OH MY. We have been on many many cruises with Royal Caribbean before, and this is BY FAR THE WORST ONE. (A bit of context: we have been on the Jewel of the Seas, and Oasis of the Seas, for example. So writing this review, it's based on our prior experiences.)
We sailed from Honolulu to Vancouver, as a repositioning cruise, but I don't understand why the embarkation was 3+ HOURS! (photos showed how long the lineup was!) They didn't even explain (before or after) why it was taking so long, I felt they owed everyone an apology! Especially the elderly who had to wait that long, with no A/C, hot, and someone fainted!!!
After that terrible first day, we barely got on the ship to partake on the mandatory life boat safety drill!
Standard interior stateroom. The beds are nice, pillows are super flat!!! But clean at least, and washroom is a bit dated.
We rented a car at the Marriott King Kamehana hotel, which was right by the cruise port! Just walk across the street! super convenient, and so much cheaper and more flexible than joining a cruise tour / land tour. We drove to Kahaluu bay, saw lots of fish, went to Greenwell coffee farm, and Donkey balls. Also found Randy's by the roadside, and it was SO GOOD! Amazing BBQ chicken and ribs. For a cruise tour of upwards $100+ / person, we did it with 1/4 of the price! Make sure you make car reservations before you go, because it was all booked up in advance! A lot less commercialized than Honolulu, which we enjoyed!
Also rented a car, and there's a free shuttle from the rental car locations at the airport to the cruise port. We drove ourselves to the Hawaii volcano national park, and saw the devastating lands with lava, and the gorgeous mountain to ocean landscape view. Wish we had more time to see the falls as well, but alas. The national park is huge! Depending if you want to hike or not, you can spend upwards of 4 hours there alone!
We stayed in Waikiki a night before the cruise took off, and it was very very commercialized. We had to walk out a bit to Ono's hawaiian food, which was so worth it, getting an authentic taste of Hawaiian food. But in Waikiki alone, it was just filled with foreigners, and was pretty hectic. Beach was beautiful though, but crowded.
SO GORGEOUS! This is the island where the movies are filmed - Avatar, Jurassic park, to name a few. The cruise even had a movie tour that took you around to where these movies were filmed. We did it ourselves, and drove around the island in the span of 2 days. Visited Waimea Canyon, which is BEAUTIFUL. All the sights were easy to drive to, scenic points all around the island. When you're driving, it feels like you are in Jurassic park! The waves on the Hanalei side are more rough, so beware of swimming, I think it's more for surfers.
Unfortunately we didn't rent a car that day, so we just walked to the outlets of Maui close by, and up to Star Noodle, which is delicious! Maui is more commercialized than the other islands, but less than Honolulu. Great beaches close to the cruise port.