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Norwegian Cruise Line Hawaii Islands Cruise

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Norwegian Cruise Line Hawaii Islands Cruise

From Honolulu on the Island of O'ahu, we sailed to Maui (Kahului). From Maui to the Big Island of Hawaii and made two port stops there, Hilo and Kona. From the Big Island to Kauai
Norwegian Cruise Lines Pride of America under the command of Captain Evans Hoyt

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In June of 2010, Sandy and I flew to Honolulu, Hawaii to do a seven day around the islands cruise on Norwegian Cruise Lines, 'Pride of America'.

This was not or first cruise, but it was the first time for Sandy or I to visit Hawaii.

For quite a few years we dreamed of going to Hawaii. The prospect posed some questions. Hawaii is not just one location. There are several islands. We would want to see all, or at least as many as we could while we were there.

Certainly we could pick one of the popular vacation destinations and go there. They're all popular vacation destinations. Everyone will have their own favorite. Which one should we pick?

If we wanted to see more than just one, we would have to form a plan. Start with one, see what we could schedule to see and do there and then pack up and move to the next one. Move into a hotel, stay a few days, pack up, move and fly to the next island and move into a hotel and keep up that routine.

Sandy and I are not ones to stick to one site for an entire holiday trip. We will likely "base" at a convenient location and use that as a sleeping place o while we venture out on a new excursion each day of the trip.

We are not resort or beach people. The idea of spending an entire week or even just a few days at a resort or beach style location is just not us. So any holiday trip to Hawaii is going to involve us doing and seeing all we can over the whole expanse of the collection of islands normally seen as vacation destinations.

After we did our Alaska Inside Passage Cruise in 2006, the solution came to us. Instead of checking in and out of hotels and hopping from island to island, why not take our hotel room with us? A cruise which hit all of the islands was the solution.

A highlight of the trip was our tour of Pearl Harbor and the Battleship Missouri. The Pearl Harbor part of the tour included a visit to the Arizona Memorial. On this page and part of the next are photos from the tour.


Battleship Missouri at Pearl HarborUSS Missouri (BB-63)

The camera equipment used on this trip was the Canon 40D dSLR. Lenses consisted of my Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 wide angle lens and for long distance shots, Canon 100-400mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM telephoto.

Also used was a Canon SD600 pocket camera. Sandy made a few shot with this camera and those pictures are included on various pages here.

For under water photography we used an old Canon waterproof 35mm film camera.
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We flew into Honolulu arriving two days before the cruise was to begin. We wanted to get a little time to look around the Honolulu/Waikiki area as well as to tour Pearl Harbor before the cruise.

Our hotel was a few blocks from Waikiki Beach and we took advantage of the closeness to walk along the area getting some photos of this popular tourist destination.

We're not beach fans. Nothing wrong with spending a very short time lounging on a beach. It can be relaxing but for us, the thought of spending more than a few hours at most is not something we enjoy. Banyan tree on the beach.
Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium

View toward the city of Waikiki Beach and Honolulu from the War Memorial.

This view is back toward the Waikiki War Memorial.

 
One of the sights along one of the main streets in Waikiki Beach. Rainbows are a frequent sight around Hawaii. Seems like we saw one just about every day. Just one of the many high-rise hotels or appartment buildings in Waikiki Beach. View from our hotel room balcony.

View from our hotel room balcony.

City scape views around the Waikiki Beach / Honolulu area. Our Waikiki Beach hotel for the two nights we were there prior to boarding our ship for the cruise. With all of the high priced hotel options to be had in this popular resort area, we found a real treasure. No, not a fancy five star hotel but clean and comfortable. After all, to us the hotel is a place to spend the night after a long day out sightseeing.
Best Western Plus Coconut Waikiki Hotel.
Forehead knocking illusion. The door at the end of the hallway just before our hotel room, due to the position of the cross pieces of the frame on the glass, looking just like the balcony rail outside along with the cleanness of the glass made the glass appear invisible. Stepping out to the balcony deck, the glass was there. More than once we were fooled and banged a forehead against the glass. We finally learned.
City scape views around the Waikiki Beach / Honolulu area. View from our hotel room balcony. View from our hotel room balcony. View from our hotel room balcony.
View from our hotel room balcony. Typical Waikiki Beach architectural style of buildings seen around the area. Early morning shot of the sunrise over palm trees as we awaited our tour shuttle to take us to Pearl Harbor. Shot outside our hotel room Our tour bus which took us to and from Pearl Harbor.
Battleship Missouri at Pearl Harbor Battleship Missouri at Pearl Harbor Battleship Missouri at Pearl Harbor. View of the 16 inch guns. Battleship Missouri at Pearl Harbor. View of the 16 inch guns.
Battleship Missouri at Pearl Harbor This plaque embedded into the deck flooring on the main deck of the Missouri marks the spot where the Japanese Military formally surrounded marking the end of W.W.II. Battleship Missouri at Pearl Harbor Battleship Missouri at Pearl Harbor
Battleship Missouri at Pearl Harbor Battleship Missouri at Pearl Harbor. In addition to the conventional guns, she is equipped with Tomahawk missiles. Battleship Missouri at Pearl Harbor Battleship Missouri at Pearl Harbor

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