374 Maui Cruise Reviews

Tendered into old Lahaina, what a great spot. Victorian architecture with Hawaiian flair, inviting shops and restaurants, beautiful native plants and flowers everywhere, including Banyan trees that take up an entire city block! We picked ... Read More
Tendered into old Lahaina, what a great spot. Victorian architecture with Hawaiian flair, inviting shops and restaurants, beautiful native plants and flowers everywhere, including Banyan trees that take up an entire city block! We picked up our convertible and another GyPSy guide (special GPS programmed to be your tour guide). Because of time limitations we decided to confine our exploring to the west section of Maui, and it was fabulous. We drove up the western coast and saw gorgeous rocky beaches and ocean so rough and so blue in the Kapalua area. You could just stand and stare at the natural beauty. We saw the blowhole at Nokolele Point and drove down a very narrow coastal road, basically taking our lives in our hands, to reach Iao State Park. What a beautiful place -- the Iao Needle landform is amazing, and it was a very enjoyable short hike through lush rainforest to view it. We headed back to Lahaina, turned in the car and GPS, and got dropped off at the Old Lahaina Luau. What an elegant setting. Delicious drinks (open bar), and the food was wonderful. Standouts included Ahi Poke (marinated tuna with seaweed), creamy taro leaf salad with coconut milk, and fabulous pohole (fern root) salad. The show, though, was overlong, featuring many forms of hula which seem to have developed as concessions to Victorian ideas of modesty, rather than for any aesthetic or entertainment value, and frankly are quite boring. The opening number featured a solo dancer clothed in a sarong that reached to her ankles. Another number featured male and female dancers in what looked like Victorian ladies' bathing costumes. One hula was even performed by girls seated in chairs, with only the arms and upper body telling the story. Another disappointment was the fact that many of the dancers in this Polynesian show were not Polynesian at all, nor was any attempt made to make them appear so. One young female dancer, obviously new to the show, had her entire extended family in the audience. They shouted encouragement whenever she appeared on stage in a very inappropriate and distracting way. I strongly suggest that the choreographer visit Paradise Cove Luau in Oahu to see how enjoyable a Polynesian dance show can be -- and maybe Paradise Cove can send their head chef and bartender to Old Lahaina Luau to see how delicious Hawaiian food and drink can be : sort of an inter-island cultural exchange. Stopped off in Lahaina for some souvenir shopping before tendering back to the ship. My wife got some cute Hawaiian dresses and jewelry she wore all during the rest of the cruise, which made it fun. We will definitely come back to Maui. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
Lahaina Maui is a tendered prot, which was it's only detraction. We scheduled a snorkeling tour on the 'Four Winds'. This was not a ships tour, but was very enjoyable. Maui has a great buss transit system, so no rental car
Lahaina Maui is a tendered prot, which was it's only detraction. We scheduled a snorkeling tour on the 'Four Winds'. This was not a ships tour, but was very enjoyable. Maui has a great buss transit system, so no rental car was necessary. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
Loved Maui, did the Road to Hana on our own the first day. Rented a Jeep which I would recommend, not a car as the road is bumpy. We did the entire loop around. I didn't find the 2nd half to be any worse than the first. I grew up ... Read More
Loved Maui, did the Road to Hana on our own the first day. Rented a Jeep which I would recommend, not a car as the road is bumpy. We did the entire loop around. I didn't find the 2nd half to be any worse than the first. I grew up in WV on windy, not so good roads so maybe that's why it didn't' bother me. Part of the 2nd half is bumpy and not paved but it's not that bad. Make sure you get the CD to put in your car for the drive, lots of information about things to see, etc. We bought the CD at a Shell station not far from the cruise terminal. I can't think of the name of the intersection where it was but you can find it on here on other reviews (that's where i found out about it) It was a long day, spent almost 8 hours traveling that day (not all driving) but it was worth it. 2nd day we went to the other side of the island which I'm guessing is where most people go to stay when they visit Hawaii. Passed through a little town that was really cool, right along the ocean. Great shopping, restaurants, etc. We don't do excursions because we like to do our own thing, that's how we found this area. We found a great beach and spent the afternoon snorkeling and it was wonderful. It's in the main resort area, there is public parking and it's on North Kaanapali Beach. There is another Duke's restaurant there, and this beach is right behind it. near the corner of the Honoapiilani Highway and the Lower Honoapiilani Road. Look up the address for Duke's in Maui and you will find this place. WE just happened upon it after stopping at a couple other beach parks and not really being that impressed with the beaches there. So don't just settle, keep driving around if you have a car and find an amazing beach because they are there :) Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
