Hawaii’s tourism took a hard hit in 2008, seeing an estimated 10 percent drop in visitors. In an attempt to recover, hotels and airlines have been lowering prices.
Hawaii cruises have also seen rates that are drastically reduced, making the pricey tropical voyages surprisingly affordable. Typical rack rates for a 7-night Hawaiian island cruise range from $1,000 to $2,000 or more, plus the cost of flying to the distant embarkation port in Honolulu. Our editors have hunted down an island-hopping cruise from just $1099, which includes the cost of airfare. Mahalo!
After flying from your home city to Honolulu, you’ll embark on this 7-night cruise onboard the Norwegian Pride of America with a first port stop in Hilo, on the Big Island. This tropical paradise is known for its black-sand beaches and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, with its still-active volcanoes.
Next up, you’ll spend two days catching Maui fever in Kahului, where you can get on the road and be dazzled by remarkable rainforests and coastal views. After that, savor a cup of Kona’s famous coffee or experience a Hawaiian luau before moving on to the Garden Island of Kauai. Be sure to visit the breathtaking Waimea, also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.
The ship sails Feb. 21, with interior cabin prices starting from just $1,099. Reduced rates are also available for oceanview cabins from $1,199; balcony staterooms start from $1,399.
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 free airfare is based on departures from Los Angeles or San Francisco. You'll have to factor in an extra $100 for departures from Phoenix, Seattle or Denver.