Day 14 — On the ship — 8/11

Today is the first day in a long time where we didn’t have to get up early to meet a tour or some other activity. We were looking forward to a late sleep and leisurely day. We woke up at 6:30! Oh well. Too much breakfast again, then into swimsuits and down to the pool on the ship for the first time on the last full day. You just have to set your priorities. We are very happy with what we did for a first time here, but will do something different if we come back. I think the Island of Kauai is the prettiest, but they all have their own beauty. It is also the most expensive we have been to. I noticed that regular unleaded gas was $3.35 per gallon! Sound like a few years ago at home. We enjoyed the pool for several hours until it got too crowded and noisy when the band started playing right next to our chairs. We left it to the “younger bunch”.

Enjoying our ship deck

We went back to our room and our private balcony to enjoy the day and read a little. I also enjoyed a nap to make up for the early rise I had taken. A truly lazy day. We also ate lunch on the ship for the first time since coming aboard. We departed Nawiliwili Kauai about 2 PM and headed up to the north shore to view that coast. WOW what a sight that was. We were rewarded with a beautiful rainbow that became a double rainbow as we traveled. If you look closely at a rainbow and then at a double you will see that the colors are in reverse order on the double since it is a reflection of the original. We made a U-turn and headed toward Honolulu for our trip back to the real world — Home.

The North Coast of Kauai
Rainbow shots

A little about our fine ship. The Pride of America is 921 feet long and 120 feet wide. It has a tonnage of 80,439 and draws 26 feet of water. We have no clue what’s on decks 1 or 2 but decks 3–14 all have activities or rooms. The ship cruises at 22 knots and carries 2,186 passengers (if every room has 2 people). It has a crew of 927. That’s a lot of mouths to feed and a lot of linen to wash. We attended some great show while on board. We saw two magic shows (each was different), a tribute to Frankie Valley and the Four Seasons, a crew talent show that was good, a tribute to Las Vegas in the past, and a Remember the Eagles show that a husband/wife team did that was super. We visited at least five different dining facilities and watched kids play checkers with those huge checkers. They had chess, checkers, ping pong, basketball, swimming, hot tubs, and shuffle board on outside decks. There were inside and outside dining and bars. All in all it was a great trip and I would highly recommend it for a first time trip to see and learn about the islands.

Our ship behind us as we were on the top deck of the catamaran on day 12
Left — our ship taken from shore — right a small sub parked between shore and our ship

Now it’s back to the airport for a two day journey home. Day one from ship to airport to Las Angeles and day two from Los Angeles to Atlanta to GSP and then home. I hope you all enjoyed reading and viewing about our trip as much as we did doing it! I apologize for not being able to post every day but internet access on the ship was expensive and horrible. That’s Life! We thank God for the ability to take such a wonderful trip to such a beautiful place. We also thank Him for our safety along the way.

P.S. We made it back home safely and had a most wonderful anniversary experience. Nothing like the honeymoon but still a lot of fun!! This concludes this trip.

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