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Amsterdam - Hawaii - Mar 22 - Apr 6 Review

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This is a very long review. I used another computer and will be trying to import it back here. Hope everything works out and things aren't too large or too small. I have never done anything like this before.

 

March 22

As you know, we got on the ship after discovering that the virus had broken out on the previous cruise. From what I understand the virus began when some people got on the ship in San Diego on the Mar 7 cruise already sick. We had our fire drill on time and left on time. That evening we had the suite cocktail party from 7:15 - 8 in the Crow’s Nest. We rode up in the elevator with the appetizers. But it was decided at the last minute not to serve anything because of some crew members still being sick. I don’t know how true this is as we kept getting conflicting stories - some said there were as many as 20 crew members still sick when we got on the ship. There were no flowers in our cabins and those around the ship were not in good shape. It was a sunny day when we boarded the Amsterdam - in the 60’s. But when we left San Diego, the seas were quite rough for a few hours. We ate at the Pinnacle this evening - hardly anyone there. You could buy soda cards today - $18 + 15% service charge - 20 glasses of fountain soda which could be redeemed in all bars. With each card you bought you received a souvenir Coca Cola tumbler for free which you could use when ordering your sodas. This evening we got notice that our tour in Nawiliwili, Kauai - Grand Cayman of the Pacific had been cancelled - will talk more about that later.

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A sea day. Flowers were delivered to many cabins today and some were changed around the ship. Because of the sickness among the crew and the fact that the ship was being cleaned thoroughly yesterday, flowers were not on a high priority list. We really didn’t expect to see any on our cabin. Around 11 AM we saw many dolphins - quite a number of pods for the better part of half an hour. There was a wine tasting this afternoon which we went to. It was $7.50 per person and we got to taste 2 wines from the Navigator Package and 2 wines from the Navigator Admiral’s Package. In January I started a Roll Call for this cruise. Within a couple of weeks buffy4454 answered and soon after that Desert Cruisers answered. Be fore we left for the cruise a few others mentioned that they were also on this cruise. Someone made the decision to meet today at 3:30 in the Crow’s Nest. We had met buffy4454 (Jen and Ed) at the Embassy Suites so we knew that they would be there. After a few minutes Desert Cruisers showed up - Adrienne and Ira - they stayed for a few minutes - never did see them again. And no one else showed up. This was the evening of the captain’s welcome party. It was announced that there would be no hand shaking and no pictures taken with the captain. There weren’t any appetizers served at the party and very few crew members to serve drinks. In fact for our 5 PM party, no formal pictures were taken anywhere on the ship. It wasn’t until much later in the evening that formal pictures were taken in various areas of the ship. The camera people did take single photos in the dining room. It was also announced that the production scheduled for this evening was being changed to another date. There were still cast members sick. For us, we had a new group play for half an hour at dinner - Ambience Strings - we didn’t think they were that great - JOO. That evening when we went back to our cabin our towel animal was a lobster. Even though the seas were calm, it was a partly cloudy day with the temperature in the 50’s.

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Flowers were still being changed around the ship today - nothing in the way of Hawaiian. In fact the ship doesn’t even remind you of a Hawaiian cruise. Once in a while you heard Hawaiian music. We played some ship games and went to the cooking demonstration. Before the cooking demonstration there was a kitchen tour. We were surprised that there was one considering that we were under Code Red. There weren’t any samples put out. We watched quite a number of people touching the counters, etc - very bad in my opinion. Tonight was informal night. The sign in front of the dining room read “Jackets Required”. The area captains were able to turn away 99.8% of the men who did not have jackets on. Our menu’s indicated that this evening was the Master Chef Dinner. After reading what sail and a couple of other’s reported we wondering what we could expect. Absolutely nothing!! All the items on the menu were the same that we have had on other ships - absolutely nothing special. I remember that sail said the 5:45 and 6:15 dinners ate at one time and the 8 and 8:30 dinners all ate at the same time. No time changes here. And there wasn’t any dancing or music played between courses. We asked why it had been changed. We were told that many people on the last couple of cruises didn’t like it, so they dropped the theme end of it. Tonight’s towel animal was an elephant. The seas were calm today an even though it was sunny, the temperature was in the 60’s (hey it’s getting warmer).

