Hawaiian Cruise: Disembarkation, Final Thoughts, & Home Sweet Home

My goodness gracious, I am finding that I am quite sad and melancholy as I begin to write this my last Blog post in my Hawaiian Cruise Series.  I was pretty sad while I was packing up to leave the Star Princess as well.  It is always harder for me to pack at the end of a vacation than it is to plan the trip, organize the particulars, and pack the suitcases at the beginning of a journey.  <Sigh> Regardless of whether or not I was ready to disembark, it was almost time to do so.  The hubby and I spent the last afternoon on our last sea day packing our bags, we were ready to go…We went ahead and placed our suitcases outside of our stateroom door right after dinner that evening.


We found our ‘End of the cruise paperwork’ in our little mailbox along with our “Red 4” luggage tags that we were to put on our luggage that Princess would be transferring for us.  We had pre-arranged for Princess to transfer us from Canada Place to the Vancouver Airport, and it showed us where and what time we were to report (the Vista Lounge)…


While packing, I made sure to put some shampoo, and my hair gel, and other necessities in smaller disposable bottles so that I could pack up my full-size bottles.  Our daughter Christin had given both my hubby and I disposable (carry-on compliant) bottles; Christin is an organized person like her Mama and she fixed us right on up with all of these sweet little extras this past Christmas. 😉 🙂


Here is a picture of that extra bag that I had packed in my big suitcase all those many days ago, I knew I would need it for this last night; we’d carry it onto the airplane with us.  We put our dirty clothes (packed up in a medium packing cube), my makeup & toiletries, the hubby’s morning toiletries, my curling iron (I used the ‘lovely’ stateroom’s hairdryer that morning throwing in a expletive here and there while drying my hair because it took me forever), and anything else that we saw that we needed to take with us.


SO, I was as packed as I could be…We had eaten our last dinner in the Horizon, walked around the ship taking pictures, and did some last minute shopping. OH and I went to the Captain’s Circle desk and picked up a couple of “Ruby” Pins…I had lost mine along the way somewhere, they were happy to give me two more.  I had received our two Platinum pins earlier in the day accompanied by a letter welcoming us to our Platinum status…woohoo.  Here is where I put all of my pins along with a pin of the Star Princess (that’s my carry on backpack):


 We came back to our Stateroom and headed out onto the balcony because we could once again see land…


And we also got a little treat! We *finally* saw a wee bit of wildlife…These cute little (relatively speaking) Dall’s Porpoises showed up and were playing right around the ship. 🙂



They were so much fun to watch, I was like a little kid in a candy store…I was jumping up and down and clapping and squealing.  I’m sure the other passengers thought I was a loon, I didn’t care much what they thought honestly, I was just happy to see these cutie pies. 🙂  ANYway, we sat out there until dark taking in the sights and sounds of our last evening on our cruise; bittersweet thoughts along with mixed emotions were flying around in my head.  On one hand, I was ready to go home because I missed my family and my pups, but, I sure wasn’t ready for our much anticipated trip to come to a close. OH well, all good things must come to an end huh?


The next morning, we woke up and our “Log of the Cruise” was in our little mailbox, check out the distance traveled!! Wow Whee!!


And here is my last outfit of the day, comfy and cozy to travel home in:


We stood out on our balcony and watched while we traveled under the Lion’s Gate Bridge one last time:



And onward to Canada Place we sailed:





That is a fake smile on my face, I really wasn’t too, too thrilled in that picture…my hair was sure BIG through…LOL…Again, if a girl can’t laugh at herself, then there is something wrong…;)


We had to be out of the room by 8am, so we complied and headed to the Vista Lounge to wait to be called to disembark.  This is about how I felt about getting off of the ship…I look hateful mean…I’m really just sad…:(




ANYway, we waited for about 45 minutes, and then our number was called and off of the ship we walked, straight into Canada Place, and onto our awaiting motor coach.

<I took no pictures of this process–just wasn’t in the mood I guess>

We had an uneventful trip to the airport, we were familiar with this ride because we’ve always disembarked from Canada Place (we’ve done 4 Alaska: Voyage of the Glaciers Southbound cruises that all ended in Vancouver).  When we got to the airport, we went through US customs there…pretty painless process and then we headed to our terminal and awaited our flight to leave.


