675 Maui Cruise Reviews

We rented a car the first day and took the city bus the second. $4 for an all day pass
We rented a car the first day and took the city bus the second. $4 for an all day pass Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We took a cab for Road to Hana as we didn't want to drive such winding roads. We thought it was not worth the money and time we spent in the car. Weather was very damp and rainy. Treacherous roads makes you feel very uncomfortable. We ... Read More
We took a cab for Road to Hana as we didn't want to drive such winding roads. We thought it was not worth the money and time we spent in the car. Weather was very damp and rainy. Treacherous roads makes you feel very uncomfortable. We wanted to do it as everyone has been talking about it. I wish we had done something else instead. Next day we rented a car and went to Wailea Beach. On every Island we would follow the book "Revealed". The best thing to do is buy water shoes and snorkeling gears before you cruise as every port of call except Hilo have snorkeling opportunities. Read Less
Sail Date September 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
Sail Date June 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 April 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 March 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 January 2015
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
Sail Date December 2014
We rented a car and drove from Lahania across Maui to catch a helicopter. Arranged direct and enjoyed the flight. Drove back and returned rental car, went to ship on tender to change for Luau that night. Took taxi to Old Lahania Luau and ... Read More
We rented a car and drove from Lahania across Maui to catch a helicopter. Arranged direct and enjoyed the flight. Drove back and returned rental car, went to ship on tender to change for Luau that night. Took taxi to Old Lahania Luau and then taxi back to catch tender back to ship. Not much time shop, but there are plenty of shops, bars, and the like in town if you elect to just stay in town. We were on a tighter schedule and enjoyed what we did. It would be nice if the rental cars were closer to Lahania as we had to take a van 20 minutes to get the car, and wait for van to return us back to tender point. You need to take a helicopter some time to see all the area. We actually flew over to Moliki as the summit on Maui was clouded up. Pilot flew over the ship on way back and we got some nice shots from the air. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Although we did not take an excursion there was a mall near by and a free shuttle to get there. This allowed for people to do something off the ship. There was also transporation (buses) from the mall to take you to other parts of the ... Read More
Although we did not take an excursion there was a mall near by and a free shuttle to get there. This allowed for people to do something off the ship. There was also transporation (buses) from the mall to take you to other parts of the island. the information was easily accessible. The only problem which cant be changed was that the port was far from everywhere worth going. All the normal tourist places were a 55 dollar one way if you wanted to take a taxi so it almost forced people to do an excursion Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
Tendering was a negative, but once you got off the ship, landing in Lahaina was great. Lots to see within walking distance and much more interesting than Kahului.
Tendering was a negative, but once you got off the ship, landing in Lahaina was great. Lots to see within walking distance and much more interesting than Kahului. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
Just rented a car and drove up to the crater. We have a friend who works there so it was more like a visit.
Just rented a car and drove up to the crater. We have a friend who works there so it was more like a visit. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
Third cruise-ship visit to Lahaina. Took the public bus ($4 each, all-day) to Maui Ocean Center (saving more than $100 vs. a ship's tour) and to the mall in Kahului, then along the coast to Ka'anapali and back.We found this mode ... Read More
Third cruise-ship visit to Lahaina. Took the public bus ($4 each, all-day) to Maui Ocean Center (saving more than $100 vs. a ship's tour) and to the mall in Kahului, then along the coast to Ka'anapali and back.We found this mode of travel to be pleasant and relaxing, with lots of scenery. You don't get commentary, of course, but the bus drivers are friendly and helpful. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
Maui was ok and rented cars for the day. We went to the beach and sat out there and wathced people swim then went to our luau. I booked the luau at the Royal Lahaina Luau and it was average. They had an open bar with a buffet style dinner ... Read More
Maui was ok and rented cars for the day. We went to the beach and sat out there and wathced people swim then went to our luau. I booked the luau at the Royal Lahaina Luau and it was average. They had an open bar with a buffet style dinner and it was good. The show showed the diferent island cultures and the fire dancing was great. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
We walked around Lahaina for some hours and took in the shopping and restaurants; we also had a coffee at the free WiFi Starbucks and caught up with our e-mail! We plan on visiting Maui on a land vacation in the near future, so just ... Read More
We walked around Lahaina for some hours and took in the shopping and restaurants; we also had a coffee at the free WiFi Starbucks and caught up with our e-mail! We plan on visiting Maui on a land vacation in the near future, so just wanted to get a feel for the area on this occasion. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
On Maui we just stayed around the port, visiting shops and having lunch at Moose McGillicuddy's. Great food there. We really enjoyed the free time to wander, shop and people watch. Maybe next time we'll take an excursion there.
