After leaving Los Angeles it was very cold for a few days. There was a pool on the ship, but it was just too cold to go in the water. Because the Leilani was a commercial ship, there was plenty to do every day. We played ping-pong and shuffleboard. I was competitive in ping-pong and okay at shuffleboard. There were lessons to learn how to hula to the Hawaiian song: Little Brown Gal. There were movies and every night a theme party. I took the hula lessons and really enjoyed the dancing. I went to the costume contest, but didn't participate. Some days I just sat out on the deck and watched the ocean. It was all fun and relaxing.
Our meals were all assigned seating and our family was assigned to sit with a family of four. They were a very pleasant couple with two young sons, the oldest a few years younger than myself. Our family enjoyed the time spent at the dinner table with this lovely family.
The closer we got to Hawaii the warmer it became. We could look out and see flying fish in the ocean. At night the skies were pitch black and the sparkling stars seemed wonderous, they were so clear and close. With the warmer weather I was able to go into the pool, but it was so crowded, I only went in the water once-in- awhile.
There was no romance, just flirtations. It was all very fun and made me love being on the ocean.