Quite frankly it's impossible to see everything on a cruise. Just not in port long enough.
My wife and I cruised to Hawaii last April, 2000 from Ensenada aboard Rhapsody of the Seas. We were only able to sample the offerings there. Thus, we are going back on Infinity this year. However; we still, after two cruises, will not have seen everything.
The best thing you can do is to get some travel guides and use the internet to surf for Hawaii. One good site is gohawaii.com. Go Hawaii is a newsletter on the internet that is written by the local Hawaiians.
For your first trip, I'd recommend (1) seeing Kilauea Volcano. That's on the Big Island of Hawaii and usually is offered while in Hilo. (2) Do an adventure tour while in Kona. We went to the Valley Falls Water Fall. It's considered an adventure excursion because you go into the back country and hike to the falls. (3) In Maui, I'd recommend the bike ride down the volcano and (4) the second day walk the town Lahaina. In Kawai (5) go for the movie tour, you'll probably need to make arrangements yourself as some ship excursions don't offer this. In Oahu go to the (6) Polynesian Cultural Center. You'll be better off (if you're doing a Post Cruise Package) to make the arrangements yourself. If you can spare the money go for the Ambassador Package. It's worth it. Somewhere in all of this you should work in snorkeling.
These are just suggestions. There's a lot more than this and all, in one variety or the other, equally good. Make a long list and then narrow it down.
We did Hawaii in 1998 with Rcl and had a great time, this time another couple is going with us and we don't want to repeat ourselves, but they haven't been there before. Is the bike trip very strenous, as we have varying atheltic ability? Is it best to go on the sunrise trip or would it be just as good during the day? We are arriving in Honolulu three days early so the Polynesian Center sounds like it would be a good idea. We were hoping to do some snorkling in Molakai, I don't know if the ship offers this. What is the movie tour? Thanks for your help and now off to go surfing........
A search engine that works great for just about any topic is <about.com>. Just type in about.com and then in the search box type in Hawaii. You'll get more information that you'll know what to do with. Try typing in the names of the different Islands, etc.
I suggest that you ask your agent to get a copy of Infinity's shore excursions soon so you can start planning. One aspect I love is that it's a cinch to rent a car in each port. A fantastic and cheap (around $38 per day) way to tour on your own.
What Anne Campbell told you is absolutely correct. However, you might have a hard time getting the excursion info from Celebrity because this will be the sub-company of RCCL first time cruising to Hawaii and they might be preparing the info right up to cruise time.
However, my guess is that Celebrity will contract for the same excursions that RCCL has used for a number of years now. For a copy of what RCCL excursions have been on the past, (no guarantee they'll be used this year) type in <http://www.cruisenewsdaily.com>, then scroll down to Hawaii Excursions.
We sailed on the Rhapsody of the Seas in April. I canít remember the exact date, but it was somewhere around the 13th. The Wind and Seas on the first couple of days were ROUGH and the air was very crisp.
Our cabin was located toward the end of the bow - there were only a few cabins past us. It was like we were on an elevator all day long. Up and Down Over and Over!!! I'm not sure how many feet we went up before we came down, but lying in bed, I could actually feel my body being compressed against the bed on the way up and almost weightless on the way down. It seemed to my wife and me that just about everyone on the ship was sick. The one plus of all of this is that we got to know many of the passengers - so many of us were congregated in the Centrum from sun up to sun down.
After the first couple of days, the seas became smooth and the temperature got nice and warm.
My wife and I will be the Infinity to Hawaii on April 7th. This time however we're doing a few things differently. First, we are arriving in San Diego a day early to get our bodies more acclimated to the time change. We're from Maryland and we think the jet lag played into us feeling ill. Second, we booked a cabin directly in the middle of the ship. Third, we plan to start taking medication for motion sickness a day ahead.
Even with all of the above said about rough seas, we still had a wonderful time. The ship was great and Hawaii is just a fantastic place to visit. Even if you don't have a cabin in the middle of the ship, you can probably ward off any motion sickness if you start taking something a day ahead. If youíre from the East Coast like we are and it can be worked into your schedule, I highly recommend getting to San Diego a day early.
One last thing, please don't assume you're not prone to motion sickness. I know Iím not. I can ride any amusement park attraction, sit it back of a bus, etc. etc. and not get sick. Nevertheless, I still felt ill the first couple of days on the cruise.