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Most Popular Hawaiian Cruises

Hawaii is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Beautiful beaches, crystal clear water and warm, tropical weather combined together make Hawaii an attractive place to spend a vacation. Lots of people flock to this vacation paradise via a cruise ship. Vacationers love cruises because they make vacationing easy and simple. All the vacationer has to do is get on board and their hotel room, meals and fun activities are all right there on the ship. There is no need to figure out transportation or where to eat or what to do for fun – it’s all right there on the ship. Cruise ships also allow their patrons to disembark at various locations, so they can enjoy the sights and sounds of the land. There are many cruise ship companies that offer trips to Hawaii. Here the most popular Hawaiian Island cruises that visit the islands regularly.

Holland America Cruise Lines

Holland America Cruise Line
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Holland America is the ideal Hawaiian cruise line for adults and for people who want to pay a little extra for a more sophisticated experience. This cruise ship has an elegant and sophisticated ambiance and offers fine dining. Its service is also exceptional. Its social scene is lively but reserved. Parents of small children and young adults may not want to choose this Hawaiian cruise line, because its amenities and activities are geared more to adults than they are toward children. Holland America’s cruises are typically longer than 15 days. This company allows visits to most of the major Hawaiian Islands where passengers can enjoy a variety of activities and events. Holland America cruises typically depart from Vancouver or San Diego. It is one of the higher priced cruise ships.

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruise Line
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Princess Cruise Lines are less expensive than Holland America and they are geared more toward a Hawaiian Family Cruise experience. This Hawaiian Island cruise ship offers a wide range of family friendly activities. The on-board entertainment is very similar to the style one would find in Vegas. Most passengers say that the food and services offered on Princess Cruises are good, but not great. This cruise ship will offer their passengers the ability to enjoy almost all of the major Hawaiian Islands, and it often visits other ports of call like Tahiti. Trip lengths are typically 10 days or longer and the ship departs from Los Angeles and Vancouver.

Royal Caribbean International

Royal Carribean Jewel of the Seas
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The Royal Caribbean International Cruise line is one of the best cruise lines that regularly visits the Hawaiian Islands. This cruise line is specifically designed for families and has numerous activities and events for young children and teenagers. This is a mid-price Hawaiian cruise line. Most passengers say the food and service provided by this ship are above average. Its cruise days tend to last 10 days or more and the ship will usually visit the Islands of Hawaii on a somewhat regular basis. This ship sails out of Vancouver and San Diego.

Carnival Cruise Lines

Carnival Cruise Line
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This is another family friendly Hawaiian cruise ship that is also popular with young singles and couples. It is not the ideal place for a quiet vacation, as this ship provides plenty of entertainment. It is a medium priced ship and it visits most of the Hawaiian Islands on a regular basis. It ships out from San Diego and Vancouver.

Norwegian Cruise Lines

Pride of Aloha Hawaiian Island Crusie Ship
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This is the only commercial cruise ship that sails from Honolulu and returns to Honolulu. Its cruises typically last around 7 days and it visits all of the major Hawaiian Islands. The food and quality of service are relatively low, mostly because it is a lower priced cruise ship company. Passengers can expect to spend anywhere from 4-10 days at sea.

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What to Bring on a Hawaiian Cruise

Many people struggle with the age old question- what should I bring with me when I go on vacation? This is always a tricky subject because if you pack too little, you could end up needing something and not having it. (Which may be good news because you will have to shop to get it!) On the other hand, if you pack too much then you have to lug around a heavy suitcase everywhere you go and you will probably end up getting charged extra baggage fees by your airline. If you are wondering what you should bring on a Hawaiian cruise, here are a few suggestions.

Pack Light

It is a good idea to pack light when you are heading out for a Hawaiian cruise. First off, the less baggage you have the less money you will have to spend on airline baggage fees and the easier it will be to carry your luggage around. Also, it is warm in Hawaii and you will be on a cruise ship, which means you should have a lot of things available to you, including laundry supplies. Also, if you leave a little extra room in your suitcase by packing light you will have room for souvenirs and stuff you buy when you go shopping.
Essentials

There are a few essentials that you need to pack when you are heading out for a Hawaiian cruise. The first thing is your necessary identification, including your driver’s license, passport, photo IDs, credit and debit cards, health insurance information, cash and any other identification documents you may need for you and your family. Cashier checks are recommended instead of cash as well. You don’t want to end up forgetting your legal documents or photo IDs, so it is recommended that you use a travel case or folder to store all of your required documents. Other essentials for a Hawaiian cruise include high-level sunblock, a bathing suit and a camera. You don’t want to forget all of the precious memories you make during your trip!

