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Don't miss out on Grand Princess enjoying 15 exciting nights on the Hawaii Cruise exploring Mexican Riviera. Your ship embarks from San Francisco and calls into 6 ports in 2 countries before returning to San Francisco. This 4 star cruise from Princess Cruises has forward departures, but is unfortunately sold out for this departure.

Day Date Port of call Arrival Departure
1 Fri 20 Dec 2013 San Francisco, USA 4.00pm
Hawaii Cruise San Francisco, on the Californian coast, is one of America’s most attractive cities with its famous Golden Gate Bridge, steep streets that provide panoramic views of the beautiful San Francisco Bay and surrounding mountains, and its eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture. Perhaps also famous for the nearby Silicon Valley, this ‘City by the Bay’ has become even more international with large numbers of immigrants from Asia and Latin America. Explore the amazing Fisherman’s Wharf that offers great food, and the numerous boutiques. Take a hop-on hop-off bus that crosses the Golden Gate Bridge and enjoy the beautiful scenery and expensive homes at the Marin Headlands.

Cruise on one of the many ferries, visit the famed Alcatraz Island with its abandoned prison in the middle of the bay, and possibly even visit Oakland and Berkeley that lie just across the Bay. One couldn’t possibly leave without taking a ride on one of its antique cable cars that still shuttle passengers up and down the city slopes. Then there are the ethnic neighbourhoods like Chinatown and Japantown, each with their traditional shops and their own uniqueness. North Beach is known as an Italian neighbourhood, the Mission District as a Hispanic community, and Castro Street for its gay and lesbian population.

The unique mixture of diverse cultures is reflected in the great San Francisco cuisine. There are many highlight walks you can take. Some of the best ones are: Fillmore, between Pine and Broadway, lined with a good mix of shopping, views, steep slopes, and some of the city's largest and most expensive homes; and Columbus that runs from North Point in Fisherman's Wharf, through the grand church, and famous cafes at the heart of North Beach to the landmark Transamerica pyramid. A day’s coach tour will take you to Yosemite National Park.

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2 Sat 21 Dec 2013 At Sea
3 Sun 22 Dec 2013 Ensenada, Mexico 7.00am 2.00pm
Hawaii Cruise Ensenada, about 100 km south of the US/Mexican border at Tijuana, is just far enough from the border to offer a more authentic Mexican experience than the eight border towns. Ensenada is one of the oldest municipalities in Baja California, and one of the largest in the world by land area. Situated on the beautiful island-studded Bay (Bahia) of Los Angeles, it offers aquatic activities such as windsurfing, kayaking and whale-watching. It is also home to La Bufadora - translated as ‘the snorter’ - as this undercover cave regularly sucks in sea water and spits it out the cave's top, drenching the surroundings.

First Street is a very popular destination as it is lined with shops offering local products at very reasonable prices and is a great place to ‘people watch’ and absorb the culture. There is also the appealing main shopping area along Lopez Mateos, while Ruiz Avenue is lined with some of the more refined shops and cafes. Apart from shopping, there are some important museums such as the Museum of Natural Science, as well as a great historic site with its famous Catavina Rock Paintings. Alternatively, go whale watching when in season, or, if you prefer, do some diving and kayaking.

Plaza Civica in the city centre contains the busts of three historical figures, while the Aduana Maritima, the oldest public building, now serves as the exhibit space for the National Institute of Anthropology and History. Then there is the Rivera del Pacifico, a graceful white building once a casino, but that is now an architectural monument featuring tours of its massive interior. Last, but definitely not least, is the Bodegas de Santo Thomas, where visitors learn about local wine-making traditions and enjoy sampling the wine together with bread and cheeses. To inject adrenaline to your tour, go hiking and conquer zip-lines and suspension bridges.

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4 Mon 23 Dec 2013 At Sea
5 Tue 24 Dec 2013 At Sea
6 Wed 25 Dec 2013 At Sea
7 Thu 26 Dec 2013 At Sea
8 Fri 27 Dec 2013 Hilo, USA 8.00am 5.00pm
Hawaii Cruise Hilo is an impressively beautiful town and the largest settlement in Hawaii, overlooking Hilo Bay with beaches, caves, rivers, and waterfalls within its limits. The town is near two shield volcanoes, Mauna Loa, considered active, and Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano where some of the best ground-based astronomical observatories are placed. Though not necessarily seen as a tourist town, if you can do without a few amenities, you will be thoroughly rewarded here.