We really liked Lahaina and were glad we were there for 2 nts, which was a selling point for us of this itinerary. Unfortunately getting off the ship and being tendered there was chaotic both days. We constantly had one crew member tell us ... Read More
We really liked Lahaina and were glad we were there for 2 nts, which was a selling point for us of this itinerary. Unfortunately getting off the ship and being tendered there was chaotic both days. We constantly had one crew member tell us to go down, only to be stopped by another and told to go back up or in a different line etc. the first day we stood in line for almost an hour at the gangway in the roasting hot narrow corridor. I booked my own excursion with Shoreline Snuba for noon, so was able to grab a taxi when we finally got to shore and drive up to the Whalers Village at Ka'anapali Beach. It was a $15 fare and about a 15 min. Drive. We could also have taken the #25 bus for $2.00 from the Wharf Cinema sop a block from the pier, which we took to the Old Lahaina Luau, which I also booked on my own and enjoyed very much. The 2nd day we booked surf lessons on our own with the Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy, which was 2 short blocks from the pier. We didn't have to be there until 12:30 which was good, since again, the tender took for ever, this time because of high waves. Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
Rented car was there for 2 days free parking overnight by ship. Maui was great, not much to do by the ship. BTW we took a helicopter tour with Blue Hawaiian which we booked ourselves which was truly spectacular.
Rented car was there for 2 days free parking overnight by ship. Maui was great, not much to do by the ship. BTW we took a helicopter tour with Blue Hawaiian which we booked ourselves which was truly spectacular. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
MAUI DAY 1: The Thrifty shuttle picked us up immediately from the port and we got our rental car. We joined the Blue Chip Program before going and it really did make things faster when picking up our cars because they had a separate line ... Read More
MAUI DAY 1: The Thrifty shuttle picked us up immediately from the port and we got our rental car. We joined the Blue Chip Program before going and it really did make things faster when picking up our cars because they had a separate line for us. It's free to join and I could recommend everyone do it if you're renting from them. We did the Road to Hana, and as we've read, it was extremely curvy! We thought we were prepared but wow. My husband was driving and had to stop several times because he got car sick! You can't go over 25 mph on this road the entire way, and we enjoyed it and would encourage everyone to do it once but I don't think we would do it again. The best part of the drive was stopping at Waianapanapa State Park. If you do the Road to Hana you have to stop here! It's almost to Hana and it is absolutely stunning. After dinner we drove to Lahiana/Kaanapali Beach that night to look around. There was public parking for cars overnight right next to the ship, very easy to find a space and it was free. MAUI DAY 2: We booked surf lessons through Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy on Kaanapali Beach. We met outside the Marriott Resort (beautiful!) on the beach and had a 2 hour lesson. This was one of our favorite things we did and loved the instructors. We went at 8:30 a.m. and it was us and two other girls and we had two instructors so it was almost like a private lesson. After surfing we stayed on the beach in front of the Marriott the rest of the day. We drove through downtown Lahiana on the way back and wish we would have spent more time there. There were tons of shops and was a really neat place to walk around. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
This is a tender port and you are let off right in town. Since we have been here before, we did the historical walk recommended by the tourtist office. It is interesting but had to stop because of the pouring rain.
This is a tender port and you are let off right in town. Since we have been here before, we did the historical walk recommended by the tourtist office. It is interesting but had to stop because of the pouring rain. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
The town is absolutely stunning. Colourful buildings with a variety of shops. Great restaurants and great shopping opportunity.
The town is absolutely stunning. Colourful buildings with a variety of shops. Great restaurants and great shopping opportunity. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
Maui is picture perfect. A tendered port rather than docked, a valuable amount of time is dedicated to getting off and on the ship. But a late departure from Maui maximises our opportunity to investigate and enjoy a great luau.
