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Hawaii

Hawaii (photo: Sébastien Boulanger

Hawaii cruises are an great way to see the different panoramas of the Hawaiian Islands. Hawaii, an archipelago of volcanic islands, has a very rich flora and fauna and each island has its own personality. The climate is always pleasant and its beaches are beautiful. It’s a surfer’s paradise.

When to cruise to Hawaii?

The holidays (December 21 to January 4) and summer are considered the high season. The low season, when you’ll find the best discounts, runs from Thanksgiving to mid-December.

The temperature is magnificent all year round with average temperatures of 22 to 26 degrees Celsius.Surfers will prefer the period of December and January when the waves are high. Summer is quieter and better for windsurfing.

Home ports for Hawaii cruises

You can choose between a cruise from Honolulu or the West Coast such as Vancouver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Long Beach or Ensenada (Mexico).

Ports visited

Hilo, the capital of the island of Hawaii (Big Ilsand), is the stopover where you can see an active volcano in the National Park of Volcanoes. Kona an important city on the west coast of the island of Hawaii. This stopover is ideal for beach and snorkelling.

Honolulu is the capital of the state of Hawaii. The main attractions are Pearl Harbor, Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head (Fortification in a montain that offers beautiful views of Honolulu).

Kauai (Nawiliwili), named the garden island, and the coast of NaPali offer spectacular landscapes of mountains sculpted by the downpours. Waimea Canyon, reddish and dotted with greenery, is nicknamed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”

Lahaina on the west coast of Maui is a charming locality. Kahului is on the other side of the island. On the island of Maui, you can visit tropical plantations, attend a Luau (dinner and show), visit the Haleakala crater and of course lounging on a beach.

Cruise lines and itineraries

Norwegian is the only airline offering a seven-night itinerary aboard the Pride of America to the Hawaiian Islands (return from Honolulu) without a day at sea. However, since no stopovers are made on foreign territory, the crew must be mainly made up of Americans (American laws) and the service may be different than on other cruises. Airfares are more expensive and the plane ride is longer. On the other hand, you can pair this trip with a few days in a hotel in Waikiki.

Other cruise lines offer 11- or 12-day itineraries to and from a city on the U.S. West Coast. For these trips, it is best to check with the cruise line if you can benefit from attractive airfares (as you will not benefit from the prices for return air tickets from the same city with the airlines). For these routes, it takes 4 to 5 days at sea between the U.S. coast and the Hawaiian Islands.

15-day round trips from the U.S. coast are also available, but you’ll spend at least 9 days at sea.

More information about ‘Hawaii** on Wikipedia.

Official website of the Hawaii Tourist Board

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