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Old October 5th, 2004, 07:24 PM
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I have been thinking of crusing to Hawaii. I lived there in 1976 when my x-husband was in the Navy and have always wanted to go back. I LOVE to cruise so thought I could get the best of both worlds. Can anyone tell me if they think you get enough land time on a cruise to see Hawaii or should I just stay to land? Also, which is the best cruise out there and where does it leave from? Is the 7 day one enough? When is the best time to cruise there and the least expensive. I live in Ohio so where would I have to fly to? Any advise? Thanks

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If there was one down side to a Hawaii cruise, it was that we didn't have enough time on any island to really see it, except for Maui, where we stayed overnight. Even with that, I wish it could have been longer. I really didn't want to ration my time.

However, if you just want to get a flavor for each island, it was an excellent way to go. Our next trip will be a land tour, most likely, Maui and Kauai
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Old October 11th, 2004, 06:54 PM
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Carol, I guess your gateway air cities would be either Seattle or LA.
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Old October 11th, 2004, 06:56 PM
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Oh and are there 7 day cruises to Hawaii? I thought it took at least 4 days just to cruise there( may be 5) so you wouldn't see much of the islands would you, I think most of the Hawaiian cruises are least 10 days.
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Old October 20th, 2004, 03:24 AM
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NCL has 7 day cruises to Hawaii, and the Island Princess is doing 15 days to Hawaii, with 4 days at sea each way.
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Old October 20th, 2004, 03:49 PM
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Celeb now offers RT on Summit for '06 Can't wait to go.
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Old October 20th, 2004, 07:41 PM
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We just finished a cruise from Vancouver to Hawaii on the Serenade and we learned 2 things on this our 8th cruise. #1 Over 5 days at sea at one time is 2 days too much for us. #2 A cruise is not a good way to see Hawaii. All 6 people in our party now regret doing it on a cruise. We couldn't see nearly what we wanted to see. Things are not close to the docks. You may have to travel an hour to see something. If you want to travel the road to Hana, (which I highly recommend. we did it on our own in a rental car) be prepared for at least an 8 hour trip, including all the sightseeing picturesque stops. Most of the tours are 4-5 hours long so you get about one good tour per day if they are not already sold out. On our cruise most tours were sold out. We booked ahead on-line and got the ones we wanted.
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Old November 20th, 2004, 05:34 PM
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where can I go online to book side trips? Will be on the Statendam April 4....I don't want to be closed out of side trips...thanks
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Old December 22nd, 2004, 03:16 PM
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PJ - You might want to think about renting a car and doing the side trips on your own. Driving is easy on the islands and more reasonable.
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Old December 25th, 2004, 08:21 AM
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thanks for the info...but since I'm traveling solo, I'd rather not have to worry about getting where I want to go....lol....
How easy is it to rent a tour guide and see the best places?
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Old February 15th, 2005, 10:06 AM
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I am thinking with the prices of the cruises, I might just go and do it by land. That way I get to stay in Hawaii longer and see more. I will just miss the pampering.

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Old March 12th, 2005, 02:15 PM
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There are plenty of cruises that travel from Ensenada or Vancouver to Hawaii.. Consider starting in Hawaii and cruisiing back to the mainland to eliminate that red-eye flight home. I have done both ways and definitely fing going back to the mainland by ship helps.

I have heard that leaving from Ensenada involves a long bus trip to port, similar to an Alaska sailing.
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Old March 20th, 2005, 02:29 AM
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You can cruise RT to Hawaii out of LA, Vancouver or San Diego, or one-way out of Ensenada. The RT cruises are 14-16 days, with 4-5 sea days over and again 4-5 on the way back. We love sea days so have done this trip twice: Island Princess last year, and HAL the year before last. Celebrity is increasing their trips too. These are all winter season trips, as these ships generally go to Alaska for the summer. NCL has 7 day trips you can take after flying to Hawaii, which you could combine with a land trip by extending your vacation after the cruise. You will only get a flavor of the different islands on a cruise. If you want to see any island in depth, a land trip would be better, but not necessarily cheaper. Once you pay for good hotel, car, restaruant meals, entertainment, etc. you won't really pay more on a cruise.

