Years ago a super luxurious cruise ship sailed the Hawaiian Islands. It operated under the American flag of Matson, served truly gourmet food created by a top San Francisco chef and served on exquisite china. Everything was top cabin from Egyptian cotton linens to crystal glasses and service. It was called the Monterey and alas it was driven out of the sea by mysterious forces.
Sailing around the islands is a great way for first time visitors to explore more than one spot and decide which one they’d like to go back to and spend more time. And although the Monterey’s long gone, there’s another way to accomplish this.
From November through April, Hawai‘i-bound travelers can explore four Hawaiian Islands—Hawai‘i, Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i—by yacht on a weeklong cruise with small ship cruise line Un-Cruise Adventures. What’s more it’s offering adventure savings of $600 a couple on bookings made by July 31, 2014 for cruises departing November 2014 – April 2015, excluding holiday departures on December 20 and 27.
Hawai‘i cruises sail one-way between Hawai‘i, the Big Island and Moloka‘i or reverse aboard the 36-guest Safari Explorer which features a convenient aft swim step from which you can dive into the ocean plus water sports equipment. Activities include kayaking through a lava tube or nearby volcanic cliffs, taking a skiff to look for whales or other marine life, spotting dolphins off the bow, snorkeling, paddle boarding and more. . Expert naturalists provide interpretation on guided excursions ashore and at sea.
Highlights include a night snorkel with Giant Pacific Manta rays and snorkeling at Kealakekua Bay where Captain Cook was slain in 1779. Hike along a beach up to a scenic, rocky overlook for sweeping views of neighboring bays on Lana‘i. Visit Lana‘i City and the Lana‘i Culture and Heritage Center. Explore the old town of Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i. In the Humpback National Marine Sanctuary, expedition cruising allows time for searching out marine life—humpback whales, dolphins, green sea turtles and other marine life. Tour the historic town of Lahaina, Maui and take a turn paddling a traditional outrigger canoe.
“The inclusive nature of our yacht cruise is very appealing and freeing and welcomed by vacationers who enjoy inclusive packaging,” said Captain Dan Blanchard, CEO. “Step aboard and relax as we visit four islands. And we’ve arranged exclusive tours for our guests to see the traditional ways of life and meet the local people of Moloka‘i.”
The yacht is designed with warm wood interior that house a wine library, dining room, bar and lounge area, an open bridge and an aft deck area with large table for gatherings. The top deck provides a place to sun and relax.
Fares range from $3,595 a person and Include premium spirits, fine wines and microbrews; hand-crafted meals featuring local Hawaiian flavors; massage; yoga; guided tours geared toward small groups; from-yacht activities and equipment; whale and dolphin encounters; transfers; lei greeting; and port charges and taxes. To book or to request additional information, contact your travel agent or Un-Cruise Adventures at 888-862-8881 or firstname.lastname@example.org.