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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
This is my 1st Carnival cruise but my 7th cruise. I won’t sail Carnival again. Feel like I’m on budget holiday. The food is ordinary, cold when it’s supposed to be hot and visa versa. 5 days until we get home can’t come quickly ... Read More
This is my 1st Carnival cruise but my 7th cruise. I won’t sail Carnival again. Feel like I’m on budget holiday. The food is ordinary, cold when it’s supposed to be hot and visa versa. 5 days until we get home can’t come quickly enough. Everything is a money grab you even have to pay for fish and chips. Bingo is a joke. Same entertainment for 18 days. No dancing for older people unless you want to go to the nightclub at 10pm. We danced every night on Princess. The interior of the ship can only be described as ugly, it’s hard to look at. I’m normally a very optimistic person but this is a challenging cruise to say the least. The day trips are expensive and not really worth the money. Room staff are lovely but some of the kitchen staff don’t understand when you ask questions which is very frustrating. Worst buffet layout ever. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
This was one of the all time cruises we wanted to do, Hawaii to Sydney via Tahiti. for the ports of call the cruise rates a 5 how can you not like Bora Bora, Moorea, Hawaii. But this review is all about the ship experience. The Cabin ... Read More
This was one of the all time cruises we wanted to do, Hawaii to Sydney via Tahiti. for the ports of call the cruise rates a 5 how can you not like Bora Bora, Moorea, Hawaii. But this review is all about the ship experience. The Cabin The Cabin Steward was fantastic got us a bed underlay and extra pillows on the second day, the bed was uneven my side was higher than my wife's, had a 4K cabin 4139 which had opening French doors before the refurb in May which they replaced with a full glass non opening window, a bit disappointed. Food The Lido deck has 4 food stations 3 of which have the same things for Breaky/Lunch the other has a choice of toasted sandwiches, there is also a omelette area which becomes Pizza at lunch and dinner, there is a Taco station and a burger station as you enter the pool area. The MDR had seating for breaky , Lunch , Dinner Did most of our eating in the MDR as the Lido deck was always crowded and the food was not that good looking, all I can say to Guy ( Guys Burgers ) is come to Australia and the local takeaway will show you how to make a good burger !. The food in the MDR started of very well for the first 4-5 Days and then went downhill, cold meat overcooked tasteless chips, and you could not trust the description on the menu. Thankyou to our MDR Waiters Entertainment 19 days and only 3 shows by the onboard singers/dancers , 3 different Magic acts, the one really disappointment is they have done away with a live band and all the acts perform to recorded music. Lots of trivia throughout the day but the areas where they where held did not have enough seating so unless you got there 30min before forget it. and on the subject of trivia, why do people cheat just to win I don't get it. The entertainment staff where great ( thank you Tiny Tim & Richie and ALL the others ) The Ship Is in very good condition with a bit of wear & tear here and there we where the Legend 2 years ago and the colours seam to be a bit lighter than then, if you want to get a hammock ect in the serenity area I think you need to sleep there !!! the public rooms where kept clean , the ship is very well laid out and easy to navigate. Overall we had a great holiday but would have rated it higher if the food had been better Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
We were looking forward to the cruise to Hawaii,we heard so much about all the beautiful flowers and how the islands were amazing but it was a disaster .The ship docked on the side of the port that was all industrial,didn’t see any ... Read More
We were looking forward to the cruise to Hawaii,we heard so much about all the beautiful flowers and how the islands were amazing but it was a disaster .The ship docked on the side of the port that was all industrial,didn’t see any flowers only tankers and large containers . When we docked in Maui we had about a 20 minute walk to get out of the port and it was a bad smell walking through and when we finally got out , there was nothing to see or do only walk about another 20 minutes to go shopping .They were doing renovations on the ship ,heard a lot of grinding bad smell from that and the smell of paint .They had parts of the ship roped of while the work was being done so you couldn’t enjoy the ship .The food wasn’t the greatest,mostly pork and beef which the blood was running out of the beef,asked if they could give me some beef that was cooked but couldn’t .Phone carnival to let them know about the experience we had and they offered a 50.00 dollars on board credit towards my next cruise ,not good enough .This is our 15 th cruise and the worse one , so disappointed waste of our hard earned money carnival just don’t care . Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
While overall the cruise was pleasant because of the itinerary and the friendliness of the crew, If I had it to do over again I would choose a different cruise line. We have taken a large number of cruises and our history with Carnival ... Read More
