Sail Date: July 2019
Overall, my family and I had a great time on the cruise and are discussing about going again! Embarkation: Getting to the cruise terminal was a mess, there was a long line of cars dropping off cruisers. There were even some picking ... Read More
Overall, my family and I had a great time on the cruise and are discussing about going again! Embarkation: Getting to the cruise terminal was a mess, there was a long line of cars dropping off cruisers. There were even some picking up cruisers who had just gotten off. It took about 20 minutes to get from where you pick up the parking pass to where the drop off location is. Once we got there we realized it was because all of the cars were stopping at the front but if they were to drive more down there would be much less traffic. As we were getting off the car there were workers helping us to get our bags and they took them and said they would be dropped off at our room later, so we wouldn’t have to carry them around with us. The process after getting off was really fast, we were on the boat in under 20 minutes. We had lunch on the lido deck and it was hard to find somewhere to sit. We all ate hamburgers which were pretty good given they weren’t Guys Hamburger Joint. After getting our rooms our luggage came within 30 minutes. We were on the 1st floor, Rivera and since they were using the elevator for luggage it was tiring to go back up to the lido deck on stairs. Afterwards we wandered the ship until the mandatory safety briefing which was quite boring and crammed but important in case there to be an incident where we need to abandon ship. I would suggest giving yourself extra time to get there as there really was a lot of traffic to get into the parking lot regardless if you were parking or getting dropped off. My family took 3 12 packs of soda to drink whilst cruising as you cannot take plastic bottles on. We purchased a 12 pack of water from carnival and it was delivered to our room. We put everything in the little fridge once we got the chance to. Sea Day: There was plenty to do from going to the pools, the water slide, the hot tubs, to a variety of activities with Lee the cruise director. My family and I had brought some cards so we could play. The shows that they provided were really great and enjoyable for the entire family, in particular my 4 year old cousin loved them so much that I took him to both showings. I highly recommend attending those. Dinner: Dinner was always great and the staff were really attentive and tried their best to learn our names and our preferences at dinner, I.e. I always ordered a Caesar salad so he Kadek took note and already knew that was my appetizer. The best dessert that everyone has to get is the carnival melting chocolate cake. It truly is amazing and it’s what my family and I each and for dessert every single night. Even my 12 year old cousin who was supper picky about food and uninterested in trying new dinner items would attend just to get a baked potato and the carnival chocolate melting cake. The steak and the prime rib were really good and my mother really enjoyed the ribs as well as the lobster and giant shrimp for the elegant dinner. An important thing to note for getting to Dinner. You cannot walk across deck 3 or 4 and depending on where you are on the boat, you can get easily lost trying to get to your dining room. We at dinner at the gold pearl, towards the back of the boat, and we found it best to go to the 5th floor and then walk across towards the back near the piano bar and the lounge where the comedy shows take place and from there take either the stairs or elevator down. Food: There are many different choices to eat for lunch as well as late night. The burgers and fries at the grill by the main pool were always good. The 24hr pizza honestly wasn’t the best and it’s because the sauce was almost sweet. The best way to order pizza for us was to order it without the sauce although the chef gave us a weird look every time that we ordered it. The Mongolian wok always had a long line, I made the mistake of ordering the medium sauce which was like a green salsa and it ruined my entire dish. I’m not too sure how it tastes with the mild or the spicy sauce. The spicy sauce looked good on others plates though. I never really ate at the chefs choice but every day it was different. Then in the back by an adult pool there is an Indian place that I unfortunately didn’t get to try, and the deli. The deli was great, they have the best grilled cheese that I think everyone needs to go have of they are aboard this boat. Then upstairs is the BBQ place that much of my family enjoyed. The coffee was not the best as they do not provide creamer, so if you’re a coffee lover be sure to take our own creamer or you’ll find yourself purchasing coffee from the coffee shop on the 5th deck. They also had sushi for purchase, we got the tempura rolls and they were great, granted it was my first time having sushi and nothing to compare it to. The best place to sit down and eat at breakfast or lunch was upstairs by the BBQ because it was always empty and you could always find a place to sit. This worked for my family because we were such a big group of 11. Cabo San Lucas: First thing to note is that there is no port to get off the boat at Cabo. The way that you get off the boat is by taking a water shuttle. There are 3 different ways that you can get on the shuttle; the first is by booking an excursion through carnival, you will be on the firsts shuttles out in order to get to your excursion on time; the second is by waiting in line the day prior to get passes, after the excursion people are off they call pass numbers, once yours is called you’re able to get on a shuttle the smaller the number the earlier you can get off; the last is simply waiting until the shuttles are open, about 3 hours later. My family and I got the passes the day before on deck 5, there was a long line and wait to get them, you only need one person to go down to get them for the entire group. They are on a board and are almost like business card style and you grab what you want then go. When our number was called we went down to deck 0 and gave our passes (which they didn’t even look at our count) and we were able to get off. Once we got to the land we knew that we wanted to go to the beach and were trying to find a way to get there. Apparently you have to take a water taxi a short distance unless you want to drive or walk for 2 hours. I don’t know how true that is but we took the water taxi and honestly were upset on how short a distance it took us. After paying the taxi driver, when we got off we had to pay another fee to get off the boat. It didn’t make sense to me, I guess because we used the small port and that was the port fees. I don’t know. Anyways we walked to the beach. After walking on the sand there were things that looked like ice. Turns out they are Jelly Fish, so be careful where you step. They are dead so my cousin touched them and they didn’t sting but you could still possibly get side effects later. If you plan on eating at one of the restaurants on the beach I suggest just taking Uber (it works in Mexico) because the walk was wayyyy too long and that’s what my cousins used to get back to where you get on the water shuttles. Everything is expensive there so be careful on where you go unless you don’t mind spending money. The water and the beach were so beautiful and breath taking that I believe it’s something that everyone should experience in their life. The cruise ship passes the famous arch so get out there early to get some good pictures. It is extremely humid in the summer time. Mazatlán: After the tiring day at Cabo we all decided that we did not want to go to the beach, instead we wanted to go have tacos. When you first get off it is a little under whelming as there are crates and such, you take a little shuttle, like the ones at Disneyland but much smaller, to get out of there and into the city. We negotiated with a van driver who promised to take us to a really good taco place and off we went. He dropped us off and told us that he would be back in an hour and a half to pick us up. The tacos were actually pretty good and down the same street there was a Thrifty’s ice cream shop that we went to go eat at. He was right on time to pick us up and took us back to the port. Right across there was an Oxo, which is Mexico’s 711 we stopped there to buy some chips and drinks, this time they let you bring on plastic bottles. Puerto Vallarta: This was where my family and I had the best experience, My cousin’s dad come from Manzanillo to come see her. We got off the boat as soon as we ate breakfast and again bargained with a vender to take us to a beach that wasn’t crowded. On the way going to the beach we saw many restaurants and places that we recognized from the states, there’s a Walmart right when you get off the boat, but I’ll talk more about that later. We saw dominos, outback, Starbucks, Sam’s Club, and even a Macy’s. If you’re tired of the food from the ship and want something more from home, Puerto Vallarta will be the stop for you. I’m not too sure what beach it was that he took us but there were many little shops and restaurants. We were able to rent lounge chairs and umbrellas through a restaurant and we didn’t have to eat there. The ocean has very many rocks for if you aren’t wearing water shoes you can’t go in very far without hurting your feet. We mainly just relaxed and talked. My brother and 2 of my cousins went parasailing, and they said that they had a great time. It was $100 for the 3 of them, after negotiating. From $45 per person. We were ready to