Hawaiian Islands Cruise on the Pride of Aloha

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Me standing on the 13th deck of the Pride of Aloha in Honolulu Harbor with Aloha Tower in the background.

     In 2007 and again in 2008 I worked two seperate contracts on a cruise ship in the Hawaiian Islands. During the first contract, the ship I was on, Pride of Aloha, made a 7 day circuit around the Hawaiian Islands begining in Honolulu on a Saturday where most passengers joined the ship in Honolulu Harbor, just a couple of miles from Honolulu International Airport. Sunday evening the ship would sail from Honolulu Harbor and make a slow passage to the Island of Kauai. Soon after sunrise on Monday morning the ship would dock in Nawiliwili Harbor, Kauai and the passengers would disembark to their choice of many shore excrusions. The ship stayed in Kauai overnight allowing the passengers to sample some Hawaiian nightlife or enjoy one of the many venues of entertainment onboard the ship.

The bridge of the Pride of Aloha
Early on Tuesday afternoon the ship would sail for Hilo, Hawaii located on the Island of Hawaii or the Big Island as it is known locally (due to it's huge geographic size of 3000 square miles, compared to the other islands). As the ship left Nawiliwili, it turned east and north and continued completely around Kauai allowing the passengers a close look at the beautiful NaPali coast on the north shore of Kauai. Once the circle of Kauai was completed the ship sailed southeast over open ocean directly for Hilo on the east side of the Big Island. This is the side of the island where the active volcanoes are located and Wednesday the passengers again had a big choice of shore excursions to enjoy including a visit to Volacano National Park where the volcano has been erupting almost continueously since the late 1980s.
Honolulu Harbor
Wednesday evening the ship sailed for the opposite side of the Island, the Kona coast, and the town of Kailua-Kona. Most weeks that I was on the ship  the volcano would be slowly pouring hot lava into the ocean and the ship would go close inshore after dark to allow the passengers to see the red hot lava flows after dark. It was really a treat!

     During the night the ship would anchor off shore and early in the morning the boats would start running to shore hauling the passengers to another fun filled day of shore excrusions. Thursday evening the ship would sail for Maui and more beautiful scenery. Early Thursday morning the ship would dock in Kahului and would stay there until late Friday night then sailback to Honolulu overnight, offload the passengers on Saturday, undergo a huge and thorough house cleaning, and load again on Saturday night and repeat the process.

View from the bridge of the Pride of Aloha

     The second contract I worked, the ship had a 10 day schedule with variations of the 7 day schedule but added the beautiful Port of Lahaina, Maui and a trip along the north coast of the Island of Molokaii where the world's tallest sea clifts are located at over 3000 feet. About once a quarter the ship would sail to Fanning Island, about 1200 miles south of  Honolulu,  in what was know as the Gilbert Islands and now part of the Republic of Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia. Watch for my travel blog on Fanning and Christmas Islands.

The company operating these cruise ships was named NCL America, a division of Norwegian Cruise Lines. I guess you could say that NCL ran a "tight ship". The company went way beyond the call to make sure the passengers had every possible need fulfilled while on board the ship.  It was a first class operation and I would highly recommend it  to anyone.

 

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