675 Maui Cruise Reviews

First day in Maui we did the Road to Hana with Valley Isle Excursions and Pu was our guide. She was so interesting - talked story almost non stop and not once did I wish that she would stop talking for a bit. She explained about ... Read More
First day in Maui we did the Road to Hana with Valley Isle Excursions and Pu was our guide. She was so interesting - talked story almost non stop and not once did I wish that she would stop talking for a bit. She explained about different plants and their medicinal properties and on the way she gathered from the side of the road some guavas we could taste and some very huge, very delicious and very creamy avocados to add to our salad at lunch time. She talked at length about life on the private island Niihau which she'd been told about by a friend who lives there - this was fascinating!! She taught us a smattering of Hawaiian - wish I could remember it now :). She was also an excellent driver. Loved the sights on RtoH. We saw many beautiful waterfalls and gorges. Saw the rainbow eucalypts, saw a sealion up on the beach pretending to be asleep while he waited for an unsuspecting critter to come too close - mmmm lunch. Unfortunately after all the recent rain the Seven Sacred Pools were too high and not safe for a swim. Besides as soon as we left Kahului the sun disappeared and we had rain for a lot of the time. We stopped at Hana for our picnic lunch - yummy marinated chicken and salad + our avocados. Continued around the island until the Tedeschi Winery and the wine tasting. I wasn't particularly taken with the pineapple wine but glad I was able to taste. Back to the ship by about 6pm. Big Day. Was a great tour. Maui - Second Day Sadly this was not a good day for us. Plan was to catch local bus from Queen Ka'ahumanu Centre in Kahului to Pa'ia a cute little 'hippie" town. This we did but while having coffee in Pa'ia I discovered my wallet had been stolen - most probably lifted from my backpack while we waited for the bus! So this was a wasted day for us while we spoke with police in Pa'ia, checked at bus terminal at the shopping centre, checked at the shopping centre itself, walked to police station in Kahului all in the hope of finding my wallet had been handed in. Stressed while we cancelled credit cards etc. So, not a fun day at all. Pa'ia would have been great to explore. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Took the back roads tour in Maui and it was fantastic. I felt that it was something not everyone sees. The areas we traveled were on the Grove Ranch and our guides were very knowledgeable about the island and where we were.
Took the back roads tour in Maui and it was fantastic. I felt that it was something not everyone sees. The areas we traveled were on the Grove Ranch and our guides were very knowledgeable about the island and where we were. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Maui - Haleakala, Goat Ranch, Lavender Farm & Winery. They stopped at a lookout to spot the whales. Haleakala and the Goat Ranch were wonderful. Loved the cheese! They even let us feed the goats! The talk on milking was pretty ... Read More
Maui - Haleakala, Goat Ranch, Lavender Farm & Winery. They stopped at a lookout to spot the whales. Haleakala and the Goat Ranch were wonderful. Loved the cheese! They even let us feed the goats! The talk on milking was pretty long, and the poor guide looked like she had delivered this tour too many times. We saw Mesquite Trees on Maui that actually looked like trees rather than bushes like they do in West Texas. The Lavender Farm was off season. The only thing working was the gift shop, and of course the port-a-potty. We were informed a couple of days ahead of time about a change in itinerary regarding the Pineapple Winery. Winery didn't happen due to double booking, and worries about getting back to the ship in time. Instead they went to a tourist trap, with expensive stores. However, the glass blower was interesting! To me, the tourist trap and the winery weren't an even exchange. I filled out a "Let us Know," and was contacted by the excursion representative on board. They didn't compensate us, but did tell us they would pass our comments up to corporate. We learned that the winery doesn't charge for the tour and tasting, they hope to make it up on sales. It would have been nice for the guides to pick up a bottle of wine to serve with their wonderful lunch along with winery brochures and order forms. Still, these guides were wonderful, and we'd gladly return for more tours with them. Also, they offered to take our picture a couple of times. We've been on a lot of excursions over the years, and having two guides offer to shoot photos is rare. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Terrific port and fun town to wander around. No problem with the tenders, Princess had more tenders running than I've experienced on past cruises.
