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Pacific Odyssey: Islands of Hawaii and French Polynesia

Program Number: 21063RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/14/2014 - 1/14/2015;
Duration: 31 nights
Location: Hawaii/California/Tahiti/French Polynesia
Price starting at: $7,299.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises; Independent City Discoveries
Meals: 92; 31 Breakfasts, 30 Lunches, 31 Dinners    

Experience enchanting islands of the Pacific, have a Merry Christmas and celebrate New Year’s Eve at sea on this grand voyage that begins and ends in San Diego. Onboard presentations cover intriguing topics like island customs, volcanic geology and the settlement and exploration of Hawaii and Polynesia.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to 1.5 miles per day. Some uneven terrain and unavoidable stairs.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

San Diego, Calif., 1 night; aboard ms Statendam, 30 nights.



Coordinated by Hawaii Pacific University.



Days 1-2: Arrival San Diego, Calif. / embark ms Statendam:

Lodging: Four-star hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter.



Days 3-7: At Sea


Day 8: Hilo, Hawaii:

A nature walk in Volcanoes National Park includes the Kilauea caldera and Thurston Lava Tube.



Day 9: Lahaina, Maui:

Discover the lush Iao Valley and the Maui Ocean Center’s state-of-the-art tropical reef aquarium.



Days 10-11: Honolulu, Oahu:

Visit Pearl Harbor then Iolani Palace, the only royal palace in the United States. Enjoy a second day to explore on your own.



Days 12-14: At Sea


Days 15: Fanning Island (Kiribati)

Independently explore this island of peaceful lagoons, swaying palms and abundant birdlife



Day 16: At Sea


Days 17-18: Bora Bora (French Polynesia):

Learn about this idyllic island’s role in World War II plus enjoy time on your own. Don't miss the spectacular lagoon.



Day 19: Raiatea:

Discover the Taputapuatea marae, once considered the sacred center of Polynesia.



Day 20: Tahiti:

A field trip reveals natural wonders including plummeting waterfalls and Vaipahi Garden.



Day 21: Moorea:

Visit the University of California’s Gump Research Station and enjoy a traditional Polynesian meal.



Days 22-23: Rangiroa / At Sea:

Learn about one of the traditional industries of the south Pacific as you visit a black pearl farm to see pearl cultivation firsthand .



Day 24: Nuku Hiva:

Explore the Taipivai Valley - Herman Melville’s experience living with the people here inspired his first book.



Days 25-32: At Sea / San Diego, Calif. / disembark / departure


ms Statendam

The ms Statendam is the fifth ship to bear the name in Holland America Line's more than 130-year history. At 720-feet, she is designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for maximum comfort. The ship features a theme of Dutch life and exploration, and displays art and artifacts beautifully throughout the ship.


