‘The Big Apple to the Big Kahuna’ – that’s New York and Hawaii. This great 23-night, fly-double-cruise-and-stay holiday offers those two classic American destinations and a lot more: seven-night cruises around New England and Hawaii respectively aboard Norwegian Gem and Pride of America, plus hotel stays and tours.
Like a lot of great adventures, ‘The Big Apple to the Big Kahuna’ starts in New York.
This cruise-holiday offering, exclusive to Worldwide Cruise Centres (worldwidecruisecentres.com.au), includes a flight from Sydney to New York. On return, you’ll stop in Hawaii.
‘The Big Apple to the Big Kahuna’ also includes five nights at a three-star hotel in New York City, a seven-night Canada and New England cruise aboard Norwegian Gem (round-trip from New York), a visit to the top of the Empire State Building, four nights accommodation in a three-star hotel in Honolulu’s celebrated Waikiki Beach area, the Big Kahuna VIP Luau feast at Honolulu Ridge historic estate, and a seven-night cruise exploration of the Hawaiian Islands aboard Pride of America.
Much more is included, such as ship’s gratuities on both cruises, so you can forget about that quaint American custom of shipboard tipping.
‘The Big Apple to the Big Kahuna’ costs from A$7199 twin-share per-person, valid for sale at that rate until the end of January 2016, unless it sells out earlier.
It gets underway with a flight from Sydney to New York on 1 September 2016.
A night at a New York hotel on arrival lets you relax before boarding Norwegian Gem and setting sail. Norwegian Gem offers a four-lane bowling alley, a multitude of nightly dining choices, spa and fitness centre and a pool deck complete with hot tubs and slides. All shipboard main meals (excluding specialty restaurants) are covered.
The cruise takes you Halifax, Nova Scotia, largest city in Canada’s Atlantic Provinces. Founded as Britain’s military bastion in North America, it’s a strikingly beautiful city. Then to Saint John, New Brunswick and the Bay of Fundy, with its awesome tidal flow and reversing river rapids. The fierce tides here rise with such force that they actually cause the St John River to reverse direction and its waters to flow upstream. Gracious Portland, Maine, follows, then a day at sea before docking in Newport, Rhode Island, home to great mansions like The Breakers and The Elms.
The next city you’ll visit is perhaps the world’s greatest: New York. Returning here to the Big Apple, you’ll spend four nights in a three-star hotel. About 170 languages are spoken in New York City and over 35 percent of New Yorkers were born outside the USA. A visit to the mighty Empire State Building is included. A New York City landmark, this iconic skyscraper has always been a must-see on every visitor’s list.
Jet now to Honolulu, capital of laid-back Hawaii, for a three-night stay, including the fabulous Big Kahuna Luau , held at the Honolulu Ridge, a beautiful 1920’s hillside estate high above Honolulu’s glittering lights and Diamond Head. This is quintessential Hawaii: a signature Big Kahuna mai tai cocktail, Hawaiian dancers at sunset and an authentic island Luau dinner of treats and tastes unique to Hawaii.
You’ll see plenty of Hawaii over the next seven nights after you board Norwegian Cruise Lines’ grand, four-star ship Pride of America.
From Honolulu, Pride of America sails to Kahului on Maui, overnighting on this island of fabled surf. Golf, swim, snorkel, windsurf or just relax under a swaying palm. Optional tours are available to Lanai, Hawaii’s most exclusive island.
From Maui, Pride of America sails to Hilo on the east coast of the Big Island, known for spectacular Akaka Falls, 129 metres high. The Big Island’s Mauna Kea is the world’s tallest mountain – taller than Mount Everest if you count the part that’s underwater. Visit Volcano National Park to see Mount Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes.
Next stop is Kona (famed for its coffee) on the other side of the Big Island. Explore beautiful tidal pools by foot or with snorkel.
Then Kauai, island of rainforests and smooth, rounded mountains, cascading waterfalls and towering ocean cliffs. The island has featured in more than 60 major films and TV shows, from Blue Hawaii with Elvis Presley to Raiders of the Lost Ark – even Jurassic Park III.
Between islands, Pride of America has plenty to keep you entertained and a friendly American crew ready to help. The first new US-flagged cruise ship in 50 years, Pride of America has an Americana theme, so it’s a bit like touring the States. There’s an Alaskan Gold Rush Saloon, a New Orleans-style Mardi Gras Cabaret Lounge, a Waikiki Bar and a French restaurant inspired by former US President Thomas Jefferson’s gracious Monticello stately home. Choices on this four-star ship include eight restaurants and 10 bars and lounges. All shipboard main meals (excluding specialty restaurants) are included.
Finally disembarking in Honolulu, you’ve a final night in a three-star hotel in the Waikiki Beach area. Time to catch up on last-minute shopping or sightseeing before bidding aloha to Hawaii and jetting back home to Australia.
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