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  1. LovetoCruise2011

    Reliable Shuttle Service in Honolulu???

    Thanks for the good review. It's nice to hear from someone who has recent (and good) experience with them!! :)
  2. LovetoCruise2011

    Reliable Shuttle Service in Honolulu???

    Wow! That was quite the experience! That tour company is actually one that we had considered until someone else on cruise critic recommended that we stay away from them. We just booked VIPtransportation. After reading a review on Reliable Shuttle, we decided to go with VIP. They're reasonably priced and so far, their customer service has been great. They've offered a lot of suggestions and provided us with a bunch of information. I'm hoping that their service is as good as the people I've spoken with at their company. Thanks for the reviews and suggestions!!
  3. LovetoCruise2011

    Reliable Shuttle Service in Honolulu???

    Wow! That was quite a review!! What about VIP Transportation? Do you have any experience with them?
  4. LovetoCruise2011

    Reliable Shuttle Service in Honolulu???

    Has anyone ever used this shuttle company? We're looking to use shuttle services from the cruise pier to Pearl Harbor and then from Pearl Harbor to Waikiki for a dinner show and then back to the cruise pier. Reliable Shuttle has provided us with a very reasonable quote. We're just wondering how reliable they are since we really won't have much room for any delays in getting back to the ship after the show.
  5. LovetoCruise2011

    Luau in Honolulu???

    Thank you for your suggestions. I'll definitely look into TripAdvisor and other CC threads. We did check out the PCC luau that Princess offers, but discounted it due to cost and the fact that it's more of a lunch than a luau. They have you back at the ship by the end of the afternoon. Very expensive for what it is. At first glance, I thought it was a luau until I checked into it more closely. Anyway, I'll start check some of the other resources you mentioned. Thanks again!!
  6. Princess is one of the few cruise lines that don't charge for their shore excursions until you're on board. Personally, we book all of our excurstions on our own. We've saved a considerable amount of money and have found some awesome excursions! Back when we first started cruising, we felt that certain sense of security in booking with the cruise line. As we became more familiar with the cruising scene and saw how many folks "do their own thing", we decided to venture out on our own. It was a good decision for us. We're leaving for Hawaii next month and have our own excursions planned for each of the stops. Also, next August we're doing Alaska. We originally booked a cruisetour with Princess. We've since cancelled the land portion. We were able to put together a land tour on our own that is not only 2 days (and 3 nights) longer but includes flying to the Arctic Circle and several other really interesting and somewhat expensive tours. The cost came out to only a few hundred dollars more than a 6 night cruise tour through the cruiseline. We always try to plan our tours in a manner that gives us plenty of extra time to get back to the ship. We book well in advance so we can get early excursion times. That way, we don't have to ruin a great day by panicking or rushing to get back in time for "all aboard". With that said.... you have to feel comfortable with your decision. But to answer your question, yes, you can save a considerable amount of money on shore excursions and have more options available. Good Luck and I hope you have a wonderful cruise!!!
  7. LovetoCruise2011

    Luau in Honolulu???

    Does anyone have any information on a "private" luau in Honolulu? Someone has mentioned something about a private company that will pick you up at the ship, take you to a private luau (pig roasting and all), and bring you back to the ship. Since we're leaving Honolulu at 10:00 PM (all aboard is 9:00), this seems like a doable luau. Thanks....
  8. Try ERA Helicopters in Juneau. They don't charge your credit card until 30 days out from your tour date. Their pick-up location, Mt. Roberts Tramway, is within 5 minutes of the cruise ship docks. We're booked on their glacier/dog sledding tour in September.
  9. LovetoCruise2011

    Tour By Van

    So glad to hear that your group also enjoyed the tour. We did a tour with Rudy (and were fortunate enough to have Rudy for our guide) this past April. It was fantastic!!
  10. LovetoCruise2011

