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We really enjoyed our cruise last week on the Carnival Splendor. I was a little timid given the experience we had last time out on a different Carnival Ship but I am glad my wife talked me into giving it another chance. Let me tell you the positives. They had the best cruise ship band I have ever heard. It was called Daytime Television and it seemed like they could play just about anything from any generation. The food was good; from the main dining room to the buffets I only had a couple of meals all week that were not very good. Our room was nice and our room steward was a delight. In fact the whole staff was friendly, greeting guests with smiles and offers to be helpful. The parties were well attended and hopping. In fact they were so popular that it was too crowded for me and I usually didn't hang around long. Now for the negatives and none of these was terribly bad. The ship needs more servers. Getting a drink on the deck would usually take 15-30 minutes if a server could be grabbed hustling by and forget about buying a drink in the comedy club. There just weren't enough servers to even be able to flag one down. In fact the comedy club on this cruise was a big let down. We usually catch as many comedy shows as our schedule allowed but three out of four comics on this cruise were not funny. The cruise director typically did a good job. I just wish he had not suggested that females grope the guys in the hairy chest contest. I'll bet he would not suggest that men grope the ladies that way! Finally, one of the lounges didn't even have a bar open much less a server. I felt sorry for the entertainer who was singing in there with one teenage girl listening to him. We stepped in but left when we found out that we could not get anything to drink, not even a water. The negatives are a little picky. Overall, it was a wonderful experience and I would not hesitate another cruise on this ship.

Friendly, clean ship.

Carnival Splendor Cruise Review by revjimthomas

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We really enjoyed our cruise last week on the Carnival Splendor. I was a little timid given the experience we had last time out on a different Carnival Ship but I am glad my wife talked me into giving it another chance.

Let me tell you the positives. They had the best cruise ship band I have ever heard. It was called Daytime Television and it seemed like they could play just about anything from any generation. The food was good; from the main dining room to the buffets I only had a couple of meals all week that were not very good. Our room was nice and our room steward was a delight. In fact the whole staff was friendly, greeting guests with smiles and offers to be helpful. The parties were well attended and hopping. In fact they were so popular that it was too crowded for me and I usually didn't hang around long.

Now for the negatives and none of these was terribly bad. The ship needs more servers. Getting a drink on the deck would usually take 15-30 minutes if a server could be grabbed hustling by and forget about buying a drink in the comedy club. There just weren't enough servers to even be able to flag one down. In fact the comedy club on this cruise was a big let down. We usually catch as many comedy shows as our schedule allowed but three out of four comics on this cruise were not funny. The cruise director typically did a good job. I just wish he had not suggested that females grope the guys in the hairy chest contest. I'll bet he would not suggest that men grope the ladies that way! Finally, one of the lounges didn't even have a bar open much less a server. I felt sorry for the entertainer who was singing in there with one teenage girl listening to him. We stepped in but left when we found out that we could not get anything to drink, not even a water.

The negatives are a little picky. Overall, it was a wonderful experience and I would not hesitate another cruise on this ship.
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Cabin 4D 8219
Interior cabin. It was clean and comfortable.
Upper Deck Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins