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Monday, 29 October 2012


View 2012 Hawaii Millennium on greynomadm's travel map.

Left Moruya at 0905 this morning on the bus to the Sydney International Airport. We made reasonable time and arrived at Sydney's Mascot International at 1530 and sat in the departure hall until Hawaiian commenced their check-in at 1800hr and we made our way through Security and Immigration. No great drama and we were on the 'clean' side by about 1815. A quick bite and walked to the furthest departure lounge in the complex.

Sat around the lounge at Gate 60 and finally boarded Hawaiian Airlines flight HA452 at 2115 local time. The flight was delayed by about 30 minutes due to the late arrival of the incoming aircraft. The flight lasted 9.75 hours and we landed in Honolulu at 1025 local time having made up a little time - yes still Monday 8-). With a number of other aircraft landing at about the same time there was considerable congestion at the US Border Control desk. There were about 50 Officers working but with them having to scan each hand, each thumb and take our photo, each individual took quite a while to process.

Transfer to the hotel was not as efficient as it could have been. No fault of the of the transfer company but one couple didn't check in for the best part of half an hour. Perhaps I was being a little critical but you'd have to wonder at their initiative,

On the way to the hotel we went past the Cruise Ship Terminal and were surprised to see a Celebrity ship in port, the Millennium isn't due in until Thursday. Turned out to be a 'sister' the Century.

Reception at the Aqua Wave was prompt and efficient. We've been up-graded to the 10th floor, last time we were on the 3rd. We're also at the back of the hotel, away from the rather noisy markets. Spent some time sorting out some of the luggage and Jenny caught up on some lost sleep while I tracked down the ticket office for the Waikiki Trolley. We have a 7 day, all route pass with free admission to the Zoo and the Aquarium. There will certainly be plenty to keep us occupied.

Went out for a quick 'snack' and then ventured out on the 'trolley' to the Ala Moana Center, a huge complex of over 200 shops and restaurants. We spent an hour or two orienting ourselves and plan to revisit the place for some serious shopping.

Back to Waikiki and another quick snack and we're both ready to crash. I finished this entry on Tuesday morning as I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer.

More tomorrow 8-)

Posted by greynomadm 06:03 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Getting Close

Friday, 26 October 2012

Final preparations are now being made. The most difficult is once again trying to determine what clothing to take. Fortunately we should be in tropical waters for most of the cruise the only coolish ports being Tauranga and Auckland.

We leave here on Monday by bus to the International Airport in Sydney. I know that lots of people catch the bus from down here and make it to the airport with plenty of time to spare, I prefer to be in Sydney the day before, just to be sure. This time we've decided to chance it and I think that's adding to the angst.

Will update this when we get to Honolulu.

Cruise Itinerary
02/11 Honolulu, Hawaii 5.00pm
03/11 Hilo Hawaii 8.00am 5.00pm
04/11 At Sea
05/11 At Sea
06/11 At Sea
07/11 At Sea
08/11 At Sea
09/11 Pago Pago American Samoa 7.00am 4.00pm
10/11 At Sea
11/11 Date Line Crossing
12/11 Suva Fiji 7.00am 1.00pm
13/11 At Sea
14/11 At Sea
15/11 At Sea
16/11 Tauranga, New Zealand 7.00am 6.00pm
17/11 Auckland, New Zealand 8.00am 5.00pm
18/11 Bay of Islands, New Zealand 7.00am 4.00pm
19/11 At Sea
20/11 At Sea
21/11 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 12.00pm overnight
22/11 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cheers ... Tony

Posted by greynomadm 15:54 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

Jumped Right In

Booked another cruise

Proposed Itenerary

Depart Sydney on Hawaiian Airline flight 452 - 29 October 2012 at 21:20. Expedia quotes $896.21 each.
Transfer to hotel (should be about US$15 each)
Accommodation at the Aqua Waikiki Wave from 29 October to 2 November Expedia quotes Superior Wave - 2 Queens Includes: Free Wireless Internet AU$465.20
Transfer from hotel to the ship.
Celebrity Millennium 19 Night South Pacific Eclipse Cruise sailing 2 November 2012. We have found two staterooms we'd prefer being 2138 or 2152 at AU$2049 each.
She will get us back to Sydney and we'll find our way home from there.
We're figuring on about AU$6400 all up.

Posted by greynomadm 19:25 Archived in Australia Tagged preparation Comments (0)

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