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Program #11513RJ
11 Days | 10 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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Elevation Note
4,100' at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park site, 10,000' at Haleakala National Park

Itinerary for Oct 29 — Nov 8, 2014

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Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Once the favorite playground of Hawaii's royalty and their distinguished guests, Waikiki was almost entirely wetlands at the turn of the 20th century - full of taro patches, rice paddies and fish ponds. Today, it has all the amenities and activities of a major urban center, along with some of Oahu's most beautiful white sand beaches. Located at the gateway to Waikiki, the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki overlooks the beautiful, blue Pacific Ocean and the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor. The guest rooms at this AAA Four Diamond property are all oceanfront with floor to ceiling windows. Amenities include shuttle service to Waikiki and surrounding beaches, valet parking, turndown service upon request, swimming pool, whirlpool, business center, fitness room, expanded channel offerings including free and pay movies, in room mini-refrigerator with bottled water on day of arrival, in room safe, hair dryer, iron, bath robe, four restaurants, and free transportation to the hotel’s 27 hole championship golf course designed by Arnold Palmer (guests receive preferred tee times and special rates) or to two championship tennis courts.

Contact info:
100 Holomoana St
Honolulu, HI 96815 USA
phone: 808-956-1111
web: www.hawaiiprincehotel.com

Room amenities: in-room safes, in-room mini-refrigerator, In-Room coffee maker with coffee, in-room movies, turn-down service (upon request), complimentary use of bathrobes, iron and ironing board, High-speed internet access (wired and Wi-Fi - fees apply -as of 11/2013, $11.95 per 24 hour period per device available in room and lobby), and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Pool, restaurants, business center, fitness center, shops and a spa, full-service concierge.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 2014: $189 + taxes
Please call the hotel directly at (800) 321-6248. Request the special PII Road Scholar Group rate. This rate is based upon availability in the “Run of Ocean” Room Category . Please note: the rate may vary based on your program dates. The hotel requires a credit card to guarantee your room reservation. Credit cards accepted include American Express, Diners, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. Cancellations must be made at least 72 hours in advance to avoid penalty.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Wednesday, October 29 - Registration / Welcome
Afternoon: Available from 3 p.m.

Program Registration: After checking in at the hotel’s front desk, please go to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register, pick up your Arrival Packet, which will have the latest updated schedule, and find out the time of the next day’s Orientation.

Dinner: Welcome buffet at hotel restaurant that is award-winning and highly rated by local residents and visitors.

Evening: We will have brief introductions but will call it an evening early to allow participants to adjust to the travel and the time difference.

Lodging: Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Once the favorite playground of Hawaii's royalty and their distinguished guests, Waikiki was almost entirely wetlands at the turn of the 20th century - full of taro patches, rice paddies and fish ponds. Today, it has all the amenities and activities of a major urban center, along with some of Oahu's most beautiful white sand beaches. Located at the gateway to Waikiki, the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki overlooks the beautiful, blue Pacific Ocean and the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor. The guest rooms at this AAA Four Diamond property are all oceanfront with floor to ceiling windows. Amenities include shuttle service to Waikiki and surrounding beaches, valet parking, turndown service upon request, swimming pool, whirlpool, business center, fitness room, expanded channel offerings including free and pay movies, in room mini-refrigerator with bottled water on day of arrival, in room safe, hair dryer, iron, bath robe, four restaurants, and free transportation to the hotel’s 27 hole championship golf course designed by Arnold Palmer (guests receive preferred tee times and special rates) or to two championship tennis courts.

Contact info:
100 Holomoana St
Honolulu, HI 96815 USA
phone: 808-956-1111
web: www.hawaiiprincehotel.com

Room amenities: in-room safes, in-room mini-refrigerator, In-Room coffee maker with coffee, in-room movies, turn-down service (upon request), complimentary use of bathrobes, iron and ironing board, High-speed internet access (wired and Wi-Fi - fees apply -as of 11/2013, $11.95 per 24 hour period per device available in room and lobby), and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Pool, restaurants, business center, fitness center, shops and a spa, full-service concierge.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 2014: $189 + taxes
Please call the hotel directly at (800) 321-6248. Request the special PII Road Scholar Group rate. This rate is based upon availability in the “Run of Ocean” Room Category . Please note: the rate may vary based on your program dates. The hotel requires a credit card to guarantee your room reservation. Credit cards accepted include American Express, Diners, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. Cancellations must be made at least 72 hours in advance to avoid penalty.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Thursday, October 30 - Orientation / Morning Class / Bishop Museum & Nat...
Orientation / Morning Class / Bishop Museum & National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific ("Punchbowl")

Breakfast: Full buffet at Prince Court Restaurant. Enjoy an array of western breakfast choices (cereal, eggs, pastries, fresh fruit), as well as Asian breakfast options.

Morning: Orientation: Enjoy a warm welcome and introductions to staff and your fellow participants. We will review the schedule, go over "housekeeping" details and answer all your questions.

After the orientation, enjoy an introduction to Hawaii in a morning class.

Lunch: Enjoy a boxed lunch poolside, in your room, or find a nice quiet spot in the hotel.

