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The SSQQ 2007 Cruise to Hawaii

Saturday, May 26 - Saturday, June 02
Aboard Norwegian Cruise Line Pride of America

  • Day One:  Oahu/ Honolulu

  • Day Two:  Big Island/ Hilo/ Evening Sail by Mount Kilauea

  • Day Three: Maui/ Kahului

  • Day Four: Maui/ Kahului

  • Day Five: Big Island/ Kona

  • Day Six: Kauai/ Nawiliwili

  • Day Seven: Kauai/ Nawiliwili

  • Day Eight: Oahu/ Honolulu

Come experience the wonders of Hawaii on our next SSQQ cruise vacation.  We sail on the Memorial Day weekend (May 26th–June 2nd) aboard The Pride of America, one of Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ships

Hawaii is expensive.  There is no way around that.  Still, this trip is well within reach.  This is your chance to see one of the most beautiful places in the entire world for as little as $1,500 per person ($750 air fare, $750 inside cabin).  

Hawaii is the Jewel of the Pacific Ocean.  There is so much to see that you will go crazy having to choose one exotic destination over another.  Will it be a trip to explore a lush rain forest or an expedition to witness breathtaking waterfalls?  Or will it be a chance to view orchid-scented botanical gardens or visit one of the many stunning beaches?  Will you hike atop the lunar landscape of Hawaii’s lava fields or will you visit Waimea Canyon, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific?  These will be tough decisions, but whatever you choose, you can't miss.


Waikiki Beach, Oahu

North Shore Sunset, Oahu

 Oahu, Surf Island

Day One

Our cruise departs from Honolulu, Hawaii at 8:00 pm in the eveningThis late departure time gives you the whole day to explore Oahu, the most populated of the Hawaiian Islands. Or come a day or two early to explore Hawaii’s most populous and famous island in even greater depth.

Where else can you find monstrous surfing waves, a multi-billion dollar skyline, high tea at the beach, and stunning mountains complete with mist, rainbows, and waterfalls?  

Honolulu is located in a beautiful protected bay with the stunning Diamondhead Volcano guarding its flank. Honolulu has been the commercial, political, and cultural center of the Hawaiian Islands since the 1800s.

Honolulu is a cosmopolitan center that is renowned for its fabulous hotels, shopping, restaurants, the world-famous Waikiki Beaches and breathtaking views in every direction.

By far the most popular destination in Honolulu is Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial.  This destination serves as a moving tribute to this important historic event. The USS Arizona has rested in its watery grave at Pearl Harbor since December 7, 1941. The overturned hull of this battleship entombed 1,100 sailors caught unaware by the Japanese bombs that sank this mighty ship and brought the United States into World War II.  The memorial was built in 1961 as a tribute to all the men and women who lost their lives on that historic day. The memorial is 184-feet long and carefully crosses over the Arizona's mid-section. Openings along the both sides of the memorial afford a dramatic view of the ship resting on the floor of the harbor. A marble-walled chapel at the far end of the memorial lists the names off all the sailors entombed here.

Maybe you want to put on your swim suit and head down to Waikiki Beach.  Hawaiian for "Sprouting Water", this is one of the most famous beaches in the world. The two mile stretch of white sand coast is fronted by hotels and tourist facilities. The area is excellent for swimming, surfing, boogie boarding, catamaran and outrigger canoe rides.  It is a perfect beach with crystal clear water, backed by lush mountains, laced with clouds and rainbows, as well as the luxurious hotels which line the shore.  You can watch the surfers or maybe appreciate the local beauties on the beach. 

Another excellent suggestion is to rent
a car and check out the a wide variety of interesting destinations.

You can the visit the
North Shore with its fabulous surfing waves.  The waters of North Shore feature the famous Bonzai Pipeline.  This coastline is blessed with pristine white sand beaches and its waters form perfect waves and tubes. The high surf's waves may reach heights of up to twenty-five feet plus. The surf can rise quickly going from two feet to twenty-five feet high and larger during the course of a day.  As a result this area is known for its world-class surfing.  There is also body boarding, body surfing, great swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving in the Summer months.  And the scenery on the beach itself is often quite inviting. 

