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Old January 27th, 2009, 11:53 AM
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What an awesome website. My husband and I will be cruising Hawaii in the fall. We are planning on a pre cruise stay at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. Can anyone give me some feedback on this resort.

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We stayed here for our Hawaii pre-cruise stay a little over a year ago. It was fabulous. We loved our rooms with oceanview. Easy walking distance to lots of things. We would stay there again next time we are in Honolulu.

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Since there is quite a price differential between the three hotels listed in the NCL brochure I want to make sure the hotel is well maintained. We will be there for three nights.

Is it necessary to rent a car to get around or can we rely on public transportation.

Somewhere on this site someone said that NCL has an office at the hotel. Do you know if they will assist us in some pre-cruise excursions?

How did you get to the cruiseship from the hotel?

Also, one of hubby's priorities is knowing if there is a burger joint nearby?
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We found it much cheaper to rent a car and the hotel separately from NCL. There are a couple of companies that have offices near the port and shuttles to the port (I seem to remember Hertz and Thrifty). We came in couple days before. We walked to most places downtown and used the car for Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, Punch Bowl, and Polynesian Cultural center, etc.

We were at Pearl Harbor about 6:30 -7 am and was on first boat over to the memorial. Got done and drove to port around 11 am. Checked in to ship and had lunch and still had plenty of time to sight see off ship before ship departure.

Seems like we got the oceanview rooms for about $199 per night and this was at Christmas-time. Try Kayak, Hotels.com, etc. I booked a room to reserve what I wanted and every so often checked prices. I found cheaper prices closer to sail date and cancelled older one and booked the cheaper rate. It's kind of a game.

When we disembarked after the cruise we rented a car for the day. Our flights didnt leave til 11 that night. If you are on Hawaiian Air there are 4 hotels where you can check the luggage in to the airline that morning and go have fun. You'll see them again when you are at your home airport to claim them. Pretty sweet.
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Since there is quite a price differential between the three hotels listed in the NCL brochure I want to make sure the hotel is well maintained. We will be there for three nights.

Is it necessary to rent a car to get around or can we rely on public transportation.

Somewhere on this site someone said that NCL has an office at the hotel. Do you know if they will assist us in some pre-cruise excursions?

How did you get to the cruiseship from the hotel?

Also, one of hubby's priorities is knowing if there is a burger joint nearby?
I am sure there will be a burger place near-by, they are all over the area. As for well maintained, yes, it is a great hotel. I think one of the three hotels listed is the Hilton Hawaiian Village, the reason it is more is the location. There are only a handful of hotels and resorts right on the beach at Waikiki. I too would suggest you do a little searching on your own. There are benefits of going with curise line hotels, cost is normally not one of them

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I stayed at this hotel last spring with a tour group and it's really beautiful and it's not one of those large sprawling type resorts that you find on the other islands where you need a map just to get around the place. There are a few restaurants at the hotel, but really pricey.

For the best burger, go and find "The Big Kahuna", it's only a short walk from the hotel, the prices were very reasonable and the atmosphere was great. And for all of those essentials that you forgot ie sun screen, snacks, etc, do all of that shopping at the ABC stores, they're everywhere and they are cheaper than what you'll find onboard your ship or at the hotel
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