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Old February 28th, 2011, 04:14 PM
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Question Hawaii - Cruise or Land (and air) Vacation

It seems sacrilegious to ask while Kuki & game are steaming towards Hawaii. But is a cruise the best way to see Hawaii for a first timer? Round trips from CA have four days at sea, each way + the obligatory stop in Ensenada. Would I be better served by biting the bullet and making that long flight to HI? Once in Honolulu, how easy is it to island hop?

(As a footnote: is it not practical to go three days HI to Cabo and then have that last sea day to CA?)

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I'm putting on my flame retardent suit as I type this. I cannot for the life of me EVER see spending two weeks vacation time and probably $5,000 for a balcony for 4 days in Hawaii.

We've done about 4 or 5 land trips to Hawaii and have done Pride of America which I do recommend as a way to see all the islands and I've heard they've come a long way service wise.

Some people say they like it because they don't have to fly, and they like Sea Days. It's a not a cruise you will ever see us doing and we love Hawaii. When I go to Hawaii, I want to see Hawaii, not the Pacific for 10 days.
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Trackypup,

You are not alone! I have posted the same thought before - now Paul M responded it is possible to sail to Hawaii and fly back. I never investigated further.

When I travel to Hawaii - I'll be flying.

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Actually I was just going to update my post. What I would do is the one ways they do in April or September to/from Vancouver. That way you only get 1/2 the sea days and you can spend time at the other end in Hawaii. Royal Caribbean has two of those on Rhapsody and Radiance and I think Carnival has one.
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Thanks - food for thought. Strange to have to go to Vancouver to do it.
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I was wondering that as well after reading Kuki's blog. I personally would like to do the RT from LA. Sea days would be fine with me. However, my daughter thinks I'm nuts. She's like Trackypup, land vacation all the way.
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Thanks - food for thought. Strange to have to go to Vancouver to do it.
It's because it's a) a legal cruise and b) they're repositioning to and from Alaska
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personally, time wise and cost wise, it is probably cheaper to fly to Hawaii and do the land vacation then to cruise in with a balcony cabin.

I agree with you, I can't see wasting so many days at sea on my vacation.
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