Cruise the Hawaiian Islands
SAY “aloha’’ to the warm weather and laid-back lifestyle of Hawaii on a dream trip mixing surf and volcanoes, beaches and war history.
The 11-night Pride of America Hawaii Cruise & Fly package is available through Holidays of Australia, with departures from now until next March. Explore the Hawaiian Islands with a seven-night cruise on the magnificent Pride of America cruise ship and four nights in Waikiki.
The trip starts with a flight from Adelaide and a transfer to the Aston Waikiki Circle Hotel, with a welcome lei to get guests into a tropical frame of mind.
Guests also will receive an Aloha privilege card for discount shopping and an unlimited Aloha Trolley pass to hop on the trolley buses touring Waikiki.
The following morning, a transfer to the Honolulu Cruise Terminal paves the way for seven nights aboard the 2186guest Pride of America.
This luxury ship is the way to explore Hawaii’s islands in style, while enjoying facilities including 19 dining options and 10 bars and lounges.
The ship departs at 7pm, giving guests plenty of time to settle in and explore the ship before heading to the decks for the island-style sailaway party.
The first stop is Kahului on Maui, renowned for the warm hospitality of its residents. A two-day stay gives plenty of time to explore the town of Lahaina, relax on a beautiful beach, have a game of golf or take one of the many shore excursions on offer.
The waters of Maui are some of the best places in the world to whale-watch every winter.
Then cruise to the island of Hawaii, known affectionately as The Big Island. The city of Hilo is famous for its flowers, giving the atmosphere of one big thriving garden.
The nearby Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is the home of the Kilauea Volcano, vivid proof that the volcanic archipelago is still active.
Pride of America then heads to Kona on Hawaii, where more pristine beaches beckon. There is no shortage of water sports to enjoy in the sun.
Next stop is Nawilili on Kauai, named after the Wiliwili trees on what is known as The Garden Island. A two-day stay gives ample opportunity to enjoy the serenity of an island blessed with cool rainforests, dramatic mountains and beaches. The cruise section of the holiday adventure finishes the following morning back at Honolulu with a transfer to the Aston Waikiki Circle Hotel for three nights.
Between shopping, relaxing and exploring, there are also tours to enjoy. These include a visit to the Polynesian Cultural Centre, which showcases eight cultures taking in Aotearoa (New Zealand), Fiji, Hawaii, Marquesas, Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga and Easter Island.
The visit culminates with the exciting Ha Breath of Life show featuring more than 100 performers, including Samoan fire knife dancers.
Another shore tour takes guests to the Arizona Memorial as part of a historical tour.
Reflect on the cost of war and the shock of the Pearl Harbor attacks while taking in the World War II Valour in the Pacific National Monument and the Punchbowl National Cemetery. A separate option is a visit to the famous USS battleship Missouri. The deck of the “Mighty Mo” was where the Japanese surrendered, bringing an end to the war.
After the final night, a transfer to the airport will take guests to a flight to Adelaide to end a fabulous time.
The Pride of America Hawaii Cruise and Fly package is priced from $4639 a person (twin share). Holidays of Australia 1300 854 897, email holidays@holidaysof australia.com.au or go to www.holidaysofaustralia.com.au
TROPICAL OASIS: Breathtaking world-famous Waikiki Beach, and inset, Hawaii’s hula girls.