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What I did on My One Month Cruise Vacation to Hawaii and Tahiti

Updated on September 26, 2017
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Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She lives happily in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.

Moorea from the promenade deck of the Sapphire Princess cruise ship.
Moorea from the promenade deck of the Sapphire Princess cruise ship. | Source

I just returned from a 28-day cruise. I am fortunate enough to have fallen in love with a man who works for himself and makes his own schedule. Because of this, we were able to take a 1-month vacation this past Fall. We went on a cruise on the Sapphire Princess. It is amazing what one can do when they plan a trip for a month. Imagine, one whole month to do as you please. Our kids are older now and out on their own which means they are not looking to us for support or to meet their everyday needs. So one can get a lot accomplished in a one-month period of leisure time. Here’s what I did with my time:

1) Read six books: The Vow by Kim Carpenter, Making a Living Without a Job by Barbara Winter, Wherever You Need Me by Anna Urda Busby, Losing It by Valerie Bertinelli, Debt Free For Life by David Bach, Mosaic by Amy Grant

2) Read three magazines

3) Wrote four blog entries

4) Wrote13 online articles for publication (Hubs)

5) Worked out 25 out days out of 28 days by either walking or swimming laps

6) Gained only 2 pounds

7) Attended a seminar on acupuncture

8) Ate whatever I wanted, every day

9) Fell more in love with my husband

10) Made a list of my personal goals for the next year

11) Relaxed daily

12) Used a hot tub for 27 days

13) Watched 28 movies: Crazy, Stupid Love, Goya's Ghosts, Bridges of Madison County, Pollack, Tora, Tora, Tora, The Notebook, Snow White and The Huntsman, Roman Holiday, The Descendants, Girl With the Pearl Ear Ring, The Way We Were, The Agony and the Ecstasy, Sense and Sensibility, My Best Friend’s Wedding, This Means War, Larry Crowne, The American President, One Fine Day, Secretariat, Zookeeper, Morning Glory, An Affair to Remember, The Blind Side, The Magic of Belle Island, The Lucky One, Return to Me, The Vow

14) Ate out in restaurants for 84 meals

15) Sat on a balcony at sunset with a glass of wine 14 times

16) Took 2 Zumba classes

17) Learned the meaning of the following words: Aloha, Mahalo, Tora

18) Crossed the equator twice

19) Saw the world’s largest Hawaiian shirt

20) Saw 2 Polynesian dance shows

21) Drank coconut water

22) Toured the Western Samoa home of Robert Louis Stevenson

23) Visited the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor and learned about the attack that got the United States involved in World War II

24) Walked 18 miles on the promenade deck and a treadmill

25) Saw one magic show, four comedy shows, one piano concert, two concerts of a string quartet, attended four musicals, heard four different vocal soloists

26) Attended a lecture on Pearl Harbor

27) Took 576 pictures of Hawaii, Bora Bora, Moorea, 4Tahiti, Western Samoa and American Samoa, and the cruise ship

28) Tookfourplane trips

29) Took 23 naps

30) Had three formal portraits taken with my husband

31) Got a tan

32) Attended an afternoon tea

33) Bought 3 Christmas presents

34) Saw the “Grand Canyon of the South Pacific” which is the Waimea Canyon on Kauai

35) Saw where Jurassic Park was filmed

36) Visited 4 Hawaiian Islands

37) Visited 2 Samoan Islands

38) Visited 3 French Polynesian islands

39) Went to 4 classical music concerts

40) Ate the best scones and fresh whipped cream I have ever had

41) Developed a business plan for my new writing career

42) Took a walking tour of the Queen Mary

43) Tasted Kona coffee from a coffee farm on the Big Island of Hawaii

44) Mailed nine postcards to friends and relatives

45) Saw a Tahitian waterfall

46) Saw a fern grotto

47) Saw eight flying fish

48) Saw four rainbows

49) Had the best vacation of my life

50) Wrote a thank you letter to my husband for taking me on the best vacation of my life!

If you have never been on a cruise before, I highly recommend one for possibly the best vacation of your life!

