First time cruising with Carnival, we were very sceptical in the beginning especially because of the so many things happening to Carnival ships in the past few weeks.
Embarkation in Long Beach was good but they can improve on it.
House staff was polite but can improve on their cleaning. During our 15-day cruise, I have not noticed them cleaning our desk or our toilet bowl. But the overall cleanness of the ship was good.
The staff officers' uniforms were not smart, many wearing dirty wrinkled white uniforms and non-standard dirty white shoes. This don't compared well with the smartly clean, well pressed white uniforms and standardized shoes of say, the Celebrity Cruise Lines.
Although the buffet is not the best, food in its dining room was excellent especially the several soups they offered every night. There were no repeats and all 15 nights there was a different menu. They should the managers around to see to the satisfaction of the dining room More
guests. The reception lady was not the smartest and had a hard time recognise faces or remember your sitting preference. After she greeted you, she would print a ticker tape, turned around and put the small piece of paper on a small wall on her back; an usher would then come by, picked up the slip and lead you to your table, very inefficient indeed. The afternoon English style tea and music was good and they overwhelmed us with their sandwiches and pastries. The taste bar offered very interesting sample of food and soups in the alter afternoon. The cooking demo & sampling session of the specialty restaurant was good and you can try quite a bit of their food.
They could put in more effort in organising the deck sail away parties. The DJ would be there but nobody else was around to stir up the atmosphere and most of the sail away parties on the Lido deck were nothing more a few people sitting around to listen to DJ music. The midnight Hawaiian party and buffet were excellent though. We are not drinkers and were very pleased that they didn't swarm us to buy drinks during theatre shows and night club dancing like in other cruise lines. I like their enclosed public rooms while you can sit down and enjoy the small Pilipino band playing and dancing without people walking by. This is so much better compared to standing around in the Atrium of the Celebrity Solstice Class ships to listen to music and dancing while everybody walk by and looking at you. Nightly shows were good especially the hypnosis show was hilarious and brought down the whole floor. Of course the ship's signature show Beatles' Ticket to Ride' was outstanding. There were plenty of organised activities but my wife would like to have line dances during the day but none was offered. They can use the Pilipino bad more often in various location during the day for better atmosphere.
The shops are not the best on the sea compared to other ships and selections were very limited.
The "Future Cruise office was a joke - just a stand with one person standing behind and looks unprofessional.
The debarkation was excellent and it only took us a few minutes after they announced our floor's turn to leave the ship; the best debarkation I ever experience.
All in all, it was no nonsense cruise that's worth every penny. Less
Good size room. The room is partially blocked by the first tender on the port side almost mid ship. Interesting to see how they launch and recover the tender just outside our balcony. Plenty of storage space and especially like to be able to store our large full size luggage under the bed.
Before the tour started, we walked to see the king statue and the palace. Only took 10 minutes to walk but it was quite hot.
Not enough time at the site. Driver was stern and kept reminding us to be 'on time' again an again but then the departure was delayed and then she detoured to pick up more people along the way and we were almost behind schedule upon arrival. Since she warned us again and again to be on time, everybody was waiting by the bus to go back to the ship after the tour, but she showed up late. While were touring Pearl Harbor and the Might Mo, she joined another bus tour and her bus driver had a restroom stop and she was thus delayed coming back to pick us up. What a story!
She dropped us off at Hilo Hatter that provided free shuttle to Waikiki. Enjoyed the free Waikiki city open air bus tour.
Very interesting 9-hour tour; part of the road was unpaved, one lane, very bumpy, scary ride. Beautiful sceneries. Lunch was included by the beach, a good size ham & turkey sandwich, salad water or juice. Stopped at Half Way to Hana for their freshly baked excellent banana cake.
Dropped us at the Maui Mall across the pier where I used the free internet at Whole Food. There are many tables outside the store where many sat eating or using the free wi fi.