(Closed) anyone been to Oahu or on an Alaskan cruise?? looking for some advice

posted 5 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
5950 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’ve done both.  If I were to choose one it would be Oahu, hands down.  Here’s my take:

Alaskan Cruise – the thing about cruises is that to do anything really fun, you have to KEEP SHELLING OUT MONEY.  So it either ends up being a really expensive vacation, or a kind of boring one.  Alaskan cruises also have a lot of older people who can no longer take the heat of a caribean cruise.  So that’s not the most fun.

Oahu is a blast.  It’s also pricy, but if you are outside of Waikiki the “tourist tax” is much lower.  If you prefer to stay out of hotels Hawaii is a great place to rent a house or condo (try Air BnB or VRBO) and a car so you can adventure around the whole island.  There is no shortage of things to do if you’re sporty: hiking, swimming, snorkeling, diving, surfing, boogie boarding, historical sites, etc. 

Post # 4
5660 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Well, you’re looking at two completely different things here! Alaskan cruises obviously are colder, more northern wildlife etc… Oahu is tropical, lot’s of night life, beach laying etc… I haven’t done the Alaska cruise specifically but have been to Alaska, it’s really beautiful. Oahu, it’s my first choice of hawaiian islands, in fact it’s probably my last. But if you want to go on a tropical vacation and that’s your only option it certainly works!

ETA: If you are adventurous and have the motivation/knowledge to do this, I’ve heard that actually planning a mainland trip to and around alaska is a MUCH better experience than the cruise.

Post # 5
4940 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@sunelake27:   I went on the Alaska cruise up the inside passage.  It was ok, the highlight was the salmon dinner cook out.  If I had to choose I’d go to Hawaii – I have never been there but it looks so gorgeous!

Post # 6
46675 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@sunelake27:  It also depends on when you want to go. Alaska cruises are available May to the end of September.

I have been to both and loved them both.

The cruise to Alaska was great for scenery and wildlife. Even though we live on the coast of BC, it was still awesome. You don’t have to spend a fortune extra on cruises.If you don’t drink a boatload of alcohol, it’s not so expensive. Different cruiselines also have different rules about how much and when you can bring your own alcohol on board. Excursions when you are in port can also add up. You don’t have to take any and can still have a great trip, but they do let you see more of the country. You can also book your own excursions rather than book through the ship, which tends to be more expensive. You do have to do some research though. Check CruiseCritic.com. The most important thiing to  note is that the ship will not wait for you if you are late returning from an excursion that is not booked by the ship.

Hawaii is great. It is warm and sunny and predictably so. Waikiki is touristy in good and bad ways. I prefer a few days there and the rest of the time on Maui.

Post # 7
770 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’ve done both, and I’d choose the Alaskan cruise for a honeymoon. The scenery is amazing! Both will be expensive, but you’ll feel more “taken care of” on a cruise. Oahu is cool, but if you haven’t been to Hawaii I would choose another island like Kauai or Maui. 

Post # 8
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We went and did a lot of excursions which made it way worth it for us! We did helicopter rides etc

Post # 9
351 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Before I lived up here, I took a 6 day inside passage cruise to AK. I went on the Oosterdam on Holland America back in 2007. It was AMAZING….amazing enough for me to pack up my stuff and move up north.

IF you go on an AK cruise, you must have a balcony….seriously. Other PP’s hit up good points. Excoursions are really neat and you can always g to cruisecritic.com or traveladvisor.com for info. There are alot of local busineses that aren’t advertised by the cruise that offer the same type of excursions for half the price. We did whale watching, did a heli tour to a glacier and a couple of other things.

As far as Hawaii, I would go to Kuai. Alaskan’s like to vacation alot to HI and I can tell you that if you want busy nightlife and busy beaches then go to Oahu, but if you want to of a laid back vibe, go to Kuai….but that’s if you don’t cruise 🙂

Post # 10
9952 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Alaskan Cruises

Other Bees have given you some good info.  The one thing I would say is the ages of people who do these cruises tend to lean way older… I guess it is cause people put this on their “Bucket List”

But it truly makes very little sense… as Alaska has tons of GREAT Things to see and do… and much of it is very active… so the younger & fitter you are the better !!

I think this cruise would make for an AWESOME Honeymoon… cruises are extremely pampering.

NOTE – Celebrity is going to have their ship The Solstice cruising to Alaska starting in May 2014 and this will be biggest most modern ship to ever sail the Inside Passage.  Mr TTR & I have been on The Solstice and it is an AWESOME Ship.

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Re – Hawaii

Have no experience on this front… but I have had some friends who have done cruises to Hawaii from the US (too far to long)

As well as some that have cruised around the Islands of Hawaii.. they said that was a great way to see more of the Islands and have the best of both worlds a Shore Holiday as well as a Cruise Holiday.

So there is another option you might want to consider.

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Honesty BOTH of your choices sound wonderful, and I’m sure that no matter what you choose will be a FABULOUS Honeymoon.


Post # 11
4495 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’ve done both.

Okay…. between Oahu and Alaska? Alaska hands down. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Hawaii, but Oahu is not my favorite island by far. Maui and Kauai are my favorites.

As PP said, Alaskan cruises do tend to involve a much older crowd, but that didn’t really bother us so it isn’t a factor in my mind. Alaska is AMAZING.


Post # 12
431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Oahu is all right. Maui and Kauai are gooooooooorgeous.

Post # 13
1088 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I loved my Alaskan cruise, and that was Royal Caribbean. I found lots of young people (I was about 25 when I went), so that’s not a deal breaker. 

Post # 14
50 posts
Worker bee

I’ve done both and these are two completely different destinations and experiences. So I think it really depends on what you want to get out of your vacation. But some comparisons:


Scenery: Slight edge to Alaska. I love Oahu but when we went, we also did a daytrip to The Big Island. Oahu alone compared to Alaska– Alaska is more overwhelming. But I loved Oahu as well, especially the beaches and view from the Pali lookout.


Culture: Tied. You can’t go wrong with either one though of course, if you go on a cruise, there’s not a whole lot of immersion and mingling with the locals. And the port cities are very tourism-driven.


Weather: Alaska cruises run from May-October, if I’m not mistaken. There are smaller, more expensive ships that run in April and November-December, if I’m not mistaken. Hawaii wins this round because their climate is generally mild. We went during the off season and it only rained/ was overcast for about a few minutes the entire week we were there. On that note…


Money: Oahu is cheaper if you can score cheap airfare and a hotel and you should be able to during the low season. Overall, I think we spent  $2500 for 2pax for a week’s stay (everything), including the excursion to The Big Island, as I mentioned above. The Alaska cruise set us back more or less $3500. The only advantage of the cruise is you don’t need to pay for the food. But  I felt we spent a whole lot more on Alaska with all the things we bought specifically for the trip. Whereas in Oahu, our California wardrobe would do. Tongue Out


Logistics: Eventhough our trip to Oahu was mostly DIY, everything was just easier and pace was more relaxed. The cruise was relaxing too but the idea that you have to be back in the ship at a certain time, usually a couple of hours before leaving the dock, made us feel a bit hurried.


People: Hawaii by a large margin. People in Hawaii are much nicer and warmer and it’s true what they say in Over Hawaii (hehe) about the Aloha vibe, the Aloha spirit. 


Can’t speak about the nightlife because it’s the one thing we don’t seek when we travel.


OVERALL, while I love Hawaii more, I think both destinations are worth a visit. 🙂





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