Clothing

You probably won’t need to pack much clothing for your cruise, but you may want to have a few specific types of clothing so you are prepared for everything. A good set of traveling clothes is always nice, which includes comfortable shoes that you can walk in. No beach vacation would be complete without a pair of sandals or flip-flops. It is warm in Hawaii, but you may want to bring lightweight long-sleeved shirts that will help protect you from the sun. It also rains in Hawaii, so you will want a lightweight rain jacket. A hat is always a good idea to help protect your head and face from the sun’s damaging rays. T-shirts, shorts, sundresses and lightweight pants are all good tropical choices. Cruise ships often have formal dinners and other social events so you may want to pack more formal clothing. Cruise attire is generally comfortable casual, unless there is a specific fancy dinner or event you plan to attend.

Other Stuff to Pack

The cruise ship will provide you with towels for both bathing and for laying by the pool, so you probably won’t need to pack any of your own. Reading materials are always great for sitting on the beach. You can bring your own snorkel sets and goggles, but these can be rented from the ship for cheap if you don’t want to carry them around with you. The same is true of scuba gear and fishing rods. Don’t forget your cell phone charger, laptop or smartphone either. Your toiletry bag will be up to you, but a small first kit is also a good idea.

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Visiting Lahaina Village

Located on the western shore of Maui, Lahaina Village has an interesting history. In fact, one of the most interesting pieces of history about the village is the fact that it was once the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom in the 1800s, long before Hawaii became a state. By the mid-1800s, Lahaina became a whaling village. Even Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick, spent time in the village.

The sprawling seaside town has quite a bit to offer those who choose to spend the day there. No matter what you enjoy, there is a good chance that you will be able to find something to love in Lahaina! It is also perfectly positioned for a day trip whilst on your Hawaiian island Cruise.

For the History Lover

Those who have a passion for history will find that Lahaina is rife with history. It is even on the National Register of Historic Places, and one can find quite a few bits of the past still peeking through the village that is there today. Front Street, for example, has quite a few spots for the history aficionado, such as the Pioneer Inn, Lahaina Prison, and the U.S. Seamen’s Hospital. You might want to take the self-guided tour of the Lahaina Historic Triai that will lead you to the preceding places as well as dozens of others.

The Banyan Tree

Banyan Tree

When you are exploring the village and you want to take some time to relax and cool down, spend some time beneath one of the largest banyan trees in the world. This colossal tree is 60’ tall and spans an entire city block. You can find the tree in front of the courthouse and harbor. On the second and fourth weekend of each month, they have a small Art in the Park festival there.

Art for All

You will be able to find quite a few art galleries located in Lahaina. The area has a reputation for great artwork, and is home to quite a few wonderful local artists. Each Friday, they have an Art Night from 7PM to 10PM on Front Street. It’s a great time to visit if you are able to stay into the early evening on your day trip. If not, you will find dozens of other galleries that you can visit while the sun is still up.

Out of Character

For a change of pace, you might want to visit the Jodo Mission. The mission is a peaceful and quiet place to visit, and you will find that it seems less like Hawaii and more like rural Japan when you are there. That is with good reason. The Mission is a Japanese Buddhist Temple. At the grounds, you will find a large bronze Buddha statue as well as a pagoda.

Great Eating and Great Shopping

History and art are not the only things that you will find in Lahaina. You can find great, authentic Hawaiian cuisine at the many wonderful eateries in the town, including some authentic luaus. In addition, look through some of the various shops and boutiques in the area. You are sure to find some treasures to bring home with you.

Even More to Love

Visitors to Lahaina will find even more to love about the area. They are close to the beautiful beaches and the water, and the town is home to some great parks. Located only a short distance from the village are great places to take a hike. Take your entire day and really get as much out of this location as you can!

As you can see, it really will be possible for just about everyone in your group to find something to love when they spend the day in Lahaina.