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writing articles in the stateroom on the cruise.
writing articles in the stateroom on the cruise. | Source
Beautiful Waimea Canyon
Beautiful Waimea Canyon | Source
My favorite place to work out on the ship, the heated Lotus Pool for adults only with hot tubs for after swimming!
My favorite place to work out on the ship, the heated Lotus Pool for adults only with hot tubs for after swimming! | Source
A double rainbow as seen from our cabin balcony!
A double rainbow as seen from our cabin balcony! | Source
The best scones and fresh whipped cream I have ever eaten.
The best scones and fresh whipped cream I have ever eaten. | Source
Waterfall in Tahiti!
Waterfall in Tahiti! | Source


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    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Oh my goodness hawaiianodysseus, I am sooo embarrassed that I mixed the 2 islands up. But I was very confused, and still am about which island is which. I did know that it was on the island of Kauai, but when typing it, probably just mixed it up. Thank you so much for the correction. In terms of the Hawaiian islands, my favorite was actually Kauai, but we only spent one day at each 4 islands and only had time to do a tour of one area on each so my opinion really can only be based on what we saw. We did go to a rain forest on Oahu that was a beautiful area, but Honolulu was such a large city that I didn't really like that part of the island. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. And correcting that whopper of a mistake! And it's nice to be back!

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia


      Thanks for your comments. My husband was in the cabin with me reading when I was writing my hubs. It was part of our relaxation plan to just read and relax whenever we felt like it. Tasmania, wow, I have never met anyone who has actually visited there. But as I like to say, "any cruise is a good cruise" so I am sure you enjoyed yourself. We have done an Alaskan cruise twice and loved it. That's the area of cruising where we have seen the most wildlife. We are hoping to do Alaska one more time and do the land and sea tour as we have heard that is the best way to really see Alaska. You may want to check that out before you book your cruise. So much wildlife viewing available that way. Thanks again for stopping by!

    • freecampingaussie profile image


      8 years ago from Southern Spain

      Wow - you sure kept busy ! We did a cruise to Tasmania for our honeymoon which I loved and we are going on a cruise to Alaska next year but I didnt watch movies as I love swimming , spa etc more . I wont get to do hubs on the ship as will spend the time with my husband and do them afterwoods . Glad you had a great time !

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      8 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Beautiful hub; fantastic photos; all of that joy exuding from Karen = one homesick Hawaiian! : )

      My, oh, my, Karen! Even while on a month-long cruise into the deepest part of Paradise, you still managed to maintain the high standard work ethic! You're an amazing woman! Loved that bird's eye view of you seated at the laptop. Loved that aloha shirt even more!

      May I offer you one tiny yet significant correction? In item 34, change Maui to Kaua'i. Trust me, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific--Waimea Canyon--is on Kaua'i. It's the same island where you saw the fern grotto by taking a river boat trip up the Wailua River...and, yes, the same island where many of the scenes for Jurassic Park were shot. Would love to hear more of your thoughts about my home island.

      I keyed in on one of the books you read, the one by David Bach entitled, "Debt Free for Life." I definitely want to read that one. While we're on the topic, I'm guessing that you just love Dave Ramsey. He's another author whose books I'd love to read.

      13 Hubs, huh? Wow! Double Wow! Simply amazing. That's why I continue to be inspired by you.

      Finally, I just want to's so good to have you back "home" again here on HubPages. Missed you!

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I am planning on writing a few book reviews based on the books I read. I would recommend The Vow for anyone who is a Christian because the real life story is quite different from the movie that came out last year. But the couple is born again and has a very strong faith in God, so if you know of someone who is a romantic at heart and has a strong faith, I think they would like the book. Also, if you know of anyone who has too many bills, and wants concrete examples and websites to access in order to get their debt under control and catch up on things, then Debt Free for Life is a good one.

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      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia


      Thanks for the read and the comment. There was plenty of time to rest in between activities, especially during the 8 days at sea at the end of the cruise.

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      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Pavlo Badovskyy,

      No rest time, right back to work...we had plenty of time each day to rest in between all the activities we did. Thanks for reading and commenting. I have added pictures since I first published this.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia


      Well, I had to quit my previous job in order to free up my time to be able to take the cruise for a whole month. I substitute teach now so I can pick and choose my work days and travel with my husband. Less money, but a lot more quality of life!

