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Sail Date: December 2017
We wanted to visit Hawaii without a long flight over to the islands. This was a 15 day "Journeys" cruise out of Long Beach California. There were 4 sea days before the islands as well as 4 after. We enjoyed all the special ... Read More
We wanted to visit Hawaii without a long flight over to the islands. This was a 15 day "Journeys" cruise out of Long Beach California. There were 4 sea days before the islands as well as 4 after. We enjoyed all the special activities that Carnival had planned for those sea days. There were dance lessons, including hula, island crafts classes, seminars, cooking demonstrations & too much more to list. We enjoyed each & every port stop too. This was such a wonderful relaxing way to visit the islands. This was our 1st cruise as platinum guests. We enjoyed the easy embarkation & other perks of being platinum. Crew members were efficient & friendly. A special tribute was made for the veterans by the cruise director which was well received by all veterans & their families. We cannot wait to repeat this cruise, we had a lovely time. Worth every penny. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2017
We and three other couples choose this trip because we like a lot of sea days, wanted to see Hawaii again without the grueling flight, and considered it a great value. We flew in from Pittsburgh on a direct flight to LAX a day early - ... Read More
We and three other couples choose this trip because we like a lot of sea days, wanted to see Hawaii again without the grueling flight, and considered it a great value. We flew in from Pittsburgh on a direct flight to LAX a day early - somewhat surprised how many others on this flight were also on this cruise. We stayed at the Queen Mary, which was fun, historic, and very close (walking distance.). Everyone in our group was retired except for myself. I am 68, my wife 64 and we were in the younger 25% of this cruise. I thought we were on a Holland cruise again. My wife and I are Diamonds, two other couples got FTTF, and the fourth couple did not think it was worth the money. I have to say that on this cruise, they were probably right. At the Diamond lunch we talked to the Hotel manager, and he said that there were 78 Diamonds, over 700 Plats, and over 250 FTTF. The ship only holds about 2100 people, so if you add in the Suites, about half of the passengers were priority at some level. We all had the earliest check-in time of 12:30, so we arrived at noon thinking that we would get right on the ship. It was a little disorganized, and they were already into the zones. We got into a LONG priority line, whereas the regular line seemed to be moving very rapidly. We all managed to get on about the same time, with the non-FTTF friends only about 10 minutes after the FTTF friends. We were all able to go right to our cabins because it was after 1:30 by the time we made it on the ship. The food on this cruise was very good. Our friends who do not cruise as often as we do thought it was fantastic. We all agreed, however, that the deserts were a disappointment (with a few exceptions.) The Chocolate melting cake was okay, but how many nights in a 15 night cruise do you want the same desert. We loved the Key Lime Pie at lunch, however - but they only had it once. Pizza was great. No Guys, but the burgers were okay, and we liked the chicken fingers which are not available on most ships with Guys. We loved this ship. Yes it was old, but there were plenty of places to get by yourself, a sensible layout, almost no line (except at GS and tendering) and a wonderful staff. We always enjoy Spirit class vessels over the larger mega-ships and there over-crowded public areas. Entertainment was exceptional. Greta comedians, good shows (especially the Magician and hypnotist) and one of the best rock bands that I have ever heard on a ship called the Liverpool pub band. Three brothers and a life-long friend playing some great stuff. Large enthusiastic crowds every night. Lots of trivia, etc. Always something to do. We all had Deck 4 partially-obstructed view French balconies. A great value. Not much of a view, but a large room with a couch and doors you could open and tase the salt sea. We chose morning service. Not crazy about having to decide and I wonder how the had the nerve to increase gratuities and reduce service. But our Room Steward was effient and nice. We are going on this same ship and room in February, and are looking forward to seeing him again. I know that I could have chosen twice a day, but they work so hard that I did not have the heart to do so. Two things that I was not happy about was the Guest services line and the Tendering. I relate both of these to the exceptional number of priority people on this ship. Our friends who had FTTF and us had to wait a long time in lines at GS while the regular lines went a lot faster. This was due to the fact that they had two or three people on the regular line but only