Maui is picture perfect. A tendered port rather than docked, a valuable amount of time is dedicated to getting off and on the ship. But a late departure from Maui maximises our opportunity to investigate and enjoy a great luau. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
Lahaina is a lovely town full of boutiques and a great park under the Banyan tree.
Lahaina is a lovely town full of boutiques and a great park under the Banyan tree. Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
great little island. do be sure to check out the local artisans by the unbelievably HUGE banyon tree in the town square. local shops are worth a visit on front street. vendor's are all very nice and warm in their greetings. So ... Read More
great little island. do be sure to check out the local artisans by the unbelievably HUGE banyon tree in the town square. local shops are worth a visit on front street. vendor's are all very nice and warm in their greetings. So much to do here in Maui really needs two or three days to just scrath the surface. Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
We did the Robert tours of the Iao Valley and Maui Tropical Gardens, and of the Haleakala Crater. The crater was great. Do not choose the sunrise option, as people who did got to see clouds and fog. Our mid-morning views were great. It ... Read More
We did the Robert tours of the Iao Valley and Maui Tropical Gardens, and of the Haleakala Crater. The crater was great. Do not choose the sunrise option, as people who did got to see clouds and fog. Our mid-morning views were great. It is cold at the summit - 42 degrees F with wind. We did not shop or dine on Maui. Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
This is the island of choice. Whales were every wheres and nice beaches.
This is the island of choice. Whales were every wheres and nice beaches. Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
Lahaina is a beautiful little place. Lots of shops, restaurants and places to walk. There is a nice beach about a mile off the shopping area.
Lahaina is a beautiful little place. Lots of shops, restaurants and places to walk. There is a nice beach about a mile off the shopping area. Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
Moved quickly thru security. People were very nice and helpful. As soon as you walked out side there were shuttles and buses to take you anywhere you wanted ....
Moved quickly thru security. People were very nice and helpful. As soon as you walked out side there were shuttles and buses to take you anywhere you wanted .... Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
Did the "Maui Snorkel Cruise". What a bargain. It was described as a strictly snorkel excursion but during the cruise to and from the snorkel sights I saw more whales in that time than I did in 3 Alaska cruises combined. I ... Read More
Did the "Maui Snorkel Cruise". What a bargain. It was described as a strictly snorkel excursion but during the cruise to and from the snorkel sights I saw more whales in that time than I did in 3 Alaska cruises combined. I counted 6 complete breaches, including one double breach (two whales side by side at the same time). Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
We spent a day in Maui at Wailea Beach (Beach Day in Maui) and while we paid for our beach chairs, umbrella and lunch at the Grand Wailea; it was worth it. The beach was beautiful, the waves were awesome, and my son and I played on the ... Read More
We spent a day in Maui at Wailea Beach (Beach Day in Maui) and while we paid for our beach chairs, umbrella and lunch at the Grand Wailea; it was worth it. The beach was beautiful, the waves were awesome, and my son and I played on the water trampoline! Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
Great Island, wish I had mor time on this fantastic Island. I need to go back! Great beaches!
Great Island, wish I had mor time on this fantastic Island. I need to go back! Great beaches! Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
We loved Maui. The ship docked overnight so we had 2 days. We took the Road to Hanna as everyone says this is a MUST. I booked Valley Isle Excursions after reading on Cruise Critic about them and got a great price....half of what NCL ... Read More
We loved Maui. The ship docked overnight so we had 2 days. We took the Road to Hanna as everyone says this is a MUST. I booked Valley Isle Excursions after reading on Cruise Critic about them and got a great price....half of what NCL wanted....and we had a better tour, plus the guide served us a hot BBQ chicken lunch. Even though it was our one day in the rain, the tour was good and we got to see a lot. The next day we took the ship's transportation into Lahaina....a quaint town with lots of shopping and places to eat. Definitely a place you could spend more time. The Pacific Whale Foundation offers whale watching trips and there were other trips you could arrange on your own during time there. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
Again, we have spent quite a bit of time on this island and seen practically everything. We have friends living in Kulu, upcountry at 3,700 feet elevation. They picked us up at the port and took us to their lovely home. The port itself ... Read More
Again, we have spent quite a bit of time on this island and seen practically everything. We have friends living in Kulu, upcountry at 3,700 feet elevation. They picked us up at the port and took us to their lovely home. The port itself is kind of isolated. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
