Recently renovated in 2016 (originally launched in 2005), Pride of America is the only ship that offers sailings in Hawaii year-round. As such, it is home to a hands-on learning centre about the history of Hawaii and the fleet’s only luau-inspired show, Rock-a-Hula. The ship also represents other famous USA sights with themed areas like the SoHo Art Gallery reminiscent of New York and the South Beach Pool based on a Miami Beach. Cruising roundtrip from Honolulu, the Pride of America offers the perfect opportunity to discover Hawaii Norwegian style. Unpack once as you island-hop in Freestyle Cruising mode. Featuring a variety of stateroom choices from Family Suites to Single Studios, more than 15 restaurants, 12 bars and lounges, superb entertainment, serene spa and more, a cruise on Pride of America is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime wonder.
Within two years of discovering patchwork, Michelle was working for an Australian distributor of American patchwork cottons, as a sample maker. This allowed her to work from home, around the responsibilities of her two small children. It also meant that she was exposed to many styles of fabrics, and stepped up to the challenge of designing quilts in all genres. It was during this time that her work was noticed by magazine editors. She was among the contributors included in the first edition of Australian Patchwork and Quilting magazine. Since that date she has been published consistently in a wide variety of Australian magazines. Michelle writes a permanent column in Quilter’s Companion, Road Test, where she puts different products through their paces. As technology changes, Michelle has now become a DVD presenter for Quilter’s Companion, with 8 DVD’s to her credit at this time. Michelle spreads her patchwork and quilting knowledge by teaching. Her quilts have received awards at several NSW Quilter’s Guild Quilt shows. She also escorts Australian quilters overseas on patchwork tours to America, Canada, Japan, Vietnam and Europe for Travelrite International and Quilter’s Companion.
In 2009 Michelle designed her first fabric range called Suzani. It was a funky range of raspberries, aquas, mochas and zesty limes. The designs were hand drawn by Michelle and printed to her specific colours. Michelle followed up in 2010 with Michelle’s Backyard range, reflecting Australian flora, textures and colours: rich ochres, rusts, olives, blacks, sands. In 2017 Punctuated range was released, a fabric line of modern , bright basics. In 2018 her fourth line of fabric to be released is Cidade, a modern masculine range with bridges, maps and cracked cement!
Michelle is skilled in all techniques of quilt making, but preferred to make quilts using her sewing machine. That is, until doing so much travel forced her to work by hand, and she now finds hand stitching very pleasurable, and portable. She is currently designing template sets to enable more intricate designs to be easily, and accurately, cut and either machine or hand pieced. The project on this cruise will be using one of these new template sets, and original fabric lines. There will be time for stitching in the evenings on board the ship.
Day 1 Wednesday 19 June, 2019 Departure
Our holiday begins with a flight to Honolulu in Hawaii. We cross the International Date Line and arrive in Honolulu on the day we depart. On arrival we will check in to our hotel, located in Waikiki, famous for its beach and the home of surfing. The rest of the day will be free for independent sightseeing.
Day 2 Thursday 20 June, 2019 Honolulu, Oahu
Today we have a sightseeing tour of this interesting city with a local guide. We will drive through the downtown area, where will visit the Iolani Palace, built in 1882 and beautifully restored. It contains the thrones of King Kalakaua and his sister Queen Lili’uokalani. We will also see the city hall, the Mission House Museum and the State Capitol. In the afternoon we will visit The Calico Cat. The owner, Carole, has extensive knowledge of sewing, quilting and embroidery, which she willingly shares with others. Two blocks away is Kaimuki Dry Goods, another quilt shop to tempt you with gorgeous fabrics and patterns. This evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner to meet Michelle Marvig and other tour members.
Day 3 Friday 21 June, 2019 Honolulu, Oahu
This morning we travel to the Pearl Harbour Visitor Centre to visit the USS Arizona Memorial. The USS Arizona Memorial is built over the remains of the sunken battleship USS Arizona, the final resting place for many of the 1,177 crewmen killed on December 7, 1941 when their ship was bombed by the Japanese Naval Forces. This loss of life represents over half of the Americans killed during the worst naval disaster in American history. In the afternoon we visit Hawaiian Fabrics. This store specialises in fabulous Hawaiian prints and Japanese fabrics. This might be the place to stock up, as the prices here are very good! Other items can be found with Hawaiian themes, such as bags and dress patterns.
Day 4 Saturday 22 June, 2019 Embarkation
The morning is free for independent sightseeing. Later we are transferred to the port to board the Pride of America. After settling into your cabin, Michelle Marvig will give a lesson to set up the project for the trip. Later, come out on deck to watch the ship slip its moorings as we depart on our amazing 7-night cruise around the islands of Hawaii.
Day 5 Sunday 23 June, 2019 Kahului, Maui
Today we arrive at Kahalui on the island of Maui. On our sightseeing tour today we enjoy the sights along the famed Hana Highway including the incredible scenery of lava cliffs, tumbling waterfalls, the rugged northern coastline, lush hillsides of feathery ferns and trees laden with tropical fruits. What visit to America is complete without a visit to a mall? We will have time for lunch and shopping in Queen Kaahumanu Center, with large retailers like Macy’s and Sears, and many independent shops. Later we visit Sew Special, which is the largest sewing and quilting store on Maui and is located in the same centre. Opened in 1978, this store offers a large selection of quality quilting fabrics of all styles. They have quilt kits, Hawaiian appliqué patterns, notions, pre-cuts and much more to explore in store.