While overall the cruise was pleasant because of the itinerary and the friendliness of the crew, If I had it to do over again I would choose a different cruise line. We have taken a large number of cruises and our history with Carnival has been hit or miss. We decided to try again because of this itinerary. When I filled out the necessary information for my boarding pass documents they had me pick a time to board, saying "if you miss your assigned boarding time it could result in you waiting in line". We arrived 15 minutes early and there were probably between 750 and 1000 people in line and no one had started going through security. It took over 2 and a half hours to accomplish the boarding process. After the Sydney to Honolulu portion of this pacific crossing Carnival changed the smoking policy on the ship. the casino went from non-smoking to all smoking. There is inadequate ventilation for this and the casino was virtually unusable for most of the cruise because of the pervasive cigarette smoke. The smoke also came out into other areas of the ship like the colossal atrium bar area. Carnival also cut back on the number of cabin attendants, assigning our cabin attendant 35 cabins. He gave us a choice when we boarded to have our cabin serviced either in the morning or at night, not a huge deal but definitely a reduction in service. Although the dining room food was good some nights, it was not consistently good and the service was incredibly slow, again because of staff reductions and the number of tables each team was assigned. The second night took over 90 minutes to get food and 2 and a half hours to finish the meal. The cabin attendant and the dining room staff were incredibly friendly and I have no complaint against them, I just think Carnival is stretching their staff too thin and it is affecting service. The entertainment on the ship was excellent as were the variety of things to do on the ship. The cruise Director, Jen, is one of the very best we have encountered in our 40+ cruises. The air conditioning didn't work well in our cabin and I reported it to the Cabin Attendant before we left the ship for a day in port. In addition to not working well, the adjusting dial was being held on the thermostat by a band aid. Not my band aid, it was there when we boarded. If you removed the band aid the dial fell off. The dial was useless in adjusting the temperature as it was not connected to the thermostat directly. When I got back, the room was still hot so I called him again, He thanked me for reminding him and he called maintenance. When we returned from dinner there was a small tent card on our bed that read "The Air conditioning has been checked and is functioning to Carnival standards". The band aid was still there. I took a picture of the thermostat and took that as well as the small tent card to Guest Services who called maintenance back again. They finally replaced the entire thermostat and the air conditioning worked fine after that. The only reason I can see for the liberal smoking policy is increased profits. I would have been happier with at least non-smoking sections of the casino, or a non-smoking half.. even though that is like3 a non-peeing section in a pool when you don't have adequate ventilation. I do however feel like Carnival has chosen profit over my health and comfort and I will choose another cruise option in the future. I called post cruise guest relations when I returned and the agent assured me that this is the policy on all of their ships. They used to have a non-smoking ship, the Paradise, but according to her "It didn't work out". Carnival is striving and fast becoming the Walmart of Cruises. I will not be back. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Everything was good except in the main dining room. Was nice to see tablecloths still there but I believe they are going away soon. There was no teamwork in our section of the dining room and was very stressful to watch. The dining rm was ... Read More
Everything was good except in the main dining room. Was nice to see tablecloths still there but I believe they are going away soon. There was no teamwork in our section of the dining room and was very stressful to watch. The dining rm was advertised at lunch as opened until 2:30 so when we arrived at 1:30 they were not very pleasant when we showed them it said 2:30 and they insisted that kitchen was closing at 1:30. After alittle rudeness they did let us in. The mentalist was awesome, lots of activities on board. Great music. Jen the cruise director was everywhere. Don’t know when she slept. First time we tried the French doors and it was great having light. I choose the location carefully and was great. Look for ones between 2 lifeboats. Good views. Miss having the outdoor screen as well. The Redfrog beer is good and not expensive. On the last Saturday night all the musicians had a jam session in the pub and it was awesome. So many talented people. Looked like they were having a blast as well. This was one of the highlights for my husband. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We sailed from Honolulu to Sydney and choose the Legend for the route. staying north and not going via NZ. The issues we encountered were, Extended queue for quest services for at least 2 days trying to fix various issues. ... Read More
We sailed from Honolulu to Sydney and choose the Legend for the route. staying north and not going via NZ. The issues we encountered were, Extended queue for quest services for at least 2 days trying to fix various issues. Ridiculously high Alcohol prices and no drinks package The serenity pool was unusable for most of the trip due to what appeared to be sewage contamination. Drinking water contaminated by salt for 2 days Major night events planned prior or during port days, we had several sea days which could have been used. Our balcony during a port day had what appeared to be a blob of grease large enough we couldn't step over We purchased a suite which provided no additional service levels unlike RCI I asked for the gym showers and doors to be fixed 3 times and nothing happened At this time it also appears I have been double charged on my credit card!!! We called the dining experience A chef and B chef pending the dinner quality The ships décor is hideous May I say the all the staff were outstanding in their friendliness and customer interactions. Read Less
4 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
Went on same ship in 2014 from LA to Sydney and loved it. The ship is looking like it is overdue for maintenance but the crew is still the best. Lots more rust this time, and our AC in the cabin broke completely one day and it was ... Read More
Went on same ship in 2014 from LA to Sydney and loved it. The ship is looking like it is overdue for maintenance but the crew is still the best. Lots more rust this time, and our AC in the cabin broke completely one day and it was over 90 degrees in there, but they fixed it as fast as they could. Only real problem was the out of control young teenage kids, and the complete refusal of parents and security to do anything about it. I will not list specific things I saw, because people will just think I am exaggerating. Just take my word when I say that they were 100% out of control, to the point that people could have been injured. The parents pretended nothing was wrong with it, and the ship refused to do anything. The entertainment staff, especially the musicians and the DJ (DJ MAXX) were fantastic. The overall party atmosphere that we saw in 2014 had calmed considerably, except for the kids. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We booked this cruise so that we could have a week in Waikiki and then cruise home. We had a great time in Honolulu. This was our first time on Carnival Legend, but have been on Carnival Spirt twice. We had the first boarding time ... Read More
