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Why are Hawaiian cruises so popular?

ATTENTION: This blog was recently updated with new information in August 2019.

The gorgeous weather, beaches, and culture are why millions of people vacation on the Hawaiian islands. However, because it is so popular it can be a bit expensive, but don’t despair, there are ways to enjoy this paradise without breaking the bank and still enjoy luxurious, all-inclusive accommodations. For years our agents have specialized in helping our clients enjoy all that the islands have to offer at an affordable price.

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One of the best and most value-packed ways to see the Aloha State is on a cruise ship that visits all four main islands. On a cruise, your transportation to all four islands is included and best of all you only unpack once.  Your luxury stateroom is not only your home away from home, but it also magically transports you from one island to another; you don’t have to worry about hotels, airport shuttles or commuter flights between islands.  Most first time visitors to Hawaii are surprised how expensive meals can be, but on a cruise, all of your meals are included as is lots of free entertainment.  Whether you want to embark on a seven-day or 16-day journey, one of our agents will find a trip that works with your schedule and budget. If you’re ready to get lei’d, then keep reading. Here’s the scoop on cruising to Hawaii:

Why cruising is the best way to vacation in Hawaii

A Hawaiian cruise is an affordable way to visit the islands.

  • When you cruise to Hawaii, all your meals are included in the price of your ticket. You can enjoy a five-star meal without reaching for your wallet.
  • Another plus to cruising Hawaii is that your accommodations cost less per night.  It’s not uncommon for resort hotels on the islands to cost upwards of $500 a night. You won’t spend anywhere near that on a cruise. Like the food, your cabin for the duration of your voyage is included in the price of the ticket. And you don’t have to pack your bags if you want to see another island.
  • Access to a full-scale spa and salon.
  • Amenities like the gym, childcare–aka kids programs, and Vegas-style shows are included.
  • It’s a great way to see all the islands in one trip.

Happy young girlsCruises are a great way to spend time in the Aloha State without breaking the bank. Whether you want to embark on a 7-day or 66-day journey, one of our agents will find a trip that works with your schedule and budget. If you’re ready to get lei’d, then keep reading. Here’s the scoop on cruising to Hawaii.

The most popular cruise itinerary

Tourist couple on Hawaii taking picturesNorwegian Cruise Line Pride of America has a 7-night cruise that departs every Saturday all year round and visits all four islands. They have 90 different shore excursions to choose from. Hawaii is more than just beautiful beaches, but trails through rainforests, hidden waterfalls, and volcanic craters bringing out the photographer in everyone. If you love the water, surf lessons are available, take a kayak expedition, snorkel or scuba dive. If you want to explore, hike or bike through the rainforest or to a volcanic crater. There’s also historic, farm, and helicopter tours and more to choose from. Ask a agent for options in adventure, family activities or sightseeing. However, relaxing on the beach is still the most popular activity.

The Islands you will visit on a cruise ship

Because the length of voyages varies so greatly from one cruise line to the next, so does the itinerary. But, you’ll likely visit these islands regardless of what ship you are on.

ncl hulacouple on standup paddle board in hawaiiHawaii—Kona, Kalilua and Hilo are popular stops with most cruise lines. The festivities and activities are endless on the main island from intertribal powwows, luaus, helicopter tours, zip-lining through paradise, and hiking to a volcano.

Kauai–Many individuals say that Kauai is the state’s most scenic island. If you can, book a helicopter expedition through the Na Pali Coast State Park. Snorkeling is another great activity and will give you the opportunity to see hundreds of various fish species and delicate underwater ecosystems.

Oahu—Honolulu is Hawaii’s largest city and capital. Spend some time conquering Diamond Head, a volcano that scientist believe is 150,000 years old, or work on your tan on the famous Waikiki Beach. History lovers will want to visit the memorial at Pearl Harbor.

Maui–This is Hawaii’s second-most populous island. Take a relaxing stroll along the red sand beach of Kaihalulu or embark on a bike ride through Haleakala National Park.

young couple kayaking in hawaiiWe have great prices on Hawaiian cruises that beat all others. Check out at Hawaiian Cruise Specials to see our prices! Chances are you won’t find a better deal and you will love our personal service from our agents who can help you plan your perfect getaway. We have successfully helped thousands of customers book their vacations—and they call back as soon as they return to plan the next one! We love our customers!

So where do you start? Here are the most common departure ports for Hawaiian cruises:

Ensenada, MexicoCelebrity Millennium departs from Ensenada on an 11-night one-way voyage that ends in Hawaii. If you want to extend your vacation, continue on with the 17-night voyage to Australia and visit the French Polynesian islands, Fiji, New Caledonia and end your vacation in Australia. The Celebrity Solstice also has a one-way 11-night Hawaiian cruise that ends in Honolulu, and then embarks on an 18-night Australian cruise with a similar itinerary, but stops in New Zealand instead of Fiji. (Celebrity will provide transportation from San Diego to Ensenada.)

ncl poaHonolulu, Hawaii—If you prefer to fly straight to Hawaii, your choice is the popular Norwegian Cruise Line Pride of America–7-night cruises depart from Honolulu every Saturday all year round, sailing to all four islands.

Long Beach and Los Angeles, California—Carnival, Princess, and Celebrity have 15 or 16-night roundtrip cruises to Hawaii.

San Diego, California—Holland America Line Veendam has 17- and 18-night roundtrip cruises from San Diego. The Celebrity Century offers a 15-night roundtrip cruise as well.

San Francisco, California—Take a roundtrip cruise to Hawaii from San Francisco on board the Grand Princess on a 15-night voyage.

Vancouver, British ColumbiaThere are three cruise lines that sail to Hawaii from Vancouver. They are one way trips which means you will not return back to Vancouver, but rather the voyage ends in Hawaii or in Long Beach. Royal Caribbean makes one way trips from Vancouver to Honolulu or Honolulu to Vancouver ranging from 10- to 13-night voyages. Carnival departs from Vancouver and sails to Hawaii, but returns to Long Beach for 15- or 16-night cruises.

These are just a few examples of where you may head out from. When you give us a call, we’ll help you plan your cruise vacation so you’re leaving from a city that is convenient for you.

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