374 Maui Cruise Reviews

Took a ship whale watching tour, as we did not want to chance missing the ship, as this was the last port before the trip back to LA. Saw many humpbacks but they were not very active. The tour boat naturalist said it was still early in ... Read More
Took a ship whale watching tour, as we did not want to chance missing the ship, as this was the last port before the trip back to LA. Saw many humpbacks but they were not very active. The tour boat naturalist said it was still early in the whale season, and good sightings would not occur for a few weeks. We were in Lahaina on Christmas Day and about 70% of the shops were open. The tender getting to Lahaina was fine, but we had to wait in line for almost 45 minutes to catch the tender back to the ship. Had a great day in Lahaina, but the ship was not there for long enough. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
Wonderful little town that has not significantly changed over time. Most all the stores were open on Christmas Day.
Wonderful little town that has not significantly changed over time. Most all the stores were open on Christmas Day. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
We took the bus (#25 route I believe) from behind the movie theater. It cost $1 per person and runs between the port to Whaler's Village/Kaanapali beach (better have many $1 bills ready). Buses leave the port at half past the hour ... Read More
We took the bus (#25 route I believe) from behind the movie theater. It cost $1 per person and runs between the port to Whaler's Village/Kaanapali beach (better have many $1 bills ready). Buses leave the port at half past the hour and leave the beach on the hour every hour. Beach was beautiful. With plain goggles you could observe plenty of marine life. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
Great! Although it was Christmas Day when we docked, the shops were open to accommodate ship passengers. On this island we took a shore excursion up to the crater - it met all our expectations and included a lovely buffet lunch. Again, ... Read More
Great! Although it was Christmas Day when we docked, the shops were open to accommodate ship passengers. On this island we took a shore excursion up to the crater - it met all our expectations and included a lovely buffet lunch. Again, we have spent many vacation visiting this island. However, our tour meant no driving for us and presented a great chance to reminisce over places we had previously visited. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
Took the back roads tour in Maui and it was fantastic. I felt that it was something not everyone sees. The areas we traveled were on the Grove Ranch and our guides were very knowledgeable about the island and where we were.
Took the back roads tour in Maui and it was fantastic. I felt that it was something not everyone sees. The areas we traveled were on the Grove Ranch and our guides were very knowledgeable about the island and where we were. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Terrific port and fun town to wander around. No problem with the tenders, Princess had more tenders running than I've experienced on past cruises.
Terrific port and fun town to wander around. No problem with the tenders, Princess had more tenders running than I've experienced on past cruises. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
BEAUTIFUL - perfect day!!! This is the only excursion that I think is WAY over-priced. Yes, you get a beach chair and a free drink, but the drink is in a very small cup. Below is the HAL description of our Shore Excursion Enjoy ... Read More
BEAUTIFUL - perfect day!!! This is the only excursion that I think is WAY over-priced. Yes, you get a beach chair and a free drink, but the drink is in a very small cup. Below is the HAL description of our Shore Excursion Enjoy a carefree morning or afternoon on famous Ka'anapali Beach, beginning with a short ride to Maui's luxurious beach resort area. Relax on a beach chair with a tropical beverage in hand. Lie in the sun, swim or beachcomb. Bring your snorkel gear or rent some (at your own expense) at the beach to enjoy the marine life at famous Black Rock. Air mattresses, boogie boards and other beach toys are also available for rent. After a few hours of fun in the sun, return to the ship by the transportation provided or you may choose to stay on the beach and arrange your own transportation later. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Rented a car from Hertz. The guys took the Road to Hana excursion which they loved, but would not suggest for the faint of heart, the easily nauseated, or for driving on your own. The girls drove to Lahaina and enjoyed the leisurely day ... Read More
Rented a car from Hertz. The guys took the Road to Hana excursion which they loved, but would not suggest for the faint of heart, the easily nauseated, or for driving on your own. The girls drove to Lahaina and enjoyed the leisurely day on a beautiful island. On the way we stopped at the Maui Plantation and took a fun tour. We stopped along the way to take photos at one gorgeous beach after another. And in Lahaina, we shopped for gifts to take home! We met up with the husbands back at the ship to share experiences. One caveat about parking the rental car. Since the ship stays overnight in Maui, you can keep the car for two days. But, parking is limited in the industrial area where the port is located. The following day the four of us drove around the island, going in the opposite direction of Lahaina. We saw some gorgeous resorts and beautiful beaches, stopping to wade in the waves and walk in the sand. We had wanted to swim, but delayed until it was really too late to get the car back to the rental agency and then on board the ship. All in all, it was a really relaxing afternoon. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
This port was convenient to the airport where we needed to pick up our rental car. And there was adequate parking near the pier. There were also many shuttles to the shopping districts although we didn't use any at this port.