Meals and Lodgings
   The Westgate Hotel
  San Diego, USA 1 night
   MS Statendam
  At Sea
Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii, USA
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, USA
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA
At Sea
Fanning Island, Republic of Kiribati
At Sea
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Raiatea, French Polynesia
Tahiti, French Polynesia
Moorea, French Polynesia
Tuamotu Islands - Rangiroa, French Polynesia
At Sea
Marquesas Islands - Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia
At Sea
30 nights
 The Westgate Hotel
Type: Five-Star Hotel
  Description: Located 2.5 miles from the airport, the Westgate hotel is perfectly situated to enjoy Horton Plaza shopping center and trendy restaurants and nightclubs in the Gaslamp Quarter. Designed as a re-creation of an anteroom in the Palace of Versailles, the Grand Lobby is noted for its magnificent antiques, Baccarat crystal chandeliers, Flemish and French tapestries and Persian carpets.
  Contact info: 1055 Second Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101 USA
phone: 800-522-1564
web: www.westgatehotel.com
  Room amenities: Room amenities include minibars, DVD & CD players, iron/ironing board, clock radio, hair dryer, climate control, a desk and laptop-compatible safes. High-speed Internet access is complimentary, and TV-based Internet access is also available (surcharge).
  Facility amenities: Guests enjoy access to two restaurants (Le Fontainebleau - Flagship restaurant known for romantic atmosphere and contemporary French cuisine and Le Grand Café featuring Continental-inspired California cuisine), 24 hour room service, an upscale grocery, a bar, afternoon tea served every weekday, a fitness center and a spa.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: See Additional Nights Comments 2014 Rates: $205 per night plus taxes
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 MS Statendam
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: The ms Statendam is the fifth ship to bear the name in Holland America Line's 133-year history. With more than $2 million worth of art and artifacts, the ms Statendam features a theme of Dutch life and exploration. The Van Gogh Theater is a work of art in itself. Themed to Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh's paintings "The Starry Night" and "Irises," the room features computerized fiber optic lighting as well as a state-of-the-art sound system. You can expect fine dining, spacious staterooms, the best in cruise entertainment, relaxing nooks and beautiful art displayed throughout the ship. In the center of the ship, a soaring three-story atrium showcases an elaborate 26-foot-high "Fountain of the Siren" sculpture, which extends from the Lower Promenade Deck to the Upper Promenade. The ms Statendam completed all Signature of Excellence enhancements to her public rooms in Spring 2005.
  Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Netherlands Passenger capacity: 1,260 Crew members: 580 Gross Tonnage: 55,819 grt. Length: 719 feet Beam: 101 feet Maximum speed: 22 knots Dedicated: January 1993, by Mrs. Lin Arison
  Contact info: Holland America Cruises
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 206-281-3535
web: www.hollandamerica.com
  Room amenities: Your stateroom is furnished with a ship-to-shore telephone which enables you to easily call anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day (prices are found in your stateroom directory). You'll also find ample closet and drawer space, individually-controlled air conditioning, a television for viewing CNN, movies and onboard features. All staterooms, with the exception of the Statendam Penthouse suite, have safes in the stateroom. All staterooms are equipped with standard 110 AC and 220 AC outlets. If your shaver operates on standard 110 AC, by all means bring it. You may wish to bring a travel alarm clock as they are not available in staterooms. Hairdryers are available in staterooms on all ships. For safety reasons, we respectfully request that you do not iron clothing in your stateroom. Ironing facilities are available at the self-service laundry rooms for your convenience on all ships except In addition, full laundry and valet services are available.
  Facility amenities: Signature features include: •The two-tier Rotterdam Dining Room features impeccable service and an extensive wine list, and offers five-course menus, from continental cuisine to vegetarian and low-carb options •The intimate reservations-only Pinnacle Grill offers an elegant, sophisticated dining experience and features premium hand-selected cuts of Sterling Silver beef, inspired seafood dishes and many select wines rated "Excellent" by Wine Spectator - as well as distinctive Bvlgari china, Riedel stemware and Frette linens •The Lido Restaurant offers a relaxed ambiance for all three meals and features a variety of fresh, cooked-to-order specialties •The Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine magazine, is the setting for gourmet cooking demonstrations and interactive classes •Explorations Café, powered by The New York Times, features the largest library at sea, as well as comfortable music listening stations and Internet access •The Greenhouse Spa & Salon features thermal suites, a hydrotherapy and thalassotherapy pool, heated ceramic lounges and more •The Van Gogh Show Lounge features Las Vegas-style productions, talented vocalists, illusionists, comedians and variety acts •The Crow's Nest, where sweeping views make this observation lounge a top choice for relaxing during the day, and in the evening transforms into a hip, fashionable nightclub features top-notch DJs and live bands •Club HAL, dedicated youth facilities and activities for kids ages 3 to 12 •The Loft and The Oasis, designed exclusively for teens to have fun, socialize and hang out with people their own age
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration between 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Westgate Hotel lobby. Upon arrival, please proceed to the hotel’s front desk to check in. You will then be directed to the Road Scholar registration desk. You will be staying at The Westgate Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Approximately by 10:30 am upon disembarkation at San Diego Port, "B" Street Pier with independent departures. You will be staying at MS Statendam the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
There is 24 hour valet parking (no self) serve for the Westgate Hotel. Overnight parking is $32. Long-term parking is also available at Park & Ride lots that service both the Cruise Ship Terminal and the Airport. Rates vary from $10 to $24 per day.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  San Diego
  Nearest airport:  San Diego(SAN) airport
  From End of Program
  Location:  At Sea/San Diego
Travel Details
 

