We have sailed Celebrity Solstice class ships several times before, but we chose this itinerary as our first trip to Hawaii. Overnights in Oahu, Maui, and ports on both sides of the big island were much enjoyed. Our last day in Hilo we experienced two earthquakes about 1/2 hour apart while on a bus tour in Volcanoes National Park and its environs. It was great and very exciting. All our excursions were from Celebrity, and all were well organized. We had one guide on the island of Hawaii, Anthony, who was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We actually enjoyed him on 2 separate tours. We learned a great deal about the history and geology of this island. I also really liked the "Beyond the Podium" lectures that were offered on the 5 sea days, especially the ones about the art of the south Pacific. I joined the choir, directed by Isaac, and had a great performance on our last night of the cruise in Victoria, B.C. A great way to get back to Canada!
Plenty of storage space for 2, loved the roomy corner shower unit. Bed was comfortable. Near to the elevators, but not noisy at all.
We walked to the Empress Hotel, after receiving excellent directions from the welcome booth that we came to as soon as we disembarked. I had made a reservation for tea, since this is an experience which was on my "bucket list". I wasn't disappointed, although I admit that this is an outrageous price for a a pot of tea and a three-tiered sweet and savory plate. Service was excellent, and piano added to the ambience. Surprisingly filling.