Comparing Oahu Dinner Cruises
This article describes the options and prices offered by the three main
dinner cruise operators, and four dinner cruise ships, on the island of
Oahu, the Alii Kai Catamaran, the Navatek II SWATH high stability vessel,
and the the Star of Honolulu, and Starlet cruise ships. But first a few
tips and facts about dinner cruises in general: (a) Dinner cruises are
not about the food. The meal offered by most dinner cruises can only be
described as "OK" or at best "pretty good" even if you buy the most expensive
option. If you buy the least expensive option you might be offered a
buffet meal on a crowded lower deck, but if that's what you're expecting,
the dinner cruise can still be fun. (b) If you tend to get seasick, don't
forget to take your regular medication 30 to 60 minutes before you depart.
Honolulu dinner cruises can be a bit rough, although the Navatek II
is suppose to offer the smoothest ride.
Alii Kai Catamaran Dinner Cruise
This two hour dinner cruise on the 170 foot by 50 foot Alii Kai Catamaran
departs from Pier 5 at the Aloha Tower Marketplace almost
every evening, usually about 5:30 p.m. Transportation
from Waikiki begins about 4:00 p.m. The cruise includes
a Polynesian show, dancing after the show, and a buffet dinner featuring
items such as braised beef, grilled chicken, sauteed fish,
pasta, rice, potatoes, salad, rolls, and desserts.
The Alii Kai has a maximum capacity of 700 passengers
and it has an upper deck, a lower deck and six dance floors.
The full price of the dinner cruise is about $75
but lower prices are usually available if you book online.
The price includes round trip transfers from Waikiki
and one alcoholic beverage.
Article about the Alii Kai Dinner Cruise at Aloha-Hawaii.com
Navatek Dinner Cruises by Atlantis
Several nightly two hour dinner cruise options are available
on the 140 foot Navatek II vessel. There is a buffet
dinner in the Blue Hawaiian Room featuring chicken and fish
and a steak and a more expensive lobster dinner in the Royal
Alii Room. The full price of this dinner cruise is about
$100 to $140 but you can usually save money by booking online.
Dinner cruises on the Navatek II are more expensive then some
of the other dinner cruises but the Navatek's SWATH technology
is reputed to make this vessel more stable then some of
Hawaii Cam Article About This Cruise
Star of Honolulu Dinner Cruises
Several categories of dinner cruises are available aboard
the 1500 passenger, 232 foot long Star of Honolulu cruise ship
(5 star, 3 star, and 1 star). Meals range from a basic 3 course dinner
to a 7 course French dinner with live jazz music and limousine pickup.
The Star of Honolulu is docked at Pier 8 near the Aloha tower Marketplace.
The Star of Honolulu company also has a smaller cruise ship called
the Starlet that is 128 feet long, 26 feet wide and holds 340
passengers. That ship is docked in slip 4 at the Kewalo Basin, 1450 Ala Moana boulevard.
The dinner cruises on the Starlet include a steak, chicken,
and fish dinner and a contemporary Polynesian show. The
Alii package includes extra features such as a private table.
Dinner Cruises on Other Islands
Other Oahu Activities
Attractions on Oahu
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