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Love our Aloha state? Stay in touch with Star of Honolulu®! Our travel blog features Star of Honolulu news, specials and holiday offerings as well as fun things to do around Hawaii, our favorite Hawaiian recipes, and interesting features about Hawaiian history and culture!

Exclusive Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch Cruise

April 24, 2018

Show Mom your appreciation for her with a luxurious brunch off the shores of Waikiki by taking her on our exclusive Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch Cruise!

We’re celebrating all mothers with a relaxing and family-friendly voyage that will depart from Aloha Tower Marketplace. Your entire ‘ohana (family) will enjoy this scenic cruise, while moms enter to win special door prizes, including cruise and dinner show tickets, chocolates, rose bouquets, and much more. Families will also savor our delicious Taste of Hawaii Buffet, which offers local favorites such as Alaea Sea Salt Roast Beef carved onboard, a dessert and coffee station, complimentary sparkling champagne toast and even a Mother’s Day cake!

In addition, everyone will enjoy our live Hawaiian entertainment and cultural activities like lei making and hula lessons, as well as stunning views of the Honolulu coastline.

For more information, call (808) 983-STAR (7827) or visit


Top 6 Things To Do During Summer on O`ahu

April 6, 2018

Heading to Hawaii this summer? We’ve got your list for top activities to enjoy this season with the whole family! From ship to shore, we have you covered. Check out our list of top 6 activities to do during your summer on Oʻahu.

1. North Shore
About an hour away from Waikīkī is the North Shore, which is home to the quaint town of Haleiwa where visitors can shop and eat like a local. Take a drive along the northern coast and you’ll see some of the best beaches the island has the offer with calm waves that offer perfect swimming conditions during the summer! Take a tour of this scenic coast from the comfort and convenience of a Royal Star Hawaii private luxury SUV.

2. Dolphin Watch
Take the whole family to spot wild dolphins as they jump and play along the Waianae coast. Dolphin Star, O‘ahu’s largest dolphin vessel, offers a great dolphin watch cruise with certified Naturalists who educate guests about Hawaii’s beautiful marine animals.

3. Sunset Cruise
For a fun tropical evening on the water, book a sunset cruise off the shores of Waikīkī ! Star of Honolulu offers various cruise packages, including its Pacific Star Sunset Buffet & Show cruise, which features a buffet dinner with a roast beef carving station, complimentary E Komo Mai Tai and Polynesian show.

4. Pearl Harbor
Explore some of Oahu’s most historic landmarks, including the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument with the Arizona Memorial, Punchbowl National Cemetery and Downtown Honolulu. To explore the Arizona Memorial & downtown Honolulu, Royal Star Hawaii offers a tour for a great value!

5. Luau & Show
For the ultimate Hawaiian experience, dine under the stars in our cabana with an upscale island luau buffet. Guests will be treated to Hawaiian entertainment during the luau. Then, they will enjoy Waikiki’s biggest show, Rock-A-Hula, complete with hula, fire knife dancing and legendary performances! Our premier theater is located at the Royal Hawaiian Center, where our guests can escape in the heart of Waikiki.

6. Iolani Palace
A living restoration of a proud Hawaiian national identity and registered National Historic Landmark, Iolani Palace is the only official royal residence in the United States. Walk through the halls of the Palace, and get transported back into Hawaiian history when King Kalakaua and his sister and successor, Queen Liliuokalani, ruled the Kingdom of Hawaii. When you choose to Create Your Own Tour with Royal Star Hawaii, you can personalize your visit of this historic site in one of their luxury vehicles.

Check us out in Honolulu Family!

March 14, 2018
Our friend, Jennifer, from Honolulu Magazine had a great time aboard the Star of Honolulu for the Premier Whale Watch and Lunch Cruise.  She and her family enjoyed our buffet lunch, which features dishes such as citrus-miso-glazed white fish, roast beef, Big Island sweet potatoes, and furikake rice. Afterward, they searched for whales and joined in for family fun during our cultural activities!

Read more about Jennifer’s experience on the Star of Honolulu! For more information or to book a Whale Watch Cruise today, call (808) 983-7827 or visit

Easter Brunch Cruise in Waikiki – Hop on Aboard the Star of Honolulu

March 13, 2018

Hop aboard the Star of Honolulu for a unique alternative to Easter brunch! Skip the long lines on land and join us for an Easter Champagne Brunch where you’ll have the opportunity to spot whales off the shores of Waikiki.

The Star of Honolulu will be celebrating Easter with this egg-cellent special with activities the whole family is sure to enjoy. During our Hawaiian cultural activities, you can learn to make leis, play the ukulele and dance the hula!

Kids will get to enjoy an Easter egg hunt and will also have a chance to win gift baskets filled with fun toys to excite both boys and girls while adults will be treated to a champagne toast. These days, with only a select few places offering complimentary champagne, Star of Honolulu provides a fun Easter experience for the best value!

For more information, call (808) 983-STAR (7827) or visit

Fireworks Show Dinner Cruise in Hawaii

February 27, 2018

Kick off your weekend with an unobstructed view of the fireworks in Waikiki! Every Friday evening, the Hilton Hawaiian Village puts on a shimmering display of fireworks on Waikiki Beach. For a more unique viewing experience, take a journey with us off the shores of Waikiki and climb aboard the Star of Honolulu!

When you join us for a dinner cruise, you’ll be able explore our panoramic decks to catch breathtaking views of the Hawaiian sunset and on Fridays, we stay out an hour later to see the weekly aerial fireworks show! On our award-winning vessel, you’ll indulge in a gourmet dinner and experience live entertainment with our “Polynesian Journey” show, as well as enjoy the best views of the city lights and Honolulu skyline.

