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  1. GeeGee, we loved Book of Mormon but just to let you know I think you really need a good sense of humor to enjoy it. Also has some Rough language. We were originally going to take my Sister and BIL, but they couldn't go when we were getting tix. We were SO glad they weren't with us at the show. Because of their personalities (I am not judging, I'm just saying) they would not have enjoyed it and probably not made it through the show. But we thought it was hilarious. So different strokes! I just thought I would mention it. Many good suggestions on this thread. Enjoy your time in the city!
  2. We really recommend this excursion! The Na Pali coast is beautiful! We went twice (2 different cruise) but both were in Feb. Prime whale season! Altho we did not get near any whales, the naturalist onboard put a mike(hydrophone) in the water and we heard them singing. First time was on the small "Zodiac type" boat. If you sit in the back it is (somewhat) less bumpy. The 2nd time was on a larger boat that had a canopy. We really enjoyed it. My husband is a snorkeler/diver and he went in both times and said he saw some fish but was mostly awed by the turtles. Since it's been several years since we've done this excursion, I don't know if the Na Pali Explorer company is still the company that does this, but we thought it was really cool. We would do it again! When it's closer to your cruise, see if you can contact folks on that itinerary a few cruises before yours to see if they can tell you what company does the excursion. Then you can see the type of boats they have on their website. With the Princess excursion they pick you up and bring you back. No hoping you make it back to the ship on time. We loved it! Have fun! Aloha!
  3. Duke's is a good recommendation, and it is right there at Kalapaki Beach, a very nice beach. You can walk around the Marriott which has beautiful gardens, Koi ponds, plenty of benches to relax.
  4. I believe many Broadway shows are filmed (probably several performances and edited together). Fathom Events shows these filmed shows in movie theaters for a one or two night event. I saw Bandstand like that last year. Noticed 42nd Street and George Takei's Allegiance had showings but could not make it to those. They filmed a London (West End?) Production of Kinky Boots that PBS showed during their fall pledge drive. I would have been surprised if Hamilton was not filmed. I think the only surprise would be the release date. I guess we'll just have to Wait For It! Of course, in the unlikely event demand for tickets to the actual show had waned, this will spark another wave. I'm sure it will still be playing 20+ years from now. Like Phantom. Or Lion King. I bet Disney execs are celebrating this week.
  5. Thanks for the great review JennyB! We will be sailing on the Royal in Feb. I am very happy to see that Nick Nash is the Captain, and hope he will still be, next month as well. He married us in Feb 2009 aboard the Golden Princess. I am also happy to see they have Meiomi Pinot Noir, my favorite. I guess we will put the beverage package from TA to good use! I am happy to hear pax still dress for formal night. Although DH can't fit his tux anymore (it must have shrunk at the cleaners😉), he likes to bring a suit or two. It's really our only chance to dress up all year. Thanks again!
  6. Thanks MarkBear!! I will definitely get tickets for it. Most of DH's family knows when they come up to visit I will be taking them to some shows and/or to hear live music, but I really try to find things they all will enjoy. This sounds great, the tix are 1/3 the price of a touring production, and I get to support local theater. Can't beat that! Thanks again!
  7. Did anyone ever see Peter and the Starcatcher, on Bwy or elsewhere? A local theater is doing a production over the holidays, and we are thinking of taking visiting relatives. We are taking everyone to see the Lion King touring production that will be here, but this show caught my eye for another evening. Also, would it be suitable for a 12 yr old?
  8. Another show, Imbible, The History of Drinking is playing there as well. We saw it in August before a cruise and it was a good show and a fun time. You can get discount tix thru Playbill.com if you don't want to wait in line. They were the same price as we paid at TKTS. A number of big Broadway shows have transferred here to New World Stages after their runs in the big theaters. We saw Rent and Avenue Q here, had better seats, and most of the casts were the same. This is a great complex!