Afternoon: Enjoy a field trip to Bishop Museum, designated the State Museum of Natural and Cultural History. The museum is dedicated to telling the story of Hawaii and its place in the Pacific. Start with an expert-led exploration of the museum, then enjoy free time to explore on your own. Next, coach through historic Honolulu to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific ("Punchbowl"). Learn about its significance and enjoy the spectacular views — you'll want your camera!

Dinner: Delicious buffet in the hotel restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy free time to explore the excitement of Waikiki. Check out local music, walk along the beach, or just soak up the atmosphere.

Lodging: Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Once the favorite playground of Hawaii's royalty and their distinguished guests, Waikiki was almost entirely wetlands at the turn of the 20th century - full of taro patches, rice paddies and fish ponds. Today, it has all the amenities and activities of a major urban center, along with some of Oahu's most beautiful white sand beaches. Located at the gateway to Waikiki, the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki overlooks the beautiful, blue Pacific Ocean and the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor. The guest rooms at this AAA Four Diamond property are all oceanfront with floor to ceiling windows. Amenities include shuttle service to Waikiki and surrounding beaches, valet parking, turndown service upon request, swimming pool, whirlpool, business center, fitness room, expanded channel offerings including free and pay movies, in room mini-refrigerator with bottled water on day of arrival, in room safe, hair dryer, iron, bath robe, four restaurants, and free transportation to the hotel’s 27 hole championship golf course designed by Arnold Palmer (guests receive preferred tee times and special rates) or to two championship tennis courts.

Contact info:
100 Holomoana St
Honolulu, HI 96815 USA
phone: 808-956-1111
web: www.hawaiiprincehotel.com

Room amenities: in-room safes, in-room mini-refrigerator, In-Room coffee maker with coffee, in-room movies, turn-down service (upon request), complimentary use of bathrobes, iron and ironing board, High-speed internet access (wired and Wi-Fi - fees apply -as of 11/2013, $11.95 per 24 hour period per device available in room and lobby), and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Pool, restaurants, business center, fitness center, shops and a spa, full-service concierge.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 2014: $189 + taxes
Please call the hotel directly at (800) 321-6248. Request the special PII Road Scholar Group rate. This rate is based upon availability in the “Run of Ocean” Room Category . Please note: the rate may vary based on your program dates. The hotel requires a credit card to guarantee your room reservation. Credit cards accepted include American Express, Diners, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. Cancellations must be made at least 72 hours in advance to avoid penalty.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Friday, October 31 - Iolani Palace
Breakfast: Full buffet at Prince Court Restaurant.

Morning: Experience a field trip to Iolani Palace, the official residence of King David Kalakaua (1882-1891) and Queen Liliuokalani (1891-1893), the last monarchs of Hawaii. It is a Hawaiian national treasure and the only official state residence of royalty in the United States. Learn about Hawaii's rich history before statehood.

Lunch: On your own to explore local fare.

Afternoon: Enjoy free time to explore Waikiki and Honolulu on your own. Your group leader will make suggestions based on your interests, or if you are in need of ideas to explore all of the culture and beautiful natural surroundings this paradise has to offer.

Dinner: On your own to explore Hawaii's diverse island fare.

Evening: Enjoy a free evening to explore.

Lodging: Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Built in 2005, the Pride of America is the only cruise ship in the world sailing under the American Flag. It is 921 feet long by 106 feet wide and has 15 passenger decks with a total double-occupancy capacity of up to 2,144 passengers (of whom approximately 40 are Participants). The ship has free programming for children most evenings. Inside and outside cabins on middle decks; double-, triple- and quadruple-occupancy cabins with air conditioning and private bathrooms with shower.

Ship Information: Operated by: NCL America, a subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line, Ltd., Miami, FL. Parent Company: Star Cruises, Malaysia. Registry: U.S.A. Cruising Region: Hawaiian Islands. Built: Lloyd Werft Shipyard, Bremerhaven, Germany. Inaugural Voyage: June 2005. Maiden Voyage: July 2005. Gross Tonnage: 81,000. Overall Length: 920.6 feet. Beam: 105.6 feet. Draft: 26 feet. Engines: Diesel Electric. Cruise Speed: 22 knots. Guests: 2144 (double). Crew: 900. Decks: Fifteen. Elevators: 10. Vessel completely air-conditioned; each stateroom equipped with individual thermostat controls. Electrical Current: 110V 60-cycle U.S. current in all staterooms. Stateroom Amenities: TV/Radio/Telephone/Refrigerator/Safe in all staterooms.

Contact info:
Norwegian Cruise Line
7665 Corporate Center Drive
Miami, FL 33126 USA
phone: 888-627-4477 xfollowprompts
web: www.ncl.com

Room amenities: Each cabin has air conditioning, wall-to-wall carpeting, a sitting area, television,refrigerator, safe, and a private bathroom with shower. Please note that the ship reserves the right to upgrade cabins which may place participants on a different deck.

Facility amenities: Pride of America features Freestyle Cruising offering guests a more relaxed, resort-style cruise with flexible dining options, resort casual attire and leisurely disembarkation. The ship features 8 restaurants, 10 bars and lounges, 2 swimming pools, 4 hot tubs, a spa and fitness center, jogging/walking track, basketball and volleyball court, golf pro shop, golf driving net, outdoor chess, Full service Spa, Soho Art Gallery, Newbury Street Shops, library, video arcade, and meeting rooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Saturday, November 01 - Morning Class / Pearl Harbor - USS Arizona Memori...
Breakfast: Full buffet at Prince Court Restaurant.

