Sep 29, 2010 Wednesday Volendam arrives in Kauai I get up
around 8:30am and go for breakfast in the Lido. I have an omelette made to
order, and have my breakfast on the outside deck; the first al fresco dining for
me on this trip, since it is now 24ฐC in the morning.
We dock in Nawiliwili this afternoon at 5:20pm, and don't
leave port until the
following afternoon. The Rotterdam is also docked as we arrive. She departs about an
hour later a lovely sight. As our gangway is put in place, complete with red
carpet, a rain shower starts up "welcome to Kauai". We all stay aboard the
ship this evening.
We dine in the Canaletto, an Italian menu restaurant on the Lido Deck. We are
dining a couple of tables away from the Captain. Afterward, we go to the Frans
Hals Lounge, where Lance Ringnald is doing an acrobatic performance. He is a
past Olympic winner for the USA, and is now 40 years old, but is still in great
shape and puts on a very entertaining show. He uses hanging silks like Cirque de
Soleil does, along with some jokes and banter to the audience (he is
wearing a microphone). I shoot some video, since he says he has no problem with
flash photos or video. Normally both are forbidden during performances in the
Sep 30, 2010 Thursday Kauai I set my alarm last night and get up 7:30am, since I want to beat the crowds disembarking today. I
am out the door and up to the Lido for breakfast: scrambled eggs,
sausage, bacon and toast. We then catch the Hertz shuttle to the airport, where
I have reserved a very nice Nissan Altima. We decide to drive up the eastern and northern coasts
of Kauai to a bit past the Hanalei Valley. We stop for a swim near Anini Beach
and to see the Kilauea Lighthouse, and are back into town by 3pm and back
onboard the ship by 3:30pm
well ahead of the 4:30pm All Aboard deadline.
My friends and I have visited Kauai before, so this visit brings back good
memories for all of us, and was a most enjoyable day.
The Grand Nawiliwili Sail Away party
is hosted by Holland America as
Volendam sailed out of Nawiliwili Harbour. In order to compensate for
this missed stop in Maui, there
are free drinks and snacks, so I have a couple of gin and tonics. The headlands
of Kauai are beautiful as we sail away while the sun sets. I sure didn't need
any wine with dinner when we dined later at the Italian restaurant Canaletto.
Oct 1, 2010 Friday Oahu I set my alarm to 7:30am again last night,
wake up a few minutes ahead of the alarm. Volendam is already docked in
Honolulu harbour at Pier 11, right beside the Aloha Tower. We thought we could
catch a free shuttle to Waikiki, but instead have to take a taxi to pick up our
rental car for the day. This is a hassle and delays us a bit, but eventually
we are off on our tour around Oahu.
We head out to Diamond Head, but after paying to get inside the crater, find
out it is an hour and a half hike to the top and return. Consequently we don't stay long,
driving a bit further
As we turn the corner to the eastern shore of Oahu, it starts to rain. The
vegetation is more tropical of course
the south shore is like a desert in
comparison. The coastline around the Kaneohe area is very pretty, and the
mountains are deeply grooved similar to the Napali Coast on Kauai. I guess the
same processes are at work since they are both north coasts wind and water
erosion. We have lunch at the Crouching Lion Bar & Grill in Kaaawa, and then
head back to Waikiki to return the rental car and get back to the ship.
Volendam departs Honolulu at about 11pm, bound for Kailua-Kona and the Big
Island of Hawaii on a slow overnight cruise. We have a lovely dinner in the
Rotterdam Dining Room this evening.
Oct 2, 2010 Saturday Kailua-Kona, Big Island of Hawaii We were scheduled
to go ashore today, and had planned to drive a rental car down to
Pu'uhonua o Honaunau Place of Refuge. Unfortunately the tendering process took far too
long this morning, so we cancel our plans and stay onboard the ship. I go
for a swim in the Sea View Pool in the stern, which was very nice a salt water
pool with very few people around.
We have lunch in the Lido, which is the only restaurant open when the ship is in
port. I have Indonesian chicken on rice, which was spiced just right. I listened
to an e-book while reclining on the Promenade Deck, and took a few photos of the
tenders and Kailua-Kona shoreline. We depart on time and sail around the Big
Island to see the volcanic flow off the coast by Kilauea, however no lava was
visible this evening. I'm glad I had such good success seeing the lava flow
last October when I visited the Big Island and the
We dine at the Canaletto Italian restaurant again this evening. The pasta is
simply superb. I have the
Linguini Fruitti di Mare (seafood linguini) which was mostly seafood and
excellent. For dessert, I have my favorite: Three flavour Tiramisu (espresso,
lemon & Amaretto.
We are going to be so spoiled when we return home - not having to prepare our own
meals or clean up after ourselves is wonderful!
Here is the menu for those who are interested. The menu is the same in the
Canaletto restaurants aboard all Holland America ships.
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