5 Must-Try Cruise Tips to Pamper Yourself on Your Next Hawaiian Cruise

by Margaret Adsit

Feel the "aloha spirit" on your next Hawaiian cruise — and give in to the pampering that you deserve with the following five cruise tips.

1. Indulge in Luxurious Spa Treatments

Relaxing cruise vacations are musts in our hectic lives. Spoil yourself with a facial, scrub, or massage at the Lotus Spa while you're aboard your Hawaiian cruise ship. Try the aroma stone therapy, which combines the heat of volcanic stones with traditional massage techniques and warmed aromatic oils. After one visit, you will understand the full meaning of relaxation.

2. Expand Your Horizons

There's nothing more engaging than trying something new — hula dancing, for example — surrounded by people who are just as excited to learn as you are. Bring your dancing feet and fall in love with elegant storytelling hula. A cruise to Hawaii offers so many possibilities for personal enrichment: Want to learn how to strum a ukulele or take a native language class? You can do that too!

3. Taste the Complex Flavors of Tropical Rum

Rum is a beloved spirit of Hawaii, featured in such cocktails as piña coladas and mai tais in bars across the islands. On its own, rum has a complex flavor comprised of caramel and a host of spices. Put your taste buds to the test and find your favorite new rum at an on-board rum tasting.

4. Feast on Island Cuisine

The chefs aboard your cruise ship will spoil you with the best flavors of the islands — from local-style ahi tuna poke to kalua pork in ti leaves. Nourish your body with traditional food (and feel free to order a mai tai on the side).

5. Soak Up the Sun

Tropical weather is not to be missed while on a Hawaii cruise. Find yourself sunning on the deck of your cruise ship, a drink in one hand and a good book in the other, and give in to the luxury of the tropical sun. You'll find that the longer you stay, the more your cares and worries will melt away.

Whether you are soaking in the sun after an exfoliating facial, or daring yourself to shake a limb in hula class after a rum tasting, you'll find that as you pamper yourself, you'll rejuvenate your spirits — most importantly, you'll come back new.

A family takes a ukulele lesson together on board their Hawaiian cruise ship.
A family takes a ukulele lesson together on board their Hawaiian cruise ship.