Star-Bulletin Features

Wednesday, August 11, 1999

Shipshape treat

S.S. Independence

Is it dessert or is it art?

Both, for passengers aboard Voyage 1000 of the S.S. Independence. The American Hawaii Cruises ship sets off on its 1,000th trip Saturday -- a tour of the neighbor islands and the waters between them.

In honor of the milestone, Executive Chef Stafford DeCambra has crafted a commemorative dessert. To appreciate it, you almost need a map: There's the chocolate ship (the top lifts off to reveal a macadamia-nut mousse), a white chocolate "wave" decorated in stars and stripes, dark chocolate cylinder filled with fruits in cream and garnished with mountain apple slices and a tiny anchor, a chocolate/ caramel "lava sauce," plus a sugar cookie.

If boat lore is your thing, go to the Boat Days departure ceremony at Aloha Tower Marketplace at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. You don't get to try the dessert, but you can enter the drawing for a free cruise for two aboard the Independence. Also part of the celebration: fireworks and entertainment.

The Independence has been sailing Hawaii waters since 1980. It stops at five ports on four islands over seven days.


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