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Maui High Country

So you need a break from the people on your Hawaiian Island Cruise and are looking for a change of pace? Here is teh perfect day trip excursion for you. If you want to experience true, unparalleled beauty, then you have to head to Maui’s high country, or up country, as some call it, when you are visiting. The countryside can make for a wonderful day trip

Maui Up Country

The high country really has very little development to this day, which makes it a rural paradise for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the larger cities and the throngs of tourists that haunt those locales. When you want to get away from it all and take in the majesty of verdant forests, fields of sugarcane and tracts of bamboo, the high country is the place to go.

Bring Your Camera

You are certainly going to want to bring your camera along with you when you visit the high country. The beauty of the area is stunning, and you are going to want to capture it on camera so that you can show others back home. Make sure that you have plenty of storage space for your digital pictures, as well as plenty of battery life. While you can take photos with your cell phone, you are really going to want to make sure that you bring along a decent camera, at least a point and shoot, to get some better shots.

Small Town Magic

Look out for some of the small towns and villages that dot the high country as well. Even though the development of many areas in up country is limited, you can still find towns that will have what you need.

You can find some great places to visit while you are in these towns too, such as art galleries and shops. You might even be able to find some great local cuisine that will help to give you a real taste of Hawaii that many tourists do not find. One of the little towns that you might want to visit is Makawao. The Makawao Forest Reserve is nearby as well, and it can present you and your traveling companions with even more places to explore and hike.

So Much to Do

Kula Country Farms

You will find quite a few properties with horse owners, as riding is popular when you get to this area of Maui. You can find some stables where you can get out on horseback and enjoy the island in a manner that some tourists never even consider. Of course, if horses aren’t your ideal mode of transportation, you still have your feet. Find some great hiking trails in the area that can take you to a host of beautiful locations. Even getting out in your rental car and exploring the roadways can bring you to some great and unexpected locations.

Even if you are just taking a day trip, you can experience quite a bit of the magic that the high country has to offer. Just make sure that you get up plenty early and head to the hills as soon as you are able. Beat the traffic and start experiencing paradise.

Beware Trespassing

As with some other spots around Maui, including the Road to Hana, you will want to be careful about taking a wrong turn whether you are driving or hiking. Some of the land here is private, and you do not want to trespass onto someone’s property.

Come Back

You will fall in love with the high country when you visit. It is sure to be a place that beckons you to come back. From the friendly locals to the matchless beauty. The Maui high country is a place that will carve out a permanent place in your heart and mind!

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The Road to Hana

Are you looking for a possible day trip whilst on your Hawaiian island cruise? Why not embark on one of the most exhilarating drives you will ever take?

The Road to Hana is easily one of the most famous roads in the world, and is a place that you are certainly going to want to visit on your trip to Maui. The road is beautiful and passes along some of the most incredible parts of Hawaii with impressive waterfalls, trails, and more in an idyllic tropical setting. Even those who only have a day to explore the road should certainly take the trip. You will find a wide range of great things to enjoy during the trip, from the beaches along the way to reaching the final destination of Hana.

Road to Hana

The road between your starting destination of Paia and Hana is 42 miles along, and on that road, you will encounter a number of bridges and sharp turns, not to mention quite a few other drivers. You want to make sure that you are paying good attention to the roadway on your trip. You will see quite a few beautiful sites along the sides of the road too, including waterfalls.

Along your journey, you are going to find plenty of wonderful distractions to enjoy. You could take a turn that leads you to one of the many beaches along the road, such as Maliko Bay. The beach here is rocky, but you can watch the water. Another place where you might want to spend an hour or so is the Koolau Forest Reserve. At the reserve, you will be able to find hiking trails that can make for a fun little excursion.

Waianapanapa State Park, located at mile marker 32, is another popular destination. It’s only a short distance from Hana and features a gorgeous black sand beach. It is a great place to stop for a bit of a rest and explore.

Waianapanapa State Park

With all of the different sightseeing opportunities along the way, you are probably going to be pulling over often, hopping out of the car and taking pictures. If you do, make sure that you are not parking in an area that is dangerous to you or other cars that are going to be coming along the road. Keep your common sense at the ready along this road, because you will find that many other visitors do not!

Hana is a small town, and it might not look like it has much to offer. However, it has an airport, some places to dine, and just about everything that you need to enjoy a true and authentic Hawaiian experience.

