I'm submitting this review in hopes that what happened to my husband and I, will not happen to someone else. We have been on 3 cruises before this one and never have either one of us felt so lousy. The trip to Fanning Island was very rough!! We had motion sickness pills and wristbands. They just kept you from going over the edge, but my husband was sick for 3 days straight which makes for a not-so-fun vacation. Our advice...if you have a tendency for motion sickness, take the pills a couple of days before you get on board. We were told this by a crew member 4 days after we were on the ship!
We were very excited to go on this cruise. It was our first time to Hawaii and we looked forward to getting a little taste of each of the islands. We stayed overnite in Honolulu and then took the tour of Pearl Harbor the next day, which was an amazing thing to see. We boarded the ship around 2 p.m. and it was as easy as what everyone else has said. We were on board within 10 minutes. We were shown to our cabin (10186) which was a great cabin with a balcony. I would highly recommend a balcony especially if you are going to be doing the Fanning Island trip...it was a great to get some fresh air when the ship was rocking!! We chose to do our own excursion in Hilo, which was half the price of the ship's. There were several different vans waiting there to take you wherever you wanted to go for half the price (from Wal-Mart to the volcanic crater to waterfalls.) We just negotiated when we got off of the ship. As soon as we left Hilo headed for Fanning Island we knew it was going to be interesting.
We had very rough seas for 3 days (a day and a half there and a day and a half back.) We knew it was a lot of days at sea, but never expected it to be so rough. Once we got to Fanning Island, it was wonderful!! We would highly recommend a walking tour with one of the locals. We went to the school and dropped off paper,pencils,crayons,markers,books,and some other misc. It is very true that they do not harass you like in Mexico or other places. The people are very quiet and shy. They always said "thank you" with a great big smile on their face! We had brought puzzles, yo-yo's, hair scrunchies and a few other misc. things that were an absolute joy to give to the kids. If you like a quiet beach, there is a great spot through the market on the dirt road and to the left.