Hula dancers greet each sunset sailor as passengers depart on the largest of the local cruise ships, The Star of Honolulu. ... More
Star of Honolulu Dinner Cruise
Hula dancers greet each sunset sailor as passengers depart on the largest of the local cruise ships, The Star of Honolulu. Visitors cruise off Oahu's leeward shore as the sun sinks below the horizon and the twinkling lights of Honolulu and Waikiki emerge in the dusk. There is always a live band and singers. Dine on a feast of steak and crab legs with a complimentary tropical cocktail.
This was one of the highlights our our trip to Oahu. I had originally scheduled the dinner cruise for my wife and myself, but with my wife having spent most of her life on the island, she wanted us to take her youngest god-daughter and her boyfriend out for the evening, as she had to work most of our visit and it would give us a little more time with her. We called and added them to our reservations.
We had the tour operator pick us up at the hotel, and they got us to the Tower Center where the ship is docked. We were escorted to our seats and the salad was already waiting for us on our plates, dinner was good and they had live entertainment from the time we arrive to the time we dock.
Dinner was excellent, and the staff were really great. We were able to stroll the deck and grab plenty of pictures of the sunset, Diamond Head and the city view of Waikiki from the ocean.
My wife was really impressed, as she had lived the majority of her life on the island, but had never seen it from this view.
The ship is a nice, clean and seating was comfy. The waitstaff and crew were nice too but the food is not that good and the portions were small. Stay land based for Hula dancers and save a ton of $$$$.
Everything in the brochure is a fantasy. The Japanese have re-taken us!
Free drink was minus alcohol and pure very sweet juice and the price of the meal you choose determines how you are treated; including which deck you can walk on. As an American Citizen, I have never felt so disgriminated against. We were not allowed to walk on the deck where the lobster was served but were kept in what I call a "holding tank" in the back of the "bus" where the diesel fuel made you sick.
A few little waves and the captain turned back for a tour of the harbour; ick. It was a working harbour with cranes and containers in dirty water.
Only good: we were with our lower class friends and the waitress did her best.
Sitting on shore at an outside diner would be preferrable.
Went on this dinner cruise as part of a conference activity and i have not felt this ripped off i think ever. Service was terrible (ice cream served while the crab leg leftovers were still all over the table) and slow. And then there was what they claimed to be a steak - some kind of processed food but never a real piece of an animal. The point seems to be to get people drunk quickly (at quite some cost) and the atmosphere is accordinly not what you might hope for ! To be avoided even in a town where value is defined differently - $12 delivery charge for room service - madness !
We went on the dinner cruise for my birthday. The food and service were good but no one seated around us spoke English. I think most of the passengers that evening were Asian and not friendly.
Are noon or afternoon dinner cruises ever offered?
I read the reviews after I bought our tickets and was very concerned, however after completing the cruise I felt compelled to write about our experience. We chose the 5 star dinner cruise and had a great time. We were pampered from the time we boarded until we disembarked. The Captain was available at a reception when we boarded and also visited us when we were seated. The food was great and the presentation was impressive. The tickets can seem expensive if you are not used to hawaiian prices. I was lucky enough to get tickets through the MWR for $130 each. If you price a cruise, a 7 course fine dining meal to include drinks, and the jazz entertainment separately its not a bad deal. The hawaiian sunset was free. If you are celebrating a special occaison, its worth considering.
Nine members of my family and I traveled from FL and NC to Hawaii for vacation. The ITT office at Hickam AFB offered 2 for 1 tickets to the Star of Honolulu (Polynesian Sunset) dinner cruise. We thought this would be a great deal for 10 people. However, if you've ever heard the phrase "you get what you pay for." Well, that was a understatement. This was the worst dinner cruise my family and I have ever experienced. The ship was old, and looked like it was in need of immediate repair. The entertainment consisted of a nice gentleman that sang more songs from old movies, than Hawaiian tunes. There were also two dancers, one male and one female, who were too busy laughing at one another or the older gentleman to entertain the guest. I have definitely seen better. Not to mention the waitress and the bartender...two females that appeared to have been forced to try and hula. The waitress appear to have some skills, but the bartender just went through the motions with her hands. Lastly, the meal. We were told it was teriyaki chicken. It looked worst than processed chicken. You would definitely be afraid to take a bite. This comes with one drink..no free refills. Refills (i.e., soda, non-alcoholic mai tai's, etc.) all cost $6. $6 for 3-4 ounces of watered down drinks. Needless to say, you will walk away wishing you had spent your money at McDonalds than taking this cruise.
My husband and I chose the five star cruise dinner and left very disappointed. We were still hungry after the cruise. The proportion was way too small especially the price we paid for, it was not worth it. The limo was not a nice looking car, it looked outdated.
Pros: Entertainment, nice table setting
Cons: Food, poor organization
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