Our second island and second day of the islands. As we were coming into port a rainbow was waiting to welcome us to the island (one of many for the day!). So BEAUTIFUL and so vibrant!! So excited and this time was ready to go down and ... Read More
Our second island and second day of the islands. As we were coming into port a rainbow was waiting to welcome us to the island (one of many for the day!). So BEAUTIFUL and so vibrant!! So excited and this time was ready to go down and get off the ship right away! We docked so no tender here either. Lots of sun and again, we get off inside a warehouse. Once outside we find where the shuttles are coming for those renting cars. This time no tents set up and it's a huge wooden frame with signs saying which line to get into for which shuttle. It's still craziness going on though! I felt like a herd of cattle getting ready for slaughter while lining us up in the lines!!! As we find the correct line we see our shuttle, a Budget/Alamo sitting out in the lot in front of us. As we're trying to get to the front of the line (all rental car people line up in the same area no matter which rental car you are taking..makes for a mess!) the shuttle starts to pull out. We yelled for the security guard to stop the shuttle and he says he can't stop him. They are only allowed to sit and wait for someone to board for 5 minutes and then they have to leave. They also can not just exit and pull back in again! Rats! Now we stand again among all those waiting for the rental car shuttles. It crosses my mind about Hilo and how they were all lined up along a curb at the airport and I toy with the idea of just jumping on the very next one that comes. Good thing I didn't. It was not the same layout for Maui airport! So now we wait, and wait some more. Again, I call after waiting for 20 minutes and this time someone answers and she tells me the same thing the security guard did in that they can only sit for a short amount of time and then have to leave. She said another one was on it's way and should be there in no time at all. Sure enough I no sooner hang up with her and it begins to pull in. We had to wait for other buses to clear and then the security guard allowed all those on Alamo or Budget to go to the shuttle. We filled it in no time at all and this driver would not allow anyone to stand. Good thing no one else was in line yet, and off we went. The road to the airport was full of bumps this time! Wasn't too nice of an area we were driving through either. The driver made mention that when coming to return the car stay on main roads and don't go driving through neighborhoods around here. Ok, now he scared me! On Maui we didn't have to be back on ship until 10:30pm and being winter time, it gets dark very early! Soon we were at the airport and like I said I was glad I didn't hop on another shuttle. Each rental place had their own building along these roads on airport property. We got off at Budget, along with everyone else on our shuttle (no one got off at Alamo) and all filed inside the building. Everyone went to get into line and I saw that there was a woman sitting under a sign that said Rapid Rez, so I went over to her and asked if her line was open and she said for Rapid Rez customers only so I told her, "that's us!". Within less than 5 minutes we had the keys to our next car and it was parked right outside the door! Another nice car. We got everything arranged in the car, plugged in our GPS and were on our way for a fun filled day on Maui! The sun was out (saw a beautiful rainbow off the ship before we got off) and it was warm outside. Looking forward to a day on the beach at Ka'anapali and maybe try some beach snorkeling for the first time! We made the drive with no problems to the Ka'anapali area but really had problems finding open parking. There were hotels all over and most said parking for guests only. Wasn't too sure if they were strict with it or not so we looked for some open parking. I know the info I had from home said it was open parking by the Wharf shops, but we could only find valet parking there and we didn't want to do that. The shops looked to be very upscale shopping too...not what I was looking for. On our way up to Ka'anapali we passed many, many places where you just pull off the highway and there was sand, some picnic tables, and people parking their cars on the sand and going in the water. We were at the point where we were going to do that and we then saw a sign for open beach parking in designated spaces only. We pulled into that area, between shops and hotels and many spots were reserved and then we found one that said reserved beach access, so we pulled into that spot hoping it was for the beach. I took a picture of the car and the sign just in case it got towed so I'd have proof that was where we were at. We pulled out all of our beach things and headed to the beach area. It was so pretty! The water so blue and you had green grass with walkways between everything with some bushes lining between the grass and sand. The bad news..no place to rent a chair or umbrella. I'm past the age of enjoying sitting on a small beach towel on the sand so I kept looking thinking maybe by a hotel we could give the person a tip and still get a chair and umbrella, but to be honest, there was only 2 chairs and no umbrella set up as far