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About Hilo

To really experience Hilo, forget first impressions and dive right in to old Hawaii. Unpretentious and just a little bit gritty, this often-overlooked city on the Big Island is abundantly authentic and full of charm.

Why is it overlooked? Hilo is the departure point for shore excursions to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state. And that's too bad because there's much to recommend Hilo itself, defined in part by a history of tsunamis and challenging economics.

Editor's Note: Due to increased and damaging earthquakes, corrosive volcanic ash, and continuing explosions from Halema'uma'u, the summit crater of Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remains closed.

As one survivor of a devastating 1946 tsunami put it: "We just cleaned up and went on with our lives." That same sentiment prevails today. There's a "pick yourself up, and dust yourself off" attitude and activism that has infused classic downtown Hilo with fresh energy palpable in its restaurants, shops, galleries and museums. There is also a tremendous amount of civic pride. When our docent at the must-see Lyman Museum and Mission House realized we were on a tight schedule, she packed us into her car to observe a few highlights we would otherwise have missed.

Hilo, which rests on the crescent-shaped Hilo Bay, possesses a rich cultural history. It's in Hilo that King Kamehameha is said to have fulfilled a prophecy of uniting the Hawaiian islands by lifting the ancient Naha stone, which now sits in front of the library. Cultural history is still being written. Hilo is the one place in the world to get a college degree in hula. Public school students have also started to take classes in the Hawaiian language. Leslie Lang, author of "Historic Hilo," frames it best when she writes: "It's a town whose cultures continue to hold on tight. But at the same time, it's one that is looking forward."


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Hilo

    Leaving:
    Honolulu
    Visiting:
    Maui, Hilo ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Hilo 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
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    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

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    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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    GoonerUK
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Good overall but could be improved
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    Birchmire
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Nice, but not great!
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Hilo

    Leaving:
    Honolulu
    Visiting:
    Honolulu, Maui ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Hilo Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Honolulu
    • Day 2
      Honolulu
    • Day 3
      Maui
    • Day 4
      Hilo
    • Day 5
      Kailua
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Vancouver
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    Celebrity Solstice - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Elegant, modern ship with impressive drinking and dining venues

    Cons

    Exclusive venues for certain cabin categories could make some passengers feel excluded

    Bottom Line

    Sophisticated, contemporary and delicious cruise experience for all ages

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    Celebrity Solstice Reviews

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    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    Celebrity Solstice, the first of the Solstice-class ships, offers one of the most elegant mains...

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    warrenhickson
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Some Issues but still Good Value
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Only complaint is we had to get off!
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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Hilo

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

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    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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    MkeCruzn
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Amazing New Zealand, great ship, great fun
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
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  • 18 Night
    Cruise to Hilo

    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Honolulu, Hilo ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    18 Night Cruise to Hilo Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      San Diego
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Honolulu
    • Day 8
      Honolulu
    • Day 9
      Hilo
    • Day 10
      Maui
    • Day 11
      Kauai
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Kona (Kailua Bay)
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Ensenada
    • Day 19
      San Diego
    Ship Details

    Eurodam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Midsized ship with great dining, entertainment and enrichment options, and good service

    Cons

    Busy Lido Market and spa reception; tired Club HAL spaces for kids; challenging internet

    Bottom Line

    Perfect combination of modern amenities and entertainment with traditional ship ambiance

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value4.5

    Eurodam, which debuted in 2008, is a classic example of Holland America's attention to architec...

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    Gail MG
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Family Christmas Week Caribbean Cruise
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    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Zip Lining & Private Oasis at this Age!
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Hilo

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

    Celebrity Solstice - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Elegant, modern ship with impressive drinking and dining venues

    Cons

    Exclusive venues for certain cabin categories could make some passengers feel excluded

    Bottom Line

    Sophisticated, contemporary and delicious cruise experience for all ages

    Reviews

    Celebrity Solstice Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    Celebrity Solstice, the first of the Solstice-class ships, offers one of the most elegant mains...

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    aussie 14
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Disappointing
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    Seafarer20
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Never dine alone, noise and quiet contemplation
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
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      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Hilo

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Hilo, Honolulu ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    15 Night Cruise to Hilo Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Hilo
    • Day 7
      Honolulu
    • Day 8
      Maui
    • Day 9
      Kauai
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Ensenada
    • Day 16
      Los Angeles
    Ship Details

    Star Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Activities and cuisine are themed around the ship's itinerary.

    Cons

    Nightlife and evening entertainment can be lacking, especially the main stage shows.

    Bottom Line

    Enrichment, food and drink are strong suits, but you need port days to keep from getting bored.

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    Star Princess Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Star Princess is an elegant midsize ship. It's perfect for older couples or groups of friends w...

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    bookanothercruise
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Winter escape to Hawaii
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Princess allows efficiency experts to trump aestheticists
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      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
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      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 120 Night
    Cruise to Hilo

    Leaving:
    San Francisco
    Visiting:
    Honolulu, Maui ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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    120 Night Cruise to Hilo Route (Regent Seven Seas Cruises)
    • Day 1
      San Francisco
    • Day 2
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 3
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 4
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 5
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 6
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 7
      Honolulu
    • Day 8
      Honolulu
    • Day 9
      Maui
    • Day 10
      Hilo
    • Day 11
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 12
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 13
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 14
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 15
      Nuku Hiva
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Tahiti (Papeete)
    • Day 18
      Moorea
    • Day 18
      Tahiti (Papeete)
    • Day 19
      Tahiti (Papeete)
    • Day 20
      Raiatea
    • Day 21
      Bora Bora
    • Day 22
      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 24
      Pago Pago
    • Day 25
      Cruising
    • Day 26
      Apia
    • Day 27
      Cruising
    • Day 28
      Suva
    • Day 29
      Lautoka
    • Day 30
      Cruising
    • Day 31
      Port Vila
    • Day 32
      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 34
      Auckland
    • Day 35
      Auckland