My name is Michelle, and my husband, Ruben and I were married on July 21, 2007. We began our honeymoon on August 13, 2007. We participated in a 7 day cruise around the Hawaiian Islands with Norwegian Cruise Lines. We chose Hawaii because it was a destination that both of us had been dying to see. We chose a cruise so we could see most of the islands during our stay, instead of having to choose which islands we wanted to see. During our cruise, we were scheduled to see the Big Island, Maui, and Kaua’i. Our cruise was wonderful! We chose a room with a balcony, which proved to be one of the best aspects of our trip! Many times we would just come back to our room and sit on the balcony, watching the ocean. It was peaceful and exhilarating!
Our ship was scheduled to land in Hilo, Hawaii on the same day the island was expecting Hurricane Flossie! We were forced to stay at sea, instead of disembarking in Hilo. The night before Hilo also experienced an earthquake, so the captain was afraid for our safety, so he made the decision for us to stay at sea and cruise around Moloka’i. It was an unexpected experience for us, we were able to see the beautiful cliffs and waterfalls of Moloka’i. It was a part of our journey not many people get to see, and we were lucky Flossie gave us a different itinerary! Our ship even made it on the Travel Channel, as the passengers who were stuck at sea during Hurricane Flossie! That was the most interesting part of the trip!
Our favorite island was Kaua’i. We were lucky to spend the night in the port, and we were able to experience an authentic Luau. Kaua’i is so beautiful, and it is far from the hustle and bustle of Maui or Oahu. The people who live on the island are also friendly and warm, extending a smile your way when they greet you. We also enjoyed seeing Pearl Harbor on Oahu, and snorkeling at Molokini in Maui. It was a first time for both of us, and something we will remember for the rest of our lives! The cost for the cruise and airfare was about $3900. We had a balcony room, so our cost was a bit higher, but we believe it was worth it! We spent another $1000 or so on shore excursions, souveniers, and other costs for the trip. It was well worth the money!!
We would recommend cruising if it is your first time in Hawaii. It gives you a chance to see many of the islands, and you do not have to check into a hotel at each island! Most of the restaurants on the ship are complementary, with others charging a small cover fee (the most was $20 a person for the amazing steakhouse). It is a good way to save money and see the beautiful islands of Hawaii!