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Hawaii Cruise Holiday Vacation

Hawaii Cruise Holiday Vacation

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There are many ways you can get to Hawaii for your holiday vacation and one very common and popular way is to take a cruise to Hawaii. In this way, your holiday vacation starts when the cruise ship leaves the port of your embarkation.

The Norwegian Cruise Line or the NCL for short calls very often at Hawaiian various ports. American citizens will need to bring along their passports for this cruise because besides calling on Oahu, Maui, the Big Island and Kauai, the cruise ships also visit Fanning Island in the Republic of Kiribati.

This weekly 7 night cruise on the Norwegian Star, which is in service since 2001, will begin the cruise and end in the Hawaiian capital of Honolulu. Twice a year, the Norwegian Wind, a sister ship of the Norwegian Star, sails from Vancouver in Canada to Honolulu over a span of eleven days. Both the ships are huge and sometimes are sometimes called floating islands. Housed within the ships are swimming pools, volley ball and basketball courts, spas, fitness centers, theaters, beauty salons, dance clubs and of course, a wide array of restaurants catering to all taste buds.

The days of dining with two formal seating times for dinner at assigned tables are over. Passengers can now decide how they want to eat, when to eat and what to eat. They can choose from various cuisines such as Asian, Italian or French cuisines in either casual or formal wear. Modern day dinning in cruise ships are no longer formal affair unless you choose to opt for eating in formal restaurants.

To occupy yourself when in a cruise ship to Hawaii, you can go to computer classes, attend health and wellness seminars and enroll you kids in a variety of children’s programs. At each port of call, passengers may also choose a variety of land excursions and activities, such as visiting famous Hawaiian volcanoes, go scuba diving or whale watching or just simply relaxing by the beach.

Many other cruise ships also call on Hawaiian ports regularly. Some of these cruise lines include The Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Princess, Cunard, Seabourn and Celebrity cruise ships.

Booking and paying for your cruise way in advance could save you some money especially when the cruises are fully booked. However, if you intend to cruise to Hawaii during off peak season, then you can take a chance at last minute booking as the cruise lines may sell cheaper unsold tickets.

Before placing your cruise bookings, do ask about round trip, reduced fare air supplements and discounts for children traveling with full fare paying adults. Some cruises do offer summer family cruise packages and if you did not ask, you could never have known.

Caribbean Cruise Vacation

Caribbean Cruise Vacation

Caribbean cruise vacations are very popular especially during the winter. This is perhaps because people want to feel warm when the weather back home is cold.

But cruise lines sail along the Caribbean waters all year round. If you don t want to go during the peak season, try booking during the summer because this is the best time to go bargain hunting.

There are a lot of cruise lines to choose from. Some of them include the Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Crystal Cruises. For those who find this to be way out of their budget, they can inquire at Seabourn Cruise Lines.

Let’s talk a little bit about these companies.

The Royal Caribbean’s fleet offers to the Eastern, Southern and Western Caribbean. You could be away for a few days to a couple of weeks. The Radiance of the Seas for instance sails round trip from Ft. Lauderdale to San Juan, Philipsburg, St. Thomas and Nassau.

Apart from the good food on board, there are activities that you can do once you reach port like snorkeling, nature trekking, scuba diving and Catamaran sailing.

If you happen to book a trip in January, February, November or December, there are festivals that you shouldn’t afford to miss such as the Aruba Carnival Celebration, the Barbados Jazz Festival, Mustique Blues Festival, Bob Marley Week in Jamaica, Valentines Day, Tranquility Jazz Festival, Anguilla, St. Patrick’s Day, Bahamas International Film Festival and St. Nicholas Day in the Dutch Caribbean.

The Norwegian Cruise line offers almost the same itinerary as the Royal Caribbean. You can choose the three day , seven day or fifteen day package to the Western Caribbean, Eastern Caribbean and Southern Caribbean aboard its large ships.

Crystal Cruises only has 1 package and this voyage lasts for 12 days. You depart from New York, then move on to Bermuda/Hamilton, then to St. Maarten/Phillipsburg, Antigua, St. John, Curacao/Willemstad, Grand Cayman/Georgetown before heading home to Miami.

The Seabourn Cruise has only 2 packages. You can choose to go on a Caribbean vacation that could last 7 or 13 days. Apart from Fort Lauderdale, you can also catch a ride in New York City and visit Charlotte Amalie (St Thomas), and Bridgetown, Barbados. The best part about being in a yacht compared to a big ship is that it is not very crowded.

You can find out more about these shipping companies by letting your travel agent do the research or browsing online yourself.

By doing so, you will be able to know when are the scheduled their trips, compare their prices and find out what is inclusive in their packages. Once you have confirmed your trip, all you have to do now is pack your bags and leave.

For those coming from the west coast or mid-west, don’t forget to also plan your air travel so you don’t miss the ship before it leaves port. Some of these companies already have air fare and transfers inclusive so there is nothing to worry about.

The Caribbean cruise vacation is one of the best places to go if you are on your honeymoon, celebrating your anniversary or simply need time away from the real world. Once you come back, you will feel refreshed and ready to continue what you were doing before that.