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Island hop around Hawaii for $799

There’s something magical about the Hawaiian Islands, making it hard to choose just one for your vacation. Luckily, on an island hopping cruise, you don’t have to.
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The deal
There’s something magical about the Hawaiian Islands, making it hard to choose just one for your vacation. Luckily, on an island hopping cruise, you don’t have to.

Visiting paradise always comes with its price, and Hawaii cruises can set you back anywhere from $1,000 to $1,600 or more on mainstream cruise lines. The good news is that by booking now, you can take in some surf, sand and sun at rates up to 52 percent off. With reduced prices starting from just $799, you’ll see what the Hawaiians mean by “just hang loose.”

Before setting sail, spend two days exploring the city of Honolulu, where you can take a day trip to see Pearl Harbor, or climb up Diamond Head; the extinct volcano that offers amazing views of the tropical city.

After, the Rhapsody of the Seas sails on to Lahaina, on the island of Maui. Take a day trip to visit the Haleakala Crater and Haleakala National Park, or head down the road to Hana, where signs of the ancient Hawaiian way of life still flourish. Along the way, you’ll pass beautiful rainforests filled with mango, guava and banana trees.

The next place you’ll visit is Hilo, on the Big Island where you can explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home to the most active volcano in Hawaii. The last island city the ship calls on is Kailua-Kona, also on the Big Island. Here you can take in the galleries and shops, pick up some famous Kona coffee, or kick-back on breathtaking beaches before heading to the final stop in Vancouver, B.C.

This 10-night cruise on the Rhapsody of the Seas sails April 28 with interior staterooms available starting from $799.

For those who really enjoy island hopping, this seven-night Norwegian cruise is stationed at an island every day. You’ll also enjoy knowing that you’re saving up to 52 percent off brochure rates.

The Pride of America sails from Honolulu and makes its first visit at Hilo, followed by two nights spent at Kahului, in Maui. During your stay, be sure to visit the Kahana Wildlife Sanctuary, and Maui Tropical Plantation where you can take a stroll through sugarcane and pineapple fields.

Then, it’s off to Kailua before spending two days in Nawiliwili, on the “Garden Isle” of Kauai. If you’d like to do a little beach-bumming there’s 43 of them to choose from, along with countless waterfalls and Waimea Canyon, also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.

The final stop on this cruise is back in Honolulu. Prices for interior cabins start at $934 for sailing dates in February, April, and May. Plus, receive up to $500 in onboard spending credits on select bookings.

The dollars
All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Accommodations, meals, some beverages, entertainment and port charges are covered in the cost. Government fees and taxes as well as off-boat expenditures are extra.

The catch
Surfing is not as easy as it looks.

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