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Embarkation was quick and easy compared to recent large ship and midsize ship embarkations. After arriving at the cruise terminal in Honolulu, we were guided to our line for our cabin class and we walked right to the counter. After answering the quick health questionnaire our photos were taken and we were escorted to our cabin by ship's staff. Twenty minutes from unloading at the dock and getting to our cabin. Disembarkation was the also the easiest we have ever had as the Destinations Manager escorted us off the ship, to our luggage and then to our awaiting car to take us to the airport. Our suite was well appointed with only the sofa cushions showing some wear, otherwise the Suite was perfect. Dining at Luminae, Tuscan Grille, Morano and Sushi On Five was the best dining we have had in terms of quality and variety on any ship. Michael's Club, where after the first night the bar tender knew our choice of libations and the string duet and the classical guitar entertained was our favorite spot before dinner. The service on board was excellent from the butler, cabin steward, to the whole staff at Luminae, Sushi On Five, Tuscan Grille and Morano, we did not want for anything. We had chosen some interesting shore excursions including the Road to Hana and the Pineapple Plantation on Maui, the Atlantis Submarine in Kona as well as the Glass Bottom Boat and we recommend those excursions. The most interesting shore excursion, and it was a matter of timing, was the visit to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, and hiking through Kilauea Iki Crater as the plume from the Kilauea Caldera rose behind us. The 5.1 earthquake which occurred while we were in the crater and brought rock down from the crater sides was pretty exciting and then experiencing the 6.9 earthquake while at the Jaggar Volcano Overlook topped off the day. It was a matter of timing! I will add, that we never felt in danger as the guides and the rangers were well trained and safety came first in dealing with the guests and the situation.

Best large ship cruise we have had in over thirty years of cruising vacations!

Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by 553Makai

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2018
  • Destination: Transpacific
  • Cabin Type: Royal Suite
Embarkation was quick and easy compared to recent large ship and midsize ship embarkations. After arriving at the cruise terminal in Honolulu, we were guided to our line for our cabin class and we walked right to the counter. After answering the quick health questionnaire our photos were taken and we were escorted to our cabin by ship's staff. Twenty minutes from unloading at the dock and getting to our cabin. Disembarkation was the also the easiest we have ever had as the Destinations Manager escorted us off the ship, to our luggage and then to our awaiting car to take us to the airport. Our suite was well appointed with only the sofa cushions showing some wear, otherwise the Suite was perfect. Dining at Luminae, Tuscan Grille, Morano and Sushi On Five was the best dining we have had in terms of quality and variety on any ship. Michael's Club, where after the first night the bar tender knew our choice of libations and the string duet and the classical guitar entertained was our favorite spot before dinner. The service on board was excellent from the butler, cabin steward, to the whole staff at Luminae, Sushi On Five, Tuscan Grille and Morano, we did not want for anything. We had chosen some interesting shore excursions including the Road to Hana and the Pineapple Plantation on Maui, the Atlantis Submarine in Kona as well as the Glass Bottom Boat and we recommend those excursions. The most interesting shore excursion, and it was a matter of timing, was the visit to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, and hiking through Kilauea Iki Crater as the plume from the Kilauea Caldera rose behind us. The 5.1 earthquake which occurred while we were in the crater and brought rock down from the crater sides was pretty exciting and then experiencing the 6.9 earthquake while at the Jaggar Volcano Overlook topped off the day. It was a matter of timing! I will add, that we never felt in danger as the guides and the rangers were well trained and safety came first in dealing with the guests and the situation.
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Cabin Review

Royal Suite
Cabin RS 1614
The suite was in excellent condition with two refrigerators a dining room table, with two jetted hot tubs, one the veranda . The bed was very comfortable. The only minor issue was that the seat cushions on the two sofas were worn.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Botanical Garden
    My wife very much enjoyed her walking tour of the Botanical Garden in Hilo.
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  • Kilauea Walking Tour
    Very interesting and exciting tour under normal conditions, but being in the Kilauea Iki Crater when the Kilauea Caldera started to produce greater fume and to see the rock fall from the crater walls due to the 5.1 earthquake made this tour very exciting. Later at the Jaggar Observation Center and Museum, experiencing the 6.9 earthquake and seeing small cracks start to form in the cliff overlooking the Kilauea Caldera was even more exciting. It was a day to remember. The guides and the rangers had obviously trained for guest safety and I never felt like we were put in any danger.
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  • Little Circle Island
    Very informative, especially enjoyed the time and explanation at Diamond Head and Fort Ruger.
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  • Atlantis Submarine
    Really enjoyed this tour of the reef, although you see a great deal more color in the tropical fish when you view the shallower portions of the reef from the glass bottom boat.
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  • Glass Bottom Boat
    Excellent tour as you glide over the shallow waters of the reef. Excellent narration as well.
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  • Maui Tropical Plantation
    The actual tour was wonderful and very much enjoyed by my wife who did not want to do the Road to Hana. The only issue was the bus driver who took his time and showed the guests his school and sites that were only important to him. Again a bus driver with a captive audience.
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  • Road to Hana
    The guide, and I would rather call him an overachieving bus driver was full of himself as though he had a captive audience and the nine hour tour turned into a twelve hour tour because of all his talking and stopping at sites that were not part of the tour.
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  • Butchart Gardens
    We very much enjoyed Butchart Gardens and look forward to returning next spring to see the gardens again.
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  • Butterfly Gardens
    This was part of our Butchart Garden tour and it was interesting to see once and if you are taking young children it is highly recommended.
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