If you have avoided boats all of your life because you are afraid of getting seasick, then your ship has just come in. Aboard the Navatek 1, an Australian sensation, the part of the catamaran you ride on rests on twin torpedo-like hulls that cut through the water so you don't bob like a bottle in the ocean and spill your mai tai on a tai tai. In fact, Navatek 1 is the only dinner cruise ship permitted by the U.S. Coast Guard to travel in the rough waters beyond Diamond Head because the ride is so smooth.
There are lunch and sunset dinner cruises as well as special whale watching cruises during the winter months. During the lunch cruise (11:30 - 14:00) you can sample lau laus at the buffet and get great photos of Diamond Head and Waikiki. There is also a Hawaiian band singing old favorites.
The sunset cruise features gourmet dining and even more live entertainment.
It's very popular with Japanese tourists, who often outnumber American passengers.
The Royal Hawaiian is one of the most obscenely expensive hotels on Waikiki. And it is pink. A pink palace. Gross. Rooms start around $400 a night and only go up from there.... $400 for a bed... in a room. Did I mention they have $20 hamburgers ($28 if you order from room service).
The Royal Hawaiian was built in 1927 at a cost of $4 million. It stand six stories tall and has over 400 guest rooms, plus numerous restaurants and recreational facilities. In the 1940s, the US military leased this hotel, along with may others, to serve as R&R facilities for troops returning from overseas. Sheraton Hotels purchased a share of the hotel in 1959 and maintains an ownership share today.
If you view the hotel's reviews at TripAdvisor, you will see they hire information warfare officers to scan the internet for both good and bad reviews and suddenly attack without warning. This review could disappear without notice.
Maintain vigilance, warrior!