go to the boat earlier than what we had told the driver, we called him and he was there in about 30 minutes. Before we got back on the boat my mom, brother, and I decided that we wanted to stop at Walmart to buy some souvenirs and again more chips and soda. The Walmart was very big and had plenty of souvenirs to choose from for a low price. I highly recommend checking it out to get a feel for everything they have that you can’t get in the states. Again it was really hot and humid, just like Cabo and Mazatlán. Debarkation: There are two options on what to do with luggage, you can either carry it out yourself, and get off faster. Or you can have them take it off for you and get out later. You have to leave your luggage outside your door the night before. We choose to carry it off ourselves. We had to be out of our rooms at 8:30 so the only places to wait were on deck 5 or deck 9. It was honestly so crammed there was nowhere to sit on deck 5 that we just sat at the slot machines in the casino. When our deck number was called for debarkation. The elevators were so crammed because you could only use the front elevators. We went down the stairs with our luggage, only 2 floors. It was indeed crammed and hard to get in. once you push through past the elevators there is plenty of room. After we got off the boat it was only about 20 minutes until we were out of the cruise terminal. However, there was some festival going on that day, the LBC festival so because of that we had to wait an hour before we were able to get picked up because of all the traffic going in to the terminal. Again people were waiting at the front to get dropped off and picked up, if only some went further down it would go by a lot faster. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2019
There was 5 of us. Two adults, two kids, and grandma. Everyone had a fantastic time. We purchased Faster to the Fun (FTTF). Worth every penny, especially for the tendering priority at Cabo. We were in the first group on embark, had ... Read More
There was 5 of us. Two adults, two kids, and grandma. Everyone had a fantastic time. We purchased Faster to the Fun (FTTF). Worth every penny, especially for the tendering priority at Cabo. We were in the first group on embark, had immediate access to our cabins, dropped our luggage, and were on the Lido by 11:30. From then on our was one pleasant surprise after another. We found the food to be very good, and the choices plentiful. We ate breakfast or sea day brunch and dinner in the MDR every day. Our waitstaff was outstanding. Quickly learned or preferences and had a second shrimp cocktail on standby for the 14 yo. Our steward did a great job. Room and bath were always clean, beds made. He knew we went through lots of towels and we never ran out. Best thing is that 98% of the staff seemed genuinely happy and interested in making sure you're were having a great time. DW and I did the Chef's Table. I don't want to tell how good it was... But, it was an amazing experience. One of the most memorable meals of our life. Anthony, the Splendor's Soux Chef spent 2.5 hours with our small group of 15. Described every component of every course (11 in all). Educated us about the techniques and chemistry of the food preparation. He made it a truly amazing evening! Entertainment on the ship began and ended with Lee our indefatigable cruise director. There was so much to do! You've got to let go of you FOMO on this cruise. Great music throughout the ship. We enjoyed the various trivia contests, loved the comedy shows (both the family friendly... But especially the adult ones later in the evening... OMGosh!) One of the highlights for me was spending alone time with my 14 yo watching the "dive-in" movies. It was such great bonding time. There were a number of times (other than at meals) that I actually saw him NOT starting at his phone. Dad for the win!! Ok... That's it for this little novel. We all had a great time. Jo Bob says check it out! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
This was our second trip this year on the Carnival Splendor and we were very happy with the number and quality of live music venues and performances, the food in both the restaurants and the buffet, and the service throughout. For live ... Read More
This was our second trip this year on the Carnival Splendor and we were very happy with the number and quality of live music venues and performances, the food in both the restaurants and the buffet, and the service throughout. For live music they played a lot of classic rock as well as quite a bit from the 1980's and 1990's. We are not big fans of Latin Jazz, but if you are into that, they did feature quite a bit of that too. Unlike our Hawaii trip in January, the internet worked quite well throughout his entire cruise. It wasn't perfect but it worked as well as most of my other cruises. We'll be taking one more trip on the Carnival this year in October, the Transpacific from Long Beach to Singapore. We are looking forward to our return to this ship and spending 24 days on it. If we didn't love it so much we would not be willing to spend 24 days on, especially with very few port stops on that cruise. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
This review is mostly about the food the first couple days because that and my family is my true passion (and the Yankees lol) This was the 4th cruise my parents have taken my family and my brothers family on. We were 10 strong. ... Read More
This review is mostly about the food the first couple days because that and my family is my true passion (and the Yankees lol) This was the 4th cruise my parents have taken my family and my brothers family on. We were 10 strong. Embarkation was the easiest we have ever had. The long beach port was great. We arrived early around 11:30am from our drive from Phoenix in case we had any problems. We had trouble parking because the parking garage was not yet open because the spots were all taken by the cruise returning. They wanted to give me a flyer to park off site and take a shuttle back. I was not cool with that since we specifically came early to avoid that. I drove back around to drop off the luggage and family and asked the porter for advice. He said he thinks the lot would be opening up in a few minutes and to drive around a little and try again. By the time we unloaded the bags it was 5 till noon and I was able to take the curve to the left of the parking garage into the entrance to park. There were still very few spots but my brother and I both got spots. After that it was a short wait to get to security where they briefly checked identification and the kids birth certificates. Then they directed us to the open bag check x-ray person and in less than 20 minutes we were through security. We were on board in less than 30 minutes from the time we parked! Took the tips of other reviewers to go to to deck 10 to the BBQ. They were right! It was almost empty up there and paradise for myself who is not fond of crowds. We were a party of 10 and got 2 big tables which was great because we had all our carry on bags. Tried the BBQ beef that was the only food on deck 10 with some Kansas city Guy Fieri sauce. It was wonderfull. Very tender like it came out of a crockpot. (Tried it again a few days later and was inedible so you results may vary, but the pork was very good) Then we headed downstairs to the buffet. Went to the burrito station and had them make me a shrimp, rice, and bean burrito. My little 8 yr old Ryan asked for chicken and cheese and the guy was like that's it? They had tons of addins but he's a picky eater. We headed back upstairs to the rest of our family. Halfway up I turned to Ryan and said do you want me take your tray? I thought it might be too hard for him to navigate the stairs with his food. He said no and we continued our ascent. After passing the top step I turned around to see a proud look on Ryan's face that he cleared the stairway, except he didn't. He tripped on the last step and his tray went flying. I wasnt sure if he was ok. He wasn't. He was crying and holding his hand. He hurt his middle finger. When I looked at it I saw that already it was bruised and looked like it was crooked so I was sure it was broken. They asked if we needed assistance and I said I think so. We ended up icing it down. Thankfully the pain improved and it was not broken. Later that night I looked at the middle finger on his uninjured hand and it was more crooked than the hurt one! He's double jointed so I guess that's why his finger looked broken to me. Eventually after catching my breath from all this and getting cake and cookies for Ryan instead of lunch I was able to have the shrimp burrito and it was very good. Would get that again. Sat sea day brunch. I had eggs Benedict with hollandaise it was very good. Ryan had 12 hour French toast that was the thickness of 5 or 6 slices of bread! It was great and came with some dried peaches that were also great. Wife had pancakes with some kind of ricotta topping that wasn't great SUN night was one of the best if not the best cruise dinners I can remember. For those who don't know you can order as much as you want in the dining room. I typically order 2 appetizers, 2 entress, and 2 desserts and usually dont finish any of them unless its really great. Ths was the first of 2 elegant night where you dress up/ I started with the Mushroom bisque. It was creamy and wonderful. My brother Paul got blackened pork tenderloin appetizer on a crust with kale and cheese. He let me try it and it was SO great I had to ask for one. By the time I got it, I was already done with dinner but still ate it because it