May 28th, 2016
Atlantis Cruises unveiled its next generation of sailing vessel this week, and at the same time bid aloha to a ship that faithfully served dinner cruise passengers for more than 15 years.
The company purchased Majestic earlier this year and had it delivered from Long Beach, Calif. to its new home near Aloha Tower last month. A blessing for the 150-foot ship was held Thursday and its inaugural dinner cruise took place last night.
“Majestic is a significant upgrade in quality of experience,” said Ronald Williams, Atlantis Adventures president and CEO. “It’s spaciousness, floor plan design and interior decor make it much more comfortable for guests to move about, enjoy the spectacular views and be entertained.”
The ship features three separate guest experiences, with a cocktail lounge and dance floor sandwiched between Majestic’s formal dining space and an open-air observation deck that also includes a private bridal suite to accommodate wedding parties. It also utilizes Seakeeper gyroscopic stabilizing technology to provide the smoothest ride possible.
In the short term, Williams said all three decks will be available for customers to explore and create their own “freestyle” dinner cruise.
“You don’t have to go downstairs right away,” he said. “You can come up to the lounge, have a few drinks and then eat downstairs at your leisure.
“We want to get out of this box that says, ‘This is what we want you to do.’ We want you to buy an experience, and now we offer a variety of options to go with that experience.”
Majestic can accommodate up to 400 passengers, which is more than the Navatek previously carried when it handled dinner cruise duties off Honolulu’s south shore for Atlantis. The company has yet to determine that ship’s future after retiring it from active service yesterday.
“Navatek has been a wonderful cruise vessel the past 16 years and made a lot of happy memories for guests,” Williams said. “Majestic is the future for Atlantis and we’re excited about showing our guests a new and better way to enjoy the cruise experience in Hawaii.”
The new ship will also serve as an experiment of sorts for Atlantis. Williams said the company will continue to monitor and evaluate guest behavior in an effort to provide the best experience possible.
“The customer is going to tell us a lot about what they want,” he said. “What (Majestic) looks like on her maiden voyage will be totally different than what she looks like a year from now.
“Once we believe we have the formula, this type of ship could then show up on other islands.”
Learn more about Majestic and the types of cruises available to guests by visiting the Atlantis Cruises website; discounts are available when booking and paying for a reservation online.
Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at email@example.com.