Known as the perfect cruise destination in America, the Hawaiian Islands are located in Oceania. This diverse island chain is full of some amazing beaches, hotels, fine dining restaurants, and designer shopping avenues. Most tourists end up staying at one of the islands before or after their Hawaii cruise. The sun-soaked beaches offer plenty of opportunities to work on your tan or go surfing and indulge in other water sports.
Hawaii is also home to some famous landmarks like the USS Arizona Memorial. This popular attraction can be viewed at leisure by pre-booking tickets for the 2.5 hour tour from the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Visitors can also choose to continue this tear-jerker tour by buying tickets to the Battleship Missouri, the Pacific Aviation Museum, and the USS Bowfin. Outdoor enthusiasts will regret missing the hike to the very top of the Diamond Head’s crater rim. This spot allows for some of the most amazing panoramic views of the islands. Other trails include the Makapu’u lighthouse trail (this paved trail is perfect for novice hikers) and the Koko Crater Trail (not for the faint-hearted!). The Honolulu Museum of Art, Doris Duke’s home Shangri La, and the Iolani Palace in downtown Honolulu are tourist havens too.
If you are staying at the Aloha state before your Hawaii cruise, don’t forget to visit Waikiki beach for some time under the sun, Kalakaua Avenue and Chinatown for shopping pleasures, and the Turtle Bay for a round of golf you will never forget. Even if you are not religious, the Byodo-In Temple is a great place to enjoy the benefits of meditation. When it comes to culinary pleasures too, Hawaii is one of the best cruise destinations in the world. Stop by the Hawaiian Luau for some succulent kalua pig or enjoy fresh fish cuisine at Keo’s Thai Cuisine restaurants. Finish your delectable meals with a cup of Kona coffee that includes flavored shaved ice.
There are two good ways of exploring the island chain of Hawaii – go island-hopping by plane or opt for one of the many Hawaii cruises. Island-hopping tends to be a little strenuous, so if you are in the mood for some relaxed sightseeing and leisurely travel, Hawaii cruises are the best option for you. Sail around Hawaii’s islands to view some theatrical panoramas through the day and stunning lava flows by night. One of the best things about Hawaii cruises is the sheer number of options you have – pick from a weeklong inter-island sailing hiatus or opt for longer trips to and fro the mainland. Here’s a quick look at the best Hawaii cruises so you can pick one that is just right for you.
Carnival Hawaii cruises are known for offering fun ships that are playful and super entertaining! The Carnival Miracle leaves from the Long Beach, California port and circles Hawaii on a 15-day tour before heading to Mexico. This passenger ship is equipped to carry 2,124 people, and allows you to make changes to the itinerary. Carnival Hawaii cruises also stop at Hawaii on their journey to and from Alaska during the summers.
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