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Went to another cooking demonstration and participated in a couple of games - we were finally able to sit out on the verandah - lots of sun and calm seas. Tonight was casual dress - we chose to eat at the Pinnacle. It was packed!!! Our reservation was for 6 and by the time we left at 8 there only 2 tables for 2 and 1 table for 4 left. Most everyone came at 6 and 6:30. This was also Dutch night in the dining room. They did have Dover sole on the menu. A couple of people that we talked to said the pea soup was so thick that their soup spoons stood up and it had no flavor. They did have the Dutch hats. Our towel animal this evening was a squid

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Our last sea day before we get to Hawaii. Missed the cooking demonstration because it was not listed on the daily program. Spent a lot of time out on our verandah. Won at scattergories this afternoon - got a couple of mouse pads. Tonight was informal - the men had their jackets on tonight from what I could see. Tonight was also the VIP or Who’s Who party or whatever you want to call it. It was from 7:15 - 8 in the Crow’s Nest. We met up with buffy4454 again and we saw them lots of times at the cooking demonstrations. Great couple - we enjoyed talking with them. There were about 150 people. There were several officers whom we noticed congregated in one area and didn’t circulate. About the 3rd day of this cruise we noticed that things were different on this cruise but I will not talk about it here - that will come later in another review section. This evening’s towel animal was a stingray.

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Lahaina, Maui - we had 2 tours booked for here - Valley to Ocean Discovery in the morning and Drums of the Pacific Luau in the evening. This is a tendering port. It was raining when we arrived. All tours were to meet in the Wajang Theatre and those going ashore independently got their tender tickets in the Queen’s Lounge. We were told to report 10 minutes before our tour which was scheduled to leave at 8:15. We got there at 8 and the entire area was a ZOO!!. The first tour hadn’t even left yet and the place was jammed back. The 2 girls in charge didn’t seem to know what to do. As it turned out they would call one tour to report to the tender and then allow many independents to go on the tenders. We had only 3 tenders running. By allowing so many independents to get off the ship before the tours, the tours got further and further behind. Our tour was finally called at 8:50. We got to shore at 9:05 - waters were still calm but it was raining. When we finally got on the bus, the driver told us that we were 1 hour late and since he had another tour to do in the afternoon, he would have to cut our tour short (don’t worry - no one got anything back for a shortened tour). As we a result we got only 15 minutes at the Iao Needle - but we were there only 10 minutes when it really began to pour!! On the way out there our bus driver got a call on his cell phone - which he ignored - just let it kept ringing. Everyone dashed back to the bus. We were supposed to have stopped at the Botanical Gardens at the bottom of the hill but because we were running late - we just made a quick drive through - thank heavens we had been there before. Felt sorry for the people who had never seem them. While on our way to the Maui Ocean Center our driver’s cell phone rang - this time in the form of an SOS!! He answered this call.

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The dispatcher was making certain that we were out of the Iao Valley - heavy rains were causing flash flooding. We had 1 and ½ hours at the Maui Ocean Center. The Center is wonderful with lots of exhibits but wouldn’t you know it - it was loaded with about 500 screaming children who were just beginning spring break and since it was to raining to go to the beach, their parents brought them here! By the time we got back to Lahaina, the rains had stopped so we decided to walk around town and see what all had changed since the last time we were in this port in 1979. At 1:45 we decided to get a tender and return to the ship. The winds had kicked up quite a bit and we noticed that the ocean was really rough. After waiting 15 minutes 2 tenders came in - 1 was empty and the other one was full - had a lot of crew members who got some free time. The first tender that we got on - the one that had been empty had to be completely cleaned down from all the sea sick passengers on it. We left the pier at 2:05 and began a horrible ride back to the ship. The tender was packed with passengers and crew. They kept 3 of the canvas coverings for the doors closed. As we pitched from side to side with water crashing over the top of the tender and pouring into the only open “door”, many of us wondered if we would ever get back to the ship in one piece. I know that we have all been told that if the tender rolls over, it will right itself. But our biggest concern was - no one is trapped in - if the tender rolls over, we will all fall and many of us will have broken bones and hopefully no one will be killed.

