Here are pictures from the Pride of Aloha 7-day Cruise of the Hawaiian Islands. For the full article about this voyage go here: Pride of Aloha. For a background history of the U.S.-flagged cruise line NCL America, go here: NCLA.
Kauai blowhole spouts in the early morning mist. The "Garden Isle" offers great snorkeling, hiking in Waimea Canyon or bicycling doen the canyon road.
Cruising past the beautiful Na Pali coastline of Kauai offers the only reason for the ship to sail during daylight hours on the entire cruise
Beginning of the unmarked trail for the arduous 2 hour hike to the Kilauea Volcano's edge on the Big Island. All you see is a mangled moonscape of black glass-like rock. The air temperature rises as you get closer.
Black sand beach created by fresh lava falling into the sea. Don't get too close, the lava falls off like calving glacier ice and tumbles straight down to the bottom of the sea. There are no reefs in this newly minted land.
Kilauea Volcano burnhole on island of Hawaii shows the fires of Hell burning below. As close as I dared to get for not knowing how stable the rock below me was. Sulfur in the air made oxygen in short supply.
Horseback riding in the mist of Maui high upon Haleakala Valley.
Young Hawaiian natives in Kahualui, Maui display traditional hula dancing.
Onboard the Pride of Aloha
Fresh faces ready to show cruisers to their tables in the main restaurant
Delicious fresh lobster tails entree follows soup and salad served in the main restaurant aboard Pride of Aloha (included in your cruise fare)
Hot chocolate cake with fudge syrup and toasted almonds
Various food stations around the buffet area offer convenience. Fresh fruit stand offers fresh Hawaiian papaya and other melons
Another free-standing food station offers waffles made to order by Nina, a proud crew-member who loves her job
Free wine tasting for all diners in the main restaurant - sample the delights before you choose a variety for dinner.