1st Time Cruise & Honeymoon Hawaii

Dec 28th, 2001, 07:44 AM
  #1  
Tammy
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
1st Time Cruise & Honeymoon Hawaii

Hello. Hope all of you had a great Christmas. We are recently engaged and wanting to cruise. We have never done this before and it feels overwhelming. How do we find a cruise specialist?? Which line is best? How about excursions? We love the typical romantic things, are in our early 30's and usually stay on land, but we only have 10 nights and wanted to see Hawaii.We don't drink alcohol as I'm allergic but we do like to have fun dancing and great nightly entertainment. We don't like casinos would rather enjoy the ocean. Hope that helps some. Thank you for all your help. Happy Honeymooners
 
Dec 28th, 2001, 02:36 PM
  #2  
xxx
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Tammy then don't take a cruise. They cater to the gambler/drinker. You are much better off flying to Hawaii and then visiting some of the smaller islands there. Im sorry I'm not using my name but the cruise fanatics will attack me for my negative cruise comments.

10 nights is pleanty to see a good portion of Hawaii. The only thing there that is really expensive is: gas, cigarettes, and milk. I have had many a wonderful time in Hawaii, but would not risk a Honeymoon for a first time cruise.
 
Dec 28th, 2001, 03:29 PM
  #3  
Theresa
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
I do not drink or gamble and I just took my 5th cruise. I think they are great.

Not familiar with Hawaiian cruises though - used to the Caribbean.

You may want to look at some of the more active cruise websites:

www.cruisecritic.com
www.cruisemates.com
www.cruise-addicts.com

You will get more responses there.

Good luck and congratulations on your engagement!
 
Dec 28th, 2001, 04:02 PM
  #4  
Gerry
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
HiTammy: Its too bad that xxx had to be the first one to give you such an ill-informed opinion but based on many of his other posts his reply is not unexpected.
Cruise lines don't necessarily cater to just gamblers/drinkers. They cater to all of us who want a special fun vacation in a resort like atmosphere. You don't have to gamble and drink to have fun.
Our son got married summer of 2000 and went on a cruise for their honeymoon. In fact they sat with three other honeymooners at the same table and the ship had a special party for all the honeymooners. Best vacation they ever had.
Princess, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity all cruise the Hawaiian Islands and usually stop at 4-5 islands for touring.
Most cruise specialists will advertise themselves as such in the Yellow pages and it's also a good idea to ask around. More and more people these days are cruising and might recommend someone.
Good luck in your search. A first time cruise is truly an unforgettable experience.
 
Dec 28th, 2001, 09:27 PM
  #5  
Paul Therault
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Hi Tammy,

Best to talk to a travel agent who has sailed Hawaii a couple of times.

You must make sure you see all the important sights. For example, if you wish to see the Arizona Memorial not many ships actually port in Honolulu. Most just start or end the cruise there and it would require a hotel stay.

I could tell you that Norwegian has a terrible itinerary and would be a waste of money.

If you just go to Hawaii on your own and not with a cruise and wish to see a few islands besides the Big Island you would not have a very relaxing honeymoon. You will be taking separate tours by boat and or plane and that will get very hectic.

Good luck to you.

Paul
 
Dec 29th, 2001, 06:47 AM
  #6  
Toto
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
May I ask why someone who does not like cruises would hang out at a cruise related board? Doesn't make a lot of sense to me.
 
Dec 29th, 2001, 12:14 PM
  #7  
xxx
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Maybe to warn people so they don't make the same mistake she did.

Don't listen to Paul about running about Hawaii being hectic. Nothing they do there is hectic. For someone who is supposed to be a travel agent I have never heard a more ill informed comment concerning Hawaii than that!!!
 
Dec 30th, 2001, 12:09 AM
  #8  
Paul Therault
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
I will stand by my statement. If you wish to visit most of the islands in Hawaii you will be wasting quite a bit of time making reservations, waiting in line and traveling. The best way to go is to cruise.

I have done it both ways. I stayed a week in Maui since I wished to visit Lanai and Kahoolawe where cruise ships do not port.

Paul
 
Dec 30th, 2001, 07:07 AM
  #9  
greg gallagher
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
I won't say anything about cruises (cough cough) but Paul I also disagree with you on Hawaii and the frantic pace mentality. I have been to Hawaii several times in the past year. All of them business trips for a week or more with a few days for fun. During that time I have been to all of the islands, gone surfing, scuba diving, katamaraning, seen all the historical sites, and much more. I still even laid out on the beach. My main area was Oahu (Diamond head), from which the radio station I work for was doing a remote broadcast. We have given away a trip a day to Hawaii for the past 2 yrs. And of course we get feed back from all our winners. So in this instance I think I'm probably more qualified than most to comment on the islands except for an islander.