The exact origin of surfing is unknown, but most historians believe that the Polynesians were already well versed in the sport by the time they migrated to the Hawaiian Islands some 2,000 years ago. Early Hawaiians called surfing "he‘e nalu," which literally translates to "wave sliding." During this time, only high-ranking ali‘i had access to the best surf spots. King Kamehameha himself was said to be an avid and skilled surfer.

Go for a swim or snorkel at Hanauma Bay.  Formed during Oahu’s last eruption, the area is now a marine preserve with extensive underwater life.  Hanauma Bay is a "curved" bay that was declared a protected marine life conservation area and underwater park in 1967. This is the very best beach area if you are new to Scuba diving or snorkeling with a diversified population of fish and a rich coral reef. The bay floor is the crater of a volcano that opened up to the ocean when the exterior wall collapsed.  There is a large sandy beach perfect for sunbathing and there are several hiking trails leading to breathtaking lookouts.  The bay provides some protection from large ocean waves and allows swimmers a terrific opportunity to view the reef life in a safer, protected environment.

A favorite thing to do is to visit
the hulking dormant volcanoes Diamond Head and Koko Head.  Diamond Head looms large over the Waikiki. Actually named Le’ahi by Hawaiians, it received its 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 360-degree view of Oahu and is a must trip for photography enthusiasts.

Definitely check out the fabulous Waimea Falls Park.  This 1800 acre park features botanical gardens, kayaking, cycling, and of course a fabulous waterfall.  Waimea Falls is located in the beautiful 1800 acre Waimea Falls Park.  In ancient times, the Hawaiians believed that Waimea had healing powers and they would bring their wounded soldiers to the waterfall and lay them in the water for healing.  The water has a reddish tint, due to the iron oxide found in the volcanic soil that flows down from the mountains by the Waimea River.

Another interesting place to visit is the Polynesian Cultural Center, the only place in the world where you can experience all the islands of Polynesia in one place. Watch natives in each village demonstrate crafts and skills such as creating clothing from bark, stories through dance, baskets with leaves, and fire by rubbing sticks. During feature presentations you'll hear intriguing descriptions of cooking methods, transoceanic travel, and the preservation of traditions and history without a written language.

A very popular destination in Honolulu is the Iolani Palace pictured at right.  This is the only Royal Palace on US soil.  The Iolani Palace was constructed in 1882 during King Kalakaua's reign.  King K and his sister Liliuokalani (Lily to her friends) lived in the palace holding royal court from 1882 to 1893 as well as lavish balls and banquets.  They met a sad end however when in 1893, a group of American businessman staged a successful coup d'etat ending the monarchy. 

Honolulu with Waikiki Beach and Diamondhead

Pearl Harbor

Bonzai Pipeline, North Shore, Oahu

Surfing at the North Shore

Waimea Waterfall, Oahu

Iolani Palace, Honolulu

Sunset Beach, Oahu

Hawaiian Sunset, North Shore, Oahu


Mount Kilauea, Big Island

Mauna Kea, Big Island

Hawaii, Volcano Island

The Evening Sail by Mount Kilauea

We arrive at Hilo on the Big Island at 8:00 am.  Hilo is the capital of this island.  This will be the first of two days on the Big Island, although the days are split up (we return on Day 5).

The island of Hawaii is the largest of the Hawaiian Islands, thus its nickname The Big IslandIt is a land of rare beauty and wonder.

The other nickname of this island is Volcano Island
The island of Hawaii is 4050 square miles and is home to the snow-capped, 14000 –foot peaks of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. These immense mountains are part of the fiery landscape of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

But Big Island is hardly a volcanic wasteland. There are
vast macadamia nut plantations, black-sand beaches, and orchid-filled forests. 
Spend the day exploring the wonders of Kilauea Volcano up close on a walk through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park or experience the beauty and ferocity of Hawaii’s active volcano from above on a helicopter ride.  You will be in awe of the incredible beauty and power of this active volcano and possibly even get a chance to view molten lava.

