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Neil Pedersen

Age: 68


Number of Cruises: 6

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Spirit

Sailing Date: 2012-01-20

Itinerary: Hawaii

Five previous cruises on Carnival and we have had a good time on all, but noticed a general downturn in food and entertainment as we took more cruises. This, our sixth cruise only proved that point to my wife and I. Love the fact that they have past guest parties and some upgrades, but that is not enough to make up for our cruise this time. We love cruising and have never cruised on another cruise line, but we will be changing next time.

Food, both on the Lido deck and in the dining room was better on past cruises. There were times that the meals were tasty, but much of the food was just soaked in grease especially the bacon in the morning. Deserts were fantastic. My biggest complaint on the food was that it was barely warm, both in the dining room and on the Lido deck. This has nothing to do with the food, but the tile floors around the grills were extremely slippery and I fell down when my feet just went out from under me. The floors were not wet, but were extremely greasy from the open grills. I notified one of the floor mgr's, but did not notice a change for several days.

Drinks on board are way too expensive. Average price is $8.75 with tip and a beer is around $6.00.

Stateroom was kept clean and in good order and the room steward was great.

Same old stuff as on previous cruises. Saw the same New Orleans show 2 years ago on a different ship. Carnival really needs to do something about their entertainment or they will lose return customers like myself. I really expected different shows two years later. Most all the on board activities were repeats also.

We chose this cruise so we could see the humpback whale migration going on around Hawaii this time of year and were not disappointed, but to spend a total of 10 days at sea over and back this time of year turned out to be a real bummer. We had only one day of sun and no wind. The rest were very cold and windy. If I had it to do over, I would fly over and spend a couple weeks on an island.

We took a couple tours, but highly recommend doing your own thing in Hawaii. Get off the ship and talk to some of the tour van drivers that are at the dock. Most are pretty honest and do a good job. Check to see if they have a PUC permit and tour license. I would not recommend this in Mexico or the Carribean. Stay with the ship tours there. Do be sure to get back to the ship on time. 5 people were left behind in Honolulu when the ship left on time. Not sure what happened.

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