NCL 11-Day Oahu Cruisetour
H A W A I I
Discover Norwegian's Hawaii
Voted Best Hawai`i Itinerary for 14 years by Porthole Cruise Magazine
Only Norwegian visits four islands in 7 days with overnight stays in Maui and Kaua`i, so you’re on an island each and every day. Which means you’ll have plenty of time to hike up a waterfall, take a helicopter ride over an active volcano and brush up on your hula at an authentic lū`au. Uncover even more by adding a few days on land before your cruise with our O`ahu Explorer Cruisetour. And since we’re the only cruise line that sailsround-trip from Honolulu year-round, you can vacation on your schedule. Who wouldn’t want to spend at least
seven days in paradise? Leaving, on the other hand, takes a lot of convincing.
Hawai`i is a magnificent meld of sky-high waves, ancient kingdoms, World War II history and beauty of volcanic proportions. And now Norwegian lets you explore O`ahu like a local on a land-based tour before your 7-Day cruise. Experience the traditions of some of Hawai`i’s original inhabitants at the Polynesian Cultural Center and Kualoa Ranch. Wander through the surfing town of Haleiwa, part of the legendary North Shore. Honor the lives lost at Pearl Harbor’s USS Arizona Memorial, and walk in General MacArthur’s footsteps on the Surrender Deck of the battleship USS Missouri. Whether you’re exploring beauty or discovering history in O`ahu, experience it all with Norwegian, the only cruise line sailing round-trip from Honolulu year-round.
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11-Day Oahu Cruisetour Itinerary
Also available as 7-Day cruise only leaving every week!
Prices vary based on departure date.
DAY 1 — ARRIVAL
Aloha! You will be met at your airline gate and greeted with a traditional Hawaiian flower lei before being transferred to your hotel. Once checked in, you are free to explore the “Playground of the Pacific,” at your leisure. Each night is yours to enjoy Waikīkī. If you need a suggestion for dinner, I will provide you with recommendations or the representatives at the Norwegian Cruise Line Service Center at your hotel will be happy to recommend the perfect place.
DAY 2 — NORTH SHORE | POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTER
Start your day off right with a beautiful scenic tour of O`ahu’s famous North Shore, the legendary surf mecca attracting the best surfers in the world. There will be a stop at Haleiwa, the social and artistic hub of the North Shore filled with cool surf shops and boutiques, great restaurants and charming art galleries. You'll also see famous surf spots, including Waimea Bay, Sunset Beach and Ehukai Beach (Banzai Pipeline) — during winter, these spots are known for monstrous waves reaching 20 to 40 feet. In the afternoon, a stop at the Polynesian Cultural Center lets you experience authentic island villages showcasing the traditional lifestyles of some of Hawai`i’s original habitants from Samoa, New Zealand, Fiji,
Tonga and Tahiti. There are a variety of interactive experiences from island games and tantalizing dances to a private canoe tour, where youj'll see a variety of Polynesian dances during the festive canoe pageant.
DAY 3 — PEARL HARBOR & DOWNTOWN TOUR
From Waikīkī toward Pearl Harbor, today you will visit Punchbowl Crater, home of the National Cemetery of the Pacific as well as breathtaking city and ocean views. Traveling through downtown, see the state capitol building, the governor’s mansion, Iolani Palace (the only royal palace in the United States) and the imposing King Kamehameha statue. From there, you will visit Pearl Harbor and enjoy observations from an expert tour guide. First, is a boat shuttle to the USS Arizona Memorial, a floating memorial built over the sunken hull of the battleship USS Arizona, the final resting place for many of the ship’s crew. Then tour the USS Bowfin, the submarine known as the “Pearl Harbor Avenger.” You'll get a close look at its torpedo room, engine room and sleeping quarters and have the chance to explore the decks of the 60,000-ton battleship USS Missouri including the Surrender Deck on “Mighty Mo,” where General MacArthur accepted the unconditional Japanese surrender that ended World War II. The afternoon continues at the Pacific Aviation Museum, within former WWII airplane hangars on Pearl Harbor’s Ford Island. You can experience interactive flight simulators and exhibits showcasing the stories behind WWII fighter planes and bombers. Plus see planes like an authentic Japanese Zero as well as a B-25B bomber, the planes used in 1942 during the Tokyo Raid.
DAY 4 — NU`UANU PALI LOOKOUT, KUALOA RANCH &
After checking out of the hotel, luggage will be taken directly to Pride of America while you travel to a famous Hawaiian historical landmark, the Nu`uanu Pali Lookout, a magnificent stone terrace perched more than 1,000 feet above the O`ahu coastline. The Pali Lookout is the site of the Battle of Nu`uanu, where in 1795 King Kamehameha I won the struggle that finally united O`ahu under his rule. The day continues with a scenic drive showcasing the mystical and dramatic cliffs along the Ko`olau Mountain Range with cascading waterfalls and gorgeous ocean views. Then, arrive at Kualoa Ranch and enjoy stepping back in time and learning how ancient Hawaiians lived and thrived as a people. They will learn about early Hawaiian aquaculture and agricultural practices developed thousands of years before foreigners arrived. You'll ride a catamaran fashioned after traditional Hawaiian canoes to an ancient Hawaiian fish pond where you will learn how early settlers cultivated and caught fish and, visit an Oyster pond where modern day cultivation is done using ancient techniques. Additional interactive experiences include the many uses of the taro plant, ti leaves and coconut palm fronds as well as the cultural history of hula and lei making. After lunch, guests will be transferred to the Port of Honolulu where they will board Pride of America for an amazing 7-Day Hawai`i cruise.
The Pride of America sails from Honolulu at 5 PM local time.
Day 5 - Arrive for an overnight in Maui
Arrive in Kahului, Maui at 8:00 AM and great ready to explore! A surplus of natural splendor and the genuine hospitality of its people have helped to make Maui Hawaii's second most popular island. Explore the fascinating history of the town of Lahaina. Plant yourself on a pristine beach, or play one of the world's most beautiful golf courses.
Day 6 - Maui
You have until 6:00 PM to continue exploring Maui's beautiful scenery. The extra time here really lets you explore the island and try multiple excursions.
Day 7 - The Big Island - Hilo
Arrive at 8:00 AM to Hilo, an entire city that is like one giant greenhouse with spectacular tropical flowers at every turn. Visit the town's well-preserved historic buildings, which date back to the turn of the century and showcase Hawaii's unique architecture. Just 30 miles away the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is the home of the active Kilauea Volcano. Depart at 6:00 PM
Day 8 - The Big Island - Kona
Arrive to Kona at 7:00 AM for the quintessential Hawaii experience. Sunny, warm weather and crystal blue waters entice visitors to partake in a variety of surfside fun. Snorkel among a kaleidoscope of tropical marine life. Take a surfing lesson, a kayaking trip or head out to deeper waters for some deep-sea fishing. This is a tendered port. Depart at 5:30 PM.
Day 9 - Nāwiliwili, Kauai
Arrive to Kauai at 8:00 AM. Named after the Wiliwili trees, which once lined its picturesque harbor, this lovely port of Kaua`i is your gateway to what many believe to be Hawaii's most beautiful island. On "The Garden Island," nature is truly the star, from the dramatic mountains of Kokee to the cool rainforests of Haena. And the tradition of the luau adds lively entertainment unique to Hawaii.
Depart at 2:00 PM to cruise the Napali Coast for the afternoon.
Day 10 - Disembark and return home
The Norwegian Pride of America returns to her home port at 7:00 AM. Disembark the ship and head for the airport to return home. Aloha, Hawaii!