Best Family Cruises To Hawaii - Places To Explore, Things To Do & More

Author: Megha Agarwal on Jan 03,2024
Hawaii cruise ship couple tourists taking selfie

There are only a handful of things better than cruising. The top of that list is cruising with your family. You will be able to spend quality time with your loved ones, bonding with them, sharing new experiences, making new memories, and having the most fun-filled holiday experiences. With the new and latest health and safety protocols by the Healthy Sail Panel Partnership and CDC, now would be a good time to cruise!


Aloha from Hawaii!


Aloha from Hawaii cruise standing on the dock


Just the island's name can conjure up some beautiful visions of crystal-clear turquoise waters, and waves splashing on the white sands. With the rich history of Polynesia and traces of the historical Pearl Harbor on Oahu, you can still find and explore the battleships and the memorial to the fateful day of 1941. Cruise to Hawaii with your family and head to the big island and scale the volcanoes, like Mt. Kilauea, or chase the waterfall slopes of Mauna Kea. Indulge in sun, sand, and surf on the remote beach shores of Kauai and Maui.


Before you go


Hawaii is an ideal location to visit all year round - whether you are looking to laze around the beach, explore the lush rainforests, or scale a volcano. With warm weather all around the year, Hawaii is one of the sunniest states in the United States. The rainy seasons can go from November through March. The weather during these months has excellent chances of monsoon showers, though not constant.


Top Hawaiian Ports


Cruise ship standing on the port of Honolulu Hawaii


Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii


Home to the largest Hawaiian population, Honolulu, the largest port city, extends across the island's southern shores and offers various fascinating tourist attractions. From Iolani Palace to Pearl Harbor, Honolulu is one of the most royal places in the United States, with so much to discover. You can visit the Honolulu Museum of Art for some mesmerizing art collections that truly reflect the contemporary cultural landscape of Hawaii. You can also witness some super-amazing Asian art pieces and fascinating Polynesian and Pacific artifacts. Experience the tropical rainforests over a short 2-mile hike along the Manoa Falls trail. You can also visit the 200-acre Lyon arboretum, which houses the largest palm tree collections in the world, along with over 5,000 tropical species. You can then head over to Honolulu's Chinatown neighborhood to taste delectable noodles, dumplings, and seafood.


Hilo, Hawaii


Hilo is home to the world's two most spectacular waterfalls - Akaka Falls toward the North and the Rainbow Falls toward the South. Located on the lush coast of the Big Island, Hilo is also home to the famous Kilauea Volcano and the Volcanoes National Park.


Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii


Peer down the spectacular Manawainui Valley Waterfalls through a helicopter above the Haleakala volcano in Maui. You can also play 18 panoramic golf holes from 1,100 feet up on the mountain slope, overlooking the Pacific Ocean when in Maui. A cruise headed to Maui also allows families to indulge in some whale watching and acrobatic 40-ton humpbacks. You can also spot bottlenose, wild spinner, and spotted dolphins from a catamaran off the coast of Maui during sunset. You can also jump in among the dolphins as they leap around you on the coast of Lanai.


Things to do on a Hawaiian cruise


The Hawaiian spirit will engulf you in its vibrancy as you explore the eccentric locales on the island. From the Kilauea volcano to the pineapple vineyards or the Pearl Harbor Memorial, everything will be an awe-inspiring experience. See and explore more contemporary and luxury, all through the comforts of the best family cruises to Hawaii this year. Here are a few things to do in Hawaii on a cruise.


Hilo and Kilauea Volcano


Tourist man at Halemaumau crater, in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park


The flower capital of the world, Hilo, is an experience of a lifetime. You can explore the Rainbow Falls and the Akatsuka Orchid Gardens in Hilo, taking you amid the beautiful waterfalls and flowers. Located approximately 4,300 feet above sea level is the Kilauea Volcano, where you can visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and explore the crater rims.


Imiloa Astronomy Center


Also known as the Health of Hilo, the Imiloa Astronomy Center lets you explore and learn about Hawaiian culture. Sit on the entertainment wagon, with a full-dome planetarium sound, a light show, and a 3-D show. The interactive exhibits are unique, with a complete focus on astronomical data gathered from the Subaru Telescope.


Morning Joe


When it comes to Hawaiian beverages, be sure to take a sip of the fruity drinks with those little umbrellas on your vacation. Make sure you check out the only permanent coffee producer in the US, located on the big island. Take a tour of Kona Coffee plantations and Mount Thunder plantations to see where your morning cup of coffee comes from!


Forest Bathing


Hawaii offers you an incredible travel experience - forest bathing. The hobby is all the rage among spiritually inclined travelers and a fantastic way to feel closer to nature. You can hike to the Rainbow Falls on the Big Island and see everything up close. You can also visit the lush Hana Rainforest in Maui to witness the beauty.


USS Arizona Memorial and Pacific Aviation Museum


Visit the Arizona Memorial which remembers the USS Arizona and honors the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. When you are there, you can also explore the Pacific Aviation Museum dedicated to World War 2 airplanes from the infamous day - December 7, 1941.


Maui Pineapple Tour


Tour the pineapple field at Maui's Haliimaile Pineapple Plantation. The plantation is known for its harvest and packing of the Maui Gold Pineapples. Not only will you and your family learn about the history and production of the fruit, but you will also get to enjoy the delicious fruit as your tour snack.


Best Family Cruises To Hawaii


A cruise ship on the sea


Known as one of the best family cruises to Hawaii, the Celebrity Cruise line has all your needs met. From family dining to family-friendly activities, entertainment and accommodations are all covered. All you require is some time to relax and lay back from your daily hustle and bustle. You can never go wrong with a family cruise vacation on Celebrity Cruises, with a discovery on board every day.


Hawaiian islands might be a part of the United States of America; yet, a trip to these islands feels like a paradise on earth. Celebrity cruises to Hawaii offer a unique experience, right in the middle of island music, palm trees, vibrant culture, and the beaches under the shadows of the volcanic mountains. Hawaii promises extraordinary memories for you and your family, where you can get in touch with Polynesian culture, tropical vibes, and native dances.


Relish in the fine weather as you go through the lush-green rainforests of Hawaii and celebrate your loved ones. Celebrity cruises genuinely offer the best family cruises to Hawaii!

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