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Cruises can be the perfect getaway for families with a taste for travelling, offering a luxurious environment for lots of fun, frolics, and freedom from the daily grind. They seem especially appealing at this time of year, with wet weather and cold days keeping kids cooped up inside until they’re bouncing off the walls. The thought of swapping grey clouds and drizzle for blazing sunshine and gently lapping waves is paradisaical, and it’s little wonder that lots of people are eager to give cruising a go.
Hawaii is one of the best cruise destinations around, filled with endless experiences, and a plethora of great activities to keep you and the kids occupied all day long. If it’s your first time travelling there, here are a few pointers to help you make the most of your Hawaiian holiday…
Decide on the Activities You’d Like to Try
Although it’s immense fun on board, providers like Norwegian Cruise Line will still give you the opportunity to journey on shore in a variety of locations, and the cities you stop at will offer a wide spectrum of activities for you to try your hand at. Your time ashore might be limited, but you should still be able to cram some of them in, giving you the chance to have some serious fun with the whole family. The best way to take advantage of these opportunities is by researching them in advance, and making a list of the things that you would like to do. From special volcano tours to horseback riding and trips to Pearl Harbour, make sure that you create memories that will last forever.
Soak Up Some Culture
Education shouldn’t only be reserved for the classroom, so take the time to incorporate a little culture into your city stops. This should be as fun as possible, and there are lots of museums and tourist attractions that cater to families, ensuring that your children get to learn about Hawaii whilst still enjoying its many delights. The Hawaii Museums Association provides a great list of resources to act as a starting point, so see how many you can tick off on your travels.
Refine Your Palettes
One of the greatest delights of visiting new places is the chance to experience unique and delicious cuisine, and Hawaii has lots of local specialities for your family to feast on. With a myriad of restaurants to choose from when you step ashore in the various port cities, try to taste as many of the state’s special dishes as you can. Poke, manapua, and saimin, in particular, are all well worth a try. Once you’ve tasted them, you’ll be dying to get the recipes for yourself and take them home so that you can eat them again and again.