Hawaii is a hugely popular cruise destination and no wonder – from pristine beaches to unearthly volcanic landscapes, the 50th US state is abundant with natural beauty and makes for an unforgettable winter sun cruise destination
1. Hawaiian Islands
Begin your cruise holiday in California’s San Francisco, famed for its iconic Golden Gate Bridge. The city has plenty more to offer, though, and it’s here where you’ll find world-leading wines at the Sonoma and Napa Valley Wine Country, the island of Alcatraz, home of gangsters such as Al Capone, and Pier 39, a thriving area of restaurants and boutiques. Then sail away on board Princess Cruises’ Grand Princess to the Hawaiian islands of Hilo, Honolulu, Kauai and Maui for a taste of paradise before calling at laid-back Ensenada, Mexico’s second most visited port. From £1,498pp, departing 18 December (princess.com).
2. Hawaii, Round-trip Honolulu
Embarking at Honolulu, Oahu, this itinerary allows you to have overnights in both Maui and Kauai, allowing you more time to uncover Hawaii’s breathtaking natural beauty. Other calls include Hilo and Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, where a changing landscape of verdant rainforest, sugary beaches and volcanic terrain await. Your cruise on board Norwegian Cruise Line’s newly refurbished Pride of America concludes at Honolulu. Here the Pacific Ocean and the Koolau peaks offer a dramatic setting for a romantic stroll on Waikiki Beach or for simply lounging and taking in the heavenly scenery. From £2,646pp, departing 2 December (ncl.com).
3. Circle Hawaii
Boasting 70 miles of white-sand beaches with a distinctly Latin and easygoing vibe, San Diego will set the tone for your 18-night tropical Hawaii cruise. The city is California’s second largest and, after exploring its fantastic beaches – notably chic La Jolla and laid-back Ocean Beach – set sail on board Holland America Line’s MS Oosterdam for more idyllic scenery. After five days at sea, you will call at Hawaii’s Hilo, Lahaina with its glamorous resorts and world-class golf courses, Honolulu and Kona, once the home of Hawaiian royalty. At your final port of call, Nawiliwili Kauai, dramatic landscapes from grand canyons to fern grottos will take your breath away. From £1,799pp, departing 2 December (hollandamerica.com).
4. Honolulu, Hawaii to Papeete, Tahiti
If you would love to explore more of the South Pacific islands as well as Hawaii, choose the 18-day Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii to Papeete, Tahiti voyage with Silversea on board its luxury expedition ship Silver Explorer. Set sail from Honolulu, Hawaii’s seat of government and a mecca for culture, history and nature lovers. Ports of call include the Kiribati islands of Fanning, Christmas, Malden and Starbuck for unspoilt beaches and rare wildlife. Manihiki, Suwarrow, Aitutaki and Atiu in the Cook Islands offer a unique glimpse into the Polynesian way of life, while the French Polynesian islands of Raiatea, Bora Bora and Papeete won’t fail to delight with their relaxed atmosphere and picture-perfect vistas of the sea and palm trees. From £7,335pp, departing 24 September 2018 (silversea.com).
5. San Francisco to Sydney, via Hawaii
This fly-cruise on board Arcadia with P&O Cruises combines calls in three different countries – the US, New Zealand and Australia – for an incredible 20-day voyage. Fly to San Francisco where you can enjoy the city’s excellent restaurants and marvel at its iconic Golden Gate Bridge, then set sail for Hawaii’s Hilo and Honolulu for spectacular waterfalls and erupting volcanoes. You have the chance to uncover the fascinating myths, legends and cultures of the South Pacific’s Pago Pago before cruising to the Tongan capital of Nuku Alofa, which translates to ‘abode of love’. Other calls include Auckland and Bay of Islands in New Zealand and iconic Sydney, where the world renowned Harbour Bridge and Opera House are waiting to be explored. From £2,599pp, departing 2 February 2018 (pocruises.com).
For tips on making the most of your Hawaiian holiday, read our Editor Liz Jarvis’ guide to the Hawaiian islands.
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