HONOLULU -- Crystal Cruises sailed into the Hawaiian cruise fray
with a larger presence than usual, running interisland cruises here
in January and February.
However, despite encouraging bookings, a Crystal spokeswoman
said there are no plans to repeat the Hawaiian Islands series in
"We'll be calling there but not operating the series," the
spokeswoman said. "Although it will turn out to be a successful
season thanks to very close-in bookings, Hawaii wasn't a slam dunk
"There was a lot of energy and resources put into this, so while
we might do this again, we're going to take a break in 2005," she
The three similar, 10-day "Island Embrace" cruises, all leaving
from Honolulu on board the Crystal Harmony, were designed to
evaluate the market for more such cruises in the future.
The first voyage departed Jan. 24, and for the week ending Jan.
19, the line booked a "surprising number of guests," the
spokeswoman said. The second and third cruises in the interisland
series departed Honolulu Feb. 3 and Feb. 13.
Meanwhile, the new Crystal Serenity visited Hawaii for the first
time last month when it made an overnight call on its
After a stop at Hilo on Jan. 24, the ship continued to Honolulu,
Guam and several ports in Japan. The current cruise segment on the
Serenity ends in Yokohama, Japan, on Feb. 14.
On Feb. 23, the Crystal Harmony will leave Honolulu on an 18-day
cruise through the South Pacific.
Other cruise lines are continuing to ply Hawaiian waters in
greater numbers this year.
Throughout 2004, 10- 11- or 12-day cruises between Honolulu and
Ensenada, Mexico, or Vancouver -- stopping at Kauai, Maui and the
Big Island -- begin at around $1,000 per person on four Royal
Caribbean ships: the Legend of the Seas; the Vision of the Seas;
the Radiance of the Seas; and the Serenade of the Seas.
The Ensenada departure will be April 5. From Honolulu, sailings
will be March 25, Sept. 29 and Oct. 6 and 7. Sailings from
Vancouver will be Sept. 17, 25 and 26.
Holland America Line is offering several 15- to 18-day circular
cruises to and from the Hawaiian Islands, sailing to either San
Diego, Vancouver or Seattle aboard the Statendam and the
Departures are listed from San Diego on Feb. 24, March 20, April
4, April 19, Sept. 30, Nov. 5, Nov. 20 and Dec. 6. A departure from
Seattle is set for April 21, and from Vancouver on April 22.
Celebrity Cruises also is scheduling some nine- or 10-day
cruises between Hawaii and Ensenada or Vancouver later in the
These include departures from Ensenada to Honolulu on May 9,
from Honolulu to Vancouver on May 18 and from Vancouver to Honolulu
on Sept. 26. Celebrity also is scheduling a 15-day cruise roundtrip
from San Diego on Dec. 5.
Common to all these interisland cruises are port calls in Oahu,
Kauai, Maui, the Big Island and Fanning Island in the Republic of
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