  9. The TKTS booth in Times Square for same day discount tickets
  10. Has anyone seen the Tina Turner show yet?
  11. Princess has been having Hawaiian Ambassadors onboard their cruises to Hawaii for the past several years. Dave (Tiki Dave) and Leialoha developed the program. They usually sail the HI cruises out of LA, and Brian and Rowena had been doing the ones out of SF. I am not sure of the schedules for this season. The Hawaiian Ambassadors give (free) ukulele, hula and lei making classes. I think there are more advanced classes in Hawaiian crafts that have a fee. They will give lectures about Hawaii, and play Hawaiian music in the atrium. Leialoha will do vocals and do the hula, and will invite her hula students to come and do the hula, which is alot of fun. At the end of the cruise the hula and ukulele students get to perform in a Hawaiian show onboard. Tiki Dave is a wealth of information about playing Ukulele (and the islands), and can recommend a great place "Uncle Uke's'" in Hilo to pick up gear. The ship has a few dozen ukes to use for classes (Dave will tune them and teach you to tune them), but almost half our class either had their own (I brought mine) or bought one in Hilo. I think there may be uke jam sessions for the advanced folks (I was not in that group) as well. If you don't bring your own, I recommend getting to the class 15 min early to make sure you can get one of theirs. The classes start out with the basics and progress from there so it is hard to just "drop in". We can't say enough good about this program!! Before they developed this program (and possibly on other Hawaii itineraries) the cruise director's staff gave ukulele lessons. We had those, and they were fine, but it seemed like it was just another onboard activity. (But at least you got to play!!) If you have the Hawaiian Ambassadors you " feel the Aloha" and really feel like it is a Hawaiian cruise. Not just " a cruise". Our last Hawaiian cruise with Dave and Leialoha was in Feb 2018, we sincerely hope they are still running the program. Check earlier posts for their facebook pages. Aloha!
  12. For the Come From Away fans (and future fans), NPR had a Tiny Desk Concert last month. Here is a link : Watch Come From Away Play The Tiny Desk : NPR https://www.npr.org/2019/09/11/758080813/come-from-away-tiny-desk-concert
  13. She charges $70/hr and her van can take up to 7 people (we had 6), and the tip is not included. She toured us around for 4 hours. Because we thought the teens might get fidgety on a long tour, we asked for 4 hours. However, if I knew it was just going to be adults, I would have asked for 6 or 7 hours. We didn't get to any shops in Hamilton (not a big deal for most of the group), and we could have stopped for a nice lunch. We did get to see the sights that are most popular. If you book with her, please say The Davis Family says hi!
  14. Amscruiser, we got lobster tacos at a "food booth", not sure if that is the correct name, just west of the red steps in Times Square. They have tables and chairs out there too. Very interesting to sit and watch everyone. You have a great plan to get tix. I used to do that when TKTS had a booth at the World Trade Center. I am not much of a drinker. DH got me a glass of wine before the show and I gave him my drinks, except I did drink half of the Old Fashion, which was good. I agree, the History of Desserts sounds like a winner!
  15. Congratulations ams cruiser on winning the lottery! We saw Hamilton in NYC before our cruise, and I am reporting back. DH is a history buff and knew all the history, so even tho he never heard any of the OBCR, he was not lost and LOVED it! I thought it was very good, but can't say I was totally blown away. Maybe not possible after all the hype. But I truly believe Lin Manuel Miranda is a genius, fitting all that history into 2 and a half hours. And I love the music! Nitemare, we both thought Daniel Beaker was awesome, and it's hard to imagine that he was not every bit as good as Leslie Odom Jr. (we have only seen clips of him). DH wants to see it again, and we probably will, but unless we win the lottery, it will probably when the prices calm down. But now we want to go to Chicago and see Hamilton The Exhibition. We got in town the night before, and thought we would see Jersey Boys (playing on 50th st at New World Stages). However, we got in at late due to traffic at 6:45 and really didn't want to rush to TKTS, then try to make a 7pm curtain. So we saw another show there, Imbible, The History of Drinking (8pm), which we really enjoyed. The Bartender explained the history of beer, wine, distilling, spirits, etc and the Bar Backs illustrated everything with costumes, acting, singing and dancing. If you like 3 and 4 part harmonies you will love them. The show comes with 3 drinks (beer, an Old Fashioned, and a gin and tonic) and you can buy drinks (full bar) before the show starts if you like. Tix at TKTS were $47, so you get to see a show and drink for about the price of 3 drinks in NYC. I would recommend it if you have an extra day and want to see an entertaining show. We were in Times Square having some Lobster tacos Friday about 5pm on Aug 23 and saw the TKTS board had discount tix for Ain't Too Proud, Beautiful, and Come From Away. If you are on your way into the city, you can go online to TDF.org, ticket booth section, and select "TKTS Live" to see what tickets are available (or while you are standing in line if you can't see the boards) it goes live at 3pm for the evening shows.
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