Why Should You Cruise Around Hawaii?
Written by: Sydney Crago on December 21, 2018
With spectacular beaches and rich, diverse culture, the Aloha State draws visitors from around the globe. The hardest part of planning a Hawaiian vacation is deciding which islands to visit because each one offers travelers a different atmosphere and opportunities for breathtaking experiences. Perhaps the best way to hop around the state is by cruising on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America.
For those that want to get a taste of each of Hawaii’s main islands, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America takes cruisers on a journey unlike any other. Pride of America is the only ship authorized to sail between ports in the United States, providing clients with a one-of-a-kind perspective of the islands. Earlier this year KHM Travel Group’s President Rick Zimmerman was invited to sail on the Pride of America to experience firsthand what makes cruising around Hawaii so special.
No Sea Days
Unlike most cruise itineraries, there are no sea days on this Hawaiian cruise. The 7-day Pride of America sailings depart year-round from Honolulu and arrive in Kahului, Maui the next morning. From hiking through the Iao Valley State Park to strolling through the local shops of Wailuku, there is so much to see and do on this island during the overnight in this port. Many visitors seek out a taste of the Maui Gold pineapple. This delicious treat is grown on Maui, and about 95 percent of the crop never leaves the islands, making it a sought-after delicacy for vacationers.
After Maui, guests set sail to the island of Hawaii, also called the Big Island. Cruisers can experience the eastern side of the Big Island while the ship is in Hilo. Overnight, it sails to the western side of the island so that cruisers can spend the day in Kona. For many, the volcanic activity of the Big Island is captivating. The Big Island captivates with helicopter tours over the recently cooled lava fields and relaxing black sand beaches.
Setting sail from the Big Island, guests can rest easy knowing they will wake up in Kauai. The oldest of the Hawaiian Islands, Kauai is known for its stunning landscapes and lush beauty. Some scenery on the islands may look familiar to cruisers as popular movies like Jurassic World have recently filmed there. Clients will have the opportunity to see these landscapes for themselves as they overnight in Kauai before returning to Honolulu to disembark or to continue their Hawaii experience with the cruise-tour land extension.
Sailing with Service
With a dedication to their guests, the 927 crew members aboard the Pride of America work tirelessly to make certain that cruisers have a flawless experience. Under the guidance of hotel director, Kaj Turunen, the Pride of America team prides itself on friendly, attentive service across the ship. The attention to detail ensures that guests receive the highest quality of service while the personable interactions leave guests wishing they didn’t have to disembark!
The Best Value
Cruising is a strong option for travelers that want to make the most of their budget and still experience the highlights of Hawaii. With transportation between islands, lodging, and meals included in the cruise fare, sailing on the Pride of America is an incredible value.
Beyond the general dining options on board, specialty restaurants provide high-quality meals while helping travelers skip the added cost of dining on one of the islands. The ship’s spa options and activities on board also provide the luxury and entertainment clients expect from a cruise with Norwegian.
Clients also feel a sense of security by vacationing within the United States and have the added convenience of seeing a tropical destination without needing a passport. Agents can plan their clients Hawaii cruise with confidence as Norwegian Cruise Line is one of our valued Preferred Suppliers.
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