Hawaii In The Grand Manner

February 14, 2017
By Kevin R. Tam, President

While Hawaii is every bit as magical and enchanting as it was when Captain James Cook first came ashore, frankly, in recent years the experience of getting to and around Hawaii has become less enjoyable. Packed flights without any meal service, delays, airport hassles and, perhaps worst of all, a grim red-eye flight back to the mainland, not to mention packing and unpacking in order to visit three or four islands all make this not entirely pleasant.

Begin your adventure in San Francisco.

At Uncommon Journeys, we have a far more sensible and comfortable idea about how to do this. We begin with free or low-cost train travel from any US city to San Francisco and board one of the nicest ships afloat, the Grand Princess of Princess Cruises for an epic journey from the West Coast to Hawaii. The lazy days sailing from San Francisco to the Islands being the perfect introduction to 'island time' as the locals put it. Once in Hawaii, you will explore them in great style and comfort, without having to hop on inter-island flights, change hotels every few days or catch shuttle buses. Instead, you will see Hawaii as it should be seen, by sea, watching the glow from Kilauea against the evening sky, approaching Diamond Head at dawn and cruising along the scenic Na Pali Coast of Kauai. And with the luxury of time, you will see it all, Hilo, Maui, and Honolulu, all in one glorious voyage.

The drama of lava pouring into the sea on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Nicer still, as befits a tranquil destination where the air is softer, the breezes gentler and the views inviting, your comfort and ease is paramount.  We have included an overnight deluxe hotel stay in San Francisco before sailing, so as to eliminate any worry about tight same-day connections. Transfers to the ship are included and a professional tour host travels with you, with special parties and events just for our guests included. Onboard ship, fresh and flavorful cuisine from breakfast in bed to traditional dinners await, plus the services of an attentive staff and innovative experiences all designed to help you “escape completely”. Join us on one of our 17-day Hawaii in the Grand Manner cruise tours departing March 9 and October 28, 2017 and see for yourself.

The unforgettable sight of Diamond Head looming over Waikiki Beach.

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Cruising along the Na Pali coast of Kaui.

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