This port was convenient to the airport where we needed to pick up our rental car. And there was adequate parking near the pier. There were also many shuttles to the shopping districts although we didn't use any at this port. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
We booked Valley Isle Excursions directly with the company. They picked us up at the port and took us on a 10 hour drive on the Road to Hana. For those who plan on doing this in a rental vehicle....don't. It is a tricky, narrow ... Read More
We booked Valley Isle Excursions directly with the company. They picked us up at the port and took us on a 10 hour drive on the Road to Hana. For those who plan on doing this in a rental vehicle....don't. It is a tricky, narrow road. The driver will surely have a nervous breakdown by the time you reach Hana and then... surprise....you have to turn around and go back the way you came because you cannot take a rental the entire way around in a rental. The "improved" road ends just outside of Hana and it is like a washboard for miles. Our tour guide/driver was Walter. Walter was very knowledgeable and fed us information nonstop for 10 solid hours. He was very interesting, but sometimes tiresome. It would have been nice to reflect in silence about the beauty were seeing. We rented a car through Thrifty the second day in Maui. Get the Blue Chip program and Thrifty is right there at the port to pick you up and take you to the airport to pick up your vehicle with all the paper work all filled out if you have Blue Chip. We drove up the west coast of Maui. It is a beautiful drive if you continue up into the northern regions of the west coast. The cliffs overhang the road, somewhat like northern California. I was really anticipating the wonderful wide white sand beaches I remembered from 25 years ago. What a disappointment when I encountered nothing but high rise resort hotels blocking the view of the water and the beach in Kaanapali. Lahaina was a delight. We had lunch at Bubba Gump's Shrimp Co. and gorged on shrimp while sitting at window seats overlooking the Pacific. Heaven. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Maui is beautiful!1st day in Port we did the Hana Sky Trek, helicopter ride to Hana, then rode in a very comfortable van down the mountain with our tour guide "Surfer Sue". We stopped several times along the way for photo's ... Read More
Maui is beautiful!1st day in Port we did the Hana Sky Trek, helicopter ride to Hana, then rode in a very comfortable van down the mountain with our tour guide "Surfer Sue". We stopped several times along the way for photo's and special things to enjoy. Very nice afternoon drive. Day 2 We drove to Lahaina where we boarded the Hula Girl Catamaran for the snorkeling tour. Lahaina is an upper scaled hotel and resort area. Very clean and pretty. The Hula Girl was a highlight of our trip. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Beautiful island, nice people. Richard gives a nice tour. Would like to have had more time to check out Turtle Cove snorkeling, the beach areas.
Beautiful island, nice people. Richard gives a nice tour. Would like to have had more time to check out Turtle Cove snorkeling, the beach areas. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Take a tour or go it on your own. Great beaches and shopping district near the tender dock. Don't miss the macadamia nut ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery or the $3 mai tais at Moose MacGillycuddy's. There are lots of gift shops ... Read More
Take a tour or go it on your own. Great beaches and shopping district near the tender dock. Don't miss the macadamia nut ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery or the $3 mai tais at Moose MacGillycuddy's. There are lots of gift shops to choose from and you can do an easy walking tour of some historical sites. The Banyan tree park near the tender dock is impressive. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
This is the only tender port. The early tenders did not require tickets. It may have gotten a little more crowded later in the morning. We had decided to ride the Sugar Cane Train. It was $23 each and lasted just over an hour and a ... Read More
This is the only tender port. The early tenders did not require tickets. It may have gotten a little more crowded later in the morning. We had decided to ride the Sugar Cane Train. It was $23 each and lasted just over an hour and a half. There are nice views from the train. You can get off at the Kaanapali end and go down to the hotels and get back later in the day if you want to. We just rode both ways. The train is only a long block from Hilo Hattie's and an easy walk from the tender. From there we walked over to the Cannery mall, about 20 minute walk. There was a shuttle running there also. We went to Aloha Plate Lunch for lunch. it is located next to the Old Lahina Luau. The food is well priced, tastes great and happy hour is at 2pm. Bud/Bud light are $1.75 and a very good Mai Tai is $3. We finished there, walked back to the Mall and shopped a bit. There is a Longs Drugs there. Beautiful 2012 Hawaii calendars were only $0.88 each (ABC Stores were $2.49 each). They also had Macadamia nuts on special and we spent over $100 on gifts to bring home. We waited for the shuttle and made it back to the Pioneer Inn. They had $3 beer and $4 Mai Tai specials. We sat there a while and waited till there was no line for the tenders. Then we were back onboard. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
As a tender port, it is more difficult to get to so plan to be out early and beat the crowds, or suffer a wait.