pone at the FTTF line. Sometime the FTTF line was actually longer than the regular line, yet they never moved another person over. It was no big deal though. we would just return later, or wait it out. Our FD TTF friends were not happy, however. They actually paid extra for this and had the non-FTTF cabin get taken care of way before they did on one occasion. I told them they could relate their issue with GS, but they said they were not going back in that line again. Ports were wonderful - but what else would you expect from Hawaii. We rented cars in each port and did out own excursions - saved a lot of money. The only exception was Kona where we used the $10.00 hop-on bus. Good choice there. Leaving the ship was easy. We had a late flight and just waited until the last call and walked right off. No customs form on this port Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
This is cruise we were looking forward to for a couple of years. Cruised from Long Beach terminal and was surprised how easy is was to embark. Past reviews painted this terminal as a nightmare, not so and we did not have FTFUN! We stayed ... Read More
This is cruise we were looking forward to for a couple of years. Cruised from Long Beach terminal and was surprised how easy is was to embark. Past reviews painted this terminal as a nightmare, not so and we did not have FTFUN! We stayed on the Queen Mary the night before and was awed by the ship features. fabulous. The Miracle is an older and smaller ship but that is part of the charm. We previously sailed the Breeze, Dream, which were larger ships. As usual, Carnival did not let us down. Our cabin steward was Luis and he did a great job taking care of us. Our server were Airnars, Blanka, and Marie. They are the reason we continue to use Carnival. They were personable, fun, caring and love their jobs. After one night they knew our names and our likes.Entertainment was pretty good. The hypnotist on the main stage was awesome. Our excursions on all our ports were great. Also the weather in Hawaii was a sunny 80 all the time were were there. We had an early flight and was concern about making the airport on time (1:15 pm flight), but no problem. We did a self disembarkation and we were at the airport by 10:30 pm. We can hardly wait for our next adventure with Carnival Cruise Lines. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
My husband and I have taken many cruises on Carnival, the ship its self was what we excepted, but the trip over and back from Long beach was not what we excepted. It was cold and windy couldn't be on our balcony without a jacket, give me ... Read More
My husband and I have taken many cruises on Carnival, the ship its self was what we excepted, but the trip over and back from Long beach was not what we excepted. It was cold and windy couldn't be on our balcony without a jacket, give me the Caribbean. The entertainment was great but days at sea and no sun was tuff. The food was nothing to write home about except the Pizza and Sushi. Sushi was worth the extra price. The stake house was worth the $35 price tag, was disappointed we thought that we would get a free bottle of win on the first or second day some how I read it wrong the free bottle was only offered on the first night of sailing we went the second night but it was still a great value. Service was great in all aspects of the ship, we did find the Alchemy Bar not as friendly as we have on other ships. The first two ports of call were disappointing, we docked in a shipping yard with nothing abound took an execution to a beach on both days, both beaches great, but the ship didn't leave until 11:00 P.M. and there wasn't much to do. We did take a Free Shuttle to Walmart, it was a $30 fee for a cab so we took the shuttle and walked around down town Honolulu, we found a bar called the Floating Pagoda it was great. The third island had a beach right by the ship it was great the same with Kona the beach is right by the ship and it was amazing. If you like to sunbath on your days a sea don't take this cruise. I probably will never go to Hawaii again by ship but it was a trip to remember. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2017
We spent 2 days in Long Beach prior to boarding the ship. The free bus around Long Beach was very useful - really did not need a car. We had flown into LAX and then took Uber to the Queen Mary. Uber was a great experience - our first ... Read More
