On Paragon Lahaina Sunset Sail combine the adventure of performance sailing and the beauty of a golden Hawaiian sunset. This tour offers hot & cold hors d’oeuvres and beverages, including beer, wine, champagne & Mai Tais.
Cruise Ship Passengers
NCL cruise ship passengers in Kahului are able to do some of these Maui Sunset Cruises but an hour drive is required. Lahaina cruise ship passengers are able to do these cruises as long as your ship is in port on one of the days that the cruise operates.
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. A short cab ride of about 10 minutes is required.
Cruise ship passengers are unable to do the Paragon Sunset Sail.
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!
Occasionally 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 summer season there is a good chance that if there are just two of you, it is possible you’ll share a table with another couple. Might be a good chance to make new friends. 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. And 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.