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    Celebrity, AMA Waterways

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  1. We sailed on the Solstice from Honolulu - Vancouver twice, in May. Loved it. You will find leaving Vancouver will be cooler for the first 3 days then it warms up the closer you get to Hawaii. I know some passengers thought it would be hot and sunny the whole crossing. Lots of things to do onboard for those 5 days. We also did the Millie from Vancouver - Japan in Sept 2019 and the weather was hot leaving but we did hit some rough weather enroute. We really enjoyed the sea days and wouldn’t hesitate to do this route again.
  2. Especially in Hawaii you need a balcony. It’s my favourite destination. So many beautiful sights.
  3. I’ve sailed on the Solstice 3 times and they do have a huge library but I never noticed any DVD’s there at all. We sailed on the Millennium on the Vancouver to Japan in 2019 and found there were lots of activities during the many sea days, such as painting classes, Talks in the theatre, movies, dance classes, Learning Japanese phrases to name a few. The Solstice will certainly have similar activities. You won’t be disappointed in this ship.
  4. Another place to consider would be the Cook Islands. Beautiful beaches as well. Very relaxing. Loved Rarotonga and Aitutaki. I would definitely return. I also have been to Bora Bora and Moorea and would love to cruise around the area. Loved the overwater bungalows.
  5. You should definitely check out waikikibeachrentals.com as they offer studio units in the Ilikai Hotel right beside the Hilton Hawaiian Village. They have huge balconies and do offer two queen beds in some of their units. The views are spectacular. We’ve stayed here twice and this is now my favourite spot. They also have a huge heated pool which I love. They do have a minimum stay requirement but check it out. Would highly recommend.
  6. You might want to check out the Luana Waikiki which is adjacent to Fort DeRussy park and is a short walk to the beach. It’s a Aqua resort property and I stayed there a few years ago. Great location as it’s away from the busier section of Waikiki but still walkable to everything.
  7. I’ve sailed on Celebrity Solstice from HNL - Vancouver twice and really enjoyed it. We always spent a week or so prior in Waikiki to enjoy the sun. The ports are usually Lahaina, Maui and Hilo, Hawaii and Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. I sailed in late April/May so keep in mind the weather will be good for a couple of days outside of Hawaii and then it will cool down as you get closer to Vancouver. Would definitely do this again but would love to see Celebrity choose Kauai for a change.
  8. Just checked my account and I’ve received the 5 club points for the Jan 28 Alaska webinar.
  9. After all of this swimsuit talk, how I wish I could be swimming in the Caribbean or even the solarium on the ship. Love the solarium pool.
  10. I was in 7171 and loved the location. We thought we would hear noise from the elevator but we didn’t. The cabin 7180 looks great as well so I would take that one over your other choice.
  11. We’ve stayed in cabin 6300 which had a larger balcony and our friend stayed in 6298 which was a standard size balcony. The blue roof of the specialty restaurant is the only obstruction and we wouldn’t hesitate to book theses cabins. We love the aft as it’s quieter. The other cabins 6301, 6302 and 6303 should have larger balconies as well.
  12. I’ve booked 2C categories on Deck 6 and found that aft cabins 6300 and 6298 have just the blue roof of the specialty restaurants below us. I’ve been happy with these cabins.
  13. We did this Transpacific from Vancouver - Tokyo in Sept 2019 on the Millenium and this was by far our best cruise. We loved the sea days and we visited Sitka, Otaru, Hakodate and Yokohama (overnighted here on the ship) We’ve been to Vancouver many times so we flew in the day before and stayed at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport. We took the Skytrain the next morning to the cruise terminal. Weather was unbelievable for our departure..80’s F. We loved Sitka..small town and very friendly. Weather was warm..had our shorts on. For the crossing to Japan, we had a few rough sea days but it was clear th
  14. I just looked at my account and received my 9 points. I’ve received a total of 30 points since they started this in June. Not bad..
  15. My last cruise was on the Edge on Feb 9th and I’m sure I am one of a few that had no future cruises booked. I can’t see my husband and I cruising until late 2022 or even into 2023. We would not book in advance. Our favourite place to visit is Hawaii so hopefully we can visit there on a land vacation in 2022.
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