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Hawaii Cruise Guide

Succumb to the intoxicating beauty of glorious beaches circling fascinating islands where you’ll find succulent seafood and rich cultural traditions. 

What is the best way to decide which of Hawaii’s islands is your favorite? Cruise between them all. Each island is distinctly Hawaiian, complete with volcanic scenery and legendary surf beaches, yet all come with unique traits. On your Hawaii cruise, you may fall in love with the state capital of Honolulu on Oahu, the hiking trails of Kauai, the lava flows of the Big Island or the sunset view from Haleakala Crater on Maui. 

Hawaii cruises offer enthralling destinations. Dine on Hawaiian meals, such as “poke” (seafood salad) on the cruise liner and gaze out of the windows at forest-covered slopes tumbling down into dazzling beaches of gold and blue. Have your camera ready in case you spot whales breeching the waters. These gentle giants visit Hawaii from November through May. 

A Hawaii cruise isn’t all about beaches. Spend your days on shore exploring historical and cultural sites on the islands. Discover the Big Island, also known simply as Hawaii, where you can pull into port in Kona and wander around Historic Kailua Village just moments from the dock. Sightseeing tours in Kauai can take you up the Waimea Canyon, while Oahu is the site of Pearl Harbor and multiple World War II landmarks. 

Adventure also awaits intrepid Hawaii cruise travelers on days ashore. Tour thermal pools naturally heated by the archipelago’s volcanoes or ride a helicopter above their steaming craters. Swim with dolphins in Maui or hop on an outrigger canoe to paddle along the coast. 

Gigantic, round-the-world liners and smaller, more personal vessels leaving from California and Vancouver all cruise to Hawaii’s archipelago. Most itineraries start and end outside Hawaii, although it is possible to find Honolulu-based cruises. 

The most popular time of year for cruises to Hawaii is in winter, when people fleeing cold weather head to the warmer climate of the islands. In the height of summer, fewer cruise lines operate in Hawaii, but the months before and after July and August are often the best times to get Hawaii cruise deals along with Thanksgiving to mid-December.

*Prices are cruise only, per person, double occupancy. Taxes, fees and port expenses not included. Rates are valid for US and Canadian residents only. Fuel supplement may apply. Savings advertised and Expedia Extras are based on specific cabin types and sailing dates, and may not be available for all cabin types/sailings.