16225
Hawaii
Hawaii on the Horizon: A Transpacific Voyage Into Island Culture and Nature
Aboard a modern super yacht, immerse yourself in a voyage of learning and discovery, joining experts to gain a deeper understanding of Hawaii’s culture, history and natural wonders.
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Program No. 16225RJ
Length
20 days
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20 days
19 nights
55 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program, Arrival & Check-in, Orientation
San Diego
D
The Westgate Hotel

Activity note: Hotel check-in available from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy a tasty buffet in our private room with beverage options including coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Orientation, Transfer to Ship, Sail to Hilo
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant, plated. Select from breakfast favorites like eggs, pancakes, breads and muffins. Coffee, tea, juice & water available.

Morning: Orientation: The Group Leader will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures including contact numbers for key staff, and answer any questions you may have. Travel and transfers for field trips will be via motorcoach, bus, school bus and/or van depending on local conditions and schedules at the time of the program. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. In addition to lectures and field trips exclusively for our Road Scholar group, you are invited to take advantage of the many activities and events aboard ship that are separate from the Road Scholar program. “Free Time” and “At Leisure” indicate when you can choose to do what you like and make your experience as personally meaningful, rewarding, and memorable as possible according to your preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. After checking out of the hotel, -- we’ll then transfer via motorcoach to the Port of San Diego, "B" Street Pier, and check-in to the ship.

Lunch: Aboard ship on your own. Choose from a casual lunch by the pool, buffet lunch in one of the main dining rooms, private in-room dinning or a grab and go lunch at Lido Market, a marketplace offering a select array of delicious options from classic comfort food and freshly made salads to dishes from around the globe.

Afternoon: At leisure. 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. Located on the Upper Promenade Deck. For an unforgettable five-course dinner, the elegant main Dining Room is your destination for sophisticated dining, with menu selections from classic favorites to vegetarian options.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
At Sea, Class, Cocktail Party
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Activity note: Lecture topics subject to change and are dependent upon group leader.

Breakfast: Aboard ship on your own. Choose from the many breakfast restaurant options like one of the main dining restaurants for a buffet breakfast or the Lido Café for breakfast sandwiches and coffee before meeting the group for the first activity of the day.

Morning: Class: Welcome to the Pacific: General Geology and Geography

Lunch: Aboard ship on your own.

Afternoon: At leisure to relax or participate in on-board activities. Welcome Cocktail party prior to dinner

Dinner: As a group in the Rotterdam Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure to relax or participate in on-board activities.

DAY
4
At Sea, Class
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Activity note: Lecture topics subject to change and are dependent upon group leader.

Breakfast: Aboard ship on your own

Morning: Class: Polynesian Migration Theories: Across the Pacific and to Hawaii

Lunch: Aboard ship on your own

Afternoon: At leisure to relax or participate in on-board activities.

Dinner: As a group in the Rotterdam Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure to relax or participate in on-board activities.

DAY
5
At Sea, Class
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Activity note: Lecture topics subject to change and are dependent upon group leader.

Breakfast: Aboard ship on your own

Morning: Class: Captain Cook in the Pacific and Hawaii

Lunch: Aboard ship on your own

Afternoon: At leisure to relax or participate in on-board activities.

Dinner: As a group in the Rotterdam Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure to relax or participate in on-board activities.

DAY
6
At Sea, Class
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Activity note: Lecture topics subject to change and are dependent upon group leader.

Breakfast: Aboard ship on your own

Morning: Class: The Hawaiian Monarchy

Lunch: Aboard ship on your own

Afternoon: At leisure to relax or participate in on-board activities.

Dinner: As a group in the Rotterdam Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure to relax or participate in on-board activities.

DAY
7
At Sea, Class
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Activity note: Lecture topics subject to change and are dependent upon group leader.

Breakfast: Aboard ship on your own

Morning: Class: 19th Century Changes: Sandalwood, Missionaries, and Whalers

Lunch: Aboard ship on your own

Afternoon: At leisure to relax or participate in on-board activities.

Dinner: As a group in the Rotterdam Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure to relax or participate in on-board activities.

DAY
8
Volcanoes National Park, Orchid Garden, Sail to Honolulu
Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Activity 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.

Breakfast: Aboard ship on your own

Morning: Field Trip: Depart on motorcoach for 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: The Rim Restaurant-Enjoy a Hawaiian-style lunch at the Volcano House located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The restaurant offers glorious views of steam rising from an active crater!

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: As a group in the Rotterdam Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure to relax or participate in on-board activities.

DAY
9
Arrive Honolulu, USS Arizona, Bishop Museum
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Activity note: Getting on and off busses,walking through USS Arizona Museum and Bishop Museum. Stairs between levels at Bishop Museum, elevators available if required.

Breakfast: Aboard ship on your own

Morning: Depart on bus for USS Arizona Memorial National Historic Park. View a historical film in the theater, board the launch for a ride across Pearl Harbor to the USS Arizona Memorial, and explore the museum and book shop.

Lunch: Plated meal at a local restaurant. Assortment of non-alcoholic beverages included.

Afternoon: Field trip: Depart on motorcoach to Bishop Museum. Designated the State Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Bishop Museum is dedicated to telling the story of Hawai`i and its place in the Pacific. Upon returning to the ship, dinner will be on your own and you will have an evening at leisure.

Dinner: Dinner on own aboard the ship or you are free to explore local dining options on your own.

Evening: At leisure to relax or participate in on-board activities or explore Honolulu on your own. Ship overnights in Honolulu.

DAY
10
At Leisure to Explore Oahu, Sail to Kauai
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Breakfast: Aboard ship on your own

Morning: This day is at leisure to explore individual interests.

Lunch: Aboard ship on your own or to explore local fare in port.

