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Snorkeling and A Luau at Last

Kauai - The Last Island on the cuise


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Kauai- 24 June 2010 on the Pride of America

Our last day of excursions and again we have two of them. We are going to be here today and half of tomorrow before we leave for Oahu.

It was yesterday that we tendered to shore.  We are at a dock today.  What are we doing with the lifeboats now?

It was yesterday that we tendered to shore. We are at a dock today. What are we doing with the lifeboats now?


We have a 7:30 time to be on the dock for the snorkeling excursion, so I had the wake-up call at 5:30 and my grandson didn't even hear it.

I saw a lighthouse from the window, and he went out and took photos of it
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Lighthouse


View from the ship

View from the ship


and also of the next one we saw.
Lighthouse

Lighthouse


We went up to the buffet for breakfast at 6.
part of grandson's breakfast

part of grandson's breakfast


I have finally found the healthful breakfast stuff (!)
Healthy breakfast food?

Healthy breakfast food?


We were to wear a bathing suit under our clothes and bring a towel, sunscreen and dark glasses. I decided to wear my suit and my dive skin under my clothes. My grandson took his things in the beach bag he got from the Waikiki Beachcomber and I took my usual black grandmother bag. (The grandmother bag had a place to put photos into plastic holders on one side)

There were two vans of us - we were in Paul's van. Paul was very funny and he did a lot of sounds, like he would say "Hold on we're going around a corner" and then would make tire screeching sounds.
Getting ready to snorkel

Getting ready to snorkel


My grandson loved this. He did various horns, dogs barking, police sirens and the like also. He took us first to the snorkeling tour office where all of us were given wetsuits - shorties.

My grandson, unfortunately, was too tall for the one that fitted him closely in the body and the one that was long enough was loose. They also gave us our fins, masks etc. Paul's people went with him to pick up two people from a hotel and then we drove out to the north shore to a beach where there wasn't as much wave action because it is protected by an outer reef.

We were instructed in the proper procedures. There were two people towing surfboards so that people could hold on to the side of the board and just look down between their arms.

Paul was taking the non-beginners. My grandson held onto the board. He had two problems. One was that he got very cold because his wet suit didn't fit well. The other problem was that he has a loose tooth which is sore and he couldn't bite the snorkel well. So he didn't really have a good time.

He had the snorkel camera and since he couldn't take pictures very well with his hands holding the board, Paul took the camera and went out and took photos - he had about 60 of them.
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We saw various fish.
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Spotted trunk fish


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Triggerfish


Threadfin butterfly fish

Threadfin butterfly fish


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Dyscyllus

Needlefish ?

Needlefish ?


There was a flounder almost perfectly disguised
flounder

flounder


Paul took several photos of a turtle
Turtle

Turtle

getting out of the water after snorkeling

getting out of the water after snorkeling


When we got back to the beach we stripped off our wetsuits and put all their equipment in bins, and then there were beach showers and bathrooms and they had snacks and drinks.

My grandson was still cold. We got back to the ship about 12:30, and I hung the bathing suits in the shower to dry.
Bathing suits hung up after snorkeling

Bathing suits hung up after snorkeling


My grandson said he wasn't really hungry - he has been complaining about his ribs hurting him, but we can't figure out why as he doesn't think he has hit them on anything. They hurt on the other side from where he smashed his camera when he fell the other day.

I went to the Cadillac Cafe (the 24 hour restaurant) for lunch and had
Mac and cheese

Mac and cheese


and tried to order a milkshake, but those cost extra unless you have a teen card which I didn't. So I had cheesecake instead
Cheesecake

Cheesecake


At lunch they have tables outside on the promenade deck, but I ate inside.
Outdoor tables of the Cadillac Cafe from inside

Outdoor tables of the Cadillac Cafe from inside


My grandson joined me at the end and I walked down to the stern of the ship to take some more lighthouse pictures.
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Then we went to trivia. My grandson insisted on playing separately from me. We got luggage tags as second/third/fourth/whatever place.

The last excursion that I booked was the Kilohana Manor House and Luau.
Luau ticket

Luau ticket


For reasons that I do not remember, I booked the platinum tour which turned out to be the best one I could have booked. We were to meet on the pier at 15:50, so we went down right after trivia. I was wearing a dress on which I had pinned my Latitudes pin - I probably should have been more dressy, but oh-well.

Anyway there were 1000+ people going from the ship to this luau, and there were three levels of participation. You could just do the show, you could do the buffet and show, or you could do an actual dinner with servers, and the show. We had the top level. We were the first bus to be loaded- there were 53 of us..

