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Cruise review POA April 6

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DH, Bruce and I are early 60s, have cruised with RCCL, Princess and Celebrity. Love land and scuba diving vacations, too and Bruce is an avid motorcycle rider who has ridden many many miles across country. This trip has been the top of my bucket list for years, to see Hawaii.

Chose United for the first time and the flight from Toronto to Newark went smoothly in a connector flight and we had a bit of a layover in Newark. We went into the Ruby's Diner for eats before boarding the B767-400 on economy plus. Hooked up our Bose ear devices and settled in to watch some movies on their nice "big" screens on this new jet. As I am not a good sleeper, this was a 4 movie flight for me!

WE were met cheerfully by our Roberts rep who gave us the Lei greeting, our luggage came quickly and then we sat for 40 mins. while Roberts dithered around hoping to collect more fares! By now we are tired, it is 2:30 a.m.our time and our driver waited to be given the go ahead to leave. Grrrr.

I need to figure out how to upload pics so I will continue in a bit.

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Our hotel was for the next 3 nights was "Wyndham Royal Gardens" in Waikiki. In suited our needs, free wireless, free laundry room with laudry soap, fitness romms and in a good location, nice and quiet. The kitchenette gave us the opportunity to have our granola cereal every morning and our first cup o joe.

I wanted to upload a pic of the hotel but I keep getting Upload Failed.

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Our first dinner was around the corner to "Keo's Thai" restaurant. We had excellent curry and cashua nut chicken. Great place!

Second day is Diamond Head. Walked to a bus stop and asked around which bus to take. It was so easy and for $2. each we rode throught the neighborhoods to the Diamond Head stop. The busdriver told us when to get off as well as every other local on the bus seemed very concerned that we have a good time!

It was a perfect day for a walk. It is easy, well laid out, minimal charge and bring water! There are every age group heading up from babies on dad's back to elderly ladies and gents. You just go at your own pace and the views are magnificent! Our first great views of Honolulu and the Crater.

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Oh you're leaving us hanging :D I can't wait to read more - I need something to help me survive the next few days score we leave!

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So I think I finally got the photo thingy!

 

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This is Bruce with the crater more to the left behind him.

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Next day is pearl Harbour. You have to buy your tickets ahead of time because the let the travel companies buy huge numbers so there is very few left for the individual tourists to buy. Plus we were told that they have actually closed off 2 of the times for the shuttle to the Missouri Monument to save money. We were able to get 2 tickets from one of the tour companies that were hogging the tickets. It was actually good because it included a tour of Honolulu which we were going to do on our own and this way we had the running commentary from the driver. It was called Hawaiian Tours.

The visit to Pearl Harbour is something everyone should do once in their life no matter what your nationality.

 

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Hanging out in Waikiki is so much fun. This is the International Market. I didn't buy much, just cute little dresses and shirts for the grandkids and those flower barretts for their hair.

 

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Every day was paradise in Waikiki Beach. Here you can see Diamond Head.

 

That night we headed out to Duke's Restaurant that was recommended here on CC and we loved it. Delicious fish with the best salad bar.Hawaiian musicians, the torches at night, the happy customers and that beautiful sea breeze!

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I mean come on! How gorgeous was everything! Loved walking, walking, walking!

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Here I am pretending to stay at one of the higher end hotels as we cut through just to see the grounds.

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The taxi ride to the Cruise dock is about $17. so sharing the ride with another couple we had met was great. We arrived at 1130 which was early I thought but no, there were people ahead on me that were already walking ontot the ship. Because POA had been in dry dock and wet dock, the rooms were all ready and the let everyone on early.

I have never gone througha faster embarkation! They gave use leis and a cold drink and then called our group number to board. i was soooo excited! I had booked a OV and then kicked myself for not going for the balcony but because this was to be a 3 week vacation, I was thinking budget. In the end, we were rarely in the room and I love watching from the upper decks anyway.

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This last photo shows you the working dock, importing everything from overseas. Nothing is grown or made in Hawaii anymore. There are markets with local produce on the islands that you can go to and go early because the produce is so good and cheaper, it is bought out quickly. I never tasted such sweet pineapple or coconut in my life!

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Don't ya love watching the pilot?

 

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The Pink Champagne Room (that name could have used an update)

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Greek salad in the Liberty Dining room for lunch...perfect!IMG_4500-M.jpg

 

And the springrolls too.IMG_4392-M.jpg

 

Back to the beginning when I couldn't upload the pics...here is the hotel we stayed at ...the Wyndam Royal Garden.IMG_4387-M.jpg

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First stop is Maui for 2 nights. We booked the Valley Isle Tour of the Hana Road, should be called the Circular Tour with the Hana Road included! It is a long tour but so interesting because it takes you along the lush coastline, barren leeside, volcanic desert and all the places in between. I highly recommend it.

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Yeah the road is twisty but not as twisty as some of the roads we have driven on in New Zealand. You could certainly do it yourself as so many have but we saw so much more this way esp. DH.

 

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Dined tonight in the Skyline, ordered the Chilean Red, we both had the Pecan Crusted Snapper which was sooooo good.

On to the Hollywood Showroom to see the performance called, "Aloha Polynesia" Very showroom style but good entertainment. Highlights dancing from New Zealand, Samoa and Hawaii.

Willie K. from Maui was performing on yukele and guitar, such a great performer.

Finished the night listened to some piano player I can't say who but good mellow listening.

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Hi Mellowrose, enjoying your review and photos! Looking forward to the rest of your cruise.

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mellowrose....I have seen Willie K several times, you are so right, he is good.

I had heard he has been on the ship, I hope he is still on this summer when we sail.

 

Chuck

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Willie K. is a great impersonator. We laughed and laughed as his voice took on so many celebrities, I hope he is a regular, too.

