The Hawaiian Islands lie in the central Pacific. The climate is warm and the islands feature beautiful beaches and clear waters, along with active volcanoes, which has led to Hawaii’s reputation as a tropical paradise.
The Hawaiian archipelago actually stretches some 1,500 miles and consists of hundreds of small islands. However, when most people refer to Hawaii they mean the eight main islands in the southeast of the archipelago, specifically Ni’ihau, Kaua’i, O’ahu, Moloka’i, Lana’i, Kaho’olawe, Maui and Hawai’i. Hawai’i Island should not be confused with the state of Hawaii, although they share the same name.
Hawaii is the USA’s 50th state, achieving that status in 1959. This gives the islands an American flavour along with the mix of Hawaiian and Asian cultures prevalent in the archipelago. In short, Hawaii cruising offers a range of experiences to give the visitor the holiday of a lifetime.
The beauty of a Hawaii cruise is that it provided holidaymakers with opportunities to enjoy some of the most delightful tropical islands on the planet. Kauai is favourite place to disembark, allowing visitors to see and learn something of Hawaiian culture and visit its museums.
Cruise ships also often berth at Oahu, an ideal location for all the family where people can indulge in various sports such as kayaking, swimming, parasailing, snorkelling and hiking, or view the abundant marine life including dolphins. Visitors can also learn traditional Hawaiian crafts, such as lauhala weaving, all of which makes Oahu a fabulous place to visit for all age groups.
Also included in the itinerary for many Hawaiian cruises are the islands of Maui and Lana’i. These islands are tranquil and offer a wonderful chance to relax, making them perfect holiday spots for those with young families or for couples enjoying their honeymoon.
The short distances between the islands make cruising the ideal way to explore the Hawaiian region. The main ports are well within reach and this gives cruise liners an excellent opportunity to visit several islands in a single day. As well, each of the islands offers its own unique experience with different local customs, costumes and festivities.
There is a good range of packages available for Hawaii cruises. These range from 7 to 15 nights, with a wide choice of cruise lines from the family oriented to the luxurious. Intending travellers are therefore well served in selecting one to meet their particular needs, be it a quiet relaxing holiday, one with lots of activities such as water sports, or one for those who prefer plenty of partying while away from home. Plus, with the increasing trend for getting married abroad these days, there are even Hawaiian wedding packages available.
Return flights from the UK, usually London, are included in most Hawaii cruising packages. The vessels typically depart from ports on the west coast of the United States such as los Angeles.