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Affording Hawaii: Cruising

Posted on: September 29, 2009

A USA Today headline earlier today read: “Tourists Dropping Fewer Dollars in Hawaii”.  A brief scan of the article brought several thoughts to mind that I’d like to share.

While I won’t pretend to be an expert either on all things affecting Hawaiian tourism or all aspects of the travel industry, here are my thoughts as a travel professional:

Airfares to Hawaii have increased dramatically in the last couple of years.  Decreased capacity due to the closure of a few airlines that once serviced Hawaii, combined with fewer flights offered by other carriers means that travelers pay much more than they did before.  I see this as a major deterrent to potential visitors to Hawaii, which in turn hurts hotels and other land-based operations that depend on tourism dollars.

With the traditional “air-and-land” combination looking less attractive these days, my attention turns to another great way to see Hawaii:  cruising the Hawaiian Islands.  While it’s true that many Hawaiian cruises start in Honolulu, cruisers looking to save on airfare should consider departures out of Los Angeles, San Diego, or even San Francisco or Vancouver, depending on the cruise line’s current offerings.  If you live within driving distance of any of these port cities, you can save on airfare by parking at the cruise terminal, and if not, your flight out to the port city will likely still cost you much less than a flight to Honolulu would.

Another reason cruising to Hawaii is a better deal is the all-inclusive nature of a cruise.  Meals, transportation, and entertainment can be quite costly on a land-based vacation in Hawaii.  But on a cruise, all of that’s included in your cruise fare.

What better way to see the Hawaiian Islands than to wake up in a new port each morning and go exploring?  Of course shore excursions are at an additional cost, but you might decide to splurge on a special excursion one day and explore on your own the next, thereby keeping your costs in check.  And anything extra you spend onboard is always optional–you decide.

For more information on cruising to Hawaii or any other destination, visit our Oceanliner Cruises page.   Contact us with any questions!

Mahalo, cruisers!


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