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fay54 February 22nd, 2006 03:22 PM

Cruising to Hawaii
 
I would like to take a cruise to Hawaii in mid June or summer months. Are there many ships cruising at that time and do you need passports as you do with traveling the Caribbean. fay54 LOL

PapaBill February 23rd, 2006 10:59 AM

NCL cruises Hawaii year round (from Hawaii). Look into schedules for Princess, Celebrity and RCCL for cruies from the west coast.

JanetCruiser February 24th, 2006 05:08 PM

Re: Cruising to Hawaii
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by fay54
I would like to take a cruise to Hawaii in mid June or summer months. Are there many ships cruising at that time and do you need passports as you do with traveling the Caribbean. fay54 LOL

Most of the cruises have at least one stop outside the US, so I believe that a passport will be needed.

lovemypug February 25th, 2006 07:53 PM

We are going on NCL's new ship Pride of Hawaii on June 19,2006.
We are taking our kids and wanted to go to Hawaii when the kids get out of school for the summer.
You do not need a passport for this one because it only does
US( Hawaii Only). It does not go out of the country.
On that note Pride of Hawaii DOES NOT have a casino and it DOES NOT have duty-free shopping because it only stays in the U.S.
So if those are the things that you want in a cruise ship than dont go on NCL's Pride of Hawaii.
If you are looking for this years summer sailings than I would book really soon. Thats the time kids get out of school and the prices go way up.
Alot of the cruises are already sold out for June- Sept. 2006.
So please check on it ASAP for this summer!!!

KENEDY3474 March 9th, 2006 06:05 PM

hi fay
me too i wantting to take a cruse let me know its my 1st time am 32 yrs old

let me know

mrssife March 9th, 2006 06:49 PM

Pride of Hawaii
 
We're going on the Repo cruise (5/22)...12 days..trans pacific....woo hoo! Check the site after that and If I remember I'll post comments.

Rev22:17 March 9th, 2006 06:53 PM

fay,

I would like to take a cruise to Hawaii in mid June or summer months. Are there many ships cruising at that time and do you need passports as you do with traveling the Caribbean.

Both Celebrity Cruises and Princess Cruises offer round trip cruises to Hawai'i from either Los Angeles or San Diego, but these cruises are strictly during the fall, winter, and early spring seasons. Both of these lines redeploy nearly all of their ships to Alaska, to the northeast (for Bermuda and Canada/New England cruises), and to Europe for the late spring and summer seasons. IIRC, MV Island Princess (Princess Cruises) now operates this itinerary all winter while GTS Infinity and GTS Summit (both Celebrity Cruises) offer a mix of these cruises and other itineraries. These itineraries are typically thirteen to fifteen nights in duration.

If you really must go to Hawai'i for a cruise in the summer, I'm aware of two options.

>> 1. Norwegian Cruise Line's "NCL America" vessels, the only cruise ships registered in the United States, cruise in Hawai'i all year, but you would have to fly to and from Hawai'i for the cruise.

>> 2. MV Pacific Princess and MV Tahitian Princess (Princess Cruises) operate occasional cruises that originate or terminate in Honolulu with ports of call on several of the islands. The former usually operates an "Islands of the Pacific Theater" cruise from Honolulu to either Osaka or Tokyo each summer while the latter operates "Hawai'i and French Polynesia" cruises between Honolulu and Papeete (pronounced "Pah-pay-AY-tay"), the capital of French Polynesia located on the island of Tahiti, from time to time.

I'm now booked on the "Hawaii" cruise of GTS Infinity on 22 October (http://www.celebritycruises.com/sear...ilDate=1061022). I would love to meet you aboard that sailing! Hawai'i is in the tropix, so the weather should be ideal at that time of year.

With regard to passports, the Congress has enacted a new law requiring passports for all persons entering or leaving the United States either by airplane or by ehip, regardless of destination, after 31 December 2006. Thus, you might as well go ahead and get a passport now since it will simplify embarkation and border crossings.

Norm.

JeanS April 2nd, 2006 11:36 AM

lovemypug (I love your name!!)

A passport IS required on the cruise you are taking to Hawaii. The island of Fanning requires passports since they stop at that location, regardless of whether you get off or not. Here is a paragraph from NCL's website:

The following entry requirements apply specifically to U.S. and Canadian citizens returning to the United States from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean. They do NOT apply to NCL sailings to/from/in Europe and South America, as well as cruises from Hawaii calling at Fanning Island, The Republic of Kiribati. ALL passengers on these sailings must have in their possession a valid passport to cruise.

Happy Cruising!

Rev22:17 April 3rd, 2006 01:36 PM

Jean,

A passport IS required on the cruise you are taking to Hawaii. The island of Fanning requires passports since they stop at that location, regardless of whether you get off or not.

That's changed. Itineraries that call at Fanning Island require a passport because Fanning Island is part of the Republic of Kiribati, but few ships now call there.

>> The "NCL America" ships (Pride of Aloha, Pride of America, and Pride of Hawaii) are of U. S. registry, so they are exampt from the restrictions of the Jones Act on vessels of foreign flag. Thus, they can operate cruises that call only at ports of the United States. As a result, they do NOT call at Fanning Island on their cruises to the Hawai'ian Islands. In fact, these cruises probably do not require any proof of citizenship because they are entirely within the United States.

>> Celebrity's and Princess's round trip cruises to Hawaii from either Los Angeles have a service call at Ensenada to meet the requirement to call at a foreign port. Thus, these cruises do not require passports through the end of this year.

Note that a change in U. S. law requires passports for all persons coming into the United States by air or by sea after 31 December 2006. This requirement will apply to all cruises to the Caribbean, Canada/New England, the Panama Canal, the Mexican Riviera, and Alaska as well as to the Hawaii cruises that operate from the U. S. west coast.

Norm.


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