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Old July 7th, 2008, 11:49 PM
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Default Hawaii Cruise - Holland America or Princess?

I am trying to decide between the following 2 cruises to Hawaii. Which would you choose?


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14 days Roundtrip L.A. to Hawaii
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Old July 8th, 2008, 10:18 AM
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I really liked Princess when I cruised on her. But I haven't cruised on Holland America. So I will base this on intinerary. Based on this I would take the Golden Princess which has less ports with more time in port. However, I would check to see if these ships cruise Mount Kilauea at night. I heard that is amazing.

Golden Princess shows this:Ports of Call
Arrival Departure
1 Los Angeles, California --- 4:00 p.m.

2 At Sea --- ---

3 At Sea --- ---

4 At Sea --- ---

5 At Sea --- ---

6 Hilo, Hawaii 7:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.

7 Honolulu, Oahu 7:00 a.m. 11:00 p.m.

8 Port Allen (Nawiwili), Kauai 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.

9 Lahaina, Maui 7:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.

10 At Sea --- ---

11 At Sea --- ---

12 At Sea --- ---

13 At Sea --- ---

14 Ensenada, Mexico 1:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

15 Los Angeles, California 7:00 a.m. ---

Zaandam shows:Ports of Call
Arrival Departure

1 San Diego, California --- 5:00 p.m.

2 At Sea --- ---

3 At Sea --- ---

4 At Sea --- ---

5 At Sea --- ---

6 Hilo, Hawaii 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.

7 Lahaina, Maui 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.

8 Port Allen (Nawiwili), Kauai 9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.

9 Honolulu, Oahu 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.

10 Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.

11 At Sea --- ---

12 At Sea --- ---

13 At Sea --- ---

14 At Sea --- ---

15 Ensenada, Mexico 8:00 p.m. 11:59 p.m.

16 San Diego, California 7:00 a.m. ---
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They is why I was eyeing RCCL for Hawaii. You get an overnight in Oahu and cruise Mount Kilauea at night.

Port *** Arrive Depart Activity

11-Oct San Diego, California 5:00 PM

12-Oct Cruising

13-Oct Cruising

14-Oct Cruising

15-Oct Cruising

16-Oct Hilo, Hawaii 8:00 AM 8:00 PM Docked

17-Oct Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 7:00 AM 11:00 PM Tendered

18-Oct Honolulu (Oahu), Hawaii 7:00 AM Docked

19-Oct Honolulu (Oahu), Hawaii 5:30 PM Docked

20-Oct Kailua Kona, Hawaii 7:00 AM 5:00 PM Tendered

20-Oct Mount Kilauea - Evening Sail 11:59 PM Cruising

21-Oct Cruising

22-Oct Cruising

23-Oct Cruising

24-Oct Cruising

25-Oct Ensenada, Mexico 7:00 PM 11:59 PM Docked

26-Oct San Diego, California 7:00 AM
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We've done the HAL itinerary and loved it. Days at sea crossing the Pacific were filled with activities, many educational rather than typical cruise ship silliness....not that we did a lot of them. A true sampling of the islands. I loved Kona. Then, more days at sea to rest and recuperate. Best vacation of my life.
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We've done the HAL itinerary and loved it. Days at sea crossing the Pacific were filled with activities, many educational rather than typical cruise ship silliness....not that we did a lot of them. A true sampling of the islands. I loved Kona. Then, more days at sea to rest and recuperate. Best vacation of my life.
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Did you cruise Mount Kilauea at night?
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Yes, we did. Amazing to see that bright lava pop up against the dark mountainside. Awesome. I was disappointed that we didn't get closer until I learned that when lava hits saltwater, it creates airborne sulphuric acid. Then, I was totally okay with not being close!

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Both ships sail from Hilo in the evening and anchor at Lahaina the following day so I'm sure you get Kilauea at night.

You really can't go wrong with either. We love both Princess and HAL. HAl is more gracious and more nautical. Princess is more for families with kids. An older crowd on Holland , but on this cruise there will be lots of families too. Holland has better food. You will get far more educational lectures etc on Holland than Princess. both are great. you can't miss
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Thanks to everyone for their advice. We ended up booking Holland America on the Zaandam. I think we will have a great time!!
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I am certain you will have a great cruise
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Do let us know how you like it! My wife and I were thinking of doing a Hawaiian cruise in the future and would love to hear the reports from those who have taken them!
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Ditto! We would love to hear which you pick & what you liked.
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For our March Hawaii cruise, we looked at HAL and Princess. However, we ended out booking Celebrity. We were offered a Concierge class cabin and an onboard credit and that sealed the deal for us.
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