Visit: the Rainbow Falls in a gorge blanketed with lush vegetation, the Tropical Botanical Gardens with its delightful flowers and wonderful views of the ocean, the Lili'uokalani gardens to absorb its quaint Japanese features, and the Nauna Loa Macadamia Nut Visitors Centre to enjoy the famous nuts. Also on offer are helicopter rides that provide an excellent overview of the entire island.

If travelling to the Kiouea and Volcano National Park to see its active volcano, then be sure to stop and see the delightful Akatsuda Orchid Gardens. The Tsunami Museum and the Lyman Mission House and Museum present fascinating historical facts about the area, and if you wish to experience something truly different, then visit the Punakuu black-sand beach and watch the green turtles basking.

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9 Sat 28 Dec 2013 Honolulu, USA 7.00am 11.00pm
Hawaii Cruise The birthplace of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the Unites States, Honolulu is the cultural, industrial, commercial, and governmental centre of Hawaii, with Waikiki Beach the epicentre of the tourist industry. It is a thriving world-class city, with nearly one million people in its metropolitan area. Oahu is the most popular of the Hawaiian Islands, and as the city is packed with sights, activities, and tourist attractions, it is easy to understand why there is so much to do in this southernmost major U.S. city. It is also a major hub for international business, military defense, as well as famously being host to a diverse variety of east-west and Pacific culture, cuisine, and traditions.

While most of us are aware that the beaches around Honolulu are exquisite, and include the world famous Waikiki Beach, as well as Kahaloa and Ulukou Beaches, which also offer superb swimming and plenty of activities for the whole family. Places that could well make up your short list are: the excellent Honolulu Zoo where animals wander around freely, and includes a petting zoo; the beautifully restored 19th century Iolani palace; and a free visit to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel that is a fascinating landmark of Waikki Beach.

Of great interest are shopping venues, such as the Aloha Tower Marketplace complex that consists of numerous shops featuring not only clothing, but also jewellery and art. The complex also offers a great choice of restaurants and expansive views of the harbour from the Aloha Tower observation deck. Another exciting venue is the mysterious and historical Chinatown. With its colourful combination of SE Asian cultures and numerous restaurants and medicine shops, it certainly is an amazing experience.

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10 Sun 29 Dec 2013 Nawiliwili, USA 8.00am 5.00pm
Hawaii Cruise Nawiliwili is a large beach park and port on the SE of the island of Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands. One of the wettest spots on Earth, with an annual average rainfall of over 11 meters, it is located on the east side of Mount Wai'ale'ale. The high annual rainfall has eroded deep valleys in the central mountains resulting in canyons with many scenic waterfalls. Sport fishing is excellent in the harbour while great snorkel and dive opportunities are also available. It also provides access to Poipu Beach, one of the best beaches in Hawaii as well as the opportunity to experience a helicopter tour.

If you want to shop, have a great lunch and get some sunshine then simply walk over to Nearby Kalapaki Beach with its great little shopping malls – one right on the beach - and simply relax on the beach or participate in snorkelling, safe swimming, as well as surfing. The Wailua River boat trip to the Fern Grotto is always appreciated as there is great shopping at Coconut Plantation just beyond the river. The scenery is delightful, while the town of Hanalei is a wonderful little community with eclectic boutiques, shops and small wonderfully rustic restaurants.

Many regard the helicopter tour of Mt. Waialeale, Waimea Canyon and the Na Pali Coast as awesome, a ‘must-do’ and something that will be remembered forever. The helicopters will take you up the canyon, to the Alakai Swamp, by numerous waterfalls, into the main canyon walls and much, much more. You may also get to land at the amazing island of Niihau, a small island of some 250 full blooded Hawaiians, and absorb their natural way of life and culture.

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11 Mon 30 Dec 2013 Lahaina, USA 7.00am 6.00pm
Hawaii Cruise Lahaina is the largest town in West Maui Hawaii and is the gateway to the famous Kaanapali and Kapalua beach resorts north of the town. The banyan tree in Courthouse Square is noteworthy for its size. As a strangling fig, it has grown by dropping roots from its branches that then become additional trunks, allowing it to cover two-thirds of an acre. Lahaina's Front Street, along the waterfront – with stores offering a broad variety of food and entertainment – has been ranked one of the ‘Top Ten Greatest Streets’ by the American Planning Association, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Lahaina is on the National Register of Historic Places. You can still get a feel for old Lahaina as you stroll down lively Front Street and visit historic stops like the U.S. Seamen’s Hospital, Lahaina Prison, the Pioneer Inn and other sites on the Historic Trail. In 1831 a fort was built for defense, and the remains of its 6.1 m walls and original cannons can still be seen. Also nearby are the historic Pioneer Inn and Baldwin House. In conjunction with this, the winning show Ulalena at the Maui Theatre offers a Broadway-calibre production showcasing the culture of Hawaii.

