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
56 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 with a brief introduction to the members of the group. Then 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

Activity note: Boarding bus; driving approx. 1 mile from hotel to port; up to 15 minutes depending on San Diego Traffic. Minimal walking; stairs may be unavoidable during embarkation.

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 greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Travel and transfers for field trips will be via motorcoach, bus, and/or van depending on local conditions and schedules at the time of the program. In addition to lectures and field trips exclusively for our Road Scholar group, you are invited to take advantage of activities and events aboard ship that are separate from the Road Scholar program. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local conditions/circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Evenings at leisure offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable through personal independent exploration, engaging in available activities on your own, or simply relaxing and making new friends among fellow participants. The Group Leader will always 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: The remainder of the afternoon will then be free to get settled, explore the ship, relax and participate in shipboard activities and entertainment.

Dinner: For dinners aboard ship, we will typically dine as a group in the Upper Vista Dining Room for the early seating beginning at 6:15 p.m. Upper Vista Dining Room are five-course dinners; nonalcoholic beverages included. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. We’ll cast off for our adventure as the MS Westerdam sets out from San Diego at 5:00 p.m. towards Hawaii.

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

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: While at sea, we’ll gather for a lecture given by our expert Group Leader for a Road Scholar exclusive lecture.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity to enjoy the ship's various amenities and activities on your own. You may wish to refer to the day's schedule to see when certain events will take place. We will gather for Welcome Cocktail party prior to dinner.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

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

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: With our Study Leader, we’ll all gather for another Road Scholar exclusive lecture.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Free time to enjoy the ship's various amenities and activities.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

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

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We will join our Group Leader for a Road Scholar exclusive lecture.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

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

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We will join our Group Leader for another Road Scholar exclusive lecture.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

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

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Gather for an exclusive Road Scholar lecture with your Group Leader.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: At leisure.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

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

Activity note: Ship will arrive at Hilo, Hawaii Island, at approx. 8:00 a.m. Getting on/off motorcoach for multiple stops throughout field trip; driving approx. 30 miles one way to the entrance of Volcanoes National Park; about 2 hours total aboard motorcoach. Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day on varied terrain; Thurston Lava Tube can be wet and slippery; about 50 stairs total up and down.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: The Big Island is the youngest of the eight major Hawaiian Islands and Hilo is its largest city. Commanding Hawaii's wet eastern Hamakua Coast, Hilo is surrounded by lush forest, resplendently draped in flowers and greenery all year. Since Hawaii is also the largest member of the volcanic chain, it is fairly easy for visitors to find a secluded spot on a beach or a quiet trail traversing one of its natural preserves. Its lush eastern rainforests contrast sharply with the eerie lunar-like landscape of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. On an exclusive Road Scholar field trip with a local expert, we’ll travel via motorcoach to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park for a full day of exploration including many stops. Specific activities will be dependent on local conditions and determined by our expert, but some attractions include the Jaggar Museum and its overlook into Kilauea Caldera as well as the Steam Vents where ground water seeps down to the hot volcanic rocks in this area and returns to the surface as steam. 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). We’ll also stop at the Kilauea Visitor Center to see exhibits on volcanoes, rainforest and island formation.

Lunch: At the Rim Restaurant Volcano House located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, we’ll enjoy a plated meal with non-alcoholic beverages included while soaking in glorious views of steam rising from an active crater!

Afternoon: We’ll continue our exploration of the park before heading back to the ship.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Ship sets sail for Honolulu at 6:00 p.m.

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

Activity note: Ship arrives at Honolulu Harbor, Oahu at 7:00 a.m. Getting on/off busses, driving approx. 15 miles total, about 1 hour total depending upon traffic. Walking approx. 2 miles throughout the day; some stairs at USS Arizona Museum and Bishop Museum, elevators available. Getting on/off boats for short shuttle ride to USS Arizona Memorial; dependent on local conditions and safety precautions.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Honolulu and Oahu are the center of island life and boast sandy beaches, endearing smiles and exotic tropical flowers. Nearby, elegant resorts and towering high-rises line the gentle curve of Waikiki Beach. In the distance, majestic Diamond Head Crater lies on the horizon. Once off the dock, we’ll transfer via motorcoach to Pearl Harbor where we will visit the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. While here, we’ll view a historical film in the park theater, take a launch boat ride across Pearl Harbor to the USS Arizona Memorial with National Park Service rangers, and upon returning, have some time to explore the museum.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll choose plated meals from a select menu. Iced tea, water included.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll enjoy a field trip to the Bishop Museum, which is designated the State Museum of Natural and Cultural History and dedicated to telling the story of Hawaii and its place in the Pacific. After starting with a docent-led exploration of the museum, we’ll then enjoy free time to explore independently.

Dinner: Dinner aboard ship or explore local dining options independently.

Evening: Take the evening to explore the beautiful port city of Honolulu, enjoy the nightly entertainment aboard the ship, or just relax. We overnight in port in Honolulu.

DAY
10
Free Time, Sail to Kauai
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: This day is at leisure for independent exploration to see and do what you like on Oahu or on the ship.

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

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. The ship will set sail for Nawiliwili, Kauai, at 11:00 p.m.

