The best way to experience this enigmatic destination is with NCL: it’s the only cruise line that weaves around four of its islands in a week — taking you closer to the technicolour reefs, the pounding waterfalls and the soaring volcanoes. This being Hawaii, each pitstop is dramatically different: Honolulu, on Oahu, is all thrumming restaurants and great surf with a real sense of fun; Maui is edged with pristine beaches all in the shadow of Haleakala — a towering, 10,000ft volcano; and Big Island offers up sprawling rainforest, bubbling volcanoes and intriguing upcountry towns with a genuine slice of ‘aloha’.
Your base for your Hawaiian adventure? The Pride of America— a trailblazing 2,000-guest ship. Whether you plump for an inner room or splash out on a super-luxe suite, the roll-call of facilities on board will excite even the most experienced cruise-goer. Activity-wise, there’s a basketball/volleyball court, a golf driving range and a jogging track around the ship, as well as two glittering pools with hot tubs for gazing at the distractingly beautiful views. When it comes to entertainment, the Pride of America has a few tricks up its sleeve, including the Hollywood Theatre, the SS America Library, and the Shuffles Card Room, while kids can run wild in the Splash Academy. The ship’s spa also doesn’t lack for innovative treatments.
Now to dining. Anyone who stays onboard will agree that the ship is a real game-changer, with 19 superb restaurants. There’s the Cadillic diner, which dishes up prime burgers to a rock ’n’ roll soundtrack; just-grilled steaks at the Brazilian Moderno Churrascaria; potent sake-infused wasabi cocktails at the effortlessly cool Teppanyaki; and Jefferson’s Bistro with a nod to exceptional French food. Finding a decent drink is easy too, with its clutch of bars that are as interesting and varied as the Hawaiian Islands themselves, from low-key cocktails at the on-deck Waikiki Bar, to flutes of fizz among the glitz and glamour of Pink’s Champagne Bar.
Tours for explorers
Sit back and enjoy the sights along the famed Hana Highway without having to navigate the twisting, curving road yourself. With an expert driver at the wheel, you won’t miss any of the incredible scenery of tumbling waterfalls, rugged northern coastline, and lush hillsides of feathery ferns and trees laden with tropical fruits. You’ll stop to explore various sites along the way to ‘Heavenly Hana’ in this wonderfully natural and pristine landscape.
Tours for culture seekers
More like lu-WOW! Enjoy an authentic Hawaiian luau at the historic Kilohana Plantation, complete with a lavish buffet, graceful hula dancers and incredible fire poi ball twirlers. Take a nostalgic visit to the two places that marked the beginning and end of the Second World War for the United States: Pearl Harbour and the USS Missouri.
Tours for sightseers
Discover the natural beauty of Waimea Canyon, the breathtaking gorge in the heart of Kaua`i that’s one of the island’s most dramatic natural attractions. Or step back in time with a visit to historic Kona. Stop at St Benedict’s painted Church or visit Puuhonua O Honaunau, once a political and religious sanctuary. After taking in the sites, sit back and relax at a cafe and take some time to taste the local Kona coffee.
With a fleet of 17 ships, NCL sails to 123 countries around the world with over 300 ports of call.
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