Hawaii is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States; however, nothing can beat a trip to the islands than by choosing to experience this spectacular part of the world than on a Hawaii cruise.
Hawaii consists of 19 islands covering roughly 1,500 miles of the Pacific Ocean and while some of the larger islands are accessible by plane, most are not, making a Hawaiian cruise the best option for seeing the entirety of the archipelago.
Hawaiian cruises generally start in the capital city of Honolulu, the most urban city in the state.
Despite boasting some of the most popular beaches and cultural attractions, shopping is definitely priority for many visitors who make their way to the island of Oahu.
Ala Mouana shopping centre is the largest shopping attraction in the capital city and a must see for travellers who are hoping to find some of the finest goods in the world.
Not only is it possible to find some of the most high-end boutiques, but local flavours and traditional Hawaiian souvenirs as well.
There are great shopping opportunities on the other islands also and most importantly, some of the most unique Polynesian art and jewellery can be found there.
The great thing about cruising between the Hawaiian Islands is that many itineraries include stops at ports of call that are not normally accessible by traditional means such as car or aeroplane.
Many of the cruise lines that feature Hawaii cruises as part of their programme offer shore excursions to remote and uninhabited islands to see some of the most pristine beaches and enjoy some of the most beautiful snorkelling experiences in the world.
Kaui offers views of some of the most beautiful waterfalls and forests as well as miles of sugar cane plantations open to the public.
Hiking is also a popular activity among visitors regardless of which island and a stop at The Big Island will give cruisers the chance walk along some of the most amazing hiking trails.
The most interesting aspect to this particular stop however, is that once on top of some of the highest peaks of what was once a volcano, tourists may even get a glimpse of some snow.
The islands of Hawaii are located in the Pacific and due to their location offer visitors a multitude of delicious food choices as well as a variety of cultural influences when it comes to good cuisine.
Regardless of which island the cruise ship pulls into port, cruisers will find anything from fine French cuisine to what the locals call "local kine grinds" which is pigeon speak for good old fashioned local comfort food.
Local restaurants offer high quality lunches at an affordable price and there is a huge variety of options including local Hawaiian and also Japanese flavours.
Hawaiian influenced sushi is a favourite among locals and tourists alike and when in Honolulu, visit one of the most famous restaurant and bar on the islands, Dukes – named as a tribute to whom the Hawaiians give credit as the inventor of the surfboard.