The airlines expect Hawaii to be a stronger destination in 2011. The islands are expected to see a 4.5% increase in air seats to approximately 2.3 million in the first quarter of 2011. That means that air capacity is at 90% of 2007 which was before the global economic downturn and shut down of ATA and aloha airlines. We continue to see great deals on hotels in Hawaii. The average statewide room rate is at $225.61. This is slightly lower than last year however Maui’s average room rate has increased to $322.16. Oahu had the highest occupancy rate at 76.2%. Statewide the islands are at 71.4%. Oahu had the lowest average room rate at $179.16.
Several cruise lines will be in Hawaiian waters this year and today we go over some of the schedules that are planned. Norwegian Cruise line’s pride of America will continue its seven-day sail throughout the year this is proven to be the most popular of all the cruisers and is selling out very quickly in advance. Hall and will continue to operate the Zaandam which is a 14 day Hawaii sailing round-trip from San Diego. Princess will continue bringing the Golden Princess Hawaii with multiple sailings round-trip from Los Angeles to Honolulu. For the first time in a while but can our cruise line will be offering a 14 day sale, Queen Victoria from Los Angeles round-trip prices will be starting at about $1850.