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The Hawaii in Hilo, HI

     This blog is about the  Pride of Hawaii. The Hawaii is a new state of the art cruise ship, the ultimate in luxury and is reported to have cost a little over a half of billion dollars. It is truly a beautiful, magnificant ship.

    The schedule around the Hawaiian Islands is a 7 day schedule and is much the same as the schedule for the Pride of Aloha (see my blog Hawaiian Islands Cruise Ship Pride of Aloha). The days at each location is different but the shore excrusions are mostly the same, only ship board is different with a much higher luxury level. Also it has a higher capacity of passengers then the Aloha which can handle about 2200 passengers and a crew of about 850. I have heard the Hawaii's passenger capacity was anywhere from 2400 to 3000 but I do not know the actual number.

One of the shopping decks

    Mechanically the Hawaii has the latest equipment in propulsion and safety equipment. The Aloha was classed as being a diesel-electric with 6 huge MAN B&W inline engines, each engine as large as the biggest tour bus, and each engine was coupled to a huge alternator/generator which fed two gigantic electric motors, each as large as a small house. These electric motors drove two huge drive shafts which turned two huge propellers that had hydraulic variable pitch for greater speed control. The Hawaii is also classed as being a diesel-electric but the MAN B&W engines are the latest V design which gives greater power with less physical size and lower fuel consumption. These engines also drive alternator/generators but the electrical power is transferred to PODs outside the ship.

The Hawaii in Hilo, HI
These pods consist of an electric motor and propeller that swivel giving the ship greater manuverability. Wheee, that's enough of that technical stuff!

These cruise ships are huge ships, the Aloha was about 850 feet long and 150 feet wide displacing some 77,000 tons and the Hawaii is even larger but I do not know the numbers for it. The point is how the marine engineers have designed the ships to allow more profit for the cruise line. When a ship comes into a port, it costs thousands of dollars for tugs to move the ship to the pier. So the marine engineers that designed these cruise ship have built bow and stern thrusters into the ships. To illustrate the value of this, the Aloha would pull into a small  port like Nawiliwili on Kauai and stop itself in the middle of the harbor by reversing pitch on the variable speed propellers.

The Hawaii in Hilo, HI
Once it was completely stopped the captain would use the bow and stern thursters to completey turn the ship around so it would be heading out of the harbor. Then he would use the thursters to move the ship sideways right up to the pier! It was cool! And the Hawaii had even greater control with the swiveling pods and the thursters. The cruise line still had tugs there for safety in the event of a power failure on the ship but the cost was much less and usually all the tugs did was push against the sides of the ships while the deck crew tied up to the pier.

The Hawaii is truly a beautiful ship and the cruise line is a world class operation. I would recommend any of this company's ships to passengers.

Vlindeke says:
Impressive, those cruiseships!
Posted on: Nov 17, 2009
aloneinthecrowd says:
James, thanks for the blog :D It's really informative and great to see that a "Papenburg Baby" is doing well ;)
Posted on: Nov 16, 2009
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The Hawaii in Hilo, HI
The Hawaii in Hilo, HI
One of the shopping decks
One of the shopping decks
The Hawaii in Hilo, HI
The Hawaii in Hilo, HI
The Hawaii in Hilo, HI
The Hawaii in Hilo, HI
One of the shopping decks
One of the shopping decks
The beautiful Pride of Hawaii from…
The beautiful Pride of Hawaii fro…
Main passenger deck
Main passenger deck
Main passenger deck
Main passenger deck
Main passenger deck
Main passenger deck
Main passenger deck
Main passenger deck
Main passenger deck
Main passenger deck
Aloha tower taken from the Hawaii …
Aloha tower taken from the Hawaii…
Honolulu harbor taken from the Haw…
Honolulu harbor taken from the Ha…
Downtown Honolulu taken from the H…
Downtown Honolulu taken from the …
Honolulu harbor taken from the Haw…
Honolulu harbor taken from the Ha…
Hawaii at Aloha Tower
Hawaii at Aloha Tower
Aloha Tower Market Place
Aloha Tower Market Place
Honolulu harbor taken from Aloha T…
Honolulu harbor taken from Aloha …
Honolulu harbor taken from the Haw…
Honolulu harbor taken from the Ha…
Nawiliwili harbor Kauai
Nawiliwili harbor Kauai
Nawiliwili harbor Kauai
Nawiliwili harbor Kauai
Nawiliwili harbor Kauai
Nawiliwili harbor Kauai
Nawiliwili harbor Kauai
Nawiliwili harbor Kauai
Nawiliwili harbor Kauai
Nawiliwili harbor Kauai
Shore tender
Shore tender
Nawiliwili harbor from the Hawaii
Nawiliwili harbor from the Hawaii
Nawiliwili harbor from the Hawaii
Nawiliwili harbor from the Hawaii
Nawiliwili harbor from the Hawaii
Nawiliwili harbor from the Hawaii
View of the NaPali coast, the nort…
View of the NaPali coast, the nor…
View of the NaPali coast, the nort…
View of the NaPali coast, the nor…
View of the NaPali coast, the nort…
View of the NaPali coast, the nor…
Crew cabin
Crew cabin
Crew cabin bathroom
Crew cabin bathroom
Crew cabin bathroom
Crew cabin bathroom
Luggage carts on the night before …
Luggage carts on the night before…
Part of the air conditioning syste…
Part of the air conditioning syst…
The new V style MAN B&W engines
The new V style MAN B&W engines
The new V style MAN B&W engines
The new V style MAN B&W engines
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