There was our first plane…


And we were headed home…Which at this point, I was pretty content to be doing, this is what I saw out of the jet’s window…apparently this is Wenatchee National Forest, Stehekin, United States (according to the time and location stamp in my Photos on my Mac)…


We had uneventful flights home and we landed safely and got back to our house at around 2am the next morning…yes, to say we were tired is an understatement…but, it was good to be home.  Here is what greeted us as we drove up our driveway and made our way into the house. 🙂 🙂 ❤

It was so good to be home!!


And it was SO good to see our pups…



Now for some final thoughts about this cruise.  As I have written these posts one after the next, I have found that I really didn’t have a lot of negative things to say and that’s because this was a wonderful trip that provided my hubby and I with many memories to tuck away and cherish for the rest of our lives.

A  note all of you out there who have been so kind with your comments, thank you so very, very, VERY much, every comment has been taken straight to my heart and I am humbly grateful for the responses that I’ve received. ❤

So, sadly, it is time for me to close this Series out now, I have greatly enjoyed sharing our adventure with you.  For now, I will go back to my crafting, decorating, and DIY projects (why I originally started this blog site…haha).  More travel blogs will appears when we debark on our next journey…most likely with Princess, hopefully, sooner than later.

So for now, I will bid you all adieu and send you my love and say once last time…

Until next time, y’all take good care! ❤

Much, much love,
~Arlynn ❤




Hawaiian Cruise: Picture Tour of the Star Princess

As I was perusing through my literally thousands of pictures that we took while on our wonderful cruise, and when I started to pull pictures out to be used in this blog post, I realized that I had way too many pictures and that this would end up to be a very confused and discombobulated post.  So “Ms Anal Retentive” herself  < ~~~~ me, decided to make collages out of ‘like’ pictures via a spiffy little app that I have on my iPhone.  I have literally spent this entire day making these collages, but, I’m thinking that y’all will appreciate my efforts once you start scrolling through this post. 🙂

First, I will show you this gorgeous ship, the Star Princess from a bit of a distance:

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She is a big, gorgeous girl to look at isn’t she?  I love the way that Skywalkers is situated on the back, I think that it really gives this ship a ton of character.

Now, let’s climb on this beauty and work our way from the bottom to the top. Here is a little map that will help us navigate (of course there are a few decks even higher than this sign depicts…I didn’t get a picture of that sign…lol).  🙂  Please know that as hard as I tried, I did not get pictures of every single venue, but, the hubby and I worked as a team and traversed around the ship a lot taking random pictures and did the best that we could.


Deck 4:  Gala Deck–This is where we caught our Tender Boat:


Deck 5:  Plaza Deck:

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I’ll go ahead and insert the collage of the Piazza here–It was breathtakingly gorgeous!

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Vines Shop:  The hubby got us a really good candy bar from here one day:

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The Internet Cafe:

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The Capri Dining Room:


The only time we went in here was to attend one of their spiffy little sales that they often have going on on sea days:

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Deck 6: Fiesta Deck:

Grand Casino:

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Passenger Service Desk:


Calypso Cove:

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And at the far end of Calypso Cove, you will find the Sundries shop:



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This is also the deck where they would set up tables for different special sales…

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Promenade Deck:

Princess Theater:

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Shore Excursions (the Princess Captain’s Circle & the Future Cruise offices were down this same hallway:

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Crown Grill (This was by far our favorite place to eat):

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Meridian Bay:

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Photo Gallery:


Vista Lounge:

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Dolphin Deck:

Our Mini-Suite was on this deck, D620, if you would like to see a very detailed video tour, I created one on my YouTube channel, you can find it here.

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The walls in the Staterooms are metal, so it is always fun to bring some magnets with which to hang things:


We used the Laundromat on this floor a couple of times while on board, you use your cruise card to purchase tokens ($3 a piece) which then can be used in the washers and dryers and also to purchase laundry soap and dryer sheets (I recommend you take your own laundry supplies though, much cheaper and they don’t take up too much room in your luggage) It is free to use of the iron and ironing boards :

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Deck 14-The Lido Deck:

Prego Pizza:

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Trident Grill:

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Neptune’s Reef & Pool and Movies Under the Stars:

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Calypso’s Reef & Pool:

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As you can see in the pictures ^^^above^^^ there is a terrace type thing that wraps around the indoor pool (one deck up).  They have chairs up there along with some ping-pong tables…very relaxing little place.


