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Old April 1st, 2001, 06:21 AM
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I will try to keep this as short as possible while touching on all the highlights. First of all, it was, overall, an excellent cruise. There were some glitches however.

Let me start from the beginning. We got our documents 3 days prior to travel. That made me very nervous. We arrived in San Diego a day early. We purchased this day early package from Celebrity. We were to be picked up by the cruiseline between 12:30 and 1:00pm I believe. At 1:10, I called Celebrity to ask where the bus was. They told me it was running late. I called back at 1:30. They told me to be patient. There was a group of about 25 of us waiting at the hotel. At close to 2pm, we called again. The bus driver was now telling Celebrity that he had already picked everyone up. We said that there were 25 of us that would like to disagree with the bus driver. They sent another bus and picked us up at around 2:30pm. This ended up working out for the best, as my parents who flew in that day, had to wait in a terrible line at the San Diego pier. We had no such line as it had already been processed. We got directly on a bus for Ensenada.

When we arrived at the ship, all went very smoothly. We were met by crewmen in white gloves that escorted us to our stateroom. Very nice touch. Our stateroom, 7204, was wonderful. It is on the back of the ship with a large veranda. Our cabin attendant was also wonderful.

The ship is beautiful, everywhere. Subtle elegance. The entertainment was good. Some nights better than others. The service was of very high quality, all over the ship. Everyone really seemed to care. A refreshing experience after our last Carnival fiasco.

The SS United States restaurant is an experience not to be missed. The service in the regular restaurant was wonderful but it was even better in the SS United States restaurant. Whenever they served anything, three waiters simultaneously delivered food to all 6 in our party. They cooked a large portion of the meal tableside.

We had 4 days at sea. Lots of Scrabble. We did get to watch a passenger being airlifted off of the ship by helicopter. It was some kind of medical emergency. We hope he/she is OK.

We stopped in Kona first. We tendered in and took the carriage tour. It was a nice slow paced tour. There is some shopping in Kona.

We stopped in Hilo next. We docked here. It is on the same island as Kona. It is a little faster paced. We went on the Volcanoes National Park tour. We recommend you rent a car here and go there yourself. We were very rushed and did not see all we wanted to at the Volcanoes National Park. Skip the Mauna Loa macadamia nut factory unless you are nuts about macadamias. All the tours here seem to end up there.

We tried to go to Nawiliwili, Kauia next. ( I am sure I spelled that wrong.) We were unable to dock because of high winds. Not Celebrity's fault, but still disappointing.

The captain did what he could to take care of us by sailing full speed toward Lahaina, Maui. We got an extra half day there. He could have taken his time to get there but he did not. We really appreciated the extra time in Maui. We tendered into Maui. Some of the tender drivers need more training. They punched a hole in our boat and we saw another with a broken window.

We rented a car on Maui and went to Haleakala National Park. It is a scary drive up the side of a 10,000 foot volcano but we highly recommend it. Breathtaking views. Some go for sunrise but that would have meant leaving the ship at 2:30am as it is a 2 hour drive and you have to tender in. They did have tenders running all night.

My parents took a whale watching tour that they booked right where the tenders docked. It was not the one offered by the ship. They loved their tour. There are plenty to choose from.

The last shore excursion we had was the Luau. We were not happy. It is $85 per person and the best part of it was our bus driver. She was funny. The show, while good, was only about 30 minutes. The food was poor at best. We never saw a pig. I expected a ceremony around digging up a pig. We got a shell lei. That is lame. I paid for a flower lei. It was about an hour drive from where the tenders docked. We did not get what we paid for. We really felt taken. Many of us complained to the Guest Relations people. We were thanked for our comments and told that it would be looked into by corporate.

There are many Luau's available for less money closer to where the tenders dock. We recommend you check those out. The one we had was at the Outrigger hotel and was sponsored by the ship. Don't waste your money on that one.

There is a ton of excellent shopping right where the tenders dock in Lahaina. Easy walking distance. There were many craftsmen under a large banyan tree that is really cool. It stretches a whole city block.

Finally, we went to Honolulu. We had a full day there before we had to depart. We again rented a car. We went to the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Bowfin (a submarine), and the USS Missouri. The Arizona and Missouri are points not to be missed. You can get there via shore excursion or you can do it yourself. The Arizona is free and the Missouri is $14 per person or $18 per person with a guided tour. We recommend the guided tour. Get there early. You get a ticket for a specific time to go to the Arizona. That way you can spend time at the Bowfin or Missouri before going to the Arizona. Incidently, the Arizona, Bowfin, and Missouri are all right next to each other. The Arizona and Missouri belong together. The beginning and ending of WWII together.