was fabulous. Best thing I've had on the cruise. I had the lobster tail which was bigger than I thought it would be. It also came with 3 large grilled shrimp that were very good. It was served over mushroom risotto which I didn't care for. I also had the sea bass. That came well after I was done with my lobster entree and I was so full but had to try it. It was terrific! I ate the whole thing. WHAT A DINNER! The second elegant night was Thursday night and it was also excellent. I started with the crab cakes and they were the best I can remember having outside of Baltimore. Very good crab flavor. I wish I ordered 3 and just had it as my entree. I also ordered the stuffed mushrooms in a tomato cream sauce and that was also very good. For my entree I got the fillet minon, but I wasnt in love with it so ate very little of it which was good because I was already full by the time it arrived. Some other dining room foods I enjoyed were the 2 different flatbreads, The brisket, Mac and cheese with bacon, eggs benedict, Hot apple pie and baked Alaska. We didnt do any paid excursions, but instead did our own thing and it was great. Cabo San Lucas: Theres no place for the ship to dock so you have to take a tender to get off the ship. The day before they hand out tickets to get on the tender quicker. We waited in line for 30 minutes to get on the boat an hour quicker so not sure it was worth it. I would go earlier next time maybe 20 minutes before the scheduled time. We took a water taxi tour before lunch. My brother bargained the guy down from $20 per person to $15. He was really great took us all around to many places and took a ton of photos of us at the famous arch before finally dropping us off on Medano Beach. Told him to return for us in 3 hours. We walked 5 mins down the beach to Omega Sports Bar and Grill. The Office is the most popular restaurant, but I had read more than a couple reviews of people getting overcharged so I was not going there. Omega was great. They had a very large hut covered seating area so we enjoyed lunch and beers out of the sun. After lunch our kids played in the ocean while we relaxed closeby. My wife enjoyed a very tasty mango margarita. I had a couple of beers. For lunch I had the special of 2 fish tacos and a beer for $6. It also added one beef taco. They wee all very good. Ryan got pancakes which was so beautifully presented I had to take a picture. It was served along side with mango, banana, cantelope, and pineapple. Our captain was right on time picking us up. Mazatlan: This was probably my favorite port. Wish we got off the boat a little earlier because we ran a little short on time. We started by walking the blue line which was not easy to find. After you exit the port on the street look for a volunteer in a blue shirt. They will point you across the street to a side street where the blue line starts and give you a map. We took that most of the way until we broke off to go to the market. Its vendors for a square block. The prices were just so cheap it was hard to bargain. I bought really nice shot glasses for gifts that were 4 for $5. I had bought a similar one in Cabo for $4 that he was asking $5 for and refused $3. After shopping we took a large pickup truck taxi to the ferry to stone island. It was only $10 for the 10 of us and it was a 5 to 10 minute trip. We gave him $15. The ride to stone island was also very inexpensive 35 pesos a person roundtrip which is about $2. Save your ticket to return later. We walked awhile to try to find the beach and were unsuccessfull. Ended up taking another pickup truck and he only charged us 50 pesos for all of us or $2.50. We gave him 100. It was quite a ways from the ferry so i dont recommend walking. We went to Letys for lunch which was very good and right on the water. I had shrimp skewers which came with a very good dark pineapple sauce. I also asked for a shrimp dipping sauce on the side which was very good, but didnt come until I was almost done eating. The water was wonderful and warm even though it was overcast and only about 84 degrees out. Water was pretty cold in Cabo so this was a nice change. After taking the water taxi back we couldnt find a taxi large enough to take us to the cruise port and didnt want to split up so we walked. Bad idea it was a far walk. Take a taxi. Puerto Vallarta: Started our day by crossing the street and going to Walmart. Awesome souvenir section! I bought magnets, tshirts, shot glasses, picture frames, and a photo album. Ended up spending over $100, but really got a great value. Since the ship was so close and we had 12 hours in port we smartly decided go put everything back on the ship rather than lug it around all day. After leaving the ship the 2nd time we took a left outside the port to the bus stop with a bench. After a few minutes we got a bus that said Centro. Its only 10 pesos a person or .50. The last person pays and must have exact change in pesos. I told the bus driver the street I wanted to get off on because I had a plan to get some street tacos. Highly recommend the bus over the taxi it was great both ways. I had trouble finding the exact taco stand I wanted, but there were many and the one we stopped at was great. Tacos Mi Esperanza on Calle Constitución. You can find it on google maps and its accurate to where it is. They were great and did speak enough english for us to get by. They let my 12 year old neice help them press the masa into corn tortillas and they gave all of the 4 children some dough to play with. Everyone had Chicken or Beef quesadillas and they were very good. Really felt like we were experiencing mexico there. After that we walked 5-10 minutes tp the Malecon (Boardwalk). That was really nice. We had perfect overcast weather around 85 degrees. We walked over to Cuates y Cuetes to make a reservation on the beach for dinner. Walked around a couple hours and then came back. Had a great dinner on the sand. Beach vendors did get a little annoying coming by every 2 minutes, but still had a great dinner. I had mixed fajitas with shrimp, beef, and chicken. Our waitress Dana was terrific and spoke very good english. She helped get us a couple blocks north of the Malecon back to the bus stop. Jumped onto the bus that said Walmart for another .50 and it got us back in about 25 mins. Disembarking was pretty quick. My brother got us tickets the day before so we could get off earlier, but it didnt matter much. He got baggage tag 6 and they ended up calling 6-10 right after they got done calling all the people with carry your own bags off. They never even checked our ticket to get off, but its possible if you had a higher number and got off early that your bags would not be off yet. It moved very fast and they called us around 940 to get off and we were in the car by 10:10. We stopped for gas about an hour into our return home to Arizona and my brothers car wouldnt start. Jumping it didnt work either. We went to Autozone a few minutes away and bought a wrench. Returned back to take out the battery and luckily it was dead. We replaced it and were on our way. Good thing we were driving together or it would have been very difficult. Great cruise had a wonderfull time with our family. Very thankfull to my parents for taking us yet again and having terrific memories to last a lifetime. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
I actually got married aboard the Carnival Splendor on embarkation day 05/25. The ship is unique in its decor, but even more so in its staff. Our cruise ended up leaving late due to engine troubles, but it was a fun and exciting cruise! My ... Read More
I actually got married aboard the Carnival Splendor on embarkation day 05/25. The ship is unique in its decor, but even more so in its staff. Our cruise ended up leaving late due to engine troubles, but it was a fun and exciting cruise! My grandmother is in a wheel chair and has a hard time moving around, but everywhere we went their was someone there to help her! The Carnival Splendor staff seem to be a tight knit family and a truly fun to be around. Did I have to wait in lines to get my food, grab a drink, or ride the elevator? Yes, but the staff were always friendly and accommodating, so I’m not sure why people complain so much. Food was amazing and above our expectations. Entire ship was spotless! Someone even dropped something and shattered a tile and it was being replaced within the hour. Our room steward was always timely and so sweet. I think our party of 22 had an awesome experience that we will never forget and I look forward to cruising on the Splendor again in the future. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
My husband and I booked this cruise to celebrate our 20th anniversary. First time cruisers! We flew into Long Beach airport the morning of embarkation on Jet Blue (love this airline...most leg space I've seen in coach!) Took Uber to ... Read More