Horizon Court Buffet:

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The Self-Serve Coffee/Tea Station, there is one on each side of the Horizon Buffet:

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The Crab Shack is also held on this floor, they close down one side of the Horizon Buffet in order to accommodate the Shack…SO, SO good, highly recommend!!Image 2 (4)

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And then a couple more Decks higher is Skywalkers Nightclub:

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Unfortunately, we did not get any pictures of the Sanctuary, the Fitness Center, the Wedding Chapel, the Youth/Teen Center, or a couple of the Main Dining Rooms along with other places that I probably don’t even realize exist..haha. 🙂  BUT, again, we did our best. 🙂  It truly is a lovely ship, (a bit of maintenance is needed in places, but, that is to be expected on a ship this size and one that is ‘at sea’ as much as this one is–I’m not complaining, just stating a fact); the crew works extremely hard each and every day to keep it sparkling clean and in great shape! 🙂  Speaking of the crew…they were absolutely wonderful, everyone ALWAYS had a smile on their face, everyone ALWAYS had a nice greeting or a put forth a sweet “Have a nice morning/day/evening”, I never saw one of them in a bad mood or being grumpy…ever!

I have one more Blog entry that will end this Series and in that I will talk about Disembarkation, possibly some final thoughts, although, I’ve pretty much said all I need to say, and our trip home (including a video of our pups when we walked back into the house).  For those of you who don’t know, we have a Golden Retriever named Gracie, and two Newfoundland dogs names Sophie and Samson (brown).  Here is a picture that I took of them yesterday…

And…Here is a link to my final post in this Hawaiian Cruise Series:

Hawaiian Cruise: Disembarkation, Final Thoughts, & Home Sweet Home


Boy oh boy do we ever love our pups. 🙂

SO, until next time, y’all take good care! ❤

~Arlynn ❤

OH one more thing…Here is a link to my very first post in this Hawaiian Cruise Series — And as in this one, there is a link at the end of each post that will take you to the next one in line–in chronological order. 🙂

And ***one*** more thing…haha…I promise just one more. 😉  Here is a video that I created for my YouTube Travel Channel (Arlynn’s Travels) of the Star Princess picture tour:

Hawaiian Cruise – Honolulu: Arizona Memorial & Mighty Mo

The feeling I have right at this moment as I start to write this post is one of quiet respect, mournful solitude, prayerful sorrow, and complete and utter sadness for those brave men and women we lost on December 7, 1941 in the attack on Pearl Harbor.  This will not be an easy post to write, but, I will try my best to give you the overall feeling of how touring the World War II Valor in the Pacific site affected me.

When I awoke and we were docked alongside Honolulu, my mind started to go to that fateful day and to all of the details that I’ve read in all of the history books; I knew that I was going to experience, in the only way we who were not alive on that fateful day can experience, the horror of the deadly attack on Pearl Harbor that the United States endured.  One of the main reasons that I wanted to go to Hawaii was so that I could pay my own respects to all that perished that day and to somehow, even if it was only by my quiet, respectful attitude while on that hallowed ground, convey my thoughts and prayers and most humbled reflection. It was not going to be an easy day for me, but, it was one that I had looked forward to for some time.

All that said, let’s get started…First of all, here is the Princess Patter for that day:

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We had also gotten this pamphlet when we first boarded, this gives a list of all of the excursions that were available in Honolulu–We had already made our excursion reservations online before we set sail.


Also, at every port, we got this nice little pamphlet to give us more information about where we were going to be visiting.

The day before we pulled into port, we had received this letter explaining how things would work on our excursion-stringent rules that I was actually quite glad to see. As well, on our excursion tickets, we were asked to dress appropriately…no bathing suits or shorts with holes in them etc…I was really glad to see that too…We were going to a hallowed place, not the beach, and not somewhere that was necessarily going to be fun.

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Here is what I chose to wear for this day:


Here was our ticket for our time to see the 20-minute documentary film depicting the attack on Pearl Harbor…We would have time to visit 2 museums onsite before and after the film and subsequent motor launch ride over to the Arizona Memorial.


Here was our motor coach for the day, the bus driver was absolutely awesome, she told story after story, I was brought to tears so many times while listening to her–she also made me laugh too.  She was the perfect person to narrate our trip (Princess does such a great job at choosing these companies and their personnel…honestly, they really do).