San Diego

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
The Coaster
phone: 800-262-7837

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

One way: $5.00, Round Trip: $10.00 (prices subject to change)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 3 miles

   

Travelers headed to and from San Diego International Airport can connect with the Coaster at Amtrak's Santa Fe Depot train station downtown by using Metropolitan Transit System Flyer Route No. 992 every 10 minutes between 5:00 a.m. and 12:50 a.m.The Coaster operates Monday-Saturday. There is no Sunday service, and no service on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas Day. For additional information,visit www.gonctd.com.

 

San Diego

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Various Taxi Companies

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Please call specific taxi company for rate
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 Minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 3 miles

   

Many companies provide taxicab service at San Diego International Airport. If you need a taxi, simply follow the signs leading to the Transportation Plazas. A Transportation Coordinator will place you with the first available taxi – unless you specify a particular taxicab company. Airport Yellow Cab of San Diego: 619.234.6161 American Cab: 619.234.1111 Orange Cab: 619.291.3333 San Diego Cab: 619.226.8294 / 800.368.2947 USA Cab: 619.231.1144

 

San Diego

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Various Shuttle Companies

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Please call specific shuttle company for rate
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 3 miles

   

Below lists shuttle companies frequently used by travelers. Advanced Shuttle: 800.719.3499 Access Shuttle: 619.282.1515 / 800.690.9090 Airport Shuttle: 619.234.4403 / 888.254.0333 Cloud 9 Shuttle/Super Shuttle:800.9.SHUTTLE (800.974.8885) Coronado Livery: 619.435.6310 EZ Ride: 800.777.0585 Prime Time Shuttle: 800.REDVANS (800.733.8267) Sea Breeze Shuttle: 619.297.7463 Xpress Shuttle: 800.900.RIDE (7433) The Flyer: 800.COMMUTE (266.6883)

 
Driving Directions
  San Diego Airport to The Westgate Hotel From Airport: Exit airport and follow signs to Downtown (east on Harbor Drive), left on Broadway, left on Second Avenue, hotel entrance is on the right hand side.
Elevation Note: 4,100' at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park site

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration/Welcome
(Sunday, December 14)
   
 Afternoon: Program Registration
 Dinner: Welcome Buffet Dinner - The Westgate Room
 Evening: Brief introductions to the members of the group.
   
Accommodations: The Westgate Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Free Afternoon/Transfer to Ship
(Monday, December 15)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel restaurant
 Morning: Program Orientation. Free Time to pack and check out of hotel. Depart for ship; Arrive Port of San Diego, "B" Street Pier, and check-in
 Lunch: Aboard ship on your own.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to get settled into your cabin and to explore the ship. Ship departs San Diego for Hawaii at 5:00 pm
 Dinner: Welcome Dinner - Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Free Evening
   
Accommodations: MS Statendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Morning Class/Free Time/Cocktail Party
(Tuesday, December 16)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Class: The Pacific Encounter: An Introduction to Oceania
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax or participate in on-board activities. Welcome Cocktail party prior to dinner
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities
   
Accommodations: MS Statendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Morning Class/Free Afternoon
(Wednesday, December 17)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Class: Polynesian Voyagers and the Settlement of the Pacific
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax or participate in on-board activities
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities
   
Accommodations: MS Statendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Morning Class/ Free Afternoon
(Thursday, December 18)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard ship.
 Morning: Class: Oceania: A Fluid Geography
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax or participate in the on-board activities
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities
   
Accommodations: MS Statendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Morning Class/ Free Afternoon
(Friday, December 19)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Class: Introduction to the Hawaiian Islands
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax or participate in the on-board activities
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities
   
Accommodations: MS Statendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Free Day
(Saturday, December 20)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Free day to relax or participate in on-board activities
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
   
Accommodations: MS Statendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Arrive Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii/Hawaii Volcanoes National Park/Orchid Garden/Depart Hilo for Honolulu
(Sunday, December 21)

Note: Thurston Lava Tube: Can be wet and slippery, 15 -20 stairs down to the tube and 15- 20 back up. Walking on uneven ground, on and off busses all day. Approx total 1-2 miles walking.