There is some neat shopping at the pier in the Aloha tower shopping center.

On debarkation day, being Captain's Club members with our own transportation, we got off the ship very early with no hassle whatsoever. WOW! On other cruises, debarkation has sucked, not so here.

We did some shopping around town then headed to the airport. Our flight left Honolulu at 6:40pm. We got their way early at about 2:15pm. TWA is closed until 4:00pm so we could not check in and there is no where to sit until you are at the gate area. Be forewarned. Getting there early gets you nothing!

We got to St. Louis a little after 7:00am the following day. What a long flight!

We got back to our final destination of Kansas City a little after 10:00am. We went to bed.

It was a wonderful trip. Hawaii is super. Our favorite port was Lahaina, Maui.

If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask.

Rob
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Old April 1st, 2001, 11:36 AM
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Nice review - thanks for posting!!! Sounds like you had a great trip!!!
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Rob

Thank you for the review. We will be on the Infinity in November staying in a cat.3 cabin, which I believe was the same as yours. Did you like the cabin and the privacy divider? We are in 9156 and hope it is big enough. We have two children 10 and 6 and prefer to have them in the same room with us instead of an adjoining cabin. Thank you for any input you might have.

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Thanks for the review of the Infinity. As for those who have not been to Hawaii and do plan on going to a luau the best ones from what I've been told are those that some churches do in Hawaii and are not the "touristy" type if you are on a tour. I personally was to Hawaii about 24 years ago when I was younger and it was excellent to say the least despite the fact it was when I was doing an air package to Hawaii where it was included and was quite good.
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I am sailing on May 1 Infinity in the cabin that you were in. My question is, how obstructed is the general view from the balcony with the privacy dividers, and then with the corner cabin tight next door with the portion that sticks out? Also...off the back of the balcony is it glass (can you see out while sitting down) or is it metal. Also, how much of the Penthouse balcony are you looking at?
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Old April 1st, 2001, 04:27 PM
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The privacy divider is wonderful! It has frosted glass that is hard to see through so it is semi-private. We had two couches in our room that were hide-a-beds.

The large veranda is also very nice.

It will work great with a family.

Rob
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Old April 1st, 2001, 04:44 PM
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You are in cabin 7204! Wow!

I will try to answer your questions one by one.

The privacy divider in the room is wood below the waist and frosted glass above. You can get light into the bedroom area with the divider closed but can't really see through it unless you peak through the outline of the frost which is not frosted. From the sitting area, you can see very well into the veranda and beyond. It is a floor to ceiling sliding glass door.

On the veranda, you cannot see the veranda's that are adjacent unless you go to the very end and look around. It is very private. The portion that sticks out in the next cabin is not a problem. They cannot see into your veranda from that section.

You can see out from the veranda. The wooden railing sits on glass, not metal.

We spent many nights sleeping with the veranda door open. It was great hearing the sea as you drifted off to sleep.

You can see a small portion of the penthouse balcony. Not much though. You can only see enough to know that those folks paid a lot more than you did. .

The cabin of the same category that is next door is the same size although it looks bigger. The door is exactly next door to yours and is not indented as it looks in the brochure. It has a long hallway with another front door. Kind of weird. It has an extra closet which is nice but you have another kind of extra cabinet that the other cabin does not have. It is a corner glassed in cabinet. The is tons of storage in this cabin!

We discovered late in the cruise that we could put our luggage under the bed. That would have saved us space. We had some issues with one of our television sets not getting the two movie channels or not working with the interactive system. Both were fixed immediately.

If you have the same cabin attendant, his name is Cipriano. He was wonderful. We had him remove all of the liquor and other stuff from the minibar. We put Diet Pepsi we bought on shore in it. It worked nice.

You have a nice cabin. It was the best we have ever had, by far!

If you have any other questions, let me know!

Have a great cruise!

Rob
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Old April 1st, 2001, 05:24 PM
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Rob,
Thanks for the review. My wife and I will be on the Infinity in October when she sails the Southern Carib. However, we will be on Princess at the end of April doing the Hawaii itinerary and will be in Maui for two days. I have a question about rental cars as you suggested. I usually rent from Hertz and was wondering if they have an agent at the pier in Lahaina. Is there a place to park the car overnight? Did you reserve the car prior to your cruise or after you got to Maui? Your insight would be appreciated.

