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Old 03-14-2007, 08:58 AM
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Good morning,

Starting day 2 at sea. All is well. Seas remain at 1.5-4.0 feet (basically flat), temps a little warmer (low 60's 7:45 AM ship's time) and cloudy. Not sure what the forecast high is.

Last night was our first formal night. Nice to see all those wealthy people all decked up in their finest. We slepted a lot yesterday getting caught up in our beauty sleep.

Tonight it's dinner at Sabatini's. Two and one half hours of sinful food consumption.

RichC, I noticed that one of the upper pool decks has a retractable roof. Yesterday it was closed but it is made of glass so you can see through. Quite comfortable if you want to hang around the pool.

No sign of the dreaded N virus, although there are hand cleaners all over the ship. My hands have never been so clean. You can grab your own food at the buffet, but no salt and pepper shakers on the tables.

Made $50 playing blackjack yesterday but my wife ordered a $42 bottle of wine so no progress there.

All in all, a wonderful restful cruise so far. Looking forward to Hawaii, however I must say these sea days are absolutely wonderful if you just want to relax as I do.

Off to breakfast!
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Old 03-14-2007, 12:18 PM
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Another great post! You are giving me great ideas about what I might pack to wear those first few sea days out of San Pedro.
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Sky Princess- 2000 China & Orient
Sitmar's Fairwind - 1979 x2- Caribbean/Panama Canal
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HAL Ryndam - 2001 x 2- S. America
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Old 03-14-2007, 10:35 PM
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Me to, as we're sailing April 26th. I'm really confused as what to take. I do remember the weather getting much cooler on our Full Canal cruise last May after we left Cabo.

As we're staying on the Island for the 3 day coastal back to Vancouver, it's going to make packing a challenge
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Old 03-15-2007, 07:42 AM
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Sounds like typical coastal L.A. weather for this time of year; cool cloudy mornings. Lite jacket or sweater should do it.
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Old 03-15-2007, 10:15 AM
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Greetings from the South Pacific,

This morning, 8:00 A.M. ship's time,we have 69F, slight seas (1.5-4.0') no change since we left LA, and glorious sunshine for the first time. We are 48 hours East of Lahaina. Again, not sure what the forecast high will be, but it's bound to warm up with all this sun light.

I hear on CNN that cruisers in the Eastern Mediteranean (sp?) had 12-18' swells yesterday. Looked a little spooky. I will take our flat seas any day.

No sign of the dreaded N virus. My hands are so clean, I am considering donating them to the Smithsonean.! (sp?)

f-mattox, I found the web cam camera above the splash pool, but no luck so far having the angle changed. Will keep trying!

This morning, I had coffee on the balcony, port side and flooded with sun light. Yesterday PM, we walked on the Promenade deck outside and enjoyed the sea breeze. Most people were wearing sweaters or light jackets, but by the time I had finished my mile, I was sweating.

I am now up $125 at blackjack and down 4 bottles of wine. My wife is enjoying her cruise. (ha)

Dinner last night at Sabatini's was out of sight. We will probably do it again. Next stop, the Bayou for their world famous steaks.

The internet room seems to work best early in the morning. Fewer users, and better speed.

All the upper deck pools have water and will probably be busy today with the higher temps and the brilliant sunshine.

Two more sea days! I am getting very good at doing nothing, but there is much to do if that is your preference. No sign of the big production shows yet in the Princess theater. Maybe that will come later. Last night we watched a comedian who was quite good. Casino Royal is the afternoon movie today.

Aloha!
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Once again Thanks.

Getting so anxious for out turn but you know how that is.

Weather forcast for Maui on
Sat Mar 17 Scattered Showers 81/67 30% chance of precipitation

Keep enjoying!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Diamond Princess- 2005 Mexican Riviera
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Grand Princess- 2003 x2 W.Caribbean/ 2004 Panama
Sun Princess- 2003 Mexico
Tahitian Princess- 2003 Tahiti & Cook Islands
Royal Princess- 2003 x2- British Isles / Norwegian Fjords & Iceland
Island Princess- 2003 Panama Canal / 2007 Hawaii
Sky Princess- 2000 China & Orient
Sitmar's Fairwind - 1979 x2- Caribbean/Panama Canal
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HAL Ryndam - 2001 x 2- S. America
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Old 03-16-2007, 09:42 AM
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Greetings from the Pacific,

Yesterday we woke to gorgeous sunshine and flat seas. As the day progressed, it got cloudy and windy, and around dinner time, we went through a pretty good rain. Seas were upgraded to moderate, 4.0-7,5'. This was the first time seas were anything but flat. Depending where you were on the ship, you could feel a slight rocking but nothing serious. Our cabin is on Dolphin deck 9 just behind mid ships. We could feel very little in our cabin.

This morning, seas are back to flat but it is still cloudy and rainy. The south wind has died down. Current temps ship's time 69F

The internet has been down since yesterday afternoon, but some enterprising lady found this one which works fine, Not sure what the story is there.

