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Sail Date: September 2009
Absolutely beautiful - my favorite Hawaiian island! We took a snorkel tour, booked privately, and it was a lot of fun. We saw spinner dolphins and sea turtles, coral, and all kinds of fish. Transportation on the island is good as well; we ... Read More
Absolutely beautiful - my favorite Hawaiian island! We took a snorkel tour, booked privately, and it was a lot of fun. We saw spinner dolphins and sea turtles, coral, and all kinds of fish. Transportation on the island is good as well; we took a bus to get back and forth to the beach. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
We anchored overnight in this port. We tendered in and rented from Hertz. We were in Lahaina. We drove about 45 minutes to see the Iao Valley. Very nice. Had to make a choice of what to do next and we decided to drive to the summit of ... Read More
We anchored overnight in this port. We tendered in and rented from Hertz. We were in Lahaina. We drove about 45 minutes to see the Iao Valley. Very nice. Had to make a choice of what to do next and we decided to drive to the summit of Mount Haleakala (?) a dormant volcano. A vert tedious drive of switchback roads, usually 15 mph, reaching the summit at 10,000 feet. So glad we did it. It is like nothing I have ever seen before. On the way down, we stopped a Kula Lodge for a very over priced lunch with one of the most beautiful views ever. Following lunch we drove through Lahaina and up to Kaanapali (?) where we window shopped in Whalers Village. We had intended to keep the car for both days, but felt we had seen enough, so we turned it in about 6:30 and walked back to the pier (15 min). Great day. Day 2 - we rested strolled through town, had a little lunch, and did some shopping. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2009
We had a fantastic time in Maui, there is a ton to do there. The first day we took the Road to Hana tour from Valley Isle excursions. They use 12 passenger luxury vans, and they pick you up right at the pier so no worrying over how you are ... Read More
We had a fantastic time in Maui, there is a ton to do there. The first day we took the Road to Hana tour from Valley Isle excursions. They use 12 passenger luxury vans, and they pick you up right at the pier so no worrying over how you are going to get there! They are also the only group that takes you all the way around the back side of Hana. I loved this tour, it was a lot cheaper than the NCL excursion, stopped at more places and the guide was terrific! He gave a great history of the island and area along the way and was funny and entertaining. Be ready for a very curvy road and a very bumpy ride along the back of Hana. It was amazing to see the different sides of the island, one side is so lush and the other so arid and dry, like Texas! There were plenty of photo ops along the way, and I can now say I've been on the famous road! And I'm so glad I wasn't driving! Seriously this is one that I wouldn't drive, there are portions of the road that ride right along the edge of a cliff...scary! And it's twists and turns. Whoever is driving will not get to see the amazing scenery along the way because you really have to focus on the road. There are numerous one lane bridges as well. It is essentially a long car ride so if you have small children, or even teens, they will be bored out of their minds. But if you are an adult you'll appreciate the scenery, and the hike to the 7 Pools, the dip in the cool water....I liked it! I booked directly with Valley Isle. It includes a great BBQ chicken lunch stop along the way, and beverages. They really take care of you! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2009
Our second day in Maui we spent on a Molokini Snorkel excursion. We booked this one through AdventureMaui.com and were on the Pride of Maui. We took a cab to the harbor, which cost us $40 I think. If you have more than 2 people consider ... Read More
Our second day in Maui we spent on a Molokini Snorkel excursion. We booked this one through AdventureMaui.com and were on the Pride of Maui. We took a cab to the harbor, which cost us $40 I think. If you have more than 2 people consider renting a car and be sure if you do to reserve it in advance. We watched a lot of frustrated people trying to rent without reservations and didn't envy them at all. For us, the trip was so early in the morning that we didn't want to mess with the rental that early. On the way back you can actually take a bus from the harbor shops right there. $1 a person, what a bargain! The bus takes you to the mall (I think it's called Queen Center). From the mall there is a FREE shuttle back to the boat! You catch it by the Starbucks (you have to walk through the mall to get to the Starbucks from where the city bus drops you). It sounds complex but it's not, it's very easy! The bus picks up every hour, at about 