Over a year of planning, reading Cruise Critic every day, searching out the very best places to see, the very best activities for our interests, plotting out Google maps for amazing itineraries and here I was…….two weeks before our dream vacation to Hawaii….in the hospital, recovering from my second surgery in a week after a sudden gall bladder attack and subsequent abdominal abscess. I had made it very clear to the doctor before my surgery that I WAS going to Hawaii in a very short time and he had assured me that a gall bladder surgery was routine and I would be up and at my normal activities in 4 days time. Did my insistence on keeping the surgery simple cause him to miss an infection already brewing from a leaky gall bladder? Or was it just a case of bad luck? I will never know. However, I did know that for about a week all my careful planning was about to go for naught as things went from bad to worse in the hospital. However, true to his word, my doctor had me up and heading for the plane on Wednesday morning, May 11 with instructions to take it easy and listen to my body when it needed to take a rest. I didn’t care. I was heading for my very first trip to Hawaii!
Since my youngest daughter graduated from college my husband Steve & I have been bitten by the cruise bug. This would be my 12th cruise and Steve’s 10th. We have cruised to the Caribbean & the Mexican Riviera mostly and I went with my daughter to Alaska on the Carnival Spirit last July. We have sailed mainly on Royal Caribbean and a couple of times on Princess and have loved every cruise. Lately we have chosen cruises for the itinerary primarily and the NCLA Pride of America offered the best itinerary for our needs. The overnights in Maui & Kauai were the main attractions for us. I was a bit concerned about the bad press the POA has received in the past, but encouraged by the better reviews as of late. We decide to approach this cruise with the attitude that the trip is all about seeing the islands and make the best of it. We decided to assure a wonderful experience by booking three nights pre-cruise at the Turtle Bay Resort on the north Shore of Oahu and one night post cruise at the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach in Waikiki. Joining us on the cruise would be my brother Bob & sister-in-law Cindy. Our age range is 48 – 61. Bob & Cindy are more active than us on a good day and my surgery would hold me back a bit, but we agreed to have a great time, even if it meant we were not always doing the same things. So now, let the vacation begin!
All packed and ready to go!
Brilliance of the Seas ~ September 1, 2018 ~ Trans-Atlantic Amsterdam to Tampa!
Brilliance of the Seas ~ September 17, 2018 ~ Caribbean Bound!
My Bucket List Cruises:
British Isles - Ireland Booked September 2018!
Italy & Greek Islands
European River Cruise
Northeast/Canada Fall Colors
Hawaii - again!
Big Red Boat 06/93 (Bahamas)~ Explorer of the Seas 06/05 (Western Caribbean) ~ Jewel of the Seas 04/06 (Eastern Caribbean) ~ Monarch of the Seas 12/06 (Baja Mexico) ~ Monarch of the Seas 04/07 (Baja Mexico) ~ Golden Princess 01/08 (Mexican Riviera) ~ Explorer of the Seas 04/08 (Eastern Caribbean) ~ Caribbean Princess 05/09 (Southern Caribbean) ~ Radiance of the Seas 09/09 (Cabo San Lucas) ~ Mariner of the Seas 05/10 (Mexican Riviera) ~ Carnival Spirit 07/10 (Alaska) ~ NCL Pride of America 05/11 (Hawaii)~ Allure of the Seas 04/13 (Eastern Caribbean) ~ Jewel of the Seas B2B 05/14 (Southern Caribbean) ~ Oasis of the Seas 05/15 (Western Caribbean) ~ Jewel of the Seas 10/15 (Panama Canal) ~ Harmony of the Seas 10/16 (Transatlantic)
Oasis of the Seas 2015 Pictorial Review
Jewel of the Seas Southern Caribbean B2B 2014 Pictorial Review
Allure of the Seas 2013 Pictorial Review!
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