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11 Hawaii Repositioning Cruise Reviews

Embarkation went well, ship looks spectacular from the outside, and owing to it advertising it had had a recent refurb, our expectations were high. Assisted boarding was easy and pleasant. Cabin 8218 was lovely apart from the fact you ... Read More
Embarkation went well, ship looks spectacular from the outside, and owing to it advertising it had had a recent refurb, our expectations were high. Assisted boarding was easy and pleasant. Cabin 8218 was lovely apart from the fact you need 2 arms to open the door and also the door leading to balcony. My bed was very uncomfortable, pillows were good. Bathroom was well set out and the shower great. As we're our cabin staff. Disappointed in the lack of amenities for disabled passengers. The only electric operated doors I found was on deck 2. And then you had to hobble back to the door to lock. We saw many people at least in the over 70's age bracket. No grab rail in the bathroom, doors extremely heavy to open, grab rail in most toilets around the ship, low chairs everywhere. We spoke to senior passengers who had fallen, in their bathroom, in lounges, allegedly slipping on something. The decor was oppressive. So glitzy and dark, obviously dated. Maybe the refurb was eluding to the near new carpets in some areas. Entertainment was generally of a good standard. It was pleading to see that they had meet up groups for differing categories of people, including people from LGBTIQ groups. Good to know. I could not comment on the shore excursions but I can say I was very disappointed with the use of tender boats on Moorea. If we had been able to stay one more day in port at Papeete people with a disability could easily have used the ferry from Papeete. That would have been awesome. The distance between islands is miniscule! On the last 5 days at sea we were advised that sav blanc was running out and passengers had to now buy by the bottle and carry that around with you. When lodging a complaint with Guest Services we were informed there was no complaints forms. We would receive a survey to fill in and complain there. Over these last 5 days we also found out they had run out of red wine, apple cider and coke zero. Crazy! On board purchases were hugely expensive. 5 photos cost over $100, WiFi social media only, 208, if you wanted unlimited it was another 100 plus! If you wanted higher speeds it was another 200. We heard from entertainers they paid 5! Service was hit and miss with the dining experience the worst. We had dine at anytime allocated to us, deck 3, Truffles Restaurant. There were long lines to wait in, then you were given a pager and waited a minimum of 30 mins, then allocated a table, waited a further 20 mins to be served. Food was generally nice, but not hot. Often no drinks were offered so they lost money there. Yes all drinks except ordinary tea, cost you! Drinks packages were very expensive, except for bottomless bubbles, which was out of a tap, never a can. Laundries were on most floors but all machines except x1 were out of order. Laundering of clothes through the ship was well priced at around $25 per bag. The buffet dining, generally was OK. Many of the staff were not efficient however, instead ignoring customers and chatting among themselves behind the baine Marie's. Food generally was hot. Similar to washing machines, there were many breakdowns causing very long lines at tea and coffee machines. Toast was not ready, and then there was no butter. If there was butter there was no little jars to put it in! Wait wait wait, making the lines longer. Fine dining at their Nouveau Restaurant was fantastic and I can highly recommend, as was the high tea we attended. Beautiful. Any business in this day and age, who does not want customers feedback, in my mind, says they disrespect and discount legitimate concerns. Surely any business wants to know and respond to concerns. Not so Carnival Legend apparently. That is really sad. The running out of sakes of wine by the glass is a good case in point. If it was that popular they would know that opening a bottle and selling by the glass, would recoup more money for their trouble and satisfy customers. Crazy stuff. I for one will never sail with Carnival again. Sick of the lines, sick of warm dinners, sick of tea obviously made from water from a hot water service rather than heated cold water - tasted terrible. And no quality system in place to handle complaints in this day and age is ludicrous. Lifts were speedy and reliable, tv service was OK, WiFi depended on access to satellite so if cloudy it was super slow, an outbreak of the cold hit the ship and first there were around 400 passengers affected, then 1000, then at least 1500. Many visited the ships doctor. Some contracted pneumonia, collapsed lung etc. It was an epidemic. I do not know what they were advised but it would have been ideal if they had all been advised to stay in their cabins! It spread like wildfire. I might add that one of our wait staff the second night dining in Truffles, had a heavy cold and was sniffing and coughing while serving dinner! Why isn't this sort of thing supervised? In summary no more Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We joined a group and wanted to visit Hawaii. Overall its been an OK cruise mostly because of entertainment and tender ports. The ship isn't big with 2000 passengers but it still took over an hour to disembark. The worst ... Read More