We booked this cruise so that we could have a week in Waikiki and then cruise home. We had a great time in Honolulu. This was our first time on Carnival Legend, but have been on Carnival Spirt twice. We had the first boarding time of 12.30 - 1pm, although it did appear that everyone had turned up to board at the same time! So it did take a little while to get through and on board, although the process went fairly smoothly (nothing like the repo cruise we did on the Carnival Spirit from Singapore in 2015, which took nearly 3 hours to get on board and standing in extreme temperatures). Once on board we arrived at our cabin (7180 extended balcony) and our bags were already at our cabin. so it was great to be able to unpack and get organised. We had five sea days ahead of us,(we were traveling with another couple). So first priority for my husband was to make sure that they were going to get the footy finals, pleased to say they did. The five sea days passed quickly with trivia and relaxing in Serenity. Not sure what time some people got to Serenity each morning, but we only got a pod on one occasion. Would have been nice if it was policed and the pods that some people only seem to use for a short period of time but chose to leave their books and towels so that no one else could use them, if the staff could have collected these belongings and given someone else a chance to use the pods. Also for the first few days there were a few kids in this area but thankfully they did move them on. There were quite a few kids on this cruise and mostly well behaved, but it did get a bit frustrating when you would go to watch karaoke and it was mostly kids (think they need to do one for kids and one for adults), we also experienced kids taking up seats in the piano bar at 11pm at night and even though Kylie (piano player) did mention that there should not be kids in there at this time of the night, the parents did not seem to care. Towards the end of the cruise, everyone seemed to be getting sick with cough and cold and I think this was largely due to staff not policing the hand sanitizer. In fact could not believe how many people didn't use it and my husband said he even saw men leave the toilets and not wash their hands! So needless to say I ended up in bed for 2 days so as not to spread it any further. Food in mdr was always very good, I think there was only one night that nothing on menu appealed to me, and food was always hot and our Waiter Alun and his team were very good, even when we couldn't decide what we wanted he would just bring both dishes for us to try. Lido was also quite good with plenty of choice. We did the Chefs Table and would highly recommend the food was amazing. Our cabin was in a good position and very rarely heard any noise and Noyman and his team kept it clean and tidy. Ports were what we expected, but have to say we loved Bora Bora and swimming with the Rays and sharks. So overall we had a great time, and would highly recommend this repo cruise to everyone, especially once Carnival Legend has had her refurb. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
This was the longest cruise we had undertaken at 17 nights. We felt a strange vibe when boarding the ship. On all of our previous cruises, everyone boarding the ship is in a great mood – as we are all going on holiday at the same ... Read More
This was the longest cruise we had undertaken at 17 nights. We felt a strange vibe when boarding the ship. On all of our previous cruises, everyone boarding the ship is in a great mood – as we are all going on holiday at the same time. This one was a little different with some people boarding cranky and staying cranky the whole cruise. For some it was their first cruise, which is a bit strange – perhaps they should have tried something shorter to see if they liked it. There was also a significantly older demographic than other cruises we had been on – more like Princess in average age! This was our second cruise on Carnival – both on the Legend. I would have to say that the overall experience was even better than the first time, especially given the extra inclusions due to being classed as a “Journey” cruise. Food and service at the Truffles (Level 3) was great. The food on most nights was fantastic, with only having to revert to the regular options very occasionally. We really liked the “You always wanted to try but…” as a great food option. Food and Service at the Unicorn Cafe provided a great range, with generally easy access due to the individual stations – we had some great curries early in the cruise, but found less choice as the days passed, but the Asian stir frys were always great. The desserts were without doubt the best I have seen cruising both in Truffles and Unicorn. It will be interesting to see when the ship is refitted to include Blue Iguana and Guy’s Burger Joint to utilise space better than some areas on deck 9 which are currently under utilised. We thought the drinks prices were a little high. $29 for the cheapest wine that would go for no more than $7 in a Bottle Shop in Australia is a bit excessive, especially as Carnival do not pay duty. Wine should be priced from around $22. However the cocktails were better than previous cruises (including Carnival) with a better range and more “mature” options being available on lower decks. It was great to see that cocktails were served in appropriate glasses on the ship. I realise that on a 17 night cruise you should have a larger range of entertainment for a longer cruise, however I believe that there were too many hypnotists / magicians and not enough singers. The best guest entertainment was Patrick McMahon with his mix of signing and comedy and Marcus Anthony with his cabaret show – he really knew how to work the audience. The 4 Show list productions were also enjoyable - even better than previously - having been reworked since we first