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Old April 1st, 2001, 06:11 PM
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Thanks for the informative review of the Infinity. A couple of questions: 1) How long is the bus trip from San Diego to Ensenada, was there any hassle at the border crossing. Secondly, are shops in Ensenada near the ship where one can buy some Coronas, good wine, tonic water, etc.
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Old April 1st, 2001, 07:10 PM
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Thanks Rob for your reflections on your cruise. I have a bunch of questions which I hope you can answer.
l. Was it warm on deck during your stretch from Mexico to Hawaii?
2. How was the weather on the islands. Did you get much rain and did you need something warm when you climbed the vocano.
3. Someone suggested doing the vocano only on the Big Island. What do you suggest?
4. I'm during the reverse and going to Honolulu for 3 days before boarding on 4/18. I booked a lulua at Paradise Cove which someone recommended. I have more time in Honolulu and would prefer a more relaxing evening there rather than Maui . Have you heard of Paradise Cove and any recommendations.
5. Again, since I have 3 days in Honolulu, what else do you recommend seeing besides the military monuments.
6. How were the buffet meals vs. the dinning room?
7. Where was the best shopping and how were the prices.
8. Last, but not least, how winning was the casino, assuming you stopped there on occasion. On our last cruise on the Victory out of NY last summer, my wife almost paid for the cruise with her several "Jackpots"

Thanks again and we will think of you in several weeks as we have a turn at the Mai Tais.
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Old April 1st, 2001, 11:53 PM
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We were on the same cruise.

We had cars reserved on all islands. We used National on Maui, but they were not that fast in picking up. We saw the Hertz van go by at least 3 times and also Dollar. I would recommend using them. All of us with reservations for National said the same thing. Do rent a car it was very easy driving. We did the road to Hana on the whole day we were there and the next day we did the crater and Iao valley.
There is overnite parking. We paid about $20 for the nite, but we heard others paid alot less several blocks from the pier. But we got back in town late, like 8:00 and we did not want to hassle to try and find a cheap place. That would have meant missing a meal. Never Never.
Also agree to use a rented car for the day on Hilo Easily did Volcano National park on your own.
Ok National was terrible on Kona, never showed cancelled over the phone.
National was great in Hilo, called the local office and they came quickly.
National was slow in arriving at Maui. Use Hertz or Dollar.
National was slow in Honolulu.
Never made it to Kauai.

You can see National is definitely having problems in the Islands, and I intend on letting them know.
Hope this helps.
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Robyn

We were two cabins away from 9156 on the Millennium in Europe last fall. Because we were curious about the layout, the steward showed us 9156 one day when the occupants were away. You won't have any space problems and the layout, although unusual, meets your stated preference perfectly.

I'd be willing to wager that the kids will want to sleep on the balcony some nights. If you don't want them to do this, start getting your resolve (and your arguments) together now, because it's a tempting thing to do, even for grownups. On the other hand, if you trust them not to jump or push each other overboard, it would be a nice way to get some real privacy.

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Old April 2nd, 2001, 07:56 AM
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I live in Hawaii and can recommend some places to visit while here. First off shopping, Ala Moana Center is close to Waikiki and the prices are on the pricier side. We also have an outlet mall called Waikele and they have some decent pricing. I would recommend the Swap meet at the Aloha Stadium on Weds, Sat and Sundays. At the swap meet they have many small items and some great food items to purchase. I hear Germains and Paradise Cove both have great Luaus.
Places to see I would recommend a hike up to Diamond Head lookout for some awesome views of Waikiki, I would also recommend Hanama Bay to swim with the fishes. If you have any other questions I'll try to answer them. Hope you have an awesome time while you're here in paradise.
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AR

Thank you for the heads-up about the veranda. I'm sure it will be tempting to sleep outside. I understand they have a chaise and a couple of chairs. Are there two chaise or just one?

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March 17, the weather on the Pacific "crossing" was pretty cold. We didn't use our veranda until we got to Hawaii. The weather on the islands was really nice, in the 80's I'd say. We went to the volcano on the Big Island. We were told that it would be cold there but it was pleasant. I heard from some who went to the volcano on Maui that it was very cold there. We drove on the road to Hana on Maui and it was beautiful. If you choose to do that get some food and water to take along and have plenty of gas. There are no stores or gas stations. The road is very narrow and curvy. It was fun but we gave up before we got to Hana.The casino has nickle slots along with the quarter and dollar. They were fun but it would be hard to win any big money. Think that I broke even. Happy cruising!
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Hello Rob;
We will be sailing on the Infinity Nov 3. We also have a large balcony cabin which is a first for us. Our prior 5 cruises were outside cabins only. We've never sailed Celebrity before and would like to know what you thought of the ship itself. Also, do's and don'ts. We are sailing the southern carribean. Thanks for any info you can provide.
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Old April 6th, 2001, 07:55 PM
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Rob,

Just a couple of "corrections" on your review of the Infinity to Hawaii....

