Research shows that if you can drive to the San Francisco port then the 15 night Princess Hawaii Cruise departing San Francisco is a great value when compared to flying from San Francisco to Hawaii and staying at a resort.
Price research below: 15 night Princess Hawaii Cruise vs flying to Hawaii and staying at a Hawaiian Resort.
15 nt Princess Hawaii Cruise departing San Francisco
The 15 night Grand Princess Hawaii cruise departing San Francisco on April 25th, 2013 starts at $1,199* + tax per person. The total price for 2 including all taxes is $2,609.14. Click to view full itinerary.
The Grand Princess Cruise spends 4 days visiting the Hawaiian Islands and one day in Ensenada, Mexico.
Compared to the alternative:
R/T Airfare to Honolulu from San Francisco $416 per person = $832
Hotel for 2 $250 per night x 5nts = $1,250
Food for 15 days $100 per person per day = $1,500
Total Price for flight and resort: $3582
I factored in a hotel for 5 nights because to get 4 full days in Hawaii you’d need a hotel night stay. For 15 days on the cruise, all meals are included. I averaged $50 per person per day for the meals. In Hawaii, food is expensive, so the savings per day could be much higher.
Other Benefits of the 15 night Hawaii Cruise:
The cruise visits 4 different Hawaiian ports. Visiting multiple islands on a non-cruise vacation would cost $500 per stop. So, that is another $1,500 in savings.
It’s a 15 night vacation. And for cruisers who love sea days, it includes 10 of them. Every night on the cruise, there will be free entertainment.
For retirees and others with flexible schedules, these extended cruise vacations is a great way to extend your vacation dollar.
Author note: Rich Tucker is the founder of CruiseSource and a leading cruise price analyst regularly quoted in publications like NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, etc…
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*Rates are subject to change and are accurate at time of publishing.