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  1. St Barts is a yachting playground for the extremely rich. Everything on the island is extremely expensive and as a day visitor you very much get the impression that the locals would prefer you not be there unless you can afford to dock your yacht or stay in one of the $1500 a night hotel rooms. That being said its extremely beautiful and easily one of the nicest islands in the entire Caribbean and I think worth at least one visit. To go out and enjoy yourself you just need to be prepared to spend a bunch of money. We took a tender into Gustavia a few years ago and hired a taxi to take us to Eden Rock for lunch, which is one of their famous beach hotels. The 10 minute cab ride ended up being about 70 USD each way. Lunch at the Jean-Georges run casual beach restaurant at Eden Rock was delicious, but ran about 280 Euros for what amounted to be 4 cocktails, a personal pizza, bowl of gazpacho, and a large bottle of sparkling water. Stunning surroundings but the same price as a very nice dinner in New York City for not that much food. You can walk around Gustavia and not spend money on a taxi but the offerings are fairly pedestrian. If you are going to invest the time in coming over, do it right. Otherwise I wouldn't bother.
  2. We gave up on the thought of a cruise there this year-- even if Bermuda opens back up to tourists (which is in no way guaranteed), I think cruise ships, even smaller ones, face an even bigger uphill battle to operate out of the Northeast US ports like New York, Boston, Baltimore etc. Just cant see the stars aligning in 2020. We were eyeing doing one of the Oceania Insignia trips again which are still up and available on their website but can't imagine it will actually happen and even if it does I'm not sure I want to be on a cruise ship until theres a vaccine. There are some tremendously good deals out there for hotel stays in Bermuda in late summer/fall. We booked a long weekend speculatively in mid September in the hopes that the airport will be open by then. While we got a great deal on the hotel (which is cancellable/refundable until 24 hours prior to arrival), we still aren't able to book airfare. The airlines have very few Bermuda flights listed on their schedules right now and the ones that are there are fairly expensive ($500-600 r/t per person for a 2 hour flight). Hopefully more flights will be added over the next few months once an airport reopening comes more into focus.
  3. Unfortunately there are a few things that make this difficult to make a recommendation-- its too far out to price for most hotels and who knows what the landscape will look like pricing wise at that point with the travel markets so disrupted with Covid. There might be some significant deals or it could be back to business as usual. Traditionally $200 a night wouldn't be enough for most of the larger 4 star hotels on the actual beach itself. The Royal Hawaiian usually hangs in the low to mid $300s and the Moana Surfrider is usually priced a little lower in the mid to high $200s. Across the street from the beach there are a number of options that will most likely fit your budget-- Aston and Outrigger chains have a few 3 star hotels options that would work and Hilton Waikiki Beach (vs the much larger Hilton Hawaiian Village) would also most likely be in that range of $200.
  4. I understand that some people just have their reasons for not using either of them, but it is Uber/Lyft that were directly responsible for Super Shuttle's demise in that they are overall much easier, faster, and a lot of times less expensive. In LA Uber/Lyft tend to be much nicer than a taxi service and think a bit safer. If it were between a taxi and the cruise line transportation I would definitely work with the cruise line, but would suggest giving Uber/Lyft a try.
  5. Another reason why going to an airport location might be better-- the one way fees from airports are usually less or waived (which is rarely the case at a satellite rental location).
  6. Agreed-- staying near Pearl Harbor will put you at a bunch of nondescript airport hotels with equally dreary places to eat (La Mariana Sailing Club is one of the few exceptions out that way). Pearl Harbor is essentially attached to the main international airport. Stay near the beach in Waikiki-- plenty of options for most budgets. The nicest (and most expensive) I would say is Halekulani. Wonderful historic atmosphere is at either The Royal Hawaiian or Moana Surfrider (both under Marriott now and a decent way to use points as they can be expensive for what they are). But there are a ton of other places either on the beach or a few blocks off. Pearl Harbor is an easy Uber ride from Waikiki.
  7. You might want to double check if it's still going-- most major companies have cancelled their entire 2020 Alaska season entirely. That being said I think the GoldStar is worth it if you like extra amenities-- included drinks, upgraded dining etc. Much easier access to the dome car seating. No lines you can can get with the regular Cafe in Wilderness class for food and drinks.
  8. I agree with Scott above-- they were the only one we knew of there that picked up and they are not open on Sundays. Where are you headed with the rental car once you pick it up? Personally I would just Uber from San Pedro to an airport rental car location-- selection and pricing tend to be better as a general rule and you'll have no issues on a Sunday. If you are driving North I would go to LAX and if you are headed South or towards the desert I would just pick up at Long Beach Airport. Both of them are a quick 20-25 minute ride.
  9. Extremely easy-- have never had an issue getting an Uber anywhere in New Orleans.
  10. Our experience for the State Rooms is that a couple weeks in advance is plenty. If you try and do it same day, in all likelihood there will be some tickets but you may not get the time you are looking for. Of course you would also run the risk of not being able to get in at all. For the Royal Mews, no reservation or advanced purchase necessary. Just walk right up.
  11. Pro tip: if you get a Hurricane at Pat O'Brien's to bring into Preservation Hall, as many do, just get one. It has plenty of alcohol for both of you. Taste good at first but you'll get halfway through it and then its like drinking boozy cough syrup.
  12. If you haven't dined in any you really have to go to Commander's for your first dinner experience like this-- it's iconic and a classic. You can actually do all of them if you want. Arnaud's has our favorite Sunday jazz brunch and the dress will be more relaxed for brunch. Also well worth checking out the Hermes Bar at Antoines, which will also be casual.
  13. Thats what I would do-- if you are already getting into an Uber might as well go all the way over to the Constitution.
  14. Times have changed a bit. Jackets are requested, but no longer required, at Commander's, Arnauds, and Antione's. They are required after 5pm at Galatorie's. While most will have a jacket still, I would say that about 20% of the dining room did not last time I was at Commander's.
  15. Theres usually a handful of wench dunkings onboard your ship at the pool throughout the week in case you miss the official one shoreside!
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