First off, the embarkation at San Diego was a disaster to say the least. Living in California, Sacramento to be exact, we could have driven there faster. Our day started out at 4AM to be shuttled to Airport, where we met with 86 other passengers for the same cruise. Left Sacramento at 5AM arrived Los Angeles at 630, had to stay on same plane, but had to change seats which meant leaving the plane and reboarding with new boarding passes.. (stupidity personified) also with a 2 hour layover. Arrived San Diego at 10ish. Collected luggage, put it on the sidewalk, and was herded into bus to drive 5 minutes to a terminal where the Infinity was docked. We were told that luggage was being loaded into the ship at San Diego..wrong...ship sailed away.and it was all put on 50 buses that later, 3 hours later, again herded us to Ensenada, through some of the world's best scenery.... (joking of course) and then had to wait another 20 minutes, reason unknown, on the bus in front of the ship....... Not to mention the "luncheon" which was provided at the terminal was next to nothing. A subway sandwich would have been more palatable.

The ship is awesome... after 30 plus cruises I can appreciate it's beauty and it's size. We received a good catagory upgrade to catagory 2 - Sky Deck with veranda.

All tours end at Hilo Hatie's as well as the nut factory. Hatie herself must be rolling in her grave, to see all that money, and unable to spend a single cent. Like Elvis Presley, she also has been excellently marketed.... for the tourists.

Rob, to correct you, the reason for not stopping in Nawiliwili was NOT BECAUSE OF ROUGH WATERS but because the ship is too big. It is one foot longer than the QE II and the pilots at Kauai harbor were afraid to dock her. The propulsion system on the Infinity is not rudders. To Quote the Hilo Tribune: "Unlike other ships plying Hawaii's waters, the ship has no rudders and instead is pulled by propellers mounted on two pods suspended like torpedoes beneath the vessel.(System is called Azipod proplulsion system) For them it means learning a new system with only 50 feet of clearance in Naviliwili harbor. and it is a pretty tight S-turn they have to make". I know you will find this interesting. Only thing that has and still is bothering me is why we did not tender at Kauai. The waters were not as rough as in Lahaina. As you said, two tenders were badly damaged banging up against the ship. We saw one from our veranda get hit and the windo shatter. One elderly lady passenger had her back muscles pulled as the workers literally grabbed and pulled her out of the tender. She was out of commission for a couple of days. Another lady passenger in our tender was literally crying in fear of getting out of the tender. So to ply us with the answer that Kauai was not tenderable is not acceptable. The Captain, I believe got the perverbial bug up his butt and simply took it upon himself to turn about and head for Maui. Also, leaving 4 passengers on the Kauai docks that flew there from Hilo after missing the sailing. They inturn had to fly to Lahaina to catch the ship. So pitting tendering at Kauai against tendering at Lahaina is BS, the seas were not any calmer aat Lahaina.

As I said, I have traveled on over 30 cruise ships, a few excellent, many very good, and some not so good. The staff on the Infinity ranks on the not so good. When you pit nationalities to work together, when ethnically they do not get along, how can they be a happy crew and to be pleasant, when they are given orders by one who they do not like. For example, in the dining room and Oceanview Grill and Cafe. Bosnians, Croatians, Lithuanians, German, Austrailian and English. Most from a communist upbringing and with long term dislikes. The German and the English trying to get along with the Austrailians. In the engineering department, The Greeks spitting words to the Philipino workers as they try to tender people off and on the ship.


The return trip home was bad but not as bad as getting there. Our flight, Honolulu to Los Angeles to Sacramento left Honolulu at 10PM. While others living 50 miles form Sacramento left at 2PM. The extra hours gave us plenty of time to spend on Waikiki which I found to be most enjoyable. We spent a wonderful afternoon at the Sheraton Moana Surfrider. Had an excellent lunch and a refreshing stroll along the beach. And ample time to browse the finer boutiques.

We arived home the next day at 8AM. I did enjoy the first leg of the cruise and the 4 days at sea. Please feel free to reply. Louie email: lrl1938@msn.com
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Rob,

Just a couple of "corrections" on your review of the Infinity to Hawaii....

