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5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
We experienced horrible sea conditions he Solstice Cruise to Hawaii. We did cancel our excursions, due to the rough ride for five days at Sea. We wanted to snorkel on a few islands. Because off the rough waters my husband could barely ... Read More
We experienced horrible sea conditions he Solstice Cruise to Hawaii. We did cancel our excursions, due to the rough ride for five days at Sea. We wanted to snorkel on a few islands. Because off the rough waters my husband could barely walk after 5 days at sea. He has had two knee replacement, and is completely recovered for years. Till this cruise (been on Solstice before) he never had any problems walking. There was a rumor that the ship had stabilizer issues. Also a buzz that they turned them off to save fuel. Don't know what was going on this ship! My husband is now able to walk normally and no longer needs his cane. Many people sick, unable to walk freely and saw a woman fall trying to enter a tender. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
Maui: We heard that Haleakala at sunrise was well worth it, but there was no way we would have gotten the kids up early enough for that, so we headed up just before lunch. It was very interesting, we actually drove up through the clouds ... Read More
Maui: We heard that Haleakala at sunrise was well worth it, but there was no way we would have gotten the kids up early enough for that, so we headed up just before lunch. It was very interesting, we actually drove up through the clouds (had to stop as the 10 year old wanted to touch the clouds!). Might have been nice to have a bit of a hike around but the altitude knocked the kids and we headed to town. We then went to the Iao Needle, took some photos and swam in the stream that flowed nearby. The water was refreshing, but I love swimming in freshwater streams. Still a bit jet-lagged, we were back at the car park not long after 4 pm and easily got one of the free parks a short walk back to the ship. Day 2 we headed to Lahaina – a gorgeous little town with lots of shopping – including factory outlets and more shave ice for the kids. After that we went to Kaanapali – only 5 minutes drive down the road. We parked at the shopping centre and ate lunch – get your parking validated so long as you spend $20 or so (can’t remember the exact amount) and you have 2-3 hours free. Then walk up to the beach infront of the Sheraton – it’s gorgeous, protected, great for snorkelling – we even saw a large turtle and there’s the chance to go cliff jumping off Black Rock. Take care though, the locals say a lot of the Mum’s ban their kids from doing it. We did it and it was fun – even though I did bruise my butt by doing a butt-slap on the water when I landed – not deliberately mind! This was a highlight for the 12 year old. The Dad’s dropped us at the ship and returned the car and took the shuttle back to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
Great port. Easy to walk on and off- we rented a car so parked nearby within walking distance. Very easy to navigate.
Great port. Easy to walk on and off- we rented a car so parked nearby within walking distance. Very easy to navigate. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2015
Maui was very hot, and the tenders were overcrowded. Very uncomfortable. Whalers Village was a nice spot for shopping and surfing.
Maui was very hot, and the tenders were overcrowded. Very uncomfortable. Whalers Village was a nice spot for shopping and surfing. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2015
Rented a car for 2 days. Drove the Road to Hana on first day, went to Maui Pineapple Plantation the second day. The boxed pineapple is able to be carried aboard the ship no problem. There is a parking lot for the rental cars about 1 ... Read More
Rented a car for 2 days. Drove the Road to Hana on first day, went to Maui Pineapple Plantation the second day. The boxed pineapple is able to be carried aboard the ship no problem. There is a parking lot for the rental cars about 1 block from the ship. Easy in and out. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2015
I rented a car and drove the Road to Hana. This was a very scenic drive. Renting a minivan for me and my six companions was more economical than purchasing the excursion to Hana.
I rented a car and drove the Road to Hana. This was a very scenic drive. Renting a minivan for me and my six companions was more economical than purchasing the excursion to Hana. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
Maui: Rental car shuttles are on the pier and the ride to the airport (our driver showed us the back road) took about 5 minutes. Parking overnight is just a short walk to the ship and is free so we rented the car for two days. We DID ... Read More
Maui: Rental car shuttles are on the pier and the ride to the airport (our driver showed us the back road) took about 5 minutes. Parking overnight is just a short walk to the ship and is free so we rented the car for two days. We DID NOT take the road to Hana. Tried that the first trip and found it to be a waste of time. All day trip with too much traffic. Instead, we visited Iao Valley and the needle. Short drive from the ship on route 32. After Iao Valley, we headed west along route 30 to Lahina. Spent a few hours in this small “whaling” village and make sure we had our picture taken under the Banyon Tree which covers an entire block. We left Lahina and toured the resorts in Kaanapali and Kapalau before heading back to the ship. On day 2, we visited the Maui Ocean Center Aquarium. We spent about two hours at the aquarium before heading to the beaches in Wailea. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2015
Rented a car and went to the vulcanoe + Wine tasting + Goated cheese tasting + Amazing Luau in Lahaina + Rain forest water falls - Great two days around the islands
Rented a car and went to the vulcanoe + Wine tasting + Goated cheese tasting + Amazing Luau in Lahaina + Rain forest water falls - Great two days around the islands Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2015
Lahaina is right there. The tender experience could be better. We waited in line for one hour to get back to the ship. We both loved Lahaina and want to return. Yes it's commercial but I still thought it was beautiful.
Lahaina is right there. The tender experience could be better. We waited in line for one hour to get back to the ship. We both loved Lahaina and want to return. Yes it's commercial but I still thought it was beautiful. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
Right off the dock where the tender drops you off are lots of kiosks for ships that will take you out to see whales when they are around. We went with the Whale Institute and had a fantastic time at a reasonable rate with time for some ... Read More
Right off the dock where the tender drops you off are lots of kiosks for ships that will take you out to see whales when they are around. We went with the Whale Institute and had a fantastic time at a reasonable rate with time for some beach sitting and watching the local surfers before hand. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
Went to the movies because their wasn't much to do locally. You had to take a bus about an hour away to see parts of the island. My husband & i decided because it was Easter Sunday we were just gonna veg and see a movie
Went to the movies because their wasn't much to do locally. You had to take a bus about an hour away to see parts of the island. My husband & i decided because it was Easter Sunday we were just gonna veg and see a movie Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
Did a little shopping & walked down to Babies Beach, and enjoyed a great beach day in the warm water. Later we met our cousins at the Bubba Gump restaurant for a nice lunch ,and cocktail. There was a very long line in the hot sun to ... Read More
Did a little shopping & walked down to Babies Beach, and enjoyed a great beach day in the warm water. Later we met our cousins at the Bubba Gump restaurant for a nice lunch ,and cocktail. There was a very long line in the hot sun to return back on the tenders to the ship, so we had a little snack, and beers, before getting into line. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
We booked a private tour with Jay Franey. He customised it for us and focused heavily on activities that were away from the tourist spots and that were appealing to the kids. Highly recommend Jay!
We booked a private tour with Jay Franey. He customised it for us and focused heavily on activities that were away from the tourist spots and that were appealing to the kids. Highly recommend Jay! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
We really enjoyed Lahaina. We hung out on Front St., eating at Bubba Gumps, went to Kaanapali beach and hung out. The beach was a bit colder than others, and there was a pretty significant drop for little kids where we were. We found ... Read More
We really enjoyed Lahaina. We hung out on Front St., eating at Bubba Gumps, went to Kaanapali beach and hung out. The beach was a bit colder than others, and there was a pretty significant drop for little kids where we were. We found Lahaina to be a good balance between the quiet of Kuai and the congestion of Waikiki. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
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: February 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: January 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: December 2014
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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 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

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