Originally Posted by Paul Motter
I just investigated this price comparison. Now I like the NCL option, too. You see a lot of Hawaii in the seven day cruise (in port every single day).
The longer cruises are for people who like days at sea - and believe or not the cost of a 17-day cruise is comparable to the 7-day NCL option after you figure in flights and the hotel you need to book if you want to see anything on Oahu (like Honolulu).
Figure about $4250 for two people for the NCL option (from L.A.) - while a 17-day mainland cruise is about $4000 oceanview (more for balcony).
But I like the actual Hawaii itinerary better with the NCL option - as long as you fly in early and get the hotel in Honolulu.
We paid far less than that when we did it a couple of years ago. We had an aft balcony and I think paid around $1,200. Flights from the Westcoast are getting dirt cheap with all the competition (recently priced on Alaska at $550 for two). My parents paid $1,000 for an inside that included air...and then paid for an upgrade of about $75 pp for an OV.