We spent 2 days in Long Beach prior to boarding the ship. The free bus around Long Beach was very useful - really did not need a car. We had flown into LAX and then took Uber to the Queen Mary. Uber was a great experience - our first time using this service. Recommend it highly - cost was less then cost of the shuttles. Had never been on the Miracle, but had traveled on the Legend 2 times. Liked the size of the ship. We felt the décor of the ship was "different" but not horrible. The crew decorated the ship for the holidays and it was impressive. We thoroughly enjoyed the holiday décor and the celebrations. This was our first time being Platinum and we enjoyed the "special" treatment. Embarkation was a treat - buffet was not crowded. We do Any Time Dining and shared a table all but one time - it was a great way to meet different individuals and enabled us to have interesting conversations. Entertainment was wonderful - the dancers/singers were great and very personable. Thoroughly enjoyed the offered enrichment on this Journey cruise - Nancy the naturalist, Steven Katkowsky, Academy of Fun, the juggler's, mentalist's, the Hawaiian representatives - they all made sea days and evenings fly by... Adam and the Fun Squad made trivia, games, and events around the ship so much fun. Dining and Lido staff were attentive and friendly. Sea Day Brunches are always enjoyable. Dining staff "shows" were fun. We rented cars in all but 2 ports. We rented from Dollar - the cars were fine, our recommendation is that you do not use Dollar's toll free number...the reliable information on this number leaves a lot to be desired. Did an excursion in Kauai - NaPali Cruise and Snorkel. This was a wonderful tour. Snorkeling was limited due to high winds and waves but traveling along the NaPali coast line was terrific - got to see tail of one whale, spinner dolphins and a sea turtle. While on Oahu we snorkeled at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve - this is a great place to see lots of fish - no standing on the coral reefs but it is an easy place to snorkel right from the shore. This was our first time to Ensenada - we got off the ship for a short period of time and walked along the main "shopping area" - but have decided we will not do it again - not a place we wish to see again. We would definitely do this cruise again Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
We spent our pre-cruise night at Best Western of Long Beach. The stay there was compliments of our travel agency, CompanionShips. There were many cruisers staying there as they provide free shuttle service to the port. Another thanks to ... Read More
We spent our pre-cruise night at Best Western of Long Beach. The stay there was compliments of our travel agency, CompanionShips. There were many cruisers staying there as they provide free shuttle service to the port. Another thanks to CompanionShips for recognition of our 43rd wedding anniversary. The Dining Room staff sang and brought us a heart-shaped cake on the first Elegant Night! Very nice gesture and totally unexpected! We were very pleased with our inside cabin. Despite the fact we were directly below the casino, we never heard any noise above us. Being on a lower level does have its advantages, as we were just one floor below the dining room, casino, guest services and Phantom Theater, which was the major entertainment venue. Our room steward was Eva, who provided excellent service and was available from 8am - 8 pm daily. We were on the "Anytime Dining" plan and had no wait whatsoever whenever we showed up for dinner. Service in the DR is very slow, and even at breakfast we had to allow 90 minutes or more. Sea Day Brunch was very popular and the favorite menu item there was steak and eggs! After a particularly bad dinner experience, we asked to not be seated in Head Waiter Melvin's section. We found the waiters in his section to be extremely slow and forgetful. We saw other guests get up and left the DR after receiving nothing more than a menu and basket of bread over the course of an hour. Our first port was Maui where we booked the Wonders of Haleakala tour thru Carnival. Very disorganized. Apparently there are several tours they schedule that include Haleakala. I would suggest Carnival give a number to each of these tours, as there was mass confusion among the guests trying to figure out which bus they were supposed to board. Once we were on the correct bus, our driver Don gave us a great tour. Our next stop was Oahu, which we toured on our own using The Bus. $5 gets you a fill day pass. We reserved our own tickets for The Arizona memorial which was a one hour drive via bus. Our next port was Kona on the Big Island where we did Clark's Hop on Hop off tour bus. This was the only port where we had to tender. Again, very disorganized. It appeared Carnival used only two tender boats to transport over 2,000'passengers. We had very limited port time there as we arrived around 10:30. Priority tendering was given to Platinum, Diamond and Faster to the Fun guests. Tender tickets were distributed and we were #25 so we did not actually set foot on Kona until 1:00 pm. We had to be back onboard by 4:30 so our time there was extremely limited. Our second stop on the island was Hilo where we enjoyed a great private tour with Ricky's Tours. Karen was our guide and she drove a 15 passenger van.i would highly recommend Ricky's! We also toured Kauai, again on a tour booked with Carnival. Much more organized and informative! Our final stop was Ensenada. We did not book a tour as we were limited to 4 hours