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Pearl Harbor trip was a great experience, was a very moving experience. We took our 8 year old grandsons. They also had a great time.
Sandra N United States of ...
After a great deal of miscommunication the trip was fantastic. We were told to meet the rep at the airport at 6 am for our flight to Oahu. Another group of 4 arrived shortly before 7 am as that is the time they were told. By 7:20 no rep had arrived and I called Polynesian to find out where the rep was. We were told to just get our tickets and get on the plane and someone would meet us in Oahu. We got the tickets and went to the gate. Flight wasn't leaving until 8:30 am. At about 7:45 I received a call asking where I was and I informed the rep that I was at the gate. She informed me that one party from each group must come back out as she had something that we needed for our trip. Two of us left and met her and got stickers that we needed to wear to identify us. Now we had to go back through security. This might not have been a real big deal except it was 9/11 and security was very tight and slow. Our bus driver in Oahu was somewhat knowledgeable but very frustrating as he would start talking about one thing and then switch gears in mid sentence to another subject. When we arrived at the various sites he gave us multitudes of directions at warp speed leaving us a bit confused. All in all the whole experience was fabulous!
This tour was amazing!
Our day trip to Oahu was very good for the most part. The rich history of this island is mind boggling. Our guide was very knowledgeable and had a good sense of humor. For anyone who wants to partake in this tour I have a few suggestions:
1. We were told that because regulations had changed at the Luhue airport, our guide was not able to come inside to find us. This put us behind on what was already a very rigid schedule.
2. Be very prompt when meeting your guide at the end of each stop. Our tour guide Ernie, chose to berate those who set our aforementioned schedule behind. Very unpleasant!
3. You are permitted a camera, phone, or wallet onto the military bases. You are not permitted to take purses or backpacks. You are also not permitted to keep these items on the bus so you will be asked to check them in before your tour of Pearl Harbor/Ford Island. Be sure to keep these items checked in when leaving for the Missouri and Arizona Memorial. Six of the members of our tour were not clear about this detail and upon returning to the bus with purse/backpack were publicly humiliated by Ernie. This put quite a damper on the remainder of the day!
4. Our tour began at 7:30 am with lunch scheduled at 2 pm. We ate lunch at 3 pm. This could be problematic for those who are diabetic or have other health related issues.
On the whole, this tour was good.
It would have been better for longer time at Pearl Harbor and less time shopping. Guide wasn't very organized and didn't stay with us.
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