Hawaii cruise guide: Voyages to suit all styles and budgets

NCL Cruise Line, Pride of America, Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii
NCL Cruise Line, Pride of America, Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii
Keen to embark on a cruise around Hawaii? Here's what you need to know.

Norwegian Cruise Line is the only cruise line to offer year-round seven-day inter-island Hawaii voyages.

Other lines visit Hawaii as part of itineraries that range from boutique yacht adventures to months-long world cruises.

Take a look at the options below and set sail on an island cruise that suits your style and budget.


Celebrity Cruises’ ships Eclipse and Solstice offer 9-12 night Hawaiian voyages between Vancouver and Honolulu, with stops on the Big Island and Maui. With five sea days to relax, unwind and enjoy the renowned Celebrity treatment, this one will suit ship-loving travellers with time to spare.


Princess Cruises’ convenient round-trip departures from LA, San Francisco and Vancouver make it easy to add on a Hawaiian cruise to a mainland US holiday. Immerse yourself in the local colour and culture when you participate in Princess Cruises’ Aloha Spirit on-board program. Learn to play the ukulele and dance the hula.


They’re called Fun Ships for a reason. Kids will be jumping for joy on Carnival’s 14- and 15-day round-trip Hawaii voyages, departing Los Angeles and San Francisco on Carnival Radiance and Carnival Miracle. Unlimited soft serve, 24-hour pizza and Dr Seuss at sea? Aloha, fun times.

Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head Crater including the hotels and buildings in Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu island, Hawaii. Waikiki Beach in the centre of Honolulu has the largest number of visitors in Hawaii.


Dream trip alert! Small-ship luxury cruising expert Seabourn is offering a 32-day Hawaii and South Pacific Discovery voyage, departing October 2023 from LA. With four days in Hawaii, the cruise also visits ports in Tahiti, Cook Islands, Niue and Tonga before disembarking in Auckland.


Small is beautiful. Home for a week to just 36 guests, UnCruise Adventures’ boutique yacht sails between the islands of Molokai and the Big Island. Operated seasonally, it’s a slower-paced voyage with opportunities to whale watch, kayak the calm waters and share conversations with local culture experts.


Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America is the only cruise ship to sail year-round from Honolulu. In addition to Pride of America, NCL’s sister ship Norwegian Spirit cruises the islands of Hawaii on itineraries that include stops in Bora Bora and Moorea in French Polynesia. Go all in on a Polynesian odyssey and you might never want to come home.



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