there. Buses were at the port, taking us to a nearby shopping district and back for $3. Unless I had a tour booked, I would stay on the shop in Ensenada. The area is impoverished and we received safety warnings from the crew as we walked off the ship. The Miracle is a HUGE ship, and I personally prefer a smaller ship. I feel the Buffet Dining area does not offer enough seating to accommodate the amount of passengers. Breakfast buffet is scheduled to begin at 6:30 and lunch at 11:30. Although there are many buffet stations, we found only one open for guests at the scheduled opening time. Although the other stations were fully stocked with staff and not food, "Buffet closed" signs were at each station. Can't figure that one out! Most days we chose to eat breakfast in the DR as the scrambled eggs on the buffet were very runny and the bacon was undercooked and floppy! Debarkation again priorotozed guests who were Diamond, Platinum or Faster to the fun. Also anyone who chose to carry off their own bags. We booked bus transport to LAX and waited in line over an hour to board the bus. I would not recommend a flight before 2 pm if you choose this option. We were among the last to get off the ship, which was at 10:45 am. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Embarkation: Another wonderful Southern California day. Traffic at port was light. We arrived a little early as did many of the 550 Diamond and Platinum guests. Carnival reception and check-in team were dressed appropriately for a ... Read More
Embarkation: Another wonderful Southern California day. Traffic at port was light. We arrived a little early as did many of the 550 Diamond and Platinum guests. Carnival reception and check-in team were dressed appropriately for a Hawaii Cruise. After checking in at the normal reception area we were directed to an outside seating area to wait for embarkation to begin. All in all, it went quick and efficiently. 5 of 5 Room 5129: Room ready and clean. Steward Sakti stopped by and discussed service and our expectations. We requested cleaning once a day with nightly turndown, Ice, Robe and glasses for bath room. We do ask a little more than expected but he understood and accepted the challenge happily. We had this room Steward last month and what a difference in service provided on this Cruise. Sakti might be reading my Cruise Critic Reviews. Highly recommend Sakti and his team to anyone. 5 of 5 Steak House: 1st night We had reservations for 8:00 PM seating. We like to take advantage of the wine special. Went in and set at the bar early, ordered a bottle of wine. The Bartender IGusti from Bombay had to go to store room to get it. After a little delay he showed up with our wine, was very talkative and friendly. Ask to be seated in Isabela’s section where we were recognized from our last visit, and greeted with enthusiasm. I had the Spinach Salad, Lamb, baked potato and Chocolate Sampler. Was not disappointed but the Lamb was a little tougher than I expected but tasty. DW had the spinach salad, with Lobster Tail with mash potatoes. Her Tail was smaller than expected in fact it was about the same size as the one in the main dining room on formal night. Isabela and her team waiter Julie Rashal provided exceptional service. On DW’s birthday we were treated again by the Casino to another visit to the Steak House. You know it, we ask to be seated in Isabela’s section. I had to go back to my normal Filet Mignon but had the escargot as appetizer. DW had Lobster bisque, cream spinach and Lobster tail again. Vibin the Chef visited the table and we discussed the cooking class he was part of the day before. One complaint on second night we ordered a bottle of wine from the wine list and again they didn’t have it on hand. We selected the second and it also wasn’t available even in the store room below. Come on Carnival why put the wine on the list and not have it. Overall the Steak House on the Miracle has become a place we look forward to visiting at least once on every cruise. Meet and Mingle: Held on 1st day at sea 4:15 Sam’s Piano Bar. I hope you can read the smile on my face. This was one of the best turnouts I have seen at a Meet and Mingle. Over 45 CC members along with Lee Mason Cruise Director and Bryan the Entertainment Director. Carnival provided snacks and refreshments. Lee talked to the group extensively about his experience with CC and it was very entertaining. Later Lee and Bryan made it around to every table or group to talk with everyone. Bacchus Dining Room: Assigned table #171 Head Waiter Ahmad, Team Waiters Denisalv and Lone. Emailed the Maitre D’ a week before and requested Ahmad’s table because Ahmad’s experience stands out. Ahmad is one of Carnivals most seasoned Head Waiters. Denisalv made Ahmads job easier they worked together smooth and without confusion. Over the 15 days we got to know our hard-working team from Bacchus Dining Room as they also worked the lido dining area. Sky Box: What a surprise, Dimitar Andrievki is back in Sky Box. We