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Beer and games delight at Dynasty Cruise

By: David Knickerbocker

Date Posted: 2001-08-30

Recently, I was lucky enough to have the chance to take a cruise on Dynasty Cruises “Beer Cruise,” a short one and a half hour long boating excursion of fun for the whole family on the ship Moby Dick.

The Beer Cruise is offered twice a month during the summer months, and if you haven't yet been on one of these trips, I highly recommend it! Although it is called a “Beer Cruise,” this trip has a lot of fun events for the whole family to enjoy.

The first floor on the boat has a dance floor and disco lights and plays club music. The second floor is like a restaurant with a live band performing on stage and many tables set up throughout the indoor cabin with room for a few hundred people. Right before the cruise ended, all of the visitors came down to this floor for a game of bingo. Many prizes were given away including a kimono, many dinner tickets to fine hotel restaurants, cases of beer, and little souvenirs.

The third floor on the ship is fashioned like an Izakaya (Okinawan Bar), with many tables scattered around the deck for people to socialize with their friends while listening to Okinawan folk music. Yakitori (chicken on a stick), Edamame (soy beans), chicken nuggets, and French fries were also sold on the deck as snacks.

The cost of the cruise is ¥3,000 for adults and ¥1,500 for children, but if you were one of the first 50 couples to show up in a Kimono or Yukata, the admission was only ¥100. The ticket prices include ¥1,100 worth of drink and meal tickets unless you were one of the lucky individuals who only paid ¥100 to take this adventure. And if you wanted additional drinks after you ran out of tickets, beer only cost ¥400.

This trip is a lot of fun for the whole family. During the cruise, a few children and adults participated in a Kakigori (flavored shaved ice) eating contest. It was fun watching a little girl who won tear through her icy snack. Next, the crew organized a beer chugging competition to see who could guzzle a cup of beer the fastest. There were two such competitions with the men's and women's category winners each awarded a bottle of wine.

If you're looking for an interesting place to take a date, or a fun filled adventure for your whole family, I recommend signing up for one of these cruises. The next two cruises will take place Sep. 8 and 22. Call 098-866-0489 for reservations. The boat leaves Naha Wharf at 9:15 p.m. and boards around 9:00 p.m., and the trip lasts until around 11 p.m. It was certainly a lot of fun for me and I'll probably sign up to take another one in the near future. I definitely enjoyed my time.

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