My wife and I did our second cruise on the Rhapsody. We wanted to do a cruise and Hawaii was the perfect place for a honeymoon. We got engaged just before our first cruise a year before on Majesty of the Seas. Flight into Vancouver was fine, the bus ride to the port was a little long but the driver did a good job of entertaining during the drive. Embarking took longer than expected as they stated we were leaving from an atypical pier.
Once on the ship, i was worried the days at sea would get long, just the opposite. We had time to stay up late, sleep in, enjoy the room service, and just enjoy each others company. it was during this time that we found our favorite place on the ship (deck 5, promenade deck). We would grab some drinks, a book, or a deck of cards and just watch the sea go by. Occasionally a lonely whale or a few dolphins or flying fish would keep us company. One morning we woke up to watch the TV route tracker suddenly deviate from a straight line. Captain Hempstead later came overhead to say we had to deviate to assist a vessel in distress. This added to the joy of the cruise and a little excitement at sea with still keeping us on schedule (nice job RC!).
We arrived at Lahina, Maui did a snorkeling excursion and went to Haleakala Park (Ty was our driver, he rocked). the two days. The next day we were at Hilo and did a tour of Volcanoes Nat'l park and saw the ne-ne geese. The following day we were at Kauai and went to Waimea canyon, it was beautiful. Bus AC broke but we managed. The last day was Honolulu. We got off the ship early and caught a cab to Pearl Harbor to get passes for the Arizona tour. As with all past cruises, the rooms have been good, the staff amazing, and the food great and always plentiful! We enjoy room service for an early morning or late night snack