have had the pleasure to visit and hang out with Dimitar in the past and consider him as cruise family. His help Nebojsha from Macedonia is just about to become another extension to the family. Both do whatever it takes to provide great service. Going to another bar or store room to get Perrier Water is an example of the Carnival Service at its best. They had their hands tied on this trip because the World Series was on local TV and we didn’t have signal in the middle of the Pacific. Why can’t Carnival Cruise Ship receive a full list of sports channels anywhere in the world? Why is it that Carnival does not provide west coast TV channels on Pacific Cruises? Who cares about local Miami news and weather when in Alaska and Hawaii? Entertainment: We had the pleasure to meet in passing the Entertainment Director Bryan on many occasions. We noted he was very interactive with the passengers as he moved thru the ship. Cruise Director Lee always on the move and hosted many events we attended. Not going to list all the events we enjoyed but have to make special mention of a few; 1- Georgios George and the Comedy club acts were all good and some exceptional. 2- The impromptu Group sing in the Mad Hatters ball room very fun, 2- The Liars Club with Lee, a very hard laugh to be had by all. 3- The Stage Hypnotist was lots different than other stage Hypnotist Carnival has had in past cruises and “I loved it”. I think his name was Dan Shoener. 4- “LSB” Lip Sink Battle was entertaining. 5- Chef Jerry J. Furtado had a demonstration of his cooking and I thought it was very interesting. Oh, for those who do not know me, my specialty is eating not cooking. 6- Lee had the best Fun Squad we have come across on our 20 cruises on Carnival. Oh, what a great time! Casino: The Casino on Carnival Miracle is one of the best of the fleet when you are nonsmoker. It still reeks yet it doesn’t have a cloud as you walk down the main hall. We need more nonsmoking areas in the casino with better ventilation. The Casino Hosts Hazel and Elley kept all the action on the move. Thanks for the big smiles and personal touch you both add to the casino. Ports of Call: Kahului, Maui: Took an Uber to Kaanapali Beach, Sheraton Hotel on a hunch. $32.68 Uber-X ride took about 45 minute great views and the driver had good ideas and info. Sheraton ask $268 for a day pass includes 1 room. Not in our budget but the beach was pristine and free. No public restrooms so come dressed. It was interesting to watch the people dive off the cliff and snorkeling was good little coral but lots of colorful fish. The Uber driver recommended the Monkeypod to eat we stopped at the Hula Grill and Bearfoot bar next door. The food and service fit the bill. Honolulu, Oahu: Uber to WaikiKi beach and visited Duke’s bar and restaurant. The view of the beach is great its fun to watch the surfers and Hawaiian Canoes. Could be happy just spending the day on that beach. Next stop Maui Brewing Company for coconut porter beer, its just across the street. Last of the morning stops was Tommy Bahamas dinning above the clothing store on 4th floor. You can put your toes in the sand while having a great Hawaiian dish. Back to port for our late afternoon excursion. Aloha! off to the “GERMAINE’s LUAU” now this is a party. The bus ride is a little long in rush hour traffic. Oh yea! Honolulu has rush hour traffic jams. Back to the good and important part “can those girls ever Hula”. Good show, good buffet food, lots of traditional acts. A little rain didn’t slow down the pace. Highly recommend for all ages. Nawiliwili, Kauai: We decided it was a little expensive to take the helicopter ride around the island so we went and booked a private excursion on our own. AirVentures Hawaii 1/3 the price in a 6-passenger air plane. They picked us up at ABC store just as you exit the port and took us to airport short 5-minute ride. We went the long way so the driver could show off the scenery nearby, that was an extra! As for the plan ride, it couldn’t have been a better day or experience. It had rained the day before and that made for more waterfalls than normal. If you ever go call AirVentures and do it! Kailua-Kona, Hawaii: Warm and dry that morning as we got off the tender, grabbed an Uber to the Straw market. Driver said “try the apple-bananas” it’s something you can’t get on the mainland. Straw market was a little let down because it wasn’t quite as big as we were led to believe. Purchased some bananas and pineapple. The driver was right about the apple-bananas being very good. Think I ate 3 and pineapple in Hawaii is a no brainer. Coffee was expensive and they didn’t have the Kona Coffee Macadamia Nut Brittle we were looking for. After shopping we heeded back to the closest beach near port. This turned out to be Marriott Hotel next to Kailua pier where the tenders dock and next to the Kamakahonu National Historic Landmark. Nice beach with a few rocks under the water. The snorkeling must be good, lots of people were snorkeling and scuba diving