Morning: Check out of the hotel and hear a fascinating lecture on "The Island Chain - Formation and Evolution of the Hawaiian Islands". Learn about Hawaii's unique natural history and the environment.

Lunch: At a local restaurant overlooking Ford Island and Pearl Harbor.

Afternoon: At USS Arizona Memorial National Historic Park, view a historical film in the park theater, take a launch boat ride across Pearl Harbor to the USS Arizona Memorial, and upon returning, a short break to explore the museum and book shop. Transfer to the Honolulu Harbor to board the “Pride of America.”

Dinner: As a group aboard the ship in one of the fine dining establishments.

Evening: Enjoy a free evening to explore the ship, relax and participate in shipboard activities and entertainment.

Lodging: Pride of America

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Built in 2005, the Pride of America is the only cruise ship in the world sailing under the American Flag. It is 921 feet long by 106 feet wide and has 15 passenger decks with a total double-occupancy capacity of up to 2,144 passengers (of whom approximately 40 are Participants). The ship has free programming for children most evenings. Inside and outside cabins on middle decks; double-, triple- and quadruple-occupancy cabins with air conditioning and private bathrooms with shower.

Ship Information: Operated by: NCL America, a subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line, Ltd., Miami, FL. Parent Company: Star Cruises, Malaysia. Registry: U.S.A. Cruising Region: Hawaiian Islands. Built: Lloyd Werft Shipyard, Bremerhaven, Germany. Inaugural Voyage: June 2005. Maiden Voyage: July 2005. Gross Tonnage: 81,000. Overall Length: 920.6 feet. Beam: 105.6 feet. Draft: 26 feet. Engines: Diesel Electric. Cruise Speed: 22 knots. Guests: 2144 (double). Crew: 900. Decks: Fifteen. Elevators: 10. Vessel completely air-conditioned; each stateroom equipped with individual thermostat controls. Electrical Current: 110V 60-cycle U.S. current in all staterooms. Stateroom Amenities: TV/Radio/Telephone/Refrigerator/Safe in all staterooms.

Contact info:
Norwegian Cruise Line
7665 Corporate Center Drive
Miami, FL 33126 USA
phone: 888-627-4477 xfollowprompts
web: www.ncl.com

Room amenities: Each cabin has air conditioning, wall-to-wall carpeting, a sitting area, television,refrigerator, safe, and a private bathroom with shower. Please note that the ship reserves the right to upgrade cabins which may place participants on a different deck.

Facility amenities: Pride of America features Freestyle Cruising offering guests a more relaxed, resort-style cruise with flexible dining options, resort casual attire and leisurely disembarkation. The ship features 8 restaurants, 10 bars and lounges, 2 swimming pools, 4 hot tubs, a spa and fitness center, jogging/walking track, basketball and volleyball court, golf pro shop, golf driving net, outdoor chess, Full service Spa, Soho Art Gallery, Newbury Street Shops, library, video arcade, and meeting rooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Sunday, November 02 - Arrival Kahului, Maui /Lecture/Iao Valley State P...
Note: During the Iao Valley field trip, there is an option of climbing 131 stairs to the top or staying at the visitor's center or on the bus.

Breakfast: Freestyle dining aboard ship. Choose any open dining venue on your own before meeting the group for the first activity of the day.

Morning: Enjoy the lecture “Where Did Everybody Come From?” Learn about Maui's unique history and its special qualities before your field trip in port.

Lunch: Aboard ship on your own. Choose from the grill on the pool deck, sit down in the open restaurant or choose the buffet lunch.

Afternoon: Experience Iao Valley State Park, a lush green valley that is a sacred site to the Hawaiian people and is the historic location of a fierce battle between Maui warriors and the army of Kamehameha I.

Dinner: On your own aboard ship or explore the local fare at one of Maui's many restaurants as the ship is docked overnight.

Evening: Enjoy a free evening to continue exploring Maui on your own or to relax and participate in shipboard activities. Your group leader will be happy to offer suggestions or visit the Shore Excursions desk for ideas. The ship overnights in Maui.

Lodging: Pride of America

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Built in 2005, the Pride of America is the only cruise ship in the world sailing under the American Flag. It is 921 feet long by 106 feet wide and has 15 passenger decks with a total double-occupancy capacity of up to 2,144 passengers (of whom approximately 40 are Participants). The ship has free programming for children most evenings. Inside and outside cabins on middle decks; double-, triple- and quadruple-occupancy cabins with air conditioning and private bathrooms with shower.

