Best time to visit Hawaii

Hawaii Cruises

Be prepared for adventures when cruising the Pacific

Best time: April–August

Hawaii Cruises
Hawaii Cruises
Hawaii Cruises

With its tropical climate, islands, and quiet bays, Hawaii is a true sailing paradise. Luxurious boats and yachts are available for rent with or without a crew.

Best time to cruise Hawaii

The best time for this sea adventure is summer and spring when the ocean is calmer and the wind is not too strong; otherwise, you might experience some real sea sickness. Those who want to take the popular route from the Caribbean to Hawaii​ must remember about hurricane season in the Central Pacific, which runs from June to November.

Winter cruises

If you want to take a cruise in winter, we suggest you pay attention to the Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of America. It's the only mainstream cruise ship that sails seven days a week, year-round. Un-Cruise Adventures can also help you create unforgettable memories. It takes 36 passengers on adventurous sailings between the Big Island and Molokai from December to March. In February and March, check out Holland America, which offers Hawaii cruises round trip from Los Angeles, Vancouver, B.C., and San Diego.

Spring cruises

Spring is the first part of the dry season in Hawaii. One of the best cruises that can take you on an amazing 15-day trip is Princess. It departs from San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Vancouver in April and offers picturesque views. Royal Caribbean also offers a cruise from the islands to British Columbia in early May, while Carnival Cruise Line offers a round trip and a repositioning cruise to Hawaii in April.

Summer cruises

The summer months attract tourists from different parts of the USA and are the most crowded (and the most expensive) months for cruises. The only major cruise line sailing in the summer is the Norwegian Cruise Line.

Fall cruises

When fall comes around, the crowds of tourists get smaller while the temperature gradually drops. You can check out boutique yacht line Un-Cruise Adventures, which restarts its cruises in November and December. Princess also resumes its 15-day cruise from Vancouver, San Francisco, and Los Angeles in October and continues until November. Holland America offers Hawaii cruises in September, October, November, and December. Also, Royal Caribbean provides repositioning cruises to the islands from British Columbia in September.

Practical info

When is the best time to go on a cruise in Hawaii?

The optimal time to embark on a sea adventure in Hawaii is apparent from April to August due to the mild breeze and calm ocean. It is advised to avoid hurricane season that remains from June to November to prevent experiencing the real sea sickness. Consider timing your cruise trip meticulously so as to have the best Hawaiian cruise experience possible. Show more

What is the hurricane season in Hawaii?

Hawaii's hurricane season strikes between June and November, and it is crucial to avoid embarking on a sea adventure during these months. You will have a more satisfying experience waiting for hurricane season to pass since there are fewer cruises available outside this term. Before booking any sea adventure to Hawaii, weather conditions must be taken into consideration to avoid avoidable health risks. Show more

Where can I find a cruise that sails year-round?

Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of America is the only mainstream cruise that sails seven days a week, year-round, providing a perfect Hawaiian cruise option for those who want to cruise during the winter season. During early May, Royal Caribbean sails a cruise from the islands to British Columbia, and Holland America offers round trip Hawaii cruises from Los Angeles, San Diego, and Vancouver, B.C. Check the availability of cruises before booking a trip to Hawaii. Show more

What is the best cruise to take in the spring?

The spring constitutes the first part of Hawaii's dry season and is an ideal moment for a fifteen-day cruise with Princess. The cruise begins in April and provides captivating Hawaiian views from San Francisco, Vancouver, and Los Angeles. In April, the Carnival Cruise Line offers a round trip and a repositioning cruise to Hawaii. It is crucial to align your preferences and schedule to select the holiday cruise that suits you best for a magnificent Hawaiian experience. Show more

Are there any cruises that sail to Hawaii in the fall?

For an ideal fall Hawaiian experience with fewer crowds and cooler temperatures, Un-Cruise Adventures provides cruises from November to December, while the 15-day Princess cruise recommences in October from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Vancouver. Holland America also offers Hawaii cruises throughout September, October, November, and December. In September, Royal Caribbean avails repositioning cruises to the set of islands from British Columbia. Choose a cruise that aligns best with your schedule and preferences. Show more

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