Snorkel in the giant tidal ponds of Lava Tree State Park and experience some of the most extensive and beautiful coral gardens in the world.  Walk through the tropical botanical garden, where you will see native plants, giant trees, tropical vegetation and endangered plant species.

January 3, 2006 marked the 23rd anniversary of the Pu`u `O`o eruption on the east rift zone of Kilauea Volcano. It has the distinction of being the longest-lived rift zone eruption in the 200-year-long historic record of Kilauea Volcano. It is also the most voluminous and one of the most compositionally variable in the Kilauea historic record. This on-going eruption has produced a broad field of new lava flows that have buried over 117 sq km of the volcano's south flank and added more than 230 hectares of new land to the island.

Lavas from this eruption have unfortunately destroyed several communities and numerous man-made structures along the south coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, including 189 houses, a National Park Service Visitor Center at Waha`ula, a church, a store, the Waha'ula Heiau (a 700 year old Hawaiian place of worship), and many other ancient Hawaiian sites. The coastal highway in this part of the Big Island has been closed for 13 years, as flows covered 14 km of it with lava now as deep as 35 m.

Afterwards, enjoy an evening sail by Mount Kilauea.  Romantic and mysterious, Kilauea is the most spectacular active volcano in the world.  Since 1998, the island has grown 560 acres due to volcanic activity.  Slithering lava flows light up the night sky..  Kilauea’s landscape will fuel daydreams for a lifetime.

Depending upon the size of our group, we will have our SSQQ Welcome Aboard Cocktail party this evening.  Meet your fellow SSQQ Cruise passengers and enjoy unlimited cocktails and dance to your favorite tunes as we sail along these enchanted islands.

Mauna Loa Eruption, Big Island

Pu'u'O'o Volcano

Spencer Beach, Big Island


Waianapanapa State Park, Maui

Kahakuloa Head, Maui

Maui, Waterfall Island

Day Three and Day Four

DAY 3 and 4 – We arrive in Maui on Monday at 8:00 am.  We have two full days to enjoy the second largest Hawaiian island.  The ship doesn’t depart until 6:00 pm on Tuesday.

Maui is known for its numerous beaches, rain forests, waterfalls, and eucalyptus groves.

Be sure to visit the Haleakala National Park with its 30 mile trail system full of spectacular plants and foliage. Don’t miss the view from Haleakala, the largest dormant volcano in the world.  The scenic journey to the top takes you through upcountry Maui.  The view from the top at 10,032 feet is magnificent as you can scan the Pacific in every direction.   Mark Twain once wrote, "It was the most sublime spectacle I have ever witnessed and I think the memory of it will remain with me always." 

Maui has many beautiful attractions.  One in particular is the Maui Tropical Plantation.  This 60 acre working plantation is a fun way to discover more about Hawaii's rich agricultural history.  A tram ride allows you to visit every corner of the grounds.  There are hints of many goodies to be sampled.

Another popular place to visit is the Iao Needle (pictured at right), a 2,250 foot cinder cone pinnacle that pierces the clouds.  This state park features lush mountain terrain.   You can combine the impressive natural beauty of Iao Valley State Park with a visit to the new Maui Ocean Center. This way you can discover the mysterious world that lies hidden below the surface of Hawaii’s oceans.

Rent a car and travel the winding roads along the famed Hana Highway and take in the spectacular scenery:  lava cliffs, tumbling waterfalls, and tropical hillsides.  For 35 miles the Road to Hana twists through jungle, over bridges, past waterfalls, and along cliff edges.  It slices through a landscape featuring canyons and gulches carved out by the many streams.  Travel along the West Maui Mountains to Kahakuloa Valley, home to families who live and practice the ancient customs as their ancestors have for over 1500 years.

Makena Beach....what a gem!  Wide, pristine, expansive.... and even though many more people are enjoying its exquisite beauty now than in the days not so long ago when you had to drive down a long dusty desert road to get there. However, even though there are now parking lots, port-a-pottys, and luxury resorts within easy reach, that element of the wild still lingers.  ANYTHING can happen at Makena....famous for it's "clothing optional" status. 