Ship Information: Operated by: NCL America, a subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line, Ltd., Miami, FL. Parent Company: Star Cruises, Malaysia. Registry: U.S.A. Cruising Region: Hawaiian Islands. Built: Lloyd Werft Shipyard, Bremerhaven, Germany. Inaugural Voyage: June 2005. Maiden Voyage: July 2005. Gross Tonnage: 81,000. Overall Length: 920.6 feet. Beam: 105.6 feet. Draft: 26 feet. Engines: Diesel Electric. Cruise Speed: 22 knots. Guests: 2144 (double). Crew: 900. Decks: Fifteen. Elevators: 10. Vessel completely air-conditioned; each stateroom equipped with individual thermostat controls. Electrical Current: 110V 60-cycle U.S. current in all staterooms. Stateroom Amenities: TV/Radio/Telephone/Refrigerator/Safe in all staterooms.

Contact info:
Norwegian Cruise Line
7665 Corporate Center Drive
Miami, FL 33126 USA
phone: 888-627-4477 xfollowprompts
web: www.ncl.com

Room amenities: Each cabin has air conditioning, wall-to-wall carpeting, a sitting area, television,refrigerator, safe, and a private bathroom with shower. Please note that the ship reserves the right to upgrade cabins which may place participants on a different deck.

Facility amenities: Pride of America features Freestyle Cruising offering guests a more relaxed, resort-style cruise with flexible dining options, resort casual attire and leisurely disembarkation. The ship features 8 restaurants, 10 bars and lounges, 2 swimming pools, 4 hot tubs, a spa and fitness center, jogging/walking track, basketball and volleyball court, golf pro shop, golf driving net, outdoor chess, Full service Spa, Soho Art Gallery, Newbury Street Shops, library, video arcade, and meeting rooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Monday, November 03 - Haleakala National Park
Note: The high elevation (10,023 feet) at the summit area of Haleakala National Park may complicate health conditions and cause breathing difficulties. People should consult their doctors prior to traveling to high elevations.

Breakfast: Freestyle dining aboard ship. Choose any open dining venue for breakfast on your own before meeting the group for the first activity of the day.

Morning: Enjoy a spectacular day in Haleakala National Park and the summit area of Haleakala, an active shield volcano. Learn about Hawaii's indigenous animals and plants, including the endemic Ahinahina (silversword). The park is recognized as an International Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations.

Lunch: At a local Maui restaurant.

Afternoon: Return to Kahului Harbor for some free time to explore Maui before dinner.

Dinner: As a group aboard ship. Be sure to be aboard as the ship will depart this evening.

Evening: Ship sails for Hilo. Enjoy a free evening on board to relax and participate in shipboard activities. You might consider several music venues and nightly entertainment in the showroom.

Lodging: Pride of America

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Built in 2005, the Pride of America is the only cruise ship in the world sailing under the American Flag. It is 921 feet long by 106 feet wide and has 15 passenger decks with a total double-occupancy capacity of up to 2,144 passengers (of whom approximately 40 are Participants). The ship has free programming for children most evenings. Inside and outside cabins on middle decks; double-, triple- and quadruple-occupancy cabins with air conditioning and private bathrooms with shower.

Ship Information: Operated by: NCL America, a subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line, Ltd., Miami, FL. Parent Company: Star Cruises, Malaysia. Registry: U.S.A. Cruising Region: Hawaiian Islands. Built: Lloyd Werft Shipyard, Bremerhaven, Germany. Inaugural Voyage: June 2005. Maiden Voyage: July 2005. Gross Tonnage: 81,000. Overall Length: 920.6 feet. Beam: 105.6 feet. Draft: 26 feet. Engines: Diesel Electric. Cruise Speed: 22 knots. Guests: 2144 (double). Crew: 900. Decks: Fifteen. Elevators: 10. Vessel completely air-conditioned; each stateroom equipped with individual thermostat controls. Electrical Current: 110V 60-cycle U.S. current in all staterooms. Stateroom Amenities: TV/Radio/Telephone/Refrigerator/Safe in all staterooms.

Contact info:
Norwegian Cruise Line
7665 Corporate Center Drive
Miami, FL 33126 USA
phone: 888-627-4477 xfollowprompts
web: www.ncl.com

Room amenities: Each cabin has air conditioning, wall-to-wall carpeting, a sitting area, television,refrigerator, safe, and a private bathroom with shower. Please note that the ship reserves the right to upgrade cabins which may place participants on a different deck.

Facility amenities: Pride of America features Freestyle Cruising offering guests a more relaxed, resort-style cruise with flexible dining options, resort casual attire and leisurely disembarkation. The ship features 8 restaurants, 10 bars and lounges, 2 swimming pools, 4 hot tubs, a spa and fitness center, jogging/walking track, basketball and volleyball court, golf pro shop, golf driving net, outdoor chess, Full service Spa, Soho Art Gallery, Newbury Street Shops, library, video arcade, and meeting rooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Tuesday, November 04 - Arrival Hilo, Hawaii Island / Hawaii Volcanoes Na...
Note: Thurston Lava Tube can be wet and slippery; 15-20 stairs down to the tube and 15-20 back up. There is 1-2 miles of walking on this day on varied terrain.

Breakfast: Freestyle dining aboard ship. Choose any open dining venue for breakfast on your own before meeting the group for the first activity of the day.