   
 Arrive To: Ship arrives at Hilo, Hawaii Island at 8:00 am
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Field Trip: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Your exploration will include guided nature walks and hikes. Stops include: •Jaggar Museum and its overlook into Kilauea Caldera. •The Steam vents. Ground water seeps down to the hot volcanic rocks in this area and returns to the surface as steam. •A walk through a lush rainforest to Nahuku (Thurston) Lava Tube, a natural cave formed by ancient lava flows. •Devastation Trail. The Trail was formed in 1959 as a result of an eruption from the Kilauea Iki crater (Iki is Hawaiian for small). •Kilauea Visitor Center to see exhibits on volcanoes, rainforest, and island formation.
 Lunch: Deli lunch - 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: Continuation of Volcanoes field trip. Along the way back to the ship, we'll make a brief stop at an orchid nursery that has over 1000 blooming orchids on display - one of the largest collections in Hawaii.
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities.
 In Transit: All aboard by 5:00 pm. Ship sets sail for Lahaina, Maui at 6:00 pm.
   
Accommodations: MS Statendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Arrive Lahaina/Iao Valley State Park/Maui Ocean Center/Depart Maui for Ensenada, Mexico
(Monday, December 22)

Note: This is a "tender" port. As Lahaina has a small, shallow port, the ship must anchor off-shore. The group will board tenders (smaller boats) that will transfer them to shore. Assistance is provided by ship staff at boarding time. Iao Valley field trip: scenic drive with interpretation on bus. When you reach the the park, there is an option of climbing 131 stairs to the top or staying at the bottom at the visitor's center or on the bus.



   
 Arrive To: Ship arrives at Lahaina, Maui at 8:00 am.
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Field Trip: Iao Valley State Park - This lush green valley 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.
 Lunch: Seascape Restaurant-Maui Ocean Center
 Afternoon: Field trip to Maui Ocean Center. Maui Ocean Center is an aquarium which is devoted to Hawai`i’s unique marine environment. This state-of-the-art marine park features spectacular live coral displays (the largest collection in the nation), elusive garden eels and majestic lionfish, colorful Hawaiian wrasses, Hawai`i’s beloved green sea turtles, sharks, rays and more.
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities
 In Transit: All aboard by 5:00 pm. Ship sets sail for Honolulu, Oahu, at 6:00 pm
   
Accommodations: MS Statendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Arrive Honolulu/Pearl Harbor - USS Arizona Memorial/Iolani Palace/Overnight in Honolulu
(Tuesday, December 23)
   
 Arrive To: Ship arrives at Honolulu Harbor, Oahu at 8:00 am
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Field trip to USS Arizona Memorial National Historic Park - view historical film in the theater, board the launch for a ride across Pearl Harbor to the USS Arizona Memorial, explore the museum and book shop.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant overlooking beautiful Pearl Harbor.
 Afternoon: 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.
 Dinner: Dinner on board ship or you are free to explore local dining options on your own.
 Evening: Free Evening to explore Oahu or participate in shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MS Statendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Christmas Eve/Free Day/Sail for Kiribati
(Wednesday, December 24)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Free Day to enjoy in Waikiki or on ship.
 Lunch: On your own aboard ship
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore Honolulu or participate in shipboard activities.
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities
 In Transit: All aboard by 3:00 pm. Ship sets sail for Kiribati (Fanning Island) at 4:00 pm
   
Accommodations: MS Statendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Christmas Day/Free Day
(Thursday, December 25)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Free day to relax or participate in on-board activities
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
   
Accommodations: MS Statendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Morning Class/Free Afternoon
(Friday, December 26)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Class: Polynesians and Their Oceanic Cultures
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax or participate in on-board activities
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities
   
Accommodations: MS Statendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: LOST DAY DUE TO CROSSING INTERNATIONAL DATELINE
(Saturday, December 27)
   
