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Carnival Splendor Cruise Review to Hawaii

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 7

Overall rating:

4.1 out of 5
Carnival Splendor

14 Night Hawaii Carnival Journeys (Los Angeles Roundtrip)

Sail date: October 13, 2018

Ship: Carnival Splendor

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 1258

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

GREAT EXPERIENCE. FABULOUS CRUISE DIRECTOR (LEE) & STAFF. 14 DAYS IS TOO LONG FOR A CRUISE, WHEN 8 OF THOSE DAYS ARE AT SEA. TRY TO PLAN SOME NEW ACTIVITIES FOR THE RETURN TRIP. EVERYTHING EXCITING HAPPENED ON THE FIRST HALF OF THE CRUISE.

Embarkation

4 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Dining room was great. Buffet was not wonderful. Often had nothing that looked appetizing.

Red Carpet Dance Club

2 out of 5

WASTED SPACE. SHOULD HAVE USED FOR SOME OF THE DANCE CLASSES. EVEN IN THE EVENINGS, IT WAS VERY RARELY USED. WE WENT IN 3 TIMES, 2 OF THEM WE WERE THE ONLY COUPLE THERE (WITH ONE COUPLE WE WERE TRAVELING WITH). STAYED ABOUT 20 MINUTES AND LEFT.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5

Mini Golf

2 out of 5

NEEDS MAJOR REPAIRS. COULDN'T REALLY PLAY A REAL GAME WITH THE CONDITION IT WAS IN

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Loved the comedians. The musical shows were top notch!

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

4 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship tip

Depending on where you are cruising, don't waste your money on the internet packages. Paid at 3 different locations, and never got satisfactory service.

Ports of call

Long Beach (Los Angeles), California

3 out of 5
Only boarded the ship here.

Kahului, Maui

5 out of 5
Excellent tour with an UBER driver to Lahaina. Enjoyed luau.

Honolulu, Oahu

4 out of 5
Pearl Harbor was a very moving excursion. Unfortunately, monument still not open. We were told to find Bus Schedules at the ABC stores. Went to 3, and none knew what we were talking about. Need better access to bus info. Also went to Waikiki Beach briefly.

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Did not visit port

Wave surges kept us on the ship. Would have been nice to have a backup plan of some kind. I know these cannot be predicted.

Hilo, Hawaii

4 out of 5
We used the Hoppa Off Hoppa On Shuttles. Enjoyed several stops - Candy factory (yum), Rainbow falls, 2 different beaches (went into ocean). Should make it clear that the Maui Divers vans require a video presentation & tour, before being strongly urged to buy something.

Ensenada, Mexico

3 out of 5
This area was very run down. Took bus excursion to El Bufadora Blowhole. That was neat, but having to go through the Mexcan vendors was not much fun.

Disembarkation

3 out of 5
FIND SOME WAY TO GET PASSENGERS TO FOLLOW THE CREW MEMBERS INSTRUCTIONS. HALLWAYS AND LOBBIES WERE PACKED BEFORE THE TIMES THAT WERE POSTED.
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