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  1. Very good info here! I especially like the idea of having my medical info/prescription meds available on there. One thing that I'd like to add is keeping your phone charged up and/or carrying your charger (with the proper adapter) or a portable power pack when you travel. I work in a major London railway station and we have trains coming in from the airport. Every day there are people that have their e-tickets on their phone but can't access them because their phone is dead. They couldn't charge it on the train because their charger was packed away or, occasionally, because they weren't aware that we have different power sockets over here than in America and couldn't plug their charger in. Not being able to prove that you have a ticket is the same as not having a ticket at all and the official rule is that you will need to purchase a new one before you're allowed to exit the platform. Obviously we are sympathetic when we can be, but shouting at me that "I have my ticket on my phone, I just can't show it to you!" isn't going to help the situation. The same would be true if you needed to access the other information stated above or if medical staff or police needed to get into your phone.
  2. Here is a new question to a very old thread...what about UK residents? Are we able to bring back pineapples and onions?
  3. Thanks very much for your input everyone!
  4. Thank you so much for the excellent advice!
  5. Many thanks to everyone for your input and advice! I'm going to go ahead and book, so that we can get great seats and if it does turn out that the ship sets sail at 10pm we will just have to leave a little bit early. It sounds like a really fantastic luau!
  6. Cheers jsf...my friend and I are doing a b2b from Vancouver and the first cruise has a sailing time of 11pm from Lahaina. My sister is joining us for the second cruise, back to Vancouver, and sod's law, the departure time from Lahaina shows as 10pm! It couldn't have been the other way around, lol! So, if your sail time was 11pm and the last tender was at approximately 9:30 it would be possible that for a 10pm sailing it might be as early as 8:30... I'm afraid that we just might have to take out a second mortgage and go on the ship's excursion!
  7. Hullo! I originally posted this question over on the Hawaii board but someone suggested that I might get a more definitive answer here from Celebrity cruisers who have done this port... We'll be on the Eclipse in April, 2020 and want to go to the Old Lahaina Luau, which finishes at 8:45pm. We've chosen this one based on the reviews and on the menu, which accommodates the taste/dietary requirements of our little group. According to them it's 5 minute drive back to the tender so we'd need to pre-book a taxi/Uber/Lyft. Our ship, the Eclipse, sails at 10pm. So we'd need to be back on board at what time? I always make sure to give myself at least an hour when I can but what's the official back on board time according to the ship - is it half an hour prior to sailing? Anyone know what time the last tender will go? This is what concerns me the most! Is this doable at all or are we courting disaster here? My sister really wants to go to a luau and this is the only night/port feasible. If we book one through the ship it's quite a bit more money.
  8. Thanks very much, it's reassuring to have some idea now how the system works! I had been researching various boat excursions in Lahaina when I saw the OP and suddenly remembered the Ft Lauderdale nightmare and was worrying that it would take hours to get off of the ship. To be safe I'm going to book something around 10ish I think, and if we are off the ship very early we'll walk around the town and see the famous Banyan tree 😀
  9. Hi, we're hoping for some advice from you more experienced cruisers! We'll be on the Eclipse in April, 2020 and want to go to the Old Lahaina Luau, which finishes at 8:45pm. We've chosen this one based on the reviews and on the menu, which accommodates the taste/dietary requirements of our little group. According to them it's 5 minute drive back to the tender so we'd need to pre-book a taxi/Uber/Lyft. Our ship, the Eclipse, sails at 10pm. So we'd need to be back on board at what time? I always make sure to give myself at least an hour when I can but what's the official back on board time according to the ship - is it half an hour prior to sailing? Anyone know what time the last tender will go? Is this doable at all or are we courting disaster here? My sister really wants to go to a luau and this is the only night/port feasible. If we book one through the ship it's quite a bit more money.
  10. Thanks CruiserBruce! We do stop at Victoria so from your post it seems that we will have to go through immigration at Lahaina. Hopefully there will be a good system in place. I would think that there must be as some non-US citizens will be signed up for ships excursions and will be under a time constraint for debarking. We're hoping to do a private tour so I hope that it won't take too long for us either! We are meant to arrive in Lahaina at 7am. Taking into account the immigration proceedings and the tendering process, what time do you think it will be safe for us to book an excursion? It will be a boat trip departing near where we'd get off of the tender. As we are doing a b2b, back up to Vancouver, I would guess that as we re-board from our shore excursion at Honolulu to start the second cruise that this is where we'd go through US customs? Thanks for your insight on this stuff!
  11. I'm glad I stumbled upon this thread as I have a similar question. My friend and I are from the UK and will be doing a b2b from Vancouver to Hawaii on the Eclipse next April. When arriving at our first Hawaiian port of call, Lahaina, will we face a long border patrol/immigration/customs or whatever delay before we can head off for whatever excursion we have planned? Or as cruise passengers will we be sort of pre-cleared, as was done when we did a cruise that stopped in Israel? On that NCL cruise the officials embarked with us in Rome and had access to everyone's passport and actually met each passenger face-to-face on a sea day - I doubt that it would be exactly like that on this cruise due to the number of sea days before we get to Hawaii but have no idea what to expect! Then on the return voyage we have stops in Astoria, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. Will the clearance we (hopefully!) receive in Hawaii still be valid there? From the answer to the OP above I think that it will be... I hope that I'm concerned over nothing. It's just that when my husband I disembarked from our Equinox cruise in Ft Lauderdale in 2012 it was pure hell. The immigration people were taking 10 -15 minutes with each couple/individual/family group, just as when we initially arrived in the country at Miami Airport. Retina scans or whatever that is they do, the whole works. We were queued up for nearly three hours and it was hot and miserable and we couldn't sit down. There was no water available and several elderly people were in distress and received no assistance. They eventually called all of the Canadian citizens to join the American citizens queue to get the international queue down a bit. The whole experience was a poor ending to what had been a lovely holiday. We haven't done a holiday to America since. Anyway, this was not meant to turn into a rant, sorry! I'm just concerned that trying to enter Hawaii means that we'll have a similar experience and that it will take hours to be processed. I'm hoping that some of you non-American citizens are going to tell me that I've nothing to worry about!
  12. Thanks so much for sharing all of this information, it's much appreciated!
  13. Hi, I'm looking for the current MDR menus for Eclipse and Solstice (we have upcoming cruises on both) and also the drinks and room service menu, both regular and CC. I'm sure they must be available on here somewhere but I've been scrolling through the threads and can't find any links. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks!
  14. Some good suggestions on here that I will have to try, especially the flameless candle and the straw/necklace idea! We bring the over-the-door shoe organiser and put loads of stuff in the pockets, from suncream to packets of chewing gum. Works much better than having bits in a muddle in a drawer. I always have a couple of plastic carrier bags to put wet shoes on. Earplugs and an eyemask. Small first-aid kit, including plasters and I bring along extra medication in my checked bag as well as in my carry-on, just in case. I also carry copies of my prescriptions. Eyeglasses repair kit. Even if you don't wear prescription or reading glasses you can do a quick fix to sunglasses. This one may sound silly but we have used it on some cruises but not needed it on others - a little squeegie thingee to scrape the spray off of the balcony doors. Thermal mugs - I'm a poor sleeper and it's so nice when waking up in the middle of the night to have a hot drink out on the balcony. Very peaceful and beautiful! And we usually bring back a plate of pastries to the cabin in the evening to nibble along with the hot drink.
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