Did you know you can visit four Hawaiian islands in seven days, without having to pack & unpack? You can do just that if you’re onboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America. There are actually several lines that have Hawaiian cruises, but Norwegian is the only one offering an exclusively Hawaii itinerary.
You see, two old maritime laws called the Passenger Vessel Services Act and the Jones Act prevent foreign-flagged ships from transporting passengers and/or cargo between two US ports. In order to be USA-flagged (have USA registry) a ship must be primarily built in the United States and be staffed by an all-American crew. These are both difficult and expensive requirements… Most cruise lines register their ships in the Bahamas, with a few in other countries like Bermuda, Panama, and Italy. If they want to have an American itinerary, they have to stop off at a non-American port too. That’s easier said than done in the most remote islands of the Pacific Ocean…
The cruise is a great “Island Sampler” – allowing you to visit multiple cities and islands. By the end, you’ll know which you’ll be returning to on your next vacation!
Fly into Honolulu and set sail Saturday evening. You’ll arrive in Kahului, Maui the next morning and not leave until Monday evening. That’s right, overnight in Maui. This means you won’t be rushing back to the ship. Snorkel with turtles in the morning, watch the sunset from Haleakala crater and enjoy dinner in town before getting back onboard. You’ll still have time to take a helicopter tour or just relax around town on Monday.
Spend Tuesday in Hilo, on the Big Island, where you can hike to stunning waterfalls and taste different foods and drinks made in Hawaii. The following day, you’ll stay on the Big Island, but head up to Kona. Get a history lesson of life in the islands or spend the day at the beach.
On Thursday morning, watch the ship pull into port in Nawiliwili in rugged Kauai. This is another overnight stay, so you can spend all day exploring Waimea Canyon (Grand Canyon of the Pacific), take in a Luau for dinner and still have time the next day. Friday afternoon, the ship sails along the Napali coast on it’s way back to Honolulu.
There are tons of things to do in Honolulu and the rest of Oahu. You can explore on your own, or add a Cruisetour to your vacation and let Norwegian do the planning for you. From Pearl Harbor to the North Shore and expert guides at the Polynesian Cultural Center to the Kualoa Ranch, you’ll find plenty to do.
The ship, Pride of America, isn’t the most exciting cruise ship. Norwegian knows that the islands are the main attraction here. While you’ll have plenty to do onboard, you probably won’t be spending a lot of time at the clubs… And because of local laws, they can’t offer the unlimited specialty drink packages (same reason you won’t find all-inclusive resorts in Hawaii).
Are you ready to book this unique Hawaiian cruise?? What a cool way to see the islands!