Maui was our first port of call. We arrived on Sunday and stayed docked overnight until Monday night. On Sunday we rented a convertible from Enterprise and drove the Road to Hana. It was long, but very fun. We picked up an audio CD at the ... Read More
Maui was our first port of call. We arrived on Sunday and stayed docked overnight until Monday night. On Sunday we rented a convertible from Enterprise and drove the Road to Hana. It was long, but very fun. We picked up an audio CD at the gas station before heading out, which guides you through the main points of interest. It was very helpful in the beginning, but got on our nerves after a while. The road was VERY twisty during the middle portion of thr trip, but we never felt unsafe, and there was very little traffic. We stopped along the waty to see beautiful cliffs, waterfalls, look out points, and local fruit stands. Our final stop was Waianapanapa State Park, where we got to see the Black Sand Beach, which was worth the amount of time it took to get there.
On Monday, we took the Haleakala at Sunrise Excursion through the cruise ship. Pick up time was 3:45 a.m., which turned out to be an hour too early, since we were up at the crater at 5:15 a.m. and the visitor center did not even open until 6:00 a.m. Sunrise was at 6:53 a.m. Now let me vehemently state that it was VERY cold and windy 10,000 feet above sea level. You cannot bring enough warm clothes. The excursion ticket advises you to "bring a sweater", however, the sweater will only help if you also bring long johns and jeans, as well as multiple sweatshirts and jackets and gloves and hats. It was 42 degrees, but with the heavy wind, felt much, MUCH colder. As much as you may not want to pack winter clothes on your Hawaiian cruise, buck it up and do so, otherwise you risk getting frostbite.
After we returned from the morning excursion, my group split up. Two of us did the Maui Beach Day to Wailea Beach excursion through the cruise ship. This ended up being a bummer, mainly because the weather took a drastic turn for the worse and ended up cold and windy, but also because the excursion provided NOTHING except a beach chair. NOTHING else was included. Everything included in the tour description, including umbrellas, the water trampoline and the kayaks were extra. There was nowhere it get anything to eat. It ended up being a miserable experience, unfortunately. Read Less