We had been to Hawaii before and know how beautiful it is, and were looking forward to sharing it's beauty with our friends. There was a group of 14 of us.
The ship was old and in fair condition. The rooms were average and the beds were very uncomfortable. Our backs were killing us the first night. The bedding, however, was comfortable.
Activities - what activities?? If you don't gamble or play trivia, there wasn't much to do other than a comedy show at night.
Shore Excursion - We took one in Kona to the "Kona Manufacturing Plant'. What a joke. They drop you off at some country store and have coffee there for you to taste. Waste of money.
We did the Luau on Maui - it was at the Hyatt Hotel. We were on a bus for 2 hours to get there due to a fire on the island. Carnival made the decision to let us go anyway. It was a 4.5 hour excursion. They told us when we got there to "Get off the bus, get your plate and sit down". So we missed the first half of the luau, which was very disappointing. We were there for a little over an hour. After SEVERAL complaints, Carnival gave us back our money.
The service was fair. Nothing great, nothing bad. We did the Any Time dining and found that the waiters are much less friendly than when you have assigned dining. On this particular cruise, they had pushed the early dining to 5:30 instead of 6:00 - we were told it was because of the "age of the cruisers". We were also told in the casino by a Carnival worker and the average age on this cruise was 62. No way! That was probably including the 60 kids onboard, so that made the age go down. I'd say the average was at least 70. So if you're looking for a young crowd, this isn't the cruise for you. We didn't mind though.
The food was okay. The same old thing day after day gets old quickly, especially when it is just bland and "okay" to begin with.
The weather coming from LA to Hawaii was very chilly and windy and we weren't allowed on the top floors. The pool had the closure on the top so you couldn't lay in the sun if you wanted to. There was nice weather in Hawaii mostly so we were able to enjoy it. Then, on the way back to LA, it was cold again.
As for our group - again, there were 14 of us. 11 of us got very sick. Throwing up, diarrhea. Very sick. Some even missed ports and never got out of the bed. I, personally, got sick towards the end. It was AWEFUL!! We spoke with several other cruisers about it and were told that there were MANY people who were sick. We don't know if it was the Norovirus or food poisoning but it knocked 11 of us out. It was terrible.
Having been to Hawaii before and paying about the same price to fly there and stay for a week and hop to another island and stay, I would never take another cruise to Hawaii. You hardly get to see much and you waste 8 days on a boat when you could be on the island exploring for a week.
I do not recommend this cruise. Fly there. Rent a car. Rent a hotel. Explore. It's the same price.
Cabin was clean. Nice comfy bedding. Beds very hard and thin. Nice extended balcony, but you can't look out and see the length of the entire ship as there are other rooms blocking it.
Very slow getting on ship. Computers were down and it was outside in the rain and cold.
Got there late - missed the beginning. Very rushed. Old Lahania Luau is much better.
Laid on the beach. Great
Was described that we'd see how/where they manufactured Kona Coffee. What it really was, was them dropping us off at a country store and tasting some coffee and buying it. Then we went to a church that was painted by the pastor, then went to a holy Hawaiian ground.
LOVED this tour. Given by Gelen? She was very knowledgeable and told us all about the city. Wish we'd had more than just 4 hours at this port.