The best cruises are Hawaiian cruises!

Best Times to Go On Hawaii 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

Making itinerary decision is between a weeklong cruise, exclusively visiting Hawaii Islands or even a longer adventure, usually from North America. The main benefit of cruising from the mainland is that you’ll most likely eliminate flights, although you’ll be adding as much as eight days at sea to your voyage time.

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: flights beginning at the East Coast connect in Los Angeles or San Francisco, and this means you are adding five extra hours to the six hours it will take from maybe New York or Boston. 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, and transporting yourself from the airport to the hotels around the area which is roughly seven miles, is a snap when you take a taxi, shuttle service or rent a car.
  3. Consider a before or after cruise stay in Oahu
  4. All beaches in Hawaii are public access
  5. 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.

    6. 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.