If you are going on HAL, you can book your shore excursions on-line at the HAL website prior to leaving from home. We don't do this in Hawaii though, as we have been there many times and prefer to make our own arrangements (generally renting a car).
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Old March 20th, 2005, 12:42 PM
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Thanks for the info. We have decided to do land so we can be there more. I have the condos and the car booked now I need to work on airfare. Any suggestions?

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We're starting to plan a Hawaii vacation for July 06 for 57 people....I'm starting to think a land pkg. with condo/rental car might be the way to go instead of cruising.....What do you think? What kind of rates for condo rental and cars ?? Which islands are the best??? Any help you can give would be appreciated. Thanks. Nance
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Old March 30th, 2005, 05:03 AM
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I have booked a condo in Honolulu and in Kauai. I thought we could eat more there or pack picnics. Anyway in Honolulu we are going to stay 6 nights at the Imperial of Waikiki. I was able to get it for $166 per night. It is right across the street from Waikiki Beach. A friend of mine has stayed there and said it was really nice. There will be 4 of us in it. Then in Kauai we are staying7 nights at ocean front condo for $145. I have a friend that goes to Hawaii a lot and she is kind of guiding me. She LOVES Kauai. I am getting a full size car in Kauai for $125 week. In Honolulu we are only getting a car for one day as we are going on several tours and the trolly can take you all around the island. While we are in Honolulu one day we are taking a all day tour to the Big Island to do the tour to see the volcanos. That is $249 per person but includes air fare and the tour. Our flight to Kauai is going to cost $138 each. So to put it, we will be staying 13 nights for under $4000 for 4 and that includes condo, car flights to other island and a tour to anothe island. I don't think that is bad. We decided we would be able to enjoy more of the island doing land rather than just a day. Hope that helps. You just have to do your homework.

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Hi,

we are planning a Summit cruise for April 9th 2006
Also can't wait.

when are you going ??
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WE are going Jan 21 through Feb 3 2006

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Old August 5th, 2005, 09:12 PM
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Hello Carol,

Have booked a 15 day cruise to Hawaii on Princess.

However, have decided that we want more time in Hawaii.
Was thinking of doing an Escorted tour (because it includes transferes between the islands). Have you looked into that or feel that putting it together yourself is best and the most reasonable??

Trafalgar was the company that I was looking at..

Any helped would be greatly appreciated.

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We are booked on the Island Princess cruise 15 days RT to Hawaii on Jan 6/06.
Any advise on how to make it more memorable?
We have time to cancel without penalties if ....
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Old August 20th, 2005, 11:59 AM
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NCL offers a 10 day all Hawaii and I think Carnival will too. We now have 3 ncl ships here... Point of departure is either Honolulu or Maui....

I would take the 10 day. NCL.... which sees Fanning Island... and at the end pick which island plucked your heart strings.

A good source for travel tips it " Trip advisor"

Kauai and Maui are the most touristy and expensive and crowded. Kauai has a rain problem, Maui a people and traffic one.

Ithe Big ISLAND, is cheapest, has the warmest, clearst water, and the volcano. Also the best weather and variety........ it is twice the size of all the other islands together....


If you have time Radisson does a LA..Marquesa..Tahiti..Hawaii loop of 26 days that is outstanding and saves you 3 different air fares.... Ca..Tahiti..Hawaii..Ca or about $2500 in air.

Holland does the best mainlad to Hawaii from San Diego.
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Old September 2nd, 2005, 08:46 PM
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We are going on a 15 night cruise to Hawaii on the Island Princess on Oct. 8th. We leave from LA. We have been to Hawaii 4 times and stayed on the islands then. I would not suggest a cruise to Hawaii unless you have already been there. One or two days on each island is not enough time to get the feel of the islands. A land vacation is the best way to enjoy Hawaii for the first time. We decided on cruising this time because we want to go back to Hawaii and also want some "down" time on the ship. Hawaii is a destination that should be enjoyed leisurely. My favorite island is Maui and my husband's is Kauai. Oahu is great too with so much to do and the Big Island with it's active volcanoes should not be missed. Our last land trip was for a month island hopping. Once you have been to the Islands a curise is a nice way to go back and see your favorite spots. Have a great trip!!
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