70 Maui Cruise Reviews

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
Port is convenient but not pleasant looking. We opted to rent a car, drove the road to Hana and went to a Luau at the Marriott Spa and Resort which was awesome and from exchanging stories was WAY better than the one Carnival offered. ... Read More
Port is convenient but not pleasant looking. We opted to rent a car, drove the road to Hana and went to a Luau at the Marriott Spa and Resort which was awesome and from exchanging stories was WAY better than the one Carnival offered. Alamo was helpful and friendly on getting you in and out the door. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
we anchored in the channel off old Lahaina town and it used to be a lot funkier and more fun but it is still a great place to stop. tendered in to the dock by Pioneer Inn or whatever that's called by the banyan tree and the old ... Read More
we anchored in the channel off old Lahaina town and it used to be a lot funkier and more fun but it is still a great place to stop. tendered in to the dock by Pioneer Inn or whatever that's called by the banyan tree and the old courthouse. we are there to visit resident relatives and i really don't like to shop at Hilo Hatties or any of the other touristic type 'joints', so we are immune. if you need souvenirs, take a look around and then head to (1) ABC Store, or (2) Walmart/Kmart (i hate them but they serve a purpose), or (3) Costco (hope you have an extra suitcase), or one of the local supermarkets. there are lots of unique asian items available to the fabulously varied ethnic communities and it is really an unusually fun experience to check out the grocery stores--i know it sounds stupid but trust me on this. my kids think i'm nuts but i sent my Apple software engineer son a box of Hawaiian delicacies from the supermarket one year which included about five cans of Spam, each with a unique flavor, i.e., teriyaki Spam. Mike has an engineer coworker who is from Paia originally who almost cried when he saw the Spam and took it all home. anyway, you get the picture. Maui is beautiful. i like the drive around west Maui as much as the drive to Hana, actually, more than the drive to Hana, because the drive from Hana to wherever you have to return is living hell, but easier if you go completely around east Maui, despite the warnings from the rental car agency (i don't know if they still tell you not to, but if it's not raining we never had a problem). i won't ever do it again, however, because i've done it several times with and for different friends/relatives and i've seen Lindbergh's grave, and that's all i wanted to do, anyway. the locals used to tear the road marker down which was the landmark for the church cemetery where he is buried so you had to do some calculating to find the little road to turn off, but it was worth it, even if he was an old fascist. i like poking around in the pawn shops and antiques stores in Wailuku. Bailey House Museum and Maui Historical Society are well worth the visit, PLEASE DONATE. lots of fun little bistro style cafes. our favorite French bakery closed after the owner went down in his plane last month, sadly. maybe his family will be able to reopen, hope all is well with them. County park in Iao Valley is well worth the visit, tribute to immigrant groups and people who have made Hawaii great. my step-son is a demon hiker and goes into the crater several times a year to camp. that hike isn't really possible for a day tripper but you can drive up there and it is wonderful. i don't recommend the dawn/bicycle trip and it's probably not possible for most cruise ship passengers. there is an old Congregational church which is now affiliated with one of the Churches of Christ south of Kihei. we attend there when we stay in Kihei and they sing hymns in Hawaiian, which i love. MAKE A DONATION. we also attended a wonderful little church in Paia close to the fire station the last time we rented a house there. they had a wonderful Christmas Eve service and at the close, we all stood on the perimeter of the little sanctuary holding lit candles and singing carols. each attendee was given a little bag of fruit upon departing. not something most cruisers can do but think about it for a future visit. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
This port didn't have much of a chance. The weather was horrible. The seas were rough and it rained much of the day. We booked a "resort" dive with a dive shop called Lahaina Dive Shop. They don't recommend cruise ship ... Read More
This port didn't have much of a chance. The weather was horrible. The seas were rough and it rained much of the day. We booked a "resort" dive with a dive shop called Lahaina Dive Shop. They don't recommend cruise ship passengers book with them because they can't guarantee you will get off their boat at the time they say the tour is over. They say that there are a lot of variables they cannot control, such as the boat breaking down. We didn't know this until we got out on the boat. We were told this dive would not be cancelled because of the weather and waited around town to take off. We arrived at the dive shop and got fitted for the gear, then was told to meet at the docks in 45 minutes. We walked down to the docks at the given time and went through the training on the way to the dive site. It turns out the weather would once again control the day. The seas were too rough, and visability was poor. The dive got cancelled after boating around for about an hour looking for a good spot. While on the boat, we let our dive guide know we were cruise ship passengers and that we needed to get back by 5:00 to catch the last tender back to the ship. This is when we found out about them not wanting cruise ship passengers on their dives. Be safe and book with the cruise ship so you will not be stranded in Maui. Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
Lahaina, Maui requires tendering ashore. The port is archaic, and unimproved since whaling days, its one-way entrance and intervening small craft traffic, making even the short distance from ship to dock a longish experience. Lahaina ... Read More
Lahaina, Maui requires tendering ashore. The port is archaic, and unimproved since whaling days, its one-way entrance and intervening small craft traffic, making even the short distance from ship to dock a longish experience. Lahaina Town has its attractions...the Banyon park, the old original buildings, the local cultural food and dance, but the main street is very pedestrian, touristy, and as much a cliche as you would find in the International Marketplace at Waikiki...still it was warm on the sunny-side of the street...and the haole food servers at Bubba Gump's tried to remain attentive, though mostly failed. In fairness, this was the 4th time on Maui so perhaps we're jaded. Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
Lahaina Beach Break. Just a relaxing day at the beach. We found that we could have just taken a shuttle to the same beach for a dollar.
