The Pride of America docked in Nawiliwili Harbor, on the island’s southeast coast, near the town of Lihue. We hopped on the Harbor Trolley to the beaches of Kalapaki Bay. We enjoyed the refreshing water, the sandy beach and watching boats coming and going. We stopped in at Kalapaki Joe’s for drinks. After a morning in Nawiliwili Kauai, we headed back to the ship for a relaxing afternoon. The ship was hosting a sail away barbecue pool party, as we sailed out of Kauai, we went poolside and enjoyed the live music from the ships band “The Wave.” After awhile we moved from a table to the lounge chairs and the pool. We had a great waitress, who keep our drinks full, even when we were in the pool. No need to get out and go to the bar, she was right there checking on us, calling us by our …
After walking around the shops at the mall complex, we found the Drinky Monkey. We wondered up the stairs and found a table next to the railing with a great view overlooking the harbor and our cruise ship.  Steve and Fred had the local beer at $4 a bottle, while Dee had a Toasted Almond and I had a Miami Vice. This was a great place to sit and watch people scurry to the ship with off and on light rain.
After having lunch, we found the Sugarcane Mojito Bar. It was a bar that served mainly mojitos and very limited on other type of drinks. We learned to make a mojito at Bar Tending School several years ago. It is a drink we like and have always said Dee makes the best! The mojito is a beautiful, very refreshing rum-based cocktail born in Havan. A traditional mojito is made with white rum, simple syrup, lime juice, sparkling water and mint. It is garnished with mint leaves and lime wedges. The Sugar Cane Bar offered a large range of mojitos to include Bacardi, Spicy Passion, Pineapple Coconut, Jalapeno Cucumber, Raspberry Guava, Coco, Pisco Punch, Porton Mate, Pacific Ocean and Pimm’s No 8 cup. There was a nice couch in the corner by the window and a band playing Cuban music.  Our first drinks were Raspberry Guava, Pisco Punch and Bacardi Mojitos. …
This was our 12th cruise and our 8th on Norwegian Cruise Line (Getaway). When we first started with NCL we were getting double loyalty points for the cruises. This moved us up the ladder to Platinum level for this cruise. As a Platinum members, we have an exclusive check in line at the embarkation port. Once we checked in we got our boarding number, not realizing we did not need one. Our number was eight and they hadn’t even called one yet. Fred, having checked in on his cruise in September as a Platinum member, knew this wasn’t right. So he went out to find the Platinum boarding. In just a few minutes he was back and we were off to embark on the Getaway. One minor problem, Dee had not reached Platinum yet. But with a few words from Steve and Fred we were on our way to the …
Steve and Suzy celebrated their first cruise together while Dee and Rick found the Entourage but were ask to leave – they didn’t meet the age requirement of 13-17. Later Suzy found the Video Zone, the arcade on board, with lots of games costing from $1 to $2. We had to do the mandatory muster drill, our station was in the Aqua Dining Room. Rick was having a little fun with his cap and acting silly. We got into our cabins, unpacked  and enjoyed the sun on the helicopter pad. Also met a nice couple celebrating their 50th anniversary. Save Save Save Save
We took the elevator up to deck 8 to O’Sheehan’s Bar & Grill This has become our favorite place to eat soon after we board the ship. We find there are fewer people here because they have not discovered it yet. The tiered seating overlooks the atrium while surrounding a small central bar, with windows overlooking the ocean and lots of heavy wooden tables, chairs and leather booths. It serves the typical assortment of comfort food: mac ‘n’ cheese, burgers, chicken pot pie, fries and nachos. It is open 24 hours a day. We had the Ultimate Beverage Package as our upgrade for this cruise. The package included a variety of spirits, cocktails, wines by the glass and bottled or draft beer up to and including $15 and unlimited fountain soda and juices at all bars, lounges and restaurants. So we enjoyed a nice lunch and drinks. Save Save Save …
Shakers Cocktail Bar offered a Martini tasting, we had watched them earlier preparing the glasses for the tasting. It took several hours for them ready the glasses and trays. Each of the trays cost $19.95 for the tasting, looks like a good money-maker. Must be why they do it several times during the cruise. We thought about it and Fred was the only one who decided to take part. The rest of us ordered drinks. Steve and I got caught taking a short nap. Save
Sunday morning . . . Time to start our second part of our adventure. Fred, Lupe and Steve started off the day going to Mass at Church of St. Francis of Assisi. Everyone else decided and extra hour of sleep/packing was a good idea. We had breakfast our last time at the Hampton Inn and off we took to the docks in our Uber cars. Upon arriving at the dock the porters took our luggage and then the job of putting our two groups of three together started. We finally connected inside the terminal after going through security which included having our hand luggage x-rayed and walking through a metal detector. Next task was check-in, which included filling out a health form, having our digital photo and our credit card number attached to our key card. The card was used to check on or off the ship at ports, allowing …
One of our guest for the weekend, Jason, brought orange juice and a bottle of Crown Royal Maple for breakfast shooters. One shot glass full of Crown Royal Maple and another shot of orange juice which make a perfect morning drink. The Crown is smooth enough to prevent your head from snapping back at the first shot, and the thin maple syrupy consistency and flavor of the whiskey actually reminded us of a good pancake. When researching about this drink, I found that it is recommended to do a shot of Crown Maple, a shot of orange juice followed by a slice of bacon. Needless to say the Crown Royal Maple did not last until breakfast so we could not try it with the bacon.    
Steve and Ricky bid on a wine tasting at the CASA Sweetheart Dinner and Dance. We provided the place and Ricky and Rumi provided cheese and fruit. Connie and Phil brought his homemade salsa, it was really good. He has promised that he will bring us some when he makes it this summer. We had 19 people, who all seemed to enjoy the wine and visiting. This is a picture of the group taken by Rick. Makes the house look really BIG!After the wine tasting we celebrated the neighborhood birthdays. We hadn’t done this in a while so we had six to celebrate; Steve, Holan, Dee, Bob, Chris and Rumi. Before the cake cutting Dee and Holan got into a sword fight with the knives. As we waiting for who knows what, the group gathered around the island. Looks like everyone is praying over the cake. Happy Birthday Everyone!!
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