My husband and I booked this cruise to celebrate our 20th anniversary. First time cruisers! We flew into Long Beach airport the morning of embarkation on Jet Blue (love this airline...most leg space I've seen in coach!) Took Uber to the port, stopping at a store to pick up our sodas/wine/champagne along the way. Our check in time was schedule at 1 PM. We arrived around 9:45 AM and were able to chat with some the passengers coming back from the cruise before us after having the port steward take our luggage. Once they opened up the building where we could check in, we sat back and relaxed. I believe after 11:30, they started to allow people to board based on the zone # given to each stateroom group. Easy to board and the buffet and bars were open on Lido deck. Unfortunately, awhile after 4 PM when we were scheduled to depart, they started announcing there were issues with the engines they were working on. Around 5 AM the next morning, they pulled us away from the port to allow another ship to dock while they were waiting for the tech from Miami to get there. No casino, no onboard shopping allowed due to not being in international waters. We were finally on our way just before 3 pm, with an adjusted itinerary dropping the Mazatlan port due to lack of time. Cabin 6409: Balcony room, queen bed and 2 pull outs. Well worth the upgrade as I spent several hours out on that balcony over the course of the trip as it was shielded from the wind and I could be close to my husband who had to rest frequently. Only 1 outlet which is outside the bathroom, so bring a power strip. Bathroom was cozy, but definitely doable. Every shower ended up with water on the floor of the bathroom, even with the curtain inside the bottom lip. Dining: We ate at the buffet, deli, and burger place, as well as the Black Pearl dining room. The food was really good in the buffet the first couple days. Enjoyed the omelette bar the most for breakfast. The buffet desserts looked amazing first couple days and the second to last day. Seemed like they didn't try so hard to impress on the other days. The Black Pearl was really good food and the staff were great! The deli was my go to. Entertainment: Cruise director Lee was amazing! I was impressed with how well he dealt with the frustrations caused by the delay! Never saw him off his game once...24/7 always sharing the positive points and what events were available. The entertainment staff were talented. Wished I would have taken the time to see more of the productions. The movie nights by the pool were great picks! Bingo was fun. Art auctions, so-so, but I'm not into that stuff much. Hot tubs were luke warm, just slightly warmer than the pools it seemed. Would bring our kids next time if we come back as there seemed to be lots of kids enjoying themselves at the kids/teens clubs Service: Our steward Sandi was awesome! I am amazed how he remembered our names and would call down the hall to us by name as we were out and about, just to see how things were going. That's personal care! We didn't buy any beverages on the trip, but saw the bar staff walking around, advertising the mixed drinks regularly. The DJ was great! Didn't like the slight overlapping of events. Ended up missing out on the beginning of events a few times. Cabo San Lucas: we bought a lunch to go, took a water taxi around the arch, then were dropped off at a beach. I had my own snorkeling gear, so saved money that way and saw some colorful fish. Were picked up on time and had time leftover to walk around and explore right around the port. Puerto Vallerta: Waited until last minute to get a shore excursion on board and ended up getting the last 2 tickets to a bus taking people to a beach. Were dropped off in front of Si Senor restaurant, sat down on some lounge chairs, and my husband enjoyed a 2 hr foot massage for $50. He loved it!!! Water was nice and warm but not scuba diving quality.Too many vendors hocking their wares. Got old quick. Nice time to just lay back and relax.... Got back to port early, so went across the street to the mall and walked around and shopped a little. We had a late departure due to a couple of drunk passengers slowly walking back over a half hour late. Mazatlan: Oh wait...that was canceled due to the engine trouble. :( Shopping: They advertised a coupon book to use at the ports as well as on board. $25 for the book and a ticket in the drawing for a prize. Waste of money if you ask me. Didn't use any of the coupons. There were plenty of coupons, but only a few for each of the ports. Many other ports, including Caribbean, were in the book, so might be worth while if you go on other cruises within the upcoming year.Also included a few postcards. I ended up passing it on to people going on the cruise after us. Spa: I hate paying a lot for a massage.... but did it anyway. Pretty good. Recommend going cheaper route and getting it done off the ship while at port. Deembarkation: Turned in our luggage the night before we left so we didn't have to lug it around after 8:30 AM when we had to be out of the stateroom. Had breakfast at the restaurant as we pulled into the Long Beach port. Very organized process and went smoothly. Took Uber back to airport, checked in our luggage to Jet Blue 6 hrs prior to departure, then took bus into the city of Long Beach for lunch to pass the time, then back to the airport. Compensation: $50/person on board credit, Mazatlan port expenses refunded. I, as well as many others, were pretty disappointed with the low $ compensation due to losing a day of the trip and missing one of the 3 ports. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
We took our family of 9 (2 grandparents, with daughters and 1 son in law, 4 grandkids age 9-16)....we had a fabulous time! Lots of entertainment for kids and adults! We felt our grandkids were safe running around the ship playing Clue ... Read More
We took our family of 9 (2 grandparents, with daughters and 1 son in law, 4 grandkids age 9-16)....we had a fabulous time! Lots of entertainment for kids and adults! We felt our grandkids were safe running around the ship playing Clue and Hasbro games not to mention the arcade! 9 year old granddaughter had that ship figured out in one day! The cabins were kept clean on a daily basis as is the entire ship! All staff were very friendly and never failed to greet us with a good morning and a big smile! Highest marks go to June, Edwin and Marshal in the Black Pearl dining room! Excellent service and a very good personality for this job! Day in and out, June greeted us all with warmth, a smile and a great sense of humour! Great dancer too! My husband and I have been on many cruises some higher end than Carnival but the food and service on this cruise was far above any Celebrity etc cruise we have had! Shore excursion in Puerto Vallarta to Los Clentias (sp) hideaway was excellent and well worth the money! Very organized as was embarkation and disembarkation!! We were very,very pleased! Highly recommend this cruise line to anybody! It was a blast! We will be back! PS....thank you , thank you June for your excellent service...made our holiday! (mom Maureen) Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
We booked this cruise 18 months ago as a celebration of our 20th anniversary. Overall, we were satisfied with the ship and crew but were disappointed with the weather. This is obviously not something that Carnival could do anything about ... Read More
We booked this cruise 18 months ago as a celebration of our 20th anniversary. Overall, we were satisfied with the ship and crew but were disappointed with the weather. This is obviously not something that Carnival could do anything about and can happen anytime you go on a vacation. Most of our disappointments were due to this and had nothing to do with the ship or crew. Our stateroom was nice with lots of room for storage. Our balcony was not very deep however and it was difficult for a second person to get out onto the balcony when someone was already out there since the doors open outwards and don't slide. However, it was great to have the great big window since the cool, rainy weather kept us indoors. We could still see outside and enjoy what view there was. Only complaint with the stateroom was a lack of cold water. Water eventually became so scalding (even at lowest setting) that we had to have a plumber come. after that, the water would swing from cold as ice to scalding hot without touching the dial. We did report it so hoping they were able to get fixed before the next people moved in. Absolutely loved the deli and grill on Lido. Was nice to have options other than the buffet. Never tried the mongolian or tandoor. BBQ was good. Main dining was great. 10 of the 14 nights we were alone at a table for 10 so received awesome service. Staff was attentive without hovering. Lido staff was great. We only saw a few of the shows since our times were the 10:15 shows. Many nights we went to the comedians instead who were hysterical. Loved all of them. Gorgeous George does a great job bringing in talented comedians. The cruise director Lee and his staff were really great. There were a lot of activities available for the days that we were stuck inside. Although we did not catch any of them, there was a speaker there talking about Polynesia, animals, sea life etc. and she seemed to get a pretty good crowd for her informational talks. The ship was clean. Staff was friendly. Our shore excursions were good. We did a private one at Honolulu since the ship sanctioned ones sold out so fast. Wish we could have had more time in Kona and less in Maui due to the weather but obviously they have no way to know that in advance. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
My wife and I went on this cruise because my brother and his wife were taking this particular cruise. We wouldn't have chosen this one however, we went into it looking forward to a good cruise and good time. Immediately upon ... Read More
