When life returns to normal, we know that we will be returning to Hawaii!
Hawaii is one of our top favourite go to’s for a relaxing holiday.
Hawaiians are super chilled. The first thing you must learn is the Shaka (hang loose sign Hawaiian style) so you look like a cool local. The feel here is laid back Pacific islands combined with American chic. Great food, loads of artisan produce, quirky villages and THE BEST shopping.
Norwegian Cruise Lines Pride of America is the only ship to call Hawaii home year round and offers seven night cruises from Honolulu.
Cruises depart Honolulu every Saturday and give you a stunning look at all the major Hawaiian Islands on the one trip. This is so much cheaper than trying to fly between the islands and add hotel stays etc. You also get to see the stunning Napali Coastline from the sea which is an absolute highlight!
Your Seven night itinerary travels Honolulu to Kahului (Maui) for an overnight stay. then on to the Big Island with stops on either side at Hilo and next day Kona. Day six and you are in Kauai with an overnight stay at Nawiliwili. You depart Kauai on day seven and this is where you need to be out on the top deck for spectacular views of the Napali coast line. Day eight you arrive back in Honolulu and disembark after breakfast. This is perfect for the midday Hawaiian Airlines flight back to Auckland, or why not extend your stay with some extra nights in Waikiki.
The seven night round-trip Pride of America cruises fit in perfectly with the Hawaiian Airlines schedule from Auckland. Check out Hawaiian Airlines specials with our sister brand Mix and Match. Our favourite combo includes 3 nights pre cruise in Waikiki, giving you plenty of time for shop and flop. Then the seven night Pride of America Hawaii Island hopper cruise to explore the other islands.
For all 2021 cruises you can currently book risk-free with a low deposit which is refundable up to 120 days prior to cruise.
On your Hawaii Island Hopper cruise there are always many shore excursions on offer, check out some of the options here. For the more independent traveller, there are also taxis, local tour operators and hire cars waiting for you in each port, to get up close and personal your way.
There are 2 overnight stays on the 7 day cruise on Pride of America so loads of time to explore. Having overnight stays in port mean it is easier to be independent, without having to race to get back to the ship. Check out our top taste tips and fave spots on the islands!
Honolulu – Head to the sprawling 15 block Chinatown close to the cruise port. There’s bustling stores loaded with old chests, silks and ornaments, the Chinatown Hawaiian market with steaming dumplings, noodle shops, an acupuncture den and Buddhist Temple. Lunch at the Lucky Belly is a blast and make sure you end your day with a drink at the Laylow Hotel, a block back from the Waikiki beach strip, where the hospitality is a class act.
Laylow hotel is also one our favourite hotels for a pre-cruise stopover. Maybe it was the kitsch collection of Hawaiian dancers behind reception, or it could have been the complimentary Ukelele to use in our room!
Maui – Head upcountry to the cowboy town of Makawao, located on the slopes of Maui’s Haleakala volcano, with quaint craft stores and a Lavender farm for a scone with luscious lavender jam. We love to combine this with a visit to Lahaina whenever we are in Maui. We just can’t stay away from this picturesque historic town with its ancient mariner folklore and delicious fresh catch of the day at Pa’ia Fishmarket Front Street Restaurant.
Kauai – This is a foodies paradise. Beautifully maintained coffee and macadamia plantations spread for miles on this lush island, where you can experience the whole process from tree to table including artisan produce tastings. Check out the Ocean Organic Vodka factory where the local spring water and sugar cane grown on site creates the perfect blend! We took a shuttle from the ship to hire a convertible rental car for the day – the only way to travel here!
The Big Island of Hawaii – The combination of dramatic black rock coastline and up close and personal volcanic activity makes for a spectacular contrasting experience in the World Heritage region of Kilauea Volcano National Park. After a long day exploring and before you head back to the ship. Be sure to try Ken’s House of Pancakes Hilo, for an old school 24 hour American diner where you slip into a booth for some great comfort food.
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