First off, the embarkation at San Diego was a disaster to say the least. Living in California, Sacramento to be exact, we could have driven there faster. Our day started out at 4AM to be shuttled to Airport, where we met with 86 other passengers for the same cruise. Left Sacramento at 5AM arrived Los Angeles at 630, had to stay on same plane, but had to change seats which meant leaving the plane and reboarding with new boarding passes.. (stupidity personified) also with a 2 hour layover. Arrived San Diego at 10ish. Collected luggage, put it on the sidewalk, and was herded into bus to drive 5 minutes to a terminal where the Infinity was docked. We were told that luggage was being loaded into the ship at San Diego..wrong...ship sailed away.and it was all put on 50 buses that later, 3 hours later, again herded us to Ensenada, through some of the world's best scenery.... (joking of course) and then had to wait another 20 minutes, reason unknown, on the bus in front of the ship....... Not to mention the "luncheon" which was provided at the terminal was next to nothing. A subway sandwich would have been more palatable.

The ship is awesome... after 30 plus cruises I can appreciate it's beauty and it's size. We received a good catagory upgrade to catagory 2 - Sky Deck with veranda.

All tours end at Hilo Hatie's as well as the nut factory. Hatie herself must be rolling in her grave, to see all that money, and unable to spend a single cent. Like Elvis Presley, she also has been excellently marketed.... for the tourists.

Rob, to correct you, the reason for not stopping in Nawiliwili was NOT BECAUSE OF ROUGH WATERS but because the ship is too big. It is one foot longer than the QE II and the pilots at Kauai harbor were afraid to dock her. The propulsion system on the Infinity is not rudders. To Quote the Hilo Tribune: "Unlike other ships plying Hawaii's waters, the ship has no rudders and instead is pulled by propellers mounted on two pods suspended like torpedoes beneath the vessel.(System is called Azipod proplulsion system) For them it means learning a new system with only 50 feet of clearance in Naviliwili harbor. and it is a pretty tight S-turn they have to make". I know you will find this interesting. Only thing that has and still is bothering me is why we did not tender at Kauai. The waters were not as rough as in Lahaina. As you said, two tenders were badly damaged banging up against the ship. We saw one from our veranda get hit and the windo shatter. One elderly lady passenger had her back muscles pulled as the workers literally grabbed and pulled her out of the tender. She was out of commission for a couple of days. Another lady passenger in our tender was literally crying in fear of getting out of the tender. So to ply us with the answer that Kauai was not tenderable is not acceptable. The Captain, I believe got the perverbial bug up his butt and simply took it upon himself to turn about and head for Maui. Also, leaving 4 passengers on the Kauai docks that flew there from Hilo after missing the sailing. They inturn had to fly to Lahaina to catch the ship. So pitting tendering at Kauai against tendering at Lahaina is BS, the seas were not any calmer aat Lahaina.

As I said, I have traveled on over 30 cruise ships, a few excellent, many very good, and some not so good. The staff on the Infinity ranks on the not so good. When you pit nationalities to work together, when ethnically they do not get along, how can they be a happy crew and to be pleasant, when they are given orders by one who they do not like. For example, in the dining room and Oceanview Grill and Cafe. Bosnians, Croatians, Lithuanians, German, Austrailian and English. Most from a communist upbringing and with long term dislikes. The German and the English trying to get along with the Austrailians. In the engineering department, The Greeks spitting words to the Philipino workers as they try to tender people off and on the ship.


The return trip home was bad but not as bad as getting there. Our flight, Honolulu to Los Angeles to Sacramento left Honolulu at 10PM. While others living 50 miles form Sacramento left at 2PM. The extra hours gave us plenty of time to spend on Waikiki which I found to be most enjoyable. We spent a wonderful afternoon at the Sheraton Moana Surfrider. Had an excellent lunch and a refreshing stroll along the beach. And ample time to browse the finer boutiques.

We arived home the next day at 8AM. I did enjoy the first leg of the cruise and the 4 days at sea. Please feel free to reply. Louie email: lrl1938@msn.com
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John L.

