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I'm considering a Hawaii cruise for early 2007. I know....I should have it booked by now. I will be flying to the west coast from New Hampshire. Would it add to my trip (pleasure/jetlag wise) to sail from LA, or should I just fly straight to Hawaii? How long a cruise to the islands from CA? I can spare only about 10 days.
Sorry that I missed your post earlier, as you posted it on the day I left Los Angeles to head to Hawai'i and back aboard GTS Infinity
. I flew to the islands a couple years ago for a conference, and I must say that the four days at sea each way were MUCH more pleasant than flying to the islands!
Realisitcally, there are three options.
>> 1. You can fly to the islands, take a cruise (typically seven nights) around the islands, and fly back. Unfortunately, Norwegian Cruise Line is the only cruise line that offers this itinerary so your options would be limited. I hesitate to recommend Norwegian Cruise Line to anybody because it's the line about whcih I hear the most mixed comments from passengers -- some think it's wonderful and others think that it really falls short in many ways. If "freestyle cruising" is your style, though, it might be a good choice.
>> 2. You can take a cruise "one way" and fly the other. Such cruises typically last ten or eleven nights, and typcially operate in late April and early May or in late September and early October by ships repositioning to or from Alaska. I would recommend flying to Hawai'i and taking the cruise back, if only because most people find that jet lag is less problematic when you fly westward. With this option, the cruise will operate between Honolulu and either Ensendata or Vancouver to comply with a U. S. law correctly called the Passenger Services Act.
>> 3. You can take a cruise round trip to the islands from either Los Angeles or San Diego. Such cruises typically last fourteen or fifteen nights with four days traniting each way, five or six days in the islands, and a brief stop en route one way or the other in Ensenada, usually at night, to comply with the Passenger Services Act. The advantage of this approach is that you have four days to rest and unwind before the intense sightseeing and four days to rest before returning to work after the intense sightseeing. Some cruise lines, including Princess and Celebrity, offer this itinerary throughout the fall-winter cruise season.
I highly recomment the third option if there's any way at all that you can swing the vacation time.
Have a wonderful cruise, whichever you decide!