Terrific port and fun town to wander around. No problem with the tenders, Princess had more tenders running than I've experienced on past cruises. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
There is lots to see on Maui and there are great beaches. Cheese Burger in Paradise has the best hamburgers. Lahaina is fun to walk and shop (although I did not buy anything). The aquarium is worth seeing. Holland should spend more time on ... Read More
There is lots to see on Maui and there are great beaches. Cheese Burger in Paradise has the best hamburgers. Lahaina is fun to walk and shop (although I did not buy anything). The aquarium is worth seeing. Holland should spend more time on this island. If they had, I would have rented a car and spent the whole day seeing more of it. We used to go to Maui yearly up until about 2001. This is our first trip since then. I rated this port a 4 because Maui is not what it used to be. Most of the sugar cane is gone, the island looks brown and, in my opinion, the developers are turning Maui into Honolulu #2. If we go back to Hawaii for another vacation, we will likely go to the Big Island or Kauai. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Took the city bus to Whalers' village and a short stroll to the Kaanapali beach. Two dollars gets you rides on all the buses for the whole day. Discovered shave ice.
Took the city bus to Whalers' village and a short stroll to the Kaanapali beach. Two dollars gets you rides on all the buses for the whole day. Discovered shave ice. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
BEAUTIFUL - perfect day!!! This is the only excursion that I think is WAY over-priced. Yes, you get a beach chair and a free drink, but the drink is in a very small cup. Below is the HAL description of our Shore Excursion Enjoy ... Read More
BEAUTIFUL - perfect day!!! This is the only excursion that I think is WAY over-priced. Yes, you get a beach chair and a free drink, but the drink is in a very small cup. Below is the HAL description of our Shore Excursion Enjoy a carefree morning or afternoon on famous Ka'anapali Beach, beginning with a short ride to Maui's luxurious beach resort area. Relax on a beach chair with a tropical beverage in hand. Lie in the sun, swim or beachcomb. Bring your snorkel gear or rent some (at your own expense) at the beach to enjoy the marine life at famous Black Rock. Air mattresses, boogie boards and other beach toys are also available for rent. After a few hours of fun in the sun, return to the ship by the transportation provided or you may choose to stay on the beach and arrange your own transportation later. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Rented a car from Hertz. The guys took the Road to Hana excursion which they loved, but would not suggest for the faint of heart, the easily nauseated, or for driving on your own. The girls drove to Lahaina and enjoyed the leisurely day ... Read More
Rented a car from Hertz. The guys took the Road to Hana excursion which they loved, but would not suggest for the faint of heart, the easily nauseated, or for driving on your own. The girls drove to Lahaina and enjoyed the leisurely day on a beautiful island. On the way we stopped at the Maui Plantation and took a fun tour. We stopped along the way to take photos at one gorgeous beach after another. And in Lahaina, we shopped for gifts to take home! We met up with the husbands back at the ship to share experiences. One caveat about parking the rental car. Since the ship stays overnight in Maui, you can keep the car for two days. But, parking is limited in the industrial area where the port is located. The following day the four of us drove around the island, going in the opposite direction of Lahaina. We saw some gorgeous resorts and beautiful beaches, stopping to wade in the waves and walk in the sand. We had wanted to swim, but delayed until it was really too late to get the car back to the rental agency and then on board the ship. All in all, it was a really relaxing afternoon. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Lahaina(8 am to 6 pm) - This was a tender port. We thought that with all the Elites on board there things might be slow for us lowly Platinums, but it was relatively quick. We got our tender tickets at 9 am and within 30 minutes we were ... Read More
Lahaina(8 am to 6 pm) - This was a tender port. We thought that with all the Elites on board there things might be slow for us lowly Platinums, but it was relatively quick. We got our tender tickets at 9 am and within 30 minutes we were on the tender. Although pretty touristy, Lahaina is a pretty little town and worth some time to explore. If you do, try the shave ice at Ululani's on Front Street - it was the best we had on this trip - so smooth and delicious! We took the Maui transit bus to Ka'anapali Beach. You can catch the bus at the back side of the Wharf Cinema Center. The #25-Ka'anapali Islander bus leaves every hour on the 0:30 and goes to Whaler's Village at Ka'anapali Beach. It costs $1 and takes about 25 minutes. The beach at Ka'anapali is nice. There's not much shade, so we rented an umbrella for $15. Snorkelling is not bad at the far right side of the beach (Black Rock). We saw a sea turtle there. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
This port was convenient to the airport where we needed to pick up our rental car. And there was adequate parking near the pier. There were also many shuttles to the shopping districts although we didn't use any at this port.
