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Topic: Round The World In 28 Days - Day 21

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    Default Round The World In 28 Days - Day 21

    We were not in a huge rush that morning as we did not have to meet for our excursion until late morning. We were woken up by the anchor chain way before our alarm was set to go off. I noticed that the message light on the phone was blinking so I decided to check out what this was all about. It was somebody from the shore excursion desk to let us know that our morning whale watching excursion had changed to an afternoon excursion and to come and pick up our new tickets from the Shore Excursion Desk. I was not happy about this at all as this would not fit in with the rest of our plans. I settled back down and went back to sleep. About an hour later we were woken up again by somebody pushing something underneath our door. At that stage we decided it was time to get up. What had woken us up was the delivery of our new shore excursion tickets. I told Graham about the change of itinerary and we decided that we did not feel strong enough about this excursion to give up our beach and snorkelling time for this. The main motivation for booking this had been that it was short and cheap, but would give us tender priority. Tendering had never been an issue on this cruise and the tender priority went out of the window anyway with the afternoon departure. So we got up and ready and then headed down to the Shore Excursion Desk to cancel our excursion.

    There was a short line at the Shore Excursion Desk, but we were seen fairly quickly. We explained that the new time for our excursion did not work with the other plans we had for the day and the member of crew assisting us took both sets of tickets and said they would let the tour operator know that we would not be joining the tour. She also said that they would refund us as the new itinerary did not fit our plans. This was done a lightning speed as the refund was already showing when we got back to our cabin in the afternoon.

    With this out of the way, we headed up to the Windjammer for some breakfast. Graham had his usual porridge and poached eggs on toast washed down with some coffee. I had some marinated beef strips with poached eggs and hash browns and some milk. When I wanted to take some photos of breakfast, I had a bit of a panic. My wristlet with my mobile phone was nowhere to be found. Graham did not remember that I had it, but I clearly remembered picking it up before I left the cabin. We finished our breakfast and then we retraced our steps. I thought I may have put it down at the shore excursion desk, but it was not there. We then went back to the cabin and it was sitting on the desk. I remembered that I had left the room with only one envelope of shore excursion tickets and had to go back. I must have put my wristlet down when I picked up the second envelope. I was just glad that it was there. We got ourselves organized and then we headed downstairs to the tender lobby.

    As we made our way downstairs, there were announcements encouraging people who were ready to go ashore to make their way to the tender lobbies as there were tenders ready. Sure enough, when we got there, a tender was waiting. We waited about 10 minutes until the tender was full and then we were on our way. When we got off the tender, photographers were there and we stopped for photos. Then we went exploring. There were a number of kiosks in this area offering excursions. One caught our eyes, which was a ferry trip to one of the smaller islands, Lana’i. In the end, this was more than I really fancied spending so we decided against it. So we decided to just go with the flow and see where the day would lead us.





    We headed towards the centre of the town. We did not have to walk very far until we came across something amazing. Near the port, they have a huge Banyan tree, which forms a natural pavilion. They have set up benches there and we spent a while just sitting there admiring our surroundings. After a while, bugs started to take an interest in us so we decided to move on.

    We then ended up on the main street through Lahaina and had a look around. Some jewellery in a window caught my eyes and I decided to go in the shop to have a closer look. I ended up with a beautiful rose gold plated plumeria pendant and matching earrings. I wear the pendant quite a lot. There was not much in this direction so we turned around and headed in the other direction. One of the things I was hoping to accomplish that day was getting my nails done. It did not take long until we saw a nail salon advertised. We went to check it out. Unfortunately the nail salon was closed. We did however come across a beautiful courtyard in the same complex with a beautiful koi pond. We stayed around for a while watching the fish before carrying on our wander.

    Lahaina is quite a nice mix of shops, restaurants, bars and galleries. Soon we stumbled upon markers pointing out historical landmarks and their history. We had not really expected this and enjoyed learning all about the history of the place. While we were walking along, we spotted a promising looking beach in the distance. So we decided to head in that direction. On the way, I finally found some Plumeria trees. I was happy. I just love the smell of Plumeria flowers. Soon we were parallel to the beach, but we had a walk a little further to find an access point. The beach was deep in a residential area. However, we know from past visits that all beaches in Hawaii are public land. So we knew that sooner or later, we would come across an access point. Suddenly we saw signs that there was no beach parking down a certain road. The fact that the sign was there meant that people may think there was and this most likely meant access to the beach. We walked a short distance down this road and found foot path down to the beach. The beach was very pretty and when we got there, nobody else was there. I rather liked our private beach. I sent Graham in to check the temperature of the water and then I followed him. We had brought the snorkelling gear and there were some interesting fish around. Unfortunately they tended to stay in the shadows so none of my photos came out. We must have been in the sea a good hour when the current got stronger and we decided to make our way back to the beach. We stayed in the shallows a little longer before getting out of the water and getting dried off. By then, more people had discovered the beach including some people from the ship. We were talking to one couple from the ship for a while and then we headed back towards the town.







