(Closed) Hawaii- cruise or stay on the islands

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
2018 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I would skip the cruise-you will see much more by staying on the island and with only 7 days, I would just pick one.  They are all different but the same if that makes sense.  You have to fly between islands and even though the flights are only 20-30 minutes, you have to pack, return the rental car, check in, wait for your flight, fly, land, go to another rental car counter, drive to your hotel, unpack.  And you will have to spend so much time packing and unpacking you will waste all your valuable time when you could be on the beach.

Pick an island-I’ve spent a lot of time on Maui so I’m biased.  Kauai is really the prettiest but it’s the rainiest island.  I’ve run into honeymooners who started out in Kauai and flew over to Maui for some sun. lol  Maui has the best and most accessible beaches.  Plus, it has a bit of nightlife if you want.  Or you can just go into the jungle and be alone.

Oahu can be a fun mix of city/beach but it’s the most populated island.  Still, it’s a good balance of relaxation and nightlife/shopping. The Big island is too big to really see properly in 7 days.  You’ll be driving forever. But if you just want to plant yourself on the beach at the Four Seasons, that could work.  I just found that there are lot less sandy beaches on the Big Island plus you really need to go off-road to find all the secret hidden gems that only locals know about.

I hope that helps you out a little:)  And even if you pick the cruise, it’s Hawaii.  It’s all good:)




Post # 4
1008 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I work for Norwegian….not on the hawaii ship, on a different ship and I am a performer, it is not like I am trying to sell you on NOrwegian, I could really care less. hahaha

In general, I would not recommend cruising for people on honeymoons, or looking for adventures, or wanting to party etc. 

BUT I have heard that the Pride of America has GREAT itinerary…. Usually on cruise ships, they pull in very early in the morning and then you have to get back early to late afternoon so they can sail to the next port (and because they want you spending time ON the ship)

But the hawaii ship has many long long ports and overnights, so you get to get off of the ship and see and do everything that you would want to if you just flew there. 

So I would say that if it is cheaper to cruise then it might be really fun and easier. 🙂

Post # 5
3482 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Unless you really want the cruise ship experience, I wouldn’t bother with the cruise. Stay on the islands and rent a car, you’ll get to see and do a lot more. I really love Maui. The drive to Hana and back is breathtaking.

Post # 6
14485 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Nooooo… I’ve been to hawaii a bunch of times and I definitely would say don’t do the cruise.  You’ll want a car and explore the island and there’s no reason to be “trapped” at the cruise port limited to their excursions.  Hawaii is so easy to navigate and so much to explore.  With 10 days if you were to do two islands, I’d do Big Island (fly to Hilo and stay on the west side of the island to have easy access to the Volcanos Park and a jeep if you can, you can go off roading on lava fields) & Kauai, if you want to add a 3rd island, Maui.  Ohau too touristy for me and not as beautiful as the other islands.  Traveling between islands is really easy – check out aloha air or hawaiian air, hopper flights should be pretty cheap.  Pick up the Hawaii Revealed books – blue cover, block text… they’re awesome.

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