This port was convenient to the airport where we needed to pick up our rental car. And there was adequate parking near the pier. There were also many shuttles to the shopping districts although we didn't use any at this port. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
We booked Valley Isle Excursions directly with the company. They picked us up at the port and took us on a 10 hour drive on the Road to Hana. For those who plan on doing this in a rental vehicle....don't. It is a tricky, narrow ... Read More
We booked Valley Isle Excursions directly with the company. They picked us up at the port and took us on a 10 hour drive on the Road to Hana. For those who plan on doing this in a rental vehicle....don't. It is a tricky, narrow road. The driver will surely have a nervous breakdown by the time you reach Hana and then... surprise....you have to turn around and go back the way you came because you cannot take a rental the entire way around in a rental. The "improved" road ends just outside of Hana and it is like a washboard for miles. Our tour guide/driver was Walter. Walter was very knowledgeable and fed us information nonstop for 10 solid hours. He was very interesting, but sometimes tiresome. It would have been nice to reflect in silence about the beauty were seeing. We rented a car through Thrifty the second day in Maui. Get the Blue Chip program and Thrifty is right there at the port to pick you up and take you to the airport to pick up your vehicle with all the paper work all filled out if you have Blue Chip. We drove up the west coast of Maui. It is a beautiful drive if you continue up into the northern regions of the west coast. The cliffs overhang the road, somewhat like northern California. I was really anticipating the wonderful wide white sand beaches I remembered from 25 years ago. What a disappointment when I encountered nothing but high rise resort hotels blocking the view of the water and the beach in Kaanapali. Lahaina was a delight. We had lunch at Bubba Gump's Shrimp Co. and gorged on shrimp while sitting at window seats overlooking the Pacific. Heaven. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Maui is beautiful!1st day in Port we did the Hana Sky Trek, helicopter ride to Hana, then rode in a very comfortable van down the mountain with our tour guide "Surfer Sue". We stopped several times along the way for photo's ... Read More
Maui is beautiful!1st day in Port we did the Hana Sky Trek, helicopter ride to Hana, then rode in a very comfortable van down the mountain with our tour guide "Surfer Sue". We stopped several times along the way for photo's and special things to enjoy. Very nice afternoon drive. Day 2 We drove to Lahaina where we boarded the Hula Girl Catamaran for the snorkeling tour. Lahaina is an upper scaled hotel and resort area. Very clean and pretty. The Hula Girl was a highlight of our trip. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Beautiful island, nice people. Richard gives a nice tour. Would like to have had more time to check out Turtle Cove snorkeling, the beach areas.