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Our “driver” did an excellent job of keeping the tender upright and getting us back to the ship - no one on our tender got sick. The next challenge was getting off the tender with the waves crashing onto the ship and into the tender area. Nearly every other person got soaked getting off the tender - I was one of them - DH got one shoe and sock a little wet. We got back to the ship at 2:45. There were people waiting to get onto the tender to go ashore - many of us made a comment to them - “You are all crazy if you go ashore now”. While I was changing clothes and talking to DH about going back on the 4 o’clock tender for our luau an announcement was made canceling all tender service until further notice. We had pretty much made up our minds that we were not going back and would just eat the $129 per person tour. We had also learned that around 10 AM they had stopped tender operations for awhile because of rough seas. At 3:50 an announcement was made that this evening’s luau had been canceled - okay we didn’t lose any money there. Our assistant CD seem to be making all the announcements. He came back on at 4 and reminded everyone that their monies would be refunded. We learned that some of the crew members were on this ship when she was in the Falklands in 2005 and had the same kind of weather and tender operations had to cease and people had to spend the night on the island with the locals. We talked to some other people who got on the tenders at 3 and were told that they had to remain there until clearance was given for them to return to the ship. The sun finally came out between 3:30 and 4. At four two tenders with the majority of passengers and crew returned to the ship - it was still a long ride for them as the ship moved out to sea so that the waves wouldn’t be too bad for those getting off the tenders. It was announced around 5:30 that everyone was safe back on board.

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We were supposed to have had a Hawaiian Local Show: Polynesian Production” but it was canceled. The group was at the pier and were ready to come out on a tender but it was feared that the seas might get rough again and that they wouldn’t be able to get back to shore. Tonight was Hawaiian night - BBQ out on the deck. Many of the men wore Hawaiian shirts. We chose to eat in the dining room. There weren’t many tables set up around the pool and some people “camped” out early - the BBQ began at 5:30 and was over at 8:30. So the YU-4 played music for several hours - not much Hawaiian music from what we were told. The movie “Walk The Mile” was scheduled to be shown just once in the Queen’s Lounge but since nothing really was going on, it was announced that there would be 2 showings. During the evening they kept one tender in the water - have no idea why since everyone was back on board - felt sorry for those guys. We were to stay here until 11 but we left at 10:45. The evening turned crystal clear so we got an after dinner drink and sat out on our verandah for a couple of hours watching the stars and the lights of Lahaina. Note: we talked to some people who did the tour to the Haleakula Crater - dress warmly if you take this tour - many people didn’t. Those who went there that the temperature at the top was in the low 30’s and it was sleeting. Tonight’s towel animal was a dog. These tours were canceled on the first day of the cruise: Adventure to said Hana, Crater Rainbow Helicopter, Circle Island Helicopter. There may have been others canceled - I didn’t keep track. Hilo Hattie has a free shuttle for those passengers who wish to go there.

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Honolulu - we were a few minutes late arriving here during a mild shower. Originally we were to have been at Pier 2 - near nothing. The crew told us that many times the ship has been docked at Pier 19 - really far away from everything. They hate both those piers as there are no telephones there for them to call home. We were eating breakfast in the King’s Room and were pleasantly surprised to see that we docked at Pier 11 - right at the Aloha Tower Marketplace. After breakfast we toured the shops there. Around 9:45 we noticed that the skies were getting dark again so we returned to the ship for our umbrellas. We barely got back on board and it poured. By 10:15 the rains let up so we headed off on our own walking tour. We walked over to the Iolani Palace, King Kamehameha Statue and the Kawaiahao Church in a drizzle. We had been to those places many years ago and it was great visiting them again. Of course the rains came and we decided to head back to the ship. As the afternoon went by, the rains became heavier. We had been told that there would only be a 30% chance of rain today. We had a tour planned for this evening - a luau at Paradise Cove. At 3:50 just as we were leaving our cabin to go down to the pier to meet our tour, Jay the assistant CD came on the PA system. You guessed it - another tour canceled. The rains stopped around 6:15. When we went back to our cabin after dinner at 7:30 we discovered that the verandahs on the port side of the ship had all been washed down. So much for enjoying an after dinner drink out there this evening. The 8 hour Circle Hawaii tour got back nearly an hour late due to the heavy rains. Those that went to the Polynesian Cultural Center said they were drenched by mid afternoon and couldn’t wait to get back to the ship - which was late because of the dinner and show. We noticed that many people are coming down with colds from all the rain. No towel animal this evening. Free shuttle for Hilo Hattie.