Afternoon: At leisure.

Dinner: As a group in the Rotterdam Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure to relax or participate in on-board activities

DAY
11
Waimea Canyon, Coffee Plantation, Sail to Lahaina , Maui
Lihue, Kauai
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Activity note: Walking on uneven ground, on and off busses all day. Approx total 1 mile walking.

Breakfast: Aboard ship on your own

Morning: Field Trip: Depart on motorcoach for Waimea Canyon - the geologically spectacular "Grand Canyon" of Hawaii - and Kokee State Park. Today we'll study 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 rain forest, we'll continue natural history studies in lush green surroundings. We'll also visit tiny Kokee Museum to learn about Kauai's native birds, plants and other unique natural resources.

Lunch: Deli style boxed lunch at beautiful, peaceful Kokee Park

Afternoon: After lunch we will depart for the ship and stop at Kauai Coffee Company – Hawaii’s largest coffee grower with more than 3400 acres under cultivation. Visit includes a self-guided walking tour of the coffee growing and production process as well as opportunity to sample their different products.

Dinner: As a group in the Rotterdam Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure to relax or participate in on-board activities.

DAY
12
Maui Ocean Ctr, Iao Valley,Sail to Kona
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Activity 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. Walking on uneven ground, standing during lectures, on and off busses all day. Approx total 1-2 miles walking.During the Iao Valley field trip, there is an option of climbing 131 stairs to the top or on the bus.

Breakfast: Aboard ship on your own

Morning: Field trip to Maui Ocean Center. Maui Ocean Center is an aquarium which is devoted to Hawaii’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, Hawaii’s beloved green sea turtles, sharks, rays and more.

Lunch: Seascape Restaurant-Maui Ocean Center. Enjoy spectacular views of Maalaea Harbor while you enjoy a delicious plated meal. Assorted non-alcoholic beverage included.

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: Dinner at leisure aboard ship or on your own in Lahaina.

Evening: At leisure to relax or participate in on-board activities.

DAY
13
Arrive Kona, Puuhonua o Honaunau NHP, Sail to Ensenada
Kona, Big Island of Hawaii
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Activity 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. Walking up to 2 miles, sandy trails; bring hat, sunscreen, water. Puuhonoua is considered a sacred site; observe guidelines, stay on marked trails and paths, take only photographs.

Breakfast: Aboard ship

Morning: 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).

Lunch: Aboard ship on your own

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Kona on your own. Kailua is home to a variety of historic sites, including Ahuena Heiau, Hulihee Palace, and Mokuaikaua Church, as well as quaint shops, restaurants, and a small swimming beach – all within easy walking distance of the pier.

Dinner: As a group in the Rotterdam Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure to relax or participate in on-board activities

DAY
14
At Sea, Free Time
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Breakfast: Aboard ship on your own

Morning: At leisure to relax or participate in on-board activities

Lunch: Aboard ship on your own

Afternoon: At leisure to relax or participate in on-board activities

Dinner: As a group in the Rotterdam Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure to relax or participate in on-board activities

DAY
15
At Sea, Class
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Activity note: Lecture topics subject to change and are dependent upon group leader.

Breakfast: Aboard ship on your own

Morning: Class: Where Did Everybody Come From: Population and Cultural Diversity

Lunch: Aboard ship on your own

Afternoon: At leisure to relax or participate in on-board activities

Dinner: As a group in the Rotterdam Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure to relax or participate in on-board activities

DAY
16
At Sea, Class
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Activity note: Lecture topics subject to change and are dependent upon group leader.

Breakfast: Aboard ship on your own

Morning: Class: 20th Century Changes and WWII

Lunch: Aboard ship on your own

Afternoon: At leisure to relax or participate in on-board activities

Dinner: As a group in the Rotterdam Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure to relax or participate in on-board activities

DAY
17
At Sea, Class
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Activity note: Lecture topics subject to change and are dependent upon group leader.

Breakfast: Aboard ship on your own

Morning: Class: Who is a Native Hawaiian?

Lunch: Aboard ship on your own

Afternoon: At leisure to relax or participate in on-board activities

Dinner: As a group in the Rotterdam Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure to relax or participate in on-board activities

DAY
18
At Sea, Class
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Activity note: Lecture topics subject to change and are dependent upon group leader.

Breakfast: Aboard ship on your own

Morning: Class: Present Day Hawaii—becoming America

Lunch: Aboard ship on your own

Afternoon: At leisure to relax or participate in on-board activities

Dinner: As a group in the Rotterdam Dining Room

Evening: At leisure to relax or participate in on-board activities.

DAY
19
Arrive Mexico, Depart for San Diego
At Sea/Ensenada, Mexico
B,L
MS Westerdam

Breakfast: Aboard ship on your own

Morning: At leisure to relax, participate in shipboard activities, or pack and get ready for disembarkation tomorrow morning.

Lunch: Aboard ship on your own

Afternoon: Arrive Ensenada, Mexico at 2:00 pm– some free time in Ensenada.

Evening: Dinner is on your own to explore local cuisine or you may choose to eat aboard the ship. All Aboard at 9:00 pm. Ship Departs for San Diego at 10:00 pm

DAY
20
Arrive San Diego, Disembark, Program Concludes
At Sea/San Diego
B

Activity note: Ship arrives by 7:00 am at San Diego Port #B. You must disembark the ship by 10:30 am; however, your exact disembarkation time is dependent upon the customs process for all passengers in San Diego. Early disembarkation cannot be guaranteed.

Breakfast: Aboard ship on your own

Morning: Disembark ship. Independent departures 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 be interested in one of their activities (fee - book through shore excursions desk aboard ship). We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures Best wishes for all your journeys!Aloha!






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