We have done it -- in November 2006, if I remember correctly! We always go HAL when we do an extended or special trip like this....or Alaska with land tours. They just seem a step above others we have been on. Never disappointed in food, service, shipboard activities, etc. This trip was great, as my husband (former military) will not fly over 4 hours....so the longer cruise was the answer. We flew from the midwest to Cal, and got on in San Diego. Great weather.....booked excursions thru the ship....loved the Road to Hana and Pearl Harbor best. Very relaxing with the extra days before and after the island hopping.