Moonlight Magic

Navatek I cruises into the night

By: Dawna Robertson

In the film “Blue Hawaii,” Elvis Presley crooned romantically, “Let’s go on a moonlight swim, far away from the crowd.”

Atlantis Navatek Cruises is taking advantage of that same moonlight magic and the sparkling views of Honolulu’s city lights with a limited Moonlight Cruise through Aug. 20.

Hosted aboard the revolutionary Navatek I, this new evening excursion carries guests along the scenic shoreline of Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head Crater and East Honolulu. A buffet of appetizers, live island-style music and dancing keeps the mood light, yet festive.

Navatek I departs each evening at 8:30 p.m. from Pier 6 at Aloha Tower Marketplace and returns to port at 10pm. Comfortably hosting more than 300 guests, the 140-foot vessel offers upper and lower outside observation decks, and two air-conditioned dining rooms with large picture windows running along either side.

Ron Williams, president and CEO of Atlantis Adventures, said, “We’ve designed this moonlight cruise for everyone to enjoy the evening views of Waikiki and Honolulu. The cityscape at night is magical it’s a perfect atmosphere for people to have fun, relax and unwind at the end of the day.”

The cruise experience is made more enjoyable by Navatek I’s state-of-the-art, double-hulled SWATH (Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull) cruise technology, which limits wave action against the vessel and lifts the passenger-carrying area above the surface.

Gliding over the waves, guests experience the serenity of Hawaii at sea during summer. They can hang out on the observation decks and soak in dazzling views of the city lights, star-filled skies and moonlight reflecting off the ocean. Or, they can step inside, enjoy the music and dance the cruise away.

Atlantis also offers a two-hour Sunset Dinner Cruise departing Aloha Tower Marketplace daily at 5:15 p.m. Guests enjoy contemporary Hawaiian music, sunset views and choice of entree options.

Moonlight Cruise rates are $58 for adults and $29 for children (ages 2-12). Prices do not include a 3 percent harbor fee and 4.166 percent state excise sales tax. Complimentary roundtrip transportation from Waikiki hotels is offered. Parking is also available at Aloha Tower Marketplace for a fee.