There’s something distinct about Hawaii which captures the imagination unlike any other destination. The sweet tropical breeze, hypnotic hula dancing, swaying palm trees, long sandy beaches, and a laid-back rhythm that saturates a wanderer’s soul with peace.
We embarked on a fun-filled 15-day cruise to Hawaii with Carnival, departing from Long Beach (Los Angeles) stopping in 6 dreamy destinations: Maui (Kahului), Oahu (Honolulu), Kauai (Nawiliwili), Big Island (Kona & Hilo), and Mexico (Ensanada).
Here’s a small taste of that journey that might just inspire you to set sail to The Aloha State.
Carnival Miracle at sunset in Kona, Big Island.
Hula dancers at Old Lahaina Luau in Maui.
Strolling the decks on the Carnival Miracle at sunrise.
Does any food say “Hawaii” more than shaved ice? At Ali’i Buzz Natural Café in Kona.
Flying in a helicopter 100 feet over an active volcano entering the sea near Kamokuna on the Big Island.
Fresh silvery lava with red hot pockets in the Halema’uma’u Crater located within the Kilauea caldera, Big Island.
Don’t worry, be happy.
Surfs up at Ho'okipa Beach in Maui.
Wooden carving at Old Lahaina Luau in Maui.
The iconic Diamond Head and Waikiki beachfront in Honolulu, Oahu.
Carter Point in Nawiliwili Bay, Kauai at sunrise.
Enjoying the sea day on the Carnival Miracle.
Scuba diving with Kaimana Divers in Honolulu, Oahu.
Beach hut in Kona, Big Island.
Rainbow Falls near Hilo, Big Island (from a helicopter).
View of the Big Island... hanging out of an open-door helicopter
Road to Hana on Maui – a beautiful road trip.
Let the feast begin… at Lahaina Luau in Maui.
Fruit stand near Huelo Lookout in Maui.
Fine dining aboard the Carnival Miracle at “Steakhouse” (only US$20 extra, and well worth it!).
An appetizer so good you’ll want to frame it (at “Steakhouse”).
The main event… perfectly cooked New York strip loin at “Steakhouse” on the Carnival Miracle.
Traditional Hawaiian dancing at Old Lahaina Luau in Maui.
Save me!... Hawaii is too beautiful!
Phantom Main Show Lounge on the Carnival Miracle – nightly theatre, musicals, musicians, and entertainers.
Hilo, Big Island… from above.
Cute Christmas performance put on by the kids in Camp Ocean (kids club).
As “Hawaii” as it gets… palm trees and golden sunsets.
Mia picking up some new skills at Old Lahaina Luau in Maui.
Atrium on the Carnival Miracle – whether you want to kick back with a drink, read a book, or join a scheduled activity like dancing competitions.
Plantations on the Big Island (from a helicopter).
Plumes of hot white gas rising off the Kilauea caldera on the Big Island.
About to land at Hilo Airport, Big Island.
Our helicopter awaits...
Sunrise salutation on the Carnival Miracle.
Watching a cooking demonstration by one of the Miracle’s many talented chefs.
Exploring all the corners of the Miracle. Where does this staircase lead?...
… to a long, green hallway…
… and finally to the video game arcade! Every kids’ paradise.
Celebrating Christmas with the Grinch on the Carnival Miracle.
Kalapaki Beach on the island of Kauai.
Lush jungle on Maui along the “Road to Hana”.
The mountains of West Maui Forest Reserve in the background and Ho'okipa Beach in the foreground.
Traditional Hawaiian musical instruments at Old Lahaina Luau in Maui.
The Carnival Miracle at sunset, docked in Ensenada, Mexico.
Brightly coloured dancers at Old Lahaina Luau in Maui.
Strolling the streets of Ensenada, Mexico.
The Aloha Tower, a landmark lighthouse in Honolulu Harbour opened in 1926.
Our home-away-from-home for 15 days… the Carnival Miracle.
We’re family. The Carnival Inspiration also docked at Ensenada, Mexico.
Final sunset as we’re homeward bound.
All good things must come to an end. Back at Long Beach, California.
The Bottom Line
Cruising Hawaii with Carnival is a dream come true for many families. And you can see by these shots that once you’ve had a taste of these magical islands on a beautiful ship, you’ll forever hear the waves calling your name in the salty sea breeze.