We have friends that live in Oahu and would very much like to take a cruise there BUT everyone I know keeps trying to tell me that the waters of the Pacific are treacherous and very rough! Obviously, this scares me and now I am wondering if this is really the case?
Spent many years in the SW Pacific and more time than I like to remember steaming between islands. All parts of the Pacific can at times get rough but I would not say that they are treacherous. Indeed the Caribbean has a far worse reputation for sudden unpredictable bad weather.
There is nothing to be scared of (IMHO) I have been in the very worse that the Pacific can throw at you and the only bad thing that happened was that I spilled my Gin & Tonic and had one of the show dancers (female) fall in my lap during a large roll - As to the ship, she was only 30,000 tons.
Go for it, even if it does get a bit rough (not saying that it will) the ships are designed for it and it can be quite exhilarating.
We just returned last night from the islands to Ensenada. On our experience, the seas were rougher going between the islands than our 4 sea days. However, we experienced extremely high winds while in the islands, therefore, our ship rocked quite a bit, but it didn't stop any of us from having fun. The winds only calmed down a small fraction after we left the islands. On one of our sea days, the ocean looked like glass it was so smooth.
As one of the other posts stated, the oceans can change at any time. Try it, you'll love it!!!!!!!
If you are one of those people who "Cruise" in that large lake called the Caribbean, you will probably be shocked on the Pacific Ocean. If you have previously cruised on a real ocean, the Pacific around Hawaii is rarely a problem.