Every Hawaiian island is beautiful, yet each is unique, with a surprising diversity of scenery and activities. The best way to get acquainted with them is an unforgettable cruise: just get on board, settle in, and let the ship move you from one postcard-perfect island to another.
There are two basic ways to cruise Hawaii. The first is a one-way voyage between the West Coast and the islands, or the reverse. Either direction includes several days at sea and is a good choice if you want time before or after your Hawaiian adventure to enjoy the ship.
The second is a roundtrip flight to Hawaii with a roundtrip cruise of the islands from Honolulu. Currently, Norwegian Cruise Line is the only line to offer this option: cruises on the Pride of America are available year-round. NCL combines a seven-day island cruise with three or four days of land tours on the island of Oahu, giving you an immersion in Hawaiian history and culture.
Oahu has some of Hawaii’s most modern and most historic sights, from the gleaming city of Honolulu to the World War II memorials in Pearl Harbor. Spend time at Waikiki Beach, or see some of the world’s best surfing on the North Shore; the Polynesian Cultural Center is there, too. If you love pineapple, you’ll love it more at the Dole Plantation on Oahu, where the fruit is always fresh.
Amid islands of stunning natural beauty, Kauai manages to stand out as the most lush and beautiful. Don’t miss Waimea Canyon, an incredibly scenic gorge known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” You can see the equally scenic Napali Coast by hiking or sailing – it’s not even accessible by motor vehicle.
The island of Maui has lovely beaches and golf courses. You can swim in the ocean or in a pool below a cascading waterfall. Or, ride to the top of Haleakala volcano to see the massive crater and the 360-degree views. From Maui, you can also visit the laid-back island of Molokai.
The Big Island of Hawaii has two cruise ports: Kona and Hilo. Kona has black sand beaches and wonderful local coffee; Hilo is a festival of tropical flowers. Either port provides easy access to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home to the world’s most active volcano, Kilauea, and the largest, Mauna Loa.
There’s so much to see and do in Hawaii, you may need help to decide on shore excursions! Talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.
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