We chose this cruise because of all the days at sea. Titled "Hawaii Circle Cruise" the emphasis is definitely on cruise rather than Hawaii. Though we enjoyed our time in the islands, we spent more time getting there (and back) than touring. We knew this going in and were ready for the relaxation cruising affords-- no phones, no internet (unless you want it) and no TV. No access to work activities. Relaxation!
Embarkation at San Diego was quick and easy. We parked across the street at the Holiday Inn on the Bay (covered parking at a great rate, plus walking distance to the port). The port has an efficient drop off system set up. I dropped Mom and the bags off at the port, parked the car and walked back. Once inside, the line moved quickly. Within about 5 minutes we were through security and registering for our ship's cards. The ship opened up for new passengers a little after 11 (the paperwork said to arrive at noon). In order to facilitate embarkation, the 200 or so of us who arrived early all received number cards. Seats were provided for waiting (we didn't have to wait).
On board, staterooms were ready. We were in 2536 which is slightly forward with all the usual HAL amenities (bathtub, DVD player, plenty of storage). Our stewards, Raz & Win, were wonderful. They were friendly but discreet. They always put our mail in the room, made sure we had 2 daily planners and found extra blankets when we were cold.
The cabin is slightly forward with easy access to the elevators. We were rocking and rolling with the ship but it didn't feel any worse than other areas on the ship. We occasionally would hear some clanging up above but it didn't last long. We are, however, fairly sound sleepers. We had one minor problem with our heating/AC unit: two drips appeared one afternoon. We called the front desk and someone was there in less than 5 minutes (just as we were leaving). By the time we got back to our room, all was fixed and Raz was wiping everything down. We weren't inconvenienced in the slightest but we received an apology note and gift from Guest Relations. The service was above and beyond what I'd expect.