This was a two week round-trip cruise out of San Diego featuring two long ocean passages, interrupted by a whirlwind tour of four Hawaiian ports. My wife Norma and I had never been to Hawaii, but we had crossed the Atlantic on a sister ship (Celebrity Millennium) back in 2004, and we enjoyed very much that Celebrity experience, as well as the extended time at sea.
This cruise had an interesting beginning. On April 22, the Infinity was late returning to port because of heavy weather, and her departure from San Diego was necessarily delayed by almost 5 hours. Faced with this challenge, the folks at Celebrity bussed awaiting passengers to the local convention center, where we were very well fed and cared for. Our luggage was transported to the ship, and Celebrity even managed to move their embarkation/registration process to the convention center, making good use of this down-time. Under the circumstances, we think that the folks at Celebrity did an admirable job. We met a lot of nice people at the convention center, and we did not find this delay to be a serious concern. But many passengers were irritable and grumpy; regrettably, when dealt a few lemons, not all passengers chose to make lemonade! More on this later.
The demographics of this cruise were unusual. This was a very much older crowd that we had experience on any of our previous cruises, and a surprisingly large number of them had serious mobility problems: wheel-chairs, walkers, canes, and motorized carts were definitely in vogue! This skewed demographic was the topic of conversation at our dinner table. Our best guess was that a disproportionate number of older Americans with health and mobility problems are attracted to the Hawaiian itinerary; an itinerary which takes place entirely in a USA-context, with reliable and familiar health services, unilingual-English language services, US dollar currency, etc.