Carnival Cruise Lines sets sail for exotic Hawaii during 2008 with four cruises that showcase the unique island chain. Calling at four of Hawaii’s diverse tropical islands — Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the big island of Hawaii — the 2,124-passenger Carnival Spirit transports guests to spectacular Hawaiian landscapes for a once–in-a-lifetime “Fun Ship” experience.
Guests will have the opportunity to discover and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Hawaiian Islands at five extraordinary ports of call as each of the 12-day itineraries provides a comprehensive overview of the Pacific island chain. The 2008 cruises offer three varied departure and arrival points: Ensenada, Mexico; Honolulu, Hawaii, and Vancouver, British Columbia.
Itinerary highlights include Lahaina and Kahului on Hawaii’s second largest island, Maui, where spectacular views from Haleakala volcano’s now-dormant crater, the world’s largest, can be seen. Adventure seekers eager to “catch a wave” will find themselves signing up for a surfing lesson in Lahaina, while those weary of a wash out may opt for a drier day golfing or visiting the Maui Tropical Plantation. An extended stay at Kahului provides ample time to snorkel, horseback ride, take a helicopter tour or enjoy the endless miles of white sandy beaches. Guests even will have the opportunity to feast at a traditional Hawaiian luau where they can fully absorb the Polynesian lifestyle.
Natural marvels continue upon reaching Kauai where Waimea, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, awaits. This fourth largest island was the first Hawaiian island encountered by Captain James Cook in 1778 and is a nature lover’s dream. Spectacular waterfalls, exotic beaches and stunning botanical gardens are plentiful. In addition, guests can take an exciting tubing excursion at the Hanamaulu Ditch System, which takes guests through the historic waterways, flumes and ditches of the old Lihue Plantation.
The archipelago’s capital, Honolulu, brings an overnight stay with time to leisurely discover the city and the island of Oahu. Guests can stroll Waikiki’s famous beaches, build a sand castle or take in the impressive view of volcanic Diamond Head in the distance. Additional excursions allow time at Pearl Harbor or to simply soak in the sun and surf.
Hawaii’s largest island, Hawaii, or the “Big Island,” includes two ports of call: Hilo and Kona. Home to Kilaweau, the world’s most active volcano, the flow of lava creates an ever-evolving landscape as well as an incredible opportunity to explore Volcanoes National Park, an intriguing geological site. Highlights throughout the Big Island include kayaking, deep-sea fishing, exploring the black sand beaches or sampling some of the region’s world-famous treats such as macadamia nuts and Kona coffee.
All of these memorable Hawaiian features and attractions are explained in great detail by the Carnival Spirit’s highly knowledgeable staff who are complemented by an on-board port lecturer who offers a comprehensive overview of the highlights and history of these fascinating islands.
Carnival Spirit includes a two-level promenade and a reservations-only supper club as well as impressive entertainment and spa facilities and a large percentage of balconied staterooms – ideal for scenic Hawaiian cruising. Each Hawaiian itinerary provides guests with five fun days at sea to relax and enjoy the numerous shipboard amenities and activities, including the luxurious 13,500-square-foot Spa Carnival facility and kid-friendly Camp Carnival and Club O2.
The 2008 Hawaiian itineraries encompass the unique natural landscapes of the islands. The first itinerary of 2008 departs from Ensenada to Honolulu on April 20. Three additional sailings will occur throughout the year: May 2, from Honolulu to Vancouver; Sept. 9, from Vancouver to Honolulu; and Oct. 6, from Honolulu to Ensenada.
Carnival Spirit’s varied departure and arrival points are conveniently located and allow for pre- or post-cruise time in Mexico and British Columbia.
For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.