Radiance of the Seas -- 16 September 2011
We were booked for this cruise (YVR to HNL with port calls in Kona, Lahaina and Nawiliwili) and also the following one (HNL to SYD with port calls in Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora and Auckland). I injured my right knee the day we boarded and, after visiting the on board acupuncturist, developed a serious staph infection on my right calf. At the STRONG suggestion of the two ship's physicians, we canceled the second cruise and left the ship in Honolulu. I got some interesting insights into traveling while disabled and will write about that at the end of this review.
The extra large balcony is a real plus for this cabin. There is some loss of privacy because the divider becomes railing height about three feet from the rail and there is exposure to views from above but we didn't really find this to be a problem.
The location is close to the forward elevators/stairs and we didn't notice any extra noise from the theater.
We walked around Kona and had lunch at the Kona Inn. It never disappoints -- great Mai Tai and Calamari Sandwich. We also bought an $8.00 bunch of anthurium for the cabin.
Great trip up to the summit of Haleakala. And a wonderful, relaxed lunch at the Kula Lodge on the way back down the hill.
We drove to the Waimea Canyon -- got a late start after picking up the rental car at the airport -- but this was good because we missed most of the large busses. We also stopped at the Kauai Coffee Company and at the Blowhole. Lunch was in Wailua at the Aloha Grill?
Nothing beats sailing in with a view of Diamond Head. We did not dock, as expected, at the Aloha Tower but that was not a big problem.