    We stopped at some more of the historical markers that we had missed on the way up. By then, we were ready for some lunch. On the way up, I had spotted a restaurant that had caught my eye. It was called Cheeseburger in Paradise and I thought that this was part of the chain of the same name. I had heard many good things about this and we decided to give this a try. I found out afterwards that this restaurant actually precedes the chain and that there was a law suit between the owner of this restaurant and the chain, which was settled. This meant that they could keep the name for this restaurant and one in Oahu, but were not able to use the name for any future restaurants that they may open. Well, the burgers in this locations most certainly not disappoint. Graham had a local IPA from the Maui Brewing company and I figured it was 5 o’clock somewhere and I was on holiday and had a Mai Tai, which was potent and delicious. Graham had the BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger with fries and I had the Mac & Cheeseburger, which consisted of their classic cheeseburger topped with macaroni, homemade jalapeño cheese sauce, chopped bacon, and BBQ sauce. This also came with fries. I had held out some hopes for dessert, but we were both stuffed.














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    I wanted to do a little shopping. I was in the market for another couple of tropical dresses especially as my Aloha dress that I had bought in Honolulu in 2014 was getting a bit long in the tooth. I was also still looking for somewhere to get my nails done. Graham found a little beach near the restaurant and sent me off to do my shopping while he had another swim. I had a look around some shops, but I did not see anything I liked. I also had a look around a couple of the galleries and then I paid the local Lush store a visit. I was hoping that they may have some products I cannot get at home, but I was out of luck. I did however ask the member of staff there if she knew about any nail salons. She initially pointed me towards the one we had already found in the morning, but when I told her that this was closed, she wrote me down directions for another one. I went to the end of the block as there was a store there selling shave ice. I figured I would have room for a shave ice. This is not quite how it turned out. They also had Dole whip and this is what I went with in the end. I then headed back to where I had left Graham as this was on the way to the nail salon anyway. When I got there, Graham was sitting on a wall. He had had enough watery fun for one day.

    We headed off towards the nail salon only to find it close and boarded up. I was not doing too well on my quest to get my nails done. On our way there, I had spotted a Hilo Hattie store so I decided to check this out and I did find two dresses that I really liked. I paid for those and then I caught up with Graham, who had decided to wait for me outside. Just across the way was a Starbucks. We were both ready for something to drink and this also meant that I would have free Wi-Fi. Graham had a strawberry Frappuccino and I had a strawberry acai refresher. I also updated my blog for work using the free Wi-Fi. When we left, I spotted a nail salon opposite. Graham headed back to the ship and I went to get my nails done. I had a short wait, but I did not mind this at all. I got some discount as I came from the ship and only ended up paying $15 for a Shellac manicure and they did a great job, too.

    Once my nails were done, I started to make my way back to the ship. I had a look at another couple of shops, but did not find anything that took my fancy. I also stopped at the Banyan tree and took some photos. There was a bit of a line at the tender dock, but I was on the second tender back. I did not make it for the beginning of afternoon trivia. Graham and I had arranged to meet there. They were on the third question when I got there, but there was no sign of Graham. The topic for the trivia was Hawaii. The questions seemed pretty hard so I did not stick around. Instead I went in search of Graham. I found him on the helipad. I decided to join him. At some stage the ship turned and it got a little windy so we went down to the promenade deck. We were still living in hope for a nice sunset, but it was very cloudy and we soon gave up. We stopped by the Schooner Bar for a glass of wine. I finally got around to trying a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand that people kept raving about. It was very nice, but I still preferred the Caliterra.







    When we had finished our wine, we went back to our cabin to get freshened up and changed and then we went for dinner. There were no photo opportunities that evening as we were due in port until midnight. So we went straight for dinner. I had a lentil and rosemary soup followed by cheddar sticks. Graham had some of the cheddar sticks, too. For his main course, he chose the roast chicken with vegetables and I had Pad Thai, which was very lovely. I saw grilled peaches with vanilla sauce on the menu and this sounded really nice. What I got were tinned peaches that quickly had a blowtorch passed over them. Even by cruise ship standards this was very disappointing. Graham did better with his trifle.













    After dinner, we went back to our cabin. We had another towel animal. We read for a bit and then went to sleep. We thought we may get woken up when the ship left port, but we managed to sleep through until the morning.




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    What a lovely day ... the beach looks lovely
    it always surprises me, considering the quality of the rest of the food, just how poor most cruise ships desserts are .... the peaches look lovely even if they weren’t anything special

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    Quote Originally Posted by ELAINE View Post
    What a lovely day ... the beach looks lovely
    That was a real find.

    Quote Originally Posted by ELAINE View Post
    it always surprises me, considering the quality of the rest of the food, just how poor most cruise ships desserts are .... the peaches look lovely even if they weren’t anything special
    Me, too. I have finally found a cruise line that can do desserts on a ship visit. Unfortunately Regent Seven Seas is out of my budget.

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    I have only ever wandered around Lahaina on previous visits (and hunted for good Kona coffee!). Didn't realise there was a good beach there. Will definitely remember that for next time :happythumb:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Veness View Post
    I have only ever wandered around Lahaina on previous visits (and hunted for good Kona coffee!). Didn't realise there was a good beach there. Will definitely remember that for next time :happythumb:
    Lahaina really surprised me. When I did my research, I did not think there was a great deal of interest there, but between the charming kind of real Main Street USA feel, the history and the beach, this was definitely a hit with me.

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    A nice day, even if the nail salon thing was a bit difficult.

    I agree about desserts; I never bother, since they always look far better than they taste (if they have taste at all).







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