Morning: There is an array of fascinating sights and hikes in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You may consider Jaggar Museum and its overlook into Kilauea Caldera, or the Steam Vents where ground water seeps down to the hot volcanic rocks in this area and returns to the surface as steam. You may walk through a lush rainforest to Nahuku (Thurston) Lava Tube, a natural cave formed by ancient lava flows, or hike the Devastation Trail, which was formed in 1959 as a result of an eruption from the Kilauea Iki crater (Iki is Hawaiian for small). Stop at the Kilauea Visitor Center to see exhibits on volcanoes, rainforest and island formation.

Lunch: Enjoy a deli selection at the Crater Rim Cafe, Kilauea Military Camp (KMC). KMC is a 50-acre military “R&R” camp located within confines of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. It was founded in 1916, the same year as the National Park.

Afternoon: Continue your exploration of the park. Along the way back to the ship, you'll make a brief stop at an impressive orchid nursery that has over 1,000 blooming orchids on display. It is one of the largest collections in Hawaii.

Dinner: Freestyle dining on your own aboard the ship. Return to a restaurant that you enjoyed or try out a new one.

Evening: Enjoy a free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities. If conditions permit and Madame Pele allows, you may be able to view molten lava as it flows from its source to the coast as the ship sails away.

Lodging: Pride of America

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Built in 2005, the Pride of America is the only cruise ship in the world sailing under the American Flag. It is 921 feet long by 106 feet wide and has 15 passenger decks with a total double-occupancy capacity of up to 2,144 passengers (of whom approximately 40 are Participants). The ship has free programming for children most evenings. Inside and outside cabins on middle decks; double-, triple- and quadruple-occupancy cabins with air conditioning and private bathrooms with shower.

Ship Information: Operated by: NCL America, a subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line, Ltd., Miami, FL. Parent Company: Star Cruises, Malaysia. Registry: U.S.A. Cruising Region: Hawaiian Islands. Built: Lloyd Werft Shipyard, Bremerhaven, Germany. Inaugural Voyage: June 2005. Maiden Voyage: July 2005. Gross Tonnage: 81,000. Overall Length: 920.6 feet. Beam: 105.6 feet. Draft: 26 feet. Engines: Diesel Electric. Cruise Speed: 22 knots. Guests: 2144 (double). Crew: 900. Decks: Fifteen. Elevators: 10. Vessel completely air-conditioned; each stateroom equipped with individual thermostat controls. Electrical Current: 110V 60-cycle U.S. current in all staterooms. Stateroom Amenities: TV/Radio/Telephone/Refrigerator/Safe in all staterooms.

Contact info:
Norwegian Cruise Line
7665 Corporate Center Drive
Miami, FL 33126 USA
phone: 888-627-4477 xfollowprompts
web: www.ncl.com

Room amenities: Each cabin has air conditioning, wall-to-wall carpeting, a sitting area, television,refrigerator, safe, and a private bathroom with shower. Please note that the ship reserves the right to upgrade cabins which may place participants on a different deck.

Facility amenities: Pride of America features Freestyle Cruising offering guests a more relaxed, resort-style cruise with flexible dining options, resort casual attire and leisurely disembarkation. The ship features 8 restaurants, 10 bars and lounges, 2 swimming pools, 4 hot tubs, a spa and fitness center, jogging/walking track, basketball and volleyball court, golf pro shop, golf driving net, outdoor chess, Full service Spa, Soho Art Gallery, Newbury Street Shops, library, video arcade, and meeting rooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Wednesday, November 05 - Arrival Kona, Hawaii Island / Cloud Forest / Puuh...
Arrival Kona, Hawaii Island / Cloud Forest / Puuhonua (Place of Refuge) o Honaunau National Historical Park

Note: This is a "tender" port. As Kona has a small port, the ship must anchor off-shore. The group will board tenders (smaller boats) that will transfer them to Kona's shore. Assistance is provided by ship staff at boarding time.

Breakfast: Freestyle dining aboard ship. Choose any open dining venue for breakfast on your own before meeting the group for the first activity of the day.

Morning: Visit a privately owned cloud forest preserve on the slopes of Hualalai to learn about the plants of the tropical cloud forest. This exclusive excursion is not open to the general public and is a special place.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic.

Afternoon: Experience the historic site of Puuhonua (Place of Refuge) O Honaunau National Historical Park, which contains one of the most sacred heiau (traditional place of worship) in the islands. Through a self-guided walking exploration, learn about Hawaiian building construction, heiau, and the process through which ancient Hawaiians pardoned those who broke the kapu (laws).

Dinner: As a group aboard the ship at Moderno Churrascaria

Evening: Enjoy a free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities. The ship sails to Kauai.

Lodging: Pride of America

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Built in 2005, the Pride of America is the only cruise ship in the world sailing under the American Flag. It is 921 feet long by 106 feet wide and has 15 passenger decks with a total double-occupancy capacity of up to 2,144 passengers (of whom approximately 40 are Participants). The ship has free programming for children most evenings. Inside and outside cabins on middle decks; double-, triple- and quadruple-occupancy cabins with air conditioning and private bathrooms with shower.