Surfing in the inviting ocean is often the top priority for many, while snorkelling - perhaps from the island of Molakini - is delightful and whales can be seen everywhere from November through to March. Take the opportunity to taste the fresh regional cuisine at the fine restaurants or experience a seaside luau, where you can not only enjoy some great food and drink, but also watch the traditional dances of Polynesia. During the winter months, don’t forget to set sail from Lahaina Harbor on an unforgettable whale-watching tour. This is one of the best places in the world to spot humpback whales.

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12 Tue 31 Dec 2013 At Sea
13 Wed 1 Jan 2014 At Sea
14 Thu 2 Jan 2014 At Sea
15 Fri 3 Jan 2014 At Sea
16 Sat 4 Jan 2014 San Francisco, USA 7.00am
Hawaii Cruise San Francisco, on the Californian coast, is one of America’s most attractive cities with its famous Golden Gate Bridge, steep streets that provide panoramic views of the beautiful San Francisco Bay and surrounding mountains, and its eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture. Perhaps also famous for the nearby Silicon Valley, this ‘City by the Bay’ has become even more international with large numbers of immigrants from Asia and Latin America. Explore the amazing Fisherman’s Wharf that offers great food, and the numerous boutiques. Take a hop-on hop-off bus that crosses the Golden Gate Bridge and enjoy the beautiful scenery and expensive homes at the Marin Headlands.

Cruise on one of the many ferries, visit the famed Alcatraz Island with its abandoned prison in the middle of the bay, and possibly even visit Oakland and Berkeley that lie just across the Bay. One couldn’t possibly leave without taking a ride on one of its antique cable cars that still shuttle passengers up and down the city slopes. Then there are the ethnic neighbourhoods like Chinatown and Japantown, each with their traditional shops and their own uniqueness. North Beach is known as an Italian neighbourhood, the Mission District as a Hispanic community, and Castro Street for its gay and lesbian population.

The unique mixture of diverse cultures is reflected in the great San Francisco cuisine. There are many highlight walks you can take. Some of the best ones are: Fillmore, between Pine and Broadway, lined with a good mix of shopping, views, steep slopes, and some of the city's largest and most expensive homes; and Columbus that runs from North Point in Fisherman's Wharf, through the grand church, and famous cafes at the heart of North Beach to the landmark Transamerica pyramid. A day’s coach tour will take you to Yosemite National Park.

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Each year the 15-night Hawaiian itinerary ex San Francisco or Los Angeles has nine sea days, and calls at Ensenada in Mexico, which opens the way for duty-free shopping. These alternate with 10-night cruises to the southern coast of California and the Mexican Riviera, for relaxation and water sports. Between May and September she cruises the Alaskan fjord coast over 7 nights from Seattle in 2014, and in 2015 runs 7-night one=way trips between Vancouver and Anchorage. Princess Cruises organises on-shore tours which can be booked before sailing or during the cruise. For some voyages pre- and post-cruises tours are available to extend your stay in major ports.

Accommodation
There are six types of cabin and 35 price categories: insides, outsides (some obstructed), balcony cabins, outside mini-suites (with and without balconies) and balcony suites. Cabins are roomy and nicely appointed, with satellite TV access to major channels. Standard cabins are practical and attractive, many have additional upper berths for children, and some have inter-connecting doors. The larger the stateroom, the more additional facilities. All guests receive turndown service, chocolates on pillow at night, bathrobes and amenity kits, and complimentary room service on most items 24 hours a day. There are no single cabins, 28 wheelchair-accessible cabins, and some cabins accommodate families of three and four.

Food and Dining
Traditional dining in Botticelli Dining Room offers you a pre-selection of one of two seating times throughout the cruise. Anytime Dining (sitting when and with whom you choose) is offered in Da Vinci and Michelangelo Dining Rooms. Both serve five course meals changed daily, with chefs inducted into the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs gastronomic society. Sabatini’s serves Italian cuisine and Crown Grill serves steak and seafood (for an extra cover charge). Dress code is smart casual, and on cruises longer than three days dress for a formal night for every week of sailing. Breakfast and lunch are provided in an open seating arrangement. (Of course a continental breakfast can be delivered to your stateroom, and there is a stateroom menu.) Passengers booked in cabins with balconies can order several special, romantic meals to be served restaurant-style on the verandah - Ultimate Balcony Dining. Order special dietary requests before sailing.

