Can you guess where I have been?
Enough with the negative and on to the positive: Hawaii was a wonderful vacation!
We flew into Honolulu on a Wednesday, spent two full days there going to the Polynesian Cultural Center (more to come about that in days ahead) and visiting Pearl Harbor. On Saturday we boarded the Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of America. We cruised for 7 days, visiting Maui; Hilo and Kona on the big island; and Kauai before returning to Oahu.
Our good friends John and Lynn traveled and cruised with us. They returned on Saturday but Bill and I took a side trip to San Francisco for a few days. We got home yesterday and are playing catch up today. Laundry, paying bills, returning phone calls, etc but you know what? It is all good. We had a great time but it is good to be home even if the sky is gray and it is way too cold for shorts and sandals.
I have a ton of photos to go through and will try not to overload you with too many of them. For today I'll just post a few of us and of our accomodations.
Do we look happy to be taking off?
We were able to use frequent flier miles and fly first class for each leg of the trip. Wheeeeee! The extra leg room and amenities were much appreciated, especially when you are in the air for more than 9 hours straight. Here are our seats for the Atlanta to Honolulu part of the trip.
We received the first of many leis throughout our trip after exiting the plane.
In Honolulu we stayed at the Sheraton Princess near Waikiki Beach. It offered a waterfront view. They didn't lie...you just had to stand on the balcony and look between tall buildings to see the water.
Onto our stateroom and a few views of the ship. The ship's comedian joked that while seated on the toilet, it was possible to lean over the sink to brush your teeth, then lean sideways into the shower to wash your hair while remaining seated. He was right! That isn't a complaint though, just a funny comment on efficiency.
This is our third cruise (the first two were with Carnival Cruises) and I am still amazed to see grand salons that look like movie sets from Gone with the Wind. Do you expect to see a stairway like this on a ship?
And look at the ceiling above the stairs:
How about a Conservatory on board? I immediately thought Professor Plum probably killed Colonel Mustard in here with a candlestick.