Ship Information: Operated by: NCL America, a subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line, Ltd., Miami, FL. Parent Company: Star Cruises, Malaysia. Registry: U.S.A. Cruising Region: Hawaiian Islands. Built: Lloyd Werft Shipyard, Bremerhaven, Germany. Inaugural Voyage: June 2005. Maiden Voyage: July 2005. Gross Tonnage: 81,000. Overall Length: 920.6 feet. Beam: 105.6 feet. Draft: 26 feet. Engines: Diesel Electric. Cruise Speed: 22 knots. Guests: 2144 (double). Crew: 900. Decks: Fifteen. Elevators: 10. Vessel completely air-conditioned; each stateroom equipped with individual thermostat controls. Electrical Current: 110V 60-cycle U.S. current in all staterooms. Stateroom Amenities: TV/Radio/Telephone/Refrigerator/Safe in all staterooms.

Contact info:
Norwegian Cruise Line
7665 Corporate Center Drive
Miami, FL 33126 USA
phone: 888-627-4477 xfollowprompts
web: www.ncl.com

Room amenities: Each cabin has air conditioning, wall-to-wall carpeting, a sitting area, television,refrigerator, safe, and a private bathroom with shower. Please note that the ship reserves the right to upgrade cabins which may place participants on a different deck.

Facility amenities: Pride of America features Freestyle Cruising offering guests a more relaxed, resort-style cruise with flexible dining options, resort casual attire and leisurely disembarkation. The ship features 8 restaurants, 10 bars and lounges, 2 swimming pools, 4 hot tubs, a spa and fitness center, jogging/walking track, basketball and volleyball court, golf pro shop, golf driving net, outdoor chess, Full service Spa, Soho Art Gallery, Newbury Street Shops, library, video arcade, and meeting rooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Thursday, November 06 - Free Day / Optional Morning Lecture/Overnight Kau...
Breakfast: Freestyle dining aboard ship. Choose any open dining venue for breakfast on your own before meeting the group for the first activity of the day.

Morning: Experience Kauai on your own during a free day. Your group leader will offer optional classes aboard the ship this morning. You may also choose to remain on the ship and rest or enjoy shipboard activities. The ship’s spa often has specials while in port.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own, either in Kauai or aboard ship.

Afternoon: Continue your free day in Kauai. You may want to sign up for the ship's luau, which is hosted ashore (there is a fee; book through ship's Shore Excursion desk).

Dinner: Aboard ship or on your own in port.

Evening: Enjoy a free evening to continue your exploration of Kauai, relax, or participate in shipboard activities. The ship overnights in Kauai.

Lodging: Pride of America

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Built in 2005, the Pride of America is the only cruise ship in the world sailing under the American Flag. It is 921 feet long by 106 feet wide and has 15 passenger decks with a total double-occupancy capacity of up to 2,144 passengers (of whom approximately 40 are Participants). The ship has free programming for children most evenings. Inside and outside cabins on middle decks; double-, triple- and quadruple-occupancy cabins with air conditioning and private bathrooms with shower.

Ship Information: Operated by: NCL America, a subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line, Ltd., Miami, FL. Parent Company: Star Cruises, Malaysia. Registry: U.S.A. Cruising Region: Hawaiian Islands. Built: Lloyd Werft Shipyard, Bremerhaven, Germany. Inaugural Voyage: June 2005. Maiden Voyage: July 2005. Gross Tonnage: 81,000. Overall Length: 920.6 feet. Beam: 105.6 feet. Draft: 26 feet. Engines: Diesel Electric. Cruise Speed: 22 knots. Guests: 2144 (double). Crew: 900. Decks: Fifteen. Elevators: 10. Vessel completely air-conditioned; each stateroom equipped with individual thermostat controls. Electrical Current: 110V 60-cycle U.S. current in all staterooms. Stateroom Amenities: TV/Radio/Telephone/Refrigerator/Safe in all staterooms.

Contact info:
Norwegian Cruise Line
7665 Corporate Center Drive
Miami, FL 33126 USA
phone: 888-627-4477 xfollowprompts
web: www.ncl.com

Room amenities: Each cabin has air conditioning, wall-to-wall carpeting, a sitting area, television,refrigerator, safe, and a private bathroom with shower. Please note that the ship reserves the right to upgrade cabins which may place participants on a different deck.

Facility amenities: Pride of America features Freestyle Cruising offering guests a more relaxed, resort-style cruise with flexible dining options, resort casual attire and leisurely disembarkation. The ship features 8 restaurants, 10 bars and lounges, 2 swimming pools, 4 hot tubs, a spa and fitness center, jogging/walking track, basketball and volleyball court, golf pro shop, golf driving net, outdoor chess, Full service Spa, Soho Art Gallery, Newbury Street Shops, library, video arcade, and meeting rooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Friday, November 07 - Waimea Canyon / At Sea, Kauai's Na Pali Coast
Breakfast: Freestyle dining aboard ship. Choose any open dining venue for breakfast on your own before meeting the group for the first activity of the day.

Morning: Today you experience the awe-inspiring Waimea Canyon, the geologically spectacular "Grand Canyon" of Hawaii, and Kokee State Park. Learn about Kauai's natural history, including stops to view Waimea Canyon's incredible erosional valleys from several vantage points. At Kokee State Park, high in the rainforest, continue natural history studies in lush green surroundings. You'll also visit the quaint Kokee Museum to learn about Kauai's native birds, plants and other unique natural resources.

Lunch: Aboard the ship.