as the eye could see! Hmm, what to do? We put our things down (didn't bring along much with us and purchased a water wallet thing that looked like a fanny pack that I put on under my swimsuit with our important things in it...licenses, sail and sign cards, money, etc.). In the bag was only towels and snorkel things along with a book for me to read and some bottled water. I decided to go ahead in the water. It was warm out, sunny and I figured I wanted to spend most of my time in the water anyway. DH decided to sit on the towel on the beach. So off I went. Did I mention it was windy? If not, it was very windy and the waves didn't look too bad, but oh boy were they when you got into it! The undertow was horrible and very, very strong! Now I can swim in a pool and I've been in oceans before and done fine, but this was just too strong and I got very nervous right away after stepping off of the "sand shelf" area! It was pulling me out no matter how hard I was trying to go back to shore. I had to call out to DH and he got up and waded out wondering why I was getting so upset. It's just not like me in water. Then he saw. He finally latched onto my hand and was able to help pull me back up to the higher area of the sand. That was the end of my being in the water on this beautiful beach! I walked along it for a short distance and saw huge waves crashing into the sand not too far away from us and there were very few people in the water. Most walking along the beach on the sand or up on the walkway by the hotels. We finally dried off some and headed up to land and found a bench facing the ocean and sat just enjoying the sights. There was a nice man there trying to sell time shares and not doing well with the weather being like this and there was a restaurant right there by him being remodeled and all of that noise and garbage was keeping people away from him. He was nice to talk to though and said the waters are very rough during the winter but they started early this year and they are not friendly enough to go into right now...no kidding! Wish we would have seen him earlier!! LOL He said he'd give us a "guide" to Hawaiian waters, only go in when you see brown in the water (meaning natives swimming there) AND stay out of white waters that means it's crashing waves and too rough. I remembered that one for the rest of the trip! We were disappointed with our beach day so I suggested we head back to this strip mall that we passed on the way here to do our souvenir shopping and stop at a gas station so I could change out of my swimsuit and into clothes for the next part of our travels on the island. We also made a stop at Safeway for some soda and healthy snacks to take back onto the ship for later. I shopped at the ABC store for the items I wanted to get for gifts. With that done, we headed off to Lahaina for our Whale Watch excursion I planned on my own through Pacific Whale Watching Tours. The drive was short and in my research I knew parking was at a premium in Lahaina. We found a lot right behind the Pacific Whale Watching Tour shop. It was a paid lot, but it was a spot. I wasn't going to be driving around wasting time. We parked, checked in at the shop and got the directions to the pier. We were about 45 minutes early but after walking over to the pier there was many people in line already. It was very hot and very sunny and not much shade. DH did his thing and got in line while I sought out shade. It was about 15 minutes when someone from PWW came out to give instructions for boarding and then 5 minutes later they let us start filing onto the boat, but not before getting our picture taken...as seems to be the thing for all excursions. This boat was nice in that it had an upper and lower deck area to sit. We picked the lower because it was covered, but had windows that were open so we got a nice cool breeze from the winds. We were told to help the captain look for whales and if you think you see something don't just yell out you see something, yell a point like on a clock. Twelve o'clock was the front of the boat and 6 o'clock was the back. Three was the right side of the boat and nine was the left and then all the markers in between. We had a specialist on the boat giving out information on the whales as we went and after just a short bit we had a sighting at 11 o'clock! Originally as we're going along I thought I saw one; however, the seas were very choppy and I didn't want to yell anything out for fear it was just a wave and this is the area I saw something. It was less than a minute later the woman talking about whales yells out 11 o'clock that she saw the back of one and I was looking there since I saw the other thing and sure enough I saw what she was talking about. Everyone on the other side of the boat ran over to the left side then. It wasn't long when it appeared again, not too far from that point and it was around a catamaran that had it's engine killed so our captain said this one was mugging the other boat so they couldn't move when it was up and around it; however, we also couldn't go any closer but we'd stay at the distance and view it like that for now. It kept coming up and around the other boat...both sides and around the back of it. It looked to me to be a baby because it sure didn't look as big as what they were saying big ones were. It wasn't long before our expert said it looked to be a young one....Ha! I was right! LOL All of a sudden you saw the tail come up and down it went