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The first Disney cruise from Los Angeles to Hawaii will set sail on April 29, 2012, with a 15-day itinerary planned.

The first Disney cruise to Hawaii will set sail from Los Angeles on April 29, 2012, and bring as many as 2,700 guests to Hilo, Kahului, Ho­nolulu and Nawiliwili, looping back to California via Ensenada, Mexico.

The 15-day Hawaii cruise aboard the Disney Wonder was announced yesterday and will help Disney promote the August opening of its Aulani resort at Ko Olina.

“Given our plans to open Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawaii, this summer, the timing couldn’t be better for our guests to enjoy a cruise through the awe-inspiring islands of Hawaii,” Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line and New Vacation Operations, said in a statement.

On Oahu as on each island, guests will have shore-based activities to choose from, which are still in the formulation stages, said spokeswoman Christie Erwin Donnan. However, the cruise announcement said guests could experience the famous beaches of Waikiki, see views from atop Haleakala, on Maui, experience Kauai’s waterfalls and gardens and explore the volcano on the Big Island.

Members of Disney’s loyalty programs may book a stateroom aboard the 964-foot ship as early as today starting at $1,800 per person, based on double occupancy, while the general public can begin booking cruises tomorrow.

In June, Disney said it had tentative bookings for Ho­no­lulu in May and September of next year. Any September arrival of the Wonder is off the table, this year, as it will be plying other waters, working a series of 14 seven-night cruises along the Pacific Coast.

In May, the Wonder will use a newly renovated, 50,000 square-foot Pier Two Passenger Terminal. Interior work on the pier should be completed by September, said Dan Meisenzahl, state Department of Transportation information specialist.

At the moment “it’s like a bare warehouse. You could walk into it and you could be in Cleveland.” The renovation project, supported by U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, was “years in the making," Meisenzahl said.

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