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  1. Your posting history shows you may be on the Ovation of the Seas. If that is so, you will be tendering off of Lahaina. Do some specific research on car rentals in Lahaina/Ka'anapali for the information you are seeking.
  2. Just make sure you attend the muster drill though. You can check the time for that when you first board.
  3. Why don't you give the tour people a call and explain the situation? They may be able to tell you what other guests have done and suggest what would work best for you. If you are flexible, you might consider waiting for the next tour, which would get you back at lunch time (lots of fun places to eat in the area). Upcountry is a great place to explore, and you won't have to hurry or worry about how long it takes to get the car, etc. It's a relaxed place, and you can make a whole day of it just staying around here if you want (also less crowded than the usual tourist spots and a better glimpse of true Maui life - but we are biased since we live up here). Aloha!
  4. The computer decided to spell it "Gate" instead of "Gatun", and we didn't catch it until now. We obviously meant Gatun.
  5. Have you given thought to doing a partial Canal transit from Florida to Gate Lake and return? You could keep your visit to San Francisco (we believe it was) at your convenience and schedule the partial transit at another time when the weather is better for you too.
  6. TC - A bit off topic just for a minute, but believe you mentioned on another thread a while ago that you and Dennis are going to have a (somewhat untraditional) vow renewal in Reno this month for your 40th wedding anniversary. If so, congratulations and best wishes!!
  7. Do take note that hotel pools are for use by hotel guests only. You can eat, drink, shop, have spa treatments there, but non-guests swimming in the pool is not allowed.
  8. We were on the Explorer in March, and the ship docked in Corinto.
  9. So you have no interest in the Splendor itself??
  10. Since it is made to order (at least in our experiences), simply tell them to strain your juice before service.
  11. Don't know exactly how close you mean when you say "relaxing near the ship", but do know that there isn't anything to do in Kahului. You have to get away from that area to find visitor activities.
  12. Think of it as being for your safety. High heels and a moving ship aren't always compatible when you are trying to walk around.
  13. There are no tour boats at Kahului Harbor. Whale-watching tours run out of Ma'alaea and Lahaina. Google Ma'alaea Harbor to find out all of your options and pretty much answer all of your questions, as it is too much to go into here. Whale-watching is big business on Maui, and excursions out of Ma'alaea are not something that is done because it "is just on the way to the snorkel location". As a side note about you not knowing if you want to drive two hours for an excursion, having your own rental car is really a blessing, as there is a lot of driving to be done here if you want to see what Maui has to offer - and you don't have to depend upon anyone else's schedule.
  14. We were in a Grand Suite on the Explorer from Los Angeles to Miami in March, and arrived before noon. Boarding was certainly at the discretion of the pier staff though, as we had to wait a fair amount of time. No class system there. We have found that the pier staff is quite often a total opposite of the staff onboard as to caring about passengers, and we let it go at that. La Veranda was busy by the time we got there, but it was open as was the Pool Grill (which we believe is open until later in the afternoon), and we had a very nice lunch. Hope you did too!
  15. After reading Regent's explanation of the tour (see below), we personally would be rather hesitant to go to such a remote area. The tour: NATURE ENCOUNTER: HIKE AND SWIM Visit the most interesting and exciting places in the old Acapulco as well as enjoying two adventures in one, hiking and swimming in a spectacular ecological reserve on this fun tour. Leaving the pier, you will first make your way to La Quebrada, where you can admire the skill and precision of Acapulco's world-famous cliff divers. Next, continue on to the Boca Chica hotel, where you will board your glass-bottomed tour boat and travel across the Bay to the undeniably beautiful La Roqueta Island. During your 30-minute trip to the Island, an informative narrative will give you a glimpse into the interesting history and culture of Acapulco throughout the ages, while your glass-bottomed boat offers up a dazzling display of colorful tropical fish and spiny sea urchins. Upon arrival, you'll receive a briefing from your guide before commencing on an escorted hike through the Reserve's magnificent flora and fauna. The dense forestation that covers the island made it a favorite hiding spot for pirates and who knows? Maybe they left behind some buried treasure! After your trek through this uninhabited paradise, you'll return to the pier and cruise back across the bay to the Boca Chica Hotel where you'll have just over 1-hour of free time to enjoy the beach or sparkling pool before being treated to a light lunch. Following lunch, you'll have a bit more free time before transferring back to the cruise ship pier where your tour concludes. Please note: This tour consists of approximately 1-hour of walking over both sandy and uneven ground, and there are a significant number of steps to negotiate as well as 70 steps at La Quebrada. Some surfaces are moss covered and may become slippery when wet. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests, those with mobility concerns, heart problems, asthma, epilepsy, diabetes, any condition that would keep someone out of the water or pregnant women. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes with a non-slip sole are strongly recommended as well as light clothing, a change of clothes, swimsuit, cap and sun protection. Snorkeling equipment is available for rent. Tour participants must be over 10 years of age and those participants taking part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.
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