Whether you’re visiting Maui on your honeymoon or the two of you just want to get away, there’s nothing more romantic for couples than a Maui dinner cruise. A Maui dinner cruise, also called a “sunset dinner cruise,” is one of the best ways to enjoy amazing views and spectacular sunsets.
Maui dinner cruisers will enjoy more than just perfect views and stunning sunsets that can only be fully appreciated offshore – each Maui dinner cruise has its own special something to offer.
Maui dinner cruises come in all shapes and sizes and many different menu options are available. The types of vessels range from small catamarans and intimate yachts to larger vessels that can accommodate hundreds of passengers. If bigger groups are more appealing to you, Maui dinner cruises are also offered in the form of super cruises which can accommodate 1,000 guests or more. No matter what size vessel you choose, 360-degree views offer an unlimited opportunities for sightseeing. If you happen to take a dinner cruise during whale season (mid-December thru mid-April), keep your eyes peeled to catch a glimpse of the famous Humpback whale in its natural habitat.
Menus on Maui dinner cruises may range from casual fare or buffets to elegant 7-course meals. Tableside dinner service is an attractive option, as well as a variety of entertainment features such as hula dancers, live music or dancing atop a floating dance floor.
Just a few of Maui’s most popular dinner cruises include: Maui Princess Romantic Dinner, Spirit of Lahaina Sunset Grill Dinner Cruise and Maalaea Dinner Cruise (Quicksilver Charters).
Maui Princess Romantic Dinner Cruise takes place aboard a 118 ft. luxury yacht called the Maui Princess. According to numerous reviews and ratings, the Maui Princess offers the most romantic dinner cruise in Maui. Dining on the upper deck features breathtaking panoramic views of the islands and a tasty 3-course dinner which includes salad, prime rib or chicken or a vegetarian entree. A wide variety of extras include baked potato, vegetable DuJour, tropical dessert and coffee. Live music and dancing swing into full-gear after dinner on this popular Maui dinner cruise.
Spirit of Lahaina Sunset Grill Dinner Cruise takes place aboard one of Maui’s newest vessels – Spirit of Lahaina. This double deck, 65′ catamaran has all the amenities of a cocktail cruise, with an added twist – a freshly grilled dinner buffet. The dinner buffet features steak, shrimp, Mahi Mahi and a variety of other tasty options. The open bar features hot and cold appetizers, beer, wine and cocktails. A live hula show and music is the perfect pair for a picture perfect experience.
Quicksilver Charters’ Maalaea Dinner Cruise is one of Maui’s newest dinner cruises and it is the only dinner cruise on the South Side of Maui, so book far in advance. The Maalaea Dinner Cruise departs only available Monday, Wednesday and Friday and all the wining and dining takes place aboard a high-tech 55′ power catamaran. This Maui dinner cruise departs from Maalaea harbor and guests will enjoy a dinner of fine cuisine from the air-conditioned lower cabin.
Menu items run the gamut from top sirloin steak and volcano-Cajun Mahi-Mahi to wok seared vegetables and vegetarian Island paella. The desserts are plentiful as well as live music and dancing under the stars on the upper deck – a true floating dance floor. Cocktails, beer, wine and soft drinks are available at the bar.
Before taking a Maui dinner cruise there are a few things to keep in mind. Liquor laws are strictly enforced and alcohol will not be served to anyone without a valid photo ID. Several dinner cruises will offer 1-2 complimentary drinks, but after that, guests must pay for any additional drinks. So read the fine print when you see “complimentary drinks.” Also, it’s best to check in a half an hour before departure in case a dinner cruise is booked solid. This is usually the case during high season and of course, on the South Side of Maui.
Finally, first time dinner cruisers may be unsure about what to wear. Most Maui dinner cruises won’t have a strict dress code, but they do have recommendations such as: wear flat shoes (no high heels), avoid short skirts as it may get a little windy and bring a jacket or wrap. Casual attire is ok, but be tasteful.
For more information about Maui Dinner Cruises visit: www.mauiprincess.com or www.hawaiiactivities.com.