9 minutes after the hour. The shuttle runs every 15 minutes. So that made the cab ride worth it for us. But if you have more people renting a car would make sense too. What a fantastic trip! They had coffee and a continental breakfast of juice and muffins and fruit waiting for us. They supply all equipment you'll need. They also have underwater digital cameras to rent for $40 (or $30 if you have a disposable one on you. those are horrible and they'll give you $10 for them as a trade in toward the good rental). I rented their camera and was so happy I did! I got fantastic pictures, which they give you on a CD to take home with you. The camera they use is so much better than anything you probably brought with you unless you've bought a really good underwater camera. The first place they take you is Molokini. This time of year there aren't as many fish to see so be prepared for not a lot of fish. However, the water is so clear! And it was beautiful, even if I didn't see as many fish as I expected I still had a fantastic time. If you've never been snorkeling they'll teach you how, and they have all kinds of flotation devices if you feel more comfortable using those. I used the tubey noodle thing and it worked just great. I didn't have to worry about staying afloat while I took pictures. They serve hamburgers and hotdogs and grilled chicken while they take you to the second snorkeling location. The food was fantastic, probably because swimming made me hungry heh. The second place was Turtle Town (they call it that, there actually is no such place and I couldn't tell you exactly where we were). The turtles the day we went were shy or were somewhere else. We only saw one, and he went and hid very quickly lol. But it was amazing just being in the same ocean with him, and I did get one picture of him. I heard other people saying they saw more over toward the other side of the area from where we were so don't stay in one spot, branch out a bit. Just keep in mind you have to swim back to the boat! Overall this was a fantastic excursion. There was plenty of food, the staff were nice. They even had Vaseline for my husband since he has a moustache. We didn't know that facial hair will make the mask not seal correctly (it was only our second time snorkeling ever). The Vaseline made all the difference in the world for him so if you have facial hair be sure to ask them for it. As I mentioned before, we walked over to the harbor shops after the trip and caught the bus back to the mall, and the shuttle from there to the boat. We were back in plenty of time, probably 2 hours before we had to be. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2009
Lahaina is a beautiful port town with all the touristy things within walking distance, the harbor, beaches, shopping and really good restaurants and pubs, and that beautiful huge banyon tree. So much to do...submarine tours, surfing ... Read More
Lahaina is a beautiful port town with all the touristy things within walking distance, the harbor, beaches, shopping and really good restaurants and pubs, and that beautiful huge banyon tree. So much to do...submarine tours, surfing lesson...everything close to the dock. Wonderful port! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2009
Maui was our only Tendered port. Princess had ample tenders all day and the worst was the line for security to get back on the tender. The town is lovely and easy to walk around, and the park with the banyan tree is very close to the ... Read More
Maui was our only Tendered port. Princess had ample tenders all day and the worst was the line for security to get back on the tender. The town is lovely and easy to walk around, and the park with the banyan tree is very close to the tender area. Easy to do on your own. While DH and sis went on the zip line excursion at Haleakala I went back to the ship and then back to town and shopped. They loved the zip line excursion and personnel. Read Less
Sail Date: November 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
Rented a car, visited the needle very nice, drove to a state beach. Had lunch at the barefoot bar at Whalers Village, was disappointed (very small portions), we had a nice lunch last time. Dollar rent a car had terrible service. They will ... Read More
Rented a car, visited the needle very nice, drove to a state beach. Had lunch at the barefoot bar at Whalers Village, was disappointed (very small portions), we had a nice lunch last time. Dollar rent a car had terrible service. They will only pick up the driver at the ship, they will not take passengers, on the return they told me I had to wait for 1.5 hours for the shuttle drop off a the port. Dollar Never Again. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
The tour in this port was not too good due to the fog which we encountered on the mountain top after over an hour ride. I would suggest you just stay in Lanai and forget the tours.
