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    WA State, USA
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    cruising and rving
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean and Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Northern Europe and Panama Canal

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  1. I am GF and dairy-free and have good luck with menu items in the Windjammer. The GF island generally can be relied upon for avoiding cross contamination. The chef or uniformed staff can walk you around the island and other areas of the Windjammer to point out foods and menu choices that will be safe for you to eat. I have better luck in the Windjammer than the dining room. In the dining room you will be able to pre-order from a limited menu the night before. The plated main courses I have received have been very plain food, not well prepared, and often cold. Sometimes my dinner is served later than others at the table. I've been disappointed so many times in the dining room that I prefer to eat in the Windjammer. Of the specialty restaurants, Chops is my favorite as they do an excellent job of accommodating my dietary restrictions.
  2. Mango Thai is street level at the Doubletree. The food is very good, also nice decor and ambiance. Many airline crews eat there. Prices are reasonable.
  3. PNW Traveler

    Kauai Beaches

    It's good news that there are more drivers available on Kauai than in the past. Thank you for posting.
  4. Sunset at the end of September is approximately 7 pm. You'll have "twilight" for about a half hour after sunset.
  5. PNW Traveler

    Kauai Beaches

    The best way probably is a taxi, unless you want to rent a car for the day. Kauai has Uber, but there are very few Uber cars/drivers.
  6. Hope you enjoy the museum. We visit Victoria at least twice a year and always enjoy this museum. :)
  7. Your arrival time of 3 pm will allow time to visit the Royal BC Museum, located next to the Parliament Building and near the Fairmont Empress hotel. The historical displays in this museum are first-rate and go far beyond usual museum fare. Weekday hours as posted online have a closing time of 5 pm. Weekend hours in the summer extend into later evening. https://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/ Our local museum membership allows us free entry into BC's museum with reciprocal privileges through NARM (North American Reciprocal Museum) listing.
  8. We customized our tour with Dora - just two couples, sightseeing plus lunch at a local restaurant near the university. It is possible to customize and request "no shopping or stores." Our tour guide was friendly and university educated. We enjoyed the history and learning about Cartagena.
  9. We live in the Seattle area and visit Astoria frequently, mostly by RV but also via cruise ship. Our favorite brew pub is located within walking distance from the cruise ship dock - an easy walk along the coastal boardwalk path. The beer choices are good and the menu is good, too. https://www.buoybeer.com/ A feature of Buoy's are the sea lions - viewing outside or through the plexiglass viewing window in the brewpub floor. I second the recommendation to rent a car for your coastal drive. All of Oregon's beaches are public. The coastal drive option enables you to stop along the way for scenic overlooks, beaches, lighthouses and tidepools.
  10. PNW Traveler

    Kauai Beaches

    Kalapaki Beach is within walking distance of the dock at Nawiliwili. It's a public beach park with some rentals. There are food trucks and restaurants nearby. Just around the corner is the Marriott if you would like a more "resort experience." My personal favorite nearby is Lydgate Beach Park. It's a huge park with nice beaches and walking paths. It is easy to buy an inexpensive folding beach chair or straw beach mat at an ABC store or Walmart. Food trucks are common in the islands and are great for lunch. Markets (grocery stores, drug stores such as CVS) sell take-out and snacks for lunches and beach picnics. I would encourage you to try a local beach rather than a resort if you want a true Hawaiian beach day.
  11. The Kauai North Shore road has been closed due to storm damage. It's reopening! https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2019/06/07/kauais-north-shore-prepares-reopen-flood-damaged-kuhio-highway/
  12. If you look at a map or chart of the route between Victoria and Seattle you will see that you cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca. There can be a little chop in this area depending on wind and weather although it can also be "smooth as glass." Our most recent crossing of the Strait was early March and was definitely glassy water. You are not sailing the open waters of the Pacific Ocean so no ocean swells and big waves. We are long-time boaters (24' mostly) as well as being cruisers and know these waters well.
  13. No rough waters. You will not be sailing in open ocean, but instead be sailing inland waterways.
  14. Mango Thai by the Doubletree is very good with nice decor and ambiance. Cedarbrook Lodge offers a superb dining experience in the dining room with lower cost but excellent menu choices in the bar dining area. If you are willing to Uber, Wally's in nearby Des Moines has the best fish and chips and other fresh options, northwest nautical decor, a casual local favorite. These are local non-chain restaurants and some of my favorites. I live 30 minutes from SeaTac.
  15. I haven't taken the trolley but have visited all of the sites along its route. We spend much of January each year in the area of Wailua/Kapaa. I like the trolley's choice of sites to visit. They show the culture and tropical beauty of Kauai without making the long drive to the North Shore or the more touristy area around Poipu. Lydgate Beach Park is a beautiful beach park with walking trails, sheltered and calm swimming beaches, and food trucks. It is definitely a good hop-on-hop-off stop. The tour's ancient cultural sites are beautiful and easy to approach on foot. The pickup point for the tour at Kalapaki is walkable from the ship if you don't want to take the shuttle.
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