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
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
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
4 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
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
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
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
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
Carnival Splendor Ratings
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Cabins 3.0 0.0
Dining 3.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 3.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 3.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 3.0 0.0

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