Honolulu Luau Excursion Reviews

Party in style at a traditional Hawaiian luau. Enjoy traditional Hawaiian food -- like roasted pork and the ubiquitous purple poi -- and enjoy local folk music and traditions.
Germanies Luau is a great time.
Germanies Luau is a great time. the food is a bit above avgerage its all you can eat though so try a bit of everything and go back for what you like drinks are expensive for like 6 oz. soda and water coffee tea are free tho Its ... Read More
Germanies Luau is a great time. the food is a bit above avgerage its all you can eat though so try a bit of everything and go back for what you like drinks are expensive for like 6 oz. soda and water coffee tea are free tho Its beautiful show its onthe beach so bring a light sweater or jacket if you get cold. as the sun will be down by the time the show starts and you will be outdoors. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
On a bus to Luau to lots of twenty-something drunks.
On a bus to Luau to lots of twenty-something drunks. Bus music system didn't work, and A/C was minimal. Our guide was 19 years old and clueless. Won't do this again!
On a bus to Luau to lots of twenty-something drunks. Bus music system didn't work, and A/C was minimal. Our guide was 19 years old and clueless. Won't do this again! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Wow - this was amazing!
Wow - this was amazing! Much better than the Polynesian cultural center because this one was on a sand beach. I loved the feeling of the sand under my feet. I highly recommend the Hibiscus version with a signed seating. The dancers were ... Read More
Wow - this was amazing! Much better than the Polynesian cultural center because this one was on a sand beach. I loved the feeling of the sand under my feet. I highly recommend the Hibiscus version with a signed seating. The dancers were amazing and the kids loved the all you can drink sodas and food. The ceremony of digging up the pig was very good as well. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Getting to go to Germaine's Luau was a wonderful way to end our day in Honolulu.
Getting to go to Germaine's Luau was a wonderful way to end our day in Honolulu. Our driver, Cousin Greg, gave us lots of information about how to enjoy our evening to the fullest. The location was surreal, the food was amazing, and ... Read More
Getting to go to Germaine's Luau was a wonderful way to end our day in Honolulu. Our driver, Cousin Greg, gave us lots of information about how to enjoy our evening to the fullest. The location was surreal, the food was amazing, and the entertainment was unforgettable. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Was good entertainment
Was good entertainment
Was good entertainment Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
great entertainment
great entertainment
great entertainment Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We thought about booking on our own, but the logistics of getting there and back were too risky, so ...
We thought about booking on our own, but the logistics of getting there and back were too risky, so we booked it with HAL. It was fun, food was great, seeing how they prepare the Kahlua Pork was interesting. I tried poi (my husband did ... Read More
We thought about booking on our own, but the logistics of getting there and back were too risky, so we booked it with HAL. It was fun, food was great, seeing how they prepare the Kahlua Pork was interesting. I tried poi (my husband did not). I leave it up to you to decide if you like it or not, but it is something worth trying if you are in Hawaii. The show was colorful and pretty, but the audience participation got to be too much. Overall, it was fun. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
The luau, which rates highly online in Trip Advisor, etc, was also very commercialized.
The luau, which rates highly online in Trip Advisor, etc, was also very commercialized. I think I expected something less Hollywood. But the tours were good, I just didn't have the experience I had hoped to have.
The luau, which rates highly online in Trip Advisor, etc, was also very commercialized. I think I expected something less Hollywood. But the tours were good, I just didn't have the experience I had hoped to have. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
- Honolulu: Took the bus and decided it was the wrong choice for our party of 3.
- Honolulu: Took the bus and decided it was the wrong choice for our party of 3. We should have taken the 16.50 and put it toward a rental for ~$60 and would have done more time traveling to do what we wanted instead of a lot of waiting ... Read More
- Honolulu: Took the bus and decided it was the wrong choice for our party of 3. We should have taken the 16.50 and put it toward a rental for ~$60 and would have done more time traveling to do what we wanted instead of a lot of waiting for the right bus to ride. We did go to the top of diamond head (~20 minute walk from the bus stop to even get into the park) and took us around another hour to go up the long winding path then the 270+ stairs to get to the top. The views are spectacular. It was tiring but even little kids where climbing to the top. We stopped at the palace on the way back to capture some pictures but we had run outta time to do anything else because we have a 4:20 Luau excursion to go to. Germain’s Luau: We planned on taking an Uber, but figured it out to saving only $15 PP so we made a very good choice to just book through the ship. This gave us better seating as well as a roomy tour bus to kick back and relax and learn about the island from our 82 year old escort Ron, what a nice man. Not sure how anyone can write a bad review of this place. We brought a grandma and without even asking a worker told her when it's time to eat, you stay right there and I will bring your food to you and true to his word, that's what he did long before our table was excused. The food was very good and ran 3 buffet tables on both sides so the lines went pretty quick. The show was great, the crowd interaction was great. We got some of the most gorgeous sunset pictures ever. The whole thing was a great experience. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Excellent entertainment, average food , TERRIBLE transportation DO NOT use transportation from ...