saw them 2 years ago. It was also great to see the Show list performers taking on other tasks such as dance lessons etc – a great chance to be taught by professional performers which some passengers really appreciated. Being trivia buffs, we found ample opportunity to test our knowledge with quizzes and cooking demonstrations, dance classes etc. We also enjoyed the lectures by Tom Parks, the Polynesian ambassadors and the Naturalist (mainly through Carnival TV). The music was a highlight with all bands / performers of a high standard. There seemed to be more musicians on board than previously with pre and post dinner music in most lounges. Billies Piano Bar still seems to be an underutilised gem however. Given the relative lack of children on board, there were more than enough activities for kids at Circle C with a good blend to suit the varying ages. Scavenger Hunts, Wii / Playstation and parties were a highlight for our son. It was great to see Cruise Director, Jen Baxter and all of her team around the ship regularly. We found Jen to be fantastic 2 years ago and even better this time. On some previous cruises with other lines, we have barely seen the Cruise Director. Her visibility and energy together with taking time to talk with all who want to talk to her makes her a stand out. Her music “parties” were musts to attend. She would be one of the main reasons we would cruise on the Carnival Legend (or whichever ship she was on) again. Found Guest Services efficient and helpful when required. However we found it difficult to split down our bill as we were looking to monitor our son’s expenses on his card and needed to get a full statement and highlight his expenses to verify his daily spend. I hope that the dry dock upgrade next year will also provide a chance to upgrade the systems / software to allow more flexibility to provide actual details clients need. Shops sold the usual range of items with regular sale events. Duty Free liquor however provided a limited range of options and not particularly good prices, we made of purchases in Noumea which we had not done before. Photos looked great, but there is so much waste in printing them out. I know some lines have facial recognition which means you can see relevant photos on a screen tailored to your group personally, by simply recalling your room number. Embarkation - Efficient and well handled - once we were through US Customs and Immigration the process seemed to speed up appreciably. Our bags were at our cabin when we arrived on board. Disembarkation – Worked well in an orderly manner. Shore Tours – Only booked 1 on board tour as our other selections were sold out. You can see a difference in the professionalism of the tour operators who conduct the Carnival tours. Papeete was a bit of a surprise in how large / busy it was with a population of 130k. The extra time here however allowed us to have a good look around in the town as well as also do a tour out of town. The food vans set at night were also interesting. Moorea was a real hidden gem as it is in the shadow of the better known Bora Bora. Activities seemed a little more accessible here and almost as beautiful. We anticipated that Bora Bora would be the highlight of the trip and we were not disappointed. The water here was so clear and the option to swim with the sharks and rays a once in a lifetime experience. Suva was a bit of a surprise, having not been there since 1987, some areas were almost the same, however there were also modern shopping centres and the Grand Pacific Hotel was an oasis from the hustle and bustle. We had a very enjoyable day in Noumea (due to great weather) and relaxed vibe. Also we tried not to do too much, but enjoyed a swim and drink at Lemon Beach, the morning markets and a picnic lunch – purchased at the supermarket using all French products. Likes: Playlist Productions Better / more interesting talks / lectures / lessons than on shorter cruises Live Music choices Most consistently high standard of food in MDR and Unicorn Café. Dislikes: No Breakfast Pizza at Unicorn Café – this was a highlight from our previous cruise. Expensive drinks. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Where do I begin with this cruise review. We have been on this ship before and this time was as good as the last, except longer. What a great way to come home from Hawaii - so much more relaxing. We actually stayed in Waikiki for ... Read More
Where do I begin with this cruise review. We have been on this ship before and this time was as good as the last, except longer. What a great way to come home from Hawaii - so much more relaxing. We actually stayed in Waikiki for eleven days before the cruise and didn't want to leave there. We had a package and stayed at the Hyatt Regency on the 33rd floor. Fantastic. Buffet breakfast was included in our package. Carnival should be congratulated on their hardworking staff. Their friendliness and efficiency certainly goes a long way to making a cruise a fantastic way to holiday. especially on such a long cruise. From our room steward and his offsider, the dedicated staff who looked after us in the restaurant every night, to Jen the cruise director. Fantastic service from everyone. We ate in the main dining room (MDR) - Truffles Restaurant - every night with four others on our table. These people certainly helped to make our cruise what it was. Great bunch of people. We loved the entertainment by the staff in the restaurant - dancing their way around the restaurant with guests joining in. The staff seemed to have much as fun as the guests. It certainly livened the place up. The food in Truffles was wonderful. We couldn't believe just how tender the steak was and wondered every night just how they did it. In the Lido Bistro we found the food pretty good too. Quite a lot of different food on offer and you certainly did not go hungry at all. The only problem we found in there occasionally was looking for a table to eat our meal and people playing cards or reading on tables. At the busy times, tables could be scarce. Quite often we would join up with another table, but we still found it inconsiderate. We had Cabin 8112 with a balcony and totally unrestricted views. Great cabin. There was so much to see and do on board that you couldn't possibly get bored. Games on the Lido deck, quite a few trivia games every day, Bingo on the sea days, shows every night in the Follies Theatre, games/card room, library, bars with and without entertainment, casino, movies. Heaps to do or do nothing. My husband and I are in our sixties and travelled alone. But we met so many lovely people. We could not fault the ship or its staff in any way. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. Disembarkation at Sydney was effortless. Once we got on the ship we had a problem though with trying to put cash on our Sail & Sign card. The line was HUGE and very slow - and there were only two staff working on it. Thought we would get in line first to book excursions as they go quickly, but had to put funds on our card first. By the time that was done one of the excursions we particularly wanted to do was sold out. If Carnival let people book their excursions before getting on the ship it would be so much easier. Another suggestion we would make to Carnival is some chairs on Deck 3. Most of the time this deck was empty as there was nowhere to sit. If there were chairs here, it would certainly alleviate the crowding on the Lido deck. And so much quieter. All in all, we would recommend this cruise to anyone. And Carnival in particular. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
We chose this cruse because Carnival's cruise around Hawaii was a better deal than the boats that are stationed in Hawaii and do 7 day cruises. This was 11 days which included 6 days in Hawaii and 5 days at sea and a better price. ... Read More
We chose this cruse because Carnival's cruise around Hawaii was a better deal than the boats that are stationed in Hawaii and do 7 day cruises. This was 11 days which included 6 days in Hawaii and 5 days at sea and a better price. We had opted to purchase tickets to Pearl Harbor thinking we would get on board on time, drop our luggage and then take a cab back to Pearl Harbor by 2:00pm. Because we were so late getting on board we paid for our tickets and didn't get to go. Tried to get tickets the next day and they were sold out. Very disappointing. Also there were so many platinum members on this cruise it was quicker to go through the regular line. This cruise did have quite a send off party when we left Hawaii. I have been on many cruises and NEVER had a cruise give away so much free alcohol. Not sure if they were trying to make up for the first day? One of our friends wasn't thinking about put his bottle of wine that he was allowed to carry on in his suitcase. It was confiscated and he was told he would get back the last day. It was a $20.00 bottle of wine and when he waited in line to retrieve it they couldn't find it and told him, sorry it must have been thrown away. YEA RIGHT! I would have liked to have longer at the islands. The only one that we spent a lot of time on was OAHU. This is a way to busy and the other islands are way nicer. We did stay late in Maui, but we would have loved to stay longer in Kauai, Hilo and Kona. The beach when we tendered to in Kona was absolutely beautiful. All in all, I would do it again for the price. We had an balcony as I we enjoy them, however we hardly spent anytime on it this cruise. After the first day at sea it gets cold Do it cheap-opt for an inside cabin. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Destination, destinations, the cruise was amazing, a journeys cruise with lots of extras to a normal cruise. Staff were wonderful. Ship was clean and the food was fantastic, we had foods from all the different islands, so much fresh fruit ... Read More
Destination, destinations, the cruise was amazing, a journeys cruise with lots of extras to a normal cruise. Staff were wonderful. Ship was clean and the food was fantastic, we had foods from all the different islands, so much fresh fruit and a added midnight buffet. I really can not fault anything about this cruise , it was everything we wanted plus more. We stayed in 4k, great part of the ship, quite. We were blessed with the weather and had smooth sailing all the way. Tahiti was a amazing place, bora bora, beautiful, but my favourite was moorea. It was so good we have booked it again for September 2017, doing it all again. I would recommend this cruise to anyone that isn't looking for top of the range, but for the price it was the best value for money. We found it relaxing, friendly, clean and totally suited to us. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
This is my 33rd cruise - first and last with Carnival. Husband, self and adult daughter chose this to have a peaceful, relaxing trip back to Sydney, rather than flying, which I loathe. Upon boarding the ship and looking around, my ... Read More
This is my 33rd cruise - first and last with Carnival. Husband, self and adult daughter chose this to have a peaceful, relaxing trip back to Sydney, rather than flying, which I loathe. Upon boarding the ship and looking around, my disappointment could not be hidden. It looks like someone on serious drugs designed the decor which is a horrible, dark, ugly, gawdy mix of Neptune's nymphs vs Greek godesses vs medieval knights vs Ali Baba vs Roman Gladiators....and it looks like the lions won!! - this is besides the framed artwork in the lifts which ranged from angelic to downright dirty - lots of naked/scantily clad people...it's just downright awful, even the Captain agreed on that. Even though it was Aussie school holidays Carnival (which is obviously run by clowns) decided to close Kids Camp Carnival for renovations....there were hoardes of kids on board, ranging from tiny squealing/crying/grizzling babies to kids in their teens and everywhere in between. The mobile ones constantly ran through the ship, including the casino which is a main thoroughfare beween the show theatre and dining rooms on Deck 2...I saw several older and more immobile people get badly knocked by these kids but no-one said or did anything. They would also prop themselves on stools at the bar and the poker/slot/other gaming machines in that area. Once the ship docked in Honolulu currency/charges on board were changed to Aussie dollars, although Carnival only advised that the night before sailing and those with US dollars upon boarding were left high and dry with Guest Services unable to convert. Various charges also noticeably increased with the same 24 hour period of internet going from $9 US to $30 for Aussies....also minimum bet at roulette was raised from $5 US to $10 a spin for Aussies. Staff in general were