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Nawiliwili, Kauai - As mentioned earlier our tour for here was canceled the first day along with the scenic Nawiliwili Hanalei Lookout tour. Many of you probably read about the heavy rains that have been wrecking havoc on this island - an earth dam broke killing 7 people and washing out a few roads. So we went over to Hilo Hattie on the free shuttle and did some shopping. Later we went over to the Anchor Cove shops via the free shuttle and walked over to the Marriott. When we were on this island in 1979 we stayed at the Kauai Surf which was wiped out by a hurricane quite a few years ago. The Marriott is gorgeous. They have placed some lawn loungers on what is left of the grassy area as most of the beach has been washed away in the rains. They are working to restore that area. Across the street from the Anchor Cove shops are the Harbor shops - also a free shuttle to there. There are also free shuttles to go to K-Mart and Wal-Mart. It was cloudy most of the day - no rain. The Norwegian Wind was in port with us today. The sail-away party was held on Deck 3 - port side at 4:30. After dinner everyone got a letter indicating that the hot tubs were going to re-open and that it would be self serve in the Lido beginning the next day. Our towel animal for the evening was a turkey.

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Hilo - the day started out cloudy but by noon the sun was out and it turned out to be a lovely day considering that we had been told that there was a 70% chance of showers today. We had an early tour: “Pele - Goddess of Fire” - HEY - it wasn’t canceled! The King’s Room and Neptune Lounge weren’t open that early so we had breakfast in the Lido. Everything was normal - salt and pepper, sugar, napkins, silverware on the tables. People could serve themselves. But some people just wouldn’t use the tongs to pick up rolls, etc. We enjoyed going back to the Kilauea Caldera. We had an excellent bus driver who took his time to stop and allow everyone to take as many pictures as they wanted. Our only other stop was at a black sand beach. That was a little disappointing as it was in the commercial area where people had burned fires, dumped “junk” and we watched a couple of people shoveling sand into the back of their truck. Years ago we were taken to a different beach where there was a lovely church and palm trees. Who knows - maybe that area is gone now. When we got back to the ship, we noticed that the terminal that we had to walk through had several vendors. Most were selling Hawaiian arrangements for $10 for your cabin. Had this stop been first on our cruise instead of next to the last we would have bought an arrangement. When we got back to our suite we noticed that we had new flowers (not Hawaiian) on the table and new shower curtains (didn’t see anything wrong with the old ones). But I guess it is just part of the regular maintenance of the ship to replace items like that once in awhile. In several areas of the ship the flowers were changed again - there were a couple of beautiful Hawaiian arrangements. It was strange at dinner not having someone put a roll and butter on your plate and having to salt and pepper everything yourself as well as pouring your own cream into your coffee. Even the public restrooms went back to the cloth towels for drying your hands. When we returned to our cabin after dinner, all the carpeting in the hallways on Navigation Deck had been cleaned. Even though we are now on Code Yellow, the constant cleaning and spraying of the ship is to continue every night until we get to San Diego in hopes that the ship will return to Code Green. Even the towels are back out at the pools. Once again there were free shuttles to Hilo Hattie and Wal-Mart. Across the street from Hilo Hatties is a big shopping plaza. Our bus driver told us that J C Penney’s has moved off the island and been replaced by Macy’s. To go to the Farmer’s Market you have to take the regular bus which does stop at the pier - it is $1 each way per person. We had another life boat drill at 5:15 this afternoon. It was very short - 10 minutes. This evening we had a new towel animal for us - a seal.

