675 Maui Cruise Reviews

This island was my favorite. The people are so friendly and helpful. Maui has an excellent public bus system that was easy to use and on time. I think an all day pass was only $4.
This island was my favorite. The people are so friendly and helpful. Maui has an excellent public bus system that was easy to use and on time. I think an all day pass was only $4. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
We took the public bus to Lahaina. The Maui shopping outlets. Lahaina is a little town with strip shopping and also great shopping outlets. Pretty town. The Hard Rock cafe is also located there with great food.
We took the public bus to Lahaina. The Maui shopping outlets. Lahaina is a little town with strip shopping and also great shopping outlets. Pretty town. The Hard Rock cafe is also located there with great food. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Maui – Day 1 – I picked up the rental from Thrifty and returned to the pier to gather the family. We then started off to the Road to Hana…with a pit stop at Krispy Kreme! Little did we know, KK would be the highlight of the day as ... Read More
Maui – Day 1 – I picked up the rental from Thrifty and returned to the pier to gather the family. We then started off to the Road to Hana…with a pit stop at Krispy Kreme! Little did we know, KK would be the highlight of the day as most of the family did not enjoy the drive. Motion sickness medication applies to this road trip as much as it does when at sea. The Road to Hana is an easy, safe drive if you are a confident driver. There are a few roadside waterfalls to stop at…you can even walk in and swim at one or two of them. There are also many exhilarating vistas up and down the coast. The free arboretum is a bit overrated…also looks like it is recovering from some recent storm damage. Food and restrooms are limited throughout this trip. If on Maui for several days, I can see this being a nice day trip, but with a short time on island, I would not recommend it.Before this trip, we purchased and downloaded the Gypsy Guide for Maui. It was quite informative and served us well, but sometimes the GPS was a little off and announcements too late for us to turn off. This guide worked on the RTH and also the next day doing to Haleakala.Maui – Day 2 – We woke at 0300 and left the ship by 0345. Our goal was to observe the sunrise from the peak of Haleakala. If you want coffee, gum, or other snacks for the drive, you either need to purchase the night before or stop at the gas stations heading towards the center of the island. There is a Starbucks in Volcano, but it doesn’t open until after 0500. The super market next door, though, was open.The drive up the mountain was not as twisty as the previous day’s adventure. The road was very well maintained with clear lane and shoulder markings up until entering the national park. Once in the park, the road was still safe, but markings were a bit faded. The drive in the dark can make you nervous as it appears as if you are driving on the edge of a cliff with nothing to stop you from falling thousands of feet to your doom. When we went down the hill after sunrise, we saw this wasn’t the case except in a few spots.We arrived at the peak’s parking lot at about 0545, an hour before sunrise. The temperature was a balmy 43 degrees Fahrenheit. We eventually got out and walked around in the dark and used the restrooms. The gift shop also has a viewing area, is heated, and opened at about 0630. We waited with a few hundred other people for sunrise and were greeted with a beautiful arrival of the sun over the clouds. I definitely recommend this trip. Once the sun came up, we realized we were not at the top of the hill. Instead, we had stopped at a large parking lot a few hundred feet short of the summit. There was a road leading up to the summit and the large shelter on it, but I do not remember seeing this road when we arrived…perhaps parking at that level was already full. Parking in the main lot did fill up…probably around 0630.We eventually returned to the ship for breakfast and a short nap. Then we headed out to find some Korean food to satisfy my wife’s need for kimchi. Yelp helped us find what we needed. There are a few Korean restaurants and groceries just north of Kahului. Instead, we decided to drive to Kihei and find the Korean BBQ, Isana, near the beach. We swam in the ocean a bit and then enjoyed Kalbi for lunch. Isana is a little expensive for Korean, but the food and service were good. Kihei is an easy drive from Kahului…taking only about 30 minutes.The overnight lot is currently being worked on so the only parking is about a 10-15 minute walk from the ship. Sunday night, it filled up by sunset time. I don’t know where other cars parked. If you are picking up or dropping off people, the guard will let you in closer to the pier. You simply explain what you want to do, show your card, and use the taxi drop off area. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Rented a car for both days. Drove the road to Hana on the first day. I would not do this again. You can go about 1/3 of the way and get the feel for the entire trip. We bought a CD with narration that coincided with mile markers which ... Read More
Rented a car for both days. Drove the road to Hana on the first day. I would not do this again. You can go about 1/3 of the way and get the feel for the entire trip. We bought a CD with narration that coincided with mile markers which helped enlighten the trip. However, I would find something else to do that would be more productive/scenic. 2nd day we did the whale watching thing at Lahaina. It was ok. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