My wife and I went on this cruise because my brother and his wife were taking this particular cruise. We wouldn't have chosen this one however, we went into it looking forward to a good cruise and good time. Immediately upon entering our cabin we were disappointed. The entire cabin had ONE single power outlet (including the restroom) and while we've cruised before and knew plugs were limited, ONE was a bit surprising. Otherwise the cabin was average with the exception of the balcony. The balcony was very disappointing. We paid for a larger balcony and it was larger than standard however, it was filthy. EVERY piece of outdoor furniture was soiled, stained and just nasty. We could not sit on any of it without first covering it with a towel. I'll add photos. The glass on the outer railing was stained dramatically, the wooden railing was peeling, and there was rust on multiple areas of the balcony and outside the balcony. It also took us two phone calls and a discussion with the steward to get the room cleaning arranged. The food was hit and miss, some pretty tasty, some really poor. The only exceptional meal we enjoyed was at the Steak House which of course cost additional funds. I have to say that while the cruise wasn't terrible it certainly isn't one we would ever do again. There are options out there that we would enjoy more than this one. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
WE just returned from our Carnival Splendor cruise and really had a nice time! The ship is well worn and needs refurbishment, but after a day I didn't even notice! Our balcony room on the 8th deck was very nice and we loved having the ... Read More
WE just returned from our Carnival Splendor cruise and really had a nice time! The ship is well worn and needs refurbishment, but after a day I didn't even notice! Our balcony room on the 8th deck was very nice and we loved having the outdoor space. It was our first balcony. The food was good, but not fabulous. The best meal I had was the filet mignon. The lobster was good but not wonderful. The ports were nicer than I thought they would be. We signed up for shopping tours with Fernando (which I would highly recommend) and he provided free transportation into all 3 towns and margaritas at Diamonds Intl. After the tour, we were free go to on our own. In Cabo we walked back on the boardwalk thru town back to the ship, stopping for drinks with chips and guac on the way. In Mazalatan, we got taken downtown, which was quite a ways, (free) and after a couple shops we were given a choice of going on a tour of the city for just $20 each--which is a deal! Or going across the street to a hotel where we could sit by the pool or beach for just a drink! We did that and it was better than paying for a beach excursion! In Puerta Vallarta, he took us to the Malecon and after a short trip visiting Diamonds Intl, and a free margarita we went out to explore and have lunch. Fernando was great so I would recommend going with him for free! The entertainment team was fabulous!!! We thoroughly enjoyed the shows, which were Rock type shows. The pianist, Patrick, who played requests from 9-1 was very good so we also enjoyed that. The casino was smokey so we didn't enjoy walking thru it! The service was very good as everyone works hard to please, both the room attendants as well as food service workers. We were just 2 older adults who traveled and we had a great time-better than we thought we would. I would do this cruise again, but I tend to like to see new places. I would definitely want a balcony room , if it was affordable! Nancy Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
Affordable worth it price. I miss the tropical beach weather so we decided to do the 7 day cruise in mexico. A day in every port wasn't enough! There's so much things to do. During sea day we were able to do a lot of stuff ... Read More
Affordable worth it price. I miss the tropical beach weather so we decided to do the 7 day cruise in mexico. A day in every port wasn't enough! There's so much things to do. During sea day we were able to do a lot of stuff although I must say there's isn't much for couples. Sea day would be so much if we're traveling with family or friends. Only elegant dinner, spa and pool lounge was enjoyable for a romantic gateaway in the ship. Everything was fine until we're on our way back to los angeles (long beach) port. The ship's direction was against the waves so imagine how rocky it may have been. It was the worst for me. It felt like I was drunk the whole time. Especially at night we could hear like heavy metal dropping and while rocking heavily. It was the worst. There's 3 days left in ship before we arrive home port so those days were my only complaint. To think i have meds with me too. I just think it would have been a nice vacay without the dizziness. Lol. But overall it was ok and fun. Another thing i would suggest to get a cabin 6th or higher floor and in the middle to avoid being dizzy all the time or just so you won't feel everything moving esp with kids! The highlight was the last night too when they had a big party with everyone and it was so much fun. Be prepared to gain so much weight bec food was very reasonable and tasty for me. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We flew into LAX and ordered a Lyft ride to the terminal. We got there before our assigned arrival time but they let us get in a line for "to early or to late arrivals" which was only a 10 minute wait. We were on the ship rather ... Read More
We flew into LAX and ordered a Lyft ride to the terminal. We got there before our assigned arrival time but they let us get in a line for "to early or to late arrivals" which was only a 10 minute wait. We were on the ship rather quickly getting some lunch at the buffet while waiting for our room to be ready. Our cabin was a balcony on the 9th floor. We were on the pool and buffet level. I liked that convenience but it was a noisy room. We were close to the atrium where loud music was usually playing down on the 3rd level. Between that and the noise of activities on the pool deck is was not quiet when trying to sleep. Don't forget to bring a power strip. There was only one outlet in the entire room. There wasn't even one in the bathroom! We were cruising with a group of 9. We met for dinner for our early dining reservations. That's when we found out 7 of us were assigned to one table and 2 were assigned to a different table. That made for a frustrating, uncomfortable evening. They got us all on one table for the other 6 nights. Not as good of a location but at least we were together. We had some amazing servers - Jesus, Maynard and Super. They called us by our first names during the whole cruise, even when seeing us in the buffet. They remembered any special requests we had after the first dinner and brought us milk, extra butter, cottage cheese etc. without us even asking. They chatted with us when time allowed and we learned about how they live on the ship during working months while earning a living. They are away from home for months at a time, I can't imagine. But like Jesus told us, "I need to support my family". Such hard working men. I really admired them. They are paid with the mandatory tips we all pay during the cruise but we all gave them extra tips on the last evening. They earned them! We saw some amazing shows during our week on the Splendor. Two of the shows were done by the cast that had been on the ship for 7 months. The new incoming cast did the other 2 shows. The dancing and singing were very good as well as the sets, lighting and the moving parts of the stage. Very impressive! For those taking this cruise in the next 5-6 months, one of the female singers in the new cast was especially fantastic. Wait till you hear that gal sing!! One of the shows, Studio VIP, takes volunteers from those in line to participate in the show. Two in our group volunteered and it was so much fun to watch. They had a blast! Our first port was Cabo San Lucas. We had booked a tour thru Carnival so we were allowed to get on the early tender boats. Those that didn't book a tour had to get boarding numbers the night before and wait for their number to be called. This can take hours while all the VIP and booked tour guests were getting tendered first. We did the Mexican Outback Safari and Camel Ride. It was a lot of fun and also educational. The camels are well cared for in a nice facility. They were led down near the ocean for a nice 30 minute ride while listening to the waves crashing onto the beach. They take really nice pictures of a camel kissing you, riding pictures and even have a drone filming part of your ride. They are kind of expensive but good quality with vibrant colors, I couldn't resist. People comment that they didn't like this tour because they couldn't take their pictures with the camels. However, I took lots of nice pictures of the camels, the facility, the guide - we just couldn't pose with the camels. Don't let that deter you from going on this fantastic journey! Next stop was Mazatlan were we booked an open air cab tour with Christian who I found recommended on TA. This was our second tour with him. He is amazing! We went for a 4 hour sight seeing tour and trip to the Tequila Factory and Leather Factory. His English is excellent and we learned so much about all the places we went to. Other places we went on our last visit included the Cathedral, Opera House, Tequila Tasting, the Market and touring the city to see all the amazing buildings/homes built many years ago. His rates are very reasonable. You can find him on FB, mazatlanopenairdotcom In Puerto Vallarta we had booked a Beach Day at a resort thru the cruise line. We had all signed up for the 9:30am departure. While getting ready to go, 2 of the couples noticed the times on their tickets had been changed to 2:30! We went down to customer service and were told they had over booked this activity and had to change those that had booked the latest. However, the 2 couples who's time got changed were the first to book, not the last! What really happened?? Another bump in the road. There