172 Maui Cruise Reviews

We docked in Lahaina, the only tender port on our itinerary. Here we had booked a whale-watching excursion, and departed towards the beginning of disembarkation. There was not much room for tenders to anchor and they had to await their ... Read More
We docked in Lahaina, the only tender port on our itinerary. Here we had booked a whale-watching excursion, and departed towards the beginning of disembarkation. There was not much room for tenders to anchor and they had to await their turn, which wouldn't have been bad if the sea weren't rough. Although tenders were quickly loaded and launched to make room for the next one, we must have waited at least 30 to 45 minutes to reach the shore. This was a mistake on someone's part, because the roughness of the sea caused many of the tender passengers to demand that the tender head for shore immediately because they were going to be ill. After anchoring, we boarded the Maui Princess for two hours of whale watching, and were relieved when the sea became a bit calmer. Upper and lower decks were available for viewing, and we climbed to the upper deck, where three rows of tables and chairs ran the length of the ship. We were rewarded with many mother and baby whale sightings, and were fortunate to witness a fully-breaching adult whale. The experience was somewhat marred by all of the people rushing from side to side to take photographs and blocking the view of those in the middle and the other side. Afterwards, my husband opted to return to the ship to watch the Super Bowl since our Packers were playing, but I spent some time strolling along the main street, which seemed to be a popular shopping destination. I was a little surprised the ship didn't offer both live coverage and a rebroadcast of the Super Bowl, because many passengers said they were torn between staying ashore and returning to the ship to watch the game. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
I am probably going to say the same thing for all ports - its about what you want to do. If you want to shop - you can do that in all ports. If you want to sightsee there is plenty to pick from. I would not recommend the excursions on the ... Read More
I am probably going to say the same thing for all ports - its about what you want to do. If you want to shop - you can do that in all ports. If you want to sightsee there is plenty to pick from. I would not recommend the excursions on the Pride of America becuase you can get the same excursions and better from "Roberts." They are at the ports and you can ususally get a deal. We got three excursions on different islands for $90.00 - that's a fraction of the cost of what NCL would charge for one. The excursion guides were knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. I also found time to wonder out on my own in several ports and it cheap and easy to get around. I like all the ports in this order - 1.Maul; 2.Kona; 3. Kauki; 4.Hilo Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
This is a tender port and that can be an adventure if the seas are a bit rough. We had lunch at Cheese Burger In Paradise. Walked around and did some shopping then back to the ship.
This is a tender port and that can be an adventure if the seas are a bit rough. We had lunch at Cheese Burger In Paradise. Walked around and did some shopping then back to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
We didn't take any tours here....just went into the main street along the ocean and walked along and shopped and people watched and sat and had a drink on the ocean and had a really nice time doing this. Would have liked to ... Read More
We didn't take any tours here....just went into the main street along the ocean and walked along and shopped and people watched and sat and had a drink on the ocean and had a really nice time doing this. Would have liked to take an island tour but did not think of it before we went in. Next time. Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
Today we decided to hire a car so left the ship, showing our ID and our pass cards. Although we hadn’t booked a car we took a Thrifty shuttle and arrived shortly after at the airport where the car hire was. We picked up a Chevrolet ... Read More