As a tender port, it is more difficult to get to so plan to be out early and beat the crowds, or suffer a wait. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Day 8 of 14. After a short overnight sail to Maui we anchored off the coast and the tenders got busy. Rumor was there was a fatal traffic accident on the highway south of town blocking the highway. We had car rental reservations through ... Read More
Day 8 of 14. After a short overnight sail to Maui we anchored off the coast and the tenders got busy. Rumor was there was a fatal traffic accident on the highway south of town blocking the highway. We had car rental reservations through Alamo and no one knew for sure how it would work with transportation from Lahaina. A quick phone call to the Alamo store and she had me check in over the phone. The actual vehicle rental location is about 5 miles north of the harbor across from the big Kaanapali resort. There was a small amount of confusion with the rental company vans which took us to the rental location as there were not enough vans to take everyone except for the actual rental vehicle "drivers" (larger vans would eliminate this added stress). This must be an ongoing issues as the rental companies worked together and got me to the rental location with no additional problems. Because I had "pre" checked in on the phone, my vehicle and paper work were waiting for me when I walked in the door. I had reserved a two door jeep, but because of the fatal accident, Alamo had been unable to bring it from where ever it was they came from ??? Instead they gave me a sweet four door Mazda which worked out very nicely. A quick trip back to Lahania to get my crew and we were headed south to the Piiholo Ranch to zipline(piiholozipline.com). The Lahania Alamo rental crew were outstanding and I would rent from them again. After a beautiful hour drive to the ranch located "upcounty" in Makawao we arrived. We checked in, got weighed and then received our "zipline" sliders and harnesses from our "tour guides". A working cattle ranch that has expanded into the adventure activities market, this place had something for everyone. Canopy Tours, Walking Tours, Tango Tower and of course the Ziplines. Having never ziplined before, we were not sure what to expect. The tour guides showed us how to go fast or how to slow down for the "landings". A very well put together facility with excellent equipment and crew. Of course they saved the best zipline for last. Something close to a quarter mile long and several hundred feet up, clearly all the adventure we could handle. Only complaint was that we all wanted more. Snacks, water and soda were provided during the tour. A quick stop at Walmart on the way back to Lahania for more souvenirs and we headed back north. Turn in the rental car and lunch at Cheese Burgers in Paradise. More shopping in Lahania and then grab an ice cream and get in line for the tender. Our last day in the islands was beautiful and all we could wish for were more islands days. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
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Great trip up to the summit of Haleakala. And a wonderful, relaxed lunch at the Kula Lodge on the way back down the hill.
Great trip up to the summit of Haleakala. And a wonderful, relaxed lunch at the Kula Lodge on the way back down the hill. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
It was nice to have two days to explore Maui. We rented a car (for both days, Thrifty Blue Chip Program was awesome) and explored the Kaanapali Coast, eating at a seaside open air restaurant called the Gazebo which was a treat. The next ... Read More
It was nice to have two days to explore Maui. We rented a car (for both days, Thrifty Blue Chip Program was awesome) and explored the Kaanapali Coast, eating at a seaside open air restaurant called the Gazebo which was a treat. The next day we ziplined and then headed toward Haleakala, stopping at a beautiful lavender farm with a panoramic view. This gave us a litte taste of the Road to Hana, which I am glad we did not attempt. These island roads are not to be navigated by the timid or during the dark, as there are one-way bridges and narrow, curvy roads. We would have gone to Haleakala but ran out of time, as we had to get back to the ship. I would go back to Maui and stay on the Kaanapali coast. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
We rented a car and went out exploring on our own. We drove up to Haleakala crater national monument, It was a very fun road to drive, lots of switchbacks and blind curves, take your time driving the road. We then drove to the southern ... Read More
We rented a car and went out exploring on our own. We drove up to Haleakala crater national monument, It was a very fun road to drive, lots of switchbacks and blind curves, take your time driving the road. We then drove to the southern part of the island and sis some sight seeing. On the second day We drove to Lahaina and did some shopping, lots of great little stores to visit, lots of variety and good food. We then drove north up the coast to Kapalua and had lunch. so many beautiful beaches, sensory overload! Read Less
Sail Date September 2011

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