NOTHING there is hectic. Some of the excursions can be a little expensive (helicopter rides $500.00 on up) and others are dirt cheap (katamaran at evening $9.00 a person). They also have a trolley system that will get you virtually anywhere on Oahu. I did not opt for the company car and got all over the island without a taxi. There is so much to explore and experience. Plus you are not cooped up on anything and stuck with the same people every night.

I believe that crusises can be a grand experience for some people, but cannot compare with the experiences you will have by staying on the island. Maybe a cruise would be right for you under some circumstances, but I feel there is so much more to see by staying on the islands. Your choice IMHO.
 
Dec 30th, 2001, 11:55 PM
  #10  
Paul Therault
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Hi Greg,

Glad to hear from you again.

You are absolutely correct. Hawaii is not rushed and if you have the "time," there is much to see, do and explore.

This is the only cruising negative. You get to spend only one day in each island. It is just a sample. If you like a particular island you come back and stay there for an extended period.

What I am attempting to stress here (without too much luck I'm afraid) is that if you wish to see all the islands in a week you will not have the "time" to do it leisurely.

Will somebody, anybody, please agree with me?

Paul

 
Jan 1st, 2002, 11:04 AM
  #11  
Ginger
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Paul, I absolutely agree with you. I've only been to Hawaii once but think I understand that there is no hectic pace there, however, it just seems logical to me that with limited vacation time, best use of such time is not to spend it checking in and out of hotels and waiting in airport lines. For myself, the long (and expensive) flight times from the mainland make it senseible to see as much of the Hawaiian Islands as possible so a cruise would seem to make sence. Unfortunately, the cruises available "around" the Islands SUCK!!! I really think the cruise lines are missing a good opportunity here. What's with NCL, they don't need 2 days sailing to Fanning Island and 2 days back (I know the "international rule). 2 of those days would be better spent,from a tourist point of view, in Oahu and/or Maui.Combine that with a fair air deal and you've got a great vacation IMHO!! Thanks for listening.
 
Jan 1st, 2002, 11:08 AM
  #12  
Ginger
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Sorry for the outburst. Tammy, congratulations on your engagement and while I can't offer any good answers to your questions, I still think Hawaii is a wonderful choice! Good luck.
 
Jan 2nd, 2002, 12:07 AM
  #13  
Paul Therault
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Yes, it is too bad that American Hawaii Cruise Line failed, they did have the best 7 day island itinerary.

I found the best itinerary that can be found now for first time visitors to Hawaii is Celebrity Summit and Infinity which sails in the spring and fall. The ships do overnight in Honolulu.

If you wish to stay overnight in Honolulu in a hotel rather on the ship you can choose the many ships that cruise to Hawaii as re-positioning cruises before and after sailing Alaska in the spring and fall. You will get an extra island port but you will have to spring for the overnight stay in a hotel to see Honolulu.

For a honeymoon where you can not choose your date you have only one choice for a cruise and that is Norwegian with it's terrible itinerary. Best in this case would be to choose a land-based vacation.

Paul
 
Jan 2nd, 2002, 08:29 PM
  #14  
Ginger
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Carnival Pride also overnights in Oahu. However, I still feel the cruise itineraries to Hawaii are disappointing !
 
Jan 3rd, 2002, 12:23 AM
  #15  
Paul Therault
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Hi Ginger,

I really do not think Carnival will move the Pride out of the Cribbean. You may be thinking of the Spirit.

The Spirit has a good itinerary but it is a 5 day sail to Hawaii which makes is a 12 day journey and therefore more expensive than Celebrity.

Paul
 
Jan 3rd, 2002, 03:26 PM
  #16  
Ginger
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Yes, Paul, I intended to say the Spirit not Pride but their itinerary is 12 days and I could only find info on the Infinity which is 11 days-so not much difference really. They still are very expensive and limit actual "island time". Oh well, there's a great airfare being offered now for Hawaii, maybe I'll just have to pick an island and be satisfied with that!
 
Jan 3rd, 2002, 11:42 PM
  #17  
Paul Therault
Guest
 
Posts: n/a

Hi Ginger,

Quite a few people never add the added cost for food on a land vacation. This is the reason why there are all-inclusive resorts ... you know beforehand what you will be paying for food. For example, just room service a few times a week will break your budget. When you pay $20 for a ham sandwich you will know what I mean. This is why cruising is your best value.

Keep looking .... Royal Caribbean Legend and Vision had or may still have a $299 air price. You can not beat a price of about $3,000 for 2.

Granted you just have a sampling of each island but if you wish to just spend a week on an island you will add up quite an expense to visit the other islands and you still will not have much time there.

Good luck,

Paul
 
Jan 4th, 2002, 06:06 AM
  #18  
greg gallagher
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Tammy I'm not sure where Paul is getting his info from but you can certainly spend a week in Oahu and more (and eat well) for around $3000.00. Hotels are dropping their drawers on pricing because of the slowing of travel.
 

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 03:45 PM.