Refit Starlet I offers snorkeling, BBQ lunch

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HONOLULU -- Paradise Cruise moved its half-day Diamond Head Snorkel and BBQ Cruise from the Starlet II to the newly renovated Starlet I.

The refurbished vessel holds more people -- between 350 and 400 -- than its predecessor and has a new food grill.

The Starlet I sails out of Honolulu Harbor for snorkeling and shipboard dining off Waikiki.

This excursion isn't for everyone. The movement of the water can prove frightening to youngsters unaccustomed to ocean swells. Lifeguards are on duty, however, and floatation devices, fins, masks, snorkels and boogie boards are available.

The half-day cruise runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Meanwhile, Paradise Cruise is working with the Bishop Museum to provide a full day of Hawaiian culture for groups.

Corporate clients can combine the Hawaiian Cultural Cruise, which includes lunch, hula and lei-making aboard the company's Star of Honolulu, with a visit to either the Bishop Museum or the Hawaii Maritime Center. The seven-hour excursion includes transportation from Waikiki for a minimum of 30 passengers.

Prices are $75 per person for the Bishop Museum and $65 per person for the Hawaii Maritime Center. Private rooms aboard the Star are available for groups of 50 or more.

Individual rates for the cruise only are $49.95 per adult; 24.95 per child. Transportation from Waikiki is $9. All rates are commissionable at 10%.

For information, call (800) 334-6191 or visit www.paradisecruises.com.

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