I'll admit it when I start, I haven't been on many dinner cruises. Actually I haven't been on many cruises at all. But I do know what's a good meal, good service and good entertainment. Where the Navatek-1 does well it some areas, it falls in others.
I was picked up from the Hilton Hawaiian Village by a Roberts Shuttle bus and it was less than 10 minutes before we arrived. The driver was nice and friendly and had good narration. On arrival they took your picture which you could then purchase for $20USD. It's a good price considering you get a nice Navatek-1 frame. I've seen much, much worse for that money.
Service was exceptional, my partner required a non-seafood meal and they were happy to provide a chicken meal which was excellent. The starters were a shrimp-skewer which I personally thought was the best cooked i've ever had, and I like my shrimp. Second was a salad which I wasn't too impressed about, as far as salads go. Third course was a lobster. Now while it looked great, it didn't have much 'meat' to it. Main meal was steak which was well prepared but a small serve. Lastly desert, a rich chocolate cake. All and all is was good, filling, but i'd rather have more main course and less appetizer and salads.
Entertainment was pretty decent. Some Hawaiian hula girls, the main female lead who did singing the entire night was quite good. She asked for anyone that were here for a special occasion, it was my anniversary so we got up on stage with a few other couples and had a slow dance. A bit of fun.
The views were good, it did a lap of Waikiki and Diamond head. My main issue about the whole thing as there was really no sunset to view. It might depend on what side of the boat you're sitting on. We paid a bit extra for a window seat. The other thing is that it was over way, way too quickly. You basically got on, had dinner and got off. I would've liked to be able to enjoy the view a bit more, maybe visit the gift shop? There was just not enough time.
I read that the Navatek-1 had some sort of new-fangled device that made it extremely steady so you didn't feel any waves. It was great, for those that get sea-sick this is the boat for you. It felt like dry land.
If cost isn't an issue go. It wasn't for us at the time. But for those on a budget there's a Hooters restaurant a few minute walk from the harbour the Navatek-1 docks in. :-)
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