Ukulele Cruises with Brain & Rowena Vasquez2019-10-02T19:53:48+00:00

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Hawaiian Adventures with Brian and Rowena

Sharing ALOHA around the Globe with Brian & Rowena Vasquez

Brian and Rowena are the highlights of any Cruise to Hawaii. A typical day day begins with Port talks hosted by Rowena. Since both Brian and Rowena were “made in Hawai”I” her talks include a wealth of information introducing many places to visit. Some of these place you will find in the tour books, some you will not. During her talks she will tell you the history from “Hawaiian eyes”, as well as teach you a lot about the culture, food and ways of life.

Before lunch, there is usually an ukulele class. Brian begins this class by announcing “at the end of this cruise, I can almost guarantee you will have the ability to play over 100 songs. Everyone thinks he is kidding, but by the time the cruise is through, his words ring true! Brian hosts this class, while Rowena is busy walking the room helping individuals. This is a huge class and they usually run out of “loaner Ukes”, so if you have one “bring it”. If you don’t, Brian and Rowena manufacture their own line of Ukulele, which you can purchase on the ship.

After lunch, Rowena hosts a Hula class. Over the course you will learn to dance as well as the history behind the dances you learn. There’s always a lot of laughter that goes along with the learning. Where’s Brian, you ask? He’s behind the curtain playing music manager for the class!

In the early evening, Brian and Rowena take the stage. Brian is the musician and Rowena the hula dancer. They interact with the crowd and entertain accordingly. So, you will never see the exact same show twice!

After the cruise is over, you may forget some of the hula or ukulele chords, but you will never forget the Aloha you received from this couple. Rowena and Brian teach and exhibit the true meaning of Aloha.

Brian Pi’ikea Vasquez is appropriately dubbed “the Hawaiian Santana” (Kamaka Brown V96fm radio). Like Carlos, he has created a fusion of Latin sounds . Unlike Carlos, Brian has fused his Latin sounds with Hawaiian, American Rock, Reggae and Oldies, all emanating a “feel good” vibe. Brian pays tribute to Carlos Santana by playing many of his songs. Mike’ala Partin of Hawaiian Pacific Radio talks about Brian: “His unique style and lightning fast fingers brings the music “alive” to your heart and soul. From his first CD, “Hawaiian Sunday” to his just released compilation, “Kona Daze”, you will be mesmerized by his music”. The CD”Hawaiian Sunday” won two Big Island Music Awards and was nominated for a Na Hoku Hanohano Award. It is made up of instrumentals and vocals. The most recent release (April 2015) of the CD “Kona Daze is purely instrumental.

Brian comes from a culture and family where music is the common tread of life. Even though it was his older brother, Vincent, who decided they would enter “Hawaii’s Search for Talent” in 1983, Brian emerged the professional musician of the family of four boys. Brian is joined by his wife, Rowena, who dances the hula at many of his performances.

15-Day Hawaiian Islands
Roundtrip from San Francisco, California
Nov 03/19 | Nov 18/19 | Dec 03/19 | Dec 28/19 | Jan 27/20 | Feb 21/20 | Mar 7/20
15-Day Voyage – Grand Princess
 San Francisco, California | Hilo, Hawaii | Honolulu, Hawaii | Kauai (Nawiliwili), Hawaii | Maui (Lahaina), Hawaii | Ensenada, Mexico | San Francisco, California
* Pricing is for an inside stateroom on 11/03/19, contact your travel advisor for other fares and categories, what’s included and complete pricing details.

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$1,179*
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35-Day Hawaii, Tahiti & South Pacific Crossing
Sydney, Australia to Vancouver, Canada
Apr 4, 2020
35-Day Voyage – Ruby Princess
 Sydney, Australia I Fjord National Park (scenic cruising) I
Dunedin, NZ (Port Chalmers) | Akaroa, Tauranga, & Auckland | Pago Pago, American Samoa | (French Polynesia) Papeete & Moorea | Hilo, HI I Honolulu, HI | Los Angeles, CA | San Francisco, CA | Asotoria, OR | Victoria, BC | Vancouver, BC (Brian & Rowena embark 4/18/2020)
* Pricing is for an inside stateroom, contact your travel advisor for other fares and categories, what’s included and complete pricing details.

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$3,599*
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15-Day Hawaiian Islands
Roundtrip from Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver to Vancouver, Canada
Sept 22, 2020
15-Day Voyage – Grand Princess
Vancouver, BC |  Hilo, HI | Honolulu, HI | Kaua’i, HI | Maui, HI I Vancouver, BC
* Pricing is for an inside stateroom, contact your travel advisor for other fares and categories, what’s included and complete pricing details.

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$1,769*
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16-Day Hawaiian Islands
Roundtrip from Seattle, WA
Vancouver to Vancouver,
Oct 03, 2020
16-Day Voyage – Ruby Princess
Seattle, BC |  Hilo, HI | Honolulu, HI | Kaua’i, HI | Maui, HI | Victoria, BC | Seattle, BC
* Pricing is for an inside stateroom, contact your travel advisor for other fares and categories, what’s included and complete pricing details.

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$1,769*
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30-Day Hawaii, Guam & East Asia Pacific Crossing
Los Angeles CA to Shanghai China,
Oct 24, 2020
30-Day Voyage – Grand Princess
Los Angeles, CA | Honolulu, HI | Kona, HI | Guam, Mariana Islands | Osaka, Kochi, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Japan | Incheon, Korea | Beijing | Dalian | Shanghai China, (Brian and Rowena disembark 11/8/20)
* Pricing is for an inside stateroom, contact your travel advisor for other fares and categories, what’s included and complete pricing details.

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$2,599*
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*Prices are based on double occupancy, subject to change, and capacity controlled. Government taxes and fees are additional. Call for current promotions, pricing, availability, and stateroom options.Offers. Contact Your Travel Advisor for current pricing.