For a lot of people, a Hawaiian vacation is THE dream! Visions of swaying palm trees, ukulele music, hula dancers, surfers, and iconic beaches are what everybody thinks of when they imagine Hawaii. And, hey, it’s all there! But for many travelers, choosing an island to visit or knowing how to spend their days on each island can be overwhelming. For the traveler who wants to see everything, a cruise to Hawaii can be the perfect solution…you get to go to all of the islands, you don’t have to worry about inter-island airfare, and your bed follows you around!
So if you’re wondering how to make sure you get to see the best of the islands from a cruise to Hawaii, this post if for you! These ships offer countless excursions…how are you supposed to know which ones to pick? And when is it better to ditch the excursion and head out on your own?
These are my recommendations on how to see the best of Hawaii from a cruise ship. For the purposes of this post, I will be adapting these recommendations to fit the Norwegian Cruise Line’s 7-Night cruise itinerary sailing out of Honolulu as it’s one of the more popular cruise lines but you can still use these daily recommendations no matter which ship you’re on!
Since you’ll be flying in and out of Honolulu (that’s Oahu), here are a few highlights that you should hit on Oahu either before or after your cruise: