There is one cruise line that cruises Hawaii only, embarking and debarking in a Hawaiian port of call: Norwegian Cruise Line America (NCLA), which is a subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL). The Pride of America is registered in the U.S. and is allowed to both embark and debark from a U.S. port of call without visiting a foreign port of call in between. The rule invoked here is called the Passenger Services Act and the U.S. government imposed it to deter large-ship cruise lines from registering their ships in other countries, thus avoiding having to pay wages commensurate with our minimum wage laws. What is means to you is that if you take another ship on a Hawaiian cruise, you'll end up spending several days at sea as your vessel travels to or from a port such as Ensenada (near San Diego) in Mexico or Vancouver (near Seattle) in Canada.
Otherwise, all the major lines travel to and from the North American west coast to the Hawaiian islands, some year round, some only in the spring and fall as their ships reposition to and from the lucrative summer Alaskan market. So, if you decide NCL or NCLA are not the line for you, the next determining factors would be time of year traveled, amount of time you can allot for the trip, and your vacation budget.
The different lines sailing the seas today do not provide the same product. They differ widely in quality and theme, so it is important to consider the sort of experience you will have on this vacation. You'll be spending a substantial amount of cash and you'll want to have the best value for your budget. We'll take a look at the different lines and compare in a list presented in order of cost, from least to highest, of the major lines.
NCL: 3 Stars. Your least expensive choice. Very casual - there is no dressing for dinner, no formal dining. Meals are of average quality with the emphasis on quantity. The staff is friendly, but not polished. The intent is a fun cruise at a budget price. NCL offers a unique cruising experience called "Freestyle Cruising". It's not for everyone. This format allows for dining when and where you want (no set meal times or dining rooms), No set dress codes (formal nights are optional) and a leisurely disembarkation program among other benefits.
Carnival: 4 Stars. Good, solid, fun. Dining is offered in both formal and casual settings. Staff is well-trained and professional. Very mass-market and the intent here is to please the largest common denominator of guests for a reasonable cost, but they do a marvelous job. The typical Carnival passenger likes to have fun, let loose a little and keep going all night long. Cabins are the largest at sea for mid-range, mass-market large-ship lines and are quite comfortable. Passengers range in age from the 20's to the 80's, but they all enjoy having a great time. Compare to Applebee's, Target, or Holiday Inn Sunspree Resorts.
Royal Caribbean: 4 Stars. Carnival's closest competitor in price. Dining is offered in both formal and casual settings, but the quality suffers in favor of quantity. Very average meals. The staff is very friendly and casual with the guests - not polished. This line shines in it's presentation. The ships are amazing feasts for the eye with every imaginable activity available on-board. For the passenger who wants to do it all, Royal Caribbean offers everything. A major hit with families that include teens and young adults. Active couples love this line. The typical passenger will be a young to middle-aged professional with teens who keeps up on the latest trends and likes designer products. Royal Caribbean is hot right now! Compare to Rain Forest Cafe, Trader Joe's, Pier One or Disney Caribbean Beach Hotel.
Princess: 4 - 5 stars. Princess is upscale mass-market. Dining is offered in both formal and casual settings, with average quality and presentation. Staff is distant. Princess boasts an extremely loyal clientele, though. Princess passengers rarely sail other lines. The itineraries are quite good. The activities on-board are excellent and the shows are stunning. A Princess passenger usually loves Las Vegas, shows, nightlife, and is about 65 years old on average. Compare to Harrah's Casino Hotels anywhere.
Celebrity: 5 Stars. Celebrity is Royal Caribbean's upscale line. Here, the dining is formal or casual, but always elegant 5-star gourmet. The staff is superb; well-trained, polished, and always perfectly appropriate. The theme is an understated modern luxury with an emphasis on the personal experience. Spas, spa cuisine, self-enrichment courses, jazz, coffee-bars... these are the sort of things you'll find on Celebrity. The typical Celebrity passenger is forty to sixty years old, professional, avid reader, technologically adept and enjoys opportunities to learn something new (maybe a pottery class at the local college). Compare to any upscale martini bar in NY or San Francisco, a quiet bistro with a great chef around the corner from the theater, Sheraton's W Hotels, Radisson and Marriott.
Holland America: 5 stars. Holland America is one of Carnival Corp.'s upscale lines. The style is traditional seafaring vessels with dark woods, fresh flowers, 5-star gourmet dining and an extremely professional staff. The pace is slow and stately, with an emphasis on the traditional. Nightlife tends to wrap up around midnight. Cabins are the most comfortable in the 5-star large-ship market. The average passenger is between 55 and 85, thrives on a personal experience in a luxury setting, and enjoys a slower pace. The pampering, appointments and service on a Holland America vessel are superb! Compare to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Nieman-Marcus, Ritz-Carlton Hotels.