Maui is a tender port,about a 15 minute ride from the side. The day we were there was very windy but not too warm and the waves were very high and the tender boats were really rocking and rolling. It was a LONG RIDE on the tenders. We just ... Read More
Maui is a tender port,about a 15 minute ride from the side. The day we were there was very windy but not too warm and the waves were very high and the tender boats were really rocking and rolling. It was a LONG RIDE on the tenders. We just shopped along Front St. and bought a few things. I did go to the Baldwin House /Chinese Museum and toured those. The price was only $5 for both so it was a good bargain. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
Rental car (stall 6 at the terminal when waiting for pickup) arrived 8am sharp in car and gone by 815! Hit Kmart for a couple things, then gypsy tour to makena beach, lunch at coconuts (YUM!!!!), went back to the ship to change and grabbed ... Read More
Rental car (stall 6 at the terminal when waiting for pickup) arrived 8am sharp in car and gone by 815! Hit Kmart for a couple things, then gypsy tour to makena beach, lunch at coconuts (YUM!!!!), went back to the ship to change and grabbed Ululani's shave ice on the way out of kahului. Gypsy tour up Haleakala, spent several hours up there and then headed down through Makawao to have dinner at Mama's - WOW. Get reservations it was booked weeks/months out and not busy season. Early next morning hopped back in rental car and drove to Oluwalu to meet up with Peter from Maui Kayak Adventures - sister company of Hawaiian paddle sports. Got a private tour as we were only ones registered!! Saw tons of whales, one snuck up on us as we were paddling back to shore - incredible! More gypsy touring saw Lahaina, ate at Local Food (YUM) and got massages in Kanapaali before driving back hitting Leoda's for pies (UNREAL) and then Ioa Valley before returning car. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
We took a cab to Kanapali Beacu (Whaler's Village), but the weather was not good. It was raining on and off. So, we arranged for a private tour with the taxi cab for one hour, which was just enough time to take us to the North part of ... Read More
We took a cab to Kanapali Beacu (Whaler's Village), but the weather was not good. It was raining on and off. So, we arranged for a private tour with the taxi cab for one hour, which was just enough time to take us to the North part of the island and back to Lahaina where our ship was on tender. It was raining on and off but we saw at least something. Lahaina was a cute town where we did some shopping and returned to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
We took a shuttle from port to Thrifty and rented a convertible. This was the perfect car for the Road to Hana trip. I recommend hitting the road as soon as possible. We dilly-dallied, stopping to pick up a picnic lunch in Paia before ... Read More
We took a shuttle from port to Thrifty and rented a convertible. This was the perfect car for the Road to Hana trip. I recommend hitting the road as soon as possible. We dilly-dallied, stopping to pick up a picnic lunch in Paia before getting going--this was a mistake, as it got dark around 5:00pm, so you really need an early start to see everything. However, we got the BEST tip a the Hana Bay Picnic Company....there is an APP to download for a couple of bucks, which will allow you to maximize the trip. It was AWESOME. The app is gps based so it told us about the specific sights right as we approached them. It's called GyPSy Guide--get it and download it before you hit the road. That made all the difference. The road was a highlight of our entire vacation. Gorgeous. We never made it to Hana, although we did get to Wai'anapanapa State Park and that was lovely. It was the experience of the road that was amazing.We parked overnight in the overflow parking at the port. Security staff will show you where to park--they were great! The next day we headed to Lahaina, which was another favorite spot. We got some shave ice and walked around town. Ate at Cheeseburgers in Paradise and enjoyed the ocean front. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
We rented a car and drove from Lahania across Maui to catch a helicopter. Arranged direct and enjoyed the flight. Drove back and returned rental car, went to ship on tender to change for Luau that night. Took taxi to Old Lahania Luau and ... Read More
We rented a car and drove from Lahania across Maui to catch a helicopter. Arranged direct and enjoyed the flight. Drove back and returned rental car, went to ship on tender to change for Luau that night. Took taxi to Old Lahania Luau and then taxi back to catch tender back to ship. Not much time shop, but there are plenty of shops, bars, and the like in town if you elect to just stay in town. We were on a tighter schedule and enjoyed what we did. It would be nice if the rental cars were closer to Lahania as we had to take a van 20 minutes to get the car, and wait for van to return us back to tender point. You need to take a helicopter some time to see all the area. We actually flew over to Moliki as the summit on Maui was clouded up. Pilot flew over the ship on way back and we got some nice shots from the air. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Maui Day 1 we got a rental car and did the Road to Hana on our own (bought the audio CD at KMart near the terminal for $17). (There was a shuttle from the rental car company that came to the pier.) It was nice to be able to stop where you ... Read More
