It had been a while, but we were extremely excited to welcome the Disney Wonder to Kahului Harbor week before last—for a day on Tuesday, September 15th, and then for an overnight on the 18th and 19th. It’s always a special treat to see the bright white, red, and navy blue Disney Wonder in port, and to hear its special “When You Wish upon a Star” refrain across town, rather than a normal ship horn. Yep, it’s a special ship all right, and we were honored to once again be selected as the featured land tour company for its Port Adventures while here on Maui.
After weeks of preparation, special training for our staff, and triple-checking all the details, we were ready to roll into the harbor and greet guests from the Disney Wonder, with warm smiles, aloha, and fresh flower lei. It was a beautiful sight to watch our shiny, detailed fleet roll out for a beautiful day at Haleakala, Upcountry Maui, and the Hana Coast. We hosted over two hundred guests over the three days that the Wonder was in port, and every tour was an absolute delight for both our guests and our Hawaii Certified Tour Guides!
Plenty of guests decided to take a leisurely day on the Road to Hana and join us for a Hana Picnic, for both family and adult-only departures. After departing from Kahului Harbor, our guides escorted our excited guests to Ho’okipa, to enjoy a light morning snack and a sip of coffee or an ice-cold tropical soft drink. From there, they started on the world-famous Road to Hana, and enjoyed the beautiful black-sand beach, a bountiful picnic lunch, and a refreshing swim at a natural waterfall.
Other guests wanted to enjoy the Road to Hana, but had a bit more of an adventurous spirit, and chose our famous Hana Cave-Quest. Along with everything on the Hana Picnic tour, they enjoyed a tour of Hana’s “best-kept secret,” the Ka’eleku Caverns. After exploring the network of lava tubes, formed thousands of years ago underneath the rainforest, guests enjoyed their lunch on the lush grounds of the caverns, surrounded by beautiful tropical foliage.
We also spent some time with our Disney guests at Haleakala and Upcountry, for our Summit Lavender Sojourn. They enjoyed beautiful morning views of the crater, a tour and a fantastic lunch at Ali’i Kula Lavender farm, and a tour of MauiWine. Afterward, they had a chance to stretch their shopping legs in quaint Makawao town before returning to the luxury cruise ship.
Finally, on the Friday evening before Disney’s overnight stay, we were thrilled to host around sixteen guests for a Haleakala Sunset tour—a romantic luxury tour that our Tour Guides enjoyed right along with their passengers! After an afternoon harbor departure, they enjoyed tours of Surfing Goat Dairy, MauiWine, and Ali’i Kula Lavender, where they also enjoyed a local wine and cheese tasting and a chance to mingle with other attendees and their Tour Guides. Of course, the main event was the beautiful sunset at Haleakala, just as peaceful and magical as the famous sunrise, followed by an elegant dinner at the Kula Lodge.
No matter which tour, we had an amazing time hosting the Disney Wonder, and it was a huge honor and privilege to be featured so prominently as a luxury Port Adventure provider. After months of planning, training, and behind-the-scenes magic, it was worth it to read the comments and compliments from our valued Disney Wonder guests:
“Many companies boast of how great their service is, but very few deliver. Finally one that not only meets your expectations, but exceeds them. … First class from start to finish.”
“Great day! Great lunch! Al is a wonderful guide. Very educational; very knowledgeable about [the] island, culture, etc. I really enjoyed it. Would recommend to friends and relatives.”
“[Michael] is one of the best tour guides we’ve ever had! Fun and informative.”
Both our Guides and our administration were excited, humbled, and beyond flattered to read comment after comment in the same vein from our Disney Wonder guests. We can’t wait to see that beautiful ship back in our harbor again, but whether you’re on the Wonder, another cruise ship, or are just enjoying our beautiful island life at a hotel, resort, or condo, you can expect the same level of service and luxury from any of our tours that our Disney guests experienced. Hope to see you soon!