Gambling is not legal in Hawaii so the casino will be shut down after tonight until we depart Hawaii waters in a few days.

No cell phone coverage yet, although the TV's are working pretty good, mostly CNN.

Tonight we have dinner planned for the Bayou steak house. Tomorrow, we arrive Lahaina 9:00 AM. Time to get off our behinds and get active. I love sea days.

Aloha
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Old 03-17-2007, 10:40 AM
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Greetings again from Maui,

It's 7:30 AM ship's time, and we are sailing just North of Maui about 6 miles from Lahaina. I think we tender into Lahaina after dropping anchor.

Seas are flat, temps are about 75F, and the sun is shining. Should be a great day walking the streets of Lahaina. We have nothing formally booked.

We were able to watch a whole flock of wales from our balcony this morning. They were headed East as we swung around the North shore of Maui.

Two tips of the day!

If you eat at Sabatini's, don't eat everything like we did. Simply too much. Negociate a menu with your waiter.

Bring a couple good books. They are the best form of entertainment on those long sea days.

We will probably have lunch at that restaurant Irvine talked about. PS, dinner last night at the Bayou Cafe was wonderful, especially the steaks.

Aloha!
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Old 03-17-2007, 11:19 AM
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Originally posted by Bob & Bev:
Greetings again from Maui,

It's 7:30 AM ship's time, and we are sailing just North of Maui about 6 miles from Lahaina. I think we tender into Lahaina after dropping anchor.

Seas are flat, temps are about 75F, and the sun is shining. Should be a great day walking the streets of Lahaina. We have nothing formally booked.

We were able to watch a whole flock of wales from our balcony this morning. They were headed East as we swung around the North shore of Maui.

Two tips of the day!

If you eat at Sabatini's, don't eat everything like we did. Simply too much. Negociate a menu with your waiter.

Bring a couple good books. They are the best form of entertainment on those long sea days.

We will probably have lunch at that restaurant Irvine talked about. PS, dinner last night at the Bayou Cafe was wonderful, especially the steaks.

Aloha!
We were thinking of finally trying Sabitinis but have been concerned about the quanity of the food. We do not mind paying the cost if the dinner quality is really worth while. Is it? What did you order? What would you have eliminated? What do you mean about negotiating the menu? It was my understanding that you can not pick and choose and the only thing you can do is not eat all of what is brougt.

Enjoy Maui and let us know what you found in Lahina and where you ate. We also have nothing scheduled that day except to walk around town.
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Star Princess - Dec. 2007-Rome- TA
Crown Princess- May 2008 TA & Baltics
Pacific Princess-Nov. 2008-Holy Land & Egypt
Diamond Princess- Apr. 2009 Asia- Bangkok to Whittier
Past cruises:
Golden Princess-2007-Alaska
Sea Princess-2005 Canada/New England
Diamond Princess- 2005 Mexican Riviera
Star Princess- 2004 x2 Med. Venice to Barcelona/ Barcelona to Rome
Dawn Princess - 2004 x3- Southern Caribbean
Grand Princess- 2003 x2 W.Caribbean/ 2004 Panama
Sun Princess- 2003 Mexico
Tahitian Princess- 2003 Tahiti & Cook Islands
Royal Princess- 2003 x2- British Isles / Norwegian Fjords & Iceland
Island Princess- 2003 Panama Canal / 2007 Hawaii
Sky Princess- 2000 China & Orient
Sitmar's Fairwind - 1979 x2- Caribbean/Panama Canal
-------------------------------------------------
HAL-Amsterdam- 2004 Alaska
HAL Ryndam - 2001 x 2- S. America
------------------------------------------
Viking Spirit/Pride -2006 Budapest to Amsterdam
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Old 03-18-2007, 10:02 AM
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Greetings from Kona near the big island of Hawaii,

BJS, what I meant about Sabatini's is that the food is all good, but they serve you about 16 courses before you get to the main entree, so what I would suggest is discuss the menu with your waiter before you start, and simply eliminate a few dishes so that by the time you get to the main course, usually lobster and other fine fish, you have some room left. Avoid the bread! The waiters are very helpful, and will guide you through the meal.

Yesterday was Lahaina. We had a high of 85F with sunny skies. The highlight was whale watching from the ship. I swear some of those whales are born showboats, doing back flips and slow rolls for the whale watchers.

We did not have a planned excursion booked so we walked into town and strolled around. Lots to see. Our travel mates bought some fine jewelry in one of the shops.

The downer yesterday was the tender trip into Lahaina. It took us two hours to get on a tender after we had decided we were ready to go. For some strange reason, they only used four tenders and from what I hear, every single passenger on the ship got off. I think each tender holds 50-60 persons, so do the math. Hopefully we won't have the same problem here in Kona which is also a tender port.

We have discovered the martinini bar in the Atrium. Look out!

We don't know yet whether the ship will sail around the South side of Hawaii tonight so not sure we will see the valcano.

Tomorrow, we are in Hilo.

Aloha
 
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