Beautiful island, nice people. Richard gives a nice tour. Would like to have had more time to check out Turtle Cove snorkeling, the beach areas. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
There is a lot to visit just beyond where the tender disembarks you. First stop should be the Old Lahaina Courthouse where the visitor center is. Stop in for a free walking tour guide. There is the giant Banyan tree that covers an ... Read More
There is a lot to visit just beyond where the tender disembarks you. First stop should be the Old Lahaina Courthouse where the visitor center is. Stop in for a free walking tour guide. There is the giant Banyan tree that covers an entire city block, lots of cultural sites, tons of shopping, an Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Take a tour or go it on your own. Great beaches and shopping district near the tender dock. Don't miss the macadamia nut ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery or the $3 mai tais at Moose MacGillycuddy's. There are lots of gift shops ... Read More
Take a tour or go it on your own. Great beaches and shopping district near the tender dock. Don't miss the macadamia nut ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery or the $3 mai tais at Moose MacGillycuddy's. There are lots of gift shops to choose from and you can do an easy walking tour of some historical sites. The Banyan tree park near the tender dock is impressive. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
This is the only tender port. The early tenders did not require tickets. It may have gotten a little more crowded later in the morning. We had decided to ride the Sugar Cane Train. It was $23 each and lasted just over an hour and a ... Read More
This is the only tender port. The early tenders did not require tickets. It may have gotten a little more crowded later in the morning. We had decided to ride the Sugar Cane Train. It was $23 each and lasted just over an hour and a half. There are nice views from the train. You can get off at the Kaanapali end and go down to the hotels and get back later in the day if you want to. We just rode both ways. The train is only a long block from Hilo Hattie's and an easy walk from the tender. From there we walked over to the Cannery mall, about 20 minute walk. There was a shuttle running there also. We went to Aloha Plate Lunch for lunch. it is located next to the Old Lahina Luau. The food is well priced, tastes great and happy hour is at 2pm. Bud/Bud light are $1.75 and a very good Mai Tai is $3. We finished there, walked back to the Mall and shopped a bit. There is a Longs Drugs there. Beautiful 2012 Hawaii calendars were only $0.88 each (ABC Stores were $2.49 each). They also had Macadamia nuts on special and we spent over $100 on gifts to bring home. We waited for the shuttle and made it back to the Pioneer Inn. They had $3 beer and $4 Mai Tai specials. We sat there a while and waited till there was no line for the tenders. Then we were back onboard. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
As a tender port, it is more difficult to get to so plan to be out early and beat the crowds, or suffer a wait.
As a tender port, it is more difficult to get to so plan to be out early and beat the crowds, or suffer a wait. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Day 8 of 14. After a short overnight sail to Maui we anchored off the coast and the tenders got busy. Rumor was there was a fatal traffic accident on the highway south of town blocking the highway. We had car rental reservations through ... Read More
Day 8 of 14. After a short overnight sail to Maui we anchored off the coast and the tenders got busy. Rumor was there was a fatal traffic accident on the highway south of town blocking the highway. We had car rental reservations through Alamo and no one knew for sure how it would work with transportation from Lahaina. A quick phone call to the Alamo store and she had me check in over the phone. The actual vehicle rental location is about 5 miles north of the harbor across from the big Kaanapali resort. There was a small amount of confusion with the rental company vans which took us to the rental location as there were not enough vans to take everyone except for the actual rental vehicle "drivers" (larger vans would eliminate this added stress). This must be an ongoing issues as the rental companies worked together and got me to the rental location with no additional problems. Because I had "pre" checked in on the phone, my vehicle and paper work were waiting for me when I walked in the door. I had reserved a two door jeep, but because of the fatal accident, Alamo had been unable to bring it from where ever it was they came from ??? Instead they gave me a sweet four door Mazda which worked out very nicely. A quick trip back to Lahania to get my crew and we were headed south to the Piiholo Ranch to zipline(piiholozipline.com). The Lahania Alamo rental crew were outstanding and I would rent from them again. After a beautiful hour drive to the ranch located "upcounty" in Makawao we arrived. We checked in, got weighed and then received our "zipline" sliders and harnesses from our "tour guides". A working cattle ranch that has expanded into the adventure activities market, this place had something for everyone. Canopy Tours, Walking Tours, Tango Tower and of course the Ziplines. Having never ziplined before, we were not sure what to expect. The tour guides showed us how to go fast or how to slow down for the "landings". A very well put together facility with excellent equipment and crew. Of course they saved the best zipline for last. Something close to a quarter mile long and several hundred feet up, clearly all the adventure we could handle. Only complaint was that we all wanted more. Snacks, water and soda were provided during the tour. A quick stop at Walmart on the way back to Lahania for more souvenirs and we headed back north. Turn in the rental car and lunch at Cheese Burgers in Paradise. More shopping in Lahania and then grab an ice cream and get in line for the tender. Our last day in the islands was beautiful and all we could wish for were more islands days. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Kahului, Maui - Day 1: We had breakfast at the Aloha Cafe, then went on our Road to Hana tour. After reading many reviews and doing some internet research, I chose Valley Isle (www.tourmaui.com) for the tour rather than book through ... Read More