Entertainment
As for entertainment, there is more than can be squeezed into a week. The Princess Theatre is two decks high, featuring glamorous production shows every second or third evening. The Vista Show Lounge with its three stages presents cabaret, and doubles for lectures, bingo and horse-racing during the day. Explorer’s Lounge hosts cabaret acts and dance bands. Movies first-run feature films pool-side at Under the Stars on Sun Deck. The new night club is One5. There are 12 bars and lounges with live music and dancing. A new feature is the new three-deck-high street-cafe-style Piazza, for sipping coffee and watching the occasional passing performer. Stroll around and shop duty-free, or check your email at the Internet Café.

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Cruise summary

Cruise: Hawaii Cruise
Duration: 15 nights
Ship: Grand Princess
Star rating:
Departs: San Francisco
Returns: San Francisco
Ports of call: 6
Forward departures:

What's onboard? ▼

  • Stateroom
  • Piazza-style Atrium
  • Shops duty free (5)
  • DINING
  • Main dining rooms (3)
  • Traditional & Anytime Dining
  • 24-h room service & menu
  • Special dietary requests
  • Formal dining nights
  • Ultimate Balcony Dining
  • The Chef’s Table
  • Italian dining
  • Steakhouse & seafood
  • Buffet, Pizzeria
  • Hamburger hot dog grill
  • Internet café
  • Patisserie, Wine bar
  • Ice cream sundae bar
  • Drink & coffee packages
  • Afternoon tea
  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • Show lounges (3)
  • Lounges, bars, nightclub, disco (12)
  • Movies Under the Stars
  • Onboard games, parties, tours
  • Casino
  • ScholarShip@Sea courses
  • Library
  • Art auctions
  • Celebration packages
  • Conference Centre
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Pools (5)
  • Lap pool with current
  • Whirlpools (9)
  • The Sanctuary adult oasis
  • Fitness Centre, jogging track
  • The Lotus Spa, beauty salon
  • Sports deck & table games
  • Golf simulator
  • Putting green
  • UNDER 18
  • Princess Pelicans (3-7 y)
  • Shockwaves (8-12 y)
  • Remix (13-17 y)
  • Video games
  • Virtual reality centre
  • OTHER
  • Weddings (selected itineraries)
  • Medical centre
  • ATM on board
  • Internet, phone, Wi-Fi (pay)
  • Laundromat
  • 110V AC
  • Mobile phone reception
  • Wheelchair access
  • Daily newsletter

What's included? ▼

  • Accommodation as booked
  • Australia: Gratuities for Sun and Dawn Princess departures, and Sea Princess departing and returning to Australia.
  • All main meals on-board
  • Coffee, tea & milk 24 hrs
  • Oplen/anytime dining (not in Australia)
  • Traditional/set time & multi-venue dining
  • Cocktail or champagne reception
  • In-cabin dining at no charge
  • Complimentary mini-bar setup (Suites)
  • Use of ship facilities - indoor & outdoor
  • Entertainment - live music and/or shows, movies
  • Activities - organised & individual
  • Specialty lectures, workshops, classes & programs
  • Bridge director on select cruises
  • Kids clubs & teen programs (3-17 yrs most ships)
  • Cruise Director & all English speaking staff
  • Onboard newsletter
  • Port maps and/or guide books
  • Destination seminars and/or lectures
  • Ship-shore-ship transfers

What's excluded? ▼

  • Airfares, accommodation & transfers not specified
  • Shore & land excursions and meals not specified
  • Alternate specialty dining venues
  • Room service menu items (unless specified)
  • Casino gaming, bar expenses
  • Passport & visa fees
  • Insurances of all kinds
  • Increases in third party charges or taxes
  • Outside Australia: Service charge USD 11.50 (suites USD 12) pp/night all ages. Adjust or remove on board.
  • Customary land tour gratuities are welcome
  • Outside Australia Service charge: bar and wine 15%
  • Items & services of a personal nature
  • Medical services, vaccination costs
  • Laundry and/or valet charges
  • Laundry services (Complimentary for Suites & Elite Capltain's Circle
  • Wi-Fi, Internet, satellite/mobile phone & fax charges
  • Childcare night services (3-12 yrs, 10pm-1am)

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