A “WEE” CRUISE TO HAWAII

GRAND PRINCESS

GRAND PRINCESS

boarding ship in vancouver

On March 22, my friend Debora, from Victoria and I met on the ship, docked at beautiful Canada Place, to start our Hawaiian adventure. Had we wanted to get to Hawaii in five hours instead of Five Days, we would have taken West Jet or Air Canada, but that wasn’t the program.  Being new to cruising, I was aware that some folks get sea sick, and I had  tucked some Gravol into my suitcase. However, I am pleased to say, no sickness. Yes, there was some pitching and tossing, but not too serious. There were about four days of sailing in cool weather, gorgeous blue water and a never ending horizon.

100_2815Our days were filled with meals, some great lectures by  a retired UBC physicist that challenged our thinking and made us laugh. Did I mention eating?  Buffet?  dinning room ,  a good time to meet all those Western Canadians, from Lower Mainland, Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Prince George, Ft. St John, Edmonton, Calgary and on and on.

Finally, on the fourth day, the sun was hot and the deck chairs filled up. Our stateroom was nearby this one, and that is my little pool that I frequented very early in the morning, watching the day dawn.Finally, early on the fifth day, we saw land, after having seen only water, for the four previous days, not a ship, not a whale, not even a seagull.

FINALLY TIME TO GET INTO THE SUN.

FINALLY TIME TO GET INTO THE SUN.

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The wait staff were exceptional, in attitude and dedication, and looked after us on the deck, which was our favorite spot to dine. In the late afternoon on the Piazza, a three-piece ensemble, piano, bass and a  terrific violinist provided  just beautiful music in an open and casual setting. A highlight of the time on ship.100_2883

Beach at Waikiki

Beach at Waikiki

A PERFECT DAY ON MAUI

A GORGEOUS DAY ON MAUI

DEBORA ENJOYING BREAKFAST OUTSIDE

DEBORA ENJOYING BREAKFAST OUTSIDE

After the five days of travel to Hawaii, we spent four days touring four islands, and then we turned toward Vancouver and spent another five days and night returning . Finally, early the morning of April 6, I thought the ship had stopped and I quickly went on deck and discovered we were back at CANADA PLACE, WITH THE SUN RISING , QUITE BEAUTIFUL!  AND  VERY  GRATEFUL TO BE SAFELY DOCKED.

CANADA PLACE. APRIL 6

CANADA PLACE. APRIL 6

The day before was April 5, and it was two years since Alex left us.  Princess Lines was celebrating their 50th Anniversary and Alex and would have celebrated 50 years this June, so it seemed rather celebratory.  It would have been wonderful to have him with me, he would have enjoyed George, our physicist who lectured, but I think our road trips were hard to beat for his liking.

I found a picture of Alex taken when he still had lots of energy  and enthusiasm for living. which I am going to share with you today.

“please pass the ice cream. on the other hand I’ll reach over and get it myself”

c

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4 thoughts on “A “WEE” CRUISE TO HAWAII

  1. mbrubacher2014

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    Thanks Kathy,I enjoyed your report, glad you had a good time. Marie. Sent from my BlackBerry® PlayBook™www.blackberry.comFrom: “Kathryn Morrison” <comment-reply@wordpress.com>To: “mbrubacher@bell.net” <mbrubacher@bell.net>Sent: April 12, 2015 7:52 PMSubject: [New post] A “WEE” CRUISE TO HAWAII

    Kathryn Morrison posted: ”

    On March 22, my friend Debora, from Victoria and I met on the ship, docked at beautiful Canada Place, to start our Hawaiian adventure. Had we wanted to get to Hawaii in five hours instead of Five Days, we would have taken West Jet or Air Canada, but t”

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  2. Myrna

    Thank you very much for sending ne your message. The pictures are great as well. Howie and I have talked about touring the Hawaiien Islands. Beautiful day here at least for now. Need to make a date for coffee or lunch again. Thanks again Myrna

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  3. Bonnie Savarie

    Enjoyed hearing and seeing your trip….so Happy you got away and had a RELAXING time !! The pic of Alex is sooo him ! I wished you had some pics of you in them on your travels. Love you !;)

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