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31 Carnival Transpacific Cruise Reviews

As my husband had just retired it was time for us to try a longer cruise and The Splendour Journey Cruise of 24 days looked perfect. After a bit of a problem getting onto the ship (3 hour wait) due to technical issues with collecting ... Read More
As my husband had just retired it was time for us to try a longer cruise and The Splendour Journey Cruise of 24 days looked perfect. After a bit of a problem getting onto the ship (3 hour wait) due to technical issues with collecting passports and other paperwork, we were onboard. Our cabin was an inside on deck 6 midships. It was a nice size and had plenty of wardrobe and drawer space. It has an un stocked fridge which was very handy for the sodas and water we brought on board. The shower was adequate but has a curtain, the sort that grabs you during the shower for a slow dance! There are shower gel and shampoo dispensers in the cubicle. We had a problem with the 2 single beds which had been pushed together to make a double bed, on previous lines the mattresses had been zipped together but not on Splendor I woke a couple of times almost down the hole in the middle of the bed. This ship has unusual décor she is all pink and pearls. I loved it I felt like I was in a mermaid's palace. A lot of people were hoping she was going to be changed in the dry dock she is undergoing as I type. But no she is staying pretty in pink I am glad to say. The sailing was very smooth the whole journey, no sun shone for us we had many cooling showers but it was a welcome distraction from the searing heat and 80% plus humidity. We spent our sea days mostly on serenity deck where there are lovely padded sunbeds and cabanas. There is a bar from 10 til dusk. It was a great place for reading the only interruptions were the bean bag toss and mini golf competitions on the deck above, but it was nice to hear people having fun. I let Carnival know in advance that I have a dairy allergy, tried to see the Maître'd on boarding but due to the tech problems it was late and not possible. It was a bit hit and miss at first. I was given the menu the evening before to make my choices. A great idea in practice but when the chef deemed my choices were not available to be made dairy free he often did not send a substitute. Meaning my husbands 's meal was either over or cold by the time my meal arrived. We hit a few bumps in the road when I was served such boring food I ended up in tears. After a good talk to the Maître'd and Sheena the diet coordinator things did improve. I had some lovely meals and the chef's choice deserts were great. I had soya custard with fruit, fruit crumbles, cakes, sorbet, and of course the dairy free Carnival Melting cake which was delightful. I was disappointed that there were no soya yogurts at breakfast but the chef did make some lovely pancakes for me. If you order chef's choice for breakfast you will get dairy free oatmeal with nuts and fruit, avocado on toast with or without poached eggs. and often pancakes too. The cruise director was Lee Mason (good morning Carnival Splendor Family this is Lee your cruise director) he is amazing, the best one yet. He is so hard working and always makes time to chat to passengers. The captain called him a Duracell bunny as he never stops. He even got the chance to shout out - Good Morning Vietnam in memory of Robin Williams and our many veterans of that war who were on board. We had a military appreciation service on the morning we arrived in Vietnam for all service veterans. We were entertained day and night always plenty to do, which was important on such a long cruise. The viva variety acts were great magicians, jugglers, singers trumpet players. Ventriloquists, the list goes on. The shows were amazing we had shows in the afternoon as well as the evening. We even had a first time show with our pianist putting on a full tribute show to Elton John the place was packed and the show was amazing. The staff from Thailand and Bali put on shows in the afternoon also showing off their talents with their national dances. The staff from top to bottom of the ship were fantastic, nothing was ever too much trouble. From guest services to the dining room smiles and great service. Sevorina greeted us with a wave and a smile each evening and found us a lovely window seat most days. Apple and Sheena recovered my order and escorted us to our seats, we had anytime dining. Our main waiters was Iwayan, but we had many more who looked after us so well. I must mention Jeffrey who when I ordered a steak sandwich at lunch and was told I couldn't have it due to the sauce, went back up to the chef and insisted I got my sandwich. I did and it was delicious with a dairy free sauce. We booked 2 of our our trips with another passenger called Theresa this was for Kota Kinabalu in Borneo and Vietnam. Both trips were amazing. I would certainly do it again. In Honalulu we took a trip with a local from the port building and got great value for money, we saw a lot of the Island and got some shopping time in Waikiki too. In Guam we just pottered around the town after taking the free shuttle bus. We were greeted by 3 beauty queens in Guam who presented us with shell Lai's. Such a treat. When we sailed into Singapore it was with a heavy heart that we debarked. We self debarked and was off the ship by 7.30am. A very well organised team got the whole ship emptied by 10.30 so she could sail off to her dry dock. Thankyou Erica and team. Would I sail with Carnival again? Yes it is different but in a good way. We had a great Captain he was around chatting at some point in each day. We had a great cruise director in Lee and his Boss Erica worked hard getting everything organised for us pre sailing. So it is a definite yes. Would I choose a longer cruise again 24days plus? YES I would it went by in a flash and I did not want it to end. