21063
French Polynesia
Pacific Odyssey: Islands of Hawaii and French Polynesia
Discover enchanting Pacific islands by sea as you explore volcanoes on Hawaii, experience Tahiti's natural wonders and unearth the unique military history of Bora Bora.
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Program No. 21063RJ
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32 days
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32 days
31 nights
89 meals
30 B 29 L 30 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program, Arrival & Check-in, Welcome Dinner
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 Honolulu
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant, plated.

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. Scheduled free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. After checking out of the hotel, -- we’ll then transfer to the Port of San Diego, "B" Street Pier, and check-in to the ship.

Lunch: Aboard ship on your own.

Afternoon: At leisure to settle into your cabin and explore the ship.

Dinner: Welcome Dinner - Vista Dining Room

Evening: At leisure to relax and participant in shipboard activities.

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

Activity note: Lecture topics subject to change

Breakfast: Aboard ship

Morning: Class: The Pacific Encounter: A Voyager's Introduction to Oceania

Lunch: Aboard ship

Afternoon: At leisure to relax and participant in shipboard activities. Welcome Cocktail party prior to dinner

Dinner: Vista Dining Room

Evening: At leisure to relax and participant in shipboard activities.

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

Activity note: Lecture topics subject to change

Breakfast: Aboard ship

Morning: Class: Oceania: A Fluid Geography

Lunch: Aboard ship

Afternoon: At leisure to relax and participant in shipboard activities.

Dinner: Vista Dining Room

Evening: At leisure to relax and participant in shipboard activities.

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

Activity note: Lecture topics subject to change

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Class: Polynesian Voyagers and Settlement of the Pacific Islands

Lunch: Aboard ship

Afternoon: At leisure to relax and participant in shipboard activities.

Dinner: Vista Dining Room

Evening: At leisure to relax and participant in shipboard activities.

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

Activity note: Lecture topics subject to change

Breakfast: Aboard ship

Morning: Class: Nature and Culture in the Hawaiian Islands

Lunch: Aboard ship

Afternoon: At leisure to relax and participant in shipboard activities.

Dinner: Vista Dining Room

Evening: At leisure to relax and participant in shipboard activities.

DAY
7
Arrive Honolulu, USS Arizona, Bishop Museum
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Breakfast: Aboard ship

Morning: Field trip to World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument - 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: Enjoy a boxed lunch.

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.

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

Evening: At leisure to explore Honolulu or participate in shipboard activities. Ship overnights in Honolulu.

DAY
8
At Leisure in Honolulu, Sail for Hilo
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Breakfast: Aboard ship

Morning: At leisure to explore Oahu or participate in shipboard activities.

Lunch: On board ship or you are free to explore local dining options on your own.

Afternoon: At leisure to explore Oahu or participate in shipboard activities.

Dinner: Vista Dining Room

Evening: At leisure to relax and participant in shipboard activities.

DAY
9
Arrive Hilo, Volcanoes National Park, Sail to Kona
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

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: Lunch is a delicious plated meal at The Rim Restaurant- located at the reopened Volcano House. The restaurant offers glorious views of the 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: Vista Dining Room

Evening: At leisure to relax and participant in shipboard activities.

DAY
10
Arrive Kona, Puuhonua, o Honaunau, Depart to Kiribati
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 1-2 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

Afternoon: At leisure to explore Kona on your own or participant in shipboard activities.

Dinner: Vista Dining Room

Evening: At leisure to relax and participant in shipboard activities.

DAY
11
At Leisure
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Breakfast: Aboard ship

Morning: At leisure to relax and participant in shipboard activities.

Lunch: Aboard ship

Afternoon: At leisure to relax and participant in shipboard activities.

Dinner: Vista Dining Room

Evening: At leisure to relax and participant in shipboard activities.

DAY
12
At Sea, Class
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Activity note: Lecture topics subject to change

Breakfast: Aboard ship

Morning: Class: The New Oceania ( and Introduction to Fanning Island)

Lunch: Aboard ship

Afternoon: At leisure to relax and participant in shipboard activities.

Dinner: Vista Dining Room

Evening: At leisure to relax and participant in shipboard activities.

DAY
13
Cross International Dateline, Lose One Day
At Sea
MS Westerdam

Morning: LOST DAY DUE TO CROSSING INTERNATIONAL DATELINE

DAY
14
Arrive Fanning Island, Free Time, Sail to Rarotonga
Fanning Island, Republic of Kiribati
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Breakfast: Aboard ship

Morning: Independent exploration. You may wish to book a shore excursion through the ship (additional expense)

Lunch: Aboard ship

Afternoon: At leisure to enjoy on-board activities or explore Fanning Island on your own.

Dinner: Vista Dining Room

Evening: At leisure to relax and participant in shipboard activities.

DAY
15
At Sea, Class, Cross Equator, Cross International Dateline
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Activity note: CROSS INTERNATIONAL DATELINE AGAIN /REGAIN "LOST" DAY. Lecture topics subject to change

Breakfast: April 15 (First Time) Aboard ship

Morning: April 15 (First Time) Class: European Trespass: 18th Century Voyages of Captain James Cook

Lunch: April 15 (First Time) Aboard ship

Afternoon: April 15 (First Time) At leisure to participate in shipboard activites.

Dinner: April 15 (First Time) Vista Dining Room

Evening: NOTE: The ship will recross the international dateline & regain the "lost" day. It is now April 15th again. You will have (2) "April 15th's".

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

Activity note: Lecture topics subject to change

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Class: Introduction to the Cook Islands

Lunch: Aboard ship

Afternoon: At leisure to relax and participant in shipboard activities.

