Dinner & Sunset Cruises in Maui Hawaii

Dinner cruises are available most evenings before sunset, with boats departing from Lahaina or Maalaea.  But should you take a dinner cruise, or should you take a daytime cruise and then go to dinner on land?

The advantage of a dinner cruise is that you have beautiful views of Maui and the neighboring islands of Lanai and Molokai from the ship, a lovely sunset, and dinner, all in one neat package.  But in my opinion, the views of Maui and the ocean and the other islands (plus whales in the winter) are all much better in the bright sunshine in the middle of the day.  And I feel that the food at dinner (and certainly the number of food choices for dinner) are much better if you select from one of the many top restaurants recommended on the Restaurants pages of this Maui website, instead of eating your dinner on the ship.

But if you would like to go on a dinner cruise during your Maui vacation, see the comparisons between some of the various available dinner cruise choices below.   Or click for more things to do on Maui.

Dinner Cruises – Details and differences to help you decide

(Menu changes can occur, so check with each company for their latest food offerings.)

Maui Princess
This 120-foot yacht departs from Lahaina Harbor at 5:30 PM and returns at 8 PM.  There is one choice of salad, three choices of entree (roast chicken, prime rib of beef, vegetarian), one choice of potato and vegetable, and a couple desserts, all included in the dinner cruise price.  You get tableside service, live music, and dancing on the ship.
Maui Princess dinner cruise details, prices, or reservations

This 55-foot catamaran has inside and outside seating and takes up to 66 passengers on its sunset dinner cruise.  It departs from Maalaea Harbor, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM or 5:00 to 7:00 PM depending on the season.  The prime rib (or chicken or fish) dinner comes with salad, potatoes, pasta, vegetables, fruit, and brownies.
Quicksilver dinner cruise details, prices, or reservations

Alii Nui
This is the most luxurious dinner cruise, on a premier 65-foot catamaran taking a maximum of only 30 passengers at just 10 tables on their dinner cruise.  There’s an open bar, and the dinner menu includes Vegetable Crudités, Assorted Cheese & Crackers, Salad bar (Upcountry Greens, Cherry Tomatoes, Shredded Carrots, Sliced Cucumbers, Artichoke Hearts, Assorted Selection of Olives, Bean Salad, Baby Corn), Markea Prawns, Stir Fry Seasonal Vegetables, Scallop Potatoes, Grilled Fresh Fish with Mai Tai Sauce, Teriyaki Chicken Breast, Prime Rib, and Dessert.  The cruise is from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM, and includes free pickup and dropoff at your hotel or condo for the resort sections of Maui.
Alii Nui dinner cruise details, prices, or reservations

Pride of Maui
This 65-foot catamaran departs from Maalaea Harbor at 5:30 PM and returns at 7:30 PM.  Food is served from a buffet, not tableside service, but there are tables for you to sit down to eat.  The food choices are ribs, marinated chicken breast, garlic fettuccini, artichoke dip, vegetables, fruit platter and desserts.  There is live music on board.
Pride of Maui sunset appetizers and cocktails cruise details, prices, or reservations

Pacific Whale Foundation
The Ocean Discovery catamaran departs from Lahaina Harbor at 6 PM and returns at 8 PM.  The complete dinner includes appetizers, Caesar salad, choice of entree (rib eye or New York steak, teriyaki chicken, vegetarian tofu), rice, pasta, vegetable, and choice of two desserts.  Up-front seating (bow of the boat) costs extra.  Pacific Whale also offers sunset cruises with hors d’oeuvres instead of dinner, both from Maalaea and from Lahaina.
Pacific Whale dinner cruise plus snorkeling details, prices, or reservations
Pacific Whale dinner cruise details, prices, or reservations
Pacific Whale dinner cruise with premium seating details, prices, or reservations
Pacific Whale cocktails sunset cruise details, prices, or reservations

This catamaran offers a more casual sunset cruise that departs from the sands of Kaanapali Beach rather than from one of Maui’s  harbors.  The 2 1/2 hour cruise includes an Italian buffet of Caesar salad, grilled vegetable ratatouille, penne pasta, baked chicken in Alfredo sauce, grilled ono (fish) in garlic basil pesto, and desserts.
Teralani sunset dinner cruise details, prices, or reservations
Teralani sunset cocktail cruise details, prices, or reservations 

Reminder:  menus and amenities or entertainment often change, so check before you go to be sure what foods will be served and what else will be offered on your dinner cruise.

See the page of Things To Do In Maui for luaus, whale watching, snorkeling, tours, helicopters, horseback riding, ATV, dinner cruises, parasailing, fishing, zipline, biking, golf, hiking, sightseeing, aquarium, road to Hana, volcano, Lahaina, lavender farm, beaches, kids and family fun, and more.

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