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Early-booking Hawaii cruise, from $919

/ Source: Sherman's Travel

Book by: ASAP
Travel by: April 23, 2010

The deal
Not every cruise line sails to Hawaii, but those that do are often more expensive than a traditional Caribbean sailing. 

A contributing cost factor is that most voyages embark from —and return to — Honolulu, requiring you to book a round-trip flight from the mainland. Our editors have tracked down a 12-night cruise that embarks from Honolulu but returns to Vancouver, which will help cut costs on a pricey return flight.

Although brochure rates for this exotic voyage start at $2,399, by booking now you’ll pay just $919 — that’s a whopping 62 percent off!

During the first day of this cruise, the Carnival Spirit remains docked in Honolulu, giving passengers ample time to experience the capital city before setting sail for Nawiliwili, Kauai. This “Garden Isle” is the oldest of the eight islands, with diverse geography consisting of peaceful waterfalls, ancient canyons, and black-sand beaches made of volcanic ash.

Next up is Kailua-Kona, home to spectacular sunsets and world-famous coffee. Following Kona is a visit to Hilo, Hawaii’s second largest city with numerous tourist sites to encounter like Queen Liliuokalani Gardens and the Pacific Tsunami Museum.

After that, the cruise sails on to Kahului, Maui where the ship will remain docked overnight. Here, visitors can book shore excursions inland to the Haleakala Crater, or go kayaking, snorkeling, or scuba diving before the ship heads to the mainland with a final call in Vancouver, B.C. Interior cabin prices start at $919, with oceanview staterooms available from $1,169.

The dollars
All quotes are per person and based on double occupancy. Rates cover accommodations, meals and entertainment on the ship. Fees and taxes, as well as shore excursions, personal expenses, alcoholic beverages, and tips are additional.

The catch
The ship doesn't sail until April, but you'll have plenty of time to plan your vacation.

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