Star of Honolulu Cruises See Great Start to Whale Watch Season

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Heading into the peak of Hawaii's whale watching season, Star of Honolulu is already enjoying 90% whale sightings on its daily whale watch cruises. With crew of Naturalists, Whale Guarantee and "Child Free" special, there's no reason to miss them this year.

The STAR takes you where the whales are!

... even better numbers expected in February

Guests can search for and learn about Hawaii’s annual whale visitors aboard the Star of Honolulu’s 2½-hour Premier Whale Watch Cruise®, offered daily through April 15, 2013. With 90% sightings in January and even better numbers expected in February, this complete experience features the best facilities for viewing whales, guaranteed sightings and an all-new keiki (child) program. Plus, a generous “Child Free” (per paid adult, cruise only) special makes it possible for the whole family to enjoy Hawaii’s most popular Winter eco-tour.

Hawaii’s largest tour vessel, the 232’ A.D.A. compliant Star of Honolulu, departs from Aloha Tower Marketplace and cruises beyond Diamond Head to give passengers the most opportunities to view whales and their newborn calves. With a spacious 60’ high observation deck, four walk-around decks and three types of stabilizers, the STAR also offers the most outdoor deck space as guests cruise in comfort. Whale sightings are guaranteed; if whales are not spotted a free return cruise voucher is issued to try again. Plus cruise-goers can gain insight on Humpback whales from the trained Naturalist crew, new educational displays, narration, handout, video presentation and an interactive keiki program. As a bonus, they can also participate in fun Hawaiian cultural activities including lei making, ukulele and hula lessons.

Suggested retail prices are $47.00 for adults without lunch, or $63.00 with Taste of Hawaii lunch buffet featuring roast beef carved onboard. With each paid adult, one child (age 3-11) is free. Lunch upgrade for free child is $10.00. Transportation from the Waikiki area is an additional $12.00 per person, from Ko Olina $22.00 per person.

An Early Bird Whale Watch® with or without a tasty hot breakfast is also available aboard the STAR from 8:45-10:45 a.m. for a discounted price; “Child Free” special applies.

For more information, please call toll-free at 1-800-334-6191 or visit http://www.starofhonolulu.com. In Hawaii, dial (808) 983-STAR (7827). Kama'aina and local military rates are available via phone or in person only, with valid Hawaii I.D.

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