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About The Hawaiian Paradise 2017
Aloha! Experience paradise that we call Hawaii in a single friendly environment! Our floating hotel, Pride of America, transports us from one adventure to the next.
The Hawaiian Islands offer non-stop adventure and amusement for solo cruisers as each day unfolds on a new and “more spectacular than yesterday” location! Pinch me, is this real?
Join friends old and new in the gorgeous islands of Hawaii! Highlights are many in our 50th state, and will include, hula dancing, luaus, hiking, 4-wheeling, helicopter flights, a downhill bike ride, sunrise at 10,000 feet, evening sail past Mt. Kilauea (if we’re lucky, we’ll see it erupt), surfing, suntans, lush mountains, playful whales off the Napali Coast, sunrise on a different island every day and late night parties, just to get started.
The Pride of America is an excellent way to see the 5 top places in Hawaii (Honolulu, Maui, Hilo, Kona and Kauai). Although not what we call an “upscale” ship, she’ll be a good home for 7 days while we explore all of our fantasies. Come for Hawaii, days full of wonder, discovery, fun and friends. This is an action packed itinerary.
Inclusive Features of our Cruise, the only itinerary of its kind to enjoy seven full days cruising Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii.
- 7 Nights Aboard the Pride of America
- STI Events Each Day Including Breakfast Club, Happy Hours, Games, Tour Meet-ups, Group Tour Coordination, Group Dinner, Castaway Night
- Yum Yum – Specialty Dinner Reservations in addition to our group dining in the Skyline Dining Room-Aloha Café, Cadillac Diner, East Meets West, Jefferson’s Bistro, Lazy J Texas Steakhouse, Little Italy, Sushi Bar and Teppanyaki (fees apply for some restaurants).
- 24 Hour Complimentary Cabin/Room Service
- Entertainment – Live Broadway & Vegas Style Shows, Second City® comedy troupe, a Sports Court with Volleyball, Tennis & Golf, Shopping and Art Gallery. Learn about Hawaiian Crafts and Culture and Live Polynesian Show. Most Importantly, Enjoy the Islands!
- Party Time – Dance the Night Away at Mardi Gras Cabaret Lounge & Nightclub or under the Stars at the Waikiki Bar.
- Relax, Chill Out – Get Pampered in the First-Class Mandara Spa, Work Out at the Santa Fe Fitness Center, Sun and Soak at the South Beach Pool with 4 Hot Tubs, Wrap up a great day at the Key West Bar, Pink’s Champagne Bar or the Wine Bar.
Exclusive Singles Travel Features :
- STI Team service assures that you get the most from your “Hawaii” cruise experience. With what seems like so many things to do, so many dining choices, leave it to us, your cruise experts.
- PORT CHARGES, GOVERNMENT FEES AND HAWAIIAN TAXES TOTALING MORE THAN $400 ARE INCLUDED IN OUR FARE
- WELCOME ABOARD PARTY WITH COMPLIMENTARY DRINK TO KICK OFF THE CRUISE
- BREAKFAST CLUB EACH MORNING
- COORDINATED ACTIVITIES FOR MEMBERS OF OUR GROUP MAY INCLUDE: Hula Dance Lessons, Lei Making, Castaway Party, Hawaiian Luau Night, White Hot Night, Guest Hosted Cabin Parties, Jacuzzi Party Under the Stars, Independent Touring in Port,Trivia Contest, Deck/Pool Games, etc.
- HAPPY HOUR CLUB (Drinks Optional) – Themes include: Wild West and Hawaiian.
- CLUB STI: OUR VERSION OF THE HOSPITALITY DESK WITH A FUN AND CASUAL ATMOSPHERE.
- SINGLES ONLY SEATING (LATE – 8:30 p.m.) IN THE DINING ROOM
- Specialty Restaurant Reservations to Enhance Your Group Dining Experiences.
- FAREWELL PARTY
- OPTIONAL & PRIVATE SINGLES ONLY TOURS IN EVERY PORT- Click Here for Website!
- Special Attention from Singles Travel International Concierge*
- Great Times with other Singles!
*Minimum of 20 guests required to send a tour director. If no director, a guest will be designated as an “STI Ambassador” to coordinate the first day’s activities.
Inclusive features are subject to revision at the discretion of STI. Ages listed are not meant as a restriction, but are simply used as a guideline. Singles Travel International does not guarantee the number of guests, ages or ratios.
**Offer good for new bookings only. The Freestyle Choice promotion is valid for inside cabins or higher. T1 studios are not eligible. Roommate matching with a member having booked prior to the promotion is not eligible. Oceanview cabin earns $50 OBC and Balcony earns $75 OBC.
