Hawaii -just an ok cruise

Carnival Miracle Cruise Review to Hawaii


Contributor Level: Cruise Director
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 4
Helpful Votes: 27

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
16 Night Hawaii Southbound (Vancouver To Los Angeles)
Sail Date: September 18, 2014
Ship: Carnival Miracle
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

We sailed on the Carnival Miracle for a 16 days trip to Hawaii.  We were five days at sea both coming and going and 5 days on 5 different islands in the islands.The Carnival Miracle is in the Spirit Class of Carnivals ships, meaning it is one of the smaller carriers, about 2100 passengers and 900 crew.  This is a the type we prefer, never seems crowded,and because of the time of the year, there were only a few school age children on board,in fact it was a 40+ age group Food was average and at the end of the trip seemed boring and mundane.  Entertainment during the trip out  to the islands was lackluster, the second week we had three nights of great performers but not much the last 2 nights.  Comedy acts were very poor, not funny except for Jerome.  Rest of the day time entertainment was  repetitive, bingo and trivia gets tiresome after a while.  Towards the end of the cruise, a full length film was shown and the theater was crowded, more of this is needed on such a long cruise.Ship was exceedingly clean and the crew went out of their way to be courteous, friendly and helpful,  Carnival offered a variety of shore excursions for every port, but were very expensive. Except for Honolulu the docking cruise ports were actually freight terminals, not convenient for any passenger to just walk around.  I will say there were a variety of vendors providing alternate shore excursions meeting every stop so if you are not inclined to book with Carnival, alternate reliable trips are available on shore.

We were satisfied overall with this cruise, although Hawaii is a little over rated as a destination, it is very expensive and while the scenery is lovely there are many places in the Caribbean equally as lovely, as well as the area we live in on the east coast.  For us it was all about the opportunity to cruise and relax and just to be away from daily routine. as always it great to be home.

 

 

 

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
preferred the lido buffet to dining experience in the bacchus restaurant both for selection and service

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
boring and routine, not enough variety

Entertainment

3 out of 5
soem great shows, but few and far between for such a long trip

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
not applicable

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
all staff were friendly, courteous and helpful

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
smaller ship, exceedingly clean and attractive decor

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
balcony aft, perfect size for a couple with plenty of storage, beds were comfy

Ship Tip

this ship has wonderful adult serenity area, which also includes an adult only pool. However spots fill up quickly especially on a nice day but all in all a lovely place to spend the day

5 out of 5
truly a beautiful city, scenery is majestic, it is a warm welcoming place to visit, best part of the trip for us.
5 out of 5
ship docks at a freight terminal so have something in place to go to, we visit Weamea canyon, a breathtaking sight.
3 out of 5
another freight terminal port, we chose the trip to a beach resort, we were lucky it was a picture perfect weather day.
3 out of 5
we enjoyed a trip around the island with an awesome guide, saw many sites and the visit to Pearl Harbor and to the Arizona memorial was a very moving experience
3 out of 5
this is a tender port, which tends to bog down early on. Not much to see and do at this stop, although it is possible to just walk around here as versus the other stops.
3 out of 5
another freight terminal stop, but many vendors to great the ship for excursion options. seeing an active volcano was a highlight
3 out of 5
we only debarked here and then hurried to catch a plane not much to say.
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