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

Activity note: Ship will arrive to Nawiliwili, Kauai, by approx. 8:00 a.m. Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approx. 85 mile total throughout the day with stops; about 3 hours altogether. Walking up to 2 miles total for the day; some uneven terrain and dirt trails. Bring sturdy walking shoes and sun protection is recommended.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Kauai is better known by its well-deserved nickname, the "Garden Island." Fewer people live here than on the larger neighboring islands, but Hawaiian residents and out-of-state visitors alike are attracted to its much-acclaimed beaches. Rugged emerald-colored cliffs set the backdrop for cascading waterfalls and magnificent sandy shores. As one of the most enticing spots on earth, secluded coves are found all along the island's irregular coastline and a luxuriant rainforest flourishes on the "wet" side of the island. With the island's central mountain receiving an average of 500 inches of rainfall a year, Kauai is one of the wettest spots on earth. Meeting aboard the ship, we’ll transfer via motorcoach to Waimea Canyon with a local expert for a field trip. We’ll make stops to view its incredible erosional valleys from several vantage points while learn about this gorgeous spectacle of geology. As we work our way to Kokee Park, located at the summit, we’ll also study aspects of Kauai's natural history. At the top, we’ll make a quick visit to the tiny Kokee Museum to learn about Kauai’s native birds, plants, and other unique natural resources through a self-led exhibition.

Lunch: At Kokee State Park pavilions, we’ll have boxed lunches.

Afternoon: We’ll then board the motorcoach and transfer to the Kauai Coffee Company plantation for a self-led field trip. Hawaii’s largest coffee grower, it has more than 3,400 acres under cultivation. Along the walking route, we will see and learn about coffee growing and processing and also have the opportunity to sample some of their products. We’ll then return to the ship.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. You may wish to enjoy the nightly entertainment aboard the ship or just relax. The ship sails for Lahaina, Maui, at 6:00 p.m.

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

Activity note: Ship will arrive about 8:00 a.m. to Lahaina, Maui. The port is shallow and requires docking off-shore. We will shuttle to land via small tenders; assistance provided by ship staff as needed when getting on/off boats. Wheelchair access is limited. Boarding bus; driving approx. 50 miles; up to 1.5 hour depending on Maui Traffic. Walking on uneven ground, standing during field trip. Up to 1.5 miles walking during the course of the day. At Iao, option of climbing 131 stairs or staying on bus.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Nicknamed the "Valley Isle," the island of Maui boasts a string of lush valleys and is flanked on two sides by volcanoes, Puu Kukui to the west and the great Haleakala to the east. According to legend, the Hawaiian demigod Maui pulled up both ends of the island from the sea bottom with his fishhook to create this Pacific paradise. We’ll then meet and board tenders for transfer from the ship to the shore of Lahaina where we will board a motorcoach to Maui Ocean Center. Led by an expert naturalist, this state-of-the-art marine park is dedicated to fostering understanding, wonder and respect for Hawaii’s marine life. Its collections include spectacular live coral displays (the largest collection in the nation), elusive garden eels, majestic lionfish, the colorful Hawaiian wrasse, green sea turtles, sharks, rays and more.

Lunch: Plated lunch from set menu at Maui Ocean Centers own Seascape Restaurant. Enjoy spectacular views of Maalaea Harbor while enjoying a delicious meal. Assorted non-alcoholic beverage included.

Afternoon: Depart on motorcoach to 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 explore gorgeous Lahaina town, enjoy the nightly entertainment aboard the ship, or just relax. The ship will set sail for Kona at 11:00 p.m.

DAY
13
Arrive Kona, Puuhonua o Honaunau NHP, Set Sail to Mexico
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: The legendary Kona Coast is famous for its fine weather and inviting beaches. Many Hawaiian people tend to anthropomorphize the beach saying “Kona is sunning herself” in its sunny and dry climate. A district of the Big Island, Kona, encompasses the western coast and lies at the foot of towering Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. Here one will find bright, clear days and magnificent sunsets. After gathering aboard the ship, we’ll de-board and load into a bus motorcoach for transferto 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-led 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 or independently in port.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. 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: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
14
At Sea, At Leisure
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Free time. Take this opportunity to enjoy the ship's various amenities and activities on your own. Refer to today's daily schedule.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

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

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Resuming our lecture series in the Pacific, we’ll join our expert speaker for a Road Scholar exclusive lecture.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity to enjoy the ship's various amenities and activities on your own.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

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

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We will join our Study Leader for another Road Scholar exclusive lecture.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Free time to enjoy the amenities of the ship.

Dinner: Aboard the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

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

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Join your Group Leader for another Road Scholar lecture.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

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

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Gathering with our Study Leader, we’ll enjoy our final lecture in the series.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

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

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Free time. You may wish to take this opportunity to enjoy the ship's various amenities and activities on your own or pack and get ready for disembarkation tomorrow morning.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We’ll arrive in Ensenada, Mexico at approx. 2:00 p.m. and enjoy some free time in the port to explore independently. All aboard by 9:00 p.m. for transfer to San Diego beginning at 10:00 p.m.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out, disembarkation, and departures in the morning.

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

Activity note: Ship is expected to arrive by 7:00 am at San Diego Port #B. with all ashore by 10:30 a.m. Exact disembarkation time is dependent upon the customs process for all passengers in San Diego. Early disembarkation is not guaranteed.

Breakfast: Aboard ship. This concludes our program.

Morning: Independent disembarkation and departure. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. 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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