 Morning: LOST DAY DUE TO CROSSING INTERNATIONAL DATELINE
   
Accommodations: MS Statendam

Day 15: Arrive Fanning Island/Independent Exploration/Set sail for Bora Bora/Cross Equator/Class
(Sunday, December 28)

Note: CROSS INTERNATIONAL DATELINE AGAIN /REGAIN "LOST" DAY



   
 Breakfast: DECEMBER 28 (First Time) Aboard ship
 Breakfast: DECEMBER 28 (Second Time -"Regained Day") Aboard ship
 Morning: DECEMBER 28 (First Time). Arrive Kiribati (Christmas) at 10 am. Independent exploration. You may wish to book a shore excursion through the ship (additional expense)
 Morning: DECEMBER 28 (Second Time -"Regained Day") Class: The Oceanic Navigators - How did they do it?
 Lunch: DECEMBER 28 (First time) Aboard ship
 Lunch: DECEMBER 28 (Second Time -"Regained Day") Aboard ship
 Afternoon: DECEMBER 28 (First Time) Free afternoon to enjoy on-board activities or explore Fanning Island on your own.
 Afternoon: DECEMBER 28 (Second Time -"Regained Day") Free Afternoon to participate in on-board activites.
 Dinner: DECEMBER 28 (First Time)Rotterdam Dining Room
 Dinner: DECEMBER 28 (Second Time -"Regained Day") Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: NOTE: The ship will recross the international dateline & regain the "lost" day. It is now December 28th again. You will have (2) December 28ths.
 In Transit: DECEMBER 28(First Time) All aboard by 1 pm. Ship sets sail at 2 pm for Bora Bora, French, Polynesia.
   
Accommodations: MS Statendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dinner

Day 16: Morning Class/Free Afternoon
(Monday, December 29)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Class:The European Trespass- 18th Century and After
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Afternoon: Free time to participate in on-board activities.
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities
   
Accommodations: MS Statendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Morning Class/Arrive Bora Bora
(Tuesday, December 30)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Class:Made in the South Pacific Class: Introduction to Society Islands
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to participate in on-board activities. Arrive Bora Bora at 4 pm.Surrounded by offshore motu islets inside a protective coral necklace, Bora Bora is in the center of a multi-colored lagoon world-famous for its beauty. Generations of travelers — including novelist James Michener — have regarded Bora Bora as an earthly paradise.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own aboard ship or in Bora Bora to explore local fare.
   
Accommodations: MS Statendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Overview of BoraBora/New Year's Eve/Sail to Raiatea
(Wednesday, December 31)

Note: This is a "tender" port. The group will board tenders (smaller boats) that will transfer them to shore. Assistance is provided by ship staff at boarding time. Must be able to climb aboard 4X4 vehicles



   
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Field Trip: Overview of Bora Bora, including WWII American military history and relics. Bora Bora was a U.S. supply base during World War II; naval gun sites can still be seen. Don't forget your camera as you will witness amazing vistas overlooking this breathtaking lagoon. .
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore Bora Bora on your own or participate in on-board activities.
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities
 In Transit: All aboard by 10:00 pm. Ship sets sail for Raiatea at 11:00 pm
   
Accommodations: MS Statendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Field Trip: Raiatea & Taputapuatea/New Year's Day/Set sail for Papeete, Tahiti
(Thursday, January 1)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive Raiatea at 8 am. Meaning "faraway heaven" and "sky with soft light", Raiatea is considered to be the most sacred island in the South Pacific.
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Field Trip: Raiatea & Taputapuatea. We'll cover the east to south coasts of the Raiatea as we visit Taputapuatea, a massive marae (ancient stone worship site) regarded as the oldest and most historic in the South Pacific. Includes a stop at a botanical garden.
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore Raiatea on your own or participate in on-board activities.
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities
 In Transit: All aboard by 4 pm. Ship sets sail for Papeete, Tahiti at 5 pm.
   
