Embarkation with Medallion was a breeze.
Checked large luggage with porter at curbside. Direct to check in counter. Through security screening and onto the ship. Time was about 1 PM. Wanted to give staff time to complete changed over of staterooms. Went direct to the stateroom and it was ready, with our Elite mini bar set up. Shortly after walking into the room, our Stewart Miguel arrived with champagne for mini suite benefit.
Room was clean, bathroom clean and the AC working.
Hilo, we walked through the Japanese garden near the ship. We did not take any tours because we have been to Hawaii many times.
We did get off ship and use the Hilo Hattie free shuttle to the mall. Did some shopping, had lunch and returned to the ship.