Originally Posted by Amanda81
I personally haven't done the Hawaiian cruise but I know people who have. I'm getting married in October in Maui and my mom is doing the cruise the week before my wedding and my dad is doing it the week after.
The main complaint I have heard about the cruise is that the service and staff is not up to par with other cruise lines, so if you have cruised before with another cruise line you might be a bit disappointed with it. But the good thing I have heard is that the itinerary is amazing. Depending on the itinerary you do the ship goes by lava going into the ocean on the big island.
I guess the main thing to do is look at what there is to do in Maui and Honolulu and see if you'll need more than the 2 days on the cruise, then you'll know if you'll need extra time in the islands. If you have the time to spend after the cruise it might be worth while because you could be pretty busy on the cruise if you do an excursion every day.
Hope that helps.
Thank you so much!! To be 100% honest, I'm not a super huge fan of cruising, but my FI is , and since the wedding is about the bride, I would like for him to make the decision about the honeymoon and what he would like to do . He feels it's the best way to see a good part of the Hawaiian Islands, and like you said, the itinerary is amazing. I'd love to hear what your parents have to say after the trip about the cruise .
We will be taking the cruise a month or 2 after our wedding, my FI coaches Club, AAU & Collegiate Volleyball, so we will be waiting until his off season to take our trip. I couldn't imagine flying to Hawaii from Key West, so we will head home then make our trip later . Thankfully we are making a 2 week trip out of it, with a few day spent in California before the flight to Hawaii to break the flying time up from our home in Florida, then on the way home we will do a overnight in CA before flying home the next day, so we should have a couple of extra days to extend our time on the islands .