While Hawaii is every bit as magical and enchanting as it was when Captain James Cook first came ashore, frankly, in recent years the experience of getting to and around Hawaii has become less enjoyable. Packed flights without any meal service, delays, airport hassles and, perhaps worst of all, a grim red-eye flight back to the mainland, not to mention packing and unpacking in order to visit three or four islands all make this not entirely pleasant.
At Train Holidays, we have a far more sensible and comfortable idea about how to do this. We begin with free or low-cost train travel from any US city to Los Angeles-San Diego and board one of the highest-rated ships afloat, the superb ms Oosterdam of Holland America Line for an epic journey from the West Coast to Hawaii. The lazy days sailing from San Diego to the Islands being the perfect introduction to 'island time' as the locals put it. Once in Hawaii, you will explore them in great style and comfort, without having to hop on inter-island flights, change hotels every few days or catch shuttle buses. Instead, you will see Hawaii as it should be seen, by sea, watching in awe as Kilauea Volcano shoots fire against the evening sky, approaching Diamond Head at dawn and cruising along the scenic Ne Pali Coast of Kauai. And, with the luxury of time, you will see it all, Hilo, Maui and Honolulu, all in one glorious voyage.
Nicer still, as befits a tranquil destination where the air is softer, the breezes gentler and the views inviting, your comfort and ease is paramount. We have included a luxury hotel stay in San Diego the night before sailing, so as to eliminate any worry about tight same-day connections. Transfers to the ship are included and a professional tour host travels with you, with special parties and events just for our guests included. Onboard Oosterdam, superlative cuisine from breakfast in bed to five course dinners await, plus the services of an attentive staff and grace notes, like fresh flowers, rich furnishings, staterooms that are wonderfully outfitted, a choice of dining venues, a spa and more.