The best way to see everything Hawai’i has to offer is by cruise ship

Wed, 04/09/2019 - 3:52pm
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For one of the most famous destinations on the planet, Hawai'i still hides mystery in its remote islands – and the best way to island-hop is on a cruise. Made up of a cluster of eight main islands and over 100 islets, the region’s beauty begins with its natural landscape.

Set off from Honolulu and discover amazing scenery and experiences that only a cruise can give you access to – whale watching, Kīlauea Volcano and the dramatic views of the Nā Pali Coast, as well as the stunning luxury of the ship itself. The cruise gives you guided access to the rich history of Hawai'i, its beautiful food and stunning culture, all without the queues. The tropical archipelago is waiting for you, and there's no better way to explore the crystal clear waters than on a luxury cruise ship.

Beautiful Honolulu is the start and finish of your journey. (Getty Images)

Find your new home on the sea in the Pride of America

With a maximum capacity of just over 2000 guests, Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of America is fitted with everything you need. Entertain the whole family, or dine in luxury and pamper yourself while you sail through some of the most picturesque landscapes in the world.

Pride of America is the only ship sailing from Honolulu year-round, so you can set your own schedule. Take the time to learn the rich history of the archipelago from the onboard ambassadors as you get the best views of each island from your perch atop the water.

Making a round-trip from Honolulu, the Pride of America will have you exploring secluded beaches and awe-inspiring walking tracks in some of the most idyllic locations in Hawai'i. Travelling to the most beautiful places in the world has never been easier.

Take a dip or soak up the sun on the Pride of America's beautiful upper deck. (Norwegian Cruise Line)

Accommodation to suit everyone

Experience luxury no matter your needs with your choice of spacious room. There are deluxe suites for a romantic cruise for two, featuring a balcony to look out for whales below in privacy. Or choose a modern stateroom with a clear ocean view from the large window. Family suites can sleep up to eight with spacious lounges and bedroom, so you can keep young ones in sight, at the same time as you stretch out and relax.

Television and bathroom facilities are all private and the rooms are serviced daily, and 24-hour room service makes sleeping in a breeze. From the moment you put down your bags, you’ll feel the weight lift off your shoulders.

Enjoy total comfort and stunning views from your private balcony (pictured: 2-bedroom deluxe family suite with large balcony) (Norwegian Cruise Line).

Stay busy or relax in style while you travel

As you sail between islands there's an abundance of onboard activities to keep you entertained. Take a dip in the Miami-inspired South Beach Pool, browse the art gallery and choose a book from the library to read on the sunlit deck.

The ship’s fitness facilities are not your average gym. Practise your swing in the golf nets or join one of the yoga, pilates or cycling classes. Plus there's a jogging track on Deck Six.

An onboard nightclub will keep you dancing all night long, and there are hot tubs and massages available to relax your muscles the next morning. There are 13 dining options to suit all taste buds featuring everything from fresh pasta at Italian restaurant La Cucina to Angus ribeye at Cagney's Steakhouse.

Kids will love the entertainment options on board. Pride of America's children's programmes will have them absorbed in shuffleboard, ping pong and movie screenings. Parents wanting to grab a drink or head to a late show can use the minding services at the 'Late Night Fun Zone', which operates from 10.30pm to 1.30am.

Kuau Cove Beach on Maui (Getty Images).

Accessing the stunning islands of Hawai'i

Start off on the island of O‘ahu, where you can check out the state capital, Honolulu, before the cruise begins. Explore one of the many hikes around the active and dormant volcanic cones, take a zipline tour over the awe-inspiring ‘Akaka Falls, and do some holiday shopping in the bustling tourist centre.

On Maui, wander through the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, which showcase vibrant native and Polynesian-introduced plants. When you arrive on Hawai'i, the biggest island in the archipelago, explore the colourful coral off the coast of Kamakahonu Beach. Stop by at one of the many farmers markets in Kona, buy some handmade souvenirs to take home and grab some fresh local food for lunch.

On the island of Kaua‘i, hike through native bushland, or book a helicopter tour over the Waimea Canyon and through the Waialeale crater.

The Na Pali Coast on Kauai (Getty Image).

Look out to one of the most stunning, dramatic views in Hawai'i from onboard the ship as you travel past the iconic Nā Pali Coast. Jurassic Park fans will know the rugged mountainscape from the opening credits of the film, its towering cliffs sliced with narrow ridges, valleys and cascading waterfalls.

Then set sail once again for Honolulu, packing in as many of the onboard activities as you can before you disembark bursting with stories from your cruise through the tropical paradise of Hawai'i.

Alice Webb-Liddall

Alice Webb-Liddall is a writer living in Auckland. She travelled extensively as a child, and can't wait to get back out and rediscover the parts of the world she visited so young.