I've been on a few of the Honolulu dinner cruises now and this one certainly compares to the others. The food was plentiful and decent for a tourist attraction. I didn't expect a fine meal and it was actually better than expectations. We each received a shrimp cocktail appetizer (other places seem to provide one per couple) and each course came on time. I like that they served us when we were ready and we weren't forced to wait on a certain timeline. A lobster allergy prevented us from that portion, but were were offered (without having to ask) a substitute dish of chicken. It was very good. The tenderloin was so-so but I'm not a huge fan anyway. The best part had to be the Taro rolls with macadamia nut butter - nice purple bread.
We were offered the window seat "upgrade" when we boarded and decided to go ahead and take it. I liked having the window and we had our own table - no one sharing a table with us - but we were on the starboard side. Sailing out we were faced with the full wrath of the Hawaiian afternoon sun. I had removed my hat at the table but was forced to don it once again with sunglasses. After we had turned to the east to make our initial pass around Waikiki were were fine once again. Naturally, along with the sunlight it was very hot at that time. The dining room manager took note of this (again without our prompting) and readjusted the a/c vents to provide some relief.
The music and show was typical Hawaii tourist fluff with the obligatory Tahitian dancing included. I had more fun watching the tourists strain to get a better look than watching the actual show, but I've seen it before. The front viewing areas on the boat gave a spectacular sunset view as well as the final rays hitting Waikiki and Diamond Head. The Navatek cruise is the best I've seen for these views.
Overall a nice experience, comparable in price, good food and convenient parking. I would recommend this cruise over the Star cruise especially if you want to combine it with the submarine tour.
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