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Kona - a tendering port. The day started out cloudy but by 9:30 the sun was strong and it got a little humid. For awhile around 8:30 tender service had to be stopped because of some large swells making it difficult to board the tenders. We went ashore around 9:30. We were surprised to see how much the area has grown. Once again we are using only 3 tenders. The Norwegian Wind was also here with us. They were able to anchor a closer to the pier than we were. We were anchored about 2 ½ miles from shore and they were about 1 mile away. We didn’t take a tour - just walked and walked and looked at the many new plazas and stores. Once again there is a free shuttle to Hilo Hattie and Wal-Mart and K-Mart. Within walking distance of the pier is Ahuena Heiau - King Kamehameha I’s temple seat (you can see it from the pier), Hulihee Palace ($6 per person to visit), Mokuaikaua Church, Kona Marketplace, Kona Inn Shopping Village and lots, lots more. And if you don’t mind walking about ½ mile more, there is the newest area - Coconut Grove which has a Hard Rock Café for those of you who collect their guitar pins. We did go to the Sweet Ohana Candy Factory in the Kona Marketplace as it was one of HAL’s recommended stores. You get sample some of the candy - it is very good but oh - their prices - $20 for a half pound! We were originally to have been here till 6 but the time was changed and we left at 5. Around 2 we noticed that the Norwegian Wind lifted anchor and moved further out to sea. They moved twice. They were to leave at 5 with us. They had all but 1 tender up and all but 1 hatch closed when we left. At 5:30 we could still see them and they hadn’t left yet. Don’t know what happened. The daily program listed as going by Kilauea Volcano between 10:30 and 11 PM. But by 10:05 we could the red lava glowing against the night sky in the distance. We were directly in front of the volcano between 10:20 and 10:25 - just as a Celebrity ship passed between the volcano and us. What a wonderful display the Kilauea Volcano put on for us! We stayed out on our verandah until we couldn’t see it anymore. A commentary was made on the open decks - we weren’t able to hear it. Tonight was also a production show. But because of our passing the volcano, the main dinners had their show at 6:45 instead of their usual 10:15 time. In the morning we had received our dinner menu and on the top it was listed as the Mariner’s Dinner and certain items were stared indicating special Mariner Signature dishes: 1 appetizer (avocado & bay shrimp); 1 soup (Bahamian cioppino); 2 entrée’s (sesame crusted tuna steak or Mariner’s pot roast); and 1 dessert (chocolate & almond opera cake). When we got to the dinner, the menus were plain - no special heading - no stared items. So we asked about this Mariner’s menu thing. We were told that it was celebrated on the last couple of cruises but Seattle didn’t think much of it so it was stopped. Another new towel animal - in this case - animals - 2 loving swans.

