My husband and I are looking into cruising to Hawaii on the Island Princess in 2005. I know it's a ways off, but is Jan/Feb a good time to cruise to Hawaii? What about the Pacific at that time - smooth or rough? Concerned about the time spent at sea and seasickness.
I too am considering a Hawaii cruise in Sept of 2004 from Ensenda to Hawaii. I know that the weather in Hawaii wont be to bad, but my concern is the 4 days at sea. Has anyone been and how rough do the seas get that time of year
I've have done both cruises. Honolulu to Ensenada in April, the seas were very rough. High winds and very very rough seas. Did Vancouver to Honolulu in September. Loved it! Smooth sailing all 5 days at sea. It was great. Hawaii weather is great any time of the year. Diane
Back a few years, we did a spring and fall cruise the same year. We enjoyed the spring more. Seems this is the rainy season and the waterfalls were bigger and there were more showers which resulted in many more rainbows. There seemed to be more flowers in the Spring too. The rains never last long and are generally a light kind of sprinkle. The temperature is always the same so that has no effect on timing. We would be on the north shore (Oahu) in a light rain and we would go through a tunnel toward Honolulu and as we came out of the tunnel it was all sunny and dry as a bone. It was amazing. The ocean waves were smooth both times. The lst 2 days out of Ensenada was always cool. If you are going to Alaska, it will be even cooler being farther to the north.
I am doing a cruise in Tahiti this March. I've been reading up on lots of cruise info for lots of places. The ship that sails from Ensendada to Hawaii is not one to take during Jan Feb. Giant 40 waves make the crossing most uncomfortable. The last ship was not allowed to even dock in Hilo and the passengers were told to stay in their rooms.
As posted that period is when the biggest surf in the world is in Hawaii.
Wow! After reading all the replies, I'm starting to have second thoughts about our RT cruise in February '05. I hope you're wrong about the swells! I'll keep my fingers crossed that we have smooth sailing next year and get to see lots of whales (one of our reasons for cruising at that time of year). I guess I'll be checking with my doctor for some seasickness stoppers before we go.
OK Now I am re-thinking it all--instead of the RT , the American Pride sounds best even though that would not be the line I would choose first. How can they cruise the islands & others can't under the law?
Hubby & I are 'doing' NCLs Pride of Aloha inter-island Jan 23-30th/05 and the waters will likely be quite smooth (have usually been in the past) but nothing is ever guaranteed. Know Jan/Feb usually not good from mainland to Hawaii but should be OK if u choose that time frame inter-island. Hope this helps. Happy (& smooth) cruisin'!!
Actually it's a guess as to what the weather & seas will be like - remember the Pacific Ocean has a better reputation than the Atlantic Ocean but winter is never a great time frame and Nov - March is considered winter...That said I have friends who have sailed Ensenada to Hawaii in these months & had smooth seas & vice versa too so ??? I only know that usually inter island is mainly good but u can get some swells in the winter months there too. Just book and go and 'hope' for the best -at least Hawaii will be gorgeous as usual besides with the stabilizors on the ships these days not too many problems anyway..Happy 'steady as she goes' cruisin'!