedro rather than SF. We did the calculations and it was cheaper for us to do that. We also felt the extra 2-3 days from SF to LA was not worth it, time wise. We can only play so many games of trivia on the ship. So it all depends on what you expect to do on the ship for the 2 extra days and whether you want your cruise to be about the Mexican Riviera and not the time it takes to get there, plus the cost.
  5. Also, i recommend the shaka app for maui. Download it to your iphone or android phone before your trip. Bring a charging cable. The app gives turn by turn instructions and info about where to stop to see good waterfalls, where to eat, where the restrooms are.
  6. We got the timed tickets on the nps website and paid the nominal fee plus the fee for the narrated headset. Earliest tix were 1pm. We got there at 1030, to see the free museum and use our headsets. When went to retrieve our 1:00 pm tix, the desk attendant told me to exchange my tixs for an earlier time of 11:00, which they were handing out for free. No refund on the reserved tix, though. So we had a half hour to wait. After the boat ride, we used our headsets to visit the free musuems. So it just depends on the crowd that day.
  7. I just visited the Arizona memorial last week. Don’t take an overpriced tour. The main site is free as is the boat ride out and around the memorial. Its still closed to the public, so the boat ride out to see it, is the best that you will get. take the #42 bus from downtown waikiki or take an uber or taxi
  8. Because you will be dizzy and exhausted from the trip back from Hana. What month are you going? Sunset is at around 7 pm today. You will be driving on windy roads down the mountain in the dark. Can Hana and Haleakala be done in the same day? Only if you are a masochist. the trip to Hana is about the journey, not the destination. Hawaiian time is laid back. thats my advice, ignore it if you want, but a tired driver is an unsafe driver. And you won’t be driving fast anywhere on the road to Hana or haleakala.
  9. NO. Driving to Hana and back is a 4 to 6 hour trip, assuming you want to stop and look at stuff. Its a windy road with lots of one lane bridges, and you’re going to want to stop and get pictures of the waterfalls and view. You would not have time to do haleakala before the park closed.
  10. All the tour companies we've seen offer Ephesus tours, but don't allow much time (if any) to visit the Terrace Houses, while you are there. That's what we want to see and we could see ourselves spending an hour or so, just at the Terrace Houses, and 2 hours at the Ephesus site. Most of the tours rush you through Ephesus and that's not what we want. We don't care about the house of the Virgin Mary or Sirince or the other religious sites (we are not religious, those places have no special significance to us) and we do not want to visit any carpet or leather factories. So I am looking into the details of doing our selves. We either take a taxi or the bus from the cruise port to the top entrance of Ephesus. Rent our audio guides Walk down through Ephesus, visit the Terrace Houses, and then then at the lower end, return the audio guides and figure out how to get back to the cruise port. Who has done this? And how would we do this on our own? Any shuttle companies you recommend? How much would it cost to go by taxi?
  11. Update to my previous post: Just looked at my itinerary from back then. We booked a 12:30 pm tour of the basilica. So got out of the Doges palace at noon. Grabbed a quick sandwich from a street vendor by the water and then checked in at the Church entrance for the 12:30 pm tour.
  12. Back when we were there in 2016, the going rate was €80 for a half hour. the price is pretty much standard. But the quality of the gondolier may vary. Find a gondolier off the grand canal and away from ST. Mark's Square. Find a gondolier in a side canal. We hired Alex Hai, because back then she was the only female gondolier and she got good reviews and the prices for an hour ride were good. She will meet you near the Fenice Theater, which is a short walk from St. Mark's square here's the website showing tours and prices: https://alexhaigondolatours.com/tours She is now a he, but the ride and price she offered was worth it as she had great reviews. We did not tip as tipping is not customary in Italy.
  13. We did the same thing you are thinking about. We booked the Secret Itineraries tour at 9:55 am and spent a good 2 1/2 hours, found a quick lunch on a side street away from piazza San Marco and then did our booked tour in the early afternoon around 1:30 - 2pm. The tour we had was not just a skip the line ticket but a tour both in English and Italian that got us separate entrance, with no waiting. The guided tour was worth it. Otherwise you are just walking around and wondering what you are looking at.
  14. Planning our Santorini day. Only two ships in port in September. We want to visit Akrotiri but the day we are there, a Thursday, the site is only open until 3 pm. so we will visit Akrotiri first. We will take the Cable car up from the dock to Fira, walk to the bus station and take the bus to Akrotiri, have lunch at Melina's tavern and then take the bus to Oia. But here's the question. It seems the buses all go to Fira, and then you have to transfer. So we pay and take the bus from Akrotiri to Fira, and then we have to get off and find the bus from Fira to Oia. So do we have to pay again? To take the bus from Fira to Oia? Or can we buy a bus ticket from Akrotiri to Oia and change buses without paying again? Your experiences riding the bus is appreciated.
  15. We stayed at the Hotel Olimpia and loved it. We'd stay there again in a heartbeat. Great buffet breakfast and very nice hotel. Two doors down is the Hotel Arlecchino, which lots of other people like. These two hotels are a short walk from the Piazzale Roma. We had no problems wheeling our luggage from the bus area across a very short bridge. The canal and area where these two hotels are located are fine and we did not hear any noise from the buses. Other people recommend the Hotel Santa Chaira, but that's very close to the bus area. You'd want a room that faces the canal, if you stay there.
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