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September 23 Honolulu - boarding the ship

Honolulu and Embarking the Celebrity Solstice

September 23 Honolulu, Boarding the Ship

Awoke to a bit of rain and a misty start to the day. Seems that’s typical for this area, the rain comes and goes, the sun breaks through and the humidity is about 90% most of the time. One would have to get used to being ‘damp’ most of the time, rain or shine! Being from the prairies where our heat might be similar in the summer months, but the air is very dry, this humidity is a most unusual...and creates a bit of a ‘sticky situation’!

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We left the hotel and walked along the beach, the boardwalk and through the shopping area. It was lovely, refreshing and we might have found a treasure or two in the shops!! Of course we did!!

We were going to stop for breakfast but decided just to return to the room where we had a bowl of noodle soup in our room, a breakfast of champions haha! We cleaned up, packed up and checked out at about noon, heading for the port to board the Celebrity Solstice.

Our cab driver was cute, tiny Asian fellow who could barely lift my suitcase. At this point it weighs about 65 pounds in its expanded form with everything I own crammed into it. Clearly it would not be eligible for an airplane but with no restrictions for the cruise ship I have loaded it to the maximum! Poor cab driver, he might need physio tomorrow.

Arriving at the port we were faced with a bit of a line up...well quite a line up!

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Within an hour we were on board and in our room. It’s a little small, but then aren’t most cruise ship rooms small? The size is manageable, but closet space for 2 women is more challenging. We had to order more hangars and we have several clothing items hanging on one hangar. Note to self: through wire hangars into your suitcase, if there’s any room left in your suitcase! Our room:

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We walked around, exploring the ship. It is the exact same layout, decor and design as another Celebrity ship, the Silhouette, so it was very familiar to us. Terry, Sharon and I were on the Celebrity Silhouette in the spring of 2018 for a trans-Atlantic ship from Fort Lauderdale to London. It is a beautiful ship, as is this one.

We ‘people watched’ for a short while and were not bored! People watching is one of our favourite pastimes, and we can be entertained for hours!

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Because we are in ‘Aqua-Class’, we qualify for an ‘elite’ dining room called Blu. Our meal was amazing, probably the best filet mignon I have ever had. And my wine was also good! The calamari salad was wonderful too! Getting spoiled...and might have to do another 10,000 steps tomorrow just to wear it off! We made some new friends with the couple next to us and enjoyed chatting with them.

We moved to one of the lounges where we enjoyed the singing entertainment for an hour before retiring to our suite. Of course I sang every song along with the entertainer. It was lots of fun. On the way to our suite we stopped at Martini Bar where they were sampling Grey Goose vodka; of course I had to sample it! Where has that been all my life!

We watched the ship sail away at 11:00 PM. The view from our deck was beautiful.

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And then we were done, and crashed for the night. A delicious day, and more to come. Through the night the ship sails to Maui, where we will spend the day on shore, exploring what Maui has to offer.

More to come... Carol on the go!

Posted by carolonthego 11:48 Archived in USA Tagged ship cruise honolulu

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BON VOYAGE!!

Cheers,
Lloyd & Sarah

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