Monday, September 30, 2013

Ready! Set! Aloha!

By the time most of you read this post we’ll be winging our way to Honolulu, Hawaii, the first stop on our island-hopping route across the Pacific Ocean to Sydney, Australia.

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Approaching the island of O'ahu Hawaii
We were at our timeshare home in Hawaii last January when The Scout found this deal of a cruise while surfing his favorite cruise travel sites.  Sydney and/or greater Australia for years has bounced up on down on our travel bucket list and finally this cruise, its price and our schedule aligned.

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Waikiki Beach - Honolulu, Hawaii

OVeniceSanJuanIsl 068ne of our favorite ways to travel is to mix a bit of the old familiar with new experiences.  We are doing that on this trip, with a couple days in our old-favorite, Honolulu, prior to boarding our ship, the Celebrity Solstice. The Solstice is also an old-favorite as it was the first Celebrity ship we ever sailed. What a fabulous introduction she provided to that cruise line.

The Solstice will be our floating home-away-from-home for 19 nights, as we travel to French Polynesia, to New Zealand and then on to Sydney.

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Inside the Celebrity Solstice 
We’ll have a dozen heavenly days ‘at sea’ – one of our favorite parts of these ‘repositioning cruises’ that move ships from  summer to winter routes. 

For those of you wondering how we pass the time on  sea days, I’ve included the photos above which were taken aboard the Solstice as she transported us from Florida to Europe two years ago.

I’ll be posting updates here about our South Pacific adventure as internet connections permit. We hope you’ll come along with us as we island-hop our way to Sydney. 

VegasHawaii2012 067Next update will be from Waikiki. . .until then,



  1. I am looking forward to hearing about your cruise! 19 days is faster than I would expect to get from Hawaii to Sydney. I wonder what Bora Bora will be like. We've been trying to figure out a way to get my in-laws from Texas to Malaysia since my mom-in-law doesn't want any long flights. Cruising was one idea we had.

  2. Have a lovely time cruising. Sounds exciting indeed.

  3. Jackie,

    How exciting! Love that first bird's eye view over the island! Breathtaking! Have an amazing time!


  4. I can't wait for your upcoming posts on French Polynesia, Jackie! :)


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