We are taking our first cruise to Hawaii this Dec 2017 on Carnival. Are there people offering excursions &/or activities right at the dock? We wanted to do a Zodiac snorkel but the one offered by Carnival is sold out. Would welcome any suggestions - thanks!
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AT the Dock Excursion Offers?
I was in Hawaii in January and there were numerous shore excursions offered at all 4 ports ... you may want to also check out excursions you can book through this website under excursions ...
Thanks for the reply. However, I have heard that on occasion, some ports could be skipped or dropped if the weather is too rough. In that situation, I'd be concerned about getting a refund if the excursion is with a third party (somebody other than the cruise line). I have used 3rd parties in the past but did read that some of the winter cruises in Hawaii can experience rough seas. Any thoughts?
Which ports are you going to?
Our cruise goes to Maui, Kauai, Kona, & Hilo (we already have plans for the Honolulu stop).
Hilo usually has people standing outside to offer excursions. Kona, I believe they do but don't remember what's offered. Maui if your stop is Lahaina the harbor is right there when you get off the tender. You can look around. I would research and start inquiring with some companies asking what the refund policy is. Maui and Kona are tender ports, that is where your biggest risk will be. Have a great cruise.
Great ideas, thanks alot!
You can also look for excursions on the Ship Mate app from non-ship vendors.
In Lihue, there is a shopping center with excursion available, also when you get off the ship there are folks there too.
It is easier to book through the lines, but most shore guys are pretty good.
Excursions sold on cruiseline.com and Ship Mate are from reputable vendors that will offer a full refund if your ship skips the port for any reason.
We booked an excursion on our last cruise (not Hawaii) through Cruiseline because of the guarantee, and we were really happy with it. I'd recommend this site over a port excursion which doesn't guarantee your return on time.