Wednesday November 7, 2018
Depart Australia and fly to Honolulu (island of O’ahu), Hawaii. Honolulu has two focal points – Downtown Honolulu (the historic business district) and Waikiki (the worldfamous beach resort). On arrival, enjoy a sightseeing coach tour of Honolulu & Waikiki with local guide. See the statue of Queen Lili’uokalani (Hawaii’s last reigning monarch), and the Royal Hawaiian Hotel (1927 art-deco landmark). Visit the Lyon Arboretum (botanical gardens), the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, & the Kamaka Ukulele Factory. Evening: Enjoy Commencement-of-Tour Dinner. Wayne, Sam, & Andy will do a few songs. Overnight: Waikiki Resort Hotel. (D)
Thursday 8 November 2018
Enjoy a sightseeing coach tour of O’ahu, with local guide. Travel through undulating fields of pineapple to the bohemian North Shore surfing town of Hale’iwa. We will visit The Ukulele Site....an outstanding ukulele shop in Hale’iwa. On the east coast we will visit the trendy beach town of Kailua, and Hanauma Bay, famous for its pristine marine eco system (fabulous snorkelling). Evening: Back in Honolulu, you are free to explore Waikiki at your leisure. (B)
Friday 9 November 2018
Morning: Visit the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, including a 23 min. documentary film and a short trip (by US Navy operated boat) to the impressive USS Arizona Memorial, which is perched above the sunken ship of that name. The USS Arizona went down with a loss of 1,177 officers & crew during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7th 1941. We then drive to ‘Iolani Palace, the only royal palace in the US. You are free to roam through the lovely grounds of the palace. Outside the palace, under a large banyan tree, the Royal Hawaiian Band (a brass/woodwind municipal band) performs most Fridays between 12 noon & 1pm. We will take in this performance, if available. Remainder of afternoon: Free time, including our 1st Ukulele Workshop. Evening: Enjoy an evening of outstanding local ukulele/slack key music. (B)
Saturday 10 November 2018
Morning: free time. Early afternoon: We will be transferred to the waterfront to board Pride of America. After settling into your cabin, come out on deck to watch as the ship slips its moorings and we depart on our amazing 7-night cruise. Evening: Enjoy outstanding cuisine, including specialty Hawaiian dishes, in the ship’s high quality dining facilities. After dinner, free time for you to explore the ship’s fabulous facilities. (B,D[dinner on the ship])
Sunday 11 November 2018
Morning: We arrive at Kahului (island of Maui). Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian islands. Enjoy a sightseeing coach tour, with local guide, along the famed Hana Highway (north-east coast), including lava cliffs, tumbling waterfalls, rugged coastline, lush hillsides of feathery ferns, and trees laden with tropical fruits. Mid-afternoon: Return to our ship and enjoy our 1st exclusive Wayne Horsburgh concert. Evening: Prior to dinner, we will have a Welcome Aboard Drinks Party, where you will be formally introduced to Wayne Horsburgh, Sam Lemann, & Andy Toombs. After dinner, enjoy high quality Pride of America entertainment, including Broadway style shows & comedy shows.
Monday 12 November 2018
Morning: Enjoy a sightseeing coach tour of the western part of Maui. Visit the colourful town of Lahaina. Until 1845, this small harbour town was the capital of the Kingdom of Hawai’i. Visit the Old Lahaina Courthouse (now a Visitor Center) and Banyan Square (it features a large banyan tree, over a century old). We will be entertained by a local ukulele or slack key band (or performer) while we have lunch. Afternoon: Return to our ship. Free time, including our 2nd Ukulele Workshop. Our ship departs Kahului at 6pm. Evening: Enjoy our 1st on-board Pre-Dinner Drinks session, with entertainment provided by one of our Music Cruise entertainers.
Tuesday 13 November 2018
This morning we arrive in the town of Hilo, on the eastern side of Hawai’i (Hawaii’s largest island). Enjoy a sightseeing coach tour of the island’s east coast, with local guide, including a visit to the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Also visit the Puna Lava Flows area. Afternoon: Free time in Hilo, including entertainment by a local ukulele or slack key band (or performer) while we have Afternoon Drinks. Late afternoon: Return to our ship, which sails at 6pm.
Wednesday 14 November 2018
Morning: Arrive in the town of Kona, on the western side of Hawai’i island. Enjoy a sightseeing coach tour along the west coast. Visit the Ho’oulu Community Farmers Market. Also, visit the Kona Coffee Living History Farm. In the town of Holualoa, visit the excellent Holualoa Ukulele Gallery. Inside a historic post office, owner Sam Rosen displays beautifully handcrafted ukuleles made by himself and other island luthiers. Afternoon: Free time in Kona before returning to our ship, which sails at 5.30pm. Evening: Enjoy our 2nd on-board Pre-Dinner Drinks session, with entertainment provided by one of our Music Cruise entertainers.
Thursday 15 November 2018
Today we arrive in Kaua’i. Many people consider Kaua’i to be Hawaii’s most beautiful island. On ‘The Garden Island’ nature is truly the star. Enjoy a sightseeing coach tour, with local guide (south-west part of the island). See the Waimea Canyon, sometimes called the ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific’. We will be entertained by a local ukulele or slack key band (or performer) while we have lunch. Afternoon: Return to our ship. Enjoy a funfilled Music Quiz, with our exclusive Music Cruise artists. Great prizes for the winning teams! We will also have our 3rd Ukulele Workshop.
Friday 16 November 2018
Morning: Enjoy a further sightseeing coach tour of Kaua’i (eastern part of the island). Lunchtime: Return to our ship, which departs Nawiliwili at 2pm. Afternoon: Enjoy our 2nd exclusive Wayne Horsburgh concert. Evening: Enjoy our final Pre-Dinner Drinks session, with entertainment provided by one of our Music Cruise entertainers.
Saturday 17 November
Morning: Pride of America arrives back in Honolulu at 7am. We disembark. Our coach will take us to the colourful Saturday Farmers Market at Kapi’alonai Community College. We will then visit the outstanding Bishop Museum, which showcases a remarkable array of Hawaiian cultural/natural/history exhibits. Afternoon: Visit one of Honolulu’s excellent shopping malls. Mid-afternoon: Check into our fabulous hotel, in Waikiki. Evening: End-of-Tour Dinner, including local ukulele/slack key music. Overnight: Park Shore Hotel, Waikiki. (D)
Sunday 18 November 2018
Morning: Transfer by coach to the airport in Honolulu for flight back to Australia. (B)
Monday 19 November 2018
We arrive in Australia today and tour arrangements conclude.