Royal feast

Under the Maui Dive Shop umbrella, the Alii Nui is a custom-built, one-of-a-kind, luxury sailing catamaran that departs out of Maalaea Harbor.

Now, Alii Nui is amazing patrons aboard its new, gourmet dinner sail on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The good news is: Kamaaina now get two-for-one deals on all sails aboard the luxury vessel.

Yet even better news is that this particular dinner cruise is far from a “cattle call,” as some say in the tourist industry about being jammed in like sardines when out voyaging. Oh, contraire. The Royal Feast pampers 36 people on a boat certified to accommodate up to 100 guests. The staff ratio is one to every six people aboard.

One diner called it the “floating Mama’s Fish House of the ocean.” The concept took a year to develop, and the plentiful food ranges from jumbo tiger prawns to Caprese skewers to prime rib cut to order.

From little details, such as koa menus that are weight appropriate, meaning they won’t blow away in the ocean wind to napkin rings shaped as sea horses, you can see everything was well thought through.

“We don’t want to just be the best,” says Maui Dive Shop partner Jeff Strahn. “We want to be far out in front of the rest. This is our pinnacle charter.”

As soon as the vessel gets underway, you may get up and peruse the appetizer station with imported and domestic cheeses and crackers, fresh island fruits and Upcountry vegetable crudite.

Fine wines, local beer and top-shelf spirits such as Maker’s Mark whiskey and Bombay Sapphire gin flow.

Besides the herb-crusted, slow-roasted prime rib, hot entrees include baked mahi in dill-herb aili, and guava-smoked baby back ribs. Scalloped potatoes, mini salad bar with fresh Upcountry toppings, desserts and after dinner drinks add to the fun.

For reservations, call 875-0333.