Have been checking on available choices..would anyone care to compare Celeb. Infinity, Princess Islander & Royal Serendade & Legend or Vision.? Ist choice was Infinity but ship seems to have problems on & off..the Islander looked nice but we never cruise with Princess....Could do Serenade as well---
hcat I have cruised on celebrity six times before and have never had a bad experience,all the cruises were to bermuda,I am going on the Infinity to Hawaii in May out of Mexico,will post a report or if you would like I will email you my experience of the whole trip.
Just cruised on Island Princess. Best ship I've been on ( 11th cruise, all with Princess). Went to Panama Canal. thinking about the cruise from LA to hawaii next year
and trying to ascertain ocean conditions during crossing. But back to the Island Prin-
cess. Their menu was outstanding, it's a new ship, the layout was superior, nothing
bad to say about ship. Hope this helps
I am cruising to Hawaii on September 22 from Vancouver to Honolulu. I am going on Carnival Spirit. I have sailed on this ship before and it is lovely. I had the best cruise ever on Spirit. This was my 8th cruise. I reccomend this ship highly. whatever ship you cruise on I do hope you have a wonderful cruise.
I just booked the Spirit next April (Honolulu to Vancouver) and it was the best cabin for the price. I still have to get air which may be too pricey and make me chicken out. There is a Princess that is 15 days from L.A. to L.A. which would be a lower air cost but the cruise was more expensive. I was to Hawaii 3 years ago both spring and fall and I preferred the spring more than fall. I prefer the Princess ships to Carnival. We did the Spirit through the canal last spring and we had a terrible dining experience.
We did Hawaii to Vancouver in May, 2002 on Celebrity's Summit and loved it. You can find my review on this site. We were very lucky with the sea days as the ocean was very calm and the crossing smooth which was not the experience of some others I know. No matter which line you choose, you can't go wrong with Hawaii.
The cruise staff kept everyone busy on the sea days even scheduling an afternoon show featuring some of their performers who were terrific! That cruise had the best entertainment I have ever seen on a cruise ship. There were take-offs of Liar's Game, Who wants to be a Millionaire, Newlywed Game and of course lots of Bingo. There was Battle of the Sexes trivia, and a passenger talent show which were all well attended. You could be as busy or not as you wanted. They had the Art Auction, cooking demos, flower arranging, etc. Of course, when you were in the islands, everyone was off the ship exploring Hawaii. We were never bored on the sea days. When all else failed, we played in the casino, but acutally didn't do that too much of that during the day. And amazingly enough, we never felt crowded with everyone on board.
We went RT San Diego to Hawaii on the HAL Statendam in March of 2003, and are going on the Island Princess RT to Hawaii out of San Pedro this November on the Island Princess. We love Hawaii, and also like days as sea. Since we live in So. Cal., these trips also mean no flying, so we arrive home completely relaxed. Since my mother uses a power wheelchair, it also means she can take this easily without having to worry about the airlines damaging her chair (common). Previously we crossed from San Francisco to Sydney via Hawaii on the Crystal Harmony (one way) in 2000.
The Pacific is the Pacific. You never know when it will be calm or rough on this route. Summer can be calm or rough, as can winter. Expect cooler weather the closer you are to the mainland, with it warming up as you get closer to Hawaii. It can be rough around Hawaii, esp. in the Molokai channel (ask a sailor about this!). Be prepared for some seas, and if you are lucky, it will be pretty calm.
KLD or anyone. What did you think of San Pedro.? We would like to book at the Sheraton there but have been told there isn't much to do the day before the trip & should stay elsewhere. Where did you stay?
You can easily see the Maritime Museum and go to Seaport Village in a half day.
You can also drive around the Palos Verdes peninsula and get out and watch the surfers there. You can even take a hike here if you want. Here is a hiking map: http://www.pvplc.org/ . If you do this, I could recommend eating at Admiral Risty's, esp. if it is a clear day when you can see Catalina Island from here: http://www.admiral-risty.com/Main.html
Thank you for all this great info. We are actaully scheduled to leave from the same port for our Mex Riviera cruise & the Hawaii cruise so this gives us some ideas not previously known... I am getting cold feet on the Mex Riv tripp--it's Sept 05--too many hurricanes even on that side! Thanks for taking so much time to reply in detail!