Excellent entertainment, average food , TERRIBLE transportation DO NOT use transportation from Waikiki provided by Chief’s Luau. We purchased Chief’s transportation and arrived at the Luau an hour after the venue opened. That’s ... Read More
Excellent entertainment, average food , TERRIBLE transportation DO NOT use transportation from Waikiki provided by Chief’s Luau. We purchased Chief’s transportation and arrived at the Luau an hour after the venue opened. That’s nearly a 30% loss of the Luau experience. Granted, traffic was particularly heavy, but no planning or action was taken to assure a timely arrival. Matter of fact, Chief’s Luau staff on our bus stated “ We are on Hawaii Time and will get there, when we get there”. Unacceptable remark. I paid an admission charge for the full Luau experience. And, for an additional fee, I expected their transportation service to arrive at the venue much more timely. The show performance was wonderful. The venue is very accommodating, though not a beach atmosphere. Venue staff were very friendly and helpful. Well organized and efficient buffet meal. PLEASE NOTE, this is a buffet meal but DO NOT expect a return for a second helping of food. By 7:00, the food service tables were dismantled. That was less than 15 minutes after our initial pass of the food buffet tables. Reality is contrary to a staff member’s emphatic statement the buffet is all you can eat. Regarding the transportation, there is no concern for a timely arrival to the show venue. When questioned about the frequency of late arrivals, the Chief’s staff on the bus stated “sometimes this happens or even worse”. With that knowledge, Chief’s is mistaken not to have an earlier departure from Waikiki. An untimely start at the bus pick up added to the late arrival. Luau guests arrived at the pick up location no later than 3:50pm. Our bus began the boarding process at 4:00. I don’t understand why the bus sat inactive in a staging area from 3:40; particularly with traffic concerns. A more efficient pick up could have saved 15 minutes. Also, the second pick up stop (the harbor) caused at least another 20 minutes loss. With our bus already behind schedule, a second bus could have made the harbor pick up. A 30 minute late arrival to the Luau would have been more acceptable than missing a whole hour. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
I was surprised by how many people from the ship were able to attend this luau.
I was surprised by how many people from the ship were able to attend this luau. The drive over was long and there was a lot of traffic to deal with. The driver could have taken this opportunity to prepare us for what to expect at the ... Read More
I was surprised by how many people from the ship were able to attend this luau. The drive over was long and there was a lot of traffic to deal with. The driver could have taken this opportunity to prepare us for what to expect at the luau, but he chose to tell us his personal life story instead. We made it to the luau barely in time for the luau to begin. The luau photo cost us $20 and this was an expense that I didn't anticipate. In my opinion, the luau was too crowded and the food was just average...except for the pork, it was excellent. I also like the macaroni and potato salad combined. I had never thought to combine the two before, but now I just might try it. This excursion was a bit of a disappointment to me and I wouldn't recommend it to others as it seemed to be inauthentic and more tourist trap inclined. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Germaine's Luau failed to meet our expectations of previous visits.
Germaine's Luau failed to meet our expectations of previous visits. Although it was good, they are obviously affected by rising costs. No longer is there an open refreshment policy and the quality and variety of the buffet has become ... Read More
Germaine's Luau failed to meet our expectations of previous visits. Although it was good, they are obviously affected by rising costs. No longer is there an open refreshment policy and the quality and variety of the buffet has become more modest. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Good entertainers, food at deluxe table ducked big jagged rocks.
Good entertainers, food at deluxe table ducked big jagged rocks. Cant imagine what others got
Good entertainers, food at deluxe table ducked big jagged rocks. Cant imagine what others got Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Booked through the concierge at the Royal Hawaiian hotel.
