Trip Start Dec 28, 2007
64Trip End Aug 28, 2008
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We arrived in Honolulu early, err.... Saturday morning?! Having gone over the international date line we were re-living the 28th June while tired and slightly jet-lagged and trying to get used to the 28 degree heat. After confusing conversations with taxi marshalls and drivers we made our way towards the town in a stretched limousine and spent the next four hours wasting time around the harbour area until we could board the cruise ship. Once past security etc we made our way to our stateroom to find we had been allocated one that can be used by disabled passengers. It actually meant we had a larger bathroom and more floor space which we were more than happy with. Our first evening involved touring the decks and heading up to the top to watch the sun go down as the ship left Honolulu. Obviously we made the most of the great waiter services and tried some local beer and long drinks before heading to one of the many restaurants for dinner.
Over the next seven days we planned as little as possible as this was to be our week of relaxing holiday in the sun. Therefore day two involved sitting by the pool doing sod all for most of the day whilst 90% of the passengers all headed off to do 5-8 hour shore activities. This meant that we had the opportunity to have a go at some of the on-board activites such as giant chess/draughts, basketball and 'sliding pucks with stick things into numberd squares' game. Monday we were still docked at the island of Maui so we got off the ship for a few hours and found a bus to the old whaling town of Laihina where we spent the day looking around the shops and watching the surfers do their thing. On our return to the ship we headed for dinner where we were served by an American who thought we were Australian. Chris tried the Lobster Tail and after finishing one was presented with another because the waiter liked us and could see he had a good appetite! We then had three desserts between us and free coffee! And we wonder why we're putting on a bit of weight?
Another day of relaxing by the pool and using the hot spas took up the next day pretty much (hard life isn't it) before having a glass of wine out on deck (while watching the waves fly by) and heading up to dinner where yet again we made an impression on the waiter that we got three of each course between us
Our last two days on the ship were to be the most entertaining. After another stressful day by the pools we got taken to a traditional Polynesian village for dinner. Once greeted by a singing Hawaiian man and girls with flower necklaces we found the free bar and tried some local drinks - Maitai and Blue Hawaiian. We were then treated to moutains of food cooked underground and a traditional Lu'au performance with singers and dancers. The following morning we were up early and off to the airport on Kaua'i for a helicopter ride over the island. Our pilot narrated the journey as we passed over the hills and fields where Jurassic Park was filmed before taking us on a tour of the valleys, coastlines and waterfalls. Not a bad way to end a week touring these small islands in the Pacific.
Back on dry land we got a taxi to what we thought was the right hotel only to find we had looked at the wrong paperwork. To cut a long story short the staff eventually found we were booked into the one around the corner so a bell boy took our bags round, we checked in and found a cold beer at the pool before taking spending the afternoon on the beach at Waikiki