Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: Feb. 9, 2004

ATLANTIS ADVENTURES is offering a special romantic dinner cruise on the Navatek I, where every couple will receive a rose on Feb. 14. Enjoy steak and lobster and Hawaiian entertainment. Following the sunset cruise, the Navatek I will embark on a romantic moonlight cruise from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The cost for the sunset or moonlight buffet dinner cruise is $59.99 for adults, $39.99 for children. Prices for the Royal Steak and Lobster Dinner Cruise--sunset or moonlight--are $99.99 for adults, $72.99 for children. Atlantis is also offering a new combination daily: a submarine ride followed by a Navatek I cruise for $99.99 adults, $69.99 children. (808) 973-1311; www.atlantisadventures.com

THE SHERATON MOANA SURFRIDER HOTEL'S BANYAN VERANDA is a special place to spend Valentine's Day with a vow renewal program called "Promise Me Again" and dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 14. Entertainment by the Hawaii Loa Trio begins at 5:30 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., couples wishing to renew their wedding vows will join the Rev. Dr. Bullock in the Banyan Courtyard at the edge of Waikiki Beach. Pianist Ginny Tiu and John Valentine, guitarist and vocalist, will perform at 8 p.m. The Valentine's Day menu is $50 per person, plus tax and gratuity. It includes Pastrami Smoked Salmon Rose on Corn Pepper Salsa, jumbo shrimp cocktail, Island Poke with Limu Kohu, Maui onion and seasonal greens, Baked Lobster Tail with Shrimp, or Filet of Beef Tournedos, or Herb Crusted Snapper. Leaving room for dessert is a must: Chocolate Grand Marnier & Vanilla Bean Mousse. Indeed, there's a special Valentine's Day menu at all Sheraton Hotels in Waikiki. (808) 931- 8383; www.sheraton.com

SHERATON MOLOKAI LODGE & BEACH VILLAGE is one of few locations able to provide complimentary stargazing to hotel guests two weekends every month through Dec. 11. Portable Litebox telescopes allow visitors to see the Orion Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy, meteors, satellites, and details of the Milky Way. (800) 325-3589; www.starwood.com/hawaii

THE HAWAII VISITORS AND CONVENTION BUREAU estimated it generated $248 million in visitor spending from corporate meetings and incentives in 2003. HVCB leads produced 383 confirmed bookings in 2003, resulting in 234,888 room nights, the bureau said. The HVCB hopes to market Hawaii as a meetings and incentives destination and to generate qualified leads for single-property meetings this year. (888) 424-3934; www.meethawaii.com

APPLE VACATIONS is offering a "Hawaii Cash-In" promotion, giving agents $25 cash bonus for each air/hotel booking of five nights or more made through March 31 for travel through June 15. After five bookings, agents receive a free roundtrip ticket to Hawaii via United Airlines. On the 8th booking, Apple Vacations awards a second free roundtrip. Agents can also treat clients to a free tour in Hawaii with Apple's "Buy 2, Get 1 Free" promotion. Clients who pre-purchase two optional tours get a third one free.(800) 800-0202.

RUNAWAY has a new travel agent incentive for the first quarter. Agents will receive double rewards for new five-night, air-inclusive bookings made through April 3, earning $20 per qualified booking during this period. Rewards are paid in increments of five. To redeem Runaway Rewards and to request redemption forms, contact a Runaway Account Manager at (800) 622-0733, extension 8290, or e-mail requests to [email protected]

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