Disney Cruise Line
Ship: Disney Wonder
Itinerary: 14 Night Hawaii Los Angeles Cruise
Major ports: Los Angeles, California; Kahului, Maui; Nawiliwili, Kauai; Honolulu, Oahu; Hilo, Hawaii; Ensenada, Mexico
Disney Cruise Line and some of the other major cruise ships featured on this list may not offer the usual ISLANDS sense of immersion in a local culture. But those of us ISLANDS editors with children see the value in making the trek from California to Hawaii not a daunting airplane ride but the ultimate family-friendly vacation on its own. There are no "are we there yet?" complaints aboard the Disney Wonder. Once you get to Hawaii, you can enjoy a truly authentic taste of the islands.
Dates: Departs Oct. 14, 2012 (this trip isn't on the schedule for 2013, so book it quick)
Price: from $3,901
See more about this cruise on Disney Cruise Line's website.