Since we have two full days in Maui, why not travel to Lahaina After Honolulu, Lahaina is Hawaii's second best known town. You can enjoy dozens of shops, restaurants and historical sites.  It is a superb walking town!  The drive is only 45 minutes each way. 

Lahaina is best known as a whaling village.  In the early 1820s New England whaling ships began visiting.  The missionaries were soon to follow.  By the 1840s Hawaii had become the principal forward station of the American whaling fleet.  Lahaina was the favorite port of call because of its protected offshore waters.  The whaling ships have long disappeared from Lahaina, but this waterfront town continues to preserve the lively spirit and look of the salty 1800's. 

Waianapanapa State Park is a
122-acre preserve that encompasses a lovely black sand beach, dramatic sea caves, natural stone arch, campground, hiking trails, and remnants of the first road built around swimming due to strong currents and a rocky reef.  Black sand is the result of lava the island, the old King's Highway. 

The black-sand beach is lovely but dangerous for flowing into the ocean and shattering when it comes in contact with the cool water. The volcanic pieces are then smashed against each other and the shoreline with each wave, thus creating the black sand. There is a stone bridge, and, a short hike away, the huge smooth volcanic tubes or caves.

Haleakala, Maui

The misty Iao Needle, Maui

Makena Beach, Maui

Kamaole Beach, Maui

Sacred Pools, Maui

Haleakala National Park, Maui

Big Island

Akaka Falls, Big Island

Hawaii Island Sunset

Big Island  

Day Five

We arrive in Kona at 8:00 AM for our second visit to the Big Island. 

The Kona Coast is a favorite spot to visit.  Located along Hawaii’s western shore, where the slopes of Mauna Loa and Hualalai meet the sea, the Kona Coast is a region of endless lava fields and golden Pacific sunsets.  The clear waters are perfect for diving, snorkeling, and deep-sea fishing.

If you prefer to walk, explore dozens of Kona’s charming and fascinating historic sites.  Enjoy stories of Kona’s colorful characters and the places they inhabited.  Experience the treasures of the King’s summer palace as well as the beautiful palace grounds.

Go fishing in the billfish capital of the world.  The calm, deep-sea fishing grounds off the coast of Kona are teeming with marlin, yellowfin tuna, mahi mahi, wahoo and short-nose spearfish year-round.

Be sure to get a taste of the local flavor by trying Kona’s world famous coffee.  Just one taste of this rich, smooth coffee and you’ll want to bring some home with you.

Kealakekua Bay is famous in Hawaii for an unusual reason.  In 1778 James Cook was the first European to discover these islands. the spot where Captain James Cook lost his life.  On a return trip a year later, Cook was murdered in 1779 by island natives. Tensions began over the theft of a small boat.  However Cook's death was largely an act of vengeance.  The natives were furious at Cook over the earlier murder of one of their chiefs by a British lieutenant under his command.

Today this area
is significantly more peaceful. It is one of the best snorkeling spots on the island.  The area is a state park and conservation site teeming with undersea life.  It is a great place for both experienced snorkelers and novices to explore the marine world. 

Bring your camera when you visit Akaka Falls and Kahuna Falls, two impressive Hawaiian waterfalls. Both are located at Akaka Falls State Park, a short 20 minute drive north of Hilo where we will be staying. At the park, you will take a self-guided, 0.4 mile hike through dense tropical vegetation to see these two towering Hawaiian waterfalls. This hike offers a glimpse into the wonders that Hawaii's tropical rain forests offer. Breathe in the fragrance of jungle flowers as you travel along the short (about ¼ mile) trail to the falls. Here you can spot a huge variety of palm trees, banana plants, banyan trees, bamboo groves, impatiens, and a plethora of vines worthy of a Tarzan movie as you walk along the path. 

Common wisdom says to visit
Kahuna Falls first. It is the lesser of the two waterfalls at 400 ft. This amazing waterfalls will set the stage for the even more impressive Akaka Falls, which drops 442 ft. into a pool of water below.