Today we decided to hire a car so left the ship, showing our ID and our pass cards. Although we hadn’t booked a car we took a Thrifty shuttle and arrived shortly after at the airport where the car hire was. We picked up a Chevrolet Cobalt about the size Holden Vectra and automatic. It was quite cheap at $40 a day but with all the extras, tax, damage waiver etc it became $109 plus $10 for petrol. I was really keen to get to Lahaina which is mentioned in much of "Hawaii" (by James Michener). Before we found it we stopped at the Cannery Shopping Mall looking for a good cup of coffee. After chatting to a couple at the information desk who suggested Starbucks and then a place that didn’t even do espresso we gave up and had a percolated coffee at a little café over the water. Coffee wasn’t great but the setting scored 10 out of 10. I still think it would have been better than Starbucks. Finally we found the town of Lahaina which we loved. It is supposed to be the prettiest town in Mauai but I think it is as pretty a town as I have seen anywhere. We were amused to see a shop over the water called Bubba Gump Shrimp Café. We chose to eat at the Lahaina Fish Compnay, also out over the water, and enjoyed fish and chips with salad (went easy on the chips). I was pleased to see the residence of Dr Baldwin (a missionary) although in “Hawaii” it was Abner Hale who stayed at Lahaina. The name Baldwin appears on many of the islands as the family “grew and prospered”. There is a huge banyan tree covering almost an entire block, with markets underneath. We walked the length of the main street and back again, looking in the windows of many shops selling artwork of various kinds. Next in the search was Napoli Bay. From the guide book it looked like an isolated beach but in reality it was surrounded by development. Nice beach though. This is where putting on my two piece swimmers paid off. We both took turns to swim in the beautiful clear water and later watched turtles swim around the rocks. We dropped off the car. Petrol was only $10 so at least something was cheap. We were soon back at the ship and eating at the Liberty Room which is very grand, with curtains of stars and stripes and a glass tiled ceiling. It is all over the top but magnificent at the same time. Next day We are just recovering from a 28 mile (46 km) bike ride down Mt Haleakala, a dormant volcano (3,048 metres (10,056 feet). It was mostly downhill which sounds easy but it is a very windy, twisty road as you might imagine. Fortunately we had perfect weather and I lived to tell the tale. They put the inexperienced riders like me at the front and the bigger, experienced men like John at the back. The pressure was on to keep up the pace (18 to 25 MPH) or 29 to 40 KMH. We arrived at the sea at Pa'ia and sat on the beach to cool down. We were impressed with "Mountain Riders". We were up 5.40am, had breakfast at 6.00, got off the ship at 6.45 and were met at the gate after 7. We had to meet outside the gate on the wharf as this company was not allowed in because it is not the NCL approved company. We had already eaten breakfast although muffin and coffee was provided while we had our safety talk and watched a video. The drive up Mt Haleakala to 10,000 feet was impressive. We were given quite a lot of time to walk around, take photos etc. Then we were driven back to 6,000 feet where we mounted our bikes. The ride was exhilarating although my hands were sore applying those brakes! Read Less
Sail Date September 2010
Rent a car you can see more of the island with the stops you want to make.go to road to Hanna and the waterfalls
Rent a car you can see more of the island with the stops you want to make.go to road to Hanna and the waterfalls Read Less
Sail Date August 2010
Maui was nice but you need to take a shuttle or taxi if you want to get into town at all. We did two excursions there. We took the bus to Haleakala Crater which was really cool, however, my wife got a bit car sick on the way back from all ... Read More
Maui was nice but you need to take a shuttle or taxi if you want to get into town at all. We did two excursions there. We took the bus to Haleakala Crater which was really cool, however, my wife got a bit car sick on the way back from all the twisty and winding roads you take there and back. We decided not to do the bike trip down the mountain the next day since we already saw it so we went to Lahaina instead. Nice town with lots of shops and restaurants. It kinda reminded us of St. Thomas with all the t-shirt places and jewellery shops. Read Less
Sail Date July 2010
Rented a car in Maui and drove to the south west shore to a beautiful beach called Makena Landing. Saw a sea turtle right away munching near a rock on the right side of the reef. Good view of Molokini from this beach. Had pizza at ... Read More
Rented a car in Maui and drove to the south west shore to a beautiful beach called Makena Landing. Saw a sea turtle right away munching near a rock on the right side of the reef. Good view of Molokini from this beach. Had pizza at Shaka's nearby (good). Then up to Kanapali beach at Sheraton (Black Rock) - a definite for snorkelers - saw 3 turtles and they practically came out too us. Good fish. Parking not bad ($2 for every 20 min - $20 per day)in Sheraton's garage. Remember - all beaches are open to public, even in front of fancy hotels. Back to boat by 4:30 - 5:00 and easy to find free parking for cruise folks near ship. May fill up later in day/night. Next day, thought about driving for sunrise on volcano, but too tired to do so. Drove up around 8:00 instead - family was happier with me - figured no time (no "day at sea") to recover from lost sleep - takes at least 2 -2 1/2 hrs to get to summit - very cold even around 10:00 am (windy on our day) - definitely needed jeans and sweatshirt mid morning. After volcano, we drove down to Pa'ia for lunch and shopping - interesting (not cheap) shopping boutiques with a definite "WOODSTOCK" flair (not talking PEANUTS, either). Turned car into Thrifty - got keys wet in my "dry pocket" in swim trunks while snorkeling on day one. Buttons didn't work to unlock car - found hidden key. Fortunately followed my insurance agent's advice and got the damage waiver - covered the electric keys. Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
We rented a convertible from Enterprise for $50 for the day. Complimentary shuttle from the port and we used it to drive the Road to Hana. Long windy road, good banana bread, should go past Hana to the Oheo Gulch for sure. If you go that ... Read More
We rented a convertible from Enterprise for $50 for the day. Complimentary shuttle from the port and we used it to drive the Road to Hana. Long windy road, good banana bread, should go past Hana to the Oheo Gulch for sure. If you go that far, your entry there gains you entry to Haleakala so save that and do that the 2nd day (some people go up for sunrise, some for the sunset). Our second day we did the sunrise at Haleakala - no need to get a spot on the railing where everyone is crowding to get a good view. Go up the big bank of rocks and get an unobstructed view and a seat! We spent the afternoon on the west coast, seeing the beaches in Lahaina and Kaanapali. Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
On first day was went to a local church which was very nice. That afternoon we just rested back on the ship as we were both tired. On the second day we went on the Atlantis Submarine and it was a nice tour. I guess we had to high of ... Read More
On first day was went to a local church which was very nice. That afternoon we just rested back on the ship as we were both tired. On the second day we went on the Atlantis Submarine and it was a nice tour. I guess we had to high of expectations so were a little disappointed but it is a great tour for young folks. Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
Lahaina. As this was our entry onto USA soil, long long process of customs/immigration saw the first tenders going ashore at approximately midday (earlier for those who had booked shore excursions). A quaint place; much cleaner in the ... Read More
Lahaina. As this was our entry onto USA soil, long long process of customs/immigration saw the first tenders going ashore at approximately midday (earlier for those who had booked shore excursions). A quaint place; much cleaner in the streets than Papeete, Moorea and Bora Bora. Some great places of historical interest within walking distance of the port, great restaurants, shopping. Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
Lahaina, Maui is a tender port - seas were rough so the tendering was a difficult and lengthy process - We waited until nearly 10.30am to go ashore and there was still a wait! I would have preferred to have mustered to wait for the tenders ... Read More
Lahaina, Maui is a tender port - seas were rough so the tendering was a difficult and lengthy process - We waited until nearly 10.30am to go ashore and there was still a wait! I would have preferred to have mustered to wait for the tenders out on deck where we could enjoy the weather and see the whales - nobody comes to Hawaii to sit in a dark lounge watching CNN on mute while waiting for a tender that may take us ashore "Sometime Soon". Lahaina is a lovely town to wander around - lots to see and do and buy right off the pier. No need to go whale watching as the whales are all over the place and easily visible from the ship itself. Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
We didn't take any of the shore excursions but instead rented a car on our own. If you drive to Hana, continue beyond Hana all the way around the backside of Haleakala, but only if you have a strong stomach. This ride can be scary ... Read More
We didn't take any of the shore excursions but instead rented a car on our own. If you drive to Hana, continue beyond Hana all the way around the backside of Haleakala, but only if you have a strong stomach. This ride can be scary because most of it is on single-lane gravel roads, but it is one of the most exciting and beautiful drives on the islands. Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
Here on Maui, we were booked on the Rain Forrest and Waterfall Hiking Adventure Tour (JHM 475). it is about a 1 hour plus ride to the site of the trek. Let's start with the excursion. For the price ($179 per person), we thought that ... Read More
