Hawaiian Islands Cruise on the Pride of Aloha
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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.
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.
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.