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
CARNIVAL CATTLE CRUISE. Itinerary: LA, Hawaii, Honolulu, Guam, Malay, Vietnam, Singapore. Derek Johnson- Carnival Splendor cabin 1277- Oct5>30 2019. Many apologies about embarkation proceedings onto Carnival Splendor, at Los Angeles, ... Read More
CARNIVAL CATTLE CRUISE. Itinerary: LA, Hawaii, Honolulu, Guam, Malay, Vietnam, Singapore. Derek Johnson- Carnival Splendor cabin 1277- Oct5>30 2019. Many apologies about embarkation proceedings onto Carnival Splendor, at Los Angeles, long beach, 5 Oct 2019. Verbal platitudes are not enough. This explanation using my personal experience as 70 years old male typifies what occurred. Arrived at port using Carnival Shuttle from airport, discharged luggage then joined the queue at 11.02, as requested by carnival courier. Outside 'snake' (photo) sunny day, no shade or seating. 13.45 arrived at cruise terminal entrance (2hours 43mins). Now standing for further 30mins, we progressed an internal 'snake', of four rows (One length of bench seats against back wall of first row) until security checks. Security personnel designated to 'priority' processed these guests as they arrived, otherwise they stood idle, ignoring our lines 5 yards away! After initial security, a seated area was allocated for 30mins until another standing queue for 20mins to the check in desk. TOTAL 4hours 5mins. Within the LA Port complex there was adequate internal seating in blocks to accommodate ALL embarking guests prior to the security process. Originally space used by Howard Hughes for H4 ‘spruce goose’ 8 propeller cruiser in 1947. Letter for CAPTAIN- Francesco La Fauche, given to Christhian at reception, wed 9/10/19. Reminder note 16/10 given personally to captain at party, by hand. Captain said "may not have received letter". Checked with Christhian 18/10, no response, checked again 24/10, reply received 25/10 from a house manager, advising company had learnt a lot. Emphasis on company not customer experience as explanation. 2x 45 min complimentary parties supplied 26/10. I restarted cruising in 2013, since then have completed 18 with 5 companies (typically Swann Hellenic 97nts, Cunard 77 nts, MSC, Fred Olsen, Cruise Maritime= total 375 nts., £26,000 approx). NEVER before treated with such total disregard for customer comfort. Booking of £3300 incl flights for twin inner cabin, was rewarded by this inefficiency and incompetence. My travelling companion suffered with heat exhaustion after the experience and treated it by staying quietly in the cabin until composed. Cultures: Custom and traits differences became obvious during the voyage- UK, USA, Canada, Antipodes, Asian with distinct evolved variation. Queues- reception (priority bias). Hopefully the photos do justice to this practice. 2 priority lines with an attendant each for 2-3 customers each line while a single line with 6-8 waiting standard guests received the attention shown! Yes none. Carnival procedure appears to 'manage' guests not please and placate their issues. Sea day brunch in golden pearl is good option, 08.30-12.30. 2 tier starter of shrimp and smoked salmon, followed by mini steak cooked to taste, over easy eggs, tomato and chips. On these days no further waiter service free food until the evening. Dining- the 3 main destinations are all festooned with pillars, walls and dividing panels. Seating is bench, carver chairs plus a few without arms. Tables are squeezed between fixed structures, which inevitably results in waiters and guests pressing behind your seat back. I eventually refused to be guided to table via a pillar placed centre aisle, which meant wrapping around it then shuffling to avoid chair back of a guest. Cotton napkins of adequate 'square' available every where, thank-you. NB: with almost full passenger compliment of about 3000, the Black Pearl was closed for breakfast and lunch throughout 25 day cruise. Therefore complimentary lunch limited to Lido Buffet (12.00>14.30) Deck 9 or entry queues at Gold Pearl waiter service (12.00>13.30 non brunch days) deck 3 aft (see photos). Dinner was available from all 3 outlets (17.15>21.00 unless allocated set times). Queues vary, There was an offer to pre book via the 'hub app' but this failed or was withdrawn after 10 days. Hub app is useful for daily itinerary and menus. All bulk catering has to cope with using leftovers creatively with flare and expertise to tempt the palate. Steak>Mince>Consommé, Fish>pie>soup, Veg>melange>fritters. Some