Here on Maui, we were booked on the Rain Forrest and Waterfall Hiking Adventure Tour (JHM 475). it is about a 1 hour plus ride to the site of the trek. Let's start with the excursion. For the price ($179 per person), we thought that we were going to a secluded place where only people on this tour would be able to get to. To our disappointment, as we approached the "private" farm where the tour was to take place, we saw a long line of cars parked on the side of the road near a farm stand. As we trekked through this rain forest, all of the people who just parked on the side of the road had access to the same exact place we had paid over $350 to view. The tour itself was good, the rain forest was beautiful and the waterfalls were breathtaking, and half of the fun was trekking around to get to the different falls. However seeing all these other non tour people enjoying the same area as us for a lot less kind of deflated it for us. You do get to see some great waterfalls, and yes, you are in a rain forest, where yes, it does rain! So make sure you ask for a poncho from the tour guide, they have them available for you along with water boots (an elongated version of the standard water shoe that covers up to just below your knee)and there is no extra charge for these. You will get wet, if not from the rain forest, then you will from trekking through rivers and other small bodies of water to get to the waterfalls. Don't forget to ask for a walking stick...you will need it! The tour provided a box lunch (turkey sandwich), and some fresh fruit (pineapple and tangerine) for you, along with bottled water and a cookie. This was a very adventurous tour, but the price was not worth it. Rent a car, drive the Hana Highway and get a local to tell you how to get to the farm stand...then do it yourself! Maui itself was beautiful. Lahaina is a quaint town, reminiscent of a small New England village. Lots of shopping opportunities and the most remarkable tree you will even see! Where roots grow from the tree branches back into the ground. I think it was called a Banyan tree. It is right smack in the middle of the town and you can't not see it when you visit. Lahaina is on the "warm" or "sunny" side of the island. Breath-taking mountains only makes this port more charming and hospitable. The other side of the island is the "rainy" or "wet side". If I remember correctly, the sunny side of the island gets about five inches of water a year, and the wet side gets over 400 inches a year!! Don't forget, the tour takes you to the wet side!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
Kahului - Rent a car, but take the road less traveled North East vice the road to Hana to avoid the traffic. Road can be narrow and like a goat path in spots, but the scenery is awesome. We saw lots of whales along the way. If you are a ... Read More
Kahului - Rent a car, but take the road less traveled North East vice the road to Hana to avoid the traffic. Road can be narrow and like a goat path in spots, but the scenery is awesome. We saw lots of whales along the way. If you are a geocacher like us (Jman & Magoo), there are plenty of worthy caches to snag. Haleakala Crater is exceptional and a "must do". We were there prior to sunset and the view was incredible. Rental car made it easy to pick our time. Read Less
Sail Date January 2010
A tender port-my first time doing so, and it was just fine. We did the Haleakala crater and Ocean center tour. Again, nice tour, good driver, really liked the Ocean Center. Long line waiting to get back on tenders, but went faster than it ... Read More
A tender port-my first time doing so, and it was just fine. We did the Haleakala crater and Ocean center tour. Again, nice tour, good driver, really liked the Ocean Center. Long line waiting to get back on tenders, but went faster than it looked. Cute little town-while waiting in line, Mom and I went to find me some batteries, and found some delish macadamia ice cream and cookies to share with Dad, who was holding our place in line. Read Less
Sail Date December 2009
This was my least favorite island. We got off the ship on our own, took a cab to a beach for my son. I think it was Kaanapali Beach. I will say my mom and I are not outdoor people. So we get to the beach, no chairs, little shade. There was ... Read More
This was my least favorite island. We got off the ship on our own, took a cab to a beach for my son. I think it was Kaanapali Beach. I will say my mom and I are not outdoor people. So we get to the beach, no chairs, little shade. There was a nice shopping area right there. So my mom and I took turns watching my son in the water. Rented him a boogie board, he had a ball. It was a nice beach, quite a few people there. Came back and looked around the town area. Read Less
Sail Date December 2009
Lahaina is a great town, with many nice shops and restaurant. The tender process was a pain, especially for the return back to the ship -- allow ample time!
