Maui Sunset Dinner Cruises
Maui Princess Dinner Cruise
**The Maui Princess will be in dry dock from 11/13-12/6/2015. The dinner cruise will still run at this time but will operate on an alternate vessel.
List Price: Adults $85.55, Children (7-12) $57.78, Infants (6 & under) free
Our Price: Adults $76.00, Children (7-12) $53.00, Infants (6 & under) free
Available 7 days a week.
Maui Princess now charges a $10 per person fuel surcharge for adults and children which will be added to the above rates. The Maui Princess rates include tax.
Departing from the downtown harbor of the historic whaling port of Lahaina, The Maui Princess is the largest and most stable vessel to make its home here in Maui's waters. This is a true dinner cruise ... including full table service for drinks, salad course, entree, and dessert served at your table by attentive staff in classy waiter attire. Dinner is served on the open air upper deck with panoramic views of the West Maui Mountains and the islands of Lanai and Molokai. Dinner includes your choice of prime rib, macademia nut mahi mahi, or 1/2 of a roast chicken ... they also have a vegetarian selection as well. The boat also features a bar for beer, wine, Mai Tais and other cocktails, and three drinks are included per person (additional drinks may be purchased for $3-5 each). Ater dinner live music and dancing is featured in the main cabin downstairs, or just hang out at your table and watch the stars appear.
Booking early is your best chance to score a table along the rail, so we recommend that you make reservations well in advance of your arrival on Maui! Tables on the Maui Princess seat four. Larger parties will be seated at adjacent tables, and parties of 8 or more have a $10pp service charge added that is paid at checkin.
Parties of 2 often share a table with another couple if the boat is running near capacity (which happens much of the year). It's a great chance to make new friends and share vacation experiences from around the world!
NOTE: Infants (and toddlers) ages 6 and under are free, however free children do not receive a meal. If you would like an entree for a child who is 6 or under, please list them as a child ages 7-12..
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Cruise Ship Clients
NCL cruise ship passengers in Kahului are not able to do the Maui Princess dinner cruise because it does not operate on Sunday evenings. Lahaina cruise ship passengers can do this dinner cruise as long as your ship operates tenders until at least 9pm.. No transportation is required as this ship leaves from the same harbor where your cruise ship tender arrives.
Pride of Maui Sunset Grill Cruise
List Price: Adults $69.95, Children (3-12) $39.95, Infants (2 & under) free
Our Price: Adults $64.95, Children (3-12) $34.95, Infants (2 & under) free
Pride of Maui is offering a special Valentine's Day cruise on 2/14/2015 with upgraded menu. The rate is $99.95 per person ... adults only.
Note: Pride of Maui has added a $4 per seat fuel surcharge for adults and children on all trips which will be added to the above rates, along tax/ harbor fee of 7.17%
Available on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday evenings. to avoid delay in processing your reservation, please check your dates carefully when reserving on-line
The Pride of Maui has operated a nice sunset cocktail cruise for years; starting in the spring of 2007 they have upgraded their cocktail cruise to a full dinner cruise! The entrees include baby back ribs hot off the grill, chicken breast in a tomato marinara, linguini in garlic white wine sauce, as well as grilled vegetables, fruit, artichoke dip, dessert, and more. The bar has been upgraded with premium wines, blended drinks, and premium spirits for mixed drinks. We offer a discounted rate of $64.95 per adult ticket and $34.95 per child ticket. This is an excellent value in a full dinner cruise!
The Pride of Maui features a spacious downstairs cabin with dancing and live music. Upstairs is a romantic open-air deck which is great for relaxing and watching the sunset and the twinkling lights of South Maui's resorts.
The Pride of Maui Sunset Grill Cruise sails from Maalaea Harbor and is a great option for those staying in South Maui (Kihei and Wailea), or Central Maui. This is also a great way to watch whales in season! Just check your dates carefully since this is only offered on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday (also Fridays during mid-summer).
