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8 day Repo cruise on the carnival splendor, NYC to san juan  Done about 25-30 cruises, on all the major lines except premium {e.g. Crystal, SilverSeas,Oceana). Collectively, this one had the best overall entertainment of any of them. Live music everywhere and not a weak link in the bunch. I didn't know there could be so many places on a cruise ship to fit a band and singers. The orchestra was terrific. I used to think RCI had the best overall entertainment. now, not so sure. A very attractive black woman sang motown in different venues and a motown revue the final night and was outstanding. A philipino girl with one guy backing her up on the key board and vocals had a stunning voice..sang Whitney Houston's "I will always love you" in the atrium and was phenomenal..everyone stood up to give her a standing O. The salsa bands were great. The cast of singers and dancers were good...didn't go to the show with the juggler. Don't do jugglers, hypnotists , sword swallowers, knife throwers or any other carny and county fair acts that the cruise lines get on the cheap since the catskills have pretty much closed down. . Missed the comedy shows since there was so much else to do, not to mention the casino. and of course, movies on the big screen in the covered pool area, a great idea--always packed, even the movies starting at midnight. The food in the MDR was very good. The food in the lido was routinely good breakfast and lunch..not spectacular, but good enough. Carnival has IMO the best pizza which is open 24 hrs. The deli bar also is very good, as is the grille which served burgers and hot dogs. "Very good" is usually Celebrity, even Princess..at greater cost. But I forgot what I ate yesterday, even if very good, unless the food I ate was really bad.. I don't remember any bad food on Carnival.( corollary-when I win in the casino, any casino, the elation is over and forgotten about within hours. When i lose it can last with me for at least two days, and usually longer; Related aphorism--it is one of life's cruel jokes that you get used to the good but never get used to the bad) The staff, from the cabin attendants to the waaters, to the bartenders and throughout the ship were very pleasant.This ship was well managed and was clean, constant cleanings everywhere. Though i stated my belief to the hotel director that there should always be the hand sanitizers outside the lido, restaurants and MDR and that it be mandatory . He said that the lotion only lasts 5 minutes. But the point was, does it eliminate the germs on a hand when it was used, and he agreed it did. Isn't that the point?? St Thomas--did the excursion to Trunk Bay in st johns for about the 5th time..love the snorkeling and Trunk Bay St Kitts...a catamaran excursion was cancelled, so just walked around town...very pretty Antigua--best excursion of all....group of cruise critic folks took a private van to a resort, but it was closed, so went to turner beach..beautiful swimming....nice restaurant with large patio..lots of schmoozing. Thanks to Crissie and st maarten--usual--walked around town...no swimming this time san juan..walked around old san juan, which is always captivating, then took cab to aiport a thought about the M and G and gift exchange for CC--people should be required to give their screen names and where they are from when they come up to get their gifts so we can put the faces with the screen names seen so often on roll call. A very good cruise...something for everyone, and never having to lift a finger except for unpacking  

An excellent repo cruise on this well-run ship

Carnival Splendor Cruise Review by juliang

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8 day Repo cruise on the carnival splendor, NYC to san juan  Done about 25-30 cruises, on all the major lines except premium {e.g. Crystal, SilverSeas,Oceana).
Collectively, this one had the best overall entertainment of any of them. Live music everywhere and not a weak link in the bunch. I didn't know there could be so many places on a cruise ship to fit a band and singers. The orchestra was terrific. I used to think RCI had the best overall entertainment. now, not so sure. A very attractive black woman sang motown in different venues and a motown revue the final night and was outstanding. A philipino girl with one guy backing her up on the key board and vocals had a stunning voice..sang Whitney Houston's "I will always love you" in the atrium and was phenomenal..everyone stood up to give her a standing O. The salsa bands were great.
The cast of singers and dancers were good...didn't go to the show with the juggler. Don't do jugglers, hypnotists , sword swallowers, knife throwers or any other carny and county fair acts that the cruise lines get on the cheap since the catskills have pretty much closed down. .
Missed the comedy shows since there was so much else to do, not to mention the casino. and of course, movies on the big screen in the covered pool area, a great idea--always packed, even the movies starting at midnight.
The food in the MDR was very good. The food in the lido was routinely good breakfast and lunch..not spectacular, but good enough. Carnival has IMO the best pizza which is open 24 hrs. The deli bar also is very good, as is the grille which served burgers and hot dogs.
"Very good" is usually Celebrity, even Princess..at greater cost. But I forgot what I ate yesterday, even if very good, unless the food I ate was really bad.. I don't remember any bad food on Carnival.( corollary-when I win in the casino, any casino, the elation is over and forgotten about within hours. When i lose it can last with me for at least two days, and usually longer; Related aphorism--it is one of life's cruel jokes that you get used to the good but never get used to the bad)
The staff, from the cabin attendants to the waaters, to the bartenders and throughout the ship were very pleasant.This ship was well managed and was clean, constant cleanings everywhere. Though i stated my belief to the hotel director that there should always be the hand sanitizers outside the lido, restaurants and MDR and that it be mandatory . He said that the lotion only lasts 5 minutes. But the point was, does it eliminate the germs on a hand when it was used, and he agreed it did. Isn't that the point??
St Thomas--did the excursion to Trunk Bay in st johns for about the 5th time..love the snorkeling and Trunk Bay
St Kitts...a catamaran excursion was cancelled, so just walked around town...very pretty
Antigua--best excursion of all....group of cruise critic folks took a private van to a resort, but it was closed, so went to turner beach..beautiful swimming....nice restaurant with large patio..lots of schmoozing. Thanks to Crissie and
st maarten--usual--walked around town...no swimming this time
san juan..walked around old san juan, which is always captivating, then took cab to aiport
a thought about the M and G and gift exchange for CC--people should be required to give their screen names and where they are from when they come up to get their gifts so we can put the faces with the screen names seen so often on roll call.
A very good cruise...something for everyone, and never having to lift a finger except for unpacking
 
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