The cruise started off nicely enough. We thought great we are on the top deck right near the Horizon Court and the swimming pools. What more could we ask for. Well, the first two days were horrible, because we were on the top deck the water was rougher than usual, we swayed back and forth until I finally got so seasick that after two days I went to Medical and requested the shot. After that I was great. The thing we noticed about having a room on the Lido Deck was not only did you feel the rocking more, but when you walked the hall way you could smell cigarette smoke. Since we aren't smokers it seemed very heavy. We talked to the desk about the heavy smell of smoke and we were told that every room is a smoking room and that they will spray the hall way for us. If they did spray, we didn't notice it. When we walked across the deck to the Horizon Court for breakfast, we had to encounter Gail force winds.
But that wasn't the worst of it. The theaters held around More
1,000 people - but there were over 2000 on the ship, so if we wanted to get a seat and see the show, we would have to get there 30-45 minutes early. sometimes up to 1 hour just to get a seat. We did sign up for traditional dining and thought maybe we should sign up for anytime dining so that could meet more people.We cancelled our traditional dining reservations. We came to find out that anytime dining actually means - Anytime you can get up at 8 am and make reservations for dinner three days in advance, then you can get a seat. My suggestion is to make reservation for traditional dining, even if you decide to try the anytime dining go for it. Don't cancel your traditional dining reservations.
The ship didn't seem to have all that much to do. They did have a lawyer than gave some talks about the law (which was interesting) and a woman who talked about the Hawaiian Islands that was good as well). Other types of activities were limited. Less
We took the city drive and volcanoes national park tour (ITO-102). It was a very good tour, except the driver said he knew 7 languages, however, English didn't seem to be one of them. After awhile our mind would wonder and we would just look outside the tour bus window. Once we got to the volcano, it was great. Lava wasn't flowing but you could see the steam. We walked through Thurston Lava Tube. We had a buffet lunch that actually was very good.
This was the highlight of the cruise - We see the USS Arizona it was just amazing. The tour was easy and no long lines. The museum was run well. We thought that we would have long lines and see nothing, but that was not the case. Make a point to go on this tour you won't regret it. We also took the Mighty MO tour and learned a little history that we weren't even aware of.
We didn't take a tour on Maui, we just got off the boat and walked. We had lunch and visited the various shops. Went to Hilo Hattie's to look around. They have a free shuttle that will pick you up from town and drop you off at the Hilo Hatie's and return you to the ship.