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#41
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Originally posted by skrebelr
Your pictures are so wonderfully clear-did you find your camera easy to use? WE are looking for a new one for our trip-I presently have a point and shoot deal and DH's is more sophisticated-he wants something that is good in low light situations.
We had two cameras plus our iPhones. I mainly used our Nikon D80 DSLR when I wasn't in the water and when snorkeling, I used our new Canon PowerShot D20 waterproof camera. DH bought a SeaShell case for his iPhone 5 which is what he used underwater. My iPhone stayed nice and dry on land . DH would say that I take too many pictures of stupid stuff, but hey in the end I have 2000+ pics and at least a few good ones - LOL!
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Originally posted by tiggrbaby
Enjoying your review! Great details. We will be on the 8/24 sailing for our 30th anniversary. We will be renting a car in all ports except Kona.
Oh I hope you have a blast! We may rent cars in a few ports next go 'round - whenever that may be!

Originally posted by elhenry
Puddles 99, loving the review, and also I will be on the same PHL-HNL flight, connecting in Phoenix, before our July POA cruise. And I have been to two elementary school concerts in the past week (in Bucks County), so it must be the season!
We're actually in Bucks County, too - I have my location set as Philly because that seems to mean something to more people . It definitely is the season! I am sure you'll have a wonderful time on the POA - please let me know if you have any questions I can help answer!
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Great review so far, my wife and I plan to do the same trip next year. Nice to see other person from the Philadelphia area.
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Chapter 5: Molokini & Massages

We awoke to another gray day in Maui, which was quite sad. We had breakfast in the crowded Aloha Cafe and then gathered our gear to meet our excursion. I was glad I thought to bring a waterproof jacket with me. We took one of two buses over to meet the Pacific Whale Foundation’s Ocean Odyssey and set out for a day in the water. As the Captain reminded us, once we’re in the water, we won’t care if we’re getting wet! Due to the weather and rolling waves, several people got sick during the boat trip, but the Captain was right - once we were in the waters surrounding Molokini, we all felt fabulous. The water was clear as day, the fish colorful and plentiful, and DH and I ventured quite a distance from the boat as we explored.











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Chapter 5: Molokini & Massages (continued)



We had been told to expect about an hour in the water at Molokini but after about 40-minutes, an “All Aboard” alarm was sounded and everyone was waved back to the boat. As we boarded, we learned that an older passenger appeared to have suffered a heart attack or stroke while in the water. He had been pulled out and was being tended to, but we needed to get moving to meet the Coast Guard cutter and rush this gentleman to the hospital. Watching that crew and the Coast Guardsmen in action was truly amazing. When we returned to dock later that afternoon, we learned that the man had made it and was expected to survive. I never heard a further update, but I hope he is doing well.





After parting ways with the Coast Guard ship, the Captain pointed the Ocean Odyssey toward the waters known as “Turtle Town”. Here the waters were murkier than Molokini, but we did spy a sea turtle (and two others as we left) but the batteries on our underwater cameras died so we didn't have great pictures here. While we were in Turtle Town, the sun came out & we basked in its rays as the boat returned to the harbor.

We returned to the POA happy but tired and were looking forward to our 3:00pm massages. DH opted for the Lomi Lomi massage and I indulged in the Hot Stone massage. Both started with an odd “dry brushing” that despite having had many massages in a variety of spas, I had never experienced before. Later that evening I realized that some of the discomfort from the brushing and hot stones that followed was due to the fresh sunburn I had on the back of my legs! Oh well!

Keeping with our laid back afternoon, we chose to go to the Cadillac Diner for dinner and indulged in comfort foods including potato skins, spinach dip, the prosciutto & mozzarella panini, and fish & chips before returning to our cabin happy & exhausted.
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Chapter 6: Volcanoes & Waterfalls

One of DH’s few requests for this trip (along with ziplining and a helicopter tour) was to “see volcanoes” so let’s be honest, a trip to Volcano National Park was on the itinerary. We arranged a tour with Ricky (http://rickystourshawaii.com/Itinerary.html) who met us at the Aloha Room at 8:30am. I hadn't realized that this meeting point was literally at the end of the peer, so I left us plenty of time to walk - way more than we actually needed.

Ricky had lots of great trivia to share along the way and planned an appropriate amount of time for each stop which included Rainbow Falls, a Macadamia Farm, an Orchid Farm, Richardson's black sand beach, and several stops in Volcano National Park including the Thurston Lava Tube, Jagger Museum, and more. The crater road remains closed due to its proximity to current activity.











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Chapter 6: Volcanoes & Waterfalls (continued)









This was another day well spent, but should we return to Hilo, we wouldn't do a tour like this again. Without hesitation I recommend Ricky's tour to any first time visitors, however.

We returned to the ship in mid-afternoon and after showering and freshening up, we headed to the Gold Rush Saloon so DH could participate in the Hawaiian Beer Tasting while I happily stuffed my face with the fresh popped popcorn available each evening. The tasting included five beers - two from Maui and two from Kona. DH discovered a new favorite in Kona Brewing Company's "Big Wave." We were surprised & delighted to learn that all participants in the tasting received a 1-liter glass beer stein emblazoned with the POA's hull art. It is one sweet mug to say the least! Side note - it's pretty much impossible to get a good picture of a clear glass, apologies!
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Chapter 6: Volcanoes & Waterfalls (continued)

With DH nursing a slight buzz, we returned to our cabin to drop off the stein and then headed to martini bar to meet for the Chef's Table. As in our past experience, there were a total of 12 participants and a group photo was taken in advance. The photographer also took a few shots of each couple. All pictures were included (four total) were complimentary and delivered in commemorative folders, which included a copy of the menu, at the end of dinner.