Please schedule your flight to arrive in Honolulu before 12 noon on November 4 and depart after 12 noon from Honolulu on November 11, 2017.
OPTIONAL SINGLES ONLY TOURS IN ALL THE ISLANDS, BE SURE TO RESERVE THE LUAU IN KAUAI! CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR EXCURSIONS.
*Note that Kahului is 45 minutes to 1 hour from Lahaina and transportation will cost approximately $80 each way. Plan your tours accordingly.
Watch our Hawaii Webinar on How to Prepare for your Cruise Vacation. Recorded for our 2012 cruise which may vary slightly in theme.
Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of Norwegian Cruise Line without compensation. Singles Travel International is not responsible for the consequences of any changes.
Once you make your online reservation, an STI reservation specialist will contact you to review and recommend additional services. Depend on them for assistance with airfare, proper protection, pre and post tour services. Once that step is complete, you will receive a final invoice from us confirming your reservation details.
READ your invoice and the FAQ page very carefully and advise if any changes need to be made.
Next, say hello to your fellow travelers on the chat!
The cruise departs from Honolulu November 4, and ends in Honolulu on November 11, 2017. Therefore the cruise is 7 nights/8 days.
Add Honolulu for 2 nights before the cruise, see Pearl Harbor and work on your tan!
Note: Most flights from Hawaii back to the mainland (US) are overnight flights so your return flight may add an extra day, making the trip 8 nights/9 days.
A deposit is due at time of reservation. Refer to the Price and Options tab for the amount. Final payment is due in our office by July 27, 2017. A reminder will be emailed to you 7 days prior to due date and your card will automatically be charged. If you make a reservation after July 27th, full payment will be automatically charged at time of reservation and penalties will apply.
**Money Saving Tip:**
While onboard your current cruise, make a reservation for the next cruise and earn valuable shipboard credits ranging from $50 – $200 USD. You may select one of our future sailings from the list provided by our Travel Director/Concierge, make the reservation onboard and Singles Travel International will pick up your reservation when you return home. See the Future Cruise Sales representative aboard your next cruise for details and to make your reservation.
Yes. All cancellations must be made in writing to Singles Travel International and are subject to per person penalties as follows:
– After deposit and at anytime of cancellation, a minimum charge of $75.00 plus credit card charges will apply in addition to other penalties listed below.
– Between July 27, 2017 and August 16, 2017 – $350 penalty applies.
– Between August 17, 2017 and September 1, 2017 – 50 % penalty applies.
– After September 1, 2017 any cancellations or “no-shows” – 100% penalty.
Note that if you elect to take a roommate and he/she cancels after our cut off date, we will do everything to find a new match. However, if no match is found, the difference in cost for a single cabin/room is the responsibility of the guest who cancels. No refund will be given to the guest who cancels, regardless of cruise or tour company policy as stated above. Singles Travel International is not responsible for costs related to cancellations after our cut off date.
In order to accommodate singles from all over the world, our tours and cruises are priced as land/cruise only. Therefore, airfare is additional. Singles Travel International is a licensed ticketing agency and oftentimes has low negotiated fares.
If you plan to arrange your own flights, make sure to arrive in Honolulu before 12:00 p.m. on November 4 and depart after 12 noon on November 11.
Our cruise does not include airfare, transfers, shore excursions and extra hotel nights before and after the cruise. You are responsible for alcoholic beverages (except when included in STI events), meals not indicated in itinerary, incidentals such as laundry and phone calls, gratuities to STI staff ($10-$15 per day) and NCL crew members. NCL adds a mandatory $13.50 per person, per day gratuity to your shipboard account (subject to change). Please advise your STI vacation specialist in advance if you’d like to add this charge to your final payment. You may also be charged a delivery fee, imposed by our vendors for special delivery of documents including international and expedited documents.
Yes. We have partnered with Shore Trips to provide pre-booked and pre-confirmed excursions in each port -of -call. Our tours are offered so that you may share your cruise experience with other members of our group, as they are exclusive to our members. In addition, once you make your reservations, you won’t have to spend any more time trying to figure out what to do every day!
Every tour is pre-booked and pre-confirmed. Booking our excursions also allows you to spend your time leisurely on board the ship. You will be sitting by the pool while others are in the shore excursion lines waiting to book. Our prices are competitive and well worth booking.
The Shore Trips site is easy to use. First, CREATE AN ACCOUNT and you may do this by going to website. Once you have created an account and signed in, click on the word FIND YOUR GROUP, then click “1 STI-Hawaiian Paradise“to see the excursions that are being offered for our cruise. A full page description is available if you click on the title of each tour.