We joined a group and wanted to visit Hawaii. Overall its been an OK cruise mostly because of entertainment and tender ports. The ship isn't big with 2000 passengers but it still took over an hour to disembark. The worst performance in over 15 cruises. Service in cabins and at dinner is excellent. Music entertainment is repetitive and when asked about introducing dance music... we were told the music is what it is and we will not change a thing. The ship feels run down with rust appearing on a lot of iron railing, the wood siding is also in bad shape. The cabin steward is as good as it gets, making personal contact enjoyable. The dinner service with the head waiter and help is some of the best we ever had. The decor can be overwhelming with a lot adsrk brown panel. You feel a little crowded in. We are planning other cruises and it will not be with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I chose this cruise as a way to get to Hawaii and see all the different islands. It served that purpose, and I enjoyed the trip overall. The naturalist on board was very personable and knowledgeable. As others have mentioned, the ... Read More
I chose this cruise as a way to get to Hawaii and see all the different islands. It served that purpose, and I enjoyed the trip overall. The naturalist on board was very personable and knowledgeable. As others have mentioned, the cabin was cold most of the time and there was no way to turn on the heat. I had a sweater, so it wasn't too big a problem. My main complaint is that they interrupted dinner with a lot of raucous singing and dancing by the waiters, all, I suppose, in the name of fun. I hated it. I also hated the high volume of music in the fitness center. Even with earphones I could not hear the TV I tried to watch while working out. The entertainment was so-so. As on my previous Carnival cruise, the dancers pretended to sing by lip-syncking into phoney microphones. This, too, was at high decibels. Since I knew noise was the way on Carnival, I would have chosen a different line if the itinerary had been as good. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We are a couple in our early 60's, newly retired. We have done this itinerary twice before. Each time the cost is higher, but the # days is shortened. This was a B2B cruise for us, since we boarded the ship in Sydney Australia for ... Read More
We are a couple in our early 60's, newly retired. We have done this itinerary twice before. Each time the cost is higher, but the # days is shortened. This was a B2B cruise for us, since we boarded the ship in Sydney Australia for the TransPacific repositioning. We stayed in the same cabin (9616), and had the same fabulous cabin steward (Boren Franover), so we were very happy with the stateroom. The service on the ship was great, as usual. Most of the staff goes out of their way to be friendly, answer questions, and to provide a wonderful experience. Instead of our usual Early Dining, we opted to try My Time Dining this cruise, in order to free up time to watch sunsets and sailaways. We made reservations for dinner times in the MDR, but didn't have great experiences with that. The first night, we were seated at a table with others who had reservations for a 1/2 hour before us, and had to wait until we arrived in order for the table to be full enough to order. The second night didn't go much better, so we opted to eat in the Windjammer Buffet after that, except for one night in Chops Grille. The buffet, Park Cafe and steakhouse were excellent food, and the sunset views on the aft deck were an added bonus. The first 4 days were port days (Honolulu, Lahaina, Kona and Kauai), so the Meet & Mingle was held on day 6. It was not well attended, and very little mingling happened -- a real disappointment after the previous cruise from Sydney. The port day in Hilo was cancelled after the volcano erupted and the earthquake happened. RCI substituted a day in Victoria instead at the end of the cruise. Victoria is a great city and we had a lovely day, but we would rather have had another day in any other Hawaiian port. We live in Greater Vancouver, and having paid a premium price for a Hawaiian cruise, we weren't thrilled with the substitution. Entertainment on this segment was mostly a repeat of the previous cruise, so we didn't attend many of the shows. Instead we saw more of the game shows in the Colony Club, and played pool on the self-levelling pool tables. We also spent more time trying to improve our mini-golf skills, doing puzzles and working out in the gym. The weather from Kauai to Victoria was cooler and rocky the first few days, making poolside lounging unappealing. Due to a medical emergency, we picked up speed and arrived in Victoria the evening before planned ETA. The one bonus to stopping in Victoria was that we were able to clear Customs in Victoria and avoid the Customs lineups in Vancouver, where 3 other ships were also docked at the same time. Kudos to Alex (Activities Director) and Sophie (Activities staff) for their tireless enthusiasm in running activities, contests and games to keep us entertained. I would consider doing this cruise again, but only if the duration is restored to 12 or 13 days, and if our favourite Hawaiian port of Hilo is restored. That last part, of course, is up to Mother Nature, and beyond RCI's control. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Things were quite unorganized on this ship from Vancouver to Hawaii. THE GOOD: (1) The food was very good, and especially loved that they finally had a gluten-free station in the Windjammer; for those of you who have Celiac Disease, ... Read More