ships are adept at keeping product interesting, with variety and individual taste throughout its transition, others less so! Be on guard, choose clearly defined menu options. Formal nights regularly start a new cycle. Entertainment: Lots of song and dance routines as usual. Varied feature artists including 8 comedians, hypnosis, conjuring, card tricks, circus. Generally very entertaining, about 40 mins duration. Great Les miserable tribute in piano bar- song quality akin to shades of phantom. Mon 28/10 15.00: hour long play of a wife whose husband is absent, refuses advances from a King and is then abducted by him deceiving her as a thirsty monk. Husband entrusts a monkey in delivering a ring to wife as notice of a rescue. Wonderful Balinese pageantry and costume performed by waiters, room and meal staff- received standing ovation. Jason the IT expert worked hard with 2 informative lectures most sea days and always helpful with questions around the ship on Mac and android. He knows his stuff. Ports- Guam: 6 mile X 2 mile. Sun 20/10/19. There were 4 excursions at $130>180, a $25 shuttle and a free shuttle, both to shopping centres. Procedure for free shuttle- 08.30 to Black Pearl forward deck 3, submit immigration form for clearance, then to rear of deck 5 (100 yards) assigned into group 21, await transfer under escort to deck 0 forward (150 yards+ 60 stairs) and disembark. On leaving gang plank ALL groups merge on quay without guidance into a free for all, amorphous mass of 500 lost souls toward 6 coaches. Any semblance of order breaks down with group 6 and 11 in with 21. Polite though with calm respect. A local police woman takes initiative, lines some beside a coach, then when full, directs line to shade of a wall. She counts approx 50, ready for next boarding, spontaneous applause erupts. The shopping centre has central atrium, additional seating, free wifi then entertainment by local children and tribes with brass band finale. An impromptu event to welcome mainly OAP's to the island. Return coaches every half hour wait outside for 30 min journey along coast to ship. Now the ubiquitous queues surface toward 2 gang planks. All aboard by 17.30. Sabah- Borneo: chose $64 excursion with visit to typical long house complex and tourist village then zoo for view of proboscis monkey, orangatan, clouded leopard, Malay elephant, tookan, sun bear. All lethargic in concrete enclosures. Countryside with rural 2 storey houses very similar Sri Lanka. Town houses individual or 2 storey terraces or apartments. Shopping malls like world over, there is a china town. NB. Tour was ticketed for 09.00, gangplank open for 08.30, all looked good to go! In terminal building found my carnival rep in scrum of options. He advised our coaches delayed, sit until summoned. By 09.30 over 1000 had swelled the hall for many events. Our herd had swollen without a definable column. 'Moo', we are up and away. Coach 11 was original guidance, queued 10 mins, foot on step 'sorry sir full', you can move to rear of queue for coach 13. Finally got on 14 after another 15 mins. WHY? Carnival had not controlled the '10.00 departing ticket holders' on ship, to prevent them stealing 09.00 capacity. Finally left port about 10.15 BUT STILL ON A 09.00 START/FINISH SCHEDULE (so tour squeezed). A word of frustration 'WILL THIS EVER STOP'. It is as if Carnival has set up systems to satisfy the company NOT the paying customer- we are required to conform to the whim of profit. Whether squeezing dining options to reduce staff or vague planning for contingency of extras. It is the Carnival Accountants who have evolved clever control to extract $ from a gullible public in a declaration of HAVING FUN! An hour in theatre every morning is given to carefully choreographed discussion by 'fun team' to welcome non controversial subjects while gently smoothing anything contentious with clever rhetoric. This has nominal audience participation and shown on TV channel 14, in fairness imminent port issues are covered to supplement occasional specific port lectures. UK CITIZENS: Your culture will struggle to cope with constant 'how r - u - today' or 'aw- rite', female staff whiten tooth fixed grins, then maybe hung over Aussies but the pragmatic will enjoy itinerary. If in doubt seriously consider our regular cruise brands whether £€$ on board. 30/10/19 Cunning plan ends cruise positively. Flight SQ0322 to Heathrow leaves Singapore at 23.45 arriving 05.55 local times. A 13 hour marathon in window seat A row 46, with one WC stretch, my first time in Airbus 787. Lamb biryani after 2 hrs then chicken noodles with 2 hrs left, it was relatively comfortable. Watched Lion King movie, then informative 2 x 1hr part history and redevelopment of Raffles, plus finally 2019 Toy Story 4. What plan? Well a $30 transfer would arrive Changi airport by 10.00, whereas $60 transfer excursion nearer 14.00 after sights of Singapore. An excellent local courier outlined detail including cities modern evolution for public housing. First visit was to an orchid garden, a wonderful display, well signed, within tropical arboretum. Next a River cruise using electric powered, traditional style craft. Commentary