    Royal Hawaiian Tours - Honolulu

    Hi Everyone! Sorry it took so long to do this posting, but I'm on a few different threads and forgot to post onto this one. We finally got our shore excursions squared away. Here's the information on the tour and shuttle companies that we found who were reasonably priced, had good reviews, and work with you for pick-up at or right by the pier. I'm also posting info on the Shuttle company we're going to use from LAX to Long Beach. They're reasonably priced. I hope you find some of it useful!! Prime Time Shuttle Service - 1 (800) 733-8267 http://www.primetimeshuttle.com/locations/airportshuttle_LAX.html?gclid=CJXUrOjb_qkCFVAD2goduwWnyA Pick-up from LAX - Xfer to Hotel in Long Beach Cost: $32/for 2 Long Beach - San Pedro Port Prime Time Shuttle Service - 1 (800) 733-8267 http://www.primetimeshuttle.com/locations/airportshuttle_LAX.html?gclid=CJXUrOjb_qkCFVAD2goduwWnyA Pick-up from hotel Xfer to San Pedro Port Cost: $30/for 2 Hilo Safari Helicopter Tour - "Deluxe Volcano & Coastline Safari" Pick-up 8:45 AM - front of Pier#1 building, near the taxi stand Flight Time: 9:30 AM Fee to be collected at check-in - $358.00 (for 2) Coupon for $10.00 off Video Drop-off at Pier - 10:45 AM Afternoon: Taxi to Volcano National Park Kilauea Iki Trail Hike & Lava Tube Honolulu VIP Transportation Shuttle - Email: auntie.aq@hotmail.com Pick-up 7:30 AM at pier gate (Bright green shirts w/sign "VIPTrans") Shuttle to Pearl Harbor $6.00/pp On our own tour - Arizona, USS Missouri & Pacific Aviation Museum (we chose to do our own tour since the pre-defined tours that the companies offer didn't work time wise and/or they didn't include the Pacific Aviation Museum) Purchase Tickets Online for USS Missouri & PA Museum Shuttle Service leaves the Arizona at: 11:30/2:00/4:30 Shuttle from Pearl Harbor to Diamond Head Crater - $6.00/pp On our own climb crater ($1.00/pp for climb) - 99 steps, approx 1 hr/to top Bus or Taxi to Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, 120 Kaiulana Ave, Honolulu Hotel phone: (808) 922-5811 Buses run from Diamond Head hourly OR Taxi: (808) 422-2222 Sheraton Dinner Show: "Creation - A Polynesian Journey" http://www.creationshow.com/ Dinner - 6:00 PM (check-in at 5:45 PM) Show Starts: 7:00 PM Show Ends: 8:30 PM Shuttle (VIPTrans) Pick-up from Sheraton at 8:45 PM Call: 808-836-0317 to arrange the 8:45 PM pick-up Shuttle cost Sheraton to Pier: $9.00/pp Kauai (Nawiliwili) Air Ventures Hawaii: "Big Kahuna & Fern Grotto Air/Ground Combo Tour" Airventureshawaii.com (808) 651-0679 Cost: $322.92 - (2) people Pick-up 9:00 AM - at Anchor Cove shopping center fronting the ABC store Shuttle will transport to the Wailua River Marina for 9:30 AM Fern Grotto & Riverboat Cruise Tour. Shuttle will transport to Air Ventures Hawaii at conclusion of Riverboat & Fern Grotto Tour Shuttle will transport back to Anchor Cove Shopping Center after Big Kahuna Air Tour. Maui (Lahaina) Mahalo Tours & Transportation: "Taro Half Way To Hana" Website: http://mahalotoursandtrans.com/services.html Tour Link: http://mahalotoursandtrans.com/toursshuttle/tarotourhalfwaytohana.html Cost: $89.00/pp Pick-up: If we have (6) people, private pick-up at pier - 8:30 AM Drop-off: 3:30 PM (for private (6) person tour
  11. LovetoCruise2011

