Cruise travelers with a dream of sailing the Hawaiian islands often plan years in advance for the voyage. Positioned more than 2400 miles from the West coast of the United States, airfare can be expensive. Getting there by air from our home in Orlando, it’s a further distance than from New York to Amsterdam. Sailing to the Aloha state takes a long voyage, most of which is spent at sea, just getting there and back. Travelers trying to check Hawaii dream cruise off their bucket list look for any way to make visiting the 50h state affordable. Today, we have good news.
The Choices Are Few
Two popular choices for sailing the Hawaiian islands are a 14-night round-trip sailing from California on a number of cruise lines or flying there and sailing for 7 days on Norwegian Cruise Lines Pride of America. Other options include one-way sailings there or back, starting or ending in Vancouver on a number of lines. To do any would satisfy the dream cruise requirement to be sure and those interested often lock in on their favorite line as a top choice. Our thought: If this is indeed the dream cruise of a lifetime, why not put it over the top with a ship sized just right for the Hawaiian Islands?
A Different Option, Worthy Of Consideration
Sailing from November through April, travelers can explore four Hawaiian Islands on a weeklong cruise with small ship cruise line Un-Cruise Adventures. On board 36-passenger Safari Explorer, that Hawaii dream can come true in a way big ship lines can’t emulate.
36 passengers means those aboard the Un-Cruise Adventures Safari Explorer enjoy the freedom of water exploration. They can Kayak through a lava tube or nearby volcanic cliffs, jump in a skiff to look for whales or other marine life, watch dolphins off the bow, snorkel among tropical fish, green sea turtles and dolphins and more. Onboard expert naturalists provide interpretation on guided excursions ashore and at sea.
High-Energy Active Vacation Options Abound
The week-long Un-Cruise Adventures sailings explore four Hawaiian Islands; Hawai‘i, Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i with highlights that include a night snorkel with Giant Pacific Manta rays and snorkeling at Kealakekua Bay where Captain Cook was slain in 1779. They can hike along a beach up to a rocky overlook for sweeping views of neighboring bays on Lana‘i. Visit Lana‘i City and the Lana‘i Culture and Heritage Center. In the Humpback National Marine Sanctuary, expedition cruising allows time for searching out marine life—humpback whales, dolphins, green sea turtles and more.
A Relaxing Swing Through The Islands Too
Or they can do nothing on their Un-Cruise Adventure and enjoy an experience that includes premium spirits, fine wines and microbrews; superb hand-crafted meals featuring local Hawaiian flavors; massage; yoga; guided tours geared toward small groups; from-yacht activities and equipment; whale and dolphin encounters; transfers; lei greeting; port charges and taxes.
Continuing Our Focus On Destinations
This Un Cruise fits very nicely in with our focus on destinations; the places we visit via cruise ship as opposed to onboard attractions. Each has their place, but do we really want to spend the time and money sailing in the Hawaiian islands only to stay on the ship and visit the water park?
Making The Hawaii Dream Cruise More Affordable
Cruise fares begin at $3,595 per person, double occupancy. Right now, an Un-Cruise Adventures saving of $600/couple is offered on bookings made by July 31, 2014 for cruises departing November 2014 –April 2015, excluding holiday departures on December 20 and 27.