• Maui -Lahaina (cycling down a volcano)

    23.02.23 We watched the ship come to anchor as we sat for breakfast, the sun was just peeping over a stark mountain range framed with streaky clouds, tinged with a vivid orange above the small port of Lahaina. An omen that promised fine weather and a good day for an activity at a height I… Continue Reading

  • Kauai – Nawiliwili, the island of chickens

    22.02.23 We had booked a trip today that left the ship at 8 am, it was still dark outside as we breakfasted in an unusually quiet restaurant at 6.30 am. The ship had yet to berth in Nawiliwili, the harbour is known as a day port, which means that entry is a difficult manoeuvre due… Continue Reading

  • Oahu – Honolulu and Waikiki

    21.02.23 Without a bump or judder to wake our slumber, the Crown Princess had silently berthed alongside Pier No. 2 before we woke to take breakfast. We could see the port in semi-darkness from our cabin TV, lines of commuter headlights snaking their way past impressive glass sky scapers on their way to work. It… Continue Reading

  • Hawai’i (The Big Island)

    20.02.23 Today we planned a trip to the active volcano Kilauea situated in the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park and a brief visit to the Mauna Loa macadamia nut factory. We were already berthed by the time we emerged from our cabin to be disappointed that it was raining ‘up-top’. The volcano Mauna Loa should have… Continue Reading

  • Embarkation and Sea Days

    15. 2. 23 (sea-day) In complete contrast to the previous, we woke to a sunny bright Californian day. Our taxi to the World Cruise Center in San Pedro arrived exactly on time (11.15 am) and it took around half an hour in light traffic to travel the 23 miles to the Crown Princess lying in… Continue Reading

  • LA to Pacific Cruise

    We left the Luxor Hotel on a 7 am airport shuttle bus. Our flight wasn’t until 11.15 am, but we were planning on having breakfast at the airport and an early start ensured a leisurely meal and check-in. We had already checked in online the previous night, but today we had to complete the procedure… Continue Reading

  • Visits and Vegas

    Sue and I celebrated the 1st day of the shortest month of the year with an afternoon visit to see Charlotte and Suraj. We drank coffee and chatted about the one subject that the family seem to be constantly discussing on Messenger, decorating. After a couple of hours immersed in the tricky issues of colour… Continue Reading