just off the pier. Next stop after the beach was a nearby bar for a couple of Cold Kona Beers. Returning to the pier Lee and some of the funs squad was waiting with cold towels and water for those in line for the tender. That’s the special treatment and fun squad make waiting for tender fun and relaxing. Hilo, Hawaii: This was a great Free self-coordinated excursion. We disembarked and after exiting the cruise terminal Boarded a new large Green Bus. During the trip the bus driver gave us and explanation of economics of Hawaii, talked about the local business, told the story of how the freshwater lagoon along road came into being. All in the short distance to the “Walmart”. Now let the shopping begin! Driver was a hoot and the mall next to Walmart had all the stores we are used to seeing back on the mainland. This Walmart has a souvenir section just for us tourist. We found it, purchased the Kona Coffee and Kona Coffee Macadamia Nut Brittle we were looking for. And as normal at Walmart, the price very reasonable. On our return trip our bus driver entertained us with a few songs, great singer. The best song he saved for last “Just hang loose”. Back on board “Aloha Hawaii” Ensenada Mexico: We debarked and turned our phone on to make phone calls and text messages. Did not leave the compound. Over all this was a great Cruise. Will rate it a 5 of 5 because they do not have a 4.6 notch on the 1-5 scale. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2017
We chose this cruise mainly for the itinerary and not wanting to fly all the way to Hawaii. We stayed on the Queen Mary the night before in Long Beach which was great. The port was well organized and we didn't have to wait long to board. ... Read More
We chose this cruise mainly for the itinerary and not wanting to fly all the way to Hawaii. We stayed on the Queen Mary the night before in Long Beach which was great. The port was well organized and we didn't have to wait long to board. We did have priority boarding because we had a suite. The ship is a bit dated and a little shabby but we really enjoyed the trip overall. We met some amazing people. We did the Chef's Table which I highly recommend. The chefs Jerry and Anthony were wonderful. The food in the buffet and restaurants was generally better than I expected. The steakhouse food and service were excellent and well worth the extra $$. Our cabin suite 6163 was spacious and we loved the big bathroom. There were 2 closets and a ton of storage. There were a lot of sea days and time to relax. The Serenity deck was a disappointment because it was packed every day when the weather was nice. The pubs and comedy entertainment were very good. The magic show with Bobby Borgia was great also. The ship's décor is over the top and quite amusing. The staff were generally very nice and helpful. There were some tender glitches in Kona and some spotty service but overall it was a wonderful vacation. Our cabin steward Rodel was very attentive as were the guest service staff. The itinerary was wonderful, we got to see sunsets every time we left the islands in Hawaii. This cruise only had 30 children on board which was very unusual; we enjoyed that it was mostly adults. The only excursion we booked through Carnival was Germaine's Luau in Oahu and it was pretty awful. That was the low point of the trip. This was Miracle's last trip to Hawaii and we would definitely do it again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
This was our dream cruise. We have always wanted to go to Hawaii as we have never been there. So when we saw this cruise with Carnival, we jump at it two years in advance! Everything about this cruise was perfect. We booked everything ... Read More
This was our dream cruise. We have always wanted to go to Hawaii as we have never been there. So when we saw this cruise with Carnival, we jump at it two years in advance! Everything about this cruise was perfect. We booked everything through Carnival, to include airline tickets and transport from the airport to the port of long beach. Everything, and I mean everything was perfect! We were on the ship once we arrived the port of Long beach within 30 minutes. The port personal were very professional and friendly and quickly showed us the way to the beautiful Carnival Miracle. This is the first time we have had the luck on being on a Spirit class Carnival Ship. We have sailed on the Carnival Dream, Triumph and Fantasy and we really loved the Carnival Miracle. They layout was easy to understand, and everything was easy to find. The thing we noticed the most was how caring and friendly the crew was. From the cruise directly, Lee, to the bartenders, the folks in lido deck and out stateroom staff. All Perfect, always happy smiles and wonderful service. The ports of call we perfect, we got to visit 4 different islands of Hawaii (5 ports) and one port in Mexico (Ensenada). ALL Hawaiian ports were amazing. We did excursions on ALL ports. The tour guides we had on each excursions were the best, all very knowledgeable of their island and what they were showing us. I give the highest marks I can for ALL excursions, which were also booked through Carnival. On Maui, we went to the mountain top, WOW, what a view. We visited Honolulu with the city tour, perfect tour and we learned a lot about this beautiful city. On our third port, Kauai, we went to the most amazing canyon, although not the Grand Canyon, beautiful in its own right. One to the big island with a port of call in Kona, we took a coffee tour, best coffee ever. Final stop was Hilo, another mountain top tour to almost 14000 feet up! The best view of the sky I have ever had, and lots of telescopes, even got to go inside one. 4 sea days and back to the mainland for a quick stop in Mexico, we did the beer and taco tour...WOW, great tasking beer, and Mexican tacos, taco bell has been lying to us all these years...LOL. After 15 days, back to the port of Long beach, with yet another perfect nearly 15 minutes off the ship and transportation back to LAX. This was the BEST carnival cruise we have ever been on. Some might say carnival is not the best line to pick, but in our opinion, you can't go wrong with Carnival Cruise line for ANY cruise you might want to try. We love Carnival and we loved this cruise even better. THANK YOU FOR A CRUISE of a life time! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
This was our first time on a Carnival Ship, having only sailed with P&O before. This was a relocation cruise with the ship heading to Australia for it's summer season and we joined the ship in Honolulu. Boarding was a breeze, very ... Read More
This was our first time on a Carnival Ship, having only sailed with P&O before. This was a relocation cruise with the ship heading to Australia for it's summer season and we joined the ship in Honolulu. Boarding was a breeze, very smooth indeed but our luggage took around 4 hours to reach our cabin. We took that time to locate friends and walk around and get a feel of the ship. The decor is a little overwhelming in areas, there is a lot to take in. The ship was not due to leave port until 11.30pm and most people were having a few drinks, some quite a few. Everyone was aware that we would be required to participate in the emergency drill but as the evening dragged on a lot of people put their children to bed and a lot of adults also retired for the evening, we did the same thing at 10.15pm only to have the alarms go off at 10.30 for the drill. We got out of bed and joined the crowds at our muster station,not everyone was in a jolly mood, there were mothers being told to go back to their cabins and get their sleeping children out of bed as attendance for ALL passengers was compulsory. I believe that this drill should have been done by 9.00pm it was badly handled. We then had 17 days sailing to Sydney. Positives: The food. We ate at the restaurant for breakfast and dinner and had lunch at the buffet. I can't recall any bad meals, especially in the restaurant, the food was always first rate. The Staff. The waitstaff and Bar staff were all excellent, as was our room steward I wayan who look after us so well. The entertainment. Some was ok some was not. Kylie in the Piano Bar was great, some of the shows were good some ordinary. One Magician was bad. Overall the entertainment was ok. The Weather. Ports of Call. Papeete and Bora Bora were great, Moorea excellent, Noumea also was much improved on our last visit, Suva, well that will be in the negatives. Negatives: No announcements, after the emergency drill, were broadcast in your cabin so if you were in your cabin you missed out. Ridiculous. Kids in Bars up to 10pm. The Red Frog Pub could have had a great atmosphere, live music almost every night, great staff and all ruined by bloody kids yelling, crying, smashing the shuffleboard pucks back and forward while their parents sat and drank. There were enough on board activities for kids to not have them ruining adults evenings. There is only one exclusive adults only area on the ship and it shut at 8pm while kids are still in bars at 10pm. Go Figure. Tendering: Getting off the ship by tender was badly organised, standing in cabin ways for 45 mins is absurd. Carnival should have someone spend some time with P&O and see how it's done. Suva as a Port of Call: I heard no announcements as to how awful Suva can be, maybe I was in our cabin when they were made. It was bad 40 years ago and it ain't improved folks. Why cruise lines go there is a mystery. Some passengers were mugged, we were warned by a bus driver about scams but heard nothing from Carnival. Disorganisation at Noumea: Lines of people on the wharf waiting for buses but not knowing if the buses were shuttles or booked tours. You cannot walk out of the port area so you must wait for a bus and there was one perhaps two staff directing people. It was a joke. There should be a rating between Very Good and Average as overall it's what this cruise was. Read Less
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