Afternoon: Ship departs for Honolulu Harbor via the spectacular Na Pali ("the cliffs") coast of Kauai. While taking in the view, enjoy a free afternoon to relax and participate in shipboard activities.

Dinner: Aloha (Farewell) Dinner aboard ship. This is a last opportunity to socialize with new friends before disembarking tomorrow.

Evening: Enjoy a last free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities.

Lodging: Pride of America

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eleven: Saturday, November 08 - Disembark in Honolulu / Aloha (Farewell)
Breakfast: Freestyle dining aboard ship. Choose any open dining venue for breakfast on your own.

Morning: Disembark ship. Independent departure for airport or other destinations. The ship's Shore Excursion desk does offer optional activities for this day for those of you who may have late flights and would be interested in an activities (there may be a fee; book through shore excursions desk aboard ship).

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Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii
Imiloa Astronomy CenterThe relationship between Hawaiian culture and the universe is showcased through a colorful variety of displays and interactive exhibits. There are daily Planetarium shows, an extensive Exhibit Hall to discover, landscape tours. Lunch is available at the on-site restaurant. Hours of Operation are: Tuesday through Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day Admission Rates: Adults (13 and up) $17.50 Located at: Nowelo St, Hilo, HI 96720 Reservation Info Phone:(808) 969-9700 Fax:(808) 969-9748
For additional information, visit: www.imiloahawaii.org
Liliuokalani Park GardensThe Liliuokalani Park and Gardens covers almost 30 acres on the Waiakea Peninsula. This authentic Japanese garden park was built in the early 1900's as a memorial to the Japanese immigrant sugar plantation workers who developed the old Waiakea Sugar Plantation. It is named in honor of Hawaii's last reigning monarch, Queen Liliuokalani who bequeathed part of park land for public use. Beautiful grounds for a leisurely stroll featuring gazebos, fish ponds, bridges, statues and a panoramic view across Hilo Bay. Phone: (808) 826-1053 Hours: Grounds are always open
For additional information, visit: www.gohawaii.com
Kona, Big Island of Hawaii
Hulihee PalaceBuilt in 1838 by Governor John Adams Kuakini, Hulihee Palace remained until 1916 a retreat and vacation spa for Hawaiian royalty. The Palace is now a museum, displaying historical treasures from Hawaii's past including a collection of former Hawaiian royalty furniture and effects, as well as ancient artifacts. In 1925, the palace was purchased by the Territory of Hawaii and turned over to the Daughters of Hawaii, an organization dedicated to perpetuate the memory and spirit of old Hawaii and of historic facts. 75-5718 Alii Drive Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i 96740 Tel: (808) 329-1877 Hours: Sunday-Saturday 9am-4pm Adults: $6.00 Seniors: $4.00
For additional information, visit: www.huliheepalace.org
Kahua RanchKahua Ranch is located on the western slope of the Kohala Mountains, 3000 feet above sea level. This 8,500 acres of private ranch land provides a variety of landscapes. It is a working ranch with cattle and sheep ranching, hydroponic greenhouses, and also offers visitor related activities including ATV and horseback tours, paniolo bbq, shooting range, and hiking. Reservation Information: Phone:(808) 882-4646 Fax:(808) 882-4444
For additional information, visit: www.kahuaranch.com/
Kona Coffee Plantation and Factory TourAlmost everyone has heard about the magnificent taste of hand-picked Kona coffee. Some of the best coffee in the world is grown on a narrow strip of land in the mountain slopes above Kailua-Kona. Nearly 600 farms share space in this 20-mile-long, 2-mile-wide coffee-rich corridor. Island Sun Coffee or Greenwell Farms are a couple of farms that offer a plantation tour and tasting for a unique sightseeing and educational experience.
For additional information, visit: www.konacoffeefest.com/vendors.html
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Diamond HeadDiamond Head State Monument is a true gem on Oahu. Actually named Leahi by Hawaiians, it received its more well known name in the late 1700’s when British seamen saw calcite crystals sparkling in the sunshine and thought they had found diamonds. A hike to the top of Diamond Head takes about an hour over a well-worn path. The summit offers a spectacular 365-degree view of Oahu and is a must trip for photography enthusiasts. Oahu District Office, Hawaii State Parks P.O. Box 621 Honolulu, HI 96809 Tel: 808-587-0300 Open: 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM Year round.
For additional information, visit: http://www.hawaiistateparks.org/parks/oahu/index.cfm?park_id=15
Discover Historic HonoluluLocated in the heart of Honolulu you'll find many of Hawaii's most historic buildings, including the Iolani Palace home to Hawaii's last monarchs and the only palace on U.S. soil. You'll also want to visit the Hawaii State Capitol, the Kamehameha I Statue, Kawaiahao Church -the first Christian church in Hawaii, the Mission Houses Museum and the Old Federal Building. All of historic Honolulu is within walking distance of downtown parking at the equally famous Aloha Tower.
For additional information, visit: www.honolulu.gov/moca/historichonolulu.htm
