Cruise overall was good, However the tour packages were mediocre. The one tour of Kona was given by a local named Warren who was not very professional, loud and failed to give much information. He annoyingly kept laughing at his jokes the whole 3-1/2 hours. This greatly put a damper on the trip. Also, at Kona, we waited 1-1/2 hours to get the tour bus from the time we were asked to meet in the theatre because of insufficient/very slow tenders, We wasted a lot of time with getting to the dock when we only had 8 hours at port. One other thing, we had to argue with Carnival after we requested an early dining time at time of booking. When we got on board, they were able to make accommodations for us. Entertainment was mediocre to poor.
There was nothing overly special about this cruise except for the fact that it goes to Hawaii. Not enough activities offered during the sea days. Lack of commitment to the Hawaiian theme. Expect to make your own entertainment if you are under the age of 60 because nothing offered will be of much interest.
This ship is smaller then some but I loved that the rooms are all balcony rooms. The staff was wonderful. Food good. Carnival is very proactive in making sure all beverages are purchased from them. We found out 5 days in that they sell a 12 pack of bottled water for $3, so check that out in the beginning. The bottled water in your stateroom is almost $5 for one bottle.
Overall we had a very enjoyable cruise. Except for Juneau the weather was perfect. Of course Carnival doesn't control the climate and it can be unpredictable but the even with bad weather it would have been a pleasure trip. The entertainment was excellent, especially the Playlist Shows at the Follies. Those entertainers were outstanding and the highlight of the offerings, Vegas or even Broadway worthy!!
The food was excellent in the Dining Rooms and the service excellent except for one incident when the wait to be served after being seated took over an hour. After we let the reception desk know they quickly remedied it. Having a Naturalist on board was a HUGE plus...She was excellent.
Ports were great service provided by carnival employees was wonderful however the ship itself needs work, it rained while on the cruise and the roof leaks in several places it was hard to find a dry table to eat because of roof leaking it even dripped from light fixtures and we were on the 5th floor and had buckets in the hallway too catch drips which makes you worry about mold in the walls or fire since it was staying in the light fixtures but overall a good experience
My husband and I recently took an Alaskan cruise for our 30th wedding anniversary. Alaska was beautiful and we would recommend this to everyone. Our cruise experience was very good. We loved all our ports of call, including excursions booked. The shows in the main theater at night, on the Carnival Legend, were phenomenal. Honestly, the only disappointment was the food aboard the ship. We have cruised Carnival several times, and the food is primarily the same overall, but that has not stopped us from booking, again and again.
The cruise all in all was great because I got to share it with my sisters. The 4 ports were beautiful but we did not have enough time to spend in most of them. I think it may need to be reworked so there is a little more time in Juneau,Ketchikan and Victoria BC. As for the ship the service was wonderful as always but the food was not as good as it has been in the past. It was not always hot and the selection was not as grand as before. I have always said Carnival has the best food but now I am not to sure. I to wish that they had a little more to do on board when out to sea except for shopping.
I would still recommend this cruise because we had a wonderful time.
Whereas the staff was very nice and the excursions were good, every thing else was just so-so. I've sailed with Holland, Norwegian, Disney and now Carnival so feel I have a good base for comparison. Decor was tacky, food even in the nice areas was rather bland, except for the salad and one dessert and the entertainment so so. The balcony was nice to have, room needed updating (blue floors, green sink). We didn't get into VIctoria until 730 at night and by the time we got off, most things were closed. You get what you pay for, so good started level cruise. I'd give it a 2.5 if I could
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