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The crew: Wife and I, early fifties and our two adult kids 22 & 24. We have all cruised many times and my wife and I have also stayed at several all-inclusive resorts. Like many people, we chose this cruise on Splendor for price and a couple of the ports. But price being number one. Overall it was a very nice cruise and I am currently looking at cruises for 2019 and leaning on another Carnival cruise because of what you get for the money. I heard a few passengers complain about some issues and I believe if they go into their cruise realizing you are on a budget cruise line, it helps. For example, if you are a foodie and this is a big part of your cruise, don’t go on Carnival. Or if you like to have everyone in more formal attire in the evening, look for a different line. It is rather comical to hear people complain that Carnival isn’t as good as cruise line ____, but they took this cruise because of the cost difference. So you get more from another line that you pay more for. Makes sense right? Embarkation was quick and easy. Debarkation was very long in customs, no fault of Carnival since there were five ships debarking. Our cabin was #6295. It seemed a bit bigger and certainly had more closet space. The biggest issue was noise. This cabin has the option for a joining room and through the adjoining door you could clearly hear our neighbors. And they were not being loud at all. We asked the room steward and he said he was sorry, but there was nothing he could do. So we used one of the blue beach towels at the bottom of the door and it did seem to help. There were also noises in the ceiling just outside the room, when there was any rocking movement of the ship. If you are a light sleeper, this is probably not your room. Our adult kids had room #1082 and really liked it. It was an un-needed handicap room and located just above the entertainment on the Lido deck. Very handy. We did "Your Time" dining and the dining room food and staff was good/very good. My favorite outside the dining room was the Tandoor. The other three tried the pizza and said it was bad. I tried the Mongolian grill once and was not impressed. Based on the line of people, I’m thinking it might be an aberration. I also tried the breakfast buffet twice and again it just isn't very good. For example, the scrambled eggs are not just wet, you have to literally drain the water off. And if you like strips of bacon that are not over cooked, it couldn't be found. There are other issues, but you get the idea. My wife and I enjoy hanging out in the piano bar in the evening. We had been let down on our last three cruises. (We had a piano player a couple of years ago that could not sing because he had no voice. I asked him if he lost his voice and he said "No, this is just how I sound"). This year, we finally had a very good piano player in Gregg from Cali and enjoyed it every night. He is a pro’s pro. We tried karaoke a couple of times, but the girl hosting it was not very good and let a couple of groups monopolize the evening so we left quickly the second night and never went back. The serenity area is very nice. I would suggest if you like it quiet that you park on the non mini-golf side (I believe port side). The staff was very good and we were amazed at how quickly they remember your name and desires. Our room steward was fantastic and quick to address any issues. As for excursions, my daughter and I did the trike tour in Cozumel and loved it. Highly recommended. My daughter and wife did the zip-line (non Carnival) in Rotan and raved about it. I would say my biggest complaint was how cold they kept the ship. It was not uncommon to see people sitting with blankets, INSIDE the ship. Second, the music/entertainment is way over the top loud. A few times I turned off my hearing aids, (leaving them in my ears) and it was still too loud. Trust me, I am very hard of hearing. Lastly, a sewer smell. We have had this on other ships, but unfortunately it seemed worse in the piano bar. And we loved hanging out there. Just like any vacation, go with the right attitude, right expectations, proper patience and you will be golden.

The parents and two adult kids

Carnival Splendor Cruise Review by Mike981

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The crew: Wife and I, early fifties and our two adult kids 22 & 24. We have all cruised many times and my wife and I have also stayed at several all-inclusive resorts.

Like many people, we chose this cruise on Splendor for price and a couple of the ports. But price being number one.

Overall it was a very nice cruise and I am currently looking at cruises for 2019 and leaning on another Carnival cruise because of what you get for the money. I heard a few passengers complain about some issues and I believe if they go into their cruise realizing you are on a budget cruise line, it helps. For example, if you are a foodie and this is a big part of your cruise, don’t go on Carnival. Or if you like to have everyone in more formal attire in the evening, look for a different line. It is rather comical to hear people complain that Carnival isn’t as good as cruise line ____, but they took this cruise because of the cost difference. So you get more from another line that you pay more for. Makes sense right?

Embarkation was quick and easy.

Debarkation was very long in customs, no fault of Carnival since there were five ships debarking.

Our cabin was #6295. It seemed a bit bigger and certainly had more closet space. The biggest issue was noise. This cabin has the option for a joining room and through the adjoining door you could clearly hear our neighbors. And they were not being loud at all. We asked the room steward and he said he was sorry, but there was nothing he could do. So we used one of the blue beach towels at the bottom of the door and it did seem to help. There were also noises in the ceiling just outside the room, when there was any rocking movement of the ship. If you are a light sleeper, this is probably not your room. Our adult kids had room #1082 and really liked it. It was an un-needed handicap room and located just above the entertainment on the Lido deck. Very handy.

We did "Your Time" dining and the dining room food and staff was good/very good. My favorite outside the dining room was the Tandoor. The other three tried the pizza and said it was bad. I tried the Mongolian grill once and was not impressed. Based on the line of people, I’m thinking it might be an aberration. I also tried the breakfast buffet twice and again it just isn't very good. For example, the scrambled eggs are not just wet, you have to literally drain the water off. And if you like strips of bacon that are not over cooked, it couldn't be found. There are other issues, but you get the idea.

My wife and I enjoy hanging out in the piano bar in the evening. We had been let down on our last three cruises. (We had a piano player a couple of years ago that could not sing because he had no voice. I asked him if he lost his voice and he said "No, this is just how I sound"). This year, we finally had a very good piano player in Gregg from Cali and enjoyed it every night. He is a pro’s pro.

We tried karaoke a couple of times, but the girl hosting it was not very good and let a couple of groups monopolize the evening so we left quickly the second night and never went back.

The serenity area is very nice. I would suggest if you like it quiet that you park on the non mini-golf side (I believe port side).

The staff was very good and we were amazed at how quickly they remember your name and desires. Our room steward was fantastic and quick to address any issues.

As for excursions, my daughter and I did the trike tour in Cozumel and loved it. Highly recommended. My daughter and wife did the zip-line (non Carnival) in Rotan and raved about it.

I would say my biggest complaint was how cold they kept the ship. It was not uncommon to see people sitting with blankets, INSIDE the ship. Second, the music/entertainment is way over the top loud. A few times I turned off my hearing aids, (leaving them in my ears) and it was still too loud. Trust me, I am very hard of hearing. Lastly, a sewer smell. We have had this on other ships, but unfortunately it seemed worse in the piano bar. And we loved hanging out there.

Just like any vacation, go with the right attitude, right expectations, proper patience and you will be golden.
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Cabin 4D 6295
I'm not sure if #6295 is a 4D, but I needed to pick one. It is on an interior hallway and very quiet except for the noises I mentioned. Please look at my review about the room.
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