Lahaina is a great town, with many nice shops and restaurant. The tender process was a pain, especially for the return back to the ship -- allow ample time! Read Less
Sail Date December 2009
Arrived in Maui took the shuttle to the mall, turned right at Champions and waited for the public bus going to Lahaina it comes every 10:30-11:30 etc once an hour for $1. It is a safe bus, and air conditioned for a public bus that is ... Read More
Arrived in Maui took the shuttle to the mall, turned right at Champions and waited for the public bus going to Lahaina it comes every 10:30-11:30 etc once an hour for $1. It is a safe bus, and air conditioned for a public bus that is amazing,,, it is beautiful ride to see this place it has shopping and crafts and very large banyan tree in the center of town. Best shaved ice ever in the town very nice woman and daughter that run it, very pretty same shops in all places otherwise go to the beach... they do have a tour on board the ship for the price of a bus that takes you back and forth it is much more expensive. Like I believe over $50+++ so pay $1. and do what the locals do... Had to rush back for tour Haleakala sunset crater tour with Roberts only cost me $25. with the 4 tour plan it was great had a wonderful tour guide called Peggy Sue bring a jacket it is some kinda cold up there went down to 25 degrees and you are up over 10000 feet above sea level. She gives you lots of facts and because her bus is smaller she can get up right to the top where other large buses are not allowed. Cows are walking all over the road it is free range but really great. The summit is amazing the air is cold and the weather keeps changing from rain to sun than rainbows it is a shock to the system. but worthwhile to see it is the largest crater in the world.The sunset is beautiful the stars coming back are beautiful. Thank you Peggy for your great tour and advice. Read Less
Sail Date November 2009
Sunday Maui: Picked up car and drove to Iao Valley, very pretty views and easy to find. Decided not to take the Hana drive due to all stuff we heard about the potential for getting car sick. Drove to Lahaina. Very cute sleepy town, we ... Read More
Sunday Maui: Picked up car and drove to Iao Valley, very pretty views and easy to find. Decided not to take the Hana drive due to all stuff we heard about the potential for getting car sick. Drove to Lahaina. Very cute sleepy town, we ate lunch at Ma La’s -right on the water. Good food, Kobe beef hamburger was really good. Kind of expensive would rather have eaten at a hole in the wall in town. (There are many beaches along the way to Lahaina where you can pull the car over and enjoy the sun and swim). We spent the afternoon on the beach trying to learn to surf with some friends who lived there. Got back to the pier about 7:00 to find no parking anywhere! Got real lucky after looking for a long time to find a group leaving for dinner. Monday Maui: Got up at the crack of dawn to drive back across the island to Maalaea (only took 20 minutes) to meet with the Pacific Whale foundation at 6:30 am to take the Molokai / Turtle Town snorkel trip. (Booked the trip for about $59 via Expedia. 7- noon trip. Found the excursion site in the Thrifty car rental Maui guide and map book available at the car rental place. These books are available at all the islands and offer good savings. Got the “last minute rate simply by asking for the best rate. Was on the same tour boat that the ship used, and the ship charged about $105 per person I think. The Pacific Whale Foundation was highly recommended and they did put on a great trip. We seemed to get to the sites before most of the other people so it was not quite so crowded. Molokai was decent snorkeling. On our way to Turtle Town we were treated to a whale breach. It was the first one they had seen for the season. Just like the Pacific Life commercial. Amazing!!! Can’t describe it well enough…. Also saw spinner dolphins. Turtle Town was great. Several huge sea turtles. They just mind their own business and will almost bowl you over to get where they want to go. After getting back about noon we drove south to Wailea. Toured around several of the high-end resorts and their beaches. Grand Wailea, Four Sseasons, Polo Club. Amazingly beautiful! There is a public beach access between the Grand Wailea and the Four Seasons with parking. The overwhelming smell from all the flowers is something you don’t get when looking at the pictures. Late in the day we returned the car and returned to the ship. Ate at Little Italy. Food was pretty good, portions are average sized. Waiter advised getting appetizer, salad, pizza and entrée plus dessert….That ended up being a lot of food. Service started out really good then about half way through became very slow to the point of we wondered what had happened. Read Less
Sail Date November 2009
Been here before. Only walked around, but this was our favorite walk-around port.
Been here before. Only walked around, but this was our favorite walk-around port. Read Less
Sail Date October 2009

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