explained early settlers superstitions for shore development plus notable buildings, (5ft shop fronts) and Lion headed fish statue. Finally coach stopped near china town for welcome chicken rice and cold beer ($10 pp) eating with locals. Still 9 hrs to boarding but after convenient early check in/ baggage drop discovered the Jewel shopping centre. New glass dome building (Eden project on steroids) with 40M water feature (evening light shows, hourly on half hour). There is mono rail joining Changi terminals which passes through Jewel WITHOUT stopping, though great view of water cascading. Jewel has many leisure aspects including extensive rope clambering experience in roof area. Also visit Changi terminal 3 butterfly room! Detail for fuller explanation: Splendor Butter is best described as a white creamy swirl in a small dish. A slightly salty back taste, easily spread substance, it applies like an emulsified grease. I assume this concoction has air and water whipped into a butter fat base. NB: Carnival is owner of many cruise brands (the finance umbrella) including Cunard, P&O where unadulterated salted and unsalted pats are still available in buffet and dining areas (Dec2019). How long can these courageous suppliers of genuine quality resist the greed of their overlord accountants. Come clean about the Cream, Carnival! I have tasted many of these small jugs during 3 weeks so far. Room service breakfast ones sometimes turn coffee grey suggesting semi skimmed milk. Gold/Black Pearl Restaurant and Lido Table ones vary between breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some have watery back taste turning coffee grey, others correctly impart beige or brown hue to view. Taste difference is significant. Mostly Coffee appears freshly brewed. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
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
Sail Date September 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
Sail Date April 2018
We choose this cruise because of the itinerary -travel person recommendation. This was the worst cruise we have ever taken and we have been on many and other cruise lines. First and last time with carnival. The decor was overwhelming ... Read More
We choose this cruise because of the itinerary -travel person recommendation. This was the worst cruise we have ever taken and we have been on many and other cruise lines. First and last time with carnival. The decor was overwhelming and heavy - not for a fun cruise. Rooms were large and good. Food not too good in fact they ran our of a lot of items. No marmalade jam. No english muffins - these were on the dining room menu. They weren't brought on board when cruise started from Sydney. Commercial bread - not made on the ship and the dinner rolls when microwaved for dinner came out as little bricks. Even when boarding and departing the process wass terrible., Who ever decided to leave all the luggage in the elevator areas need t review who this should be done. Perhaps they should go on other cruise lines to see how smooth this process can be for the passengers. Shore excursions was not easy - we had to find our own way to the buses and then had to wait for latecomers - so the trips we shorter than advertised. Other cruise lines have all the passengers waiting in a specific area, tagged then escorted to the waiting vehicles. Way to go!!!. Entertainment was geared for children - nothing for adults until; the 15th day of a 17th day cruise. My husband was bored out of his mind. Couldn't arrive in Honolulu fast enough. I can say a lot more - but I think the above is sufficient. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
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
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
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
Sail Date September 2017
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
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
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
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
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
Sail Date September 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
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
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
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
Sail Date May 2016
Embarkation and disembarkation were fabulous. We arrived at the Sydney airport, straight onto the bus and were given priority boarding. No fuss at the cruise terminal - did the usual form filling and pretty much straight onto the ship. ... Read More