and our specialist said when whales do that they usually go deeper and stay down for awhile. Once the whale did that the other boat started it's engine and went back to land. We stayed around for a little bit, but no other sightings of this little one, so off we went in search of others. After a short bit someone yelled out 2 o'clock and off in the distance you could see some whales "blowing" (when they come up from the deep and blow out of their hole on top there is water/mist that comes up in a spout). There was about 4 of them doing it, so we headed out that way to check it out. Once we got to the area there was nothing else to see. They either moved away or went deep again. Next thing you know someone in the back of the boat yells out 6 o'clock and I didn't see it but he said, along with 3 other people that were sitting back there, saw a whale, a large one, come up and then go down and showed it's tail as it went down. Our specialist said it seemed like each whale was staying down for about 7 minutes so we'd stay around to see if this one surfaced again. Seven minutes seems like such a long time when nothing is going on. It's not like being at a zoo or aquarium where the whales and dolphins have a show they put on for you! Seven minutes came and went and nothing again from this one. There was a small cluster of boats off to our port side (left side) so our captain started up our engines and headed off into that direction figuring that they were clustered together because of a sighting. As we got closer there was a little one again. At first just floating around just under the surface and then actually brought it's head above water for a short amount of time. It did a couple of blows and arched it's back a couple of times too. Our specialist told us that where there is a baby there is a mother not far away and usually a little deeper so keep our eyes peeled. Soon enough a mother appears off in the distance along with a male following her. She's circling around so she won't get too far from the baby and she's trying to ward off her suitor also, but he's not giving up and trying to stay close. She finally had enough of him and slapped him really hard with her tail!!! All of a sudden you see him arch and up comes his tail and he goes for deep dive. She gets closer just under the water and at the very same time as the baby, they both arch and show their tails and they go for a deep dive. This was the end of our time and we were actually 15 minutes later out there than we were supposed to be so now we started heading back to shore. Our specialist told us with it being only December 8th it was very early in the season for the whales to be in Maui and that in a couple of weeks there would be quite a few more. For now they're thinking there are only about a dozen or so and come January there will be over 3,000 and each boat can have their own group to watch instead of having to "share" just a couple! I couldn't image seeing that many whales in one spot! She also asked, "are the humpback whales citizens of Hawaii or Alaska since they come to Hawaii from Alaska?" A lot of people yelled out they were Alaskan; however, she answered, "wrong! They're from Hawaii because they come here to be born so if born in Hawaii then you're Hawaiian. They are coming back home!" When you think of that, it's true. They are born in Hawaii and then go to Alaska to eat and then come back home for the winters. Smart beings! After getting off the PWW boat we walked around on Front Street for a little bit just looking at the different store fronts. We found a place to get some shaved ice! I was so happy to have some because I'd heard so many talking about it. It's basically a snow cone, but instead of crushed ice, it's shaved. It does make a difference. We bought one and then went across the street to the park where there was a huge Banyan tree to sit and eat it. This tree was amazing! It took up the whole block. Hard to believe that it was all just one tree. I'd heard talk about it, but didn't place it on my "to see" list, but now that we saw it, I'm glad we did. It's amazing. We finished up with our shaved ice and did some window shopping as we walked back to our car. There was a little area where a man was carving out tiki's and also some Honu (turtles). He was very good. I found a turtle that I fell in love with and was fighting the urge to buy it. It was quite large and if I bought it I'd have to find a way to ship it home, but the more I thought about it, I would have no place for it in my home. He said he could do a smaller one for me and I wish I would have let him, but we had dinner reservations to make it to and so I took a pass. I wish I would have been late for dinner now and bought the smaller turtle because it was so pretty. Maybe one day I'll be back and can get one. We made it to the car and then headed off for our dinner reservations at Buzz's Wharf in Ma'alaea for a sunset dinner. We found it with no problems and it was as was stated in their website...the port area was under construction so we just had to drive slowly and avoid the dips to get to them. They were situated right on the water, which would have been beautiful if not under construction. So much for watching the sunset as we had dinner too. It being winter, the sunset was off to the side of the restaurant instead of over the water. Other than those things dinner was delicious! The restaurant was a brown wood building with quite a few stairs