Sunday, November 2, 2008

2008 - Oct. Holland America Oosterdam Mexican Riviera Cruise: Cabo; Mazatlan; Puerto Vallarta

Oct. 25-Nov. 1, 2008:

This was my sister's and my 2nd sisters' cruise. We enjoyed the short Baja cruise that we did a couple years ago so much that we decided to go for a 7 night cruise this time. After much surfing on the internet, we decided on giving Holland America a try. Not that we were unhappy with Carnival, but this had the ports, dates, and debarkation city that we wanted. The price wasn't bad, either, at about $650/person for an inside cabin. As it got closer to our departure date and after final payment, I did find a cheaper fare, so I called them and asked if they could do anything about that and Holland America moved us to an obstructed oceanview cabin (4061-HH). I actually liked the room---full length windows so lots of light came in.  I think my sister disliked it for that reason. She's prone to migraines and likes the total darkness of the inside cabins even in the middle of the day.

Our room was a nice size, for a cruise ship - approximately 197 sq. ft. The beds were very comfortable.  It had a lot of nice touches in these cabins: small loveseat, chair, adjustable height coffee table, hair dryer, flat screen tv, bath robes, makeup mirror, basket for room stewarts to put fruit in if you request it, even trial sized Elemis shampoo, conditioner, and lotions. I don't really remember who our steward was, but he did a good job. The one thing about the room that we both were a bit bothered by was the wierd picture of lobsters used as decoration.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

2008---7th trip to Kauai, Just the two of us: bike path; Keiki Hula; Moir garden; north shore waves

2008---7th trip to Kauai, Just the two of us: bike path; Keiki Hula; Moir garden; north shore waves

 During the past year, we added to our collection of weeks here at Pahio Kauai Beach Villas. We bought another 2 bedroom EOY week resale to go with the other 2 bedroom unit EOY week we had. Only thing different this time was that we had the 2 bedroom unit all to ourselves this year.


Note about cameras:  above ground-Canon 20D; underwater-Coolpix S5 with housing.

2008-March 1: East Kauai, Hanalei


2008-March 2: sunrise, Tunnels, Kee


2008-March 3: Lydgate, South for sunset


2008-March 4: Princeville, Hanalei


2008-March 5: Lawai, Salt Pond sunset


2008-March 6: Anini, Kee sunset


2008-March 7: Poipu, Lawai sunset


2008-March 8: East side and hula kids


2008-March 9: Polihale, glass beach


2008-March 10: Lawai


2008-March 11: Lydgate, Moir Garden, Nihi Kai sunset


2008-March 12: Huge North Waves


2008-March 13: Lawai


2008-March 14: Lawai, then back to STL


Weather this year was the best yet. No rain, 80's almost every day, and calm on the north shore for the whole first week.  But got to see some huge waves on the North shore one day.

Another 2 weeks gone all too quickly!