Carnival Splendor

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Feb 2014

"Carnival Splendor - Mexican Riviera Cruise April 2012"

So - it has been 8 months since we cruised but out of interest when looking for a review to see what others thought of this cruise and I didn't see one I thought it best to add one as a starting point for people considering this cruise. Firstly though I will start with the fact that this was our first cruise, so we really don't have anything to compare it to. We are a well travelled, fairly easy going family of 4 and I cruised with my husband and Miss 10 and Miss 6. We are from Australia and the cruise departed from Longbeach, California and returned there after cruising for 7 nights down to 2 stops at Cabo San Luca and 1 day in Peurto Vallarta. We were totally amazed at the whole cruising experience - we loved loved loved it and could NOT fault a single thing about the cruise. The staff we ever so helpful, there was always something to do, the children were always well entertained with the various kids clubs on board. We cruised with 6 other families and I think this added to our fun but there are certainly plenty more friendly people to meet and spend your time with. The cruising staff could never do enough for you but in saying that we were pretty self sufficient and didn't really have any issues that needed addressing. Basically they left you alone, however if you had an issue they would bend over backwards to address it. The variety of the different types of meals, entertainment, music etc would/should be enough to satisfy even the fussiest of people. Cruising is what you make it people!! We booked an oceanview cabin, a queensize bed for us and Miss 10 slept on the the bunk that was pulled down from the ceiling and set up each night while we were at dinner and Miss 6 slept on the sofa by day / single bed by night - all beds were extremely comfortable. Each night while we were at dinner (we had the 6pm sitting) we would return to our rooms to find fresh shower and pool towels and all the beds prepared and turned down, with chocolates and towel animals making a nice touch - it was always exciting to return from dinner to find what surprise animal awaited us! The program left on our bed detailed what events were on the next day so that was always really helpful as we all picked out things we wanted to go and see - and there was always so much to do!! Comedians, Vegas style shows, singers, hypnotists, bingo, shopping etc etc there was always something happening in the main theatre. With the children that our other friends had ranged in ages from 2 to 17 so they were in a variety of different kids clubs depending on their ages and they all had a ball - they certainly didn't live there but they picked out the things happening there that they didn't want to miss out on. From memory the kids club hours were 9am - 10pm but when you were at sea days you needed to collect them during lunch and dinner times. The pools and spas were amazing and for those wanting to escape children there was an adults only area on the ship - which I thought was quite considerate of Carnival. The food was quite impressive - we were allocated to the black pearl dining room and we dined at the 6pm sitting. We never stressed about running 10 minutes late because we knew our table would always be there for us - our dinner hosts were AMAZING and really took the time to get to know our names and our children's (3 of the families all dined together, 6 adults, 1 toddler on 1 table and 7 children on the other and the staff looked after the children for us. We never once had a single issue with either meal or drinks, the food was always of high quality. Once of our families were dairy free and this didn't cause the staff a problem when meals were ordered without the cheese topping or no creamy dressings etc, one person in our party was vegetarian and there really was options for everybody. We tended to buffet for breakfast and lunch most days and basically it depended on where the lines were shortest as to where we ate. There were always healthy options and the food was always fresh and hot - there were themed days, i remember one being chocolate extravaganza and insanely tall chocolate fountains, cheesecakes, biscuits all sorts of things. The ship did have 2 formal dining nights, we didn't pack any formal attire as we had been holidaying for 3 weeks in the states previously and when sorting and resorting the suitcases prior to departure it didn't make the cut - but do consider them as a lot of people do go - on the upside most buffets are empty so you can eat almost anywhere with no waiting. 2 other things - a soda card. Whilst water and lemonade were free from the buffet areas all other soft drinks needed to be paid for. you can purchase a soda card which entitles the holder to get a soda or soft drink from any bar on the ship. The card cost around $40 and all in all we got 8 soft drinks with it, so we still didnt really get value for money but more for the convenience of the children being able to get a drink if we were not with them as they were unable to charge to our room. Secondly, the shore excursions. There are so many that you can book directly with the cruise itself, either online through carnivals website or whilst onboard the actual cruises (some may fill up or even be sold out though, if you leave it until you are onboard). Although they may be more expensive than the price you could negotiate yourself with the local carriers when you get into Port you are always guaranteed that if you have booked through Carnival then they will not leave you behind - and trust me this happens! If you are not back on the ship then it will leave without you and this is something you should take very seriously - check out youtube you will see the people running along the port, alongside the boat sailing off without them. Honestly it depends on how well you speak the local language and how well you know the local area and how much money you wanted to save. Mexico was brilliant, the weather was perfect it certainly didn't cost anything to catch a tender ashore and suss out what was happening - even buying something from the local market and participating in the local culture etc. We loved loved loved Carnival. To finish - it was an amazing cruise, definitely value for money. it worked out to be around $80 per person per day on the ship which we thought was fantastic value. We were never bored, we had nothing to complain about and are so looking forward to booking another carnival cruise to a different location.

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  • Cruise Name: Carnival Splendor
  • Destination: Mexico
  • Sailed: April 2012
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Jun 2011

"Mexico cruise-best way to end your USA holiday"

thi scruise was fantastic, the food was to die for. My daughter is a celiaac and the cooked special made to order meals for her. She never felt so special or ever had so much choice in what she would like to eat. The service was fantastic and they were sensational with the kids. The kids had ample entertainment with water slides and putt pout golf and a pool. our short tours covered historical parts of Mexico then we visited some fantatic beaches and resorts. The shopping on the cruise was great, with special offerers everyday. The chocolate spectalour was out of this world. Everything chocolate you could ask for and more.I have never seen a ship so clean, the rooms were spotless and new. the kids loved coming into the room each night and see what animal was made out of towels left in the room by the steward. Around the pool was relaxing with entertainment and wonderful music being okayed it really put you in the holiday mood, especially with the cocktails being delivered to you. The staff are very caring , unfirtuantley while we were on the cruise my mother in law passed away unexpectedly . They offered to organize flights for my husband and also allowed us to use the phone free of charge to call home everyday to find out what is happening. I have hollidayed lot around the world but this cruise was special. My kids want to go again. Out of our whole USA trip they rated this the best! Better than Disneyland

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  • Cruise Name: Carnival Splendor
  • Destination: Mexico
  • Sailed: October 2010
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Annmarie M

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Apr 2016

"Awesome trip"

This cruise was value for money. It was very exciting and a great cruise to do if you are just looking for a taste of cruising. It was for 4 nights do was just long enough for first time. So many choices of restaurants to eat at. The entertainment at night was superb and so many shows to choose from. Dance lessons are fun to do. My husband love the casino and met some vey nice people in there. The day excursions were very good and if you didn't want to do the you could just get off the boat and look around. We went on our own so therefore it was easier for us to meet and make friends. The jogging track in the top of the boat was great we used it every day to exercise before we ate all the beautiful food that was on offer for us..there were approx 3000 people on the boat by it didn't seem crowded and didn't take long to get loaded on on th first day or getting off at the end. The staff were very helpful and very lead ant to deal with. The cabin service was excellent. We were well looked after.

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  • Cruise Name: Carnival Splendor
  • Destination: Mexico
  • Sailed: May 2011
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