Made the same trip on 33-17 NIghts on the ship were not warm. On the cold side, and windy. Honolulu my favorite place. There ;is the Polonesiana Cultural Center, The Pali kand the other side of the Island. Some interesting spots. Waikiki is teaming with people, and unlike the other islands, has a pulse, beat and smell of its own. Maui more sedate, Kauai the garden isle, and Hawaii has Kona and Hilo. The casino on board is tight as a drum. At least that was my experience. Dining room is ok. Breakfast and lunch better in the Ocenview Cafe and Grill on the lupper decks. Best shopping was in, believe it or not, Waikiki. Found that the prices in the International Marketplace were better than the other islands. Hilo Hatie, which has shuttles on every island to takek you there is more expensive. Unless you happen to find what you want on the clearance rack. (just like shopping at Marshalls, Target or Ross)

Lahaina is quant and has some native shopping at the pier where the tenders take you. Under the banyon tree. Flower leis are the cheapest there. Native hawaiian girls string them so they are fresh and the pulmeria's scent is heaven. Also, a tip The flower shop at the airport in Honolulu is the best bargain for sending flowers home or buying leis and plantable flowers. Also on the internet for future flower arrangement purchases. Enjoy those Mai Tai's and happy sailing. Louie
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Old April 6th, 2001, 09:13 PM
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Everyone has a different impression of a cruise, so I will give my opinion about Louie's observations...

Louie wrote:

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> First off, the embarkation at San Diego was a disaster to say
> the least.

I agree with you that this wasn't the nicest way to start a cruise, but I had read about the process in previous reviews (on RCI ships) so I knew what was going to happen. I didn't let it ruin my vacation...

> The ship is awesome... after 30 plus cruises I can appreciate
> it's beauty and it's size. We received a good catagory
> upgrade to catagory 2 - Sky Deck with veranda.
>

The ship is nice, but the art work is WEIRD!

> Rob, to correct you, the reason for not stopping in
> Nawiliwili was NOT BECAUSE OF ROUGH WATERS but because the
> ship is too big.

I talked to Jim Cannon, the CD that day. He said the problem was the ship would have made it into the harbor, but would not have made it out if the seas got any worse during the day. Someone asked why not tender. He said the Port Authority at Nawiliwili wouldn't allow it. Maybe their docks couldn't accommodate small tenders. It is worth checking out. I was disappointed about missing Kauai, so to lessen the pain, I booked another massage in the spa... Bjorn from Sweden is EXCELLENT!

>
> As I said, I have traveled on over 30 cruise ships, a few
> excellent, many very good, and some not so good. The staff
> on the Infinity ranks on the not so good.

I would disagree with you here. I haven't been on a cruise yet that didn't have a similar mix of nationalities, and even though I noticed some supervisors "directing" the work of some of the crew, I thought the service was excellent. Also, this crew had only been working together with passengers aboard for 2 weeks, so they were still getting used to everything. And none of them had been to Hawaii before, either. I was actually impressed I didn't see more lapses in service. Most of the crew had worked on Millennium, or were veterans of other Celebrity ships. Very few I talked to were less than 1 year with Celebrity. I witnessed some intense moments between crew/officers at the tendering gangway, but it was clear they were concerned about passenger safety.


I haven't written my review yet, but I will soon. I usually find when I get home, most of the "annoyances" I experienced on the cruise go away and my happy cruise memories stay with me, such as

...relaxing in the Thalassothearpy pool/hot tubs after a "hard day"...
...watching the mother whale and her calf bobbing out of the water as the Infinity sailed to Maui...
...laughing (under our breath) at all the very BAD singers at Karaoke nights in the Rendez-Vous...
...eating every 2 hours, if I was hungry or not...
...the Breezes pizza (a lot better than RCI's)...
...meeting our Cyber Sufers gang in the Constellation Lounge...

and I could go on and on.....

Of course everyone likes to hear about the bad stuff it seems, so I will mention the "annoyances" in my review, but I was on vacation for 18 days and I shouldn't complain too much! Time to start planning the next cruise!

Nicole (wishing I was still on that ship!)
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Old April 7th, 2001, 09:07 PM
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I have to reply to your "corrections" Louie.

First of all, your flight trouble, while unfortunate had nothing to do with Celebrity. Also, waiting 20 minutes to get onboard, is nothing in my opinion.

We were told the reason for not stopping in Nawiliwili was bad weather. I have heard several versions of this but I believe that explanation. As far as criticizing the Captain, I do not think that was called for. He could have taken his time getting to Maui. If he had done that, he could have kept the casino open longer and he would not have had to bother with tenders that day at all.

You mention that the staff on board the Infinity was "not so good". I disagree. While not perfect, we were treated extremely well by almost everyone. It was without a doubt, our best cruise experience.

Your return home was also out of the control of Celebrity.

I am sorry you feel the way you do, but I had to say that I certainly enjoyed my experience and will sail Celebrity again. In fact, we are booked on the Summit in January.
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