New pirate themed cruise set for launch

New Pirate Themed Cruise Set for Launch
Published: Jun. 27, 2013 at 1:52 AM HST|Updated: Jun. 27, 2013 at 1:06 PM HST
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The Treasure Seeker
The Treasure Seeker
John Longnecker (in dark glasses)
John Longnecker (in dark glasses)
Captain Smiling Jack Straw
Captain Smiling Jack Straw

HONOLULU (Hawaii News Now) - An ominous looking pirate ship has found port in Kewalo Basin.  Don't worry, the crew isn't out to plunder your pockets and purses.  They just want to show you a good time.

The vessel "Treasure Seeker" is the brainchild of owner John Longnecker.  Over five years ago, he envisioned a pirate themed Waikiki cruise.  Thursday morning, it becomes a reality.

"This is a 64-foot salmon boat that we converted into a pirate ship" said Longnecker.  The Treasure Seeker is convincing as an old time seafarer, but it's full of high tech gadgets.

"They wanted to sail it with GPS, a ghost ship with no one on it, but of course we couldn't do that.  The Coast Guard wouldn't let us, but we have the technology to do that."

The real star of the attraction isn't the vessel, but the crew.  Longnecker auditioned over 30 working actors in Hawaii, and took the best four.

The pirates are convincing, and comical, as they stay in character from start to finish.

Each tour is an hour and a half long.  The Treasure Seeker will depart from Kewalo Basin, sail down to the Natatorium off Waikiki, then return.  Along the way, the crew engages the customers with a series of pirate themed activities including firing water cannons, swabbing the decks, and if one doesn't follow captain's orders, being sent to the stocks.

Cruises can be booked at or by calling 593-AHOY (2469)

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