Of the two falls in the park, Akaka Falls with its water falling over a 420 foot drop, is definitely the more spectacular. Be sure to walk all the way to the edge of the path so that you can see the falls from top to bottom, including the pool below. You will be a fair distance from the falls so you don't need to worry about getting wet from spray.

Hamakua Coast is a scenic drive through former sugar cane plantation lands now planted with trees and dotted with small farms of ginger, papayas and many other flowers and foods. The Hamakua Coast is a stunningly beautiful place whose history and leisurely way of life are treasures its communities want to preserve.

One visit and you'll understand why the Waipio Valley is often referred to as the "Valley of the Kings". It is the largest and most southern of the seven valleys on the windward side of the Kohala Mountains.  It is a mile wide at the coastline and is almost six miles deep. On both sides of the valley there are cliffs reaching almost 2000 feet with hundreds of cascading waterfalls, including one of Hawaii's most celebrated waterfalls - Hi`ilawe.

Waipio Valley is located along the Hamakua Coast on the northeast shore of the Big Island of Hawaii, the Waipi`o Valley is the largest and most southern of the seven valleys on the windward side of the Kohala Mountains. The Waipi`o Valley is a mile wide at the coastline and almost six miles deep.  Along the coast lies a beautiful black sand beach often used by motion picture production companies.  

On both sides of the valley there are cliffs reaching almost 2000 feet with hundreds of cascading waterfalls, including one of Hawaii's most celebrated waterfalls - Hi`ilawe.  The road into the valley is very steep (a 25% grade). In order to travel into the valley, you must either ride down in a four-wheel drive vehicle or hike down to the valley floor.

Waipi`o means "curved water" in the Hawaiian language. The lovely Waipi`o River flows through the valley until it enters the ocean at the beach. 

The Waipi`o Valley is often referred to as the "Valley of the Kings" because it was once the home to many of the rulers of Hawaii. The valley has both historical and cultural importance to the Hawaiian people due to its status as the most fertile and productive valley on the Big Island of Hawaii. 

Kona Crater, Big Island

Kealakekua Bay

Hamakua Coast

Waipio Valley

Waipio Valley

 Napoopoo Sunset, Big Island

Kaloko Sunset, Big Island


Kalalau Valley, Kauai

Hanapepe Overlook, Kauai

Kauai, Dinosaur Island

Day Six and Day Seven

We arrive in Kauai at 8:00 AM on Thursday and depart at 2:00 PM on Friday.

We have saved the best for last.  We are about to spend two days on most spectacular island on the planet - Kauai, home of Jurassic Park.

Kauai is so green it has been nicknamed the “Garden Island”.  Waterfalls abound on Kauai and for a good reason.  Kauai is reported to be the "wettest" place on earth.  Streams, lakes, waterfalls are everywhere to be seen.

Where do you start?  The island is ringed by perfect white sand beaches.  There are many exquisite snorkel locations in the beautiful turquoise waters surrounding Kauai.   If you are looking for a workout, Kauai has several venues available where you can hike, kayak, tube, surf or swim.

You have a vast array of different landscapes to choose from.  You can see everything ranging from the beaches preserved in their natural beauty to the to the thick rain forest. 

Or do you prefer rain forests?   Inside Kauai is a lush, largely unexplored paradise.  The inaccessibility of Kauai's most stunning terrain undoubtedly adds to its mystical appeal.  At the heart of the nearly circular island is a dense jungle of vegetation.  This jungle is nestled in a narrow bowl suspended a mile high amid thin jagged ridges that rim deep valleys and canyons.  Be very careful.  Rumors have it that several velociraptors escaped while filming the movie.

Or do you want to see a beautiful beach?  Lovely Hanalei Bay on Kauai’s North Shore may be the most beautiful beach setting in all of Hawaii. Hanalei Bay is a long half-moon of sandy beach carved into the base of a sheer cliff on one side and narrowing into a rocky point on the other. The beach is a great spot for walking or throwing a Frisbee around. At the westernmost curve of the bay, you'll find a calm shoreline where the water is relatively quiet even when most of the north shore is too rough for safe swimming. 

