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I know this might not be for everyone, especially those who don't have to penny pinch. But if you have 2 weeks, why not consider a round trip Los Angeles cruise to Hawaii? Right now, in April 2013, published fares on Princess.com range from $1,695 for an inside to $2,595 for a balcony cabin. you catch a quick $250 flight to LA, board the ship, and relax. Two weeks of pure bliss! No 6 hour flights (Both ways), in a cramped coach seat, where the comfort was left in the terminal. Here, you can drink a Mai Tai. Get a Tan. Catch a show. Watch a movie on the big screen outside. Visit 4 of the Hawaiian Islands and Ensenada Mexico. I am telling you, there is no more comfortable and value based way to visit Hawaii!
Fly to Hawaii ($1,000), Stay in a 4 star resort ($200 per person/per day), Rental Car ($40 per person/per day), and $50.00 for meals per person/per day for 7 days, and stay ONLY on Oahu (Honolulu). You would EASILY spend $3,000 per person for the trip. No entertainment. GAS for the rental car is expensive. That is an average of $428 per person/per day.
Fly to Los Angeles ($250), Board the Golden Princess (4 Star Resort all by itself) and unpack in your balcony stateroom $2,595. Cost would be $2,845 per person. That's $203 per person/per day (Half the price). And you are not limited to just 1 island, but 4. A total of 44 hours spend between all the islands port time. Minimum 9 hours. You can do about anything while you are there.
So, when considering travelling to a distant land, consider cruising there. I have a friend who does not like to fly, so they are boarding a cruise ship this month in Australia and cruising to Vancouver, British Columbia. Travel between New York and London in 6 days. (No Jet Lag There) Ft. Lauderdale and Rome in 14 days. Ft. Lauderdale and Manaus Brasil. Los Angeles to Santiago Chile. Vancouver to Beijing China. No matter the destination, a cruise ship can get you pretty dang close.
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