Things were quite unorganized on this ship from Vancouver to Hawaii. THE GOOD: (1) The food was very good, and especially loved that they finally had a gluten-free station in the Windjammer; for those of you who have Celiac Disease, this is a welcomed accommodation ~ Thank you so much for that! (2) The Service in the Dining Room and the Windjammer were top notch, as always! (3) Our cabin was cleaned thoroughly twice a day by our wonderful Room Attendant! (4) The OUTSIDE entertainment was very good: 2 great singers, 2 good comedians, and 1 very good ventriloquist. THE BAD: Everything else! (1) The Cruise Director (and his wife, the Assistant) were unlike many we've had on other cruises. On our seven previous cruises, we would often see our Cruise Director several times on the pool deck; my husband and I spend the majority of our daytime hours there and we never saw either John, nor Katrina, there. Basically saw them introduce the evening shows, and rarely anytime else. The one time we did see John and apprised him of a disembarking concern, he would not accept that there was an important lack of information (a photo ID must accompany you off the ship along with your Sea Pass Card and Tender Ticket) being included during the Tender Ticket announcements, as well as on that day's Daily Compass. When I told John this, he would not accept the fact that the Tender Ticket #4 announcement was the FIRST time it was mentioned that a photo ID was also needed. He kept telling me I was incorrect. I don't have a problem with people making mistakes; it happens. But I do take offense when people cannot accept that they have made a mistake. However, since ALL of the announcements from that moment on emphasized that everyone MUST have a photo ID, along with their Tender Ticket and Sea Pass Card, as well as non-tender days all MUST have a Photo ID along with their Sea Pass Card, I'm guessing that was his way of acknowledging their omission of the Photo ID information. A simple, "Oh wow, I'm sorry we failed to include that information and thank you for bring that to my attention" would have been the correct thing for him to do! (2) Early on Day 3 of an 11-Day Cruise, I asked the excursion desk about disembarking on the individual islands. I was told the exact opposite: was told we dock in Maui, tender in Hilo, dock in Kona, and tender in Kauai. I wrote it down so I would remember. The day before getting to Maui there was much confusion on the pool deck amongst the passengers: some said the info I had was correct and others had the opposite. Turns out I'd been given the wrong information. For one who books their own excursions, this was important information that was given incorrectly to many passengers. I was also told on Day 3 that neither the excursion rep I spoke with, nor the 2 other ones she was working with had ever been to Hawaii, therefore she was unable to answer any questions regarding the islands. Still, since they were booking excursions for some of the passengers, not knowing which island we dock at and which islands we tender to is ridiculous! (3) Speaking of excursions, if you don't book your excursions with RC, you are treated like 2nd class passengers. I take offense to this as I pay just as much to cruise as those booking RC excursions and ALL passengers who have early morning excursions should be given priority disembarking. The first day in Maui, we were given Tender Ticket #7 and waited over 2 hours to finally get off the ship - this is unacceptable! (4) The bartenders were hit or miss. Some were overly gracious, while others rarely smiled and acted like you were bothering them. Thank you to those bartenders who were cordial and fun to speak with! (5) Our previous cruises had midnight buffets, pool deck BBQ's and Ice Sculpting demonstrations. Personally, I've always thought the midnight buffets were unnecessary as many were too overstuffed to enjoy eating; but the beauty of the midnight buffets were wonderful. I still don't think they are necessary and not upset they don't have them anymore. However, we have had pool deck BBQ's on shorter cruises in the past, as well as Ice Sculpting. Except for a "Sexy Man Contest," a rather lame trivia contest, and a line dancing lesson, nothing else occurred on the pool deck during this 11-day cruise. (6) I mentioned the outside entertainment was very good; however, the Royal Caribbean "Singers and Dancers" on this cruise were the most untalented we've ever seen during any of our cruises. I've always given glowing reviews about the on-board entertainment in the past; I cannot do so after this cruise. I rarely give negative reviews. Our previous cruise to this one was awful ~ felt like we were on a Disney cruise with all the kids running around unsupervised; not to mention that entire "Dream Cruise" was geared more toward children's entertainment, rather than the adults on board. We decided to give RC another chance and, unfortunately, after this cruise we have decided to either fly to a destination vacation, or try some of the smaller cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date September 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
