Friday 20 May 2016
The helicopter flight was almost 30 minutes late leaving so by the time it finished it was nearly 1.00pm. The van left the airport straightaway and they dropped us right at the port. There was quite a crowd of people lined up to get back on the ship and by the time we boarded it was about 1.20. It wasn’t long before we were having lunch on deck 11 and watching sail away which was at 2.00pm.
The US Coast Guard were there to say goodbye
2.30pm – The ship headed out to sea and then sailed parallel to the coastline, heading toward the Napali Coast
I was still on deck 11 and making sure I got a good spot for the sail by. I realised that maybe it wasn’t the ideal place to be as the ship may get in the way of the photos. We left and searched for a better place for the viewing and looked at the pool decks but with all the glass panes there wasn’t a clear view. We ended up going to deck 6 near where the outside section of the Cadillac Diner is. They have outdoor tables and chairs set up there so I just grabbed a chair and dragged it over to the railing and just waited.
4.00pm – At this point I was hoping that when we reached the Napali coast later that it wouldn’t be this cloudy and misty looking
4.15pm – I really like this lighthouse and wish we could have got a big closer for a better view
4.55pm – Getting closer to Napali the grey clouds was being replace by sunny blue skies and the ship was getting closer to land for the Napali sail by
5.15pm – Napali Coast sail by – The ship’s narration by the ship’s Hawaiian Ambassador is starting about now and is broadcast over the ship’s announcement system, the narration is very informative. It was very considerate of the island to get rid of those grey clouds for this part of the sail by.
I took some closeups to see some of the detail
This looks like it might be the same helicopter we flew in earlier in the day
I tried for some panoramic shots to show it all but could only get most of it in one shot so had to go for more
Just a minute or two later the ship started to turn around for the trip back to Honolulu
Once the ship turned around I went back to the cabin on the starboard (right!) side to get another look. It was amazing to look through the balcony door and see this.
The ship sped up and was moving away from the coast with that amazing view being left behind. I am so glad we got to see the Napali Coast two ways and it was amazing by air and by sea.
Tonight we had dinner in the Asian restaurant, East Meets West. There are two specialty restaurants in the same space, Teppenyaki and the Sushi Bar. We had dinner at the complimentary restaurant. The service was great and the food was ok. I actually prefer the Asian food we get at home in Australia.
After dinner I had planned to go see the show in the Hollywood Theatre but we didn’t get there. Instead we went to the photo studio and I picked out what photos I could tolerate to look at myself in – you would think if they wanted people to buy the photos they would take better photos and make you pose in a way that didn’t make your fat guts look fatter. I elected not to buy the photo with the captain because of this. I bought only one of Peter and myself but that will not make it’s way here because I am not that happy with it but it was the best of a bad lot and we don’t have many of us together. I did like the ones they took when we boarded the ship (go back to boarding day to see them) and there was a special if you bought all of those.
A lot of people were doing their packing tonight and leaving their luggage in the hallways to be taken away which they would collect from the passenger terminal tomorrow morning. We chose not to do this which meant we had to take our own bags off with us when we left. This works out better because you can walk off when you want and you don’t have to carry dirty clothes and toiletries in your carry on bag.
It was a little sad going to bed tonight knowing that tomorrow morning we would have to leave the ship.