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Celebrity Infinity Hawaii Great Cruise for Kids

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DH and I just got back from the 2 week Celebrity Infinity cruise to Hawaii.

 

This was a great cruise kids, both the itnerary and the ship.

 

We started with 4 days at sea. The kids kept busy with all the activities in the Shipmates Fun Factory. My daughter and I also attended the hula lessons offered to the whole ship. DS and DH also enjoyed ping pong and chess as part of the regular ships activities.

 

The kids did fine with the wave action. The dramamine made them sleeply, so dicided they could go with-out, and they did fine.

 

In Hawaii, we had a great time with them. Scenic drives and snorkeling in Kauaii. Daughter got a big kick out of the "wild" roosters.

 

Honolulu. DS is 9 and his favorite part of the whole trip was visiting the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Habor. We all enjoyed our hike to the summit of Diamond Head. Sailaway from Honolulu was great. We loved the local hula school that performed. They were on the discovery channel. Then my daugher, 7, was too tired for the Hula performance. But the party was a big hit with my 9 year old son. He was doing the "Hot, Hot, Hot" dance and the conga line.

 

In Hilo, the Volcano's National Park was a big hit with the kids. At night our drive by the the lava flow was incredible.

 

In Kona, we chartered a boat and went snorkeling with the kids. This was fabulous.

 

Ther is more, I have to put that in second part.

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Wow! This really sound like fun.

 

Just curious where did the ship leave from? 2 weeks seems so long. Does it take a while to adjust to being on land again?

 

Maybe some day we can do this when are kids are a little older!

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Our family recently returned from POAm 7day HI. DD (10YO) loved HI as well. Lots of kids on our cruise. Lots of time in port.

 

We snorkeled on Maui through the Pacific Whale Foundation and again on Kauia. We took a 4x4 tour on Kauia. Visited the auquarium and National park on Maui, Visited Volcano NP on the big island. Rented bikes a couple of places as well.

 

HI is a great place with the kids - good for physical activity, some history, and really cool science (volcanos, topical fish, sea turtles, whales, trees with their roots growing outside the soil, etc!)

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Part 2

 

The Kona Boat Charter was my daughter's favorite part. It was part deep sea fishing and part snorkeling is Kaelaukula Bay. This was again that part history part natural wonder. Captain Cook was killed here, and it is some of the best snorkeling. On the Charter we had our own snorkle guide who go in the water with us and identified particular fish for us. My duaghter and son were so excited every time they found a new fish. Both are good swimmers but they used a noodle when snorkeling so they wouldn't get tired. The water was the clearest I have ever been in. I too was amazed at all the different beautiful and varied fish .

 

After Kona we had planed a day swiming and snorkeling in Kaanapali beach on Maui, but it was kind of cook and overcast, so the kids chose to stay on board in the kids program while I went shopping in Lahiana. I was back on board in time to meet them for lunch.

 

Back on board for the trip home the kid enjoyed Family Karaoke night, participated in the "Survivor Games" and the Kids Talent show. They also played Ping Pong with some of the other kids and attended kids hula lessons.

 

On board the kids really enjoyed the fine dinning in the main restaurant. Both kids were supposed to try something new every day. This ended up being fun for them instead of a chore. DS even had some salads and is now eating them at home. Both kids loved Escargot and Frogs legs.

 

We had such a good time we went ahead and booked the Mercury for next Thanksgiving. The kids will enjoye the kids prorgram and we'll probaly spend more time onboard than ashore.

 

The kids program is open during dinner so some parents chose not to dress thier kids and had them dine with the program. We really wanted that family time together so we dressed up and went to dinner together every night. However you want to do it, I'd say you'd be very happy with Celebrity for a family cruise.

 

For the two week cruise their were 58 kids signed up for the Fun Facotry program. It never seemed like they were all there at the same time and it was great fun for the kids. They had a chance to me friends, but the counselors were not overwhelmed. They even moved my son up from the Cadets (7-9) to Ensignes (10-12) because their activities seemed better suited for him...Survivor, dodgeball, basketball, trivia, scavenger hunts.

 

The waiters were wonderful with the kids. They made oragami for them or did magic tricks, or told jokes or did puzzles with them. Many of them said that they had kids or neices and nephews the same age.

 

Great Great Cruise.

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