My husband and I "discovered" cruising in 2017 and can't get enough. Just back from Hawaii December 2018 (Hawaii cruise should be on everyone's "Bucket List") And counting down the days until we can return to Alaska!
December 2018 - 14 Night Hawaii Carnival Journeys (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Splendor
The only way I would ever want to see Hawaii
May 2017 - 7 Night Alaska With Glacier Bay (Seattle Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Legend
Alaska dream cruise
Sail Date: May 16, 2017
Wasn't really interested and time so very short.
It's a tender-port, but Splendor staff had everything well organized and extremely careful about safety. Kona is right on the beach and the locals have a flea market set up right on the waterfront. Take time to walk up a couple blocks, to get to the real Kona. We enjoyed the "tourist" shops as well as the local artists with their shops.
Pearl Harbor is not to be missed and will take days to fully explore. We are both looking forward to returning on our next cruise to Hawaii in 2020.
We took a LONG bus tour! Was fun, but really too long for us ;-) Driver was fantastic and oh so fun! We didn't really get to any shopping venues except Big Hawaiian Chocolates, but that was fine for us.
Huge terminal with lots of staff. Well organized for embarkation :-)
Don't forget your binoculars! Spend time watching the ocean. To see wild dolphins is an experience I will never forget!
Excursion to pineapple plantation a disappointment and not as advertised. We decided to take a taxi and really enjoyed just walking around downtown.
Arrived 2 days early to explore, and found we could have spent a week and still not have seen everything we want to see. Did make it to Pike Place Market twice.
White Pass Train excursion and got off in downtown Skagway, when the train returned. Needed cash, so we checked out the Wells Fargo Bank in town. It was a bit of a hike, but worth it. They have their original safe in the lobby and the bank is like a time gone past. Checked the shops (fun to look, if you aren't in the mood to buy). Just plain go exploring!
Don't forget your binoculars!!! The vistas along Alaska's inside passage will take your breath away!
Just posted some letters from the postal drop on the pier and then wandered the water front. We want to go exploring more when we return this September.
Did a whale watching combined with salmon bake. Whale watch was astounding!!! We had a whale spy hop and was "watching" us!!! The salmon bake was okay, but bring your sense of humor. Food, including salmon, was from CostCo in Juneau. And the entertainer was a bit muffed everyone wasn't tipping as much as he liked. All good, even though my hubby and I went to the buffet when we returned to the Legend. (Food was better onboard the Legend)