are many groups traveling together, Carnival should be on top of this! Tisk, tisk!! We all cancelled and they refunded our money. That was a bummer though as we were looking forward to this. We left the ship and found someone offering city tours for $30 per person. He had a nice, air conditioned van that fit all 9 of us. So no beach day as planned but we saved a bunch of money and got a reasonably priced tour of the city. They had 2 craft classes during the cruise but they seemed more for kids, not us adults. We made a card using scissors, kids school glue, and rubber stamps. Other cruises I have been on had fun crafts to do. I always look forward to that but it didn't happen on this cruise. My favorite adult activities were the Love and Marriage show, Battle of the Sexes, the Hairy Chest Contest and the Quest. Very entertaining! There is always a long list of activities you can participate in on sea days. Bring a highlighter to mark those you may be interested in. Lots of kids were on this cruise and there we fun things for them to participate in also. When the ship turned around to head back to Long Beach the wind was horrible! The boat rocked like I had never felt before. I have never gotten sea sick on a cruise ship until this trip. I took extra Bonine, chewed on ginger candy and found that I felt a bit better with a full stomach. It was to cold and windy to go out on the outside decks. The pool has a retractable roof that they closed. There were lots of kids in the pool that was more like a wave pool. It looked dangerous but the kids were having a blast until they drained it for safety issues. Good call Carnival! We had an early flight so we carried off our luggage and were allowed to line up in the showroom to debark earlier. This worked so slick, no need to panic worrying about what time we'd get off. Another Lyft ride to LAX and we were on our way home. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
I've sailed many different Carnival ships, both new and old. I was pretty shocked at the condition of the ship, which is less than 10 years old. Whatever happened to ongoing maintenance? Our cabin had lots of dents and scratches. ... Read More
I've sailed many different Carnival ships, both new and old. I was pretty shocked at the condition of the ship, which is less than 10 years old. Whatever happened to ongoing maintenance? Our cabin had lots of dents and scratches. A couple of the lamps sticking out of the wall were loose. Our fiberglass shower had a huge crack in it. There were hundreds of tiles missing at the main pool. On to the good: The itinerary was great. We didn't miss Mazatlan and really enjoyed our overnight in Puerto Vallarta. Food is always good on Carnival and this cruise did not disappoint. Service in the dining room was not good. Very inconsistent spacing with our courses. It seemed like the servers were far too preoccupied with getting our kids food out early. On at least 4 nights, we had to leave the dining room because the next seating was about to happen. We had to rush through dessert and coffee was ordered but forgotten on multiple occasions. We are accustomed to fantastic, efficient service on Carnival and were very disappointed. Entertainment was great. We really enjoyed the main shows as well as the comedians. The cruise director, Lee, was great. Very visible and personable. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
I've been meaning to cruise on the Splendor for some time, finally got around to it and was so looking forward to it. This was my birthday cruise so we booked a cloud 9 spa balcony cabin with hopes of spending time in the spa. Plus ... Read More
I've been meaning to cruise on the Splendor for some time, finally got around to it and was so looking forward to it. This was my birthday cruise so we booked a cloud 9 spa balcony cabin with hopes of spending time in the spa. Plus we were looking forward to visiting new ports. The best part of our cruise was hands down our cabin steward Sharlene. She was wonderful. The next highlight was the Steakhouse, by far the best meal we had onboard, and highly recommended. MDR and entertainment were just okay, I was a bit disappointed in both. The worst part of my cruise was the spa, after finally deciding to spend the extra money on the spa cabin, I was very disappointed when the rooms and pool we're having temperature issues. I'm sure I will try it again on another ship, but was very disappointed that I could not enjoy these amenities while on the ship. Myself and several other guest did speak to management regarding it and received a $40 OBC and the standard we are sorry. Over all my sister and I had fun entertaining ourselves and already booked our next adventure. I'm very happy I got a chance to sail on the beautiful, funky pink ship, before she arrives in her new home in Australia. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We expected magnificent decor but ended up on a Pink ship. The adult Serenity area was quiet but shabby. Deck chairs were splattered with paint. Cushions were worn, threadbare. Windows were hard to see through. There were worn rusted areas ... Read More
We expected magnificent decor but ended up on a Pink ship. The adult Serenity area was quiet but shabby. Deck chairs were splattered with paint. Cushions were worn, threadbare. Windows were hard to see through. There were worn rusted areas on the decks. Food on Lido deck was usually lukewarm or cold. Golden Pearl restaurant Creme brûlée’s was like my own egg custard, not real creme brûlée. Food was nice, but not at the level we expected. Strange decor looked like fried eggs overhead. The restaurant was a frustration just to get to as you have to go either down or up several decks to get to the back of the ship and then go back down... took us a while to find dinner. Kids took over main pool area. Extremely noisy. Impossible to use that pool. We will cruise with another cruise line. (Previously cruised on the Pride. It was a very different experience.) Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Food was just okay. Dining room staff was FANTASTIC. Too young and too loud Cruise Director. Wonderful Captain. We couldn't have been happier with the overall experience. A cruise is what you make it. We made it FUN! Embarkation ... Read More
Food was just okay. Dining room staff was FANTASTIC. Too young and too loud Cruise Director. Wonderful Captain. We couldn't have been happier with the overall experience. A cruise is what you make it. We made it FUN! Embarkation was incredibly smooth. You just walk on and your keys are waiting at the room. Mongolian Wok is the best. Be there EARLY! Music was all over the ship. We even played some Bingo. Our server Meyhela was awesome for dinner. We had Rika's table for sea day brunch. So great. The unique thing about Splendor is that it rarely felt crowded. 1000 kids on-board but plenty of room. Speaking of rooms, our steward Carter took excellent care of both of our rooms. He always had a smile, was rarely seen but our room was always PERFECT. Piano bar with Patrick was some of the most fun. Signing all night was hilarious. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
I chose this cruise because I wanted to do a 7 day cruise that was close to home, I only live about 35 min from Long Beach Port... I also enjoy the ports visited as well. I chose the time of year because knowing from previous trips down ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I wanted to do a 7 day cruise that was close to home, I only live about 35 min from Long Beach Port... I also enjoy the ports visited as well. I chose the time of year because knowing from previous trips down here how hot it can get, but I hit it just right, seemed like ports were no more than 78 degrees during day, with little humidity. Embarkation was the easiest ever, i mean ever!!! I got there at terminal at 11, the time i had picked - there was 2, yes 2 people ahead of me at the security checkpoint - went thru there in about 3 minutes, then they told me they were already boarding (way early) at 11:10, so i literally got to terminal and walked in like non stop to board ship, Great!!! Also, Important to note, if you are somewhat challenged or get short of breath easy, you have an option to take a elevator up to top level so you can get to embarkation gangway, because there are 3 long ramps to walk up. After 23 cruises with carnival I'm going to just give you some random thought about things that are different, or changes that I have noticed. FOOD INFO : For drinks at bars, many drinks, you will have to ask for a straw now, unless you buy a slushly type of drink, like your pina coladas, or daiquiris....So yeah, for soda, they will not give you a straw automatically.. The Deli : Its changed, and not for the better... They used to have a little grill there, where they can put your sandwiches in there and grill (toast) it for you, Gone. Now they have like a convection oven, takes LONGER WAIT, and makes your sandwich bread STIFF as a board to eat, Also gone, are their rolls, which I had loved for my pastrami sandwiches .. A disappointment since i love to eat there. Mongolian Wok : Always seems to be a big hit, remember its only open for 3-4 hrs a day... Also, if you like your noodles soft, ask them to cook longer... Last time I didn't know, and the noodles were kinda hard. BBQ : Upstairs, not frequented much by guests at all, a pity.. they serve bbq (grilled, you add your own sauce) chicken, some brisket, and pork... I think it would be a bigger hit if they had ribs... But its nice and quite up there, if you'd like to take your food up there. Breakfast : I always got