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia


      I can vouch for a cruise to Hawaii. It was wonderful. We haven't done the Mediterranean yet but to me, any cruise is a good cruise...LOL! Only 2 pounds gained because I did work out every day so that really helps.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Bob!

      Oh well, don't worry too much about your wrong answer. Maybe it was wishful thinking on your part? That you WANT to live in Hawaii??? There's plenty to do on a cruise ship. So much I haven't even mentioned because we don't like the hula dancing, line dancing, ballroom dancing, classes on photography, craft classes, ice carving demonstrations, etc. If you have an open mind, you won't be bored.

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      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Hi David!

      We go on 1 cruise a year and I have done the Alaskan inner passage. It's wonderful. Especially if you enjoy wildlife. The cruises to warmer areas don't have as many wildlife sightings and I miss that. Dress for cool weather if you go. I have been twice in August and it can sometimes be cool and rainy.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Faith!

      Yes, I have been waiting for my children to grow up and be on their own to take this cruise with my second husband. I have added pictures since I first wrote this hub, so people can see first hand some of the experiences we had. I highly recommend a cruise, of any length to everyone!

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia


      That's what a lot of people have said to me, but as you can see, there is so much to do. There were plenty of things that we didn't even attempt, such as country line dancing, ballroom dancing lessons, hula and ukele lessons, scuba or snorkeling, etc. There are an amazing array of activities on board the ship as well as at the port stops. I hope you and your wife can give it a try someday.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia


      Good for you on taking care of your elder. It takes a lot of dedication and love to do that. God bless you. I had to wait till my children were grown and gone before I could go. It was a truly amazing experience. Thanks for your comment.

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      8 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

      A one month cruise? Too cool - I wish I would not only have the money to do that, but also the time. Guess it would have to wait until a year after my elder comes home to God because I'm caring for her right now...

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      8 years ago

      This is a great summary! I was wondering, of your book reads and movie views if you had any favorites. I am planning book gifts this year for most of my extended family and always interested in hearing book reviews! Also, just curious about the movies, just to add to Netflix queue!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      8 years ago

      Wow, I am impressed: with all the activity you managed to squeeze in 23 naps! I would have had to take much more than that! Looks like you had a great time and I am so envious of your experience. Thanks for sharing your adventure.

    • Pavlo Badovskyy profile image

      Pavlo Badovskyi 

      8 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      Nice hub and extremely busy vacation! According to the list of all you did, you were involved in many activities. Just one question: how long did you have a rest after such a rest? LOL! Great hub, unforgettable experience!

    • shiningirisheyes profile image

      Shining Irish Eyes 

      8 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I am living vicariously through you! How fortunate you are for having the opportunity to take a wonderful vacation, let alone an entire month!

      Good for you and I thank you for taking me on your glorious relaxing journey.

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      carol stanley 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      Did you find time to sleep.. What a wonderful experience and you accomplished, learned, ate, had fun and wow..I am impressed with all the activity. Only 2 pounds that alone is daunting. Thanks for sharing all these wonderful experiences. We are thinking of a cruise to Hawaii or Mediteranean.

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      Bob Zermop 

      8 years ago from California, USA

      Sounds great, thanks for sharing, karenhellier! I've always wondered what you could do on a cruise boat for more than a few days; still probably not my cup of tea, but I see the appeal now!

      On a side note, I impulsively clicked and voted "Don't have to. I live in Hawaii" in your poll, which is not even a slightly true response. Really not sure why - subconscious desires, I guess. :D Thanks ft the interesting hub!

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      David Warren 

      8 years ago from Nevada and Puerto Vallarta

      WOW!! I've never been on a cruise but have seriously been considering the idea. My wife and I are thinking of taking a cruise to Alaska and the inner passage. I enjoyed reading your hub. Thank you for sharing so much.

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      Faith Reaper 

      8 years ago from southern USA

      Wow again! A whole month to do what one pleases, now that is a vacation no doubt! And if your children are grown and on their own, then you deserved every second of that amazing cruise. Thank you for sharing your vacation with us here. I am so envious.

      Voted Way up

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      8 years ago

      Wow!! My first thought about a 28 day cruise was....wouldn't that be boring after the first week. You have made me see this option in a different light. Thanks for sharing...I think my wife will be very happy I found your hub. Voted up.


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