Sunset Dinner Cruise & Luau Show
Sip champagne and dine in style as you cruise along Oahu’s stunning coastline. This relaxing luau themed sunset dinner cruise is the perfect way to ease into island life after a hectic day of travel or just wind down after a busy day of sightseeing.
- Two-hour scenic cruise aboard the Star of Honolulu with views of downtown Honolulu, Waikiki, and Diamond Head crater at sunset.
- Full-service dining and a decadent five-course meal featuring Maine Lobster and Tenderloin Steak accompanied by Hawaiian grown ingredients and local favorites.
- Live entertainment throughout the cruise: pier-side hula as you embark, Hawaiian and jazz music during dinner, and the “65 Years of Aloha” luau show.
An evening dinner cruise on the Star of Honolulu is like three excursions in one: a scenic boat tour along Oahu’s coastline, a delicious five course meal, and live Hawaiian entertainment – all wrapped up in one easy, convenient package.
The Star of Honolulu sets sail from the heart of downtown Honolulu, conveniently located just four miles from Waikiki. The ship docks at Pier 8, right next to the Aloha Tower, which makes it easy to find and access. The cruise operates seven nights a week, year-round, although like most excursions in Hawaii it is beholden to our (usually) pleasant weather.
The Star of Honolulu
The Star of Honolulu is Hawaii’s largest dinner cruise. The ship is four stories tall with walk-around decks, plus an observation deck that is 60-feet high and provides 360-degree views. The ship’s size and design makes it the most stable and smooth sailing tour vessel in the area. The cruise route starts in Honolulu and travels east along the coastline, past the beaches of Waikiki all the way to Diamond Head crater. Passengers get to enjoy both the views of Honolulu Harbor and the Oahu coastline at sunset and the bright lights of the city skyline as the ship returns to port. On Fridays, the ship stays out an extra hour to watch the weekly Waikiki fireworks display from the water, at no extra charge to passengers.
It is a two-hour cruise (three-hour on Fridays), plus an extra hour or so for check-in and disembarkation. Check-in begins at 4:45 pm and you will get to enjoy live Hawaiian music and hula dancing pier-side as you embark. You will be guided to your seating assignment at check-in. Tables typically seat eight people, so you may be seated with other passengers. If you would like a more intimate dining experience, there are two upgrade options available which offer private seating at window tables.
The cruise begins with a champagne toast and the live music (Hawaiian and jazz), and hula dancing continues throughout dinner. Later in the evening, there is a hula lesson for those passengers who want to join in on the fun and dance along.
The five-course meal consists of an appetizer course (cheese and tropical fruit plate), salad (locally grown salad greens with a house made dressing), a seafood course (a whole Maine lobster served in the shell), the main course (Tenderloin steak served with mashed potatoes and vegetables), and then dessert (cake served with Kona coffee). This is a full-service dining experience, you will be served at your table, so no waiting in a buffet line at this luau!
This deluxe dining package also includes two premium drinks. The Star bar offers a number of frozen tropical drinks and specialty cocktails, as well as a limited variety of beer, wine, and spirits.
For the evening’s main entertainment, the Star’s cast of performers will present “65 years of Aloha” which is a tribute to the sixty-five years that the dinner cruise has been in operation. This is an original luau show, complete with music, costumes, and choreography, all performed right in your dining cabin.
Although there are no fire-knife dancers or imu demonstrations on the Star, this dinner cruise has a lot to offer that luaus just cannot provide. The views are spectacular and ever changing. The quality of service and food are top notch, yet the atmosphere remains casual, fun, and laid back. The entertainment is live, up close, and personal. And you just cannot beat the specialness of being on a boat, can you? Overall, a sunset cruise aboard the Star is just a terrific way to spend an evening.
The easiest and most convenient way to get to the ship is by using the Star’s own shuttle bus. They will pick you up right at your hotel, plus you will not have to worry about parking, missing the boat, or having too many Mai-tais. The cost is $18 per person, round trip, and this can easily be added to your reservation during the check-out process.
If you would prefer to drive yourself to the harbor the closest public parking lots are located near Piers 5 and 6. Parking currently costs $6 per hour, and you will need three hours at the very minimum (4:45pm – 7:45pm).
Taxis and rideshares are also an option. Prices will vary with demand, but an Uber or Lyft will cost you about $15-$25 each way.
Finally, public transportation is the cheapest option ($5.50 for a day pass) but be aware that the nearest bus stop will require an additional 10 to 15-minute walk to get to the ship.
Whichever method of transportation you choose, be sure to leave a bit early just in case you experience any delays – the boat will not wait for you if you are late.
If you decide to drive yourself, public parking is available nearby, with Piers 5 and 6 being the closest. Public parking is $6.00 per hour. Valet parking is available with the Celebrity Package.
Taking an Uber/Lyft is also an option, a one-way ride from Waikiki will cost around $15-$25.
- Two-hour scenic cruise aboard the Star of Honolulu as it sails along the Oahu coastline
- A glass of sparkling wine upon arrival plus two premium beverages of your choice
- Five course dinner featuring Maine lobster and Tenderloin steak
- Pier-side welcome by hula dancers, live Hawaiian and jazz music, and a performance of the “65 Years of Aloha” luau show
- Round-trip transportation from Waikiki
- Celebration Plan: private window table, one souvenir photo per couple. $35/person, two person minimum.
- Reception Plan: Private window table, a souvenir photo for each person in attendance, 6-inch Lei cake, bottle of sparkling wine. $60/person, two person minimum.
- Sparkling wine for toasting and two premium beverages
- Freshly baked Furikake Lavosh & Sweet Butter Breadsticks with butter
- Imported & Domestic Cheeses (Brie, Bleu Cheese, Port Salut, Cheddar, Swiss, Pepper Jack), crackers, and a fresh seasonal tropical fruit display
Entrees & Sides
- Hawaiian greens, purple endive, Waipoli baby romaine, grape tomatoes, Lilikoi Tarragon Vinaigrette
- 1 lb+ Maine lobster, served with fresh lemon, clarified butter & Citrus Ponzu
- Tenderloin of beef with Sweet Madeira Wine Sauce, Idaho Russet & Big Island Okinawan mashed potatoes, sautéed fresh seasonal vegetables
Alternative entrees of fish, chicken or a vegan option are available with 24-hour notice.
- Hawaiian Mango Mousse Cake with a White Chocolate garnish, freshly baked by Elvin’s Bakery
- The Star’s own custom Kona blend coffee by Hawaiian Paradise Coffee & Tea
- The Star of Honolulu is the only ADA compliant dinner cruise in Hawaii. There are wheelchair accessible boarding ramps and two elevators on board that provide access to all four floors – including the observation deck.
- Friday sailings are the most popular due to the fireworks and fill up fast
- Dress code is resort casual. Shorts are allowed, but tank tops, swimwear, and flip flops are not.
- Groups larger than 8 will be seated at tables next to each other.
- A government issued photo I.D. is required to consume or purchase alcohol.