If you really want to capture the Aloha spirit and warmth of the Hawaiian people, visiting more than one island is essential. A cruise to Hawaii not only lets you travel between islands without the hassle of unpacking and planning transportation, but it’s also perfect for families. And, while many ships sail the Pacific, few offer long hours at port, first-class accommodations, and family-friendly entertainment. We’ve done our research, and when it comes to the best family-friendly Hawaiian cruises, these ships are making waves.

Norwegian Cruise Line: Pride of America: Honolulu to Honolulu

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Norwegian Cruise Line’s award-winning itinerary sails to four of the Hawaiian Islands and features nearly 100 hours in port, more than most other ships, for a truly immersive experience. Sailing year-round from Honolulu, the true excitement comes from dazzling shore excursions.  Explore the Kualoa Mountain ridge or even hang 10 at one of the world’s top beaches. Unique to Norwegian, the ship overnights in two ports: Maui and Kaua’i. But, there’s plenty of Aloha spirit on board as well as off. Norwegian’s first-class entertainment brings Hawaii to you. In addition to hula and lei making classes, an ‘Ohana arrives on board for an Aloha Polynesian show. The Pride of America offers 19 dining options, including local Hawaiian cuisine such as Pineapple Beurre Blanc with fresh seafood. With a range of accommodations from inside staterooms and family suites, spas, and exciting entertainment options there is no shortage of family fun onboard as well as off.

Disney Cruise Line: Disney Wonder Honolulu to Vancouver

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A perfect mix of days at sea and a port, Disney’s 10-night Hawaiian cruise has all the makings of a first-class family vacation; after all this is Disney. With five days at sea, you’ll have plenty of time to hang out with your favorite Disney characters, explore the ship’s Broadway-style shows, and embark on an epicurean adventure with themed dining. Your adventure begins in the tropical city of Honolulu on Oahu and ventures to the port of Hilo, Nawiliwili, and Kahului. Your journey ends in a lush paradise of a different type: Vancouver British Columbia. Here, you’re greeted by picturesque snowcapped mountains, making for a perfect contrast to the tropical rainforests of Hawaii. If you want the inside scoop on how to make the most of your Disney Cruise, check out our hidden tips and tricks.

Princess Cruises:  15 Day Hawaiian Island Cruises

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From the moment you embark on your Hawaiian adventure, you’ll understand why the Travel Channel named Princess Best Cruises to see Hawaii. Whether you join in on the King Kamehameha Festival, take Polynesian language classes or learn to play the ukulele, from the moment you step foot on Princess’s Hawaiian cruise, there are so many ways to capture the Aloha spirit. Fall in love with all that Hawaii has to offer as you journey from Los Angeles to Hilo, Honolulu, Nawiliwili and Lahaina where you’ll explore dazzling waterfalls, black sand beaches, and world-class shopping. Foodies take heed. Food & Wine magazine named Princess Best Cruise Line for Food Lovers. And with freshly prepared Hawaiian dishes like marinated Kona shrimp and Hawaiian Macadamia-infused deserts, it soon becomes evident how the ship earned the accolades. Even the little ones will delight in the child-friendly options, especially tempting desserts made just for them.