Hawaii Cruise Ports – Honolulu, Kauai, and Maui

When shopping for Hawaii cruise deals, it may be difficult to know which ports of call you should include in your trip. Hawaii has several to choose from, and some trips will offer the option of more than one stop while on the cruise. No matter what you are looking to do while traveling to the state, Hawaii has something to offer every traveler.

Hawaii’s capital and primary city, Honolulu is located on the island of Oahu. Here you can experience a number of attractions regarding the history, culture, and scenery of the Hawaiian Islands. Waikiki Beach, located in Honolulu, is perhaps the most popular beach in the world when it comes to surfing. It is also considered to be where the sport became known. Pali Lookout is another exciting part of Honolulu. The lookout offers spectacular views of the Koolau Mountains and the tropical rainforest that extend outside the city. Many travelers also choose to visit Iolani Palace, the only royal palace found on in America. It was the most recent home of monarchs of Hawaii.

The port of Kauai is located on the fourth largest Hawaiian island. The area is designated as the Garden Isle due to the extensive lush plant life available. The landscape also offers exhilarating waterfalls and other wonders of geography. While here, tourists should check out the Waimea Canyon, a large geographical entity that many have compared to the Grand Canyon of Arizona. There is also the Fern Grotto, a natural amphitheater featuring a beautiful atmosphere for a wedding. Many musicians can be found playing in this area, which is only accessible by boat or kayak. Spouting Horn is also located in Kauai, which is a rock structure known for sending water 50 feet in the air with each wave of the ocean.

Maui is the second largest of the state, and is one of its most popular travel destinations. There are many activities and attractions available to tourists on this island. Many cruise lines stop at this port, and you can find ample Hawaii cruise deals online or at your favorite travel agency. Snorkeling, shopping, and whale watching are just a few of the favorite attractions of those who have visited Maui. It is also home to Ka’anapali Beach, one of the most frequently visited beaches in the world. Whale’s Village is also located here, which offers 8 acres of shopping, dining, and galleries for tourists.

Hawaii Family Vacation Prices Continue to Skyrocket in 2005

Released just in time for the busy summer travel season–the Travel-Hawaii.com 2005 Hawaii Family Vacation Cost Index.

Travel-Hawaii.com’s Hawaii Family Vacation Cost Index is projected to increase by nearly 2.5% in 2005. This annual index measures the total dollar amount spent by a typical family of four, for a seven-night Hawaii vacation.

The index is based on the average total expenditures per day, per person, according to the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT.) The DBEDT calculations include all monies spent on lodging, car rental, fuel and parking, taxis, shopping and souvenirs, meals, drinks, entertainment, inter-island flights, and activities. This number is then added to an airfare price average, which is based on round-trip airfare between various US mainland cities and Hawaii.

The projected cost of the average seven-night Hawaii vacation for a family of four is $6998.20 for 2005. While not quite up to pre 9/11 numbers, this cost increase is consistent with the trend of record setting Hawaii hotel occupancy rates, number of Hawaii visitors, and rising Hawaii hotel and air prices in 2004 and 2005.

Previous years indexes were:

2004 – $6831.12
2003 – $6591.32
2002 – $6342.04
2001 – $6476.20
2000 – $7259.80

The Travel-Hawaii.com Hawaii Family Vacation Cost Index represents the “average” spent on Hawaii vacations based on visitor surveys.

Of course, the actual dollar amount spent on Hawaii vacations could be significantly less. Traveling during off-peak times, staying in moderate accommodations, or purchasing special reduced airfares or hotels could greatly reduce costs.

Vacation costs could also be significantly higher if traveling during peak times such as summer, spring break, or holidays; staying in luxury accommodations, or purchasing higher cost activities such as spas or golf.

Hawaii vacation prices continue to rise, and the major economic forecasts project this trend will continue well into the future.

Brad P. is director of marketing for Travel-Hawaii.com. Based in Honolulu, Travel Hawaii has specialized in Hawaii travel for over 20 years. Travel-Hawaii.com has been on the Internet since 1997 and is the top Hawaii-based Internet travel agency. They can be contacted at Travel-Hawaii.com ,toll-free from the US and Canada at 888-373-2422, or at 808-737-7726.