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  1. There's good advice on this board. 2 step for snorkeling is WORTH it.... rent a car or maybe there is a HOP-on/HOP OFF bus in Kona ? ( there is a hop-on / hop-off in Hilo). Swimming at King Kam is dismal.
  2. Winchester is a great place to visit.... we did it in Nov '16 as we were there for 8 hrs on a B to B T/A on QM2. The time on Our CUNARD bus ( tour ) for getting there and back, was less than 30 min. I know this ISN'T your scenario..... but it shows how close it is, and that its a worthwhile place to visit.
  3. RE: Hotwire and Priceline for hotel bookings, ~~~~ I use them almost 100% of the time, and always get prices lower than the hotel itself can offer. And I've never had a terrible room (next to the incinerator.... or adjacent to the industrial washers/dryers) -- as someone has suggested may happen. Only down side, is..... if you cancel for any reason, you are totally out the $$$$. I LOVE checking into Marriott or Sheraton, and hearing the guest in front of my paying 100$ more than I did. 🙂
  4. Iceland Air had some incredibly good deals, a few years back, between New York both major London area airports. (either direction, westbound or eastbound.) A N D they had the option to stay in Iceland for up to 14 nights without additional air-fare-related fees. Although staying in, eating in, driving in Iceland is N O T cheap.
  5. The one time I experienced a itinerary change, it was to eliminate Tunis, Tunisia. This was about 4 yrs ago on the QE. And they made it clear it was due to political unrest. Was there no explanation, no reason given when you were given this information? It Will be interesting to read the follow-ups on this.
  6. Interesting that the ONLY one to like the new format is the paid host, Host Hattie. That says a lot. I'M with the majority! Don't Like It !
  7. I am a CUNARD ' addict". But I have sailed on Serenade of the Seas, and also Radiance of the Seas. They both have the 13 ? / 14 story tall atrium in the center. Its lovely to look at. However..…. with the casino doors open constantly as people come + go, and smoking is allowed in the casino, the " wonderful " atrium acts as a chimney and the smoke goes everywhere. This was a HUGE negative for me, on both ships. If you don't mind 2nd hand smoke, it won't be a problem. All other aspects of both ships were fine. (Neither are anywhere near as elegant and fabulous as any of the "Q" ships, but you already know that. )
  8. The Hilton Waikoloa on the Big Island has interesting pools. You'd need a rental car to get there from the ship, when it is at Kona, for the day. I think the day-pass, per person is a lot of $$$$. You can't just "" go there "" and decide to flop into the pools. Security will be onto you, quickly. Look it up, on line...…. or view MANY of the old versions of Wheel-Of-Fortune to see what it looks like.
  9. I've done a lot of "Q" cruising ( & feel very lucky .) I don't think I've even seen anyone in the 18 age range, although 'Xmas time' cruising is not what I've ever done. All the "Q" are fantastic, but from the perspective of teens / kids..... I'm not so sure.
  10. BEST place, to sit and watch..... Commodore Club.
  11. I've gotten the new keycard the evening before arriving at the port. As has been said, you can do any tour ( that you choose to sign up for ) at the " transit" port. You go off the ship with the 'old' key card, and enter the ship with the 'new' key card. The stewards do all the moving of your stuff, you can leave hanging items on the hangers, + it will be moved to the new cabin. Just pack up your items from the shelves and drawers + bathroom, and those cases will be moved for you. Its amazingly simple and easy.
  12. I would guess, that with FENNO's flight being at 5:45 pm..... using the day tour ought to work. ((I know I know---- it says 6 pm flights or later.)) We are talking about a tiny 15 min. difference. Missing seeing neat stuff in NYC , & instead---- *Killing * time @ an airport , sounds dismal. However-- Whatever you do----- ENJOY! I've done the NOV. T/A's a few times.... they are fabulous.
  13. FENNO---- If you take the CUNARD day-trip….. the luggage rides around with you, under the coach.... as you visit the various stops/points of interest. Then its unloaded at the terminal at JFK when you exit the bus.
  14. CUNARD will most likely offer a ' day tour' of the city that ends at JFK. You can also take a taxi, or UBER to the A/P but that sounds like a L O T of boring time to hang around the airport.
  15. Big Mike...# 2 I'm with you. With the ka-jillion choices on board~~~~~~what could you possibly want from some local 7-11 or corner junk store ?
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