In route, we caught our first glimpse of the Arizona memorial, we took this picture from the bus:


We parked and we started our tour…





Here are some pictures of the two museums, the first one was “Road to War” and the second one was “Attack”:


I was quite touched as I walked through those two museums, they are very well done!

Next it was time to go and see the 20 minute documentary film–I did not take pictures of that probably because I was quite moved.  After the film was over, it was time to take the boat over to the Arizona Memorial.



This is a picture of the type of boat that you ride in over to the Arizona–They run two such boats, this was the one we saw as it was making its way back as we were moving toward the monument in an identical boat:



They pull you up right beside the Memorial…This is a very solemn trip for most including my hubby and I…



To this day, people are still put to rest in the Arizona:



You can still see oil leaking out of the ship:


And the most touching part of the Memorial was this the Honor Wall:

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As you read in the first couple of paragraphs of this blog post, I think that you all realize how important this day was to me.  I admit that I’m a very patriotic person and I am very proud to be an American.  As Americans, when our citizens are hurt, we are all hurt on some level, so touring this Memorial was quite a ‘moment’ in my life for me.  All that said, I’m now going to get a little bit negative in my statements here…Just warning you beforehand.  I’d appreciate no judgement being hurled my way after the following statements are read, but I cannot remain silent on this issue, so here goes:  Now, we all know that I’m the “Selfie Queen”, I’m forever taking Selfies here, there, and everywhere.  BUT, you will NOT see a selfie of me in front of this wall, in fact, we had to wait for quite a long time before we could get a picture of this wall without someone standing in front of it SMILING and WHOOPING and HOLLERING while taking their selfies.  I was appalled, absolutely appalled at some peoples nonchalant attitudes and their complete disrespect of this most solemn place.  It was incredible to me.  Now, I realize that we are Americans and that this site might affect us a bit more than some other countries residents…BUT, I would hope that if we traveled and toured a similar site in another country, that we would be respectful and solemn while experiencing such a place.  After I saw that display of complete ignorance and disrespect to our fallen, I turned around and got in line and waited quietly in tears for our ride back…While I was standing there waiting, I took this picture…GOD BLESS AMERICA and God Bless all of our fallen warriors and all of those who perished when Pearl Harbor was attacked…


If you’d like to know more about the Arizona Memorial, click here.

Okay, I’m finished with my rant…Onward we go with our day in Honolulu…Now that we had experienced the beginning of the war, we were now on our way over to Mighty Mo to experience the end of the war.  Aboard the Missouri is where Japanese envoys Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu and Gen. Yoshijiro Umezu signed their surrender on September 2, 1945 while in Tokyo Bay.





We were given a guided tour and were told all about the Missouri’s illustrious battle career, if you’d like to read more about Mighty Mo, check out this link.

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This is one of the guns used to shoot down Kamikazes…




And the Surrender papers…


We then headed back to our motor coach, I was bushed to be honest…more emotionally than physically of course.  I was so glad that we came, but, it affected me greatly.  Our bus driver took us passed the submarine the USS Bowfin on our way back to our ship…


And here is my hubby’s birthplace, Tripler Army Medical Center. 🙂 Yep, my hubby was born in Hawaii! 🙂


When we got back to our ship, instead of climbing right back aboard, we took a little walk…We saw these gorgeous flowers…



And I’m not sure if any of you saw the “Dirty Jobs” show were Mike Rowe was cleaning windows in Honolulu…Well, here is the hotel where he was working on said windows…


Here is the Star Princess from a distance…Goodness she really is a beauty (I know I say that every time I show a picture of her…hahaha…I’m nothing if not repetitive on that note). 😉


Our day in Honolulu was coming to an end and we were pulling away from the dock and setting sail for Kauai.  It had been a day that I’ll never, ever forget as long as I live.  I feel so lucky and blessed that I was able to walk on that hallowed ground.  The next time we go to Honolulu, maybe we’ll go and see a waterfall or a volcano or something more vacation’ee, but, I will never regret our tours of the Arizona Memorial and Mighty Mo.  One more time, I must say…God Bless America! ❤


Next stop…Kauai…Here is a sneak peek and link:

Hawaiian Cruise – Kauai: Spouting Horn & Waimea Canyon


Until next time, y’all take good care! ❤

~Arlynn ❤

***One more thing. 🙂  Here is a video that I created of our day in Honolulu after I had finished writing my Hawaii Blog—I also have a YouTube Travel Channel (Arlynn’s Travels):