Maui Day 1 we got a rental car and did the Road to Hana on our own (bought the audio CD at KMart near the terminal for $17). (There was a shuttle from the rental car company that came to the pier.) It was nice to be able to stop where you want and my husband was fine to drive the whole way (there was no way I would be driving it, though). Make sure to get a car with some power there are lots of hills. We had a 4-door Jeep and were happy with it. Day 2 we booked the Sunrise Crater bike ride (on our own) and as we were back on board around 11 am, but exhausted hung out on board for the rest of the day. My husband watched the Patriots game in the Goldrush Saloon (gotta love Monday night football at 2 in the afternoon) and I hung out by the pool. There was a fabulous cover band, playing everything from oldies to current popular stuff. And, because we were in port there were plenty of open loungers. During peak times, the loungers got pretty full, though I never had a problem finding an empty one (it was just crowded at times). Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
.... In Maui, car rentals are smooth. Frequent shuttles and no problem picking up cars. Some suggested that I become a Blue Chip member of Thrifty. I did and was able to get around a huge line at the counter and they upgraded me from a ... Read More
.... In Maui, car rentals are smooth. Frequent shuttles and no problem picking up cars. Some suggested that I become a Blue Chip member of Thrifty. I did and was able to get around a huge line at the counter and they upgraded me from a compact to a mini-van at no extra charge. You can park by the ship but need to get there early. Otherwise there is an auxiliary parking lot about a quarter mile away. We took the road to Haleakala National Park. Steep roads with switchbacks but not as nerve racking as I heard the Road to Hana is. This was most of the day. We headed over to Lahina but parking was tough and didn't get to see much. The next day we took the car to Iao Valley state park -- just a few miles from the ship. A nice walk before the bus crowds arrived. We later drove down the coast to see what the beaches looked like. We stopped at the sugar cane museum on the way back. We also drove around 'downtown" to see how the real people live. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
We took this tour to get an overview of Maui. I was limited physically this trip and this was a safe excursion. For people from Florida, it was also pretty boring. Most of what we saw, we have in Florida. The lunch provided was very nice, ... Read More
We took this tour to get an overview of Maui. I was limited physically this trip and this was a safe excursion. For people from Florida, it was also pretty boring. Most of what we saw, we have in Florida. The lunch provided was very nice, however. People from northern states, however, seemed to be impressed by the flowers, fish etc. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
We decided to rent a car for the 2 days (Sunday/Monday) that we were on Maui.. and so that’s what we did. There are a couple of free parking lots close to the port to park rental cars in, but one is definitely closer than the other one. ... Read More
We decided to rent a car for the 2 days (Sunday/Monday) that we were on Maui.. and so that’s what we did. There are a couple of free parking lots close to the port to park rental cars in, but one is definitely closer than the other one. A drive to Haleakala National park was a full day for us. (TIP:Seniors can get a pretty cheap National Parks Pass that gets them into all National parks free for life). The second day we did some souvenir shopping at a local Mall and drove to Lahaina to do some souvenir shopping. Monday was a lot of spotty on & off rain. We stopped often for photos and drove along a lot of the beautiful coastline. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Even though Lahaina is touristy, it is still fun to walk up and down the street...there's lots of people and lots of interesting shops. However, one should not stop walking at the edge of the shopping area...keep going into the ... Read More
Even though Lahaina is touristy, it is still fun to walk up and down the street...there's lots of people and lots of interesting shops. However, one should not stop walking at the edge of the shopping area...keep going into the neighborhoods to get a feel of how it would be to live there. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
Got a rental car for the day. Drove up the north west coast - very scenic. The blowhole was not doing much. Drove back down and stopped at DT Fleming Beach. Nice park. Nice picnic area too. Surf was too rough and people did not pay ... Read More
Got a rental car for the day. Drove up the north west coast - very scenic. The blowhole was not doing much. Drove back down and stopped at DT Fleming Beach. Nice park. Nice picnic area too. Surf was too rough and people did not pay attention to the red flags or signs lifeguards had out. A lady had to be rescued from a rip tide. If she didn't have a boogie board to hang on to, she would have drowned. Lifeguard ran out with surfboard and dragged her in. Drove back to town and returned the car. Went back to the ship to eat dinner and headed back out to the island (tender). It would be nice if all ports allowed us to stay to 11 pm, this was the only late one. Walked around town and checked out all the shops. This is also a good spot to watch the sunset and get pictures of the ship anchored off shore all lit up. Would like to fly back to this island someday and do more exploring. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
Great markets. Took the shuttle to black rock and swam with turtles, beautiful. Swam all day and returned to ship for shower then went back to town for dinner. Beautiul port. We saw dolphins and a whale from the ship..