Embarkation and disembarkation were fabulous. We arrived at the Sydney airport, straight onto the bus and were given priority boarding. No fuss at the cruise terminal - did the usual form filling and pretty much straight onto the ship. Disembarkation was extremely well organised in Hawaii with no unnecessary delays. Our cabin was clean, well laid out and provided plenty of room with a small but adequate balcony. Cabin staff lead by Geday were most helpful and always cheerful. Facilities onboard were generally good with excellent theatres and 3 pools although none of the pools were usable for swimming - more like large spas. Plenty of gambling opportunities if you are that way inclined, multiple bars for the drinkers and the evening entertainment we found to be excellent. Activities during the day at sea included lots of trivia and a few lectures, none of which we found particularly interesting. There were dance classes, a singing group and a small library so all in all there was plenty to do if those activities were of interest. The Cruise Director Jen was excellent and very entertaining. There are four eating areas - a large buffet, main dining room and two specialty restaurants for which you pay extra for excellent food and service. Notably there was little insistence in the use of hand cleaners - they were there but often ignored and sometimes empty. The buffet was available for breakfast and lunch with a more limited selection for dinner. If you wished to eat large amounts the option was there - and used by many, but quality was average. Not enough toasters, very average coffee from machines that didn't always work. Waiting staff in the main dining room were excellent and the food was OK. Wine service was slow so we started getting our wine at the bar and taking it in with us. The bad bits: I find the American 'tipping' culture abominable so I have a preconceived bias as I believe adequate wages should be paid by the employer for service personnel. This culture is being forced on Australians by many cruise lines. I thought that Carnival had removed it but not so. Pressure was on from the start by waiting staff and was reinforced towards the end of the cruise by the Cruise Director. I am happy to pay more in the fare to cover wages but not to be 'pressured' to join the American Way. Others may not share the same view. Beware the onboard charges to your credit card. Our daily expenses (drinks etc) were covered at the end of each day by Carnival placing a hold on my credit card balance for the amount charged - fair enough I expected this. At the end of the cruise full payment for all expenses was then debited to my credit card - as it should be. However, my card was now short DOUBLE the cost of my expenses for the cruise and was to remain in this state for a month. Carnival does not release the hold on your card, so when you leave the ship you cannot access funds equal to the amount of your onboard expenses. For anyone with a $5000 bill that means you have paid your bill and a $5000 hold remains on your card as well. This money is gradually released as the 30 day hold expires for each day's charges - too bad if you need the money in the meantime. Solution: Have a special card just for the cruise with just enough money available to cover your onboard expenses - top it up with online transfers if needed. TV in the cabin was terrible - old tube type and the screen was so bad it was almost useless. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We chose this cruise as it was going to places we hadn't been and had always wanted to go and the length of the cruise. We thought after that long relaxing we should feel as though we had been on holiday. We were not disappointed at ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was going to places we hadn't been and had always wanted to go and the length of the cruise. We thought after that long relaxing we should feel as though we had been on holiday. We were not disappointed at all. We flew into Sydney on the day of embarkation. We had transfers and were booked into a Ocean Suite so had priority. THIS IS A MUST it was awesome no waiting anywhere. We felt like royalty, it was great. I had read previous reviews and I had done so after I had booked and I must say I was afraid as one said don't go worst ever! Well I am pleased to say I did book before I read the review. The ship was huge it was clean and it was fun. Our Cabin was on deck 6 at the back of the boat we had an Ocean Suite it was much larger than we expected plenty of room for my husband our son and myself. We had a spa tub a dressing room plenty of cupboards a super comfy bed and pillows and an amazing room Steward who again made us feel like royalty each day. We had anytime dining which worked well for us. We have been on two other cruises Princess Dawn and Radiance of the seas and on this occasion we had decided on two things, one to eat in the dining room most nights and two was to go to every show. We did just that. On occasion the dining room didn't have a specialty that took our fancy but there were the good old staples each night if all else was lost and then there was the Warm Chocolate Melting cake a must for dessert. Lunches we had at the Lido deck and could always find something appetizing to choose. Breakfast was the same always plenty of variety to choose from. There were cappuccino machines to make your own or you could purchase one from the coffee shops either way a good choice. There was a themed breakfast Green Eggs and Ham, now I am a Dr Seuss fan so I dragged Hubby along to that one and the 15 year old came willingly it was great. My husband and I indulged in the Chef's table on one of the nights, It was extravagant and amazing. our tour of the galley was so interesting well worth