|Yesterday, it was cloudy with a bit of drizzle as Helen and I wandered about Lahaina Maui but weather didn't hamper the quality of the day.|
|Craftspeople are often seen working with a variety of wood commonly found in the Hawaiian island.|
It had been a long time since I'd gone shopping with a friend and was excited by the idea especially when there was an "outlet mall" several blocks from the port. The ship was anchored in the bay requiring tender boat rides to the shore.
|Banyan trees in the local park in Lahaina.|
|The popular tourist town was rife with cruise passengers shopping, dining and reveling in the sights.|
|An old hotel in Lahaina.|
I purchased 12 items for a total of US $106, mainly tee shirts for each of us and three nightshirts for me. The three nightshirts I had remaining were practically threadbare after years of wear.
|Last time we visited Lahaina in 2014, we also took photos of this art store.|
|Lahaina is often packed with tourists. This was our fifth visit to this Maui town since the onset of our travels four and a half years ago; twice by ship, three times by car when we lived in Maui for six weeks in 2014.|
It was apparent the seas were rough shortly before 5:00 pm on a cloudy windy day. We bobbed side to side as the tender headed toward the ship at full throttle.
|Interesting piece of art in a local gallery.|
|Historic Hawaiian property under construction in Lahaina.|
As the rough seas escalated, the boat teetered to and fro with such force, it was impossible to gain a firm enough hold with the thick lines to allow a single passenger to disembark. At that point, the conversation stopped as many passengers had worried and frightened looks on their face.
|We'd taken a photo of this tiny theater in Lahaina three years ago.|
I was seated at the window and felt myself flinching and moving to the left each time the boat fiercely banged against the metal structure. As a boater for most of my adult life, I wasn't frightened at all, nor was Helen.
|It was fun to go to a Gap outlet store for the first time in almost five years. I purchased a number of tee shirts for both of us.|
In all, it was about an hour from the time the tender reached the ship's platform until we were all able to disembark. Throughout the remainder of the evening, a number of passengers chatted about the incident shocked by the experience.
Of course, I'd hoped to make a video of the incident but it was impossible, based on where I was seated. I attempted to get the camera out of the shopping bag but was unable to hold on well enough to do a video or even take a single photo.
|View of our ship from the sidewalk in Lahaina.|
By the time I entered the cabin it was already close to 6:30 pm. Surely Tom was at happy hour with our friends on the Promenade deck and waiting for me to arrive. I hurried to get myself changed and ready for the evening, able to get out the door by 6:45 pm.
|Busy day in Lahaina.|
We made a point of mentioning his fine and attentive service to Captain Rick and have already written a glowing review on a mid-cruise survey. When the cruise ends on May 15th, in six days, we'll rave more about Belik on the online survey that follows each cruise, which Tom diligently prepares in every case.
|A man caught a good sized fish from the shore.|
Tonight, we joining another lovely couple for a second "dinner date," Leann and Chuck, for what surely will prove to be yet another divine evening. We're heading back out to sea at 6:00 for the final leg of our cruise to Seattle, Washington.
Photo from one year ago today, May 9, 2016:
|We miss the amazing food prepared by two cooks named Ketut in Bali which included Blue Fin tuna made with a tomato, lemongrass sauce, spicy vegetables with a side of coleslaw. For more details, please click here.|