Heavenly Hawaii (Part 4): Kona of Big Island and Kauai

Kona, Big Island

Wednesday, our ship moored near Kailua Pier, Big Island. Unlike previous ports, the boat had to stay offshore and guests were transported to Kona by tenders. We did not book any excursion for the day but visited lovely Kona town by ourselves.

Once at the pier, we found various free shuttles available to take people to shopping and attractions further away but we opted for strolling through water front Alii Drive east to the pier. It was a relaxing and pleasant visit.

Ocean front houses with fantastic view west to the pier-as seen from the boat

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Heavenly Hawaii (Part 2) : Our cruiseship, Hilo and Kilauea of Big Island, Molokai

Our cruiseship

Atrium on level 5

The public areas on the ship were nice and our cabin was fine. There were always activities or some entertainment available.

Buffet at Lanai Café was usually crowded and few times we ate there, the food was mediocre. Even though the menus were similar, dress code for Liberty (upstairs) was formal and casual for Skyline (downstairs). The quality of meals at these two restaurants was mixed. Our experience at Cadillac Dinner, a much smaller place, turned out more satisfying. The best meal we had on the ship though was from one of the specialty restaurants, Asian Fusion, where we had to pay extra. Water, tea and coffee were included but you had to pay for alcohol, which was expected, but also soda.

I booked the package including flight and cruise from a travel agent and did not find out till later from the cruise line’s embarkation document about the additional service charge of $12 per person per day.
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