the extra dollars to be a part of it not to mention the recipe for the Warm Chocolate Melting cakes. The entertainment was just the best. If it wasn't the playlist performers who were excellent it was someone special who entertained us each night. We thoroughly enjoyed this cruise. Our son was seen on occasion by us but he made a great group of friends who are all planning to continue keeping in touch with each other they all got along so well, and looked after each other we couldn't have asked for more. Shore excursions were in Noumea, Fiji, Papeete, Moorea, and Bora Bora. We had been to Noumea before but this time did a tour and it was pretty good. We loved Fiji and of course who couldn't love Tahiti. Our destination was Hawaii and mine and my sons first visit to the USA well it didn't disappoint either. The only thing we could say was that maybe the shore excursion booked on the boat may have been a little pricey compared to what you could do yourself in port. We were happy with the tours though and knew we had peace of mind each time we docked. The Cruise director Jen was a real card and was made for the job she does. A lot of people forget that the staff on the ship are working, so it's ok to have an off day at work we were on holidays I saw only smiles. Would we go again? ABSOLUTELY WHEN CAN WE GO? Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We wanted to travel by ship instead of flying to the USA, as I can't sit for long periods of time as you do when flying. Also, our Balcony cabin cost us both only $8000 for the whole cruise, which is much less than Business Class. I ... Read More
We wanted to travel by ship instead of flying to the USA, as I can't sit for long periods of time as you do when flying. Also, our Balcony cabin cost us both only $8000 for the whole cruise, which is much less than Business Class. I was not looking forward to the Carnival Legend as I had read some terrible reviews on TripAdviser, but I was very pleasantly surprised. Our balcony cabin was beautiful with marble surfaces, lots of cabin room, a big balcony on the 6th deck and a powder room in front of the bathroom that gave us room to be in the area with my husband. The ship's decor was a bit dated and reminded me of the excess of the eighties, however, the ship was very well looked after and very pleasing. Dining was buffet for breakfast and lunch on the Lido deck (9), and dinner was 3 courses in the Truffles restaurants on de is 2 and 3. You could choose to eat buffet style for dinner as well. There was a special restaurant - Nouveau - which served excellent lobster and steak and cost $45 per person. It was excellent value for money. There was entertainment and other activities like trivial pursuit etc., but many cost extra and I wasn't interested in them. We had an excellent Steward and Assistant which we were expected to tip, although I wonder how many Australians did that because of our aversion to tipping, however they suggested $12 per day, which we thought was reasonable. Ports visited were Noumea, Port Denauru (Fiji), and in Tahiti, Papaete, Moorea and Bora Bora. We had a great time in Tahiti buying black pearls and enjoying the beauty of French Polynesia. Carnival requires payment for many parts of the cruise, especially wi-fi, which costs an incredible and ridiculous $30 per day. This is a real impost and far too expensive, so we didn't use it, but used roaming on our phones (also expensive). Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Embarkation was quick and well organised, loved our cabin with balcony on deck 8 just had to step outside and go up to deck 9 to the pool area, bar and spa, or jump in the lift to go down to the coffee shop on deck 2 for my morning cuppa. ... Read More
Embarkation was quick and well organised, loved our cabin with balcony on deck 8 just had to step outside and go up to deck 9 to the pool area, bar and spa, or jump in the lift to go down to the coffee shop on deck 2 for my morning cuppa. Our room steward did a great job and we enjoyed all the towel animals each night. Dined mostly in the main dining room and the food was very nice, and menu quite varied although the drink service could improve. The buffet on Lido was a bit hit and miss at times and people were a bit grubby not using the sanitisers, saw one lady pick up a pie and then put it back with her bare hands. We did the Chef's Table which was absolutely amazing and so worth the additional cost, also did the Long Lunch at Sea which was very good value. The bar staff on the forward pool deck gave excellent service all the time and were very friendly and good fun. Entertainment was a bit hit and miss at times, the staff kept picking the same people all the time which is disappointing if you want to be more involved. After a couple of attempts at doing things I mainly stayed on the pool deck and read a book and mingled with other guests. We booked 2 excursions with the ship and both were well organised and good value for money. The first one was the Beach BBQ and Snorkel on Moorea which was good fun and then I did the Scenic Drive and Farmers Market at Suva and my hubby did the Flying Fox. Suva was an eye opener for sure and would not go there again as a choice. For Bora Bora we booked privately with Patrick did the 3/4 day lagoon tour with lunch, it was the best day out. A couple of bad points: 1. There were quite a number of children running around at all hours unsupervised creating havoc, staff did not seem to worry too much even though there were a lot of annoyed guests. 