Hanalei is the largest bay on the island of Kauai. Behind the beach is an utterly breathtaking backdrop of waterfalls and emerald mountain peaks wrapped in mist, soaring thousands of feet towards the heavens. The beach is two miles long, 125 feet wide, and bordered by the Hanalei River to the east and the Waipa River to the west. The ocean bottom slopes gently to overhead depths, and there are large coral reefs at both ends of the bay. Every ocean recreation activity you can imagine is available, from boating and windsurfing to kayaking up the placid Hanalei River. The bay is very popular with serious surfers. There is a public boat ramp and a 300-foot long pier used for fishing and swimming. The many “no dogs” and “no jumping off the pier” signs are blissfully ignored. 

Or do you want to see an incredible canyon? 
Journey to Waimea Canyon and discover the breathtaking gorge in the heart of Kauai.  Often called the ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific’,  Waimea Canyon is the largest canyon in the Pacific. It is truly a dramatic sight to behold. The canyon measures 10 miles long, 1 mile wide, and more than 3,500-feet deep. It was carved thousands of years ago by rivers and floods that flowed from Mount Waialeale's summit. The lines in the canyon walls depict different volcanic eruptions and lava flows that have occurred over the centuries.

though smaller than the Grand Canyon of Arizona, Waimea Canyon rivals the beauty. Numerous lookouts and hikes offer terrific views of every aspect of this natural wonder. The canyon is protected by the Koke'e State Park which encompasses 4,345 acres of land and has 45 miles of trails that run through the canyon and the nearby Alakai Swamp. The Ranger's Station is located at the Koke'e Museum has hiking maps of the area. There are no gas stations along the 40-mile Waimea Canyon Road so be sure to fill up before starting this trip. The main park area provides restrooms. The elevation makes the air 10-15 degrees cooler than in the valley and by afternoon many areas are often shrouded in clouds.

Explore the extraordinary beauty of one of the world’s premiere botanical research institutions at Allerton Gardens.  The beautiful and historic Allerton Estate in Lawai on Kauai is a beautiful place to visit. The grounds were the once the mid-1800s summer cottage of Queen Emma, wife of King Kamehameha IV. Later they became the home Robert & John Allerton. In 1937 the Allertons purchased the property and continued the vision of a garden paradise by transforming the grounds into a masterpiece of landscape design.

Discover the Wailua Valley in a 30-acre, riverfront tropical paradise home to exotic plants and birds.  Enjoy the famed Fern Grotto.  Take a fun and informative boat ride up Kauai's Wailua River to get to the lovely Fern Grotto. The grotto is an unusual cave-like rock formation filled with giant cascading maidenhair fern.

Definitely find a way to
view the stunning Opaeka Falls where the Wailua River plunges over a high cliff.  Opaekaa Falls conceals a terrific hidden hike. The path descends a hill that is steep and slippery, so you’ll want to hold on to tree branches along the way.  The reward at the bottom of the hill is a beautiful, private view of the Opaekaa Falls and lush surrounding jungle. The trip will take about half an hour, but remember to bring breadcrumbs to help you find your way back.

Wailua Falls is a majestic, 80-foot tiered waterfall is located close to the roadside lookout for everyone to enjoy. This waterfall became famous when it was featured in the opening scene of the popular television show, Fantasy Island.  The falls can dramatically change appearance depending on rain and the river's flow. The best time to view this spectacular site is early morning as the sun shines on the falls. The brave and sure-footed can can take a slippery trail down to the bottom of the falls and take a dip in the cool, mountain water.   By the way, Opaeka Falls and Wailua Falls are part of the same river. They are very close to each other.  Make it a Waterfall Day!

Sad to say, all good things must end.  At the end of our visit to Kauai, we sail back to Honolulu at 2 pm.  Let's make the best of it.  Why not enjoy an afternoon at seaBreathe in the clean ocean air and work on that tan.  Be sure to make your friends envious upon your return from Paradise.