Note that all Shore Trips tours are non-refundable once booked unless we find a replacement for you. We recommend that you make your reservations as soon as possible to avoid the disappointment of finding out that the tour you wanted has sold out. In order not to incur an additional $10.00 fee all tours must be booked 48 hours prior to departure.
Absolutely. Our site is so popular that we guarantee to find a roommate for you or the single cabin is on us! In order to take advantage of our offer, you must be paid in full by July 27, 2017. Of course, single cabins are available at an additional rate assessed by Norwegian Cruise Line. Even after the cut-off date, we get so many calls that finding a roommate is easy. So please let us know if you are interested when making your booking.
Roommate matches are based on the same sex, general age range and smoking preference whenever possible. We highly recommend that our guests contact their roommates in advance. Singles Travel International makes every effort to accommodate requests, but does not guarantee the satisfaction or success of a roommate match. It’s the responsibility of the guest to contact his/her roommate and ask the appropriate questions.
Optional pre and post cruise/tour stays are not eligible for the guarantee. Chances are excellent that we’ll find you a match, but if no match found by 30 days prior to departure, member pays the single supplement.
STI offers a fun filled pre cruise package in Honolulu which allows our members to get a head start socializing and increases the odds that you won’t miss the boat! See the Price & Options Tab for details and to make your reservation. If not taking our package, we’ll meet you onboard the ship and meeting details will be provided in your “Vacation Details & Meetup Information” link at the top of this page 10-14 days prior to departure.
Singles Travel International is a vacation event company that plans singles events and markets our events at our expense to create a “singles only” experience. We do not allow guests to join the group unless the reservation has been made by STI. Our policy is firm for tours and cruises, as well as pre and post trip hotel stays. Members and friends that “show up” will not be allowed to participate without paying an equivalent fee to the rest of the group that made the reservation with STI.
Please contact your preferred carrier directly to make your reservation. If Singles Travel International issues a promotional economy fare, granting of frequent flyer credit is entirely at the airline’s discretion. If the flights are eligible, to ensure you earn frequent flyer credit from the airline, give your frequent flyer account number when you check in for your flights. In addition, save your boarding passes and the passenger receipt from your airline ticket. You may need to submit these to the airline (not to Singles Travel International) to claim any credit allowed.
Transportation between the airport and ship is not included in the price but getting around is easy via shuttle or taxi. All rates quoted here are subject to change at any time.
The most efficient and economical way to get from point A to point B is via the Roberts of Hawaii Shuttles. Airport to Waikiki Hotel Area is $11 (Taxi: $35), Waikiki to the Ship Terminal is $8 (Taxi:$20) and from the Ship Terminal back to the airport is $8 (Taxi: $25). Although the shuttle runs 24 hours a day, every 20-30 minutes, we recommend that you make advance reservations. For your pick up at the Outrigger Reef and from the ship, it’s best to reserve at least 48 hours in advance. Call 800-831-5541, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., 7 days a week.
Embarkation and cabin check-in is at 12 p.m. Plan to arrive early in order to take advantage of getting to know the ship and check in with Singles Travel International Concierge.
Of course not. You will be pleased to find out that nearly 90% of our guests on every cruise sign up and have never met anyone before joining the group. Since 1994, we have perfected the singles cruise experience. It is paramount that our guests meet each other right away and have opportunities to mingle every day. From the moment you board the ship, our STI Concierge Team is waiting to meet you at our Hospitality Desk. Our first evening begins with a private, welcome aboard cocktail party followed by daily activities both onboard the ship as well as in each port. We dine together each evening in an open seating arrangement so that you have a chance to meet as many people as possible.
Our “All Ages” vacations cater to 35+ and our average age range is 38 to 62. We generally have a ratio of 60/40, women to men. As a travel club, matchmaking is not our focus. Ages listed on our page are not restricted. They are simply used as a guideline. We offer an opportunity for single travelers to see the world in the company of other singles and do not guarantee ratios or ages.
The Pride of America has standard inside cabin sizes of 132 sq. ft. and oceanview cabins at 144-222 sq. ft. Balcony cabins begin at 178-223 sq. ft. plus balcony.
Contact us directly for upgrade availability.
The current on board is 110 volts AC. However, some high-voltage hair dryers, electric rollers and electric razors may require a converter.