There were two fat Russian ladies who plopped themselves in the handicapped seats, so when I got on I sat on the other side and Justin sat back farther in the bus since he isn't handicapped.

There is another lady who was on this tour who has had two knee replacements and who has to be wanded at security because of metal in her knees. She didn't get to sit in the handicapped seats- she could have sat with me, but she wanted to sit with her husband.
Our photo

Our photo


We drove to the plantation, and got out of the bus - were greeted given leis - our leis had special green flowers in them so that the luau people would know that we were to eat in the manor house. My grandson and all the men got a shell lei. We had our photos taken by the ship photographers (I bought two of them later).
Kauai Plantation Railway

Kauai Plantation Railway


Then we were put on the train for a tour of the plantation.
Train ride

Train ride


If you take this tour, sit on the left. The right side has sugar cane that intrudes into the car and all the sights to see
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Lychee from the train


(such as the crops which were labeled) were on the left. They had horses, cows, goats, sheep, and pigs.
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Horses on the left, and sheep and goats on the right


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Running pigs


They threw bread to the pigs - there were some really little babies, and the pigs would run after the train to get the bread
Piglets

Piglets


Then they picked me and the lady with the knee replacement as special "aunties" and took us in first to dinner.
Manor house

Manor house


Entertainment at dinner

Entertainment at dinner


menu

menu


First we had .
Chicken skewers as appetizers

Chicken skewers as appetizers


Next came a citrus salad which my grandson didn't eat. Finally we had a plate which included mahi mahi in a coconut leaf, beef with teriyaki sauce, pork, purple sweet potatoes (which were good), rice, poi, vegetables and salmon.
Purple sweet potato

Purple sweet potato

We were to chose our dessert from chiffon cloud pie or banana cream pie or sorbet. We both picked the cloud pie but he didn't like it because it was a fruit thing.
lilloki chiffon pie

lilloki chiffon pie


I don't know if he would have liked the sorbet better as it was fruit flavors.

I think the regular luau people had pineapple upsidedown cake, but I doubt he would have liked that any better.
Ladies room in the manor house

Ladies room in the manor house

Then they met us and took us in first for the show and we sat right up front and close to both the bar and the bathroom. The show was mainly dancing with an underlying story about getting from Polynesia to the Kauai. I did not understand most of the symbolism
Feather cape

Feather cape


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Beginning of the story

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Dancing


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They did some fire-baton twirling/fire-eating/dancing too. My grandson loved that part of the show
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Fire dancers

Fire dancers


At the end, we were the first bus to be loaded and us two special aunties were the first to get on. So we got back to the ship first and went through security first ahead of all the 950 other guests.

They said that there was a discount for buying the photos that night, so I went and did that, and then went to bed

June 25, 2010

We are still in Kauai but we are relaxing.

My grandson got up about 7 and when we were dressed we went to the Cadillac Cafe for breakfast.
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I wrote up the two days and sent the email and then we went to trivia. I was second with 13 correct - the winner had 14. We sail for Oahu at 1300

The room steward made us a monkey with a tail (so a spider monkey) and a swan.
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My grandson went to towel folding and learned to make an elephant. Before we disembarked, he used all the towels and both bedspreads and made a forest of elephants and pythons.

I ate lunch in the Skyline restaurant with an old lady - I figure she was about 80. She wondered why the cruise cost her so much money, so I explained about the single supplement. She was astonished. I had fish and chips but the batter was quite tough.
Fish and chips

Fish and chips


I took some more lighthouse photos as we sailed out.
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Light in the llghthouse

I tried to print out the boarding passes at 5 for our flight to the Big Island, but the computer wouldn't let me. I called Hawaiian Air (it was a codeshare with AA) and she couldn't explain why but she did give me the flight ID which was different from the AA one. I tried again with that, but it still didn't work. I was very upset, as I thought maybe there was something wrong with my reservations.

They wouldn't seat me with anyone to share - they seated me by the back window so I could see the island going by. We were passing some spectacular cliffs and rainbows.
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and then they lowered the shade so I couldn't see anything. I could NOT get it to be raised.

Eventually they moved me to a side window, but the window was dirty so the pictures wouldn't be as good.
Double rainbow

Double rainbow


I did see the lighthouse that I had seen the previous night but it was too far away for a good photo.
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I had soup and steak, but I was too upset to eat more than half of the steak, and did not get dessert.

My grandson was about packed although he almost forgot his good shirt. I managed to get all my dirty clothes into the red suitcase, and all the clean ones into the little black C.I.E tour bag (the bag I was given on the first tour to Ireland with my grandson in 2007)

Posted by greatgrandmaR 14:02 Archived in USA Tagged fish train show snorkel hula luau

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