2017 First Segment

Honolulu Hawaii Day 2

Our second day in Honolulu we took a tour, “The Natural Highlights of Oahu,” which encompassed some of the natural beauty that the island has to offer. Our first stop went into the crater at Diamond Head. From Diamond Head we went to Hanauma Bay, one of the world’s most scenic beaches and then along the East Shore to the Pali Lookout. We then headed inland to see an ancient war temple and then back to the ship for sail away at sunset overlooking Waikiki Beach. The thumbnail pictures below represent this stop on our trip. Click on any of them to see actual picture.  ...

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Honolulu Hawaii Day 1

On January 26, 2017, we docked at the Aloha Tower pier in Honolulu for a 2 day stay. On the first day we used the Waikiki Trolley to explore the city. We traveled along Waikiki Beach and then out to Diamond Head, past the lighthouse with views of Koko Head.  We then headed back to the city, where we toured around various sites including the Old Town. At the State Capital we got off the trolley and walked back to the Aloha Tower passing the ‘Iolani Palace and the King Kamehameha Statue.  We topped of the day by listening to Debby Bacon under the stars and attending a folkloric show on...

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Hilo Hawaii

After 6 days at sea we docked in Hilo, Hawaii on January 25, 2017. We were greeted in the terminal by a hula dancer. On this day we took a tour that explored some of the results of Kilauea Volcano’s repeated eruptions.  On our way to the first stop, Rainbow Falls, we stopped to see a rainbow that arched over Mauna Kea. From the falls we went to the most recent lava flow that had stopped just before it reached a small village. Then it was on to Lava Tree Park, to see the lava tree molds–formed when lava surrounds a tree, cools against it, then drains away. Our next stop was at Ahalanui...

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San Diego California

On January 19, 2017, we docked in San Diego where we explored the town using the Old Town Trolley Tour. The tour covered a lot of the San Diego area, starting with the Downtown area and then going over to Coronado Island. From the island we went to Alba Park, a 1,200 acre area that housed the 1915-16 Panama – California Exposition with many of the buildings still in use.  We then proceed to Old Town, a state protected historical park with small museums, restaurants and restored buildings. After returning to the ship we sailed away at sunset heading to Hawaii. Cruise Terminal...

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Puerto Vallarta

After leaving Guatemala, we traveled up the Mexico coastline until we reached Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where we docked on January 16, 2017. The ships dock about 2 miles away from the old town, so we took a taxi there to the main square where Los Arcos, and the Church of our Lady of Guadalupe are located. Along the shore is the Malecon, Puerto Vallarta’s famous boardwalk, which is lined with may sculptures including the iconic Caballo del Mar. We saw live performances from the Rock Sculpture Artist  and the Flying Indians. There are also handicraft shops featuring paper mache statues and...

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Antigua Nicaragua

On January 13, 2017 we docked at Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala, where there was a cruise terminal and a handicraft area. We took a hour and a half transfer to the city of Antigua, another UNESCO World Heritage site situated in the central highlands of Guatemala, surrounded by mountains and just below the Fuego Volcano. The old town is easy to walk around and has many well preserved buildings. Many of the locals were in traditional dress, most of which were selling various fruits and crafts. One of the iconic buildings is the  Arch of Santa Catalina. There were many artesian shops that were...

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