Hawaii Cruises from Los Angeles, California

Start on the West Coast to see one of the most popular Pacific cruise destinations. Demand for a Hawaiian vacation has grown in recent years, and cruises present the perfect solution: Island-hopping without having to book hotels and other accommodations in every location you spend a few days. As well, more passengers want to sail directly from the mainland U.S., preferably with a round-trip itinerary, and Los Angeles’ port presents such a solution. As a result, multiple cruise lines start here, sail out over a few days to the islands, and then return.

Cruise Lines

Cruise lines spanning contemporary and luxury atmospheres all depart from Los Angeles for Hawaii:
• Princess Cruises
• Crystal Cruises
• Disney Cruise Line
• Carnival Cruise Line

Onboard any of these lines, expect your trip to last 15 days, with eight nights spent directly on the water. Trips typically leave in fall, winter, or spring, and you should expect to spend roughly a day in each Hawaiian port. Additionally, in returning back to North America, your vessel may take a detour to Ensenada or Baja, Mexico.


Honolulu: Early on in your cruise, you’ll spend some time in Hawaii’s capital. The state’s largest city, it possesses a cosmopolitan character, one rich in dining, entertainment, activities, and history. For this latter point, what many travelers don’t realize is, Honolulu was once a midpoint for explorers and trade ships passing from North America to Asia. The city’s still very much a place of commerce: During your time in port, you’ll likely see many fishing and tug boats or have a chance to visit the Aloha Tower Marketplace, which is spread out over 11 waterfront acres. Other attractions include the city’s Chinatown community, art museum, and botanical gardens.

Hilo: Travelers nearly always book a trip to Volcanoes National Park once in Hilo. No matter how you see it, by a foot tour, exploring the land yourself, or with a helicopter, you’ll note the striking black and green landscape punctuated by lava tubes and steam vents.

Maui: Another port known for its natural wonders, Maui’s the place to spend time by the beach, engaged in snorkeling, whale-watching, or simply relaxing, or exploring the national parks. Two, particularly, stand out: Haleakala National Park, known for its sunrises, and the Road to Hana, where you can gaze at stunning rainforests and waterfalls.

Kauai: Visit Waimea Canyon, known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Afterward, schedule some time to explore its beauty at Wailua River, the Fern Grotto, or the Napali Coast.

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