First impressions count.......Our children decided to surprise us with a thank you for paying for their trip to Hawaii by booking my wife and I onto the 'royal dinner cruise' for our 31st wedding anniversary. We walked upstairs and were greeted by a sight what appeared to be a japanese restaurant in tokyo with japanese patrons everywhere. we were herded over to one side of the cruiser where 6 other caucasian couples were seated, clearly we were segregated from the asians. All appeared to be going to plan until we were seated at our window seat.
Remember, this cost our kids $340 paying for two of us, for the following fiasco. Once seated, a young waiter, who appeared very nervous, attended and gave us two 'admit one' tickets, advising these were our two complimentary drink tickets....! Excuse me..! $340 and we receive a drink ticket...! The cruise commenced at 5:40pm, and headed out. My wife was a little hungry so decided to try the 'blue' bread bun on the plate. both hers and mine were stale, rock hard and had a weird smell. 20 minutes later and our drinks arrived, a mere 5 minutes after our first course of 3 prawns on a skewer arrived. Go figure...! Second course was a salad consisting of a few different coloured lettuce leaves, a few pieces of shredded carrot, and one small cherry tomato. Third course was a full lobster.....more like an overgrown yabbie. This lobster was clearly not fresh as the shell was soft like leather and could not be cracked, but the shell had the consistency of leather, needing to be torn apart. It was was one of the smallest lobsters I have seen, and if in Australia, the fisherman would have been fined for too small a,size. 4th course was a beef dish, where the mashed potato was the best thing on the plate, and my second beer arrived. My wife's first drink, a glass of water, had now arrived. All this time some male was playing a guitar singing boring depressing love songs, and a half cast Japanese woman was singing in Japanese. During this time her comments were funnelled toward the Japanese, and it felt like we were aliens in our own country. A third beer was requested, but never arrived. We do not eat dessert so I cannot pass comment on what it was like. We were informed that a maximum of 17 people were allowed on the top deck of the cruiser at any one time, and this appeared to ensure there were patrons inside watching the boring show of a few females trying to perform Hawaiian traditional dances. Once again, this cruise cost $170 per person, or $340, its total duration in transit was 2 hours, the food was terrible, the service was worse, the show was boring, with no time for patrons to dance to any type of music, and was a complete and utter waste of money. As Caucasians, we were completely ignored on the boat, and watched in disbelief at the fuss being made for the Japanese patrons on board. Never, ever again, and will make sure I tell everyone how poorly we were treated, considering the exorbitant cost of this so called 'royal dinner cruise'. Complete and total waste of time and money.
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