Lahaina Beach Break. Just a relaxing day at the beach. We found that we could have just taken a shuttle to the same beach for a dollar. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
The ship docks at Kahuli which is the business side of the island. The desirable beaches are at Kihei and near Lahaina. We have visted Haleakala in the past so we opted for a snorkel trip. If you come here during the winter the water is ... Read More
The ship docks at Kahuli which is the business side of the island. The desirable beaches are at Kihei and near Lahaina. We have visted Haleakala in the past so we opted for a snorkel trip. If you come here during the winter the water is much cooler then you might expect. We wore dive shirts to keep warm. They rent these on the snorkel cruise. It was very windy and the water was rough. We did see whales which compensated somewhat for the poor snorkeling. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
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
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
On this day we took the excursion that was a helicopter ride to Hana, and we took a motor coach back. This was a fun excursion and worth the trip. But a long day that left no time to shop or explore the port area.
On this day we took the excursion that was a helicopter ride to Hana, and we took a motor coach back. This was a fun excursion and worth the trip. But a long day that left no time to shop or explore the port area. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
nICE BEACH AREA IS 39 MILES TO THE EAST. tAKE ROBERTS HAWAII TOURS FOR THE BEST EXPERIENCES. DUE NOT BOOK WITH NCL.
nICE BEACH AREA IS 39 MILES TO THE EAST. tAKE ROBERTS HAWAII TOURS FOR THE BEST EXPERIENCES. DUE NOT BOOK WITH NCL. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
The port itself is nothing to look at. A tour is a must. We went on a hike in the rain forest. It was a bit more challenging that we expected but well worth it. We learned a lot and enjoyed the swimming hole with large waterfall. We also ... Read More
The port itself is nothing to look at. A tour is a must. We went on a hike in the rain forest. It was a bit more challenging that we expected but well worth it. We learned a lot and enjoyed the swimming hole with large waterfall. We also enjoyed the sunrise on Haleakala Volcano. Remember to pack very warm clothes as it was very windy and bitter cold at the elevation of 10,023 feet. Waiting for the sunrise felt like an eternity and we were freezing even with the warm clothes we had. It was worth it though as the sun rose at 5:38am in late June. Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
We did one of the glass bottom boat excursions at the port. We booked it this when we ported and it was ok. The woman booking the trip wasn't fond of the tourist from the cruise ships and had no problem expressing how much they ... Read More
We did one of the glass bottom boat excursions at the port. We booked it this when we ported and it was ok. The woman booking the trip wasn't fond of the tourist from the cruise ships and had no problem expressing how much they messed up her day. Kind of set us off wrong. There was a wonderful art sale going on in the park across from the port. This happens the first Sunday of every month. Loved buying local art from these folks. Lunch at Burger King was perfect for some junk after all the rich meals we had on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
Lahaina: Everyone loves Maui, but for me it's boring. The good thing about it was an Alantis submarine ride, since that isn't boring at all.
Lahaina: Everyone loves Maui, but for me it's boring. The good thing about it was an Alantis submarine ride, since that isn't boring at all. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
On day 1, we did not rent a car and did not schedule any shore excursions, so I was a bit disappointed because we were docked on the opposite side of the island and did not have a chance to make it to Lahaina or Kanaapali Beach. On day 2 ... Read More
On day 1, we did not rent a car and did not schedule any shore excursions, so I was a bit disappointed because we were docked on the opposite side of the island and did not have a chance to make it to Lahaina or Kanaapali Beach. On day 2 we took a tour with Roberts to Haleakala Crater and had a great time. Our tour guide was excellent and we met a lot of great people from all over the U.S. I will definitely be sure to return to Maui so that I have an opportunity to see those things that I missed. Read Less
Sail Date June 2010
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
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

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