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4 Ways to Cruise Hawaii

I don’t know about you, but waiting in an airport and standing in TSA lines multiple times in order to see a few Hawaii islands is not what I would call an ideal vacation. Hands down, one of the best ways to visit multiple Hawaiian Islands is via cruise. Cruising is the perfect sample platter to get acquainted with some of the islands on an individual basis without worrying about the tedious logistics of getting from one island to another. In a world full of grand opportunities, you bet there are multiple ways to cruise the islands. In fact, there are four ways to cruise the Hawaiian Islands.

Repositioning one-way west coast to Hawaii
Depart from the west coast of Canada, Mexico, or the United States straight to Hawaii. These cruises are typically 10-15 days in length and are offered during the spring and fall. Along with a few stops in Hawaii, cruise lines will often add a stop in Ensenada. For cruise lines, you have your choice of Carnival, Princess, Celebrity, and Holland America. This option is ideal for those who have extended time of leave and for passengers who absolutely love sea days.

Repositioning one-way Hawaii to West Coast, Asia, Australia, New Zealand
Explore some of the islands in Hawaii plus take a unique course to ports in Asia, Australia, or New Zealand. Get ready to spend between 20-40 days sailing to beautiful islands and enjoying every moment of tropical breezes and fresh fruit. This is a fabulous itinerary for those looking to spend more time in the South Pacific.

Roundtrip Hawaii (Honolulu)
Sail roundtrip Honolulu on a 7-day itinerary any time during the year! Plus, get 2 days in Maui and Kauai! Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America is the only cruise ship that offers this itinerary and is an all-American employed vessel. One amazing thing about this itinerary is that since you are already in Hawaii, you avoid the multiple sea days it takes to get from the west coast (or any other departure city in the area) to Hawaii. This is also the best option if you are limited on time.

Roundtrip from the U.S., Mexico, or Canada
These cruise itineraries often include many sea days and a few ports in Hawaii. Purchasing flights for these itineraries are often lower than other Hawaii cruise options because you are flying in and out of one airport.

Keep in mind, Hawaii cruises can be more costly than a typical Caribbean cruise. Don’t let that scare you! When you consider everything a cruise includes compared to what it would cost to stay on one island for a week, let alone multiple islands, then a cruise looks pretty good. Hawaii cruises not only provide accommodation, it’s also your entertainment, food supply, and transportation. If you need more convincing, then read this article: “Why Cruise the Hawaiian Islands?”

The best time to visit Hawaii is between January 1 and December 31st.  However, if you are looking to save a bit of cash on your cruise, consider cruising while kids are in school between September and mid-December or between mid-April and mid-June. Plus, savor those piña coladas and macadamia nut chocolates a little longer by purchasing a pre- or post-cruise to extend your stay in paradise.

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