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Cruise Ship Clients
NCL Pride of America cruise ship passengers who come into Kahului are not able to do this tour because it isn't operated on Sunday evenings. Lahaina cruise ship passengers can do this tour on their first dayin port if their ship is spending the night in Lahaina and it requires a 20 minute cab ride to Maalaea Harbor or a rental car. For rental cars with cruise ship shuttle pick-up see our rental car page.
Teralani Sailing - Kaanapali
Teralani Sailing Charters offers two different daily sunset cruise experiences from Kaanapali Beach. Both Teralani 2 and Teralani 3 are beautiful 65' sailing catamarans. Both boats depart from Kaanapali Beach; guests take off their shoes and walk through the sand. You will likely get your feet wet (and maybe your ankels and occassionally your knees) when you board the vessel
Dinner Sunset Sail - Teralani II - 2.5 hours
Kaanapali's only true dinner cruise byffet -- the selections include assorted cheeses and crackers, Caesar salad, grilled vegetable ratatouille (egglant, zucchini, tomoato, onion & garlic), baked penne pasta, baked chicken breast in alfredo sauce, grilled ono (fish) in basil garlic pesto, focaccia bread, banana and coconut layered cake, and chocolate cake. Beverages include a full open bar with wine, champagne, micro-brewed beer on tap, Mai Tais, vodka, gin, and rum mixers, assorted soft drinks and tropical juices, etc. Departure varies seasonally; typically the cruise runs from 4:30pm to 7:00pm in the summer and 3:30pm to 6pm in the winter.
Original Cocktail Sail - Teralani III - 2 hours
Teralani's original sunset sail includes appetizers and snacks and a full open bar. The menu includes assorted cheeses and crackers, chips and pretzels, pineapple teriyaki meatballs, spinach rolls, spring rolls, antipasto platter, and vegetable crudite. Beverages include a full open bar with wine, champagne, micro-brewed beer on tap, Mai Tais, vodka, gin, and rum mixers, assorted soft drinks and tropical juices, etc. Departure varies seasonally; typically the cruise runs from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the summer and 4:00pm to 6:00pm in the winter.
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Cruise Ship Clients
NCL Pride of America cruise ship passengers who come into Kahului are able to do Teralani sunset cruises but it does require a rental car as the drive to Lahaina takes a little under an hour. For rental cars with cruise ship shuttle pick-up see our rental car page. Lahaina cruise ship passengers can do this tour on their first day in port with a short cab ride to Kaanapali as long as your tenders are running until 8pm.
Hula Girl Sunset Cruises
**Hula Girl will be in dry dock from 9/9-10/6/2015. The last day of service is 9/8 and the first day back is 10/7.
Maui's newest and most luxurious sailing catamaran, the 65' Hula Girl is truly state-of-the-art. From her teak accents and comfortable seating on the foredeck ... to the VIP lounge and hi-tech navigation station on the flybridge ... this multi-million dollar custom catamaran will just make you say "wow." The Hula Girl offers two different sunset sailing excursions ... she was conceived as a "high quality restaurant and bar that sails." All food and beverages are ordered from their menu ... and appetizers and entrees are prepared to order by the Hula Girl's chef in their on-board commercial kitchen. Prices are reasonable ... appetizers range from $4 to $12 and the most expensive entree is $20. Beverages are $2 to $3 and cocktails are $4 to $6. Wines are available by the glass or the bottle.
2 Hour Sunset Sail - Currently offered Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays
- The focus of this excursion is high tech sailing in West Maui's tradewinds during summer months, and on whale watching during winter months. Beverages, cocktails, appetizers, and lite dinner fare available for purchase ... see the sunset sail menu.
- Adults $65, Children (2-12 years old) $60, Infants (under 2) free
(plus 7% tax and $5 per person fuel surcharge)
2.5 Hour Sunset Dinner Cruise - Currently offered Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
- Extended cruise ... in addition to the beverages and appetizers offered on the sunset sail, a variety of entrees are offered for purchase ... see the dinner cruise menu.
