Best cruise lines from Hawaii

Discover the friendly and relaxed atmosphere of a South Pacific holiday.

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See and explore multiple Hawaiian islands on cruises around the state or sail across the Pacific to island hop in destinations such as Tahiti, Bora Bora and beyond.

Best cruises from Hawaii

Before booking your tickets, choose where you want to go on your Hawaiian cruise. Are you aching for palm trees and sunny skies? Then opt for routes that’ll take you around Pacific islands.

Have a hankering for Canada? Take a trip up the American west coast.

Best for seeing four Hawaiian Islands in a week: Norwegian

Actually, it's the only cruise line that'll take you to four Hawaiian islands —Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island — in only a week. Routes are offered year-round, which also makes Norwegian best when it comes to its sheer variety of travel dates.
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Best for luxury getaways: Celebrity

Best-in-class liners will take you around the Hawaiian islands, up the west US coast or over to explore Tahiti, Bora Bora and more. Look forward to gourmet cuisine and highest quality spas. Celebrity cruise ships are known for being so blissful that you may never want to set foot on land.
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Best for exploring Oceania: Royal Caribbean

Sail from Honolulu to Sydney, with stops at Tahiti, Bora Bora, New Zealand and more in between. In 2019, Cruise Critic named Royal Caribbean as the Top Cruise Line in the South Pacific in the Cruisers' Choice Destination Awards — proof that here, you're guaranteed to get a winning deck.
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Best for families: Disney

The Disney Wonder ship includes nightly entertainment, real live Disney characters and adults-only sections for when older relatives need to get away. See fireworks, musicals and 3D musicals. Even the dining areas are decorated with a colorful dash of whimsy.
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Best for ending up in Canada: Holland America

Mosey through Lahaina and Kauai in Hawaii before spending five glorious days at see on your way north towards British Columbia. Enjoy live music nearly every night, and take the ship's inflatable Zodiac boats on short excursions. This mid-sized cruise ship docks in Vancouver — just in time for spring.
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How we chose these cruises

When choosing cruises for this list, we looked at the quality of routes available from each cruise line, prioritizing well-paced itineraries with port stops at key destinations around the region.

We also considered dining onboard, weighing the number, variety and overall quality of restaurants against passenger reviews. Finally, we weighed cabin amenities against each price point, looking for cruise lines that are known to deliver the highest value.

Additionally, we sought out customer reviews on travel websites and personal travel blogs, considering first-person experiences and each company’s overall reputation.

When is the best time to cruise from Hawaii?

The best time to cruise from Hawaii depends on your personal preference for weather, crowds and price.

Peak season: Late December through April

Winter brings temperate weather (average highs hit 81°F in January), and has the widest range of cruise lines and routes to choose from. But this also means it’s also the busiest time to navigate Honolulu’s ports. Expect moderate crowds and higher prices on flights, hotels and cruise fare.

Off-season: May to June and September through early December

The off season means fewer crowds and lower prices — but less variety in choice of cruise itinerary. Still, the weather is bearable, with June highs reaching 86°F. If you can find a route that suits your fancy, you’ll likely find good deals and sunny skies.

Does Hawaii have a hurricane season?

Yes. Hawaii’s hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30th. Few cruise lines offer trips departing from Honolulu during this time — except for Norwegian Cruise Line.

Bargain shoppers will likely find lower rates for flights, hotels and even cruise tickets during Hawaii’s hurricane season. If a natural disaster strikes, you’ll probably be refunded in cruise credit or even dollars— but check the terms and conditions before booking to be sure.

Getting to the port for your cruise from Hawaii

Most cruise ships depart from Honolulu, Hawaii’s capital. Its primary terminal is called Pier 2, while the alternate terminal is just a half mile north at Pier 11. Both piers are a 15-30 minute drive from Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (Honolulu’s main hub).

Here are your options for getting to Honolulu’s cruise port from the airport:

  • Public transportation. Take a bus from the airport to the Waikiki Beach & Hotels stop, which is a three-minute walk to Pier 2. The carrier is literally called TheBus and can be found on the main terminal’s upper level. This method will cost just $2.75.
  • Ride-hailing apps. An UberX will cost you about $35, while Lyft runs between $25-30.
  • Taxi. A few different taxi companies, including Yellow Cab, will be at your service.
  • Shuttle. If you’re staying overnight beforehand, check to see if your hotel offers a free shuttle to the piers. Otherwise, browse third-party routes.

Bottom line

A cruise from Hawaii is an efficient and cost-effective way to see all four islands in one trip — not to mention, sunny skies and boundless greenery is practically good for your health. Before booking passage, check to see if you can save money with a discount or deal.

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