hey, did you take that hawaiian cruise? which month did you go? how was the weather? what was your favorite part of the cruise? which islands were your favorties? what did you do on the islands? thanks.
Hmm, since Katyfriend has not posted in a long time, I would venture a guess that you may never get a response from her. Interested in taking a Hawaii cruise yourself? The islands are absolutely lovely - definitely one of my favorite kinds of cruises.
We are interested in taking a trip to Hawaii. We wanted to see four or five islands while there. It seens the most economical way to travel is cruising. We love cruising, but don't want all those days at sea when you depart from CA. We would like to spend 14 days or so there - possibly a couple of days on shore before or after the cruise. Anyone have some good info for us? What is the name of the official Hawiian cruise line? When is the best time to go? Although we have travelled many parts of the world we will be first timers in Hawaii. Any place to bargain hunt for tours etc?
NCL America is the only cruise line that offers Hawaii only cruises that start and finish in Hawaii, but their itinerary is a 7-night, 4-island affair. You could easily spend another week in Hawaii in Waikiki and a neighbor island pre and post cruise for a total of 14-days.
We have cruised NCL many times in the Caribbean and Mexico and usually the service has been acceptable. Is the crew in Hawaii American? Maybe that is the reason some folks are having problems. Some of the stories have scared us away a little from NCL in Hawaii. Does anyone know the name of the official Hawiian cruise line? I understand those are the only ships that actually can dock at the islands. All other ships have to tender passengers in to the island.
Okay, if we can't find a 12 - 14 day cruise in Hawaii, wo/ starting from CA is there an economical inter island airline to island hop? When is the best time of year to go? We would like to do some whale watching there.
we have done the Island Hopping with Hawaiian Airline. Some flights only last 15 minutes and I think, the longest flight lasted 30 minutes.
Very friendly crew, even serving a small beverage and maps from the island, your going to.
But I donīt know anything about an Hawaiian Cruiseline.
I would suggest, doing a 1 one-week-cruise, a pre-cruise stay in Waikiki and a post-cruise-stay maybe in Lahaina on Maui.
There used to be an American Hawaii Cruiseline (American Classic), but it is no longer in operation. They went bankrupt in 2001. NCL now has the only flagged American ships, but that does not mean they are the only ships that are permitted to dock on the islands. The ships in the NCL fleet that are considered American vessels are the only ships that are exempt from having to visit a foreign port while touring the islands. Therefore, they are the only ships that can do 7 night round trips from Honolulu. Lahaina and Kona are tender ports for ALL ships.
Yes, part of the agreement with the Hawaiian government is that those ships that sail under an American flag must be staffed with a significant percentage of American crew. (Not sure of the actual percentage of Hawaiians that are presently employed). But, based on reports, there does appear to be some service issues onboard that are related.
NCL also does 10 & 11 day cruises with the Wind and I forget which other ship that go to Fanning Island for it's foreign port. No American Crew problems there. We did the 11 day last September and had a good time. It is a great way to get a feel for the islands. We've decided that we want to go back to Kauai and the big island of Hawaii.