good, although drink "service" was practically non-existent and had most of us fronting up to the various bars to be served ourselves. Food in buffet at lunch was good, in the Dining Room it was very hit and miss with some very strange combinations of food being served, sometimes much better on offer at the buffet. Entertainment was mostly nightly comedians, some good, some so bad they were walked out on. No real nightly entertainment which bought people together and continued on...several attempts at deck parties, first one was rocking for the first hour then they killed the mood with hula hoop contests and polynesian dancing - very subdued, so another early night. Bingo was a joke, very rushed, no "fun"at all - good attendances at all sessions, I would estimate at least 300 people at each, prizes rarely increased at all (all between $100 to $350 for the 5th game) then they had the hide to boast about the last game of the cruise with a "whopping guaranteed $1000". On the same cruise/duration several years ago this jackpot was over $9000....no "snowball" here, just more of the same Carnival greed applied. I complained about several things to the Captain, Hotel Director and Casino Manager, but I feel you can't even breathe without approval from Head office. If you want a cruise that's more like a zoo/child care centre, very disorganised, very expensive and not value for money then choose Carnival...if not, stay well away!!! We have been told on good authority Carnival are really going after the "Family Friendly" market, and next year will be doing away with tablecloths in the dining room....After 17 nights cruising I am still waiting for the "FUN"to begin - I feel a visit to the Dentist would at least make me laugh. Any line which shows this much contempt for Aussies doesn't deserve our business at all. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
I would not recommend this cruise to anyone based on the experience we have had as a family with guest services and the finance team. The guest services has a mentality of shifting blame rather than accepting responsibility for their ... Read More
I would not recommend this cruise to anyone based on the experience we have had as a family with guest services and the finance team. The guest services has a mentality of shifting blame rather than accepting responsibility for their mistakes. There was an issue with over 40 guests using various banks being cut off from bars and casinos at the same time and Guest services keep blaming everyone's banks back home. This was proven false when a few of us visited the ATM on board and withdrew money (which was dispensed in US Dollars which the ship would not accept). They advertised several drinks packages which were not honoured. Two of the wine packages they decvided not to honour after the second day on the 17 night trip. The children's arcade is full of gambling machines for the children (7 machines containing iPads, iPhones, GoPro's, G Shock Watches etc) with no limits set leaving children to waste their money in the kids zone located with in the Kids Club section of the ship. After getting home, we were charged in USD rather than Australian. This was then Reimbursed in USD at a different exchange rate which left us $170 Australian short. They then had the audacity to recharge us the full amount again in Australian Dollars without reimbursing the extra we were charged. There were many other issues but I won't go into them. We are a Seasoned cruise family and have never had a complaint with P&O. We are never going Carnival again. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We joined our immediate family on this trip as being in our 60s we thought it would be better for ourselves. First problem was it took 45minutes at the boarding office as the inefficent woman doing this deleted all our details. Five ... Read More
We joined our immediate family on this trip as being in our 60s we thought it would be better for ourselves. First problem was it took 45minutes at the boarding office as the inefficent woman doing this deleted all our details. Five people later we boarded the Legend with papers to take to the front desk. Once again 20minutes later we now have bank accounts.As we left Honolulu at 11pm all aboard by 5pm. But guess what they did our lifejacket drill at 10.30pm. We had children a sleep on parents shoulders people in wheel chairs and walking frames herded out of there beds at this time of night. WHAT A JOKE. The decor of the ship was horrendous something between greek goddesses and japenese writing, still cannot work it out. What the urns were for I do not Know. The staff were all great and our cabin 5218 was clean and comfortable. Children were allowed to sit at the bars walk through Casino areas and no-one seemed interested in telling they were not allowed. ATMS were all in US dollars great when you are coming to Australia, a problem for all passengers not being to access. On arrival home an email arrives with more surprises, All credit cards were charged at US prices and refunds will be given, do not know will happen to people like myself who paid cash. Would rate this ship 4 - 10, and thats for the room and staff. If I won a raffle for a Carnival would donate it back, never again. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We chose this cruise because we wanted to go to Hawaii and cruise back home. Also that we could spend Australian Dollars on the ship. The crew were fabulous, always friendly. Food was good. Entertainment good. The crossing was mostly ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to go to Hawaii and cruise back home. Also that we could spend Australian Dollars on the ship. The crew were fabulous, always friendly. Food was good. Entertainment good. The crossing was mostly calm with a couple of days where the sea was rough, but the ship handled the bad weather very well. The cabin (7162) was great and having the extended balcony was an extra bonus as we could enjoy a quiet drink out there mid afternoon. Had my hair cut at the beauty salon and was very pleased with my new hairstyle. The 'hair therapist' was very friendly and informative with regards to future hair conditioning and treatments. We enjoyed ballroom dancing every evening after dinner in the Atrium which I found a bit small as most events happened there, it sure got a bit crowded in that area. The decor was a bit overpowering. To me it seemed as if the interior designers could not make up their minds about what to use, so they used EVERYTHING. Someone should tell them that 'less is more'. All those urns! The colours used were also very dark. Overall all I enjoyed my time on the ship and the cruise was all I expected it to be once I found my bearings and relaxed a bit. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We chose this cruise for the embarkation port Honolulu and the ports we visited. The ship was repositioning and the time of year was perfect. It was very smooth sailing and the weather was very warm. We have never cruised Carnival Cruise ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the embarkation port Honolulu and the ports we visited. The ship was repositioning and the time of year was perfect. It was very smooth sailing and the weather was very warm. We have never cruised Carnival Cruise Line before and were pleasantly surprised in a lot of ways but also disappointed in some ways as well. The service and staff were terrific, we enjoyed the lectures by the visiting experts. The food in the restaurants was of a very good standard. The entertainment was good but not fantastic. There were a lot of sea days with very little that was of interest to us. Leaving the ship and returning at the ports was always very easy. I was constantly cold in most areas of the ship including our cabin, we could not adjust the air conditioning. You had to pay to watch a movie in your cabin on a very small Tv screen. There were a lot of children on board who seemed to roam around the ship without supervision. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
I am giving this cruise a two star rating for two main reasons. One the food on board was bad. Normally when I cruise after having a meal in the main dining room I end the meal thinking wow, that was a great meal, I can't wait to ... Read More
I am giving this cruise a two star rating for two main reasons. One the food on board was bad. Normally when I cruise after having a meal in the main dining room I end the meal thinking wow, that was a great meal, I can't wait to see what they have tomorrow night. But on this cruise the food in the dining room was dry, boring and bland. I heard a lot of people complaining about the quality of the food. If you wanted a better cut of steak or lobster you had to pay $20 but even then people were saying it wasn't worth the money. The food in the buffet wasn't much better. The eggs were so soggy you could practically ring them out and the fruit was under-ripe and hard. So the food on board was a big zero! The second reason I am rating this cruise a 2 star is the on board entertainment. We had 5 sea days so you would think they had some good activities planned but mostly it was trivia. All day, trivia games. Other then that there wasn't that much else to do. Every once in a while they threw something else in but there really wasn't much to do especially compared to other cruises we have taken. I felt like they put no thought into their on board activities for their guests for those long sea days. It was like the only thing they could come up with is more trivia games. We did this cruise with NCL and had a blast. I would definitely not do this cruise again with Carnival. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
We flew to Honolulu from Seattle to cruise on the Carnival Legend.. The cruise was 11 days and the first 2 days we were to be docked in Honolulu. The itinerary showed the ship being there at 8:00 am on the first day. We were under the ... Read More
We flew to Honolulu from Seattle to cruise on the Carnival Legend.. The cruise was 11 days and the first 2 days we were to be docked in Honolulu. The itinerary showed the ship being there at 8:00 am on the first day. We were under the impression that we could board after that. However, we were not allowed to board until 1:30 pm and after. This was not communicated at all. So, the first day was a 1/2 day. Embarkation was totally confusing. There was nobody to direct anyone. No signs, nothing! Once we got to the actual check in, things went very smoothly. This was to be our 12 cruise and the second on Carnival. We were shocked by the ships decor. It was the "tackiest" we have ever encountered. It was totally overwhelming, mostly in the atrium with its large silver "urns" all over the place. In the railings, on the walls. I sent a picture to my daughter and she called it " the remains of cruiser's past". Funny! This is an older ship that underwent an extensive renovation. You would think that would have included an overhaul of the atrium. It is very dark. Having said that, the ship was spotless and remained that way throughout the cruise. Cabin - We had a balcony room on deck 7 and it was just fine. Very clean with lots of storage. Not dark!!!! It was a nice room. Dining - We ate most of our meals in the Unicorn Cafe. The food was just okay. It was mostly what you would find at any of your hometown buffet restaurants. Nothing special. However, the cleanliness was impressive. There was never a dirty dish left on a table. We did eat at the Nouveau Steak Restaurant, which cost us $70 plus tip. It was not bad. I had the steak and lobster. The lobster was very tiny. But, we were happy with it. Entertainment- That was great! The shows were impressive and the vocal talents were outstanding. The comedians at the comedy club were indeed very funny. Because we had 5 consecutive sea days, Carnival did a great job of scheduling many activities to fill the time. I enjoyed the many trivia challenges. Kudos! Service- All I can say about the service is "Wonderful"!!!!!!" Very responsive and courteous. My husband had left his I-pad in the showroom. He called the courtesy desk and they actually called him an hour later to say it had been found. I have nothing but good things to say about everyone. Excursions - Hawaii excursions are expensive. The 8 hour tour of Oahu was rushed because of construction. We enjoyed our tour to Lahaina on Maui. A trip to a waterfall in Hilo was a very soggy event. It rained, hard. Come to find out, that is a common occurrence there. It would have been nice to have been advised to take an umbrella or poncho. I actually took one on the trip. But it was in my cabin. Disembarkation- We disembarked in Vancouver, BC and it was one of the best experiences yet. Totally flawless. We did not travel with children. In fact, on this cruise, we saw an older crowd and very few children. Therefore, a much quieter atmosphere which was fine with us. Also, people dressed up more for dinner then we saw at our previous Carnival cruise on the Glory. Only one more comment/question. What happened to the chocolate on the pillow at night? It mind sound like a small thing, but they did it on the Glory!! How much does it cost you compared to what it buys you. At least you are still doing the towel animals. We will travel with Carnival again and are planning an Alaska trip. There is good and bad on every cruise line and the good outweighs for us on Carnival. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
