Latest figures show that 45% of Australian visitors to the Hawaiian islands are likely to return there for another holiday within 5 years.
Kerri Anderson, of Hawaii Tourism, says it is not just the islands’ reputation for sun, sand, and surf that brings holidaymakers back. She says the warm and welcoming “aloha spirit” is one of the main attractions.
“The more travellers visit Hawaii, the more they want to go back. They discover that Hawaii’s six holiday islands all offer completely different experiences, depending on the travellers’ interests.”
Kerri agrees with australiancruisingnews.com that a great option for first-timers to Hawaii is to take a cruise around the islands.
She says, “A 7-day cruise from Honolulu on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America visits the main islands of Oahu, Maui, Hawaii (The Big Island) and Kauai. On board and at ports of call cruise passengers experience the rich Hawaiian culture, and see attractions such as the world-famous Waikiki surf beach, the active Kilauea volcano, many thundering waterfalls, lush rainforest, tropical gardens and pineapple plantations. And they can also sip locally grown Kona coffee, and shop at Ala Moana, one of the world’s biggest outlets.
“And yes, they invariably head home with a colourful floral Hawaiian shirt.”
There is an added bonus as Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has just completed a bow to stern refurbishment of Pride of America which cruises the Hawaiian islands year-round.
As NCL’s president, Andy Stuart noted, “It is much more than a fresh coat of paint and new drapes. Pride of America is essentially a new ship. Restaurants, bars and lounges have all be revitalised, the pool deck refitted, and the staterooms refurbished,” norwegiancruiseline.com.au
Footnote: “Aloha” is an Hawaiian word that means “hello” or “goodbye”, while “Mahalo” is “Thank you.”
Hawaii Tourism: gohawaii.com.au