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Those who dine at 5:45 and 6:15 had their Mariner’s party from 11:15 - 12. Originally it was to have been on April 2 at 5 for early dinners and 7:15 for main dinners. Because of the time change, we were unable to attend one of the cooking demonstrations with Pinnacle Chef Rene which was held at 11. In fact there were a couple of other activities that conflicted with this time schedule. On previous cruises we never had other activities at the same time the party was held. It appeared that no one bother to check to see what all was happening. Several of us knew that on the previous cruises on this ship all the Mariner parties were held before dinner. And many of us questioned as to why it was changed. No one could give a direct answer. Everyone was putting the blame on someone else. Dirk van den Berg was our captain. We have sailed with him before - 2002 on the Amsterdam when the virus broke out and again in 2005 on the Westerdam. I have no idea of he was the captain on the previous cruise. But new on board were the CD - Mike Connachan (never heard of him), Hotel Manager - Bert van Mackelenbergh, Beverage manager - Darren Lewis, and the head wine supervisor - Roberto (I don’t know his last name) - all came on at the beginning of our cruise. The appetizers served during the party were the worst that we have ever seen: tiny meat balls, tiny fish balls, and boiled dim sum which no one could handle on a paper napkin. There were very few people passing out drinks or appetizers. Some of the trays of the prepared drinks were just sitting around and people helped themselves. It wasn’t very organized. The captain and hotel manager came in - presented the awards and left. There wasn’t any talk about what is going on with the SOE program and nothing was mentioned about the future of HAL. We weren’t even told how Mariner’s were on the ship. It was all over in a few minutes - the ceremony was over by 11:50. Many of the names that they called for the 100 day awards weren’t present. From what we understand only about 60 - 70 % of our group showed up. We were talking with another couple and they practically pushed us out so that they could get set up for Bingo. They had a curry buffet at the midship pool - plain rice, vegetable, beef, chicken, or fish curry, 3 kinds of bread and lots of condiments. After lunch we went to the aft pool to try and get some sun. We did have a couple of quick showers. The temperature was in the 70’s. Seas were running 3 - 5 feet with swells up to 7 feet. There was a premium wine tasking at the Pinnacle this afternoon - $35 a person to taste 5 wines - we didn’t go. Being as today was April Fool’s Day (and it was listed on the program) the activities crew did try to play a joke and some of the passengers did fall for it. They announced that the dolphins were to be released for a show time on the Lower Promenade Deck - port side. Some people actually believed that dolphins were going to be put over the ship. And we were surprised with another new towel animal - a turtle.

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Today the main dinners had their Mariner’s party - same time we had ours - and once again several activities were held at the same time. We checked with a couple of people. Their appetizers were slightly different: tiny meat balls, spring rolls, and small fried dim sum (which people could handle). Their ceremony was short as well - no one talked about anything. This morning we went to the cooking demonstration presented by Alex and Aki. There was a salmon and seafood buffet by the midship pool at lunch time. They had four bean salad, rolls, bay shrimp salad, honey glazed salmon, teriyaki glazed salmon, vegetables, potatoes, fish chowder soup, and a huge berry tart that was cut up into small pieces. The Dessert Extravaganza was held this evening up on the Lido Deck around the midship pool from 10:30 - 11:45. And it was really the best we have seen in a very long time. And it was the most desserts displayed. They had a fake display in area depicting a 17 layer cake. There was also a castle made out of chocolate and macadamia nuts and fruits. There was a chocolate pirate ship (I think it was fake as we saw it in the kitchen when we toured there quite a few days ago), chocolate palm trees, hula girls and may other beautiful works. A towel monkey was hanging over our bed when we returned to the cabin. Sunny but very windy - 60’s. Only a couple of die-hards sat out by the aft pool. Seas running 4 - 7 ½ feet with swells up to 9 feet.

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In spite of the fact that is was sunny, the winds were up and the temperatures are dropping. The morning started out with 9 foot waves but by lunch time we were down to 4 - 7 ½ waves with swells up to 8 feet. Temperature in the 60’s. Alex and Aki had another food demonstration this morning which we went to. Today there was a Dutch buffet by the midship pool which was not listed on the daily program. We just happened to be walking by on our way to the Lido when we discovered it - so we ate lunch there. In our evening mail the previous night there was a flier about a special wine sale to take place today from 11:30 - 3 by the midship pool: 2 bottles of wine for $50 - we glanced at it - there seem to be a lot of choices. Have no idea if the sale was a hit. By afternoon we heard that many people and some crew members were sick with the virus again and we also had people sea sick. Because of the rough seas and people being sick, many passengers stayed in their cabins to avoid others. It wasn’t a surprise when we went back to our cabin after dinner and there was a letter indicating that we were going back to the old - hot tubs closed, no self serve, etc - Code Red. And this evening’s towel animal was a butterfly

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Even though it is sunny we had gale force winds of 9 (38+ knots) - no was out on the open decks today. Seas are rough - lots of white caps - ship is rocking and rolling. Had a quick shower in the afternoon. The officer of the watch told us that our waves were running 13 - 15 feet. Very few people out and about during the day. Alex and Aki had their last cooking presentation this morning - wonderful. The dining room seem very full in spite of the sickness that we have been hearing about. It was announced that since we have such rough seas we won’t be arriving in Ensenada at 6 as originally planned. However they have not canceled the Folklore of Mexico tour until they determine exactly when we will get there. We had an asp for our towel animal this evening

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It was really a rough night - many of us could hear things falling above us - chairs - tables, chess pieces, etc. Got up to some rain and saw a pretty rainbow around 6:20 AM. The winds were at force 8 when we got up this morning. The seas calmed down considerably by the lunch time. The suite buffet was held from 12 - 1 in the Crow’s Nest - very nice - lots of good food. On the way to Hawaii we turned our clocks back twice. We knew that while on this cruise day-light savings would kick in. Prior to today we had moved our clocks forward 2 times. But we still had one more time change to go. The daily program for today had us move our clocks ahead one hour at 2PM - yes - that’s right - we did it in the afternoon! We arrived at Ensenada at 8:50. The Carnival Pride was suppose to arrive at 9 - they were already there. There were 3 buses for the show and they left at 9:10. The ship was cleared at 9:20. Originally if we had gotten there at 6 we were going to get off the ship and browse around the shops right at the pier. Getting there late we decided to stay on board. I don’t even know how many of them opened up since we got there so late.

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We left Ensenada at 12:06 AM. Seas were very rough again from 12:30 - 2:30 and everything was crashing overhead as the ship rocked and rolled. We got into San Diego by 7. Very few people were called to the front office to pay their bills and very few were called to customs. Our number was called around 8:40. We were off the ship in a couple of minutes and at the Embassy Suites by 9 AM.

I will write up some general comments in a couple of days.

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KK, Thanks so much for your review. I should be trying to get some work done here at work:D instead I kept refreshing and getting a new additional of your review. Since we have been to the Islands more times than I can count I could easily visualize everything you said.

 

Thanks again:)

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KK,

I would surely love to read this review, and I tried but it's much too small for these tired eyes. If I could only figure out how to enlarge the print for viewing......

GN

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grannynurse

 

The print in my review seems to be larger than that in your post. I don't understand what is wrong.

 

Can you copy and paste it to another area and then enlarge it (like in a word processing document)?

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KrazyKruisers:

 

Good Golly Miss Molly! Wow, thanks! That is some magnum opus:) I can't see where you left anything out! Thank you VERY much for all the details. I've been following each installment as it comes in:)

 

Mahalo!

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I just finished reading you report regarding the Hawaii cruise and must say I was shocked to read about the weather you had and the excursions-cancellations because of that.

 

We just made the same cruise on Summit (Celebrity) with departure on March 12. The first 2 days were cool/chilly and we had some medium waves.Since nobody had "sea-legs" by then, probably some people used some pills.

After that the weather improved, it was getting warmer by the day, the waves were gone and we had great seas all the way over and back.

 

Upon arrival in Hilo (March 17) it was the 1st dry day after 2 weeks of rain there. We drove to Volcano NP, boilingpost and Rainbow falls.

In Kona (March 18) it was nice and sunny, in the late afternoon some rain, drove to Pu'uhonaunau etc.

Kauai was rainy in the morning (March 19), ships-excursions were cancelled due to the previous bad weather and mudslides. We had a rental car, drove around to various points and had a great time. It stopped raining around noon that day.

Honolulu (March 20) was again very nice and sunny. Long lines at the Arizona Memorial), after that we drove to Pali Lookout, Hanauma Bay etc and dropped the car in Waikiki. We went to the Royal Hawaiian Luau (only on Mondays, but very nice!), took cab back to the ship.

Lahaina (March 21) was hot and humid. We rented a Jeep in Lahaina, so we didnot loose time to get a car/dropoff later etc. This stop was only between 7-3, very (too!!) short. We saw Iao Needle (a little sun, but dry), Maui tropical gardens (very good weather then) and Kaanapali.

 

We were lucky with the weather the CD told us later and if I read your reports it looks like it.

Weather can be surprising, but not always nice.

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