One awesome ship....
02.08.2009 77 °F
The Pride of America is an amazing ship. 921 feet long, 81,000 tons in weight, 2138 passengers, 920 crew members. Its sheer size alone staggers the imagination. Wayne and Donna were suitably impressed when they first caught sight of this floating city.
In the short amount of time we've been aboard, both us couples have met folks with ties to the Midwest and Iowa, including Fred Hermson and his wife from Dubuque (sound familiar Suzy Gilkerson?). It's truly a small world. So many Midwesterners and Canadians eager to escape the long winter.
After the mandatory lifeboat drill the four of us toured the decks of this huge ship. Eleven restaurants, nine bars and lounges, a performing theater, four hot tubs, two pools, etc. etc. We even took time to pose in the Cadillac Lounge!
Found a nice spot to sit and watch the sunset. Also interesting was a rescue effort nearby, as apparently a Navy destroyer was hung up on a reef, listing noticeably. I heard it made the headlines on the mainland.
The sail-away party was at 8, as we gathered along the rail and watched the city lights of Honolulu slowly fade as we sailed east-southeast. Next stop - the Big Island - Hilo.