Day 6 Monday 24 June, 2019 Kahului, Maui
This morning we visit the Maui Quilt Shop. They carry a unique collection of quilt supplies. Choose from a selection of vibrant island style, exotic or contempory fabrics. We journey to the summit of Maui’s massive Haleakala volcano at a height of 3,048 metres. View spectacular island scenery and the immense crater of volcanic rock. It last erupted in 1790 and has slumbered ever since. The Hawaiians revere it as a sacred site, and tell tales of Pele, Goddess of Fire and Volcanos. We may have time late afternoon to work on our projects.
Day 7 Tuesday 25 June, 2019 Hilo, Hawaii
Today we dock at Hilo. According to legend and oral history, early Polynesians began one of the first settlements on Hawaii Island in Hilo sometime around 1100 AD. Late in the 18th century, King Kamehameha I named the town Hilo. Today we travel through the remote and rugged landscape of Kau – home to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, historic farming plantations and the famous Punaluu black sand beach. We will enjoy lunch at the Rim Restaurant, which provides a fabulous view of the volcano. In the afternoon we visit Kilauea Kreations II. This quilt shop has very friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Day 8 Wednesday 26 June, 2019 Kona, Hawaii
We call in at Kona today. We first drive to Captain James Cook’s Memorial. We continue with a visit to Kimura’s Fabrics, which opened as a general store in 1926. Packed with 10,000 bolts of fabric, sewing supplies, a scattering of hardware items and a display case of Japanese cosmetics, the old store has the charm of yesteryear. It is still run by the same family that opened the store and they love to help their customers. It will be a unique experience. We have time to explore Kona International Market before visiting Quilt Passions, which has been featured in BHG’s Quilt Sampler as a Top Ten shop. Apart from a fantastic range of fabric, you will also find a selection of books on Hawaiian Appliqué and patterns from local quilt artisans.
Day 9 Thursday 27 June, 2019 Nawiliwili, Kauai
Full of lush green landscapes, tropical rain forests, natural wonders and quaint historic towns, a visit to Kauai, the Garden Isle, is unforgettable. Today we travel to the northwest side of Kauai arriving at the Waimea Canyon State Park. The canyon, like one in Arizona, has been slowly etched through the rock over millions of years by erosion. Unlike Arizona, the ground underneath has also buckled due to internal collapses under the earth’s surface, giving Wailea a uniqueness of its own. From the lookout at 1036m above the canyon floor, we will see multi-coloured buttes, jagged crags, and cliffs. Driving back towards Nawiliwili, we will pass through the small town of Waimea, located near the southwest coast where Captain James Cook first set foot on Hawaiian soil in 1778. He was received as the god Lono, arriving with his temple (ship). A year later, he was killed on the big island of Hawaii. A statue of Cook stands in the centre of town. We visit our final quilt shop, Kapaia Stitchery Inc, which has been in business for 40+ years. This shop offers a wide selection of fabrics, finished island products, Aloha attire, Hawaiian quilts, and much more. Kapaia Stitchery Inc. is the largest retailer of quilting supplies, batiks, and Hawaiian prints on Kauai. This is your last chance to stock up on fabric!
Day 10 Friday 28 June, 2019 Nawiliwili, Kauai
This morning travel to the south shore and enjoy a leisurely cruise up the Wailea River to the tropical Fern Grotto. This is where Blue Hawaii was filmed starring Elvis Presley. We return to the ship early afternoon. The ship cruises the 27kms along Kauai’s North Shore, the Napali Coast, a sacred place defined by extraordinary natural beauty. The emerald-hued cliffs with razor-sharp ridges tower above the Pacific Ocean, revealing beautiful beaches and waterfalls that plummet to the lush valley floor. The rugged terrain appears much as it did centuries ago when Hawaiian settlements flourished in these deep, narrow valleys, existing only on the food they could grow and the fish they could catch. It’s also an opportunity to explore the wonderful facilities on board Pride of America or finish your project. We will enjoy farewell drinks tonight before dinner to celebrate the wonderful time we have had on the Pride of America.
Day 11 Saturday 29 June, 2019 Honolulu, Oahu
This morning we arrive back in Honolulu. After disembarking, we are transferred to our exciting class: The art of Hawaiian Quilt-making. It is alive and well at Iolani Palace, taught by master quilter John Serrao and his daughters, Cissy and Rae. Participants in this class can join at any time and start at any level. Assistance is provided for new quilters. This afternoon is free for final shopping.
Day 12 Sunday 30 June, 2019 In flight
This morning we are transferred to the airport for our flight back to Australia.
Day 13 Monday 1 July, 2019 Arrive Australia
This morning we arrive in Australia and tour activities end.
|CABIN||CATEGORY||DECK||TWIN FARE PP||SINGLE FARE|
|Included port & handling charges||$849||$1,273|
|Included air taxes as at 20/5/18||$200||$200|
You can stay longer in Hawaii for minimal additional cost. Please contact Travelrite on 1800 630 343 for more information.
All cabins are subject to cabin availability. Please call for fares and information on other cabin categories. A limited number of cabins are available for single occupancy. There are fare reductions available for the 3rd and 4th persons sharing in some cabins. Please call for details on 1800 033 436.
Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser. Pride of America is operated by Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) and the cruise arrangements are subject to the terms and conditions and general information detailed in the NCL 2018/19 brochure. All passengers must complete the cruise personaliser on the NCL website and a Travelrite International booking form.
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|Days prior to Departure||Cancellation Fee|
|Over 120 days||Loss of deposit|
|91 days or less||50% of full fare|
|Non appearance/no written notice||100% of full fare|
This cruise is based on arrangements which do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals or other services not utilised after the respective tour has commenced.
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