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jjswiech

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  1. It is my goal to be able to go light someday but on a 10 day cruise, with varying climates (Honolulu to Vancouver in APRIL) 2 formal nights, various footwear for hiking/everyday/formal, and snorkel gear for 4 - I just can't seem to pare it down.
  2. I have done research on how early you can check luggage before a flight, I can have my bags checked. The most I have found is 4 hours in advance ~ I couldn't find the info for Air Transat. I was thinking a rental car might be the way to go but I am not sure where we should go or what we would want to see. I will have to explore the hotel idea in more depth. Thank you for all of your responses.
  3. Sadly no - but what an awesome experience for you! Those are definitely the best kind of tours.
  4. We will be arriving at Canada Place, Vancouver BC, Canada - after a 10 day cruise in April. Our flight does not leave until 10:30 PM so we will have about 12 hours to explore Vancouver before we have to get to the airport. The cruise ship offers a tour and airport transfer but that will get us to the airport by 1. We don't want to get there that early. We are a family of 4 with 2 teenagers. After a 10 day cruise we will have 4 large wheeled bags and probably 4 backpacks. Does anyone know of a tour company that would allow us to keep our luggage in the van, explore the city, and then get us to the airport around 8 pm? Any ideas of what others have done when they have had a late flight? We could always rent a car I suppose. Has anyone had such a lengthy layover?
  5. We will be arriving at Canada Place, Vancouver BC, Canada - after a 10 day cruise in April. Our flight does not leave until 10:30 PM so we will have about 12 hours to explore Vancouver before we have to get to the airport. The cruise ship offers a tour and airport transfer but that will get us to the airport by 1. We don't want to get there that early. We are a family of 4 with 2 teenagers. After a 10 day cruise we will have 4 large wheeled bags and probably 4 backpacks. Does anyone know of a tour company that would allow us to keep our luggage in the van, explore the city, and then get us to the airport around 8 pm? Any ideas of what others have done when they have had a late flight? We could always rent a car I suppose.
  6. I have read 2 different descriptions of the "New Kon Tiki Excursion". On my cruiseline excursion page it indicates that the excursion includes complimentary rum punch and fruit punch. However, on their main web page it just states that people can purchase beverages and snacks. Is this excursion now more geared to younger kids? I will be travelling with my 21 year old and I don't want him to feel like I took him on a grade school field trip. I would love to hear about someone's recent experience with this excursion.
  7. Thank you! This sounds like a decent plan if we do not go on an official excursion. Taxis seem a little pricey here so I want to make sure we make the most of our trip.
  8. I am travelling with just my 21 year old son in January. Our cruise ship is not arriving until 11:30 so we won't be able to get to a beach early. There will be 6 ships in port the day we are the 5th ship to arrive. In other ports we have taken taxi tours of the island and the tour operator had a cooler of beers for us in the taxi. Being "newly" 21 - I think this is something my son would enjoy. I can't find any tours like this in St. Thomas, the ones I have located are tours that offer water and soda. I am not a fan of bars so I do not want to go hang out in a beach bar. Is there a place within walking distance of Havensight where I could buy some beers to put in a soft sided cooler for him to enjoy at a beach? With 6 ships in port that day what beach would everyone suggest? My son loves to lay out in the sun but I need my shade. With us arriving later and 5th of 6 ships, I am afraid if we schedule a beach day I will not be able to enjoy it because the beaches will be packed and I won't be able to find any shade. I considered the Kon Tiki party boat but I have read that it is not as good as it used to be. I also was considering a catamaran trip to "TURTLE COVE". Or land tours with Godfrey tours or Sunny Liston. Does anyone have any opinions or suggestions of what would be the most fun for a 21 year old?
  9. I am curious about this as well. We don't like paying in advance for excursions. We prefer to wait to see how we feel that day, what the weather is like etc.
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