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Infinity cruise ship review with photos - Crossing the Pacific Ocean

We are up at the crack of dawn on Saturday morning as Infinity slowly maneuvers into Hilo harbor. Located on the Big Island's east coast, Hilo is the gateway to the Volcanic National Park and as all roads here lead to lava, we have booked a full-day hiking tour that should lead us to the red-hot molten stuff.

Superb party band Sipra performing during the Hawaiian Deck Party

By the time Infinity docks at Hilo we have already enjoyed a wonderful breakfast at the Oceanview Café. By 7.30 AM we are ashore meeting up with the dozen or so adventurers that have, like us, opted for the shore tour that Celebrity Cruises labels as 'very strenuous'. Our über-cheerful guide tells us we will probably hate him by mid-afternoon,

which makes us take the disclaimer forms and warnings in the shore excursion brochure a little more serious. After a short drive we reach the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the road that leads to the starting point of our hike. After a few hilarious warming up exercises, we start to venture right over the endless expanse of crackling lava. Is it strenuous? You bet it is! The (very) brisk pace, the uneven surface and the burning sun all add up to the challenge. After two hours of hi-speed hiking we finally reach a spot where bright orange molten lava can be seen. And then it's another two hours back to the parking lot. By the time we crawl back to the minivan, we are exhausted and vouch to NEVER do something like this again. But ... we made it and we feel really proud of that. When we reach our stateroom on Infinity we decide to call room service and have dinner out on our balcony. That evening, Infinity's pool deck is transformed into a Polynesian refuge as our ship slowly sail past the lava streams. What a day!

AIDA Club on the top deck

Arrival at Hilo, Hawaii
The hike of a lifetime ... lava everywhere!
Molten lava: it took us two hours to reach it
Molten lava craze

Waterfall in a suburb of Hilo

The lava coast is pretty rough here

Ready? Or Not!
Infinity sails from Hilo - view from our balcony
Too tired to go to the dining room: dinner of the balcony
Hawaiian deck party
Parade of the water melons (!)


Photos and text: © 2006-2007 Bart de Boer - www.ShipParade.com

First published on May 6, 2007

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