Diamond Head and the famous Waikiki Beach on Oahu are just the beginning of what you will see on your Hawaii cruise. You'll see Maui, Kauai and Hawaii, the big island. Maui has Mt. Haleakala which is over 10,000 feet high and you can drive to the top and take a bicycle (or drive) down the mountain. The view from the top is spectacular. You can see the other Hawaiin islands sometimes with snow covered volcano peaks. Kauai is the garden isle and many think it is the most beautiful. It is not as populated and has its own Grand Canyon (Wiamea Canyon). Hawaii is also awesome with Volcanoes National Park and the oportunity to get a close as anyone should ever get to an active volcano. The cruise usually tries to sail by the Kilauea, the most active volcano in the world, so you can see the glowing red lava spilling into the sea increasing the size of Hawaii.
Prices quoted are for cruise-only rates per person based on
double occupancy for the least expensive inside cabin. Airfare and port taxes
are extra. Quoted rates are subject to availability. Third and fourth passengers
per cabin usually cruise for less. See our Cruise Price Estimator for
NCL is the only cruise line that operates roundtrip from Hawaii
but we don't recommend NCL which recently rated at the bottom of all major U.S.
operating cruise lines for their food. Service is also a trouble spot. One of
our clients called their "freestyle" dining "no style" dining.
There are a several wonderful 14-night or 15-night Hawaii cruises in the spring,
fall & winter sailings from Celebrity, Princess and Holland America which
eliminate the expensive airfare across the Pacific to Hawaii and as a result
are very competitive to the price for an NCL 7-night cruise from Honolulu when
airfare is included in the total cost. Some people also much prefer the 4 relaxing
days at sea compared to an 8 to 12 hour flight. It is the civilized way to travel
- in our opinion, but you have to hve the time.
Our recommended way to cruise Hawaii is to take a 14 or 15-night cruise from San Diego (best) or Los Angeles. Several cruiselines offer this option.
This is our top choice for a 14 or 15-night Hawaii Cruise roundtrip from San Diego.
Celebrtiy Century is the only premium class ship sailing to Hawaii. Her 15-night cruise calls on Hilo, Kauai, Honolulu, Lahaina (on Maui), and Ensenada, Mexico.
Having a premium class ship back making this cruise offering is going to have high demand. We recommend you book early as the prices are sure to climb as the ship fills. We have group space and low prices locked on the following sailing. Because there are so few sailings, the price is likely to go up so book early.
Royal CaribbeanRadiance of the Sea does one cruise between Honolulu and Vancouver in the spring, and one in the fall. These are beautiful ships and a past client favorite. We love the Viking Crown lounge with 360 degreeviews and the Windjammer restaurant up front which provides incredible 180 degree views while dining. These ships are very similar to Celebrity Summit and Infinity but have more to do for active guests like rock climbing walls and gyro leveled pool tables. They have more cabins that hold 3 and 4 guests and Royal Caribbean has the best children's program at sea. We rate them tops for families.
For the latest Hawaii and other destination specials see our Great Deals page which is updated frequently.
ms Zaandam does a 15-day Circle Hawaii cruises roundtrip from San Diego monthly from October to April. The Zaandam is an 5-star ship that sails to Haawaii and returns after visiting Hilo, Honolulu, Kauai, Maui, and Kona for great shore excursion options every day. She is a mid-sized ship of about 63,000 tons that holds about 1500 people. She is a premium class ship that has an older average age passenger and generally cost more than the other choices to Hawaii.
Princess offers 15-night Hawaii cruises roundtrip from Los Angeles to Hawaii and also between Hawaii and Tahiti twice a year. We rate these cruises well below those from Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and Holland America as food and service are just not as good. We also dislike the fact they have no observation lounges on their ships. For these and other reasons we do not recommend Princess.
For the latest Hawaii and other destination specials see our
Top Picks or Best Specials