Sea, sun, sand and hula girls are the conventional images that spring to mind when you think of Hawaii, but there is much more to these paradise islands than the picture-postcard stereotype.
The islands’ vast volcanic craters and dense tropical rainforest house an incredible variety of wildlife that will delight children and nature lovers, and the rich culture and traditions of the Hawaiian people make for an exhilarating stay.
Undoubtedly, the best way to experience this pacific paradise is by cruise. Offering luxurious accommodation and a whole host of activities to keep the kids occupied from dawn until dusk, Hawaii cruises promise an unforgettable experience for the whole family.
As you wake each morning to a different piece of paradise, you will soon realise that there is a significant diversity between Hawaii’s islands - from the infamous holiday hotspot of Waikiki Beach to laid-back surf haven of Oahu and the poignant Pearl Harbour memorial, there is an incredible amount to be packed into your journey.
Sail the Pacific Ocean with Royal Caribbean cruises for an action-packed family break in a relaxed yet stylish environment. Travel with Norwegian Cruise Line and enjoy their signature ‘Freestyle Cruising’ experience aboard a fleet that prides itself on being at the forefront of cruise holiday innovation. Take a look at our selection of Hawaiian cruises and find the dream getaway to suit you.
Celebrity Cruises has several ships voyaging through Hawaiian waters this year – you will feel like and A-lister aboard the Celebrity Solstice, which features an Aqua Spa by Elemis, in addition to restaurants serving the very best in world cuisine. Board Carnival Cruises’ Carnival Miracle for a 15-night tour of the very best Hawaii has to offer.
Hawaii cruise itineraries often work in one or two of the more popular mainland North American destinations. Experience the best Los Angeles has to offer, from the iconic Chinese theatre, to playground of the rich and famous, Beverley Hills. Watch the bodybuilders on muscle beach before you kick back and relax on your voyage through the pacific. Island stops will include Hilo, Honolulu, Oahu, Kauai, and Maui, before you head south for the paradise of Bora Bora and Tahiti with luxury operator Princess Cruises.
If you’d rather head straight to your tropical paradise, there are several fly & cruise options that sail directly from Honolulu. Travel aboard the aptly named Pride of America, calling at Kahului, Maui, Hilo, Kona and Port Allen during a 7-day itinerary. On Maui, splash out with a helicopter tour of the stunning cascading waterfalls in the island’s lush green interior, walk the rim of the huge Haleakala Crater, and scour the waves for humpback whales before you head back to your ship.
Hawaii can also be incorporated into a world cruise itinerary. Fred Olsen features a tour of the islands of Nawiliwili, Honolulu and Hilo in its 104-day blow-out getaway. A more modest option is Holland America Line’s 24-day itinerary which combines Hawaii with Mexico’s Pacific Coast, featuring the port stops of Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. The Hawaii section of the cruise lasts 5 days and offers the opportunity to explore the ports of Hilo, Honolulu, Kahului, Kona and Lahaina. Whilst in Honolulu, take time out to explore the historic ‘Iolani Palace, home to Hawaii’s last royal family, before spending a humbling moment at the Pearl Harbour monument. Head to the North Shore to try your hand at surfing before ending the day with a refreshing cocktail on iconic Waikiki Beach.