Dinner: Vista Dining Room

Evening: At leisure to relax and participant in shipboard activities.

DAY
17
Overview of Rarotonga
Rarotonga
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Activity note: Walking 1-2 miles, on and off busses.

Breakfast: Aboard ship

Morning: Historical and Cultural Introduction to the Cook Islands – Depart on a bus to circle the island to see the center of government & commerce on Rarotonga and various cultural sites.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, plated.

Afternoon: Continuation of field trip. Return to ship. Ship sets sail for Raiatea at 5 pm.

Dinner: Vista Dining Room

Evening: At leisure to relax and participant in shipboard activities.

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

Activity note: Lecture topics subject to change

Breakfast: Aboard ship

Morning: Class: The Maori of Aotearoa (New Zealand)

Lunch: Aboard ship

Afternoon: At leisure to relax and participant in shipboard activities.

Dinner: Vista Dining Room

Evening: At leisure to relax and participant in shipboard activities.

DAY
19
Raiatea & Taputapuatea, Sail to Bora Bora
Raiatea
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

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: At leisure to explore Raiatea on your own or participate in shipbboard activities.

Dinner: Vista Dining Room

Evening: At leisure to relax and participate in shipboard activities.

DAY
20
Intro to Bora Bora
Bora Bora
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Activity 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: Depart on field trip with local expert for an 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: At leisure to relax and participate in shipboard activities.

Dinner: Dinner on your own aboard ship or in Bora Bora to explore local fare.

Evening: At leisure to explore Bora Bora on your own or participate in shipboard activities. Ship overnights in Bora Bora.

DAY
21
Bora Bora at Leisure, Sail to Moorea
Bora Bora
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Breakfast: Aboard ship

Morning: At leisure to explore Bora Bora on your own or participate in shipboard activities.

Lunch: Aboard ship

Afternoon: At leisure to explore Bora Bora on your own or participate in shipboard activities.

Dinner: Vista Dining Room

Evening: At leisure to relax and participate in shipboard activities.

DAY
22
Overview of Moorea, Sail to Tahiti, Tahiti Overnight
Moorea
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Activity note: This is a "tender" port. The group will board tenders (smaller boats) that will transfer them to shore. On and off busses, walking 1-2 miles.

Breakfast: Aboard ship

Morning: 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: Vista Dining Room

Evening: At leisure to relax and participate in shipboard activities.

DAY
23
Circle Tahiti Field Trip, Sail to Nuku Hiva
Tahiti
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

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: Return to the ship midafternoon.

Dinner: Vista Dining Room

Evening: At leisure to relax and participate in shipboard activities.

DAY
24
At Sea, Class
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Activity note: Lecture topic subject to change

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Class: The Marquesas Islands

Lunch: Aboard ship

Afternoon: At leisure to relax and participate in shipboard activities.

Dinner: Vista Dining Room

Evening: At leisure to relax and participate in shipboard activities.

DAY
25
Arrive Nuku Hiva, Overview, Sail for San Diego
Marquesas Islands - Nuku Hiva
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Activity note: This is a "tender" port. The group will board tenders (smaller boats) that will transfer them to shore. On and off busses, walking 1-2 miles.

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: At leisure to explore Nuku Hiva on your own or enjoy shipboard activities.

Dinner: Vista Dining Room

DAY
26
At Leisure
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Breakfast: Aboard ship

Morning: At leisure to relax and participate in shipboard activities.

Lunch: Aboard ship

Afternoon: At leisure to relax and participate in shipboard activities.

Dinner: Vista Dining Room

Evening: At leisure to relax and participate in shipboard activities.

DAY
27
At Sea, Class, Cross the Equator
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Activity note: Lecture topics subject to change

Breakfast: Aboard ship

Morning: Class: The First Polynesians: Tonga and Samoa

Lunch: Aboard ship

Afternoon: At leisure to relax and participate in shipboard activities.

Dinner: Vista Dining Room

Evening: At leisure to relax and participate in shipboard activities.

DAY
28
Morning Class, Free Afternoon
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Activity note: Lecture topics subject to change

Breakfast: Aboard ship

Morning: Class: The In-between Islands: Fiji

Lunch: Aboard ship

Afternoon: At leisure to relax and participate in shipboard activities.

Dinner: Vista Dining Room

Evening: At leisure to relax and participate in shipboard activities.

DAY
29
At Sea, Class
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Activity note: Lecture topics subject to change

Breakfast: Aboard ship

Morning: Class: The Mysteries of Rapa Nui

Lunch: Aboard ship

Afternoon: At leisure to relax and participate in shipboard activities.

Dinner: Vista Dining Room

Evening: At leisure to relax and participate in shipboard activities.

DAY
30
Class, Wrap Up Class
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Activity note: Lecture topics subject to change

Breakfast: Aboard ship

Morning: Wrap-up Class: Polynesians in the Global System

Lunch: Aboard ship

Afternoon: At leisure to relax and participate in shipboard activities.

Dinner: Vista Dining Room

Evening: At leisure to relax and participate in shipboard activities.

DAY
31
At Leisure , Farewell Dinner
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Westerdam

Breakfast: Aboard ship

Morning: At leisure to relax and participate in shipboard activities.

Lunch: Aboard ship

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

Dinner: Farewell Dinner - Vista Dining Room

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

DAY
32
Disembark San Diego, Program Concludes
At Sea/San Diego
B

Activity note: Ship arrives by 6:00 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

Morning: Disembark ship and independent departures. This concludes our 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!