American Hawaii Cruise and Rent Cars

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American Hawaii Cruise and Rent Cars

Post by Richard W. Albi » Fri, 15 May 1998 04:00:00


We have an American Hawaii Cruise planned for this summer.  Is it better
to reserve rent cars in advance of the trip for excursions on the
islands, or wait until docking at each island port?  Or can the rent car
reservations be made from the ship?  Thanks for your help.


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American Hawaii Cruise and Rent Cars

Post by JUST JA » Sat, 16 May 1998 04:00:00


Richard,
You can do all of the above. I found it interesting that the cruise ship prices
were slightly higher than the prices quoted me in advance by the seperate
rental companies. Here is what I found to be true:
1) Prices were $8 - $15 higher on Independence
2) Although higher, the car was waiting for you
3) Rentals were a better deal for the adventure seeker than shore excursions.
Not as good for those that prefer to be w/a tour guide
4) When renting in advance, convertibles were easier to find.
5) Some companies / on some islands provided pier-side pick-up.
6) "Dollar" was the cheapest rental agency by $6 - $25.

Good Luck ............. smooth sailing.
jj

 
 
 

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Post by John C. Lot » Sun, 17 May 1998 04:00:00


Hi Richard -

 We have all the major car rental agencies here in Hawaii. You can book
through American Hawaii, they use Avis, or you can book your own. If you
go
through the ship, I'd fill out the forms Saturday afternoon right after
you board
to make sure you get the type of car you want. If you book yourself, I'd
suggest booking early to make sure there is one waiting for you. This is
even more important if you'll be here over July 4. A lot of locals will
be
vacationing interisland and using a large number of cars.

 I've seen the shuttle busses from the rental car companies at the
pier taking folks to the airport (which are all nearby) tp pick
up their cars.

If you have any questions, just ask!

Aloha, John

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 Honolulu, Hawaii
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Post by Robert C. White J » Sun, 17 May 1998 04:00:00



: We have an American Hawaii Cruise planned for this summer.  Is it better
: to reserve rent cars in advance of the trip for excursions on the
: islands, or wait until docking at each island port?  Or can the rent car
: reservations be made from the ship?  Thanks for your help.


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Here's a good trick - take a cell phone with you and make reservations
from the ship, each time for the next island.  Do NOT USE the ship's
agency, which I believe is AVIS.  You'll stand in line for an extended
period.

The last time we did the Indy, we booked =all the cars from the
mainland.  Problem is, sometimes the ship can't make it in to particular
ports if the surf is up, so the day to day thing is better.


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Post by Richard W. Albi » Sun, 17 May 1998 04:00:00




> : We have an American Hawaii Cruise planned for this summer.  Is it better
> : to reserve rent cars in advance of the trip for excursions on the
> : islands, or wait until docking at each island port?  Or can the rent car
> : reservations be made from the ship?  Thanks for your help.


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> : (new post to rec.travel.cruises)

> Here's a good trick - take a cell phone with you and make reservations
> from the ship, each time for the next island.  Do NOT USE the ship's
> agency, which I believe is AVIS.  You'll stand in line for an extended
> period.

> The last time we did the Indy, we booked =all the cars from the
> mainland.  Problem is, sometimes the ship can't make it in to particular
> ports if the surf is up, so the day to day thing is better.


> [ Rescue a Malamute today.                           WhiteStar Corporation ]
> [     http://www.whitestar.com                       Cartographic Data     ]

Robert, thanks for the tip.  I have a cell phone and I plan to take it
on our trip.  Could you recommend which car rental companies to call
from the ship at each port please?  If you happen to have the phone
numbers that would be even better (but please don't go to any trouble
looking them up if you don't have them handy).  Here is a list of the
scheduled ports:

1.  Honolulu, Oahu
2.  Nawiliwili, Kauai
3.  Kahuiui, Maui
4.  Hilo, Hawaii
5.  Kona, Hawaii

BTW, I checked out your "White Star" web site (http://www.whitestar.com)
and bookmarked your page for future reference.  I am a Civil Engineer
and often need cartographic data for my work.  I like your catch phrase:
"Longitude and Latitude Without the Attitude" -- to a mapping fan like
me, that's pretty cool!

Thanks again so much for your help.


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Post by Richard W. Albi » Sun, 17 May 1998 04:00:00



> Richard,
> You can do all of the above. I found it interesting that the cruise ship prices
> were slightly higher than the prices quoted me in advance by the seperate
> rental companies. Here is what I found to be true:
> 1) Prices were $8 - $15 higher on Independence
> 2) Although higher, the car was waiting for you
> 3) Rentals were a better deal for the adventure seeker than shore excursions.
> Not as good for those that prefer to be w/a tour guide
> 4) When renting in advance, convertibles were easier to find.
> 5) Some companies / on some islands provided pier-side pick-up.
> 6) "Dollar" was the cheapest rental agency by $6 - $25.

> Good Luck ............. smooth sailing.
> jj

JJ,

I read somewhere that you have to be careful leaving anything in your
rent car when you park it because of the theft problem in the Hawaiian
islands.  If this is true, I probably would not rent a convertible
because of safety reasons.  However, the only things of any value we
will be taking on our excursions will be our cameras, cell phone, and
hand held GPS navigator device.  Do you happen to know the names of any
companies that provide the pier-side pick-ups you mentioned.  Thanks.


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