OK, it’s time to settle down now and get serious. The first item I need to cover is the ship itself. We sailed on the Golden Princess, which I do not believe was originally a Princess ship. I say that because there is another name on the forward quarter of the hull that has been painted over. It reads “P & O”, a liner from the Pacific and Orient line.
Statistically the ship varies from 107000 gross tons to 116000 gross tons, depending on the publication, it went into service in 2001, so it is getting a wee bit long in the tooth, it is 950 feet long, and it is 118 feet wide. The ship carries 2600 passengers and a crew of 1100. It cruises at 22.5 knots or 25.9 mph. It has almost 700 balconies.
The Golden Princess
Cruising at that speed it can make about 600 miles in a 24 hour period.
So where did this ship take us? Well it started on April 1, in Los Angeles, at San Pedro Pier when we got aboard, and settled. We are on Baja Deck 11 in a balcony cabin amidships on the port side. It will return to the same port on the morning of April 29. We were a bit late in leaving port, but it was scheduled to be at 4:00 pm.
The first four days were all sea days, and that was followed by our first stop at Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii. That was for just a day, followed by a day on Oahu, Honolulu, then Nawilliwilli on Kauai, and finally one day at Lahaina on Maui.
We then did four more sea days then it was Samoa where we stopped for a day each at Apia, Western Samoa, and Pago Pago on American Samoa. Pago Pago is pronounced Pango Pango. The N was removed years ago, but the pronunciation remains.
Away we go for another 2 days at sea. and arrive at Papeete Tahiti on Good Friday, Crucifixion Day in Papeete, and everything was closed. We sail the next morning at 4:00 am to Moorea, and on the next day, Easter Sunday we are in Bora Bora.
After that it was 8 more sea days before we landed at Los Angeles.
During the time we were on sea days, we saw no land. Between LA and Hilo we saw a number of porpoise cavorting, but only once, and as we pulled into Hilo in the morning, at least one humpback whale was seen spouting and jumping close to the entrance to the harbour.
Again as we were at sea, no land until we reached Pago Pago. We did see a few birds flying around the ship, nothing else. The same held true for the rest of the sea days except for a few days before we got to LA, and the sea was literally crawling with flying fish. They were stirred into flying by the wake of he cruise ship, and they kind of flew in squadrons, if you will pardon the pun.
The seas were calm for the entire trip with the exception of the first 4 days out from LA, and the same on the return. When the seas were running we had up to gale force winds, (force 7 –8). The swells were listed on the screen as 5 1/2 to 8, but some of them were closer to 12 feet top to bottom. The stabilizers which on this ship measure 7 meters long on each side amidships. They are below the water line and are retractable. They are controlled like a wing on an airplane by gyroscopes and the did a great job of controlling the ships roll.
One last item before I go for today, Princess runs this cruise it seems once a year, and for a person who is looking for a quick peak at Hawaii, Samoa, and Tahiti, this is a great way to do it.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder.
"Someone did a study of the three most often-heard phrases in New York City," says Dave Letterman.
"One is, ‘Hey, taxi!’
Two is, ‘What train do I take to get to Bloomingdale’s?’
and three is, ‘Don’t worry, it’s only a flesh wound.’"
Have a great day, and be kind to everyone.