We sailed on the Carnival Spirit from San Pedro for 15 days to Hawaii. We had planned this trip for 1 1/2 years!
Since we live in Az, we drove in a day early and stayed at the Doubletree in San Pedro, since they had a room/ parking package. The hotel was fine and the package worked out perfectly for us.
Embarkation was delayed until about 2:00 because the ship was delayed coming into port due of bad weather. I don't feel that they communicated information properly to keep us up to date with the delay. We sat in the terminal until called and when we got onto the ship, our room was ready! Not painful at all.
The ship was easy to get around. Our cabin, 4141, had french doors looking in between life boats. It was PERFECT...the cost of an interior with fresh air and sunlight!
The seas were quite rough for the first day-and-a-half because of high winds. Many people didn't feel well but fortunately, thanks to meclizine, we were fine!
We felt that the activities were lacking. For having so many days at sea, I wish that there were more things offered...perhaps with a Hawaiian flare. The entertainment staff lacked enthusiasm, with the exception of the Cruise Director and the Asst Cruise Director. The evening entertainment was awful. While they had alot of music venues, the shows were either bad or non-existent (one night they had nothing offered!)
The service on the ship was terrific. We had a wonderful cabin steward, Efron. Although we had Your Time Dining we found a "team" in the dining room that we liked, Thomson, Anjaya and Oleg, and we sat at their table for all meals in the dining room.
The food was adequate. In the MDR, the starters were excellent, the entrees OK and the desserts terrific. We didn't enjoy the buffet because it was very hard to find an available table, especially at lunchtime and there were lines for most stations.
The island were beautiful, although too cool for us! We golfed on Maui and Oahu, went mud buggying on Kauai (SOOOOOOOOOO much fun), snorkeled in Kona, and toured in Hilo (used Ricky's tours...he was informative and efficient). One disappointment that we had was that Carnival doesn't offer golf excursions in Hawaii, although the salesperson with Carnival told us that they would be added prior to our cruise.
The fitness center was nice. The treadmills were located on a level above the hot tub, so it was really TOO HOT to work out comfortably. The outside walking track was closed most of the cruise because of high winds (in the AM when I work out).
In summary, the cruise was good, not great. I would go on this cruise again, but might look into comparing the cost with other cruiselines, and perhaps spend a little more to go on a different line.