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Sailing is at its best on this two-hour champagne cruise. The 50-foot Scotch Mist II, which holds just 25 passengers, gives you an intimate and exhilarating ride, with complimentary champagne, chocolate, juice, beer, and white wine. Private charters are available. www.scotchmistsailingcharters.com.
You can spread out on deck and enjoy the gentle trade winds on this 47-foot catamaran. Cruises are limited to groups of 24, and children three and under are free. An easygoing, attentive crew will serve you hot and cold pupu, such as grilled chicken skewers, spring rolls, and a fruit platter, along with beer, wine, mai tais, and champagne at sunset. www.sailmaui.com.
This 118-foot yacht is set up with a dance floor, open-air deck, snack bar, and cocktail lounge. Unlike other sunset dinner cruises, there's no need to rush to get a good seat—the upper-deck tables are reserved. Dinner is prepared fresh daily by the onboard staff, which also provides table-side service. You have a choice of roasted chicken with sesame sauce, a 12-ounce prime rib with au jus and horseradish, macadamia-crusted mahimahi, or a vegetarian couscous pocket with tomato, mushroom, and herb sauce. www.mauiprincess.com.
This custom catamaran is one of the slickest and best-equipped boats on the island, complete with a VIP lounge for 12 people by the captain's fly bridge. Trips are on the pricier side, mainly because the initial cost doesn't include the cooked-to-order meals. But if you're willing to splurge a little for live music, an onboard chef, and upscale service, it's absolutely worth it. From mid-December to early April the cruise focuses on whale-watching. Check-in is in front of Leilani's restaurant at Whalers Village. www.sailingmaui.com.
Live music and a festive atmosphere are the calling cards of this two-hour sunset cruise. Accommodating up to 140 people, the cruise generally attracts a younger, more boisterous crowd. Vegetable and cheese platters are served, and two drinks from the full bar are included. www.mauiprincess.com.
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