  Waimea Canyon, Kauai

Hanalei Bay

Waimea Canyon, Kauai

Wailua River

Opaekaa Falls, Kauai

Wailua Falls

Wailua River waterfalls, Kauai

Hanapepe, Kauai

About the Trip

About the Trip

Hawaii is one of the most famous vacation destinations in the world.  With a beauty unmatched anywhere else in the United States, a trip to Hawaii is on every person's must-see short list. 

The Hawaii Trip will be the 11th SSQQ Cruise Trip.  As always, you have the best of both worlds.  You can be alone with your sweetheart on romantic Kauai or you can hang with the group whenever you wish.  Wherever you go, you will always have friends.  We watch out for each other. At dinner time when you wish to share tales of your adventures, you won't be talking to strangers, you will be talking with friends from home.

We chose this time for two reasons.  Vacationing over Memorial Day will make it easier to get time off.  In addition, the studio will be closed the entire week. Very convenient.

Our trip will be aboard
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America.  This ship is a U.S.-flagged vessel staffed by American officers and crew.  It is a fairly new ship; it's  maiden voyage was in June of 2005

The Pride of America features a fabulous atrium covered by
a stunning glass dome inspired by the architecture of the Capitol Building and White House.  The ship holds 2062 passengers.  The ship offers an innovative vacation value!  Just the hotel fare alone in Hawaii for 7 days would exceed the amount for this entire cruise vacation.

Seeing Hawaii by cruise is actually a very economical way to visit the islands.  Think of the Pride of America as a floating hotel.   A quick check at shows the going rate for a top-flight Honolulu hotel is $229 a night (check yourself if you don't believe it). 

At $750, you can sail the Pride of America for less than $100 a night, meals are included, and you get nightly entertainment as well.  Looking at it this way, you can see why this trip is an incredible vacation value.  

If you wish to go, here is what you need to do:

Fill out the registration form and provide a credit card number for your $250 deposit. This deposit is due by January 26th.  It is completely refundable until March 11th.

Final payment is due on March 12th. 

Please Note: 
If you would like a specific cabin type/location not offered, please call and I will get that rate quoted.

Contact Marla Archer at 713 862-4428 or e-mail with any further questions.


Green Sand Beach, Big Island

Pride of America

Rainbow, Molokai

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SHIP EVENING ITINERARY (copied from recent November Sailing)
(Marla's Note: If you take a glance, you will notice that Dancing is heavily emphasized on this trip.


5 PM Ballroom Dance Class
6:45 and 8:30 PM Comedy Show
8:30-9:30 PM Dancing to live music
9:45 PM Volcano Viewing
10 - 11:15 PM 50's/60's Dance Party - Sock Hop


7:30 - 8:30 PM Jimmy Mac and the Kool Kat Swing Band
9:15 PM Crew Show
10:30 - 12:30 AM Jimmy Mac and the Kool Kat Swing Band

DAY 3 - MAUI ( Formal Night)

4:45 - 5:45 PM Ballroom Dance Class
5:45 PM - 6:45 PM Pride of America Band- playing Big Band songs by Glenn Miller/Artie Shaw/Duke Ellington/Benny Goodman
7:30 and 9:15 On the Radio Show
8:45 and 10:15 Comedy Show
11:00 PM - 70's Night Fever Dance Party

DAY 4 KONA - (Tendered)

Last Tender back at 5 PM
7:30 and 9:15 PM Comedy Show
8:30 and 10:15 PM Comedy Show
11:00 PM Country Western Dance Party


6:45 PM Comedy Show
7:30 PM Hawaiian Show
8:15 - 9:00 PM Salsa Dancing
9:15 PM Comedy Show
10:30 PM Late Night Comedy Show
11:15 PM Dancing to DJ Music

DAY 6 KAUI ( Back on Board by 1:30 pm)

4:00 - 5:00 PM Pool Party Dance Jam
5:15 PM View Napali Coast - Port Side
7:30 and 9:15 PM Song and Dance Review Show
8:30 PM Talent Show
9:30 - 10:15 PM Dancing to American Classics
10:30 PM Adult Comedy Show
11:15 PM Dancing to DJ Music




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