There is a $10 additional charge for Friday night bookings. For more information, call (808) 983-STAR (7827) or visit

4 Top Tips to Spot Whales in Hawaii

February 23, 2018

In Hawaii, whale watching season is one of the most anticipated times of the year! For the best viewing opportunity to see whales, join us on board the Star of Honolulu and use our favorite tips for spotting these magnificent creatures:

  1. Explore all sides of the STAR. With four walk-around decks and a 60-foot high observation deck, our vessel offers cruise-goers 360-degree views of the expansive, blue ocean and stunning Waikiki coastline! Take the opportunity to explore our decks and observe whales from all angles of the vessel.
  2. Listen to the Naturalists. Our certified Naturalists are well-versed in whale watching and know all of the best sights to look out for when searching for whales. Be sure to listen carefully when they’re making their announcements—they may be spotting a new pod of whales!
  3. Bring your binoculars. To ensure the safety of Humpback whales, the STAR stays at least 100 yards away from the whales at all times. From this distance, it may be tough to spot certain pods, so bring a pair of binoculars to see them up close.
  4. Don’t forget your cameras! Humpback whales are amazing creatures to behold—you’ll want to do your best to snap a photo so you never forget that moment you saw a whale! Set your camera on a fast shutter speed to ensure that your photos come out clearly.

Want more tips before your next cruise? Contact us! For more information, call (808) 983-STAR (7827) or visit

Romantic Valentine’s Dinner On Award-Winning Cruise in Hawaii!

February 6, 2018

Looking for a unique yet romantic experience to give your significant other? Join us aboard the Star of Honolulu for an intimate evening on the waters of Waikiki during our Valentine’s Day Cruise!

The romantic sunset voyage departs from the iconic Aloha Tower Marketplace on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. One of the packages available for this special day only is the Romance Dinner & Jazz Cruise. This option boasts panoramic ocean views, accompanied by a 7-course dinner at a private table, a Hawaiian Bellini, three super premium beverages and live jazz in a private lounge.

Recently named as the 2017 Cruise Company of the Year by the Luxury Travel Awards, the Star of Honolulu offers stunning views of the Waikiki horizon as well as a newly renovated vessel and upgraded décor. This overall experience is sure to give your other half a Valentine’s Day to remember forever!

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Welcome Aboard from Whale Naturalist

January 19, 2018

Aloha, Ladies and Gentlemen!! Welcome aboard for our 2018 Whale Watch Season! My name is Jillian, and I’m one of the Whale Naturalists aboard the Star of Honolulu! Every year from December to April, the North Pacific Humpback Whales migrate down from their feeding grounds of Alaska to their breeding grounds right here in Hawaiian waters! Humpback Whales are distributed all over the world, and in October 2016, the Humpback Whale population as a whole came off of the Endangered Species list! These majestic creatures are slowly repopulating the waters, and I couldn’t be more happier! Come aboard explorers and lets have a whale of a time!!

Star of Honolulu Cruises & Events Receives the 2017 Cruise Company of the Year Award

January 15, 2018

This calls for a sea-lebration! The Luxury Travel Awards recently named Star of Honolulu Cruises & Events as the 2017 Cruise Company of the Year. This prestigious award coincidentally comes as we reach our milestone 60th anniversary. As one of Oahu’s most popular attractions, we strive to provide the highest quality cruise experience for our valued guests and this award is definitely a testament to that commitment.

The 2017 Luxury Travel Awards recognize companies and attractions that have exhibited excellence within the luxury travel sector, including hotels, airlines and tour operators. The award distinguishes both the 1,500-passenger Star of Honolulu and the 149-passenger Dolphin Star catamaran for excellence in entertaining visitors from around the world.

Make your reservation today and join us aboard our award-winning ship!

Savor the Seasonal Colors and Flavors of Winter Aboard the Five Star Sunset Dining & Jazz Cruise

January 5, 2018

Indulge in a gourmet winter menu with island touches as you cruise the waters aboard the Star of Honolulu. Enjoying the soothing sounds of a talented jazz trio on our signature Five Star Dining & Jazz cruise. Chef de Cuisine Aaron Lee elegantly presents a 7-Course Winter menu that will surely be a feast for the eyes as well as the palette.

Winter Canapés
Smoked Salmon on Rye Toast
Caramelized Maui Onion Tart
White Cheddar Gougère

Black Truffle Consommé Royale Soup
with Mushroom Custard

Heirloom Tomato and Baby Romaine Salad
with Shallot, Basil and Macadamia Nut Oil
and Red Wine Reduction

Crusted Air-Flown Live Maine Lobster
with Swiss Chard, Braised Leeks,
Pea Shoots and Beurre Blanc

Apple Cranberry Sorbet

USDA Prime Tenderloin of Beef
with Ratatouille, Mushrooms, Roasted Bone Marrow,
Foie Gras and Black Truffle Périgueux Sauce

Golden Maui Baba Au Rhum
Tahitian Vanilla Bean Gelato and Macadamia Nut Toffee

Throughout the evening, guests will be mesmerized by relaxing sounds of jazz and an impeccable sunset and coastline view.

The Five Star Sunset Dining & Jazz cruise departs nightly from Pier 8 at Aloha Tower Marketplace at 5:30 p.m., with the Captain’s Welcome Reception beginning at 4:45 p.m., and returns at 8:00 p.m.; 8:30 p.m. on Fridays. The Five Star Sunset Dining & Jazz cruise is $201.00 for adults; not recommended for children. Kamaʻaina and military prices are also available with valid Hawaii and military I.D. For more information or to book a cruise today, call (808) 983-STAR (7827) or visit