Background Information: Engaged the Carnival Spirit Hawaii trip through a local SLC agency to full fill my wife's dream of visiting Hawaii. This state visit completes our visits to all 50!
Hotel Info: We stayed post cruise at the Mariott on Waikiki. What a wonderful relief from the ship.
Ship Info: The ship was not only dated but worn. Half of the drawer and cabinet handles were broken. The edges of doors and entry ways were worn. Elevator doors were marked with grafitti (on the inside). The ship rocked back and forth when the swells got over four feet. Even though it rained on most of the ocean crossing days, the top cover was never closed to help with the cold. The whirl pools were not heated (colder than the air temp in Hawaii).
Activities: The evening shows were well done. Seating above the main floor was lousy with no real leg space. The ADA access to upstairs was a joke. The local naturalist was an incredible bright spot! Internet acess was good but sooo expensive!! The Library was a version of a bad book sale from an old school library.
Service: We met our room steward twice during the trip. I don't think he understood english well enough to carry on a conversation let alone persue our requests.
Port & Shore Excursions: Since we did our shore excursions with our local travel agency, we had significant reductions in price when visiting each island. Since we did not go with Carnival shore excursions, we were consistently held to the very last to get off the ship. With 2200 people before us, we wasted a huge amount of time!
Travel To Port of Embarkation: Bused from LAX to San Diego. Went through Emigration and initial ship registration. Told to go get some lunch (on Carnival) because they were so very far behind schedule. The BONUS was a few bucks for lunch and for others was free bar drinks. A second dinner bonus was credited our account. Bused to Ensenda in the evening. One of the worst parts of the cruise was speeding around curves and through the towns in the dark. After arriving at Ensenada, we waited on the bus for an hour before being let onto the ship. We got on the ship an hour after it was supposed to sail.
Stateroom: Dated and worn. Had to ask for a chair. Bed covers were wonderul. Beds were hard and the twins did not match well for combination bed. Don't ask for an OCEAN VIEW as you get the lowest deck. We heard the engines all the time. In the bath room, our feet vibrated from the engine noise! Cleaning was less than acceptable. Had same drinking glasses for three days (left over stuff in them). Asked another room steward for new ones.
Dining: The evening dining was brightened by our delightful hosts with wonderful service. Too bad the food was not as great as the service. Gave up after 5 nights and ate at the self serve
Lido deck: warmer food & we could choose a reasonable serving size. The special dining for $30 extra is a joke! The scheduled time and same dining table each meal got really boring fast. Children's Clubs: Not used. Did not travel with children.
Disembarkation: Since we we traveled with our local travel agency, we were not given priority over Carnival connections. We were held for two hours to get off the ship. We wasted a huge amount of time!