A cruise was a great way to see the best of the main islands: Maui, Hilo Kona and Nawiliwili. The itinerary provided over nights in several of the ports, so there was plenty of time to get out and enjoy the islands without having to rush back to the ship. We arrived early, 11:30, so check-in was quick. We filled out our forms, had our photos made and received our room keys. We were given leis (Lupe & mine were purple & white flowers and Steve & Fred’s were shells) and had our photo taken with hula dancers. We were given fresh coconut and cups of cold water, while we watched a hula dance and information about Hawaiian customs.
We boarded the ship and headed to Skyline, one of the dining restaurants. Afterwards, we explored the ship and had drinks.
Finally, we got into our cabin where we had chocolate covered strawberries and a cheese and fruit plate waiting for us.
The aft end of Deck 11 has been transformed into the Aloha Lanai, with a bar, giant freestanding table lamps, faux wicker chairs and couches with padded cushions, as well as dining tables. It’s popular for an alfresco dining venue for a buffet breakfast.
As we stepped into the Liberty Main Dining Room, it was like stepping back into America’s Colonial days with decor featuring paintings of the Founding Fathers and important moments in American History. The Skyline Main Dining Room was inspired by the architecture and skyscrapers of 1930s Manhattan. A large staircase connects the two dining rooms.
The Guest Services area on Deck Five has a grand staircase, red carpet, white banisters, columns, and an atrium dome with frescos lining the ceiling area. A fantastic image of the Great Seal from the United States of America, covers the floor of the Guest Services area, and makes a patriotic first impression when boarding the ship.
Cadillac Grill is totally a retro 1950’s diner with center booths that are done up to look like classic ’50s cars, pictures of Elvis on the walls, oldies playing on the radio and offers up comfort food.