There are a few 6-star lines that will each provide a unique experience; Regent Seven Seas (formerly Radisson), Crystal, Seabourne and Silversea are a few. They are not always sailing in Hawaii so check itineraries (Regent Seven Seas sails Tahiti). Prices start at about the level of a suite on a five star line, but if you are looking to take your experience into a truly personal and exquisitely comfortable one, I highly recommend taking a look at one of these lines. The value, for the price, is astounding.
Other lines might find themselves in Hawaii on an occasional basis, so do investigate well.
There are marvelous sites out there, such as cruisecritic.com, where people present their candid views of different lines as well. Peruse them, talk to your friends and neighbors who have cruised, enlist the aid of an experienced, well-respected travel agent, and you'll end up with a good choice.
The best place to search for Hawaii Cruise deals would be the internet, although, this information can be provided by the local travel agents from their brochures.
Try looking at cruise line websites to find the best deals. Some of the best cruise lines are Carnival and Royal Caribbean.
At this time, virtually all cruise lines serving U.S. markets are offering itineraries that pass through Hawaii at some point during the year. But some of the better ones to travel on are Norwegian Cruise Line America. Yes and odd name since they go exclusively with cruises to Hawaii and so have some of the best deals
The best family cruise lines according to Cruise Critics are Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line and Princess Cruises.
The best winter cruise vacations would be in places such as Hawaii, Florida, or Miami. If you are planning a cruise you should order it early, because these places are pretty booked during the winter.
Norwegian Sky*** Carnival** Norwegian Jewel* and Royal Caribbean.
There are many different cruise lines that offer deals and specials on cruise packages. Cruise lines such as Carnival Cruises or Royal Caribbean Cruises offer cruise packages. Online resources such as HotWire can be used to locate the best cruise packages.
Prices vary greatly depending on dates of travel. I would start looking at a general travel site such as travelocity www.travelocity.com. You could also look at the website of the cruise lines.
What's the best time economy wise to cruise Hawaii?
A multitude websites like www.top-cruise-deals.com, cruise.onetime.com and www.hawaiicruiseoutlet.com offer deals and best prices if your planning a cruise trip to Hawaii. www.royalcarribean.com also offers Hawaii cruise vacation packages.
you get it, planning for a vacation and travel to Caribbean cruise. you searching for your travel on internet and you will get the best offers of them.
The cruise lines highly recommend you use a travel agent to book your cruise. Trained agents will direct you toward the itinerary and line that is best for your needs and your wallet. But, they are also a wonderful source for deals. "Travel agents have access to the best cruise values," says Terry Dale, President of the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA).
"The best cruises that you can take are cruises that go to Hawaii. This is my personal opinion and if I wanted to take a cruise in the west, it would definitely be to Hawaii."
Nowadays there are no specific time of the year for the cheapest time to cruise to Hawaii as cruise lines are offering great promos and poo discounts that really attracts passengers and these promos are very affordable. What you need to do is to check it all out and choose the best one that would work for your budget.
Affordabletours.com is probably the best company to look to when searching for a cheap European cruise. Other companies that could help you are Princess and Orbitz.
heard P&O rb the best
Expedia.com is a good website to help you compare prices between different cruise lines. Just go to their homepage, select cruise and the date you wish to travel, and they will show you the prices of the various cruise lines and destinations.
http://www.smartertravel.com/travel-advice/five-value-cruise-lines.html?id=16162 is a great resource which tells you about the top 5 cruise lines for seniors, based on what the cruise has to offer as well as price and activities.
They would be: Norwegian Cruise Line Carnival or Celebrity.
Some of the best known repositioning cruise providers are Royal Caribbean International, Carnival, Celebrity and Princess Cruise Lines. Other cruise lines include Norwegian,Oceania and Costa.
Most cruise lines do not allow travel agents to advertise prices lower than the cruise lines offer to those who book directly with the cruise line. However, some do allow travel agencies to discount by rebating part of the commissions, when dealing directly with a potential customer. If you are shopping the Internet for cruise prices, you're most likely going to find many travel sites quoting the same price. But, the price you're seeing on a travel agent's web site is not necessarily the best price that travel agency is able to offer you. To find out a travel agency's best price on a particular cruise, you should call them, or e-mail them a request for a price quote. Most travel agencies have toll-free phone numbers
Norwegian cruise lines is most known for their Hawaiian cruises which are available all year long. I have heard the nicest times in Hawaii are June and July. It can be fairly hot in March though still comfortable in the shade.
Norwegian cruise lines offers a week long cruise to Honolulu all year long. The best time to go depends on you and the location you wish to cruise too. Booking months in advance can get you the best of the deals.
Here is a site where you can check out the cruise lines and their prices and see which is best for your budget and needs www.bestcruiseslines.com . I hope this site helps you .
Cruise lines vary on the person. Carnival cruise lines are saidd to be a top choice but research each cruise line to ensure it accomodates your specific needs