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Hawaiian Cruising on the Pride of America
(January 19 to January 29, 2006)

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We    had tried   once before to take a cruise around the Hawaiian islands, only to have the cruise line go bankrupt, so we decided to try again during the week of our twentieth wedding anniversary.

The following is the day-by-day itinerary of the trip:  pictures are available at the italicized areas.

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  1. January 19: Flew from Newark, NJ, to Honolulu. Stayed at the Waikiki Beach Marriott and admired the view.

  2. January 20: Spent the day at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Ate at a lu'au. and watched the evening show, called Horizons.

  3. January 21: We boarded the Pride of America.

  4. January 22: Visited the Big Island, Hawaii, but got rained out of a helicopter tour of the volcano. The ship cruised past lava flows after dark.

  5. January 23: We sailed from Maui to the island of Lana'i on the Trilogy.

  6. January 24: Goof-off day. No photos.

  7. January 25: Kona, Hawaii: We went whale-watching, and saw some other interesting sights. In the afternoon, we took a bus tour, including Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park and the Painted Church.

  8. January 26: Kaua'i, Hawaii: We went on a boat tour on the Wailua River to the Fern Grotto.

  9. January 27: Kaua'i, Hawaii: We went on a movie tour, and also saw Puff the Magic Dragon.

  10. January 27: Kaua'i, Hawaii: We went on a rental-car tour of Oahu.

  11. January 28-29: Fly home from Honolulu to Newark. Collapse.

Would we recommend this cruise?

Not on this cruise line, not unless there was overwhelming evidence that they care enough to improve dramatically.

We described most of what's below on the Comment Card at the end of the cruise, and challenged anyone reading our comments to reply by e-mail — if they do, we'll reprint whatever they say…



Other websites of possible interest:

Pride of America (at the company's website)
Waikiki Beach Marriott (our hotel at Waikiki)
The Polynesian Cultural Center (a very worthwhile way to see seven island groups in one day)
Trilogy Excursions (Our excellent sail from Maui to Lena'i)
Coco Palms (the resort where Elvis stayed, and filmed Blue Hawaii)

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