All meals are served either buffet style in the Aloha Cafe located on the pool deck or in a full service main dining room such as the Skyline or Liberty. Singles Travel International hosts our Breakfast Club each morning in one of the these locations, which are determined via your STI Concierge once onboard and advised to you each day via our Daily STI Program. We reserve late (8-8:30 p.m.) seating for the entire group for dinner and use a round robin seating plan. Guests are assigned a place for the first night and then may sit with whomever they’d like, at any one of our group tables, for the balance of the cruise. If you desire to dine at an earlier time, please let our reservation specialist know at the time of booking. Note that on most cruises, the majority of our guests choose the later dining time of 8:30 and that by selecting to dine earlier, you may be dining with a smaller group of our guests or perhaps none at all. All dining requests are confirmed once onboard, not in advance and are at the discretion of the cruise line.
In addition, on the Pride of America, there are 15 themed bars and ala carte restaurants in which to dine and play. Singles Travel International reserves tables in advance for several restaurants and will offer the option to sign up at our Welcome Aboard Meeting on your first day. Signing up early ensures that you will be guaranteed a chance to enjoy these restaurants in the company of other singles. Charges ranging from $10 to $25 apply to many themed restaurants and will be added to your shipboard account at time of service.
The Hawaiian Islands are volcanically formed. Most of the islands have great altitude changes between their coasts and their highest points. The higher you go, the cooler the temperature becomes, and the greater the changes in climate you will find. In fact, it sometimes even snows at the summit of Mauna Kea (13,792 ft.) on the Big Island of Hawaii.
When traveling from the coast of the Big Island to the summit of Mauna Kea you pass through ten different climate zones. A visitor planning a trip to a higher altitude (such as Volcano National Park, the Saddle Road or Haleakala Crater on Maui) should bring a light jacket, sweater or sweatshirt.
In most areas of Hawaii, however, the temperature ranges are much smaller. At the beaches the average daytime high in the winter is mid 80s. The temperatures drop about ten degrees at night.
It’s always raining somewhere in Hawaii, but the rain is generally short lived and a rainbow follows! Bring an umbrella and/or light rain gear for touring.
US citizens do not need a passport to travel to Hawaii.
There is no baggage limit onboard ship.
Currently, most airlines will allow you to check two bags, weighing 50 pounds each, for a fee. In addition you may carry-on one bag plus a personal item such as a purse or briefcase. Please check with your air carrier for up-to-the minute regulations and fees for checked baggage.
One of the most important things to remember is that when you’re in Hawaii, you’ll be outside much of the time – walking, riding, snorkeling, bicycling, sailing, strolling, boating, surfing, hiking, or swimming. For daytime, casual is definitely the way to go.
At night, Hawaii’s aloha-wear is also a good choice for both men and women. The styles available cover a broader range than the traditional muumuu’s and loud-print shirts. It is widely available, you will be joining in on the fun of the islands and bring home a great souvenir.
There really isn’t a “formal” night on NCL. They call it Captain’s night and our group dresses a bit better than the rest of the crowd, but it isn’t mandatory. NCL does not promote it as formal, they are strictly “Freestyle” which means, dress up if you want, but if not, that’s ok too.
Our Concierge Team will create several theme nights and costumes are recommended, although optional. More information about themes will be disclosed closer to departure via our chat and direct emails from our Concierge Team.
Evenings aboard the ship are sometimes cool due to the air conditioning, so a cover up is essential if you tend to get cold easily. In addition, due to multi climate zones on each island, you may need a jacket if you plan to hike, bike or tour in higher altitudes, such as the downhill bike ride in Maui or Volcano National Park on the Big Island. Some operators provide jackets and equipment, read your tour voucher instructions before packing.
Packing Tips: Take only what you need; don’t over pack. Save room for souvenirs and purchases. Pack flat and full to avoid wrinkling. Bring wardrobe basics; mix and match around one or two colors. Don’t pack anything valuable, fragile or perishable. Label your luggage with an outside tag, and place an identification card inside each suitcase.
– Essential Items: We highly recommend that you bring the following items.
– Pack or wear comfortable (not new) foot-wear suitable for the activities you’re planning, such as athletic shoes, hiking boots, sandals or walking shoes. Unless you are participating in an advanced hiking tour, most hikes may be done wearing gym shoes/sneakers.
– A pair of shoes for restaurants (loafers, sandals, etc).
– Men should bring polo shirts, t-shirts, and shorts. A pair of jeans or lightweight pants are a good idea for higher altitudes
– Women will want to bring polo shirts, t-shirts, tank tops, shorts and light weight skirts or slacks. Ladies may wish to bring an evening wrap.
– Swimsuits are a must and if you plan any water activities, pack at least two bathing suits. This way, you can wear one while the other is drying
– If you plan to explore the higher elevations such as Haleakala or Mauna Kea, you may wish to bring a warm sweater and windbreaker. Temperatures at the summits can drop to the low 30’s
– If you plan on riding horseback or participate in a 4-wheek drive tour, be sure to bring some jeans and closed toe shoes
– There is no real need for a suit in Hawaii. Even at most fancy restaurants and night spots a nice shirt and pair of khaki’s or Dockers will do just fine.