Booked through the concierge at the Royal Hawaiian hotel. The luau food is very good (all you can eat). The entertainment was outstanding. It showed a progression of dance from the perspective of the Hawaiian culture. No hula dance lessons ... Read More
Booked through the concierge at the Royal Hawaiian hotel. The luau food is very good (all you can eat). The entertainment was outstanding. It showed a progression of dance from the perspective of the Hawaiian culture. No hula dance lessons for tourists, this was authentic. Expensive, but worth it. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Food served from steam tables much like the school cafeteria
Food served from steam tables much like the school cafeteria
Food served from steam tables much like the school cafeteria Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Food was mediocre.
Food was mediocre. Seating was on uncomfortable picnic benches. Many of the tables had poor view of the stage and performance
Food was mediocre. Seating was on uncomfortable picnic benches. Many of the tables had poor view of the stage and performance Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Roberts Hawaiian transportation picked us up at the pier and delivered us back to the same location.
Roberts Hawaiian transportation picked us up at the pier and delivered us back to the same location. Smaller family atmosphere where every guest was a part of the "ohana" and called "cousin".Dances and traditions from ... Read More
Roberts Hawaiian transportation picked us up at the pier and delivered us back to the same location. Smaller family atmosphere where every guest was a part of the "ohana" and called "cousin".Dances and traditions from different Polynesian Islands were celebrated and a feast was shard with all family members. Activities including making of palm head-dresses, native coconut cracking, spear throwing, henna tattoos as well as celebration of family. Fire knife dancing was a special addition to the evening dances and celebration of all island cultures. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Germaine’s Luau, would need t recommend at all.
Germaine’s Luau, would need t recommend at all. Too many people, too expensive, uncomfortable, food was awful.
Germaine’s Luau, would need t recommend at all. Too many people, too expensive, uncomfortable, food was awful. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The Luau was Fantastic, really funny guy.
The Luau was Fantastic, really funny guy. The chief is really nice and humorous. We all enjoyed it!
The Luau was Fantastic, really funny guy. The chief is really nice and humorous. We all enjoyed it! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Terrible luau!
Terrible luau! Approximately 400 people there and the food was horrible!
Terrible luau! Approximately 400 people there and the food was horrible! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
food was nasty, seating was absurd, dancing was ok but went far too long.
food was nasty, seating was absurd, dancing was ok but went far too long.
food was nasty, seating was absurd, dancing was ok but went far too long. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Very disorganized.
Very disorganized. Waste of money. Tour buses dropped us off at 5 p.m. but food not served until 7:20 p.m. Sat on hard concrete benches with nothing to do. When show FINALLY got started, it lasted way too long. We got up and walked away an ... Read More
Very disorganized. Waste of money. Tour buses dropped us off at 5 p.m. but food not served until 7:20 p.m. Sat on hard concrete benches with nothing to do. When show FINALLY got started, it lasted way too long. We got up and walked away an hour before show was over. We found our bus and asked if we could just sit there. Other people did the same thing. Everyone I talked to complained about it starting so late and lasting too long. The one plus - food was delicious. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Last trip I attended the Luau in Kaui booked through the cruise ship and was awful so I was ...
Last trip I attended the Luau in Kaui booked through the cruise ship and was awful so I was skeptical booking this one but my family wanted to go to one. This was a real hit even with the guys! Best luau ever and I will defiantly ... Read More
Last trip I attended the Luau in Kaui booked through the cruise ship and was awful so I was skeptical booking this one but my family wanted to go to one. This was a real hit even with the guys! Best luau ever and I will defiantly recommend and go again!! Food was delicious and the show was great! Just enough Hawaiian history and entertainment with fire dancing, etc. Beach setting on Waikiki was the perfect backdrop. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Very touristy and food was meh.
Very touristy and food was meh. Huge venue, bar was packed. Dancers were very good but not the cultural experience we hoped for.
Very touristy and food was meh. Huge venue, bar was packed. Dancers were very good but not the cultural experience we hoped for. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Germaine’s Luau was a good experience...off the beaten track in an industrial area but once in ...
Germaine’s Luau was a good experience...off the beaten track in an industrial area but once in the ‘compound’ it was a good experience. Food was plentiful and enjoyable although a bit bland. You get a free drink ticket although it ... Read More
Germaine’s Luau was a good experience...off the beaten track in an industrial area but once in the ‘compound’ it was a good experience. Food was plentiful and enjoyable although a bit bland. You get a free drink ticket although it may be worth your while to buy a tiki cup ($10, I think) as they will fill that and which is giving you the equivalent of 2-3 drinks. Entertainment was good. Transportation was good. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International