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About Kona (Kailua Bay)

While cruise ships call it "Kona," this stop on the western part of the island of Hawaii is actually a region rather than an actual city. Ships anchor in Kailua Bay and tender their guests to the Kailua Pier, which is right in the middle of Kailua Village, the historic heart of Kailua-Kona.

Kona's sunnier and dryer than Hilo to the east -- it almost never rains -- and features the island's best beaches, snorkeling and surfing. (The east coast is more tropical, with waterfalls and mountainous regions closer to the town of Hilo. Believe it or not, the island has 11 climatic zones!)

Coffee grown in the hills above Kailua-Kona (the one place where it rains more in the summer than in the winter) is very delicious and highly prized. Beaches in the area range from black sand to sugar white, with sea turtles, manta rays, dolphins and -- in season, November to May -- humpback whales visible from the surf or the shore.

Whereas Hilo is the business anchor of the Big Island (with a more authentic, local feel), the area just north of Kailua-Kona -- the Kohala Coast -- houses the island's most desirable resorts, with renowned restaurants, spas and golf courses.


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Kona (Kailua Bay)

    Leaving:
    Honolulu
    Visiting:
    Maui, Hilo ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Kona (Kailua Bay) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Honolulu
    • Day 2
      Maui
    • Day 3
      Maui
    • Day 4
      Hilo
    • Day 5
      Kona (Kailua Bay)
    • Day 6
      Kauai
    • Day 7
      Kauai
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Honolulu
    Ship Details

    Pride of America - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Recent reno added high-end furnishings; Hawaii-centric with every day in port; stellar customer service

    Cons

    Entertainment could be better; best food found at extra-fee restaurants

    Bottom Line

    Upgraded ship presents perfect way to see all of Hawaii in a week in style and comfort

    Reviews

    Pride of America Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    Travelers with a hankering to explore the Hawaiian islands but without the vacation time or mon...

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    dswierk
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Perfect as a floating hotel
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    maetoo2
    Sail Date Jun 2019
    Birthday Cruise
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    • Shore Excursions
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    • Spa Services
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      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Kona (Kailua Bay)

    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    Kona, Kauai ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    11 Night Cruise to Kona (Kailua Bay) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Vancouver
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Kona (Kailua Bay)
    • Day 8
      Kauai
    • Day 9
      Kauai
    • Day 10
      Maui
    • Day 11
      Hilo
    • Day 12
      Honolulu
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Jewel - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Attractively refurbished ship with lots of dining and entertainment options

    Cons

    Water slide was removed in the 2018 makeover

    Bottom Line

    Choose this Jewel-class flagship if you like a vessel that's comfy and fun.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Jewel Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value4.0

    More than 14 years old, Norwegian Jewel has regained its luster with an extensive refurbis...

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    stjohnbeachlover
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    A cruise I will always remember!
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    MileHighBill
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great NZ cruise
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
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    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Kona (Kailua Bay)

    Leaving:
    Tahiti
    Visiting:
    Bora Bora, Raiatea ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    14 Night Cruise to Kona (Kailua Bay) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Tahiti (Papeete)
    • Day 2
      Bora Bora
    • Day 3
      Raiatea
    • Day 4
      Moorea
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Nuku Hiva
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Hilo
    • Day 12
      Kona (Kailua Bay)
    • Day 13
      Kauai
    • Day 14
      Maui
    • Day 15
      Honolulu
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Jewel - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Attractively refurbished ship with lots of dining and entertainment options

    Cons

    Water slide was removed in the 2018 makeover

    Bottom Line

    Choose this Jewel-class flagship if you like a vessel that's comfy and fun.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Jewel Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value4.0

    More than 14 years old, Norwegian Jewel has regained its luster with an extensive refurbis...

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    sc_parry
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Average cruise, some good, some not so good
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    marlowman
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Not bad for a good value solo cruise
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    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Kona (Kailua Bay)

    Leaving:
    Honolulu
    Visiting:
    Maui, Hilo ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    14 Night Cruise to Kona (Kailua Bay) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Honolulu
    • Day 2
      Maui
    • Day 3
      Hilo
    • Day 4
      Kona (Kailua Bay)
    • Day 5
      Kauai
    • Day 6
      Kauai
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Nuku Hiva
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Moorea
    • Day 14
      Bora Bora
    • Day 15
      Tahiti (Papeete)
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Jewel - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Attractively refurbished ship with lots of dining and entertainment options

    Cons

    Water slide was removed in the 2018 makeover

    Bottom Line

    Choose this Jewel-class flagship if you like a vessel that's comfy and fun.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Jewel Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value4.0

    More than 14 years old, Norwegian Jewel has regained its luster with an extensive refurbis...

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    Rrb99
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Comparison to prior cruise experience
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    MY Schavuit
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Free at sea
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Kona (Kailua Bay)

    Leaving:
    Honolulu
    Visiting:
    Maui, Kona ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    11 Night Cruise to Kona (Kailua Bay) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Honolulu
    • Day 2
      Maui
    • Day 3
      Kona (Kailua Bay)
    • Day 4
      Hilo
    • Day 5
      Kauai
    • Day 6
      Kauai
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Vancouver
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Jewel - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Attractively refurbished ship with lots of dining and entertainment options

    Cons

    Water slide was removed in the 2018 makeover

    Bottom Line

    Choose this Jewel-class flagship if you like a vessel that's comfy and fun.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Jewel Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value4.0

    More than 14 years old, Norwegian Jewel has regained its luster with an extensive refurbis...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    2CruiseGirlFL
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Best Cruise Ever....
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    MkeCruzn
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Amazing New Zealand, great ship, great fun
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Kona (Kailua Bay)

    Leaving:
    Honolulu
    Visiting:
    Maui, Kona ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    14 Night Cruise to Kona (Kailua Bay) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Honolulu
    • Day 2
      Maui
    • Day 3
      Kona (Kailua Bay)
    • Day 4
      Hilo
    • Day 5
      Kauai
    • Day 6
      Kauai
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Nuku Hiva
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Moorea
    • Day 14
      Bora Bora
    • Day 15
      Tahiti (Papeete)
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Jewel - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Attractively refurbished ship with lots of dining and entertainment options

    Cons

    Water slide was removed in the 2018 makeover

    Bottom Line

    Choose this Jewel-class flagship if you like a vessel that's comfy and fun.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Jewel Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value4.0

    More than 14 years old, Norwegian Jewel has regained its luster with an extensive refurbis...

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    okema
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Best ship in the NCL fleet
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    qqq266
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Just Average Overall
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Kona (Kailua Bay)