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  1. I have never been on HAL, so I can't speak to what they may or may not offer regarding Hawaiian themed onboard activities. I did sail on the Star Princess 15 day round trip to Hawaii in Nov. 2016. There were many enrichment activities offered, including (but not limited to) lei making (several varieties), hula dancing instruction, ukulele lessons, Hawaiian dance performances, and Hawaiian cultural and history lectures. The folks taking hula and ukulele lessons performed in a show near the end of the cruise. There was always something to choose to do - or not - as you pleased. We were never bored, and found plenty to do. I know this is only 1/2 of the story, but I hope it helps!
  2. Another recommendation to check out Barcelona Day Tours. If they don't have an afternoon tour listed on their website, they still may be able to arrange something or refer you to another company that does. We did their 1/2 day tour on our last visit and enjoyed very much!
  3. I went on a Discover Scotland tour last September and enjoyed it very much. We visited, Loch Lomond, the Trossachs, Stirling Castle, and lots of great scenic places along the way. We even saw some "hairy coos!" Based on my experience, I would recommend the company. They were less expensive than several other options I considered, and had the smallest group size.
  4. We stayed at Duke's in Bath for 4 nights last September, and really enjoyed it. They have a variety of rooms to suit various budgets and needs - small to suites, lower to upper floors. As mentioned earlier, the older hotels or bed & breakfasts do not have elevators or air conditioning. We considered all the stairs as training for the port intensive cruise! It is a few blocks from the city center, but only took about 5 minutes walking to reach the historic Abbey area. The staff was friendly, helpful, and professional and the breakfasts were scrumptious! We were able to take advantage of a weekend special for a reduced rate for our Sunday stay. We would definitely recommend Duke's as a wonderful place to stay. Here is their website: https://www.dukesbath.co.uk/ Another helpful website for exploring bed & breakfast and hotel options in Bath is: https://www.stayinbath.org/
  5. So true! The grandkids are totally tech savvy nowadays. My grandson taught me how to video chat when he was 8 years old!
  6. If all else fails, get your children or grandchildren to help! 😉 We were having issues until our daughter helped to get our passports properly scanned.
  7. This is exactly what I needed to know! Thank you so much!
  8. Facing the same dilemma as Georgiacat. Wondering if you recall whether the shuttle is a local bus, or a shuttle provided by the cruise line? We are travelling on Princess Cruises. Do you know how much the shuttle cost? Thanks!
  9. Another vote for Rome in Limo. We used the company for several tours on our Mediterranean cruise, and were wowed with all of them! You can set up shared or private tours, depending on your preferences.
  10. If you want to stay in Cobh, there is a Heritage Center right off from where the ship docks. It explores the stories of Irish emigration, as well as the Lusitania and Titanic catastrophes. We added the optional Titanic Trail walk around town, which ended at St. Colman's Cathedral. There is also a Titanic Museum in Cobh, but we didn't go inside. We had been to Blarney and Kinsale in the past, so opted to stay in town. We enjoyed having a "slow" day on our very port intensive cruise! Here is a link to the Cultural Center in case you're interested: https://www.cobhheritage.com/
  11. Thanks, everyone, for all the useful information! I've already mapped out the places on Google maps and checked the opening hours. We're arriving on a Tuesday, so will have plenty of options available. 🍷
  12. Do you recall the name of the wine shop near the train station? We will be arriving in Southampton by train, and hope to buy some wine nearby, then taxi to the port. Thanks in advance for any info you can share!
  13. I am the lowest level of Gold, and I was able to get 50% off Medallion Net service pre-cruise in my online cruise personalizer. They offered a 1 device plan and a 4 device plan. I had to pay up front for it as it didn't allow me the option to pay with onboard credit. Here is a copy of what they offered on our upcoming 12 night cruise: All prices include account activation fee. All prices are subject to change without notice. No other onboard bonuses are applicable. Multi-Device MedallionNet Voyage Package$14.99 4 devices, per day Save 50% when you purchase pre-cruise! Enjoy an unlimited internet voyage package for as low as $14.99 per day. Stay connected like never before with the best Wi-Fi at sea. From email to streaming, enjoy truly premium, unlimited access! Package provides connectivity for up to four devices at a time. *All Internet usage subject to Princess Cruises' standard policies, which may limit browsing of sites due to network security and bandwidth usage. Applications that use high bandwidth may be blocked and offerings subject to change. Select MedallionNet Voyage Package – Save Over 50% Pre-Cruise!$74.99 Purchase an unlimited internet voyage package for as low as $9.99/day and save over 50%! Stay connected like never before with the best Wi-Fi at sea. From email to streaming, enjoy truly premium, unlimited access! *All Internet usage subject to Princess Cruises' standard policies, which may limit browsing of sites due to network security and bandwidth usage. Applications that use high bandwidth may be blocked and offerings subject to change.
  14. Thanks, everyone, for all the useful information and ideas! I will arrange a meeting place on board early in the morning so we can secure our tender tickets as a group and meet our tour guide in a timely fashion. Fingers crossed that the sea will cooperate!
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