A Ma­jes­tic Fourth of July

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - TRAVEL - ——— Ch­eryl Chee Tsut­sumi is a Honolulu-based free­lance writer whose travel fea­tures for the Star-Ad­ver­tiser have won sev­eral So­ci­ety of Amer­i­can Travel Writ­ers awards.

Cel­e­brate In­de­pen­dence Day aboard the Ma­jes­tic from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. An Amer­i­can-themed buf­fet will in­clude fried chicken, grilled fish, bar­be­cue pork slid­ers, sweet-and-sour spareribs, mashed pota­toes, corn on the cob, salad, bis­cuits, ap­ple pie squares, fresh fruit and one se­lect drink.

Cost is $164 for adults and $96 for chil­dren ages 7-12. Kids 6 and younger are free. The Sun­set Ap­pe­tizer Cruise (reg­u­lar menu) will also be avail­able that day for $89.

Other spe­cial-event cruises are planned for Hal­loween, Thanks­giv­ing and whale sea­son (late De­cem­ber through early April). Ma­jes­tic is also avail­able for birth­days, wed­dings, meet­ings and other pri­vate func­tions.

Is­land Style Buf­fet Cruise

>> De­parts from: Pier 6, Honolulu Har­bor >> Of­fered: Daily

>> Time: Check in by 5 p.m. The Ma­jes­tic de­parts at 5:30 p.m. >> Cost: $109 for adults and $56 for chil­dren ages 7-12, in­clud­ing one se­lect drink. Add crab legs for $20 more. There’s no charge for kids 6 and younger. If needed, com­pli­men­tary trans­porta­tion is pro­vided be­tween the pier and Waikiki for all cruises. Go to at­lantis ad­ven­tures.com/ ka­maaina for cur­rent ka­maaina rates. Other on­line dis­counts might be avail­able.

>> Phone: 973-1311 on Oahu, 800-548-6262 from the other is­lands >> Email: ores@at­lantis ad­ven­tures.com >> Web­site: at­lantis ad­ven­tures.com >> Notes: Wear ca­sual re­sort wear and bring a sweater or light jacket. Park­ing is in the lot next to Pier 6. Val­i­da­tion is avail­able at the check-in counter; the first hour is free, the sec­ond and third hours are $2 each. Also avail­able daily is the Sun­set Ap­pe­tizer Cruise, which in­cludes an ap­pe­tizer buf­fet and one se­lect drink. Cost is $79 per per­son 13 and older (kids are wel­come, but those 7-12 pay the full fare).

The Fri­day evening Fire­works Cruise is ex­tended to 8:15 p.m. An ad­di­tional $10 is charged for both the Ap­pe­tizer and Is­land Style Buf­fet cruises. At­lantis also of­fers sub­ma­rine tours off the coasts of Waikiki, Lahaina and Kona. Check the web­site for de­tails.

PHO­TOS COUR­TESY AT­LANTIS AD­VEN­TURES

From top: The cruise ship Ma­jes­tic of­fers a Fire­works Cruise on Fri­day evenings. Guests gather in the lounge to en­joy hula and live mu­sic.

The Ma­jes­tic’s buf­fet and din­ing ar­eas. Be­low, the cruise ship sails past Di­a­mond Head. At sun­set, guests might glimpse the green flash, where the sun drops be­low the hori­zon. The at­mos­phere acts as a prism, re­fract­ing or bend­ing the light into var­i­ous col­ors, much the same way rain­bows are formed. Since green light bends the most, more of that color is trans­mit­ted and there­fore can be seen when con­di­tions are right.

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