The tour in this port was not too good due to the fog which we encountered on the mountain top after over an hour ride. I would suggest you just stay in Lanai and forget the tours. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Stepping away from the excursions, the four of us rented a jeep to "cruise" the Hanna Highway. And, although it was steep, winding, and wet, it was also majestic, picturesque, and awe-inspiring. And, aside from the occasional ... Read More
Stepping away from the excursions, the four of us rented a jeep to "cruise" the Hanna Highway. And, although it was steep, winding, and wet, it was also majestic, picturesque, and awe-inspiring. And, aside from the occasional locals that take "Haole" intrusion personal, the majority of residents were warm and welcoming. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Did Molokini Crater Snorkel but it didn't take us to the crater d/t storms the night before. They gouge you for $10 extra for a wetsuit top which was pretty essential this time of year. Saw one turtle, and numerous fish. Overall still ... Read More
Did Molokini Crater Snorkel but it didn't take us to the crater d/t storms the night before. They gouge you for $10 extra for a wetsuit top which was pretty essential this time of year. Saw one turtle, and numerous fish. Overall still fun. The next day did "Lahaina on your Own". It was hot, and lots of touristy shop. The best part was making our way to the beach and walking along there. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Instead of Maui itself we chose the Lanai'i 4X4 trekking adventure. Lanai'i is an island off the coast of Lahaina and is about a 50 minute ferry boat ride across the channel. This tour is amazing. We toured the island and had a ... Read More
Instead of Maui itself we chose the Lanai'i 4X4 trekking adventure. Lanai'i is an island off the coast of Lahaina and is about a 50 minute ferry boat ride across the channel. This tour is amazing. We toured the island and had a very knowledgeable guide who lives on the island. This tour does take some rough roads but isnt a 4X4 trekking adventure, more simply a charming tour of Lanai'i city and beautiful island landscapes. Lunch was provided by the local coffee shop and everything was waiting for us as we arrived. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
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
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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
We did the Snorkel Excursion with 2 stops. This was one of the best excursions we went on. We snorkelles at the Molokini crater, not lots of different fish but alot of fun. Had a nice lunch and then we snorkelled with the sea turtles. Best ... Read More
We did the Snorkel Excursion with 2 stops. This was one of the best excursions we went on. We snorkelles at the Molokini crater, not lots of different fish but alot of fun. Had a nice lunch and then we snorkelled with the sea turtles. Best of all was seeing the whales.................... Read Less
Sail Date: January 2010
We did the Road to Hana with Valley Isle Excursions. Our guide, Barry, was excellent. We really enjoyed this, and took over a thousand pictures. We would not have enjoyed it nearly as much if we had driven ourselves.
We did the Road to Hana with Valley Isle Excursions. Our guide, Barry, was excellent. We really enjoyed this, and took over a thousand pictures. We would not have enjoyed it nearly as much if we had driven ourselves. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2010
We wished we had rented a car. We were under the impression we could get around on the shuttles or on foot and were very disappointed. What we did see was unexciting. I will add that we had the most fantastic Hawaiian Shaved Ice at the ... Read More
We wished we had rented a car. We were under the impression we could get around on the shuttles or on foot and were very disappointed. What we did see was unexciting. I will add that we had the most fantastic Hawaiian Shaved Ice at the shopping plaza. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2010
The second day on Maui, we did the Molokini Crater snorkel through NCL. We really enjoyed this as well. Please note: they do recommend, rightly I think, renting wetsuits so you can stay in the water longer. The water here is not as warm as ... Read More
The second day on Maui, we did the Molokini Crater snorkel through NCL. We really enjoyed this as well. Please note: they do recommend, rightly I think, renting wetsuits so you can stay in the water longer. The water here is not as warm as the Caribbean, so this is a good idea. We were charged $10 for each suit. Once snorkelling is done, there is lunch and a sightseeing component. At this time, they open the bar and all drinks are $1. Read Less
Sail Date: January 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

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