Accommodations: MS Statendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Arrive Tahiti/Field Trip: Circle Tahiti/Overnight in Tahiti
(Friday, January 2)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive Papeete, Tahiti, at 8 am.
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Field Trip: Circle Tahiti Nui. Depart Papeete and pass through many districts and villages. Notice how each area's mayor tries to out do the others with enormous town halls. Passing Faaa Airport, notice that land for its runways was reclaimed from the lagoon. It was not until 1961 that modern jets were able to land here. Stop at the ancient Arahurahu marae which has been restored to its former grandeur. Next visit the Maraa Grotto, a beautiful garden and cave area, and continue on past the golf course which was once a huge cotton plantation worked by coolie labor from China. It was planted to fulfill the shortage of cotton in Europe caused by the American Civil War. A short distance further on, visit the Vaipahi Garden with its beautiful waterfall before stopping at restaurant Musee Gauguin for a buffet lunch.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch at a local Tahitian restaurannt.
 Afternoon: Continue on and pass through beautiful Papeari Village and along the inlet (Phaeton Bay) which has a number of fish traps; then cross the Isthmus of Taravao, pass the base where the military have been located since 1844. The ships of Antoine de Bougainville, anchored near the two small offshore islands in Hitiaa in 1786. At Mahaena, Tahitians fought an armed rebellion for three years against the annexation of Tahiti by France. Next stops will include Arahoho Blowhole, Fa`aurumai Waterfall, and Point Venus and Matavai Bay. Captains Wallis, Cook and Bligh anchored in the Matavai Bay area. Located here is a memorial to the arrival of the first Christian missionaries in 1797 and a lighthouse constructed in 1868, despite its 1867 date. Continue on to Pirae and pass One Tree Hill called Taharaa today.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own aboard ship or in Papeete
   
Accommodations: MS Statendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: Overview of Moorea/Sail for Rangiroa
(Saturday, January 3)

Note: This is a "tender" port. The group will board tenders (smaller boats) that will transfer them to shore.



   
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Sail for Moorea at 5 am and arrive at 8am. Heart-shaped and incredibly beautiful, Moorea is 15 miles across Tahiti’s “Sea of the Moon.” Surrounded by white sand beaches, marae (ancient stone worship sites), and spectacular mountain vistas, it is twice as old as Tahiti. Moorea has two stunning, neighboring, fjord-like bays - Cook's Bay and Opunohu Bay - which give the island its distinctive butterfly shape.All day Field Trip: visit to Belvedere Viewpoint with beautiful vistas of the island, stop at a well preserved and rebuilt historical Marae, view a farming valley inland of Cook's Bay the University of California Berkeley's Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station & the Atitia Cultural Centre, where we will have a delicious lunch featuring local dishes and tour the garden and grounds.
 Lunch: Polynesian lunch at Cultural Centre
 Afternoon: Continuation of overview of Moorea excursion. Tender back to ship before all aboard.
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities
 In Transit: All aboard by 4 pm. Set sail for Rangiroa at 5 pm.
   
Accommodations: MS Statendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22: Arrive Rangiroa/Pearl Farm/Sail for Nuku Hiva
(Sunday, January 4)

Note: This is a "tender" port. The group will board tenders (smaller boats) that will transfer them to shore.



   
 Arrive To: Ship arrives at Rangiroa at 8am. Rangiroa, in the Tuamotu Archipelago, is the second-biggest atoll in the world (behind Kwajalein in Micronesia). It measures 75km (46.6mi) by 25km (15.5mi) and is the most populated island in the Tuamotus. Its lagoon is more like a vast inland sea and dry land exists as a narrow chain of sandy motu (islets) encircling this huge waterway.
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Field Trip: Black Pearl Farm. We will transfer by bus along the main road of Rangiroa, passing the airport just before turning into the Black Pearl Farm. Most pearl farms are small in size, and the number of staff here is quite typical of the farms in this region. There will be a a 20-minute introduction to pearl farming and explanation how black pearls are produced. Learn about the chronology and evolution of the industry, how oysters are selected, grown and then grafted for production. Grafting is the key element, as this requires a skilled craftsman to perform precise surgery on each oyster.
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Afternoon: Free time to explore Rangiroa on your own or participate in on-board activities.
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities
 In Transit: All aboard by 4 pm. Ship sets sail for Nuku Hiva at 5pm.
   