Kahului, Maui - Day 1: We had breakfast at the Aloha Cafe, then went on our Road to Hana tour. After reading many reviews and doing some internet research, I chose Valley Isle (www.tourmaui.com) for the tour rather than book through NCL. We saved a total of $56.00 for both of us in the bargain. We met Wally in the parking lot just outside of the terminal and he gave us a very thorough tour. Wally is a native of Oahu, but has lived and raised his family on Maui for the past 30 years so he really knows the area. He stopped frequently and graciously photographed us at various points of interest. We drove through Paia, where Willie Nelson is a regular. We learned that Jim Nabors has a huge macadamia nut farm near Hana and that Kris Kristofferson lives right across the road. Wally's children go to school with Kris Kristofferson's and Woody Harrelson's children. We learned that Oprah is buying up much of Maui to preserve it and save it from the developers. We swam at the Pools of O'heo and walked through a lava tube adjacent to a black sand beach. We had lunch at a botanical garden where we purchased a plumeria plant that I am currently trying to root. Finally we had a wine tasting at Tedeschi Winery. (Remind me to never buy wine while on vacation again. You can't ship wine to PA thanks to the LCB and Delta wanted to charge us $90.00 extra because our bag was over 50 lbs.) Wally also provided us with plenty of soft drinks and water along the way. My new favorite: Aloha Maid Passion Orange. Ono (delicious)! The Road to Hana is a worthwhile trip. We saw lots of native plants and numerous waterfalls. The road is very windy and narrow, but the views are breathtaking. At some points you are right on the cliffside with nothing but a two-foot rock wall to keep you from going over. I'm glad we had a professional driver instead of driving it ourselves. While I guess there is a certain thrill to that, I don't think you'd get to enjoy the scenery as much since you'd be busy trying to navigate the road. Kahului, Maui - Day 2: We hadn't really planned anything for the 2nd day on Maui. We wanted to get a feel for it and then make a decision. We took NCL's Lahaina on Your Own tour. We were told a taxi to and from Lahaina would take about 45 minutes each way and would cost approximately $150.00 roundtrip. NCL's trip was $29.99 per person, so it was a deal. We took the afternoon excursion. Lahaina is a beautiful little town nestled between the ocean and the mountains. The view in any direction is spectacular. There's lots of shopping, watersports, and restaurants. (To clarify the conflicting information we got on the ship: there is a Harley Davidson dealership near the port. I believe you can take the Walmart shuttle and then walk from there. There is a Harley retail shop in Lahaina.) We had two burgers, two soft drinks, one side of sweet potato fries at the original Cheeseburger in Paradise for $35.00. (Read the history on the menu.) We also had real Hawaiian shave ice. Mine was passion orange, banana, and pineapple - great combo. We visited Hilo Hattie's and got some chocolate macadamia nut candy. (See Day 6 for more on candy.) Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
We did the ship excursion Road to Hana. A 20 passenger bus took us to Hana and then continued all the way around the southern end of the island. Our driver was excellent and very knowledgeable. We made numerous stops for photos and ... Read More
We did the ship excursion Road to Hana. A 20 passenger bus took us to Hana and then continued all the way around the southern end of the island. Our driver was excellent and very knowledgeable. We made numerous stops for photos and restroom breaks and the driver maintained a constant commentary about the area we were in and what to see. The next day we took the shuttle to Lahaina and did some shopping and sightseeing. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
PORTS: 1. Maui - We took Roberts of Hawaii (booked before the cruise & cheaper than NCL)on the "Road to Hana" - loved this trip, black sand beaches, hippie type village of Hana, fruit stalls en-route, waterfalls. The bus trip ... Read More
PORTS: 1. Maui - We took Roberts of Hawaii (booked before the cruise & cheaper than NCL)on the "Road to Hana" - loved this trip, black sand beaches, hippie type village of Hana, fruit stalls en-route, waterfalls. The bus trip now goes right around the island, coming back on the dirt road on the southern side of the island. On the next morning we decided to have a beach day. So we caught a taxi to a beach park nearby, think it was called Kahana Beach Park (great swimming, lots of kite surfers & sailboarders) Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
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Great trip up to the summit of Haleakala. And a wonderful, relaxed lunch at the Kula Lodge on the way back down the hill.
Great trip up to the summit of Haleakala. And a wonderful, relaxed lunch at the Kula Lodge on the way back down the hill. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011

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