– Collapsible umbrella and/or lightweight raingear.
– Sunglasses, sunscreen with a high SPF as the sun is strong nearer the equator, sun block, sun hat or visor.
– Toiletries: all your daily essentials.
– Prescription medications: sufficient supply for the entire trip plus legible written prescription in case of loss. Keep medications in their original, labeled container. Always pack your medications in your carry-on bag!
– Eyeglasses, contacts, contact lens solution. You may want to bring along a written prescription for your eyewear in case of loss.
– Over the counter medications: cold remedy, aspirin/pain reliever, antacid/stomach upset remedy, Band-Aids, Neosporin or other anti-bacterial medication.
– Insect repellent (4-wheel drive tour in Kauai)
– Travel alarm clock with illuminated face, especially for guests in an inside cabin.
– Small, Swiss Army type utility knife. Remember to pack this in your checked luggage!
– Travel journal/notepad and reading material.
– Home address book for sending postcards. A useful tip to avoid bringing your entire address book is to pre-write names and addresses of people to whom you want to send postcards on sheets of self-adhesive labels. It saves time and space in your luggage.
– Small, basic sewing kit with a few extra buttons. Remember to pack scissors in your checked bag!
– Photography Equipment: Bring a sufficient supply of film and extra batteries. If you are bringing a digital camera, you should bring extra memory chips.
Travel Insurance is available through Travel Guard and in addition to direct access immediately upon completing your purchase, you will receive a quote from Travel Guard regarding travel insurance after reserving your vacation. If you have any questions, Travel Guard professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You may also call Robin, from Singles Travel International at x704, if you have not received your quote within 3 days.
The currency used throughout our cruise is the US Dollar. Your credit card will be accepted to settle your bill onboard the Pride of America as well as in major shops and restaurants ashore. All onboard purchases are billed with a guest check and added to your personal shipboard account. At the end of the cruise, you will receive a total bill, which may be paid with cash or charged to your credit card. If you are sharing with another guest, no worries. You will each receive a separate statement which may be reviewed at any time at the purser’s desk.
No inoculations are required for travel to Hawaii. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends updating all routine booster shots for travel almost anywhere. In addition, we suggest that you have a physical check-up before your trip, and discuss the type of trip in which you are participating with your physician.
You and your physician may access much more, very detailed health information for travelers (including tips on staying healthy while traveling) on the CDC website, cdc.gov. Click their “Traveler’s Health” link or call toll-free 24-hours at 1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).
Since we are in the US, most guests will be able to use their personal cell phone on shore.
NCL guests may also make and receive calls, send and receive text messages and read emails on their own cell phones and mobile devices just as they do on land when the ship is at sea with the Freestyle Cellular Service. Check with your phone carrier for rates, which will definitely be higher onboard.
The Pride of America has computer terminals you may rent by the hour at the Internet Café. You may also telephone, telex, radiogram or fax to anywhere in the world and be billed at applicable ship-to-shore rates. NCL guests may also be contacted on our ships by calling 1.888.NCSHIPS (1.888.627.4477) from the USA. For the rest of the world please dial 1.732.335.3280. When guests are contacted with the ship via satellite, they may be reached directly, if they are in their stateroom. If not, a message about the incoming call will be delivered to their stateroom and then they may call back to the shore via satellite.
Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. In an emergency after hours, please contact Tammy Weiler at 815-715-6998.
US citizens are not restricted by Customs on the amount of purchases, as you are in the United States. However, agricultural products are strictly enforced.
All baggage bound from Hawaii to the U. S. Mainland is subject to pre-flight inspection by the U. S. Department of Agriculture. Restrictions on fruits, plants, and other items from Hawaii to the Mainland are enforced to prevent the spread of fruit flies and other hazardous plant insects and diseases.
If you are departing from Hawaii, all baggage must go through agricultural inspection before checking in at your airline check in counter. Your luggage must pass agricultural inspection. Be sure that any fruits or plants you take home are certified for export. We recommend that get to the airport with plenty of time to shop and purchase floral arrangements, flower leis, pineapples, etc. from certified vendors at the airport. You may also have items shipped home from vendors throughout the islands to avoid inspection hassles at the airport and limit your excess baggage expenses.
Non-certified fruits, vegetables, flowers or plants cannot be taken in your checked or carry-on baggage. Non-inspected agricultural items will be confiscated.
Non US citizens are advised to check the Customs and Agriculture regulations in their home country.