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THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS: CRUISING HAWAI‘I CRUISE Cruise can be an attractive option for travellers who prefer the convenience of a floating resort. Cruise means: • no unpacking and re-packing as you tour the islands • meals are included in the ‘allinclusive’ price • kids’ and teens’ clubs keep the younger members of the family occupied between ports of call • great vantage points for whalewatching (December-April) and viewing the more inaccessible scenic highlights such as the dramatic Nāpali Coast of Kaua‘i. One ship, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America, is located in Hawai‘i year-round. Other international cruise lines visit for part of the year: starting or finishing in Hawai‘i, or stopping in Hawai‘i enroute to another destination. Speciality, short duration voyages also operate offering a particular focus such as golfing and whale-watching. Various itineraries are available. The Pride of America, for example, offers a seven-night inter-Hawaiian-island itinerary, departing Honolulu on O‘ahu every Saturday, and cruising to Maui, Hawai‘i Island and Kaua‘i where the ship spends two full days in port on 62 DISCOVER HAWAI‘I The Mead family takes in expansive scenic views of the coastline from the deck of Pride of America. Our Story: The Mead family, Sydney “The cruise was a great way to see the Hawaiian Islands. We boarded in Honolulu and sailed at night, exploring four port stops during the day – Hilo and Kona on Hawai‘i Island, and the islands of Kaua‘i and Maui. It was the sort of holiday where we could do as much or as little as we wanted… and we did both. Some days we filled with shore excursions and actionpacked adventures such as flying over an active volcano near Hilo, snorkelling off Kona and mountain tubing in Kaua‘i. Other days we lazed by the ship’s pool, taking in poolside entertainment and activities such as pool volleyball, basketball and table tennis. The ship's ‘Freestyle Dining’ option meant we could eat whenever and wherever we wanted - from buffet-style cafes to fine-dining restaurants. We had five restaurant options for each meal that were all included in our fare and the meals were delicious. Our kids loved the free Kid's Club onboard and when not swimming in the pool or exploring the islands with us each day, they asked to go and hang out with friends and participate in fun night-time activities such as the ‘Spy Night’ and ‘Pirate Treasure Hunt’. Each evening there were also shows on offer - from cover bands to musical theatre and comedy. It was a totally fun-filled holiday and will be a treasured memory for our family.” - Nicki Mead, Sydney.
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