Accommodations: MS Statendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23: Morning Class/ Free Afternoon
(Monday, January 5)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard ship.
 Morning: Class: Introduction to the Marquesas Islands
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax or participate in the on-board activities
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities
   
Accommodations: MS Statendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24: Arrive Nuku Hiva/Overview of Nuku Hiva/Sail for San Diego
(Tuesday, January 6)

Note: This is a "tender" port. The group will board tenders (smaller boats) that will transfer them to shore.



   
 Arrive To: Arrive to Nuku Hiva at 8 am. Nuku Hiva is the largest island in the Marquesas.
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Field Trip: Taipivai Valley. Taipivai Valley was originally made famous by the American writer and sailor, Herman Melville (1819-1891), who deserted his ship and hid in this valley. Captured by the indigenous natives, he lived there for a few months, during which he observed their way of life. This experience enabled him to write the novel Typee. Fiction is generously blended with fact as the plotline of the novel explores the life of a guest-captive of a cannibalistic tribe on a remote island. The coastline of this part of the island is breathtaking and there is plenty of opportunities for pictures. You will pass small villages, churches and sacred temples and reach the black sand of Hooumi Beach for some free time.
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore Nuku Hiva on your own or enjoy on-board activities.
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room.
 In Transit: All aboard by 4 pm. Ship sets sail for San Diego at 5 pm.
   
Accommodations: MS Statendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 25: Free Day
(Wednesday, January 7)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Free day to relax and/or participate in shipboard activities
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
   
Accommodations: MS Statendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 26: Morning Class/Free Afternoon
(Thursday, January 8)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard ship.
 Morning: Class: The New Oceania
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax or participate in the on-board activities
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities
   
Accommodations: MS Statendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 27: Morning Class/Free Afternoon/Cross the Equator
(Friday, January 9)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Class: The Original Polynesians: Samoa and Tonga.
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax or participate in the on-board activities
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities
   
Accommodations: MS Statendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 28: Morning Class/Free Afternoon
(Saturday, January 10)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Class: The In-between Islands: Fiji
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to participate in on-board activities.
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities
   
Accommodations: MS Statendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 29: Morning Class/Free Afternoon
(Sunday, January 11)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Class: The Maori of Aotearoa (New Zealand)
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities
   
Accommodations: MS Statendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 30: Wrap Up Session/Free Afternoon
(Monday, January 12)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Wrap-up Session: Polynesians in the Global System
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax or participate in the on-board activities
 Dinner: Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Free evening to relax and participate in shipboard activities
   
Accommodations: MS Statendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 31: Free Day/Farewell Dinner
(Tuesday, January 13)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Free Day to relax, participate in shipboard activities, or pack and get ready for disembarkation tomorrow morning.
 Lunch: Aboard ship
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner - Rotterdam Dining Room
   
Accommodations: MS Statendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 32: Arrive San Diego/Disembark in San Diego and Aloha (Farewell)
(Wednesday, January 14)

Note: Disembarkation time is not exact as it is dependent upon the time it takes the ship to go through the customs process.