Hanauma BayHanauma Bay Nature Preserve is one of the most spectacular natural resources in Hawaii and is dedicated to safeguarding the fragile marine life in the Bay. It is one of the more popular recreational swimming, snorkeling and picnicking areas on O`ahu. The bay itself is legally designated as a State Underwater Park and is the first Marine Life Conservation District in the State. 7455 Kalanianaole Highway. (Enter Hanauma Bay Education Center off the main coastal road Kalanaianaole Highway Route 72 near the eastern tip of Oahu). Pre-recorded Information: (808) 396-4229. Open daily from 6:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. except on Tuesdays.
For additional information, visit: www1.honolulu.gov/parks/facility/hanaumabay
Honolulu ZooThe Honolulu Zoo covers 42 lush, shady acres at the Diamond Head end of Waikîkî. It features some special exhibits such as the Nene (the Hawai`i state bird), native Hawaiian forest birds, and the highlight of the zoo, the Kabuni Reserve. The African savanna covers 12-acres where animals roam freely behind disguised barriers in 30 different habitats. The zoo is located near Kapiolani Park at the corner of Kapahulu and Kalakaua Avenue. Up against the zoo fence, local artists display their paintings and crafts. 151 Kapahulu Avenue Honolulu, HI 96815 Tel: 808-971-7171 Hours: 9:00 am-4:30 pm daily
For additional information, visit: www.honoluluzoo.org
Shop in Waikiki and in the Greater Honolulu AreaWaikiki is a great place to shop and offers prestigious retailers such as Tiffany & Co., Chanel, Gucci and Louis Vuitton as well as more modest stores such as the ever-present ABC Stores and the world-famous International Market Place. The Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center contains 150 stores and restaurants on four levels. Ala Moana Shopping Center, located in the heart of Honolulu, is one of the largest open-air shopping centers in the world with more than 200 stores to meet your every need. The Center is recognized as having the flagship stores for most major international, national and local retailers. Other nearby malls in Honolulu to shop at include Aloha Tower Marketplace; Ward Warehouse and Ward Center, across from Fisherman’s Wharf; and Kahala Mall in Kahala.
Waikiki AquariumThe Waikiki Aquarium's exhibits, programs, and research focus on the aquatic life of Hawaii and the tropical Pacific. Over 3,500 marine animals in our exhibits represent more than 500 species of aquatic animals and plants. Every year, 330,000 people including 30,000 school age children visit. It has been designated as the Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center for the Pacific Island Region of the Coastal America Partnership. 2777 Kalakaua Avenue Honolulu, HI 96815 Phone: (808)923-9741 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily (facility closes at 5:00 p.m.)
For additional information, visit: http://www.waquarium.org/
Waikiki at NightAt night Waikiki is an exuberant world of shops, bistros and neon lights, alive with people, and complete with amusing street entertainers. Often heralded as the ambassadors of aloha, these musicians, singers, mimes, drummers, and a myriad of other performers give Waikiki a local color and ambience found nowhere else in the Hawaiian Islands. Street performers start about 8pm and ends about 10pm.
Lihue, Kauai
Kauai MuseumThe history of Kauai is kept safe in this great little museum and is worth a stop at before you set out to explore the island. It contains a wealth of historical artifacts and information tracing the island's history from the beginning of time through Contact (when Capt. James Cook "discovered" Kauai in 1778), the monarchy period, the plantation era, and the present. See old poi pounders and idols, relics of sugar planters and paniolos, a nice seashell collection, old Hawaiian quilts, feather leis, a replica of a plantation worker's home, a model of Cook's ship, and much more. 4428 Rice Street Lihue, HI 96766 Ph: 808-245-6931 Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm; Sat 10am-4pm Admission: Admission General Public: $10.00 Seniors (65+): $8.00
For additional information, visit: www.kauaimuseum.org
Kilohana PlantationThis 1930's plantation estate was the home of Gaylord and Ethel Wilcox, descendents of missionary families. Gaylord was the manager of the Grove Farm Plantation. His 16,000 square-foot mansion was loving restored and is open to the public. The motif of the house shows how Kauai's rich and famous lived back when sugar was king of the islands. On premise they have Gaylord's Restaurant, a terrific boutique, a country store, and galleries. Guided Plantation tours are available for a fee. 3-2087 Kaumualii Highway Lihue, HI 96766 Ph: 808-245-5608 Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30am - 9:30pm Sun 9:30am - 5pm Tour hours: 11:00am 6:30pm daily Admission to the house: FREE
For additional information, visit: kilohanakauai.com/
Kahului, Maui, Hawaii
Maui Nui Botanical GardensGarden Tours Available: Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, weekly, 150 Kanaloa Ave. Kahului, HI 96732 Tours cover the natural history, conservation and ethnobotanical uses of native Hawaiian and Polynesian-introduced plants as well as the Gardens' projects in these areas. Tours are free with a suggested donation of $5 per person. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 808-249-2798.
For additional information, visit: www.mnbg.org
Ulalena - Maui TheatreUlalena is a fabulously unique theatrical experience staged at Maui Theatre in historic Lahaina Town. An original presentation which has been acclaimed by critics as masterful, exhilarating and surprising. Ulalena tells the story of Hawaii through visual expression, song, acrobatics and dance. 878 Front Street, Lahaina, Maui Toll Free (877) 661 6655 or (808) 661 6655 Doors open daily at 6pm, Monday - Friday Prices start at $60.
For additional information, visit: www.ulalena.com

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