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The next day is a sea day for us. Bruce and I headed to the fitness room after brekkie and did our Tai Chi, Yoga etc. All those things we do to keep us going anf going like the energizer bunny.

On the ship I really felt like I was in paradise, sitting in the lounge chairs, swimming, hot tub, eating watermellon. The servers come by with skewers of fruit, we head in to the buffet for lunch. I always found something tasty. The coffee on board is the BEST! There are 3 urns at each station for coffee, go for the one marked, "Americano" and you'll enjoy a fresh ground brew with creme of Kona coffee.IMG_4401-M.jpg

 

The band playing poolside.

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Our next port was Hilo, and we had booked "Marylou's Excursions". to the hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Marylou drove us right down there because she said the visibility was best inthe morning and it looked like a good day. It was, the view was incredible of Kilauea Caldera and Mauna Loa. The massive amount of steam rising from the caldera is impressive.

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This is the Caldera looking at the steam vent from the opposite side.

The Jaggard Museum is worth a look.

 

After that we had a walk thru the Thurston Lava Tubes.

This is a photo of Rainbow Falls.IMG_1942-M.jpg

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Maylou's Tour also included a visit to Macademian Nut Farm and the Orchid Farm.

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A stop at the park in Hilo where you can watch the Green Sea Turtles eating the algea off the rocks. Such beautiful creatures! I have some video but never could snap them at the right moment!

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This tour was great, Marylou is someone you really want to spend time with in Hilo!

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We spent the day with an Australian couple who were a joy to share with. He could not get enough of the turtle viewing. If there had been more time and maybe less surge, we would have gone snorkelling here.IMG_1947-M.jpg

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Dinner tonight was in the Skyline Dining Room . The Tai Chicken and Salmon were very good.

Tonight was the much anticipated sail by the lava flow.

It did not disappoint.

Bring binoculars! I have no photos of the flow as it was a distance but I'll never forget my first sighting of lava flowing into the sea.

There are 4 different fingers or flows and you can see lots of "skylights" above the flow...hard to explain, you just need to see it!

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Maylou's Tour also included a visit to Macademian Nut Farm and the Orchid Farm.

This orchid is insured for $10,000.IMG_0283-M.jpg

 

A stop at the park in Hilo where you can watch the Green Sea Turtles eating the algea off the rocks. Such beautiful creatures! I have some video but never could snap them at the right moment!

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This tour was great, Marylou is someone you really want to spend time with in Hilo!

 

I am loving this review, and we have booked Marylou and Ken for the Big Island in July. Can't wait!

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Next day is pearl Harbour. You have to buy your tickets ahead of time because the let the travel companies buy huge numbers so there is very few left for the individual tourists to buy. Plus we were told that they have actually closed off 2 of the times for the shuttle to the Missouri Monument to save money. We were able to get 2 tickets from one of the tour companies that were hogging the tickets. It was actually good because it included a tour of Honolulu which we were going to do on our own and this way we had the running commentary from the driver. It was called Hawaiian Tours.

The visit to Pearl Harbour is something everyone should do once in their life no matter what your nationality.

 

I googled Hawaiian Tours and could not find one with that exact name. I love your itenary. We are going in Sept and I have also selected Mary Lou and Valley Isle Excursions. I can't wait to read more!

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Love reading your review. We will be sailing on 11th May. Have also booked Valley Isle for the Road to Hana. Glad to see you enjoyed the tour. Your pictures are great. Can't wait to read some more.

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Thanks for sharing your review and beautiful pictures of your POA cruise around the Hawaiian islands. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip. Been to Maui on vacation twice and absolutely loved it. I always thought a cruise around the islands would be a good way to get a taste for the other islands. Great job .... thanks again for sharing.

 

Cdn in KS

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Oh so sorry Irishone! I gave the wrong name for our Oahu Tour company. It was "Polynesian Adventure Tours" run by Gray Line. WE did the Pearl Harbour and Honolulu City Highlights Tour.

 

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This is a sculpture just beside the Missouri Battleship.

 

 

 

The Toyr also took you through the Punchbowl where the National Cemetery of the Pacific.

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Marylou was a lot of fun. We also went to the HIlo Coffee Farm and this is where we bought our beans to take home. The manager of the farm gave us a thorough lesson in bean roasting in the roasting house. It is a small operation but their coffee is superb. The Hilo side of the Island is wetter they say but the coffee growing their is expanding to replace the old pineapple plantations. They try to be ecologically sensitive and the coffee plants have sure a nice appearance to the eye.

(It sure beats planting GMO cornseads by the thousand acres by Monsanto like on Maui.) Although on Maui, Ophra W. has large acreage for organic beef farming that is on old plantation land. You really get a lot of info on these tours.

This photo is Marylou's idea!

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Bring a light sweatshirt or jacket as it is cooler up on the Volcano.

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Kona is a tendering dock. WE actually made a mistake, we just walked down to the 3rd deck and joined a lineup there and went through to the tender quickly in the morning. As it turned out, the lineup was for booked excursions and we were on our own today but we didn't clue in till on the tender that we skipped the process of getting tickets etc. Our Bad. Don't do this. LIne cutters!

 

Kona's shoreline is lava rocks near the pier. If I go there again I want to see the north or southern beaches.

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Kona is a great town to shop, walk along the shoreIMG_4572-M.jpg and watch the Green Sea Turtles, and for me...The Quilt Shop! Bruce and I pack light so that means our carryon and 1 bag that already weighted the limit because of snorkelling stuff etc. But fabric is the exception to my quilter brain. Beautiful fabric here and the unique Hawaiian colors!

Bruce gettin' silly at the Bubba Gump Restaurant. Those shoes and box of chocolates are scuptures.

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