Could You Cope With a 28-Day Cruise to Hawaii & French Polynesia? -Lucy Williams Global

Now you have probably just read the title of this blog post and thought what a silly question! Of course, I could cope with a 28-day cruise to Hawaii & French Polynesia! It sounds a dream.

A long cruise to Hawaii and French Polynesia are dream locations, but are you ready to go on a 28-day cruise? It sounds fantastic, but the reality can be a lot different.

You have probably been on 7 – 10 cruises and loved them and now think you are ready for the dream cruise to Hawaii and French Polynesia. Here are the things to really need to know!

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What you need to know before you book a Hawaii & French Polynesia Cruise

I loved this 28-day cruise, but it does have a lot of days at sea. The itinerary we did had 18 days at sea and 9 ports (not including the embarkation day).

We embarked in Los Angeles, sailed for four days, spent four days in Hawaii. We went to the islands Hawaii, Oahu, Maui and Kauai (one day in each).

After the port days in Hawaii, we had four more days at sea before arriving in Pago Pago, American Samoa.

After two more days at sea we arrived in French Polynesia and went to Bora Bora for two days, then one day in Tahiti and one day in Moorea.

The ports were fantastic, but after visiting all the paradise islands, it was eight days sailing back to Los Angeles.

For some people, this is just too many days at sea! For others, it is a dream! I sit on the fence, I like four sea days in a row, but eight days feels like forever.

This is something you must be prepared for as if you easily get bored these eight days will feel like hell! If you love keeping busy with the ship activities or lying by the pool the days go by.

Cruise Lines that go to the South Pacific:

From Los Angeles, USA

From Fort Lauderdale, USA

From Vancouver, Canada

From Sydney, Australia

Top Tips for a Long Cruise

  • My tips for booking a long cruise is book second seating (doors opening 7.30 – 8 pm) in the dining room, as most people want to eat on first sitting (doors opening 5 – 5.30pm). Even if you book any time dining, it doesn’t mean you can really eat at any time. My advice is to book second seating then you always know you have a table when you want it, otherwise you may be either waiting a while.
  • Pre-book your tours online through the cruise line or privately (allow lots of time to get back to the ship) so you get the tour you would like to go especially for American Samoa and French Polynesia, as they get booked up quickly. My great Polynesian friend runs Maohi Nui Tours in Tahiti.
  • Go to the late shows as most people go to the early shows or the show before dinner if that is an option.
  • The weather is tropical, so you may get rain and it is always hot and humid. Bring a small umbrella and a lightweight raincoat or jacket.


 

  • Bring comfortable shoes to walk around and no-slip soles, flip-flops are fine for the beach, but not walking around all day long.


  • Download lots of books on your tablet as you will have the time to read them.


  • WIFI is not free onboard so remember to download any books, magazines, music, podcasts or games.  Some apps will not work when not connected to the internet. You may enjoy reading my ‘How to Use Your iPhone on a Cruise Ship’, for top tips!

Could you handle a 28-Day Cruise?

Do you think this is the cruise for you?  Long cruises are very relaxing and if you are mentally prepared for how long it is you will enjoy it.

When I went on a world cruise for 111 days, I knew how long it was going to be and I was prepared, and I did not get bored. On this 28-day cruise, I enjoyed it, just a little fed up on the last few days at sea, but I kept busy!

You may also enjoy reading:

FRENCH POLYNESIA IS WHERE TO FIND PARADISE!

WHAT TO SEE IN PAGO PAGO AMERICAN SAMOA

WHY YOU MUST VISIT PEARL HARBOUR IN HONOLULU HAWAII USA

Have you been on this cruise? What is the longest cruise you have been on?

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Happy Cruising!

Love Lucy x

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What to See in Pago Pago American Samoa - Lucy Williams Global

Part of our Hawaii/French Polynesia cruise was also a stop in Pago Pago. It is a tropical island in American Samoa in the South Pacific Ocean. Located in between the Hawaii Islands and the French Polynesian Islands.

From Hawaii, it still takes four days of sailing on a cruise ship to get there, but it is worth it! The port of Pago Pago broke up the sea days to get to French Polynesia. Otherwise, it would have taken six days to get to there. This way we had four days at sea, Pago Pago, then two more days at sea.

The sail into Pago Pago is beautiful and dramatic with lush green mountains, palm trees and the turquoise reef. It is very similar to French Polynesia.

I had only been there once before and that time I just went for lunch at a nearby hotel set on the beach that was beautiful.

This time I wanted to see more of the island on I went a tour of the west coast, see a traditional Ava Ceremony and the famous rock formation ‘Flower Pot Rock’.

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West Coast

It was a beautiful drive in an open-air bus along the coastline right by the water, so the view was glorious. We drove through villages up to the village of Leone.

This was where the tsunami hit the island in 2009. Now, you would never know this happened to the island as all the damage has been cleared. But it was sad to see the Leone memorial of all the people that died.

The viewpoint from the memorial is beautiful and it hard to imagine a tsunami happened there. We drove to the golf course for the fantastic view of the mountains.

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Ava Ceremony

The traditional Samoan Ava Ceremony was very interesting. It took place at the home of our guide, outside in her garden was a staged area cover by a roof.

The ceremony is held by the ‘High Talking Chief Fale’ and it is tradition to be held for important guests. The ceremony consists of the Chief chanting and the little princess making the ava root drink, traditional dancing and offering the ava root drink to the guests.

We tried the ava root drink and it didn’t taste of much, the only way to describe it was a dry soil taste. It was fun to watch and then try the special drink.

Flower Pot Rock

Fatu-ma-Futi aka ‘flower pot rock’ was the best part of the day. The rock formation was beautiful.  They were rocks with green plants growing on the top of them, just sticking out of the water.

Flower Pot Rock is right by the roadside with a little sandy beach and crystal-clear water, so it is easy to stop by and take a few photos and even dip your toes in the water.

Essential Info

  • Weather: 27*C -35*C year round – it is always very hot and humid with rain showers
  • Currency: US Dollar
  • Language: Samoan, English and Tongan
  • Top Tips: 
  • Pago Pago is pronounced pahng-oh pahng-oh.
  • The town centre is very close to the cruise ship terminal, where you can find the perfect Samoan souvenir to take home.
  • The tour buses are old-school, so pack a towel to sit on as the seats are wooden. They are open air, so no AC, bring water and a fan.
  • Bring an umbrella/waterproof jacket as it is a tropical island for a reason and it will rain at times and then stop again.

You may also enjoy reading about French Polynesia:

FRENCH POLYNESIA IS WHERE TO FIND PARADISE!

BORA BORA A TROPICAL PARADISE IN FRENCH POLYNESIA

WHAT TO SEE IN TAHITI FRENCH POLYNESIA

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Happy Travels

Love Lucy x

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What to See in Pago Pago American Samoa - Lucy Williams Global

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