Not the right time of year to cruise to Hawaii - too cold!

Carnival Splendor Cruise Review to Hawaii

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Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 21

Overall rating:

3 out of 5
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Carnival Splendor

14 Night Hawaii Carnival Journeys (Los Angeles Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 12, 2019

Ship: Carnival Splendor

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 7378

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

The Pacific in January is cold and choppy. If you want to go to Hawaii in January - Fly!. The food on board is not very good. We didn't starve but what we did have was very limiting.


5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

2 out of 5

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
The onboard naturalist was excellent ! They also had a tech guy that was interesting and had great information.


3 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Our room steward and his assistants were great. The wait staff appeared overworked and it reflected in their attitude and demeanor. Some were friendly, most were not.

Ship Quality

2 out of 5
The ship's layout is awful. The ventilation for the casino is awful - I smells smoky from the The ship's layout is awful. So inconvenient having to get to the aft restaurants. So many empty dark rooms. The library is literally a hole in the wall and left to passengers to stock. The design is of an old off the strip casino that has seen better days. The pink and silver decor is very dated and gaudy.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Room stewards kept the cabin clean. Typical inside cabin. OK for 2 people, would be tight even with really small kids.

Ports of call

Kahului, Maui

3 out of 5
Not a great port. Costs a fortune to get to the other side. The Maui Plantation tour was interesting.

Honolulu, Oahu

3 out of 5
The city is too busy. The best views were from the ship, especially the second day when we were berthed by the clock tower. Can't see beach or ocean through all the tall buildings. The City Tour was just so-so. Mostly sitting on the bus looking at buildings and expressways.

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Did not visit port

Water too rough to drop "waters shuttles", stayed in Honolulu overnight instead.

Hilo, Hawaii

4 out of 5
A more laid back version of Hawaii. Went on the tour to Akaka Falls, the macadamia nut plant, and their small zoo and botanical garden.

Ensenada, Mexico

1 out of 5
Why would anyone get off here? We took the tour to "La Bufadora". Don't bother. The tour guide barely spoke English, the weather was cold, it's a lure to get tourists to shop. You have to walk through on unpaved dirt road through a mass of vendors to get to see a spout of water.


3 out of 5
A packed ship with too many priority passengers to accommodate.
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