to go up to get inside. They had it decorated for Christmas nicely and the whole front of the building had windows so you could see outside (while the back side was covered in mirrors so it reflected what was outside..very cool!). It was not a big place and on the website they did advise you to make reservations, which we did. Our waitress was very nice and explained the menu and specials. They grow their own prawns and she strongly suggested giving them a try. I can't eat fish, but DH wanted to have some good fish while on the islands so that's why I picked this place out. It had good reviews on Trip Advisor. He ordered his fish, but didn't order the prawns and I ordered my steak. After the waitress left I asked him why he didn't try the prawns and he said he just didn't think about adding them or if he could with his meal, so I told him we could add them to mine so when the waitress brought our soup he added them and he was glad he did! He said they were so good and he wished he'd have gotten a full order of them. He said however they fixed them it was delicious and the best tasting he'd ever gotten! I felt the same for my steak. I'm a pretty picky eater (you'd never know it by looking at me though) and the steak was done exactly the way I like it! I can't remember ever having one that tasted so good. I don't know the spices they used or rub, if they did, but whatever they did to it, it was the best I've ever had! If I wasn't so full from it I would have loved to have had another or try to figure out a way to have it on the ship! YUM! Buzz's Wharf is a definite place to eat whether you like seafood or steak when on Maui. It's not cheap, but it is so worth the price!!! Everyone was very nice there too. Sitting by the window with the breeze coming in felt good and especially realizing that it was December 8th and I was in short sleeves enjoying the weather instead of at home by Chicago with 17 degree weather! YES!! We will certainly be telling anyone visiting Maui about this place! (FYI: they also have a 10% off coupon on their website so make sure to print that out before going..any little bit helps!). After dinner we got back into our car and had a short drive to return our rental. I was so glad that I went on Trip Advisor and looked up information. Originally we were going to have a sunset dinner in Lahaina but they advised us to go to Ma'alaea because the drive from Lahaina at night would be a hard drive through the roads with no lights and we'd have an easier drive from Ma'alaea to our port area and they were right! They've not steered me wrong yet, so thanks to those on Trip Advisor too! Returning the car was very easy and when we had gotten the car the woman behind the desk said they closed at 10pm (never thought to ask when they closed. Just figured that since they were at an airport they would be open 24/7..note to self and others to ask when they close and when last shuttle runs!) so we got back about 8:30pm with our belly's full of good food again! We remembered what our shuttle driver told us about going off the main roads so even though we still had time left we decided to just return the car and return to the ship. We had almost a 1/2 hour wait for the shuttle and then it finally came. It was only us and one other couple returning to the ship at this time. We went straight to our room to change clothes. It wasn't too long that we felt the ship being to leave the dock. It was not 11pm yet, but everyone must have been on the ship and they decided to go ahead and leave. So off we went for our next stop, Honolulu. Again, would have given the port a 5+ rating if they could get the shuttle issue cleared up. It wasn't only problems with the rental car shuttles, but also the free shuttles for shopping, etc. As with Hilo, Maui is definitely a place I'd love to go back and spend more time..and have another dinner at Buzz's Wharf!!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
Maui was beautiful to visit. We rented a car the first day and went to Polo Beach on the south side. The family loved swimming in the ocean and liked the soft sand beach. We then went to the Haleakala Crater national park in the ... Read More
Maui was beautiful to visit. We rented a car the first day and went to Polo Beach on the south side. The family loved swimming in the ocean and liked the soft sand beach. We then went to the Haleakala Crater national park in the afternoon. It was breathtaking. On the second day we took NCL's Pacific Whale Foundatain morning snorkeling cruise to Molokini Crater and Turtle Town. I have to say Molokini Crater was our least favorite snorkeling spot. This may be due to the high swells that morning. They said they bypassed it the previous day due to the ocean. 1/3 of the guests got sea sick and were throwing up (our family was ok). The swells made it uncomfortable to snorkel and I had a hard time relaxing. Salt in the wound was that we only saw one species of fish there, not even close to the thousands they show you in the brochure. This could be due to us not getting anywhere near the shore due to rough waves. We won't be doing Molokini again. Turtle Town and the rest of the trip was another story. We saw a double breach by humpback whales and dolphins en route to Turtle Town. That was fantastic. Then saw much more fish, turtles, and better scenery at Turtle Town. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011

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