Hawaii Kalalau Kauai Aerial
Hawaii Kalalau Kauai Aerial

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HAWAIIAN CRUISES

Experience Aloha with a cruise to Hawaii.

Just the word "Hawaii" conjures visions of turquoise waves lapping at colourful sand and a rich historical tapestry that's as Polynesian as it is American: a welcoming culture that you can distil into a single word – Aloha. Once you arrive, trace the history of Pearl Harbour on Oahu, where you can tour battleships and see the memorial to that fateful day in 1941. Cruise to Hawaii and head to the Big Island to scale volcanoes like Mount Kilauea and chase waterfalls on the slopes of Mauna Kea. Or enjoy the sun and surf on the remote shores of Kauai and Maui. Discover the magic with a Hawaiian cruise.

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Hawaii Rainforest
Hawaii Rainforest

LET ADVENTURE FLOW

Hawaii offers some of the world's best in outdoor exploration. The best Hawaii cruises allow you to trek through the lush Hana Rainforest, or enjoy a more volcanic experience on the Big Island. Marvel at the lava flows of Kilauea, or savour the coffee that grows in the soil made fertile by millions of years of eruptions.

HIT THE BEACH

Hawaii is a group of islands with hundreds of beaches. Do you cruise to Oahu and hit Waikiki – where the people-watching is as good as the tanning – or to the scenic Napali Coast of underrated Kauai? Decisions, decisions.

RAINFOREST BATHE

Hawaii offers a tropical twist on the hip travel hobby called "forest bathing". It's all the rage among spiritually minded travellers these days and a great way to see nature close. Hike to Rainbow Falls on the Big Island, or through the lush Hana Rainforest on Maui.

PAL AROUND WITH PELE

The volcano goddess Pele takes many forms in Hawaii. Hawaii is the United States' most volcanic state, but your experience doesn't have to be death-defying. Daredevils will want to get up close and personal with the active lava flow of Kilauea, but you could instead hike up Mauna Loa, which is extinct.

Honolulu Iolani Palace
Honolulu Iolani Palace

DIVE INTO THE CULTURE

Hawaii might look like a postcard, but it's more than just a pretty face. Your Hawaii cruise will let you counterbalance naps on Waikiki with a tour of the USS Missouri at Pearl Harbour or a visit to Iolani Palace, the residence of Hawaii's royal family. 

MONUMENTS OF THE PAST

No trip to Oahu is complete without paying your respects to the victims of Pearl Harbour at the USS Arizona Memorial. However, there's a lot more to Hawaiian history. You should also learn about Hawaii's Polynesian heritage at Honolulu's Iolani Palace, the former home of the long-ruling Kamehameha dynasty.

GET TO KNOW YOUR MORNING JOE

When imagining Hawaiian drinks, you might think of a fruity drink with an umbrella, but the state is the only permanent coffee producer in the US. Head to the Big Island to tour the plantations where the good stuff is grown, from famous Kona Coffee to craft producer Mount Thunder.

WALK IN THE WAYS OF OLD

Hawaii's Polynesian past is still palpable today. On Oahu, check out the Polynesian Cultural Centre, where you can tour six different recreations of traditional villages. Watch a Polynesian dance, play ancient games that have been handed down through the generations and learn the old ways of fishing without a net.

hawaii volcanos
hawaii volcanos

THE BEST HAWAII CRUISES

Go for bigger, bolder Polynesian adventures filled with sunset surfing and evening luaus in the Aloha State. Royal Caribbean® returns to Hawaii with two revolutionary Quantum Class ships – Ovation of the Seas® and Quantum of the Seas®.

OVATION OF THE SEAS

From rushing waterfalls to active volcanoes, discover the beauty of Hawaii on an 9-night adventure onboard Ovation of the Seas®. Soak up the sun along emerald beaches or dance at a luau in Maui. And keep the good times rolling on this stellar Quantum Class ship with surf sessions on the FlowRider®, globally inspired dishes and so much more.

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QUANTUM OF THE SEAS

Quantum of the Seas® takes you on an epic adventure to the best of Hawaii. Hang ten on Waikiki Beach one minute. Then savour a fresh roast of coffee grown in the ancient lava fields of Kailua Kona the next. And in between, fill your days with endless onboard thrills like RipCord® by iFLY® skydiving simulator, delicious dining options and top-notch entertainment.

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INSIDER TIPS

1

Plan some slower days during your trip to jibe with the leisure-loving locals. The phrase 'island time' isn't a joke.

2

Don't discount mainstream destinations like Oahu's Pearl Harbour and Kilauea on the Big Island – they're popular for a reason!

3

While some best practices (like not walking too close to volcanoes) are obvious, be aware of lesser-known laws. For example, it's actually illegal to hike up Honolulu's popular Haiku Stairs.

CUISINE
POI, PORK AND POKE

Seafood is an important part of the Hawaiian diet, but there's so much more to enjoy. Visit Hawaii and prepare for a feast like no other, with nods to Polynesia, Japan and even the American heartland.

OK, POKE

Poke bowls are a great way to enjoy Hawaii's renowned ahi tuna. Ahi tuna has become famous all over America, most commonly seared and added to Asian-style salads. The best way to sample this Hawaiian favourite, however, is in bowl form. There are several varieties of poke, with modern versions substituting avocado and spicy mayo for classic accompaniments like seaweed and rice.

POLYNESIAN PORK

Is there any meal more Polynesian than a whole, roasted pig? Vegetarians have plenty of choices in Hawaii, but this isn't one of them. After cooking for hours over an open flame, this tender meat is plucked off the bone and plated, or sandwiched in a Hawaiian roll.

POI, THE TASTY PASTE

Taro root is a common food in the Asia-Pacific region, but usually not in the US – outside of Hawaii, at least. The purple paste known as poi is a puree of this much-loved root vegetable, and it pairs well with other Hawaiian staples, such as the aforementioned Kalua pork (dip it!) and fresh fish.

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