HAWAII, TAHITI & SAMOA
29 Day cruise aboard EMERALD PRINCESS
Round-trip from Los Angeles
March 30 – April 27, 2018
The vibrant culture of The South Pacific comes to life on a Princess cruise. Surprise someone special with black pearls from our onboard boutiques. Savor exquisite Pacific Rim cuisine; perhaps watch dolphins play alongside your ship, and capture the vivid sunset over the archipelago from your private balcony.
Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA Embark
Cruise Pacific Ocean 4 nights
Hilo, BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII 8:00 am 5:00 pm
Honolulu, OAHU 7:00 am 11:00 pm
Lahaina, MAUI 7:00 am 6:00 pm
Nawiliwili, KAUAI 8:00 am 5:00 pm
Cruise Pacific Ocean 4 nights
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA 8:00 am 6:00 pm
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Apia, WESTERN SAMOA 7:00 am 4:00 pm
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Bora Bora, FRENCH POLYNESIA 8:00 am 10:00 pm
Papeete, TAHITI 8:00 am 4:00 pm
Moorea, FRENCH POLYNESIA 7:00 am 4:00 pm
Cruise Pacific Ocean 8 nights
Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA Disembark
Book Now & Receive $100 US Onboard Credit*
DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FARES:
INSIDE Category ID – $5,495 INSIDE Cat. IC – $5,550 INSIDE Cat. IB – $5,595
OUTSDE Cat. OW* – $5,995 OUTSIDE Cat. OC – $7,195
BALCONY Cat. BD – $8,395 BALCONY Cat. BC – $8,495 BALCONY Cat. BB – $8,695
MINI-SUITE Cat. MD – $11,295 MINI-SUITE Cat. MB – $11,795 *OW cat. has obstructed view
SINGLE OCCUPANCY FARES:
INSIDE Cat. ID – $10,195 OUTSIDE Cat. OW* – $11,295 BALCONY Cat. BD – $15,995
Initial deposit of $1,250 per person is required.
Final payment is due by JANUARY 4, 2018
ALL PRICES ARE IN CANADIAN DOLLARS AND INCLUDE:
29-Day cruise with all your meals and onboard entertainment.
All your port taxes and government fees.
All your prepaid shipboard gratuities in the equivalent of up to $14.50 US dollars per person per day during your cruise.
Please Note: Cost of airfare will be quoted at time of booking when available with Princess Cruises as well as any optional hotel stays with your cruise.
APIA – The first Polynesians arrived in Western Samoa around 1000 B.C. Three millennia later, the islands formed one of the last bastions of traditional Polynesian culture. Apia, the capital of Western or Independent Samoa, is a city of 40,000 on the island of Upolu. Its picturesque waterfront is lined with public buildings, shops and trading companies. The town now comprises of modern 3-5 story buildings all along the waterfront. Government has built some very modern buildings to house most of the government offices. The village settings can only be seen in the outskirts of town within a radius of 15 miles. Western Samoa has long lured Westerners to its islands. The most famous expatriate of all was Robert Louis Stevenson, who lived at Vailima, and was buried near the summit of Mt. Vaea. Dress in light, comfortable clothing when visiting Apia. The dress code is quite casual. Shorts are appropriate for men. Dress for women is more conservative. The local women wear long skirts, dresses, lava lavas or muumuus.
BORA BORA – Majestic mountains sculpted by ancient volcanoes, a shimmering lagoon and a barrier reef dotted with tiny motu, or islets – welcome to Bora Bora, perhaps the most stunning island in the South Pacific. Only 4,600 people live a seemingly idyllic lifestyle in the main villages of Vaitape, Anau and Faanui. No wonder those generations of travelers – including novelist James Michener – regarded Bora Bora as an earthly paradise. Connected to its sister islands by water and by air – the landing strip sits atop Motu Mute, one of the reef’s islets – Bora Bora remains relatively unspoiled by the modern world. Note: Bora Bora is an anchorage port. Transportation from the ship to shore will be via the ship’s tender service.
MOOREA – To discover the storied Polynesia of Melville, Gauguin and Michener, you have to travel to Tahiti’s outer islands. Moorea, the former haunt of Tahitian royalty, is one such island where you still see fishermen paddling outrigger canoes, pareo-clad women strolling along the roads and children fishing from island bridges. Moorea is an island of vertiginous mountains – most of its 18,000 people live along the narrow coastal shelf. Behind tin-roofed wooden houses lie lush green mountains rushing up to fill the sky. French Polynesia comprises some 130 islands, of which Tahiti is the best known. Just 12 miles across the lagoon from Tahiti lies Moorea. Note: Moorea is a tender port. Transportation from ship to shore will be via the ship’s tender service.
