In April 2002 we went on a 2 week cruise to Hawaii via Mexico and returning via a one night stay in Chicago.

This was our cruise route:

We changed planes at Chicago and then flew to San Diego in California for an overnight stay at :


This was the view from our hotel room window.

The next day we took a coach ride into Mexico to board our cruise ship :

Normally when we go on cruise ship we book an inside cabin. As this was a cruise to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary I wanted it to be a little special and didn't tell Jacqueline the type of cabin we had booked. She was more than surprised when she entered our cabin :

It was enormous and this was the view from the cabin window :

A huge door patio window that opened onto a large balcony containing 4 sun-loungers.

The food on board ship was pretty good :

We then had 4 days of sailing before we reached the Hawaiian Islands. On the 8th day of the cruise we docked at Hilo on the island of Hawaii or sometimes called The Big Island. We had booked a tour which took us on to a volcano.

The steam is caused by water running on to the molten lava beneath the ground.

We set sail and the next day called in at Kailua Kona where we went on another trip in a glass-bottomed boat.There are lots of lovely beaches on this island :

The following day we sailed to Lahaina on the island of MAUI. This time we had to go ashore by tender.

Locals playing Hawaiian music greeted us.

There were lots of interesting shops on all the islands we visited :

Like this one where we made several purchases.

One interesting attraction we came across was this tree :

It's called the BANYAN TREE . All the foliage you can see is just one tree covering about 3 acres. It is the fourth largest of its type in the world.

At evening meal we were fortunate to see two hump-backed whales swimming quite near our ship. After our evening meal there was, of course, another midnight buffet :

The next day we docked at an island called KAUAI. We jumped on to a ship's shuttle-bus to checkout the town :

The final island we visited was OAHU where we docked at HONOLULU (and Pearl Harbour)

This was the view from from our balcony. It was just like we had sailed up their High Street.

To see our visit to Pearl Harbour you need to click on to item 71 in this list of things to see and do.