    Royal Hawaiian Tours - Honolulu

    I was just reading a thread on the Ports of Call, Hawaii about AirVentures Hawaii. They were getting rave reviews. I'm so glad we're booked with them!!
  12. LovetoCruise2011

    problems booking tours

    You're welcome. If I get any other excursion info from our Hawaii CC roll call, I'll be sure to post it.
  13. LovetoCruise2011

    problems booking tours

    I think we may finally have our excursions in place. Here's what we've come up with. You can check out the various companies for yourself and hopefully, you can use some of the info. We haven't booked the Maui excursion as of yet. I spoke with the company directly and they indicated that if we have (6) people, they would take us in a separate van and arrange an earlier pick-up so we can be back at the port by 3:30 (we're tendered in Maui). It's a half way to Hana tour. I posted all the info for it. I also have some shuttle info for transfers from LAX to Long Beach and from Long Beach to the San Pedro Port. They also shuttle from LAX to the port. We opted to fly in a couple of days early and stay in Long Beach. Prime Time Shuttle Service - 1 (800) 733-8267 http://www.primetimeshuttle.com/loca...FVAD2goduwWnyA Pick-up from LAX - Xfer to hotel in Long Beach Cost: $32/for 2 Long Beach - San Pedro Port Prime Time Shuttle Service - 1 (800) 733-8267 Xfer from hotel to San Pedro Port Cost: $30/for 2 We're on the Golden Princess so the pick-up/drop-off times are based on our itinerary Hilo Safari Helicopter Tour - "Deluxe Volcano & Coastline Safari" Pick-up 8:45 AM - front of Pier#1 building, near the taxi stand Flight Time: 9:30 AM Fee to be collected at check-in - $358.00 (for 2) Coupon for $10.00 off the tour Video Drop-off at Pier - 10:45 AM Afternoon: on our own Taxi to Volcano National Park Kilauea Iki Trail Hike & Lava Tube Honolulu VIP Transportation Shuttle - Email: auntie.aq@hotmail.com Pick-up 7:30 AM at pier gate (Bright green shirts w/sign "VIPTrans") Shuttle to Pearl Harbor $6.00/pp On our own tour - Arizona, USS Missouri & Pacific Aviation Museum Purchase Tickets Online for USS Missouri & PA Museum Shuttle Service leaves the Arizona at: 11:30/2:00/4:30 Shuttle from Pearl Harbor to Diamond Head Crater - $6.00/pp On our own climb crater ($1.00/pp for climb) - 99 steps, approx 1 hr/to top Bus or Taxi to Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, 120 Kaiulana Ave, Honolulu Hotel phone: (808) 922-5811 Buses run from Diamond Head hourly OR Taxi: (808) 422-2222 Sheraton Dinner Show: "Creation - A Polynesian Journey" http://www.creationshow.com/ Dinner - 6:00 PM (check-in at 5:45 PM) Show Starts: 7:00 PM Show Ends: 8:30 PM Shuttle (VIPTrans) Pick-up from Sheraton at 8:45 PM Call: 808-836-0317 to arrange the 8:45 PM pick-up Shuttle cost Sheraton to Pier: $9.00/pp Kauai (Nawiliwili) Air Ventures Hawaii: "Big Kahuna & Fern Grotto Air/Ground Combo Tour" Airventureshawaii.com (808) 651-0679 Cost: $322.92 - (2) people Pick-up 9:00 AM - at Anchor Cove shopping center fronting the ABC store Shuttle will transport to the Wailua River Marina for 9:30 AM Fern Grotto & Riverboat Cruise Tour. Shuttle will transport to Air Ventures Hawaii at conclusion of Riverboat & Fern Grotto Tour Shuttle will transport back to Anchor Cove Shopping Center after Big Kahuna Air Tour. Maui (Lahaina) Mahalo Tours & Transportation: "Taro Tour - Half Way To Hana" Website: http://mahalotoursandtrans.com/services.html Tour Link: http://mahalotoursandtrans.com/tours...waytohana.html Cost: $89.00/pp Pick-up: If we have (6) people, private pick-up at pier - 8:30 AM Drop-off: 3:30 PM (for private (6) person tour
  14. LovetoCruise2011

    problems booking tours

    Yes, we were also charged upon making the reservation. We're not too concerned since they seem to have good ratings and no problem reviews. Let's hope for the best!!
  15. LovetoCruise2011

    Royal Hawaiian Tours - Honolulu

    I'll definitely keep you posted. If I don't hear back from them by this evening (have to consider the 6 hour time difference), I'm going to give them another quick call. I don't want to bug them, but I'm anxious to get Oahu finalized. Later.... Joan
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