Cruising Hawaii Guide


Booking a cruise to Hawaii is the easy part (in our opinion). The hard part is finding the best shore excursions, planning self-guided itinerary days, and figuring out how to get around (taxi, Uber, rental car, ???). We want your cruise to Hawaii to be unforgettable and stress-free.

The Cruising Hawaii Guide provides everything you need to plan your days on Maui, Hawai’i Island (Big Island), and Kauai. The guide Self-Guided Excursion Days on Maui (3 days), Kauai (4 days), and the Big Island (4 days) and 90+ shore excursion recommendations for Oahu (Honolulu), Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island. From snorkeling spots to waterfall swims to exploring Haleakala volcano and more, the guide takes you step-by-step on planned routes with links to Google Maps driving directions. Download and go!

Add the Oahu Wayfinder Itinerary to your cart with coupon code CRUISE to save $7. If you’re arriving early, staying after your cruise, or your cruise has Honolulu as a port of call, then the 7 self-guided excursion days in the Oahu Wayfinder Itinerary (Honolulu) are a must!

What’s Included

  • 90+ shore excursions (tours & activities) that work for cruise passengers’ schedules and are our favorites on the islands. Plus, we share if they are priced well by Norwegian or if you’ll save more money by booking directly with the tour operator!
  • A Quick Hits restaurant guide that covers the best spots and spells out where you need a reservation and where you just pop in to eat. Plus, gluten-free and vegetarian options.
  • A Quick Hits beach and snorkel guide to show you the best places to chill on the sand.
  • We share how and where to rent a car, what to expect at the dock, taxis to prebook, and how to get around each island
  • Make it a bundle! Use coupon code CRUISE to save $7 when you purchase the Oahu Wayfinder Itinerary (a $37 value) and the Cruising Hawaii Guide
  • Updated guide emailed to you twice a year for 11 months post-purchase!
Hawaii Cruise Itinerary Included

How It Works


After you complete your purchase, the itinerary and cruise guide will be sent via email. You can download them on any device!


Read our island guide introductions,  decide on your self-guided excursion days, , book your shore excursions (tours), and make your reservations. (We point these out!)


Save the itinerary and cruise guide to your phone. You can take it with you on the go to reference any time during your trip!

Your Cruise adventures await!

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, we cover all Hawaiian cruise ship ports so this is a wonderful resource for you if you’re on Princess, Disney, Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Celebrity, or another cruise line.

We recommend purchasing the Oahu Wayfinder Itinerary (coupon code CRUISE) if your port of call is Honolulu or you are arriving early for your Norwegian cruise. The Cruising Hawaii Guide does NOT include Oahu Self-Guided Excursion Days. The Oahu Wayfinder Itinerary includes 7 Self-Guided Excursion Days.

For those cruises that depart from Honolulu, we recommend arriving two or more days before the start of your cruise. This is so you can explore Oahu, get over jet lag, and make time for any unplanned travel delays. Our Oahu Wayfinder Itinerary is everything you need to plan your time on the island.

The Cruising Hawaii Guide includes Self-Guided Excursion days for Maui, Island of Hawai’i (Big Island), and Kauai. Purchase the Oahu Wayfinder Itinerary (code: CRUISE) if your cruise ship has Honolulu as a port of call or if you’re arriving early or staying late after your Norwegian cruise.

Some of the itinerary days can be done via walking, some will require a few taxi rides, and some are best with a rental car. We tell you which mode of transportation is best.

When you’re planning your day(s) on the island, you can use this guide in three ways:

  1. Pick one of our self-guided excursion days to explore the island with or without a rental car. These perfectly planned itineraries take you to the best parts of the island, either near the dock or off to a beautiful island area.
  2. Select a guided tour or activity from our Favorite Shore Excursions. Choose from our list of preferred tour operators to have them do the driving, talk story, and show you the island. Booking directly with these local companies that have tours for cruise passengers’ schedules is a great option.
  3. Customize your own day on the island using our Quick Hits section. Here you’ll find our favorite beaches, snorkel spots (including safety tips), and restaurants by island. The maps will help you determine how much you can do before you have to return to the ship.

Honestly, now. Unlike a guidebook, we publish regular updates. With so many things changing, we want to give you the most up-to-date information to have a great trip. These itineraries are reviewed and updated two times per year. Once you purchase this bundle, you’ll have access to the itinerary and cruise guide and all updates for the next 11 months.

This is a digital product. Minutes after purchasing, a link to download the itinerary and cruise guide will be sent to your email. You can print it, but we suggest downloading it to your computer and your phone. There are a number of hyperlinks in the itinerary to link you to directions, restaurant websites, and activity operators. So it’s much easier to use it digitally!

You will receive two downloadable files to your email address to save to your computer or mobile device. We include instructions on how to save them to your Android or Apple iPhone.

Unfortunately, we do not. We provide multiple self-guided excursion days for each dock, so you can choose the one that is best for your group. You can also use the provided Quick Hits to plan your own day with our list of best beaches and restaurants. Need more? Use this website and our YouTube channel for more trip-planning resources!

The Cruising Hawaii Guide is designed for cruise ship passengers. The shore excursions and Self-Guided Excursion Days are built for cruise passengers and their ports of call. If you are planning a land vacation (arriving by plane), then we recommend purchasing our Wayfinder Itineraries

If you’re visiting multiple islands, purchase 3 itineraries and get the 4th one free with coupon code VOYAGE at checkout.