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise because we live in Vancouver and didn't have to fly anywhere, we also love the 5 sea days each way. Embarkation took a very long time - our luggage got to our room before we did. Disembaraktion was very easy. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we live in Vancouver and didn't have to fly anywhere, we also love the 5 sea days each way. Embarkation took a very long time - our luggage got to our room before we did. Disembaraktion was very easy. I found the ship poorly laid out. It is a bunch of small, chopped up rooms with pillars every time you turn around. There are so many pillars in the Vista Lounge, that is makes about 25% of the seats unuseable. Our cabin - 1090 - was very noisy - clanking and clanging of, what we were told - were the pipes. The Paino Bar is such a small chopped up room, with lots of pillars, that extra chairs needed to be brought in almost every night. We did the anytime dining and getting a table was usually no problem. However, the menu selection was awful, vegetables were in short supply and meals took a REALLY long time - over 2 hours. The Pinnacle Grill was good, however, it would be nice if they would change up their dessert selections. Service was good at the front desk and picked up on the Lido Deck after complaints about dirty dishes being left on the tables for a long time. We have done this cruise previously and had a longer time (even overnight) in Honolulu - which is very nice. They could also cut out Victoria all together and change Hilo to a visit to Kona. I was not impressed with the entertainment - pretty ho hum. We did not travel with children - we didn't see many on the cruise - maybe 20. We would definitely take this cruise again because it is very easy for us, but I would be more selective about the ship - would not go on the Westerdam again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
The speakers were outstanding. The waiters and room attendants were excellent, as usual. The ship's cabins are starting to show a bit of aging. I understand that the Solstice is going into dry dock for some updates soon, so maybe ... Read More
The speakers were outstanding. The waiters and room attendants were excellent, as usual. The ship's cabins are starting to show a bit of aging. I understand that the Solstice is going into dry dock for some updates soon, so maybe that will be addressed. Most of the nightly entertainment in the theater was pretty good--we enjoyed the people they brought in more than their own productions. However, every show we attended was way too loud. We (and others) left shows because of the noise level. A hint--we discovered half way through the cruise that there are free ear plugs available at the guest relations desk. The only specialty restaurant we used was the Tuscan Grill. It was wonderful. I found the menu in the main dining room for main courses a bit difficult for me to find items I would enjoy. Desserts--no problem. The Windjammer menu was the same old same old and we tried to avoid going there. It is crowded at mealtimes, although the staff does try to clear tables as quickly as possible and are always very helpful. In Maui we took "The Road to Hana". Be aware that it is a very long day. There are beautiful waterfalls and lovely views but after a couple of hours I had seen enough. The excursion lasted approximately 11 hours. All the tour guides on the excursions from the ship were very good. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Took the Radiance of the Seas to Alaska in Jul 2016 and was not overwhelmed as I have been with other ships of this carrier. A problem occurred in our stern cabin when we experienced a slight bathroom odor but elected to stay in the room ... Read More
Took the Radiance of the Seas to Alaska in Jul 2016 and was not overwhelmed as I have been with other ships of this carrier. A problem occurred in our stern cabin when we experienced a slight bathroom odor but elected to stay in the room after unpacking versus moving if that was even a possibility. Other passengers on the stern near us also experienced the same issue, but as most people do - they lived with it as we did. A year earlier we had scheduled a Hawaii cruise two months after the Alaska cruise. Not realizing that we were going to also cruise on the Radiance of the Seas to Hawaii we approached the cruise with some trepidation. Yes, our cabin on the same deck as the Alaska cruise had a slight bathroom odor. We asked the cabin steward and his response was to spray the room with a deodorizer. Four days later the water in the sink was yellow which we reported. It was resolved somehow, but the cabin steward provided no explanation. The ship is old and ready for the bone yard. Saw the cabin steward twice during the eleven day cruise - when he brought our suitcase and when I reported the bathroom odor. Not very welcoming to say the least. Food was okay along with the entertainment, but cruises today aren't the glamour that we saw only five years ago. Little things i.e. no bathrobes, no chocolates on the pillow, no shampoo etc. Cutting costs is the bottom line. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Having cruised previously with P&O UK, P&O and Princess, this was our first with Carnival. We chose this cruise as it fitted in with our respective holidays and the itinerary was one we had never been on before. We flew into ... Read More
Having cruised previously with P&O UK, P&O and Princess, this was our first with Carnival. We chose this cruise as it fitted in with our respective holidays and the itinerary was one we had never been on before. We flew into Sydney on day of departure and had Carnival Transfers to the ship. Embarkation was a breeze with our boarding passes being stamped Priority at the airport and we were able to board without waiting in long queues. To this we say Thank You Carnival. Once on the ship, our breath was taken away by the decor - dark, tacky etc, something we did not expect to confront us. We were also disappointed that there were no staff around to guide us in the right direction to our cabin. Not a pleasant experience at all but we managed and it turned out to be an adventure of discovery of the ship on a whole. We were also disappointed with the Muster Stations Procedures as all the other cruises we had been on, you were required to take your Life Jacket and they would demonstrate to you how to put it on etc. We piled onto the decks in lines and it was extremely hot, tiring and above all, very long. Our cabin, to our surprise was decent in size, had comfortable bed and pillows and a doona to die for. It was fitted out well, even tho the location of it was not to our liking. TIP: book a cabin midships if you don't like the motion. Food in the Restaurant was of poor/average quality .... the Speciality Restaurants were outstanding especially Bonsai Sushi and Nouvea. Loved the outlay of the Bistro, but like the restaurant, found the food to be of poor to average quality. Entertainment was of average quality - loved the band in Redfrog Pub, they were outstanding. Jen our Cruise Director was fantastic at her job and put her self out there, but her staff were a different story - smile and pretend you enjoy your job, don't act bored like you don't want to be there. If you love Trivia during the day, your on the right ship, otherwise daytime entertainment is pretty much non existent. The shows in the Theatre were OK but all ships are pretty much the same. Staff on the ship - our cabin stewards were unbelievable, Redfrog Pub staff outstanding, dining room staff average/poor, bar staff around pools average/poor, other bar staff average. No one really went out of there way for you which was really disappointing. Ports of call were outstanding, even Noumea, which we are not big fans of, but doing a tour of the countryside was just spectacular. We made the most of our cruise and met some wonderful people but to be completely honest, this was just an average cruise. Will we travel Carnival again, in one word, No! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
I first want to say that we sailed on Reflection last year and loved it, had no complaints. We have over 20 cruises under our belt, most on RCI. So when we booked Solstice to Hawaii we were expecting a great cruise. However there were ... Read More
I first want to say that we sailed on Reflection last year and loved it, had no complaints. We have over 20 cruises under our belt, most on RCI. So when we booked Solstice to Hawaii we were expecting a great cruise. However there were too many things we were not happy with and I doubt I will go back on this ship. First the food in the dining room was not what we were use to. Many times it was cold, it was tasteless and they have made the portion sizes very small. I asked one of the chefs what was going on and all he could say was cost cutting. Trying to reduce waste. Also the dining room was so cold by the end of the cruise I couldn't wait to go home. I was sick of freezing to death during dinner. The Staff was amazing, very happy and always said hello. They made the cruise for us. I have not one thing bad to say about them. The ship was clean but all common areas were freezing all the time. Again we have never been so ready to go home and be comfortable. Also we were disappointment in the shows at night. They were the worst we have seen. The dancers were great, but the others were not what we were use to. The tours we did were amazing, can't say enough about them. Hawaii was beautiful. Our Hawaiian ambassador, June was wonderful. She held hula classes for 5 days and I never missed one. It was the highlight of my cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015

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