to breakfast about 11:10am, cause I like to sleep in, but on this cruise anyway at that time, there was never any more than 7 people in line ahead of me which was cool. If your an egg eater, they have the regular watery (not less cooked that is) but watery soupy scrambled eggs....Or you could go to the egg station for an omelet... Just note, most if not everyone were getting omelets cooked to order, they can also order over easy eggs, most didn't cause most were getting omelets.. Bacon greasy usual, the sausage links looked as usual, like they are uncooked ( NOT THE CASE), while we're used to frying them at home with brown grill marks, carnival i think steam cook them, give them the lack luster appearance of being uncooked, and usually not hot. Burger Grill : Sad there is no Guys Burgers on this ship, they still haven't upgraded to Carnival 2.0.. But other than that, burgers are good, meaty patty... If your someone who doesn't like or can have cheese, by default, they make 99% of their burgers with cheese... Ask for a regular burger! The fries seemed to have changed as well too, I think they are better, and a little fatter than the past. Pizza Station : Pizza was good, if you like paper thin pizza with light sauce. This station can get backed up, I would go there during off hours, cause the line can be long, and time consuming!! Crew : Friendly as you would expect, helpful. Some of the casino dealers can be pretty cold - SOME, are not friendly talkative or fun.. They are all business, matter of fact style... Like just deal the cards as fast as possible and don't ask questions!, I said SOME! The one indian guy who works casino cashier was very nice, so pleasant, give him a promotion!!!!! And by the way, on this cruise anyway, the casino wasn't smokey at all, seems like they fixed ventilation, and i'm not a smoker. Ship : Music was everywhere and plentiful, lots of open seating everywhere. Still have those gawdy pink donuts everywhere. Dining room : Was good, as usual, friendly dining staff... The braised beef (pot roast ?) was to die for... But one night, got it sliced in chunks, another night it was one who piece together, hmmm ?? The roasted chicken was to die for too, loved it. I love their little breads too. CHEERS! Package : Yeah, I got that again... kinda wish I didn't this time... With all the food and then water milk juices at breakfast, and your two cokes a day, and the fact you want to have in mind to break even with your six $9.50 drinks per day, it can get kinda much. For ME, I said ME, I will just get the bubbles package, and buy drinks as I want them, and not try to "break even" and force in drinks.. Thats what would work best for ME, anyway. Stateroom : Nothing new here, I always seem to get too hot in the night with all the blankets, and yes, a/c is turned on all the way... and then when i remove blankets, i get cold... Also, they FINALLY got plastic laundry bags, instead of the flimsy paper ones, bout time!! Room service... I ordered the wings from their new pay section... They are like wing stop... kinda chewy and rubbery... I like softer wings... anyway, you choose the sauce and it comes with 8 pieces, all flats... comes with carrot and celery sticks Debarkation : Usual slow pace... They now no longer give you a customs form to fill out, which is a good change... There is something to be aware of though.... As you are leaving and going down to the long line to get your luggage, you are walked in a huge line that is in a circle, and they have a small litle opening to go in and get your luggage, if you miss that,you will just stay in the line up to the customs officer and you will have to go back and get your luggage. So just be aware of this, cause they don't let you know,, YOU have to be aware of it. Well thats about it, have a good cruise Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
We had a nice time about the Splendor. Really enjoyed our spa suite and amenities. All the staff with the exception of the bar staff were very pleasant and seemed to always be smiling. The embarkation process was very smooth and ... Read More
We had a nice time about the Splendor. Really enjoyed our spa suite and amenities. All the staff with the exception of the bar staff were very pleasant and seemed to always be smiling. The embarkation process was very smooth and easy. We were among the first 50 aboard so we had first dibs on the seating and buffet. All the staff at the buffet were happy and willing to assist us. Met our room steward Sharlene.. what a very nice lady! Her and the team did a wonderful and thorough job on our suite every time we left. She came to us the first hour we were there and asked if we needed anything extra (towels, pillows, etc.). Our spa suite was nice and had lots of storage space and extra room. The bigger balcony was nice as well. We went to the spa and did the tour...signed up for some specials. Massages and accupuncture were very nice. Made our bodies feel more relaxed. The young lady at the desk.. I think was Tilana not sure on the spelling, always remembered us and would call us by name when she saw us. Ate in the MDR anytime seating. Had a different team the first few nights until we were seated in Gusti's area. WOW what a difference it makes to be seated where they are smiling and happy. Gusti introduced himself and his team.. from that point on he remembered our names and what we drank. We had nice discussions with them about how long he had worked there, where he's from etc. But he always took care of all his tables. Best part was the last night wacthing one of his team members cut the steak for the little girl. I can't remember his name but he smiled the whole time. Then off to do whatever else he does. We ate in the Steak house one night for our wedding anniversary. Sat next to a table where there was a screaming child that would not give up and the parents wouldn't do anything about it. Ate the Onion soup.. no flavor. Waiter came over and asked us if we wanted special salt on our steaks. We both chose the spicy salt. Steak came.. no salt or spicy flavor, just normal grilled steak flavor. Very dissappointed!! The best part of staff interaction during the whole cruise was our very first encounter with Marvin every morning.... We put the room service list out the first night for delivery between 7 and 7:30. Knowing how that works, we figured they would get there around 720. At 6:58 there was a knock at the door.. open it and see Marvin, a young man with a beaming braced-teeth smile and a cheerful good morning Mr. Lee.. then once inside Good morning Mrs. Lee... He appeared at our door every morning at the same time with the same smile and cheerfulness!!! What a way to start the morning! All the ports were nice to visit. We took the vans to see the area and would last for about 4 hours. Next time I think we will pay extra to get our own van so we can stay longer in some places and request to see other parts of the towns. We went to the shows a couple of times and just couldn't get into them. Not sure if this was the "B" group or what but they didn't sound good. Had a number of people around us say the same thing and then some were cheering and saying how good they are. If you want pictures on formal night.. I think it was deck 5 they had a bunch of different ones set up. We didn't know this until the next day when we were walking around. So instead of standing in line by the MDR Black pearl we could have gone down there and had some taken. Now onto that.. 2 - 8x10's cost about $50.00 so be prepared! Debarkation was easy.. didn't seemed rushed and was off the ship early. Captain was there as we left thanking everyone. Nice touch! Overall a nice relaxing way to spend our wedding anniversary. Will we do this again?? Of course we will! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We like to sail out of SoCal so we got a balcony on deck 8 below lido deck (bad choice, massive chair dragging well into the night). Balcony was nice except for noise Food was very good, I've been on many other lines and their food ... Read More
We like to sail out of SoCal so we got a balcony on deck 8 below lido deck (bad choice, massive chair dragging well into the night). Balcony was nice except for noise Food was very good, I've been on many other lines and their food was on par with others, Cunard, Princess, HAL. We ate in no specialty restaurant's. BBQ restaurant was good as was the deli where I liked the buffalo chicken sandwich. Hamburgers were also very good. Dinners and service in MDR were great and breakfast was good in MDR. scrambled eggs in Lido were a little fluid. Cakes were great More lively with a younger crowd, on HAL I get run over with scooters, on Carnival it's children. I did not like the deck layout, no walk around Promenade deck. Entertainment was not that good. Princess much better Good fitness center, they have a rower . Our one excursion was a zodiac looking for whales, great fun found a mama and baby whales Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
I just completed my 9th cruise, five of which are the same itinerary, the 7-Day Mexican Riviera from the Long Beach port. I had never done a cruise until February 2014 and now I have completed nine with the tenth I anticipate being on the ... Read More