2. The collection of your duty free alcohol on day of disembarkation was a farce, they started at 6.30pm and people were lining up for hours, not getting what they had purchased, missing transfers etc. Would have made much more sense to deliver to our cabins the night before. 3. Found some guests on board to be absolutely rude ill mannered pigs, on more than one occasion I would take a seat somewhere with plenty available only to be told that they were taken. Certainly not the cruise lines fault but perhaps they could make a rule of not saving more than 1 seat. All in all though I had a fantastic time met some absolutely fantastic people and have already booked another cruise with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
I chose this cruise because it was a great way of returning from Hawaii after exploring the "Big Island". Embarkation was swift with no hassles and we found our suite quite liveable. I had purchased a large suite (4273) as I ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was a great way of returning from Hawaii after exploring the "Big Island". Embarkation was swift with no hassles and we found our suite quite liveable. I had purchased a large suite (4273) as I knew that with my aches and pains I would e spending a lot of time in the cabin.My first impression when moving around the ship was the overall genuine friendliness of the crew. The staff that I had closet contact with were the cabin crew and restaurant crew and they were truely fantastic. Suite passengers get few privileges but this is reflected in the price with Carnival choosing to reward frequent cruisers. The decor of the ship I found a little over the top, almost to the point of being tacky, but its the crew that "make" the cruise not the ship. I dined at the late sitting and found the meals good, but not spectacular, reflecting the cost of the cruise. The only complaint was the poor quality/choice of pastry for a number of dishes, both sweet and savoury. I almost needed a sledge hammer with one pot pie despite it being described as puff-pastry. Their pies in the Lido restaurant were made of the same material and it resulted in very little room for a filling. (I love my Villi's pies). The speciality restaurant, Nouveau, was fantastic -great steaks and tremendous staff. My wife likes trivia quizzes and enjoyed the variety of them on board and also enjoyed most of the other entertainment offered. I can't sit of stand for long periods so didn't see that much but would have liked to have seen some of the evening shows streamed to my cabin. The TV channels offered were very limited with most showing the most things over and over again with no sport channels available regularly (maybe they wanted us to rent films). The shambles on the last day with the duty free distribution will unfortunately live in my memory. I joined a queue at the back of the ship and it moved very slowly. As I was going to miss my shuttle I pigeon-holed a guest services crew member and I was lucky to get my purchase. While it was being found I noticed that the crew were frantically trying to find people's orders. They appear to have been put in the collection room in no particular order and some were taking 5+ minutes to find. Having all passengers collecting from a small room was a bad idea! After collecting my items I found that there was another branch to the queue that went almost to the front of the ship. People were not happy! A number missed connections and any stress relief from cruising was lost. A weeks has gone by and I would have expected some apology from Carnival but none has been forthcoming. This was the main reason for only 3 stars. The itinerary was a little disappointing; there was a public holiday in Suva and the Aquarium was closed on the day we went to Noumea. (a fact that some in guest services did not know. We travelled there by taxi only to find it was closed. We were also told it was within waling distance-its not!). Apart from Noumea, the people at the other ports (Suva, Bora Bora, Papeete and Moorea) were incredibly friendly, with many hellos or its equivalent in the street from passers by. I probably will cruise with Carnival again but WON'T BUY DUTY FREE untilI know their system has changed. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We chose this cruise as we felt it would be a relaxing yet fun way to complete our two week holiday in Hawaii and we asked friends who had only cruised once before to join us. We have cruised 10+ times before and most of those cruises have ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we felt it would be a relaxing yet fun way to complete our two week holiday in Hawaii and we asked friends who had only cruised once before to join us. We have cruised 10+ times before and most of those cruises have been with Carnival. Boarding was hassle free and so easy and our cabin was ready for us by 1.30pm. We had a balcony cabin on deck 8 located mid to aft. Our cabin was comfortable, clean and well located. The only downside to the location was the noise from the Lido deck. This really only annoyed us in the evenings but for anyone who likes to nap during the day I would suggest booking another deck down. The usual towel animals ech evening graced our bed but Carnival have done away with chocolates on turn down and the quality of the bathroom amenities are not what they use to be. All in all, our cabin was good and our cabin steward friendly, courteous and helpful. Dining room staff were amazing and most meals were extremely good. A couple of times some dishes were not so palatable...dry fish, tough steak .......but all in all I would rate the food and experience in the dining room as very good. The one negative to our dining room experience was the "My time dining". When we booked we requested early sitting for dinner but were advised it was unavailable/booked out and we were allocated "My time dining". The first 4 nights saw us waiting 20 minutes in a queue only to be told that we needed to wait up to a further 40 minutes for a table, so we tried varying the time we arrived at the restaurant.....everyone else had the same idea!! Carnival need to work on this. We tried the Nouveau steakhouse one night and this I would highly recommend ....worth every cent of the $40 extra per head. The Lido Buffet provided lots of choices and good quality buffet food. The pizza bar had some the best pizzas and although the menu was very limited the staff were always accommodating if you wanted something different. On several occasions I selected a few items from the buffet and asked the pizza chef to use them on a pizza. The only issue with the Lido was the long queues for food and also on several occasions we could not find a table, so had to leave and return later. Usually on cruises we tend do do our own thing and not participate in many of the Activities. However because of the number of sea days we decided this time to join in. However, as noted on another review...if you aren't into Trivia then the variety of adult Activities was not there. Another disappointment was the shows. Comedy on late...some nights there was only one show which meant because of lack of seating some people missed out on seeing and overall the quality of acts was not up to those we have previously seen on Carnival. As mentioned by another reviewer, children running wild on this cruise made it uncomfortable for more senior passengers. Whilst we understand it is the responsibility of parents to ensure their children are behaving there were times when the staff/management should have stepped in. Children sitting at the bars, jumping on lounges whilst adults trying to have a quiet pre dinner drink and also in the casino around slot machines. We experienced several nights where children were knocking on cabin doors in the early hours eg 1am. Eventually after several unpleasant encounters we complained to guest services and give them their dues, they were extremely quick to respond. The staff in general on this ship were some of the friendliest and most helpful that we have ever encountered. The collection of duty free alcohol on disembarkation day was a fiasco...we were advised the collection times were 6am to 8am. My husband left the cabin at 6.05am and did not return until 7.30am. As we were scheduled for disembarkation at 7.50am this meant there was no time for him to have breakfast. We spoke with other cruisers who just couldn't wait as they had flights to catch. Once again, this was a departure from previous procedures on Carnival...duty free has always been delivered to our cabin the night before. Luckily, disembarkation was very smooth and very well organised so we didn't miss our pickup. All in all we enjoyed our cruise, however, we are no longer Carnival stalwarts. Whilst we would probably still consider Carnival in the future we will definitely be looking at other cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
The cruise was Singapore to Sydney. After refurbishment shouldn't have been put back into service. Took 6 hours to board know one new what was going there was no communication. Luggage wasn't delivered until after 10.30. Carpets ... Read More
The cruise was Singapore to Sydney. After refurbishment shouldn't have been put back into service. Took 6 hours to board know one new what was going there was no communication. Luggage wasn't delivered until after 10.30. Carpets were wet, some cabins had no water, there was no power to some parts of the ship, the ship was losing water for a few days. launderies not working. Couldn't access on board account information. Didn't have ingredients to make some of the cocktails. Food in the dinning room an bistro very disappointing, especially having when you brought spealitity coffee an wanted a cake you had to pay for it. There was no where to get morning or afternoon tea. Staff were very very good nothing was to much trouble for them. Wouldn't recommend the ship to anyone Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
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