The Best Cruises are Hawaiian Cruises!

The winter months are the best times to visit Hawaii, particularly during the Christmas season which is December through the first week of January. This period is the best for whale-watching and it is also when it rains the most and flights get more expensive. Traveling in summer is popular for family travel, although only Norwegian offer cruises during that time.

May through June and September through mid-December is Shoulder season. The weeks between Thanksgiving and mid-December are really good times for deals. April, September, and October has a wide range of cruise ships visiting the islands.

Hawaii Cruise Itineraries

 A Hawaiian Cruise usually includes gorgeous itinerary that lets you hop into different islands in the country and dock in fabulous seaports. However, as we all know deciding for the best itinerary can be a daunting decision but don’t you worry because a week-long cruise should include a visit to the most captivating places around Hawaii.

When making plans for a cruise to Hawaii, you have three basic options:

  1. A round-trip from Honolulu
  2. Round-trip from the U.S., Canada or Mexico
  3. Repositioning

Hawaii Cruise Ports

  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Kona, Hawaii
  • Hilo, Hawaii
  • Maul, Hawaii
  • Kauai, Hawaii

Tips for Hawaii Cruise

  1. Carefully plan your flight.  It is important to save time when you plan for a cruise. So take the flight from Los Angeles or San Francisco, which only adds extra five hours to your total flights.  If you are traveling with kids, you can spare one or two nights in California to take a break.
  2. Be ready to transfer. The Aloha Tower Marketplace which is Oahu’s cruise port, is situated about fifteen minutes from the airport. While you most cruise companies will ensure you have a comfortable vacation, transporting from the airport to the hotels around the area can be tiresome considering it is roughly seven miles. It is a snap when you take a taxi, shuttle service, or rent a car.
  3. All beaches in Hawaii are public access. Yes, we know this is good news for everyone cruising to Hawaii! Nevertheless, you may still need to bring extra cash especially if you plans to buy some souvenirs and most importantly, for you to enjoy delicious food.
  4. Expect to pay more for virtually everything. Hawaii is really expensive, the food, gas, tours etc. Going back to your cruise ship for meals is not a bad idea if you find it convenient though. If you want to spend a day at the beach or shop in the towns close to the port, you should do it yourself by taking a free shuttle bus, walk, take a taxi or rent a car and just skip the expensive tour.
  5. Purchase a U.S. National Park Pass. Most of the key attractions in Hawaii are national historic sites and national parks. If you have plans to rent a car and visit these places on your own, you should purchase a National Park Pass.