Aloha oukou

Aloha Tower, Honolulu

Aloha to you all.  I took this shot from the deck of our cruise ship just before it departed Honolulu in September, 2006.  Perfect photo op.

I won’t mention which cruise lines we took, but if you know which one sails under the US flag … we’ll never patronize that company again.  The service was unbelievably horrible.  A high percentage of the service crew was required to be American, and I’m ashamed to say the work ethic of these folks was substandard in every way — and I’m being generous.  We paid a lot of money to have our first trip to the islands all but ruined; yes, it was quite the disaster.  We even complained to the company to get a portion of our non-voluntary gratuity returned, but our pleas fell on deaf ears.  My guess is they get a lot of similar requests.

Our first cruise, on the other hand, was wonderful.  We sailed the Caribbean with Princess about nine years prior to this trip, and the service was exemplary.

And now, to end on a higher note, feast your baby blues on this waterfall from a garden we visited on Maui.  One of my better low-light shots, if I do say so myself.

Maui Waterfall

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