Watched as we docked in Honolulu, finished packing, and went down to the Hibiscus dining room for a last breakfast. We didn't want to leave, but finally forced ourselves to close our cabin door and leave the ship.
About your luggage, everything worked as it should, which to me was a miracle! The 3 suitcases left outside our door last night were found exactly where they told us they would be (stacked behind first letter of your last name); we then proceeded to the airport line of our carrier and checked those suitcases we wished transported to the airport (as opposed to those we were keeping with us); then put the other bags in the holding area. When we got off the bus at the airport, our bags were right there being watched by a cruise line representative who also helped us go through customs and agricultural inspection. And even more amazing was the fact that bags checked around 10:30 am got on our plane which left at 8 pm and actually got off the baggage carousel!
Since our flight home was not until 8 that night and we needed to disembark by 9 a.m., we basically had the day free to hang out in Honolulu. We strolled through the shops at Aloha Towers, used one of those cute sticker photo machines to take our picture and then headed for the airport. If you do not have prearranged transport, the options from Aloha Tower to the airport are either taxi or public bus and we chose the latter. The bus stop was just a few blocks away and taking the bus gave us another chance to see some of Honolulu. By the way, the bus goes right by Hilo Hatties and the Dole Factory (tour) if you'd like to make a stop.
We spent a good part of the day at the airport, which has numerous shops and eateries, as well as a beautiful Japanese garden. Time passed quickly as we discovered others from the cruise waiting to board the same plane. Then it was time to say good-bye to this wonderful state and the cordial and friendly people who live there. Both Ed and I can say without thinking twice, that this was the best vacation we've ever taken and are already planning a return trip to Hawaii and cruise on American Hawaii Cruise Line.
If anyone is planning a cruise on American Hawaii Cruises, we'd be more than happy to answer any questions you might have. This was our first real cruise and before we left we had many questions and had searched the web looking for answers, some of which we found, most of which we did not. Our travel agent was great and answered even what I considered to be dumb questions, but sometimes you just want to talk to a "regular" person who has just done what you are planning to do.
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