On Maui we just stayed around the port, visiting shops and having lunch at Moose McGillicuddy's. Great food there. We really enjoyed the free time to wander, shop and people watch. Maybe next time we'll take an excursion there. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
Maui I liked Maui best of all. We did not go to Kauai and every tells me I would like that better and I will probably be talked into going there someday but until then, Maui provided the best experience. It was a tender day so that meant ... Read More
Maui I liked Maui best of all. We did not go to Kauai and every tells me I would like that better and I will probably be talked into going there someday but until then, Maui provided the best experience. It was a tender day so that meant taking the tender in. But once in our rental car company that day was Dollar and they did a great job of picking us up and getting us back out on the road in our promised mini-van. I can't stress enough that you should rent your cars in advance. We saw many people trying to squeeze six people into a compact car because that's all was left since they didn't have a reservation. We picked up the car and then back downtown to pick up the rest of the gang and then we had also rented a very special GPS from GyPSyguide. (http://www.gypsyguide.com) We picked up this special GPS unit in downtown Lahaina and it was installed and we were on our way in no time. Why is this such a special GPS? Because it doesn't just tell you where to go but what's interesting as you are getting there and then some history and geography facts on the way. For instance, it not only tells you directions but tells you what's around the next corner and that there's a beach you should see coming up in a few minutes. Or that this is your last chance for gas on the Road to Hana. We rented one of these on both Maui and Oahu. I will talk more about the one we got on Oahu later but I can say that the one we got on Maui was amazing. I highly recommend it. I would love to go back to Maui, rent a car and this GPS for three days and see the WHOLE island. It was outstanding. And funny. At one point we came to a corner where we had three possible turns. It told us that if we turned right, we would go to Hana, if left the Iao Valley and "going straight, goes nowhere." Funny, I bet the people who lived and worked in that direction didn't really think of it as "nowhere." As soon as we had the GyPSy we headed north to drop off Bob and Jude who had decided they just wanted a day on the beach. After we had done that, we were headed to the Iao Valley with a great many stops and info from the GyPSy on the way. The Iao Valley and the Iao Needle were beautiful and interesting. After seeing the Iao Needle we decided to head up the Road to Hana but only got as far as Paia before we stopped for lunch at a little place called Charley's. Good sandwiches but not as good as Jake's BBQ the next day. Stopped at a few beaches to take some great pictures of wind and kite surfers. Then we headed a short distance up the Road to Hana and stopped at the first waterfall that the GyPSy recommended. We were going to walk the 40 minutes in to the waterfall but some folks coming out told us the water was so low that it really wasn't worth the walk unless we were going to swim, which we weren't. So we jumped back in the car and headed back to Lahaina. Got back there in about an hour, returned the GyPSy and the car and then walked around the lovely village of Lahaina. They have an incredible banyan tree that sits in the middle of the town. It is truly amazing. See my pics. There was a holiday craft sale going on under the tree as it was a Sunday. We did some browsing, hit the Crazy Shirt shop and then got back on the tender to head to Century. Our best day in Hawaii. Tomorrow on Oahu would be the worst. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
In Maui we went to town on the tender, did some shopping, followed by another trip to L&L drive in!!! We also spent a couple of hours soaking in the sun on the beach next to the boat harbor.
In Maui we went to town on the tender, did some shopping, followed by another trip to L&L drive in!!! We also spent a couple of hours soaking in the sun on the beach next to the boat harbor. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
Did the Road to Hana. This is a looooooooooooooooooong tour!!!! It is gorgeous and beautiful scenery, but if you have the time and the ability to arrange it, I'd rent a car for the day and bag going with a tour group. We had ... Read More
Did the Road to Hana. This is a looooooooooooooooooong tour!!!! It is gorgeous and beautiful scenery, but if you have the time and the ability to arrange it, I'd rent a car for the day and bag going with a tour group. We had established stops and if I was driving there were so many other interesting places I would rather have stopped. My first plan when I booked this cruise was to rent a car and drive but I bowed to the will of the group and just joined a tour. Tour was great and being with fellow travelers was great, but if I had to do it over, I'd book the car and fine 2 or 3 other travelers to split it with me and just go on my own. It really is quite doable. If you can drive in Ireland, you could drive this with eyes closed. The meal was fantastic though. If you are doing this tour through Valley Isle Tours, your lunch may be in a garden so if you are allergic to bees or flowers, be sure you have the appropriate medication with you. I was stung by a bee within the first 10 minutes and eaten alive by mosquitoes. My fault. I forgot mosquitoe repellent even thought it is posted a hundred times to bring it!!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
You really have to take a tour to the other side of the island to enjoy Maui. We didn't know we were going to dock at an industrial site, or we might have investigated tours more.
You really have to take a tour to the other side of the island to enjoy Maui. We didn't know we were going to dock at an industrial site, or we might have investigated tours more. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
This was in Lahaina.... a Tender port. Tenders always slow things down, but we were there for two days. We drove to Ioa Valley, it's nice, if you're on your own time and no tour, then you get to see more and swim more. Road to ... Read More
This was in Lahaina.... a Tender port. Tenders always slow things down, but we were there for two days. We drove to Ioa Valley, it's nice, if you're on your own time and no tour, then you get to see more and swim more. Road to Hana is LONG. 36 miles that took us easily 3 hours stopping to take pictures. Not much to do in Hana... like... nothing. They have 2 restaurants. That's it. Haleaka for sunrise is pretty cool. It's definitely a nice sight. But it's cold. We're from Canada... we brought heavy sweater... but should have brought a parka, mittens, scarf. The Beaches are nice in Maui.. so enjoy the sun. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012

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