November 2015 - 15 Night Hawaii Carnival Journeys (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Miracle
Where to begin... This trip was so relaxing and so exciting from beginning to end. We are frequent cruisers and have done back to back 7 day cruises before but the 15 day Journey cruise was different. There were 5 sea days at the beginning and 5 straight sea days at the end. For me, this is perfect but my husband was a little antsy after the 3rd sea day each way. There were lots of things for us to do each day without spending a fortune--- although we did leave a tiny fortune in the ship's casino...
The weather, in November/December was ok for us but we are from Michigan so we how low weather standards. With that said, I would have liked a little less wind so we could enjoy sunbathing a little more.
We had never been to Hawaii before so we enjoyed the full day long stops at each port. It gave us an opportunity to get a good feel for the islands without feeling rushed. We did not choose to do guided excursions but ventured out on our own instead. We didn't want to be tied down to anything and instead decided to go with the flow each day. This worked out really well and we even used Uber for rides a couple times. We were disappointed in the "welcome centers" at these ports. They were quite industrial and "blah". I like some of the caribbean ports, where you get off of the ship and feel like you've arrived in paradise from the moment you step off of the ship. But have no fear, once we got past the custom areas and into the towns, it was much like the paradise we expected each time!
The food and service on the ship was great. Nothing much different than other cruises. Our serving staff in the dining room did seem exceptional. Excellent energy and quick service, as well. The cruise director, CHloe, was super personable. She really mixed with the passengers and made us feel welcome and as if we had been friends for years!