   
 Arrive To: Ship arrives at the San Diego Port, #B Street Pier at 7:00 am. All ashore by 10:30 am.
 Breakfast: Aboard ship
 Morning: Disembark ship. Independent departure for airport or other destinations. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii Diamond Head
Diamond 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 Honolulu
Located 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 Bay
Hanauma 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 Zoo
The 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 Area
Waikiki 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 Aquarium
The 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 Night
At 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.
  Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii Imiloa Astronomy Center
The 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 Gardens
The 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
  Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii Sugar Cane Train
Railroads traveled through the history of Hawaii for more than 100 years and became a picturesque part of the Hawaiian landscape between fields of sugar cane and plantation villages. The Lahaina Kaanapali Railroad crosses a 325-foot curved wooden trestle whose elevation yields panoramic views of neighboring islands and the West Maui Mountains. Be transported from the Maui of yesteryear to the beauty and charm of Maui today. 17 Kaka'alaneo Drive Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761 Phone: (808) 661-0080 Fax: (808) 661-3444 One Way, Roundtrip and Dinner Tours Available. For additional information, visit www.sugarcanetrain.com
  Ulalena - Maui Theatre
Ulalena 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
  Kona, Big Island of Hawaii Hulihee Palace
Built 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 Ranch
Kahua 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 Tour
Almost 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
  Marquesas Islands - Nuku Hiva Tahiti Tourism
Contact the Tahiti Tourism office for details on activities and events in Tahiti, the Marquesas Islands or Tuamotus. The US office is in Los Angeles, CA. Phone # 310-414-8484 or by email at info@tahiti-tourisme.com For additional information, visit www.tahiti-tourisme.com
  Tahiti Tahiti Tourism
Contact the Tahiti Tourism office for details on activities and events in Tahiti, the Marquesas Islands or Tuamotus. The US office is in Los Angeles, CA. Phone # 310-414-8484 or by email at info@tahiti-tourisme.com For additional information, visit www.tahiti-tourisme.com
  Tuamotu Islands - Rangiroa Tahiti Tourism
Contact the Tahiti Tourism office for details on activities and events in Tahiti, the Marquesas Islands or Tuamotus. The US office is in Los Angeles, CA. Phone # 310-414-8484 or by email at info@tahiti-tourisme.com For additional information, visit www.tahiti-tourisme.com
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Suggested Reading List


Big Island of Hawaii


Author: Bisignani, J.D.


Description: General



Shoal of Time


Author: Daws, Gavan


Description: General



The Illustrated Atlas of Hawaii


Author: Daws, Gavan


Description: General



Volcanoes in the Sea: The Geology of Hawaii


Author: Macdonald, G.A., A. T. Abbott, and F.L. Peterson


Description: General



Hawaii - A Natural History


Author: Carlquist, Sherwin


Description: General Environment



Hawaii: The Islands of Life


Author: Daws, Gavan


Description: General Environment



Art of the Pacific


Author: D’Alleva, Anne


Description: Best short and most comprehensive account of the arts of the Pacific.See particularly chapter 1 for New Guinea art.



France and the South Pacific – A Contemporary History.


Author: Stephen Henningham


Description: After reviewing the French presence in the South Pacific until WWII, Henningham examines the recent history and politics of the three French Pacific territories before analyzing the often tense relations between France and the independent South Pacific countries.



Gauguin by himself


Author: Thomson, Belinda


Description: This unique book is the first to give equal weight to Gaugin’s activities, both as an artist and a writer, providing rare insight into his intractable character and uncompromising ideals. Includes over 230 reproductions of the artist’s most powerful and decorative works of art, as well as rare letters to his wife and friends, including fellow painters Pisarro and Van Gogh.



Mave Mai, The Marquesas Islands.


Author: Chester, Sharon and Heidy Baumgartner, et al


Description: May be ordered from “Wandering Albatross” 724 Laurel Avenue, #211, San Mateo, CA 94401; Tel/Fax: (650) 342-6507 ***Out of print***



Oceania: The Native Cultures of Australia and the Pacific Islands


Author: Oliver, Douglas L.


Description: Two volume general survey of what is known or theorized about the traditional societies and cultures of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. Provides summaries of the theories and interpretations of anthropologists who have studied Pacific cultures.



Pacific Islands: An Encyclopedia


Author: Pacific Islands: An Encyclopedia


Description: A thorough and up-to-date reference work on just about every topic related to the Pacific islands, from geology to history and politics and from Papua New Guinea to Rapanui



THE BOUNTY: THE TRUE STORY OF THE MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY


Author: Alexander, Caroline


Description: Reconstructs what happened by using the trial documents.



The Explorations of Captain James Cook in the Pacific as Told By Selections of His Own Journals, 1768-1779


Author: Capt. James Cook


The Hidden Worlds of Polynesia.


Author: Suggs, Robert C


Description: An exciting account by the archeologist who uncovered major settlements on Nuku Hiva. Thorough and clear explanation of the archeological process of discovery. Out of print but sometimes found in used book stores.



Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life


Author: Melville, Herman


Description: A classic tale based on the encounters of Melville with Marquesans, first published in 1846.





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