PAGO PAGO – Bay is one of the most dramatic harbors in the South Pacific, a region known for dramatic landscapes. Eons ago, the massive seaward wall of a volcano collapsed and the sea poured in. Today, dramatic mountain peaks encircle the deep harbor. The capital of American Samoa, Pago Pago is more village than city. The town is dominated by looming Mt. Pioa, whose summit draws moisture-bearing clouds, earning it the nickname of “The Rainmaker.” Indeed, Pago Pago draws more than its fair share of rain – the island of Tutuila is a vision of deep, verdant green. Pronounced “Pango Pango,” this island paradise awaits exploration.
PAPEETE – Tahiti is not just an island – Tahiti has always been a state of mind. The bustling capital of Tahiti and her islands, Papeete is the chief port and trading center, as well as a provocative temptress luring people to her shores. Immortalized in the novel “Mutiny on the Bounty,” who could blame the men of “HMS Bounty” for abandoning their ship in favor of basking in paradise? And what would Modern Art be without Tahiti’s influence on Gauguin and Matisse? Today the island is a charming blend of Polynesian “joie de vivre” and Gallic sophistication. But venture out from Papeete and you find a landscape of rugged mountains, lush rainforests, cascading waterfalls and deserted beaches. Contrasting with other French Polynesian ports, Papeete’s coastline initially greets you with a vista of commercial activity that graciously gives way to both black and white-sand beaches, villages, resorts and historic landmarks.
HILO – Welcome to the Big Island of Hawaii – a paradise of black-sand beaches, tropical rainforest and volcanic mountains. Mauna Loa, the largest mountain on the planet, soars above the bleak lava fields of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. In the heart of the Big Island’s lush rainforest lies the remote and stunning Wai’po Valley (Valley of the Kings). Hawaii’s history matches its incomparable landscape – it is a saga of mighty Polynesian kings, sugar barons, war and treachery. The landscape of the Big Island ranges from black-sand beaches to tropical rain forest to the alpine terrain of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. At 13,796 feet above sea level, the summit of Mauna Kea is the highest point in the entire Pacific basin.
HONOLULU – Home to nearly half a million people, Honolulu is Hawaii’s state capital and only major city. The city of Honolulu and the island of Oahu offer a wealth of historic, cultural and scenic attractions. Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head are two of the city’s enduring symbols. Pearl Harbor, site of the USS Arizona Memorial and the “Punchbowl,” are haunting reminders of the tragic events of December 7, 1941, when the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor forced America into World War II. Honolulu is also home to the historic Iolani Palace, the official residence of Hawaii’s last royals. Beyond the city lie tropical rain forests, the Pali Lookout and the North Shore known for its surfing beaches. A draw card to visitors of all ages, from all corners of the globe, Honolulu’s appeal ranges from its magnificent beaches, countless well-stocked shops, tempting restaurants and a multitude of historic, cultural and scenic attractions.
KAUAI – The fourth largest island in the Hawaiian group, Kauai is known as the “Garden Island.” The terrain ranges from the volcanic slopes of Mt. Waialeale and the desert-like beauty of Waimea Canyon to the Wailua River’s lush Fern Grotto. Ironically this once isolated island was the site of the first meeting between Europeans and Hawaiians. On January 19, 1778, Captain James Cook anchored his ships off the mouth of the Waimea River, becoming the first in a long line of enthusiastic visitors. Kauai was never conquered by the great warrior King Kamehameha.
MAUI – Has always occupied a special place in the hearts of Hawaiians. The great warrior King Kamehameha, who united the islands under his rule, chose to make Lahaina his capital and Ka’anapali was once the favorite playground of Hawaiian royalty. And no wonder – Maui boasts stunning landscapes and superb beaches. Mt. Haleakala, a dormant volcano, rises 10,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean. Once hailed as “The Valley of the Kings,” Maui’s Iao Valley is a tropical paradise dominated by the Needle, a volcanic monolith towering over the valley floor. Then there is Lahaina, once home to a royal court and a raucous port-of-call enjoyed by 19thcentury Yankee whalers. Haleakala means “The House of the Sun.” To the Hawaiians, it appeared that the sun both rose from and set in the depths of its massive crater. Today, the centerpiece of Haleakala National Park, it is one of Maui’s major attractions. Note: Lahaina is an anchorage port. Transportation from ship to shore is via the ship’s tender service.