In 2008, I took my favorite traveling companion, my nephew, Matt on a cruise to the Hawaiian Islands.
Getting there was not easy. We flew from Boston to Chicago. Our connecting flight was to fly from Chicago to Honolulu. We nearly missed the connection. Our Boston to Chicago flight was delayed landing in Chicago.
As a result, my nephew and I had to run through O’Hare terminal to get to our connecting flight.
It was a wild run. It reminded me of the old O.J. Simpson commercial where he runs through an airport terminal.
When we landed in Honolulu, we were transported by bus to the dock where we boarded the Pride of America.
Once on the ship we were escorted to the Presidential Suite and introduced to our butler.
It was wonderful to have a butler; he booked all of our shore excursions.
The room had a large living room, a bedroom, a full bathroom and a balcony with a hot tub on it.
The ship was spectacular with many different restaurants serving many different kinds of cuisine. The ship also had a casino, swimming pools and a theater.
We went on many different shore excursions. One was to the Botanical gardens. There were many exotic flowers there including the lobster claw.
The most memorable shore excursion was the trip to Volcano National Park on the big island of Hawaii.
There live volcanoes spew molten lava from their craters.