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Old 03-18-2007, 07:25 PM
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Correction,

I found out today that the tenders usually carry 100-110 people, not 50-60 as I mentioned earlier. Sorry about that! They can also carry up to 150 in a real emergency.

Looks like we are going around the South portion of the big island tonight, so we should see the volcano in the dark.

A beautiful day in Kona. Lots to see and a beautiful little community.

Aloha!
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Old 03-19-2007, 05:58 AM
 
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Did you get the opportunity to visit the Kona Inn?
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Old 03-19-2007, 07:02 AM
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What did you do in Kona? Any suggestions?
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We hired a van from a local taxi guy at the gate & toured the first established church (painted) around 1820 or so then went to the royal Kona Museum & coffee Mill store (be sure to get the free samples) then on to the National Historic Park, then on to Capt Cook's burial site (viewed from across the bay). We shared the van with two people from the ship. The van driver dropped us off at the local market in Kona which is right up the street from the tender dock & close to the Kona Inn.
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Old 03-19-2007, 06:45 PM
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Thanks to RichC for responding to BJS about Kona.

Personally, we did very little. No tours. Kona is very interesting in the sense that there is a lot of activity right at the harbor without booking a tour. We just walked around until we were tired and then headed back to the ship. With the temps in the 80's, and the sun shining, it was great to get back into the air-conditioning of the ship.

Last night, we sailed right past the volcano but were fast asleep so saw nothing.

Hilo where we are today is much different than Kona. There is not much happening around where the ship is docked. We walked around for about 2 1/2 hours and saw very little, so we took the free shuttle bus to Wal-Mart and did some shopping. I expected rain here in Hilo, but so far, nothing but sun and 80+ temps.

One comment about dinning choices. We are two couples travelling together and opted for the early fixed seating. We got the fixed 8:00 seating, at a table for eight. We were going to switch to any time dining, but after meeting with the other four, and enjoying their company, we decided not to switch. We have thoroughly enjoyed all our dinners with them. To each his own, I guess.

Tonight we are off to Honolulu, and the Pearl Harbour tour. Thanks to RichC for the warning about line-ups, but we will tough it out. Pearl Harbour is a very special place.

Last night was all you can eat crab legs in the main dining rooms. Spectacular!

Time for a nap, and then sail away in about two hours. There is something very special about watching a large ship like the Island sail away from land with the sun setting in the background, and the cool breeze blowing softly across the balcony. Happy hour will never be the same when we get back to scenic Alberta.

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Old 03-20-2007, 07:41 AM
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Thanks for the information about Kona. We have seen the sights mentioned above several times and aren't interested in taking a tour or renting a vehicle.

Maybe after your comments about Hilo we might have to re-think that port or just opt. to enjoy the day on deck.

Enjoy your day in Honolulu. I agree Pearl Harbour is something you should see once.
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Golden Princess-2007-Alaska
Sea Princess-2005 Canada/New England
Diamond Princess- 2005 Mexican Riviera
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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
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HAL-Amsterdam- 2004 Alaska
HAL Ryndam - 2001 x 2- S. America
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Old 03-20-2007, 06:52 PM
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Greetings from Honolulu,

Today was absolutely spectacular. We docked in Honolulu about 7:00 AM, skipped breakfast, and headed down to catch our Pearl Harbour tour by 7:50. The ship is docked in the heart of Honolulu right next to the Aloha Tower, and the view is breathtaking. We don't sail tonight until about 10:30 PM so the sail away will be spectacular with all those Honolulu lights fading away.

Pearl Harbour was as expected. We were at the site and done the tour with only a 1 1/4 hour wait. Very touching. We then bused over to the Missouri for another tour. Lots of climbing stairs so that one is not for the faint of heart.

We were back on board for lunch about 2:30, and are now debating whether to catch a cab down to Waikiki, or simply enjoy the ship. It is very hot, and the A/C is wonderful.

Tomorrow is our last port, in Kuai. Where has the time gone since we left L.A? We have a car booked for the day. Hope the A/C works.

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If you're unsure what to see or do in Kauai- consider visiting Waimea Canyon. Also take along some bread or crackers to feed the chickens- They're everywhere & always hungry.
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Old 03-22-2007, 10:30 AM
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Greetings from the Pacific,

We are now underway headed for Ensenada having left Nawiliwili last evening. The seas are up to 4.0-7.5 (moderate)temps 72F with a pretty strong wind across port side. I stood on the balcony this morning but had to hang on to the rail. The sun is shining but partly cloudy. The ship is rocking a little bit but still quite comfortable.

With our current course towards Ensanada NNE, we don't see the morning sun on the balcony, but we get the sun set which is spectacular when the skies are clear.

Nawiliwili was fun. We rented the car and started out towards the canyon. Unfortunately I made a wrong turn and ended up in Princeville and beyond. (thanks for the tip RichC) Still very nice! We were back on board in plenty of time for the 4:30 sailing. Lots of chickens and roosters to feed.

A few people were late getting back to the ship which caused a slight delay in our departure. It seems everybody on port side was on their balcony, so the late comers received the expected "see you later-have a nice flight home".

Busy day today! Wine tasting at Sabatini's, followed by the Captain's party, and then our second formal dinner. Our waiter found us come cherries jubilee for dinner last night. (not on the menu) Tony the bartender on Lido introduced us to a new drink before lunch yesterday. It's called a BBC. Not sure what that stands for, but look out.

A couple suggestions for future cruisers. If you have asked for a queen bed, they join two singles together. Ask for an egg crate (extra mattress) in advance which helps to cover the crack between the two singles.

If you rely on a cell phone, make sure you get set up with your home provider in advance. We missed an important call yesterday because I had not done so.

When we sailed away from Nawiliwili yesterday, we went right past the runway to the local airport. A jet passed right over our heads and landed. He was very close. Something different!

They opened the casino last night, so the joint was jumping. Looking forward to our five remaining sea days. No sign of the dreaded N virus, but my hands have never been so clean.
Avoid the public washrooms if you can, especially the ladies.

They now have pre and post dinner shows, so we were able to catch the comedian at 7:00 PM and still make it in time for our 8:00 PM fixed seating dinner.

Time for my bran flakes and coffee.

Aloha!
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Old 03-22-2007, 10:33 AM
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Hi Glad you are enjoying your trip We went to the martini bar every night. We had a fantastic piano player but he left the ship with us. We found the card room was full all the time Is it the same on your cruise?
 
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