The ship was very clean and well maintained with the exception of some leaky plumbing on deck five port-side. We chose the last balcony cabin because, it was the only stateroom available. We booked this cruise because of the turmoil in ... Read More
The ship was very clean and well maintained with the exception of some leaky plumbing on deck five port-side. We chose the last balcony cabin because, it was the only stateroom available. We booked this cruise because of the turmoil in Europe. We were originally booked on the Vista from Athens to Barcelona, continuing on to NYC, for a back to back. We have sailed on the Legend before out of Tampa. We found our room steward to be a hard working can't do enough for you kind of guy. I do feel twenty-seven cabins is a lot for his crew to take care of twice a day plus all the calls he handles from his cell and ship requirement. Room stewards are sometimes called to the dinning room to help the wait staff. Now the issue for our party was, the wait staff. With very few exceptions, they didn't seem to care how long or what order you came into the dinning room, they let us sit without refilling our water glasses and not even offering coffee with dessert. I had the feeling they didn't care about the passengers. The Maitre d' was around the dinning room all day long but, he never stopped to introduce himself or chat with any of the passengers. I'm thinking this could be the service problems mentioned earlier. We have also noticed a let down in the food quality as well, maybe trying to get people to go to the pay restaurants. We boarded the ship in a new thirty minute window, why I'm not sure. It didn't seem any faster. We did the Missouri Battleship and the Arizona tour through Carnival. You should do this on your own and have more time looking and less time waiting for the bus! Great trip, we rented cars at each stop. We disembarked in Vancouver in zone #19. What a joke that was, disorganized, luggage everywhere intermixed with other zones. I think Vancouver needs to come to Port Canaveral for training. As Platinum Carnival cruisers, we expect more and seem to be getting less all the time. I must give a shout out to" V" from The Red Frog and Maria one of the hostesses from the main dinning room. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
We chose Carnival Legend because it was a re-positioning cruise. We flew to Honolulu & visited Honolulu, Maui, Hilo, & Kauai, each for one day. The Legend then sailed to Vancouver Canada to start the summer Alaska cruise. It was ... Read More
We chose Carnival Legend because it was a re-positioning cruise. We flew to Honolulu & visited Honolulu, Maui, Hilo, & Kauai, each for one day. The Legend then sailed to Vancouver Canada to start the summer Alaska cruise. It was a great 11 days because the food, entertainment & activities were geared toward mature adults from the 50's, 60's, & 70's. We met so many people from al over the world, especially dining. We missed one port of call (Kona Hawaii) because the ship was tendered & small boats weren't able to load & unload due to rough water. Had an extra sea day, the entertainment staff added extra activities on board that day. My only complaint would be the drink package & rules. My husband & I are diabetic, so we were limited to drinking water, coffee & tea. We wanted to bring aboard flavored water from Walmart to drink. It was taken away from us because it didn't have the "Carnival brand" on the bottle. Not a big deal to us but security employee was very rude. Entertainment was so good every night, it was relaxed, included audience & looked forward to the next days activities. Would love to do this cruise again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
This is the second Carival cruise to Hawaii with the twelve day itinerary. My first experience aboard the Spirit was an magical adventure. Unfortunately, I didn't get the same experience as last time. This voyage lacked a variety ... Read More
This is the second Carival cruise to Hawaii with the twelve day itinerary. My first experience aboard the Spirit was an magical adventure. Unfortunately, I didn't get the same experience as last time. This voyage lacked a variety of entertainment. The Cruise Director Jen was to hung up on dressing like Dorothy from Wizard of Oz. She even brought out a Mad Hatter outfit one night equipped with tuxedo jacket. With five days at sea I would have expected entertainment to be set a high priority. i selected three health care seminars on my sea days, out of the selected two was cancelled. When I tried arts and crafts the instructor didn't show and a replacement showed up dumped a box of plastic door tags at us and said there you go Jacks couldn't make it. I felt insulted at how this was carried out. Another time we were making greeting cards they set out the supplies and then when we're all at our tables left with us holding the scissors, I decided one day to go shopping at the fun shop. I found a perfume I loved and asked a clerk náme Laura to explain more shout it. She rudely told me that wasn't her department, and turned her back on me, thus she lost my interest in shopping. There WAS some saving grace to this cruise, our dinner waiters/Waitress was exceptional. Jowie, Kadek, and Ako you truly out did yourself. Without you this cruise would have been hard to make memories. In al, if your looking for a budget friendly cruise to see Hawaij then look no further. If your looking for an elegant ship, you will find yourself disappointed. There is many nude painting with symbols on the walls. It was one of the worst themes I have seen on a Carnival ship. Read Less
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