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  • Day14

    Conclusions

    November 19, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Not a bad cruise, food average, cabin good, great location on deck 9 not far from the concierge lounge.
    Plenty of activities during the day, not that we did any of them.
    Extra stuff for pinnacle members was ok but nothing spectacular. Hotel director was SanJay Kumar, nice guy but you didn't see much of him.
    Hello Clo was the cruise director, she was lovely and visible every where.
    Over all the staff were very friendly and helpful.
    The evenings were spent in the Star Lounge and we had a great group of people, some of which were old friends and some of them new.
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  • Day8

    Boston, United States

    November 13, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 5 °C

    Well after 6 straight days at sea, we finally arrived in Boston Massachusetts. As you will know this is where the American revolution started.
    This was my first time in Boston and I was pleasantly surprised by how nice it was. One of the things I wanted to do was to walk the Freedom Trail. This is a walk you can do around the city seeing all the points of interest concerning the revolution. I managed to get only 3 of them in, mainly due to Mr Google and his maps not working very well on my phone. But I digress. I got to see the Old South Meeting House, which was where in 1773, 5000 men met to protest against the "tea tax" imposed by the British government. This culminated in the famous Boston Tea Party, were after the British government rejected their protest a group of the men, crept down to the south Boston port area and boarded the tea clippers and dumped the majority of the tea into the harbour, and this action basically started the American revolution.
    I also found the Old State House, which originally was the seat of British government before the revolution, and after became the office of the states first governor, John Hancock.
    It was also from the state house balcony that the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence was read on 18th July 1776.
    Just outside the State House is the site of the Boston Massacre, which is where a group of British Redcoats opened fire on an angry group of protesters, killing 5 of them. The British government described it as the "unhappy disturbance in Boston", but Paul Revere labelled it as the "Boston Massacre". The British soldiers where tried for murder, but were defended by John Adams, a young Boston lawyer, who was as loyal to the idea of justice as he was to the patriot cause.
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  • Day0

    Easier than expected!

    November 5, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Well the disembarkation from the Harmony and the Ft Lauderdale immigration check went far easier than I expected.
    Being pinnacle helped as we bypassed all the lines.
    The Alamo bus was right outside the terminal, so we boarded it straight away, and about 30 minutes later we were in the queue for the hire car.
    Everything went smoothly even the drive up to Orlando and Port Canaveral only took about 3 and a half hours with a coffee stop. The weather was beautiful except for one short rain storm, that as we later found out, was travelling away from Orlando down to the Ft Lauderdale, Miami area.
    At the cruise terminal, the pinnacle thing worked again and we were on board the ship in about 20 minutes.
    The only problem we had was that the check in girl had some how duplicated my cabin key and given it to Sheila. So the system showed me boarding twice, lol.
    Anyway, long story short, guest services, and Georgi from loyalty sorted out the mix up, and we were good to go.
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  • Day24

    Lahaina, Hawaii, Continued

    May 12, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    As I said earlier, we had all decided to go ashore today, and I'm very glad that we did.
    We got in the tender at about 9.30am after a very short wait in line.
    The ride over to the pier was smooth and pleasant, unlike the choppy sea horror stories from the day before.
    When we got to the pier and first saw Lahaina, it looked beautiful and very like Key West, in the Florida Keys.
    The place was a lovely bustling small town with plenty of shops and restaurants etc, nothing like the posts I'd read on cruise critic and similar sites, which all said that there was nothing there.
    One of the first things I saw was the Banyan Park, which has the largest Banyan tree in the USA.

    The park is quite small but beautiful, with the Banyan tree's branches covering it, giving some much needed shade from the hot sun.
    There are also a couple of museums in the town, which we didn't get to see as Maz, Sue and Sheila are not really into that kind of stuff.
    We decided to head left along the beach road towards the outlet mall, so the girls could do a bit of shopping.
    It was a really lovely walk with shops on the right hand side and for the most part a beautiful sea view on the left.
    We arrived at the mall and did our shopping, actually picking up some bargains.
    Then we had a coffee in Starbucks which pleased Maz and Sue.
    We also decided to stop at the Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant for lunch on the way back, and had one of the best burgers I've ever had, along with the sea views from our table, it was an excellent meal.
    After that we headed back to the tender and as luck would have it, walked straight on to a tender, and straight back to the ship, unlike the later passengers who ended up in a quarter mile queue, waiting to get on the tenders.
    So all in all it was a great day out in beautiful Lahaina.
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  • Day22

    Lahaina Hawaii

    May 10, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Today we anchored off the small town of Lahaina, on the Hawaiian island of Maui.
    It is a tender port, and so once again they give out tickets for the tenders.
    I normally like to wait until the open tendering starts and then go ashore, thus missing the crowds. But due to high winds the tendering took ages, and by 12.30am they where still calling numbers, so I decided to give going ashore a miss.
    Maz and Sue went ashore as they had booked a whale watching trip on a catamaran.
    Sue said that the tender ride was like white water rafting, because the bay was so choppy, but out at sea on the catamaran was lovely and they had a great day.
    As we are anchored here for two days, we've all decided to go ashore tomorrow, even Sheila!
    So once again watch this space.
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  • Day21

    Honolulu, Hawaii

    May 9, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Well all the panic about long lines for the immigration check proved to be as expected, with the line snaking up and back down the royal promenade.
    We arrived very early and were right at the front of the queue.
    We had all our paperwork and our tour tickets to prove that we had an early pickup.
    It turns out that they didn't even ask for our proof of pickup and we sailed through the immigration check, except for the officer who checked my passport minutely examining the stamps in it and asking why I had so many for the middle east.
    Paranoid or what?
    Anyway as I said we sailed through it all, not like the poor buggers who stuck to their allotted times and ended up in the massive queue

    I love the USA but their immigration officers are the worst and most paranoid on the planet.
    We boarded our tour bus right on time and had a great day at the Pearl Harbour memorial site.
    The only one down side of the trip, was that we didn't get to see the USS Arizona monument up close as the navy had suspended the ferry out to the ship, due to high winds or something.
    But the rest of the Pearl Harbour site was brilliant and very moving.
    On the way back our guide, the very knowledgeable Keith Fujiyama, gave us a great tour of the city and its interesting sites.
    I must admit that I can see why people fall in love with Hawaii and especially Honolulu.
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