Wanted to share a couple of tips I'm using to plan my Carnival Spirt cruise. If you are planning on doing your own excursions and or staying in Honolulu for a couple days before or after you may find these 2 books very helpful. Hawaii For Dummies. Lots of good reccomendations for activities,sights,hotels,ect ect. Also good source of info on inexpensive public transportation and local shuttles. It covers all the main islands. Also, The Entertainment book for Hawaii. Purchase online at entertainment.com. Lots of coupons for Luaus, activities, rentals,meals , excursions and tours. Also can be used for all the islands. I'n not going untill OCT.2006. but am so excited and having a ball planning and researching.