We were seated for dinner in the library of Jefferson's Bistro at a long table and had an opportunity to introduce ourselves to those around us. Some of the courses were the same as what we had on the Sun last year and others were new or different in some way. All were delicious. The Executive Chef was not as dynamic as the Chef on the Sun so that aspect of the meal was less memorable & fun, but the company was great and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience.











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Chapter 6: Volcanoes & Waterfalls (continued)











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Chapter 6: Volcanoes & Waterfalls (continued)

We stumbled happily back to our cabin in time for the volcano-flow sail by which was stunning. The Captain darkened the ship which enabled steady-handed photography. The flow could be seen from forward, starboard, and (I'd imagine) aft balconies and public areas. We stayed on our balcony.

Clearly I needed a higher power telephoto lens, higher aperture, and / or a steadier hand - but here's a sample of the best shots I got . . .





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Originally posted by puddles99
Chapter 6: Volcanoes & Waterfalls (continued)

We stumbled happily back to our cabin in time for the volcano-flow sail by which was stunning. The Captain darkened the ship which enabled steady-handed photography. The flow could be seen from forward, starboard, and (I'd imagine) aft balconies and public areas. We stayed on our balcony.
I'm so jealous of you getting to see this. We went in January 2012 after the big earthquake in Japan. At the time due to that earthquake, the lava wasn't flowing and could only be seen if you took a helicopter tour. From what I was told, we didn't even circle around that side of the island.
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Loving your review and photos.. looking forward to more!!
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#54
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Great review, enjoying the photos too.

Can 100% verify that not everyone who owns a small dog is wealthy... We had a very small dog and unfortunately didn't have a big bank balance!
#55
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Molokini is tops on our list of must-do's while on Maui. We're doing the ship-sponsored snorkel, too. Do you remember about what time you made it back to the ship? We're doing it the 2nd day and I was just wondering if we'd have time to do something else. I was thinking we'd probably just head back to the ship for the balance of the afternoon and let the kids swim, etc...

Thanks!
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Originally posted by tiggrbaby
Enjoying your review! Great details. We will be on the 8/24 sailing for our 30th anniversary. We will be renting a car in all ports except Kona.
Something that was told to me, we did and it was the BEST! Decide what you would like to see in each port and program it into your GPS ahead of time. It was great, just hit favorites and away we went. Also, make sure you join Thrifty Blue Chip or any other car rental program, saved so much time getting the car. We were out and about while others were still waiting in line. Just a little FYI
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Originally posted by puddles99
Chapter 6: Volcanoes & Waterfalls (continued)

We stumbled happily back to our cabin in time for the volcano-flow sail by which was stunning. The Captain darkened the ship which enabled steady-handed photography. The flow could be seen from forward, starboard, and (I'd imagine) aft balconies and public areas. We stayed on our balcony.

Clearly I needed a higher power telephoto lens, higher aperture, and / or a steadier hand - but here's a sample of the best shots I got . . .





Great review.............brings back so many memories! Lava was not flowing when we were there last year............
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Originally posted by greatlakesgirl
Molokini is tops on our list of must-do's while on Maui. We're doing the ship-sponsored snorkel, too. Do you remember about what time you made it back to the ship? We're doing it the 2nd day and I was just wondering if we'd have time to do something else. I was thinking we'd probably just head back to the ship for the balance of the afternoon and let the kids swim, etc...

Thanks!
If you drove over on your own, you'd likely have time for something else, but not through the ship excursion. We got back on board around 2:30 (with not much time to spare before our 3pm spa appointments). We may have been delayed by the emergency, but I'm not sure. The excursion includes a light breakfast (fruit & breads) & lunch (hot dogs, grilled chicken, salads) on the boat and a "souvenir" stop at the Pacific Whale Foundation's gift shop before they return you to the ship. The snorkeling at Molokini was phenomenal and I honestly MUST return someday!
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Originally posted by Tyskie
Great review.............brings back so many memories! Lava was not flowing when we were there last year............
Bummer! I'm so glad we got to see it glow - it's just one of those wonders of nature that you can't really imagine until you see it for yourself. I guess you'll have to make a return trip!
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Originally posted by puddles99
If you drove over on your own, you'd likely have time for something else, but not through the ship excursion. We got back on board around 2:30 (with not much time to spare before our 3pm spa appointments). We may have been delayed by the emergency, but I'm not sure. The excursion includes a light breakfast (fruit & breads) & lunch (hot dogs, grilled chicken, salads) on the boat and a "souvenir" stop at the Pacific Whale Foundation's gift shop before they return you to the ship. The snorkeling at Molokini was phenomenal and I honestly MUST return someday!
Thanks!

Well, now I'm even more excited, if that's possible! Our 13 year old daughter asked if we could snorkel, so I thought, why not Molokini? And when I found out the POA books through PWF, I was sold.

Sounds like we'll just head back to the ship and relax for the rest of the afternoon. I think we'll need it!
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