Great markets. Took the shuttle to black rock and swam with turtles, beautiful. Swam all day and returned to ship for shower then went back to town for dinner. Beautiul port. We saw dolphins and a whale from the ship.. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
We did not take an organized tour in Maui instead opting to walk around the attractive town of Lahaina. We agreed that this was the best place to do that souvenir shopping and have a spot of lunch and a few beers at the Pioneer Inn Café, ... Read More
We did not take an organized tour in Maui instead opting to walk around the attractive town of Lahaina. We agreed that this was the best place to do that souvenir shopping and have a spot of lunch and a few beers at the Pioneer Inn Café, which we recommend. It was the only island where there was a semblance of a traditional Hawaii welcome (as depicted in those old 1930s movies) and on leaving the tender jetty, you cannot miss the very impressive sprawling banyan tree where I guarantee you will take a picture or two! Maui is perhaps the only island in Hawaii we would return to. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
Although we did not take an excursion there was a mall near by and a free shuttle to get there. This allowed for people to do something off the ship. There was also transporation (buses) from the mall to take you to other parts of the ... Read More
Although we did not take an excursion there was a mall near by and a free shuttle to get there. This allowed for people to do something off the ship. There was also transporation (buses) from the mall to take you to other parts of the island. the information was easily accessible. The only problem which cant be changed was that the port was far from everywhere worth going. All the normal tourist places were a 55 dollar one way if you wanted to take a taxi so it almost forced people to do an excursion Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
This was the port we were mostly concerned about since it was tendered. The policy of Princess is that if the weather is too rough, Princess will not tender wheelchair guests, so we were reluctant to reserve an excursion that might be ... Read More
This was the port we were mostly concerned about since it was tendered. The policy of Princess is that if the weather is too rough, Princess will not tender wheelchair guests, so we were reluctant to reserve an excursion that might be cancelled with no resource or refund. The night before we read the tender would not allow wheelchair on board but the next morning they did allow collapsible wheelchairs on. The tender crew were very awkward in where they seated us, requiring a disabled passenger to stand in order for them to affix the boarding ramp as we got to the dock in the city. The trip on the way back was uneventful.Lahaina is a charming city with plenty of shops and restaurants. We were able to find a nice whale watching excursion which was priced much less than Princess was offering. Not only were their whales, dolphins and flying fish observed, but the while boat was wheelchair accessible. Kudos to the Pacific Whale Foundation for a memorable trip! This is a company we will definitely do business with again if given the opportunity. Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
Great port. Very scenic and worth renting a car on this island. ( Mid size car about 20.00)We MADE ALL are ISLAND arrangements prior to leaving for our trip. VERY Easy to do! VERY IMPORTANT! FOR PEOPLE LOOKING TO WHALE WATCH! They only ... Read More
Great port. Very scenic and worth renting a car on this island. ( Mid size car about 20.00)We MADE ALL are ISLAND arrangements prior to leaving for our trip. VERY Easy to do! VERY IMPORTANT! FOR PEOPLE LOOKING TO WHALE WATCH! They only migrate over to the islands From December / Jan /Feb. depending on how fast they are traveling their long return journey from Alaska! They come every year to calve their babies, get them ready for the long journey back in June.. Lots of Dolphin's! all the time!There was no place to comment about the Island of Oahu! Great Island!!!! defiantly go to an authentic traditional outdoor entertainment Hawaiian dinner....... Worth the Money!What we did was Buy an all day bus ticket! The busses run all over the island, come frequently and are all color coded for easy transfer. This is a private bus transportation. They have double decker busses as well for outstanding picture taking...... This is the best way to see WKIKII !!!!! This island is to big to see in one day. I DON NOT RECOMEND renting a car! Incredible amounts of traffic all day long, very little parking if any! Trust me Do the Bus...... You'll be so happy you did this.. I can say that I did purchase this particular Trolly excursion ( trolley's I think they call them!) on the ship! It was on the Island of Oahu...... It took us everywhere! You can get on and off as much as you want! Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Nice shops for browsing the only downside with this port was having to tender from the ship. I find tendering to be a pain...
Nice shops for browsing the only downside with this port was having to tender from the ship. I find tendering to be a pain... Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
Love love love this town. I saw a lot of fantastic things, like a shark in the water, and turtle. I did their tours like the glass bottom boat, and saw coral and fish and other sea creatures. This port was my fav, but I hated the tendering ... Read More
Love love love this town. I saw a lot of fantastic things, like a shark in the water, and turtle. I did their tours like the glass bottom boat, and saw coral and fish and other sea creatures. This port was my fav, but I hated the tendering part. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013

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