This was our second cruise with Celebrity, the first was on the Millennium. We are in our mid fifties, and have cruised for the last 18 years.
Arrival & Embarkation-- We flew to San Diego the day before, stayed at the Holiday Inn Old Town, nice and well located, and has an airport shuttle. Since we made all our own arrangements, we purchased a transfer voucher from Celebrity, and returned to SD airport around noon, to the baggage area in American Airlines. We were directed to leave our luggage, and sent out to wait to board a bus to Ensenada. We received a bottle of water and a granola bar as we boarded. The trip took three hours,with no problems at the border crossing, but when we arrived at the Coral Hotel in Ensenada we had to wait in the bus for about another 30 minutes while they did the boarding passes and credit card work bus by bus, then we were loaded up onto another bus and driven a short drive to the pier, and then waited in line to board the Infinity.
Once on board, at approx 4:30pm, we received our welcome glass of champagne and a personal escort to our room. We had a balcony cabin, and loved it. We went up to the Mast Bar on deck 11, to a pre-arranged meeting spot with some of the people from our Cruise Critic Party. It was fun finally meeting the others that we had been talking with via computer for the last six months. We sailed at 9pm.
Four Days at Sea--What can I say, we really enjoyed checking out the ship, getting a start on that suntan,and just relaxing. Early seating dinner and wonderful tablemates, a great wait staff, and scrumptious food. If you like to dance, the Rendezvous Lounge was a great spot to listen to music and dance, and it was right next to the dining room. Even though this is a big ship, it never really seemed crowded, always found a couple chairs to lay out in on deck, and there was always seats at the shows. We went to a movie one night, and found the seats uncomfortable, the room very cold, and the screen difficult to see. I especially loved the aquaspa area, the warm salt water pool is so relaxing, and the hot tubs are never very crowded. We often ate a light lunch at the aquaspa cafe. We used room service for our breakfast most of the time.
First Port of Call--Hilo- We docked at about 7am, we had been here 10 years ago, and had done the Volcano Tours. This time we went to the Botanical Gardens, short, inexpensive and beautiful.
Second Port--Kona- Had to tender into shore here. Sunny Kona, did a Zodiac snorkel tour, highly recommend it, a little hard on the back bouncing across the waves, but only 12 to a boat, and good snorkeling.
Third Port--Maui- There was only one day scheduled here and we really needed two. Once again we had to tender ashore. Shared a rental car with two of our tablemates and drove to a beach connected with a hotel and used their facilities, mediocre snorkeling. The road to Hana will have to wait till next time. We had to be back on board by 5:30p at all ports.
Fourth Port--Kauai- Beautiful Kauai, this island you must stay on for a few days to appreciate it. And we did come back here post cruise for three days. We toured Wiamea Canyon while on the cruise.
Fifth and Final Port--Oahu- We disembarked here in the morning and all went smoothly. If you are making your own travel arrangements, don't buy the cruise transfer to the airport, much cheaper and quicker to get a taxi outside the terminal. We had been here before and suggest the Pearl Harbor Memorial and an island Circle Tour. Happy Cruising and Aloha!