San Diego - Hawaii


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We arrived in San Diego after a long flight from Switzerland via Chicago.

We overnighted in a small hotel in Little Italy and the next morning went for a walk along the harbour front.

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This was our first view of the Regatta as she was berthed in San Diego.

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We continued along the shore and decided to visit the aircraft carrier "Midway" which is now a museum.

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It was extremely interesting and we stayed on board most of the morning.

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View from the bridge.

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Elisabeth on the wheel!

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The guidance system to assist the planes landing.

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Welcome aboard.

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Late morning we returned to the hotel and then checked in to our new home.

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Very comfortable.

After lunch on board, we returned to finish our tour of the Midway.

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Departing the wharf in San Diego that evening.

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First dinner on board. The grand dining room.

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This shows about half of this walkway. We were about midships.

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The view from our balcony.

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The huge Pacific Ocean, vry calm at the moment.

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Part of the ship's library.

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Mre of the library

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More of the library.

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The putting green on the upper deck, nine holes.

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Looking back over the pool area with the walking track in blue.

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The Horizons Bar and Cafe forward on the ninth deck.

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Horizons Bar and cafe.

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View from the Horizons Bar looking forward.

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This is the Terrace Cafe where we usually had breakfast.

The rear varandah was open and a great place in good weather.

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Just before sunrise as we approached Hawaii

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The sun behind Diamond Head on Oahu.

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Our tour bus in Hololulu

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Inside the Diamond Head Crater

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A beach on the South East Coast,

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with a blow hole on the point.

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Another interesting beach. Note the driftwood.

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This is the reason that timber boats are expensive to maintain in the tropics.

This is the damage from Toredo Worm in the log on the beach.

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Barack Obama used to swim at this beach in his youth.

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Obviously illiterate!

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We stopped here to see the lighthouse

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A huge fig tree.

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This is what most of the area around Honolulu used to be like before the swamps were drained.

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Looking east from Nu'uanu Pali Lookout

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This was a historic place where one of the last major tribal fights took place.

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The losers didn't have much chance.

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Back to the ship after the tour, then after lunch we went for a long walk to Waikiki Beach, following the coast the whole way.

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Looking towards Diamond Head again.

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We saw seven bridal couples on this beach, just in the time we walked along it.

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A grandmother on the beach

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and a local grandmother with grandchild.

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Polynesian canoes training for races.

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Looking across the bay towards the yacht harbour.

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More canoes. Each has a crew of six.

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Hi tech paddles

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A rather large Maserati!

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Two more canoes beside the lagoon.

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Back on the beach after bypassing the yacht harbour.

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The sun setting from the beach.

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Waikiki Beach late afternoon.

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Tropical flowers.

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Ukeleles are popular here.

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A local Hula dance group on board the Regatta in the Regatta Lounge.

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The whole group.

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We departed Honolulu late at night, but were pulled out of bed very early the next morning, by the captain advising us that we had a complete loss of power and that we should proceed to one of the upper deck restaurants, as there would soon be no more emergency power.

We joined friends on the aft deck of the Terrace Cafe and remained there for the rest of the morning.

We were towed back to Honolulu arriving about 8:30, but could not dock until about 11:00 am as the dock was occupied.

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Being towed back.

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We then took a walk through the old town and took a bus to visit the Bishop Museum.

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The Bishop Museum

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This museum has a very interesting display of the history of the cultures of the Pacific Islanders.

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Ancient fish hooks.

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A Polynesian double hulled canoe.

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A proa.

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Great white shark

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A sperm whale. The other side was open to show the skeleton.

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A dislay of various types of canoes and sailing canoes.

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The whale again.

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A painting by George Carter depicting the death of Captain James Cook.

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Departing the museum and heading back down town.

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We spent more time looking around town and eventually departed for Nuku Hiva two days late.

We missed out on visiting Kauai Island and Maui.

We were very disappointed as we had booked special outings on both Islands and will not get another chance to go back.

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Departing Honolulu, looking back to the town.

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The pilot leaving the ship.

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Last views of Honolulu.

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We then headed to the Regatta Lounge for some entertainment.

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