Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Day 11 (Jan 21, 2020) – Crystal Symphony – San Diego to Guam – Nawiliwili, Hawaii

We left Maui at 10pm and sailed about 170 nm to the island of Kauai.

 Breakfast was in The Marketplace – yes, you guessed it, omelets and fruit.  The fruit is so fresh and tasty, and already prepared for us!  The omelets were great, as always.

Sunrise from the back of deck 11 as we ate our breakfast
Sail-in was majestic.

Notice the golf green on the left. Don't hit it long!!

We docked in Nawiliwili, Kauai at 8:00 am.  We were off the ship at 8:10 am, caught the rental car shuttle dockside, and were in our rental car at 8:25 am.  Thank you Enterprise!  Extreme efficiency.  We don’t usually rent a car from cruise ships, but had read on Cruise Critic how easy it was in Kauai due to the proximity to the airport and that all the major rental car companies send shuttles to the port.  We chose Enterprise and called the office and they assured us the shuttle would be at the ship no later than 8:30 am.  It actually showed up at about 8:15 am.  The driver was pleasant and talked to us on our short ride to Enterprise.  We saw chickens everywhere.  Apparently there are no predators on the island and chickens are running wild everywhere.

Our first stop was Spouting Horn – a blowhole on the South Shore.  We saw several great waves crash in and erupt out of the blowhole.

Next up was Allerton National Botanical Gardens.  They only offer guided tours – our pre-booked tickets were for the 10:00 am tour.  We were advised to arrive by 9:30 am.  We were shuttled (about 20 minutes) to the gardens.  The McBryde Gardens are adjacent to Allerton and were closed due to the heavy rains and flooding.  The Allerton Gardens cover 80 acres and were created by John Allerton and son John Gregg Allerton.  Outdoor rooms had plant walls, statuary and many water features.  It was a very calming setting.  Our guide, Sam, had worked there while the son was alive and adding to the gardens.  His father had worked there for the father, John Allerton.  Caring for the gardens is truly a family legacy.  Sam was so knowledgeable about the history of the gardens and it made for a terrific tour.

Allerton created "rooms" - this was the living room

The mother-in-law plant - "pointed tongue and hard to get rid of"

Many reflecting pools in the garden

12 foot high taro plants with GIANT leaves

There were also a bunch of waterfalls.

A filming site for Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean (IV), and many more

The two mermaids waterfall (mermaid statues on each end)

This crazy tree was actually used in the filming of the original Jurassic Park when the kids found the dino eggs
Afterward we drove to the Wailua Falls viewpoint.  The drive was on a small, 2 lane road with free range pigs.  We almost hit a black one-it was difficult to see with the lighting and the blacktop road.  YIKES!   The Falls was beautiful, but difficult to see the area where the water crashed into the river due to the foliage on the banks.

We made a brief stop at Walmart to pick up some macadamia nuts for our cabin attendant, Kathryn.  She is on her first contract and is not allowed to leave the ship.  We wanted to give her a taste of Hawaii.

Return of the rental car and shuttle back to the ship was efficient.  We made it for the 2:30 pm movie “The Descendants” with George Clooney.  Filmed in Hawaii.  It’s a sad tale, but we both enjoyed it. Cruise Director, Russ, has chosen a nice selection of Hawaii based movies for these days in Hawaii.  Bravo, Russ!

Sailaway was scheduled for 5:30 pm, and Louis sang and we set off about 5:20pm while enjoying a glass of champagne on the Promenade Deck.

Pre-dinner we went to the Avenue Saloon and sat at the bar for drinks.  It was nice to chat with the bartender and relax.

Today is Bob’s birthday and we chose to have dinner in Prego.  It has wonderful Italian food, and we were truly boring, both having the same meal:

Ciabatta bread with garlic, olive oil, and salt dipping sauces:

Caesar Salad

Appetizer portion of the FABULOUS Lasagna (with TWO sauces)

Filet – easily one of the best steaks we’ve ever had, over 2 inches thick

Dessert – Crystal provided a birthday cake for Bob with some vanilla ice cream.

Our waiter was taking our pictures and did a crazy selfie at the same time!!

We caught the very end of Donny Ray Evins’ Nat King Cole tribute show.  We opted not to return for the late show and instead went back to our cabin to watch an episode of “The Crown” on TV from Bob's iPad plugged into an HDMI cable into the TV.

Today we walked 9234 steps, 3.7 miles (lazy day).

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