Some Tips for Your Trip

If you are on a Hawaiian island Cruise it is highly likely that you may only have a day to take the Road to Hana, therefore you are going to want to make sure that you leave as early as possible. By leaving early, you are going to accomplish a couple of things. First, you will be able to spend more time along the road and enjoying the sites and turnoffs. Second, you are going to beat the traffic. The worst traffic along the road is mid-morning and mid-afternoon. You certainly want to avoid the roads at those times. On the way back, you might as well stay a bit later in the evening and avoid all of the traffic that is heading back to Paia. You could grab a bite to eat at one of the local eateries in town, or you could even pack a picnic lunch to take with you on an afternoon hike.

Make sure that you fill up your gas tank before you head out on the road in the morning. You will not find any gas stations along the road, at least not until you finally make it into Hana.

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Hawaiian Inter Island Cruise

It’s not as if Hawaii needs a plug about being romantic. It is only one of the most romantic places on earth. But if you are planning a romantic vacation to Hawaii, you must take a Hawaiian inter island cruise for the simple beauty and romance of all the islands.

Many of the Hawaiian inter island cruise ships will stop at all the major ports of Oahu, Hawaii, Maui and Kaui. Each island offers its own unique quality to a visitor’s experience. Whether you are the adventurous type and want to scuba dive, swim with the manta rays, go surfing, rent a 4×4 to traverse the land, this will be your Hawaii. If you prefer to have a more relaxing and calm vacation to rejuvenate your spirit this can be found while you lay on the serene beaches or walk through the gorgeous, lush landscape; this will be your Hawaii.

Everyone agrees that Hawaii will satisfy all thirsts for life.

And when the time has come to return to the Hawaiian inter island cruise ship, you will continue to make it your own trip. If your relaxing day has prepared you for a more exciting night, enjoy the nightlife with dancing at a club or and take in a show. The excitement of the cruise at night will keep going for as long as you are able. If after an adventurous day on the island you prefer to take advantage of the spas offered on the Hawaiian cruse, you’re in for a treat. These are designed to calm the senses and relax your body to get you fully prepared for the excitement and adventure that awaits you at your next port of call.

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Why You Should Choose a Hawaiian Cruise

A Hawaiian island cruise is the best options for any one who is interested in take a vacation to explore beautiful land, exotic plants, and amazing food and activities. Hawaii is know for being extremely beautiful and one of the best places to visit in order to escape and relax from the every day stressful life. Many future travelers often weigh the options of whether or not they should book a cruise or plan a trip to a specific destination in Hawaii. Here are some of the top reasons to look into booking a Hawaiian island cruise.

You will see famous sights.

If you embark on a cruise you will be able to see numerous world famous sights. You will be able to view sea mountains, huge cliffs, and a number of volcanoes which you would otherwise most likely not see if you booked a stay at a hotel.

You can cruise year round.

One great benefit to booking a Hawaiian cruise is that you can go anytime during the year. Hawaii’s location provides beautiful weather no matter if you are visiting in the summer or the winter. The weather is beautiful with a temperature never gets much higher than 80 degrees and never much lower than 70 degrees.

You get more for your money.

Since cruise ships stop at several locations, you are able to see many more places than you would be if you were staying at a single location in Hawaii. A Hawaiian island cruise will travel to several of the six Hawaiian Islands ensuring you that you will be getting the most for the price you pay and make the most of your vacation.

A Hawaiian cruise is one of the most sought after types of trips these days no matter if it is a couple or a family looking to get away. Book your cruise today!

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Tips to Save on a Hawaiian Cruise

If you’ve always dreamed of a Hawaiian vacation, a cruise is one of the best ways to explore the island. You’ll stop at different ports around the island, wherein you can depart the ship and explore the local culture.

A Hawaiian cruise is cost-effective because your food and lodging are included within the price. You can sail for five days, a week or longer. It all depends on your availability. Cruise prices vary depending on the number of nights, as well as the particular cruise line.

Want to go on a Hawaiian cruise, but not sure if you can afford the fare? Here are three tips to make your cruise a reality.

1. Book with a group. Use a travel agent for your cruise and ask to join a group. Group rates are typically lower than normal rates. Plus, some groups receive amenities, such as onboard credit and reduced upgrades.

2. Travel during the off-season. Holidays make perfect travel dates. However, cruise prices tend to increase during these times. Schedule your time off for other times throughout the year and save money.

3. Choose a shorter cruise. Although a 10, 12 or 14-day Hawaiian cruise may sound appealing, the longer you cruise, the more you pay. Stay on budget and choose a shorter cruise. You’ll have just as much fun.

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