I just completed my 9th cruise, five of which are the same itinerary, the 7-Day Mexican Riviera from the Long Beach port. I had never done a cruise until February 2014 and now I have completed nine with the tenth I anticipate being on the Carnival Panorama. I drove in from Scottsdale, AZ for this trip. I actually got to the cruise terminal a bit early so I wandered over to the Queen Mary and grabbed some breakfast. I try to always purchase the Faster to the Fun package so that I can take advantage of those benefits. The most important one to me is to be able to go straight to my cabin and dump off my stuff and then go to Lido Deck for some lunch. Embarkation was incredibly smooth. When they let us into the terminal, I honestly believe we were seated for only 45 minutes before they opened the doors to go aboard. I went straight to my Ocean Suite cabin, 7253, of course, the room was all ready. I dropped off my carry on luggage and went up to the Lido Deck. The first place I went to was the Ol' Fashioned BBQ on deck 10 aft. This is a hidden gem. I have never seen a line at this spot and the food is great. I wandered around the ship to see what was new and what was happening. After a while we did the Safety Muster. I got to station A, but no one was really taking charge at the site and I never did get my Sail n Sign card scanned to show that I made it. The Muster only lasted about 15-20 minutes (woo hooooo). However later that evening, I got a letter stating I did not make it to the mandatory safety muster and that I should review the process of an emergency evacuation of the ship. The first evening I ate in The Steakhouse restaurant. Carnival increased the price from $35 to $38 but it is still such a great bargain. I started with the Bone Marrow and Hand-Cut Beef Tartare. I have never eaten either before but I make it a point to eat things I would never eat otherwise on the ship. Both were very good. I could not get enough of either. I have to admit I got the shrimp cocktail too. I just wanted a Plan B in case I did not like the other appetizer. For the main course, I got the Australian Wagyu. And for the dessert I got the Chocolate Sphere. I also did the wine pairing for this complete dinner. So I got some Layer Cake Pinot Noir with the Bone Marrow and Beef Tartare. I got some Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc with the shrimp cocktail, and Layer Cake Cabernet Sauvignon with the Wagyu, Lastly I got some Graham's Six Grapes Port with the Chocolate Sphere. The wine pairing was only $18 extra. Like I said, the bone marrow and the tartare was delicious. The shrimp cocktail was pretty good. (It's shrimp. What can you do to shrimp.) The Chocolate Sphere was absolutely fantastic. The restaurant is a MUST DO. It is $38 per person including gratuities. The first sea-day was pretty much as you might expect. Lots of trivia and shows. Plenty of entertainment choices for all. Cabo San Lucas was great. I did a day trip to a local resort and hung all day on the beach. In my opinion, one of the best sites to see at Cabo is found ONLY when you are tnedering in to or out of the piers. I love watching the sea lions hitching a ride on the back of the fishing boats begging for fish. In Mazatlan, I took the Hop-On Hop-Off bus tours. I got off at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and chatted with some of the volunteers. I went over to the market and it was pretty amazing. The next port was in Puerta Vallarta. I hired a cab to take me around the unusual sites in town. He drove me to where Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton lived, he showed me around the Romantic Zone of PV and then showed me an errant crocodile in the marina. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
The convenience of where the cruise leaves port (west coast) along with the pricing make this an attractive cruise for my wife and I . We were on this same cruise 3 yrs ago. I can say the check-in process is better ( asking for an arrival ... Read More
The convenience of where the cruise leaves port (west coast) along with the pricing make this an attractive cruise for my wife and I . We were on this same cruise 3 yrs ago. I can say the check-in process is better ( asking for an arrival time) however the check out process still needs work. You are certainly reminded that you must be out of your room by 8:30 am on the last day ( Saturday) and you will definitely be reminded to be off the ship by 10:30 am! We have not been on other cruises so cannot compare others ( this was our 7 th with carnival) the rooms are clean and not a bad size and the balcony is a pretty good size for 2 adults. The decor definitely needs updating. The seats on the lido deck have almost no cushion left so you sink right into them . The biggest complaint on food is on the LIDO deck. The food there the is normally cold. The grill, tandoor, pizza and deli live up to expectation ( did not try the bar bq ) Staff were always greeting you, Entertainment was pretty good ( comedian John Dicrosta is hilarious,) The excursions were okay..but wow have they ever gone up in price. Hey Carnival most people just want to go to a beach.. I think you need more of those at an affordable prices. Families would like to play in the sand and water and not have to dish out big bucks to do it. On a more personal note we were shocked at the lack of supervision by staff in the casino when it comes to minors. The fact you are gambling, drinking and smoking should be enough to ensure security is better. We saw young children (10 and under) in the casino on a fairly regular basis. In one case we witnessed a minor helping his parents feed quarters into a machine. Yes the parents should know better but As a responsible corporation that should never be acceptable. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
This cruise is perfect for people who want to relax. The ship was fantastic. We had the best service all around. The shows, comedians, piano guy was all entertaining. We participated in trivia with the fun squad. The best was when the ... Read More
This cruise is perfect for people who want to relax. The ship was fantastic. We had the best service all around. The shows, comedians, piano guy was all entertaining. We participated in trivia with the fun squad. The best was when the comedian hosted a trivia. The ports were easy to visit and stress free. Puerta Vallarta is beautiful, you must walk the boardwalk. We had a 12 yr old with us. She moved around the boat no problem. She made friends in circle c.We loved the service and attention we received through out the entire ship. You must stop at the coffee bar, great drink options and desserts. Our whole group said we would do it again once a year. The ship is pink, be prepared for pink everywhere. After a few days you don't notice. The new embarkation in Long Beach is so much easier, made the start of the trip faster and calmer. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
The splendor is a smaller more intimate ship missing the 2.0 upgrades. That being said the cruise director and entertainment staff were anazing, the ship very clean, with plenty of activities for young and old. Food was great in the dining ... Read More
The splendor is a smaller more intimate ship missing the 2.0 upgrades. That being said the cruise director and entertainment staff were anazing, the ship very clean, with plenty of activities for young and old. Food was great in the dining room and service was very good as well. Our cabin Stewart Ana was amazing her smile infectious and the level of service well above expectations. Carnival continues to meet and exceed while staying family and wallet friendly. This was our tenth cruise in carnival and third on the Splendor. We are sold in Carnival and continue to be loyal to the brand. Looking forward to booking our platinum cruise and getting a few more perks. Kyndall Fire is a ball of energy and keep the entertainment rolling we enjoy the west coast of Mexico and with the beautiful pacific and amazing people there is always plenty of great activities to meet any need. We went to the all inclusive beach at El acid and had a great time great food and the beach clean and well supervised. Then being able to use the pools and bars at the resort really topped off the day. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
My wife and I are both in our early 60's have sailed on 12 Carnival Cruises before and this one number 13 was the first on the Pacific..Even though it was due to go into drydock this year we were amazed by the upkeep on this ... Read More
My wife and I are both in our early 60's have sailed on 12 Carnival Cruises before and this one number 13 was the first on the Pacific..Even though it was due to go into drydock this year we were amazed by the upkeep on this ship...The facilities even though not up to the new refurbished ships like Guys burgers and other amenities were still very good...The staff all through the ship were outstanding and did not fail to please....One of the highlights was a male singer named Stewart in the lobby bar...I grew up with MoTown and this man was the closest thing to Motown that you can possibly hear.He was truly amazing along with his orchestra and female singer....Carnival has scored a big one hiring this man. The shows in the main theatre were outstanding and the meals in the main dining room were just as good if not better than previous years. The ports of call were unique with the highlight for us being the beauty of Cabo San Lucas...Embarkation was a breeze and debarkation was as well...Great job Carnival. Read Less
Carnival Splendor Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 4.3
Dining 3.0 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.6
Public Rooms 3.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.9
Family 5.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.8
Enrichment 1.0 3.3
Service 3.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 3.0 4.2

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