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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. /i>

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 the others.
- 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.

See also:
- Dinner Cruises on Other Islands
- Other Oahu Activities
- Attractions on Oahu

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