- Adults $78, Children (2-12 years old) $62, Infants (under 2) free
(plus 7% tax and $5 per person fuel surcharge)
Note: The Hula Girl departs from Kaanapali Beach; guests take off their shoes and walk through the sand. You will likely get your feet wet (and maybe your ankels and occassionally your knees) when you board the vessel
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Cruise Ship Clients
NCL Pride of America cruise ship passengers who come into Kahului are able to do the 2 Hula Girl 2 hour sunset but it does require a rental car as the drive to Lahaina takes a little under an hour. For rental cars with cruise ship shuttle pick-up see our rental car page. Lahaina cruise ship passengers can do this tour on their first day in port with a short cab ride to Kaanapali as long as your tenders are running until 8pm.
Watching a sunset from the deck of a boat is a completely different experience than watching from the beach. Sunsets are three dimensional ... and there is no better way to realize the 360 degree view than to get out on the water. Not only does the sky turn different shades of pink and orange, the mountains are painted with this colorful brush as well. Get out on the water and REALLY enjoy a sunset!
Occassionally I've heard clients say "We could have gotten a nicer meal for the same money in a restaurant." I think that's stating the obvious ... you aren't just paying for a meal on a dinner cruise ... you are paying to go out on a boat, and as a boat owner I can tell you that they are EXPENSIVE to operate and maintain. If you don't get your expectations too unrealistically high you'll have a great time.
The most popular and longest-running sunset cruise is the Maui Princess dinner cruise. My wife and I recently took two friends of ours out on this vessel ... it had been a while since we had evaluated this cruise. We purposely ordered three different entrees and are pleased to report that all around the food was a winner! The prime rib is sliced on board, and the cut was generous and of high quality. The mahi mahi and chicken entrees were equally tasty and highly recommended. We didn't try the vegetarian entree, but the fact that they HAVE a vegetarian entree is a good sign! It is obvious that this tour operator is really trying hard to provide a quality product. Also a nice new feature ... the Maui Princess is able to board passengers at the main loading dock of Lahaina Harbor; gone are the days when you had to ride a shuttle boat out to board offshore! Tables on this boat seat four; during busy times of the year when the boat is reasonable full there is a good chance that if there are just two of you, it is possible you'll share a table with another couple. It's a good chance to make new friends and share vacation experiences from around the world. It's also nice to have someone to whom you can hand your camera for a photo.
The Pride of Maui has now upgraded their cocktail cruise to include entrees. It is a large. stable and very spacious boat for enjoying dinner out on the water. There's lots of room to roam around and offers a little more privacy if you want to get off by yourself. We've always said that this was a good choice for people staying in South Maui who wanted to get out on the water at sunset. Well, we've now changed our mind. The Pride of Maui sunset grill cruise is so good it we don't just recommend it to South Side clients; it is even worth the drive from Lahaina and Kaanapali too! The only down side is that you don't sit at a table on the Pride of Maui. This is a large, stable vessel with lots of places to sit to enjoy dinner, but you will be holding your plate during dinner. There are plenty of places to sit down, but not at a table, so you'll be holding your plate while you eat. But from our experience the food is pretty good, and this boat has a less crowded feel than some of the boats where everyone sits at a table.
For guests staying at Kaanapali we recommend one of the beautiful sailing catamarans that leaves right from the beach. Teralani Sailing offers two different boats ... one with a full dinner cruise and one with appetizers. Amnd then there is the Hula Girl ... it's hard to imagine a more stunning vessel on which to hold a dinner cruise. Everything about this boat is first class, and they are the only one that actually has a fully-functioning kitchen on board. This cruise is different though, as the price you pay to go out on the boat just admits you on board. You still have to order your food and beverages off a menu. The price of their food and beverages is reasonable though, so if you aren't real "cost conscious" and more concerned about a spectacular experience, then this is a great way to go.
If you are coming to Hawaii from December through April months, there is the added bonus of humpback whale sightings on sunset cruises. All boats will be going out of their way to find whales for you during these months.