Carnival Splendor Cruise Review by Gary1960: Cruise with Carnival splendor - 8/26/2012
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Cruise with Carnival splendor - 8/26/2012
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Embarkation: Los Angeles
I live 30 minutes from the port so no transport issues. Arrived at 1.30pm and was in our room for 2.00pm. Went to the Lido buffet and explored the ship. We returned to the room at 3.30 with the luggage outside room.
As you cannot get Islay malt whisky or mataxa brandy on the ship we put a bottle in each case. The cases had a piece of paper inside each saying the xrays had detected prohibited articles in the cases but all was well. The bottles where still in the cases so go figure.
The trip to cabo was very enjoyable. the Tandoor buffet is outstanding but for the long queues of 30 minutes to an hour. The main hold up was the slow production of naan bread. Beautiful beef vindaloos and indian dishes. this buffet is only open for 3 hours at lunchtime but should be open 24 hours in my opinion.
We had a spa stateroom. The a/c was very poor and the room too warm. The spa was good but it was just too hot who wants to get into a 100 degree pool when it is 90 degrees More outside.
Having done the victory cruise in 2010 the ports including Dominica were fantastic. This cruises ports of Cabo and Porto Vallarta were very poor. You were constantly pestered by people to buy this buy that go here go there and if you ignored them they insulted you. In my opinion half a day in Cabo is too much. The second day they only managed to tender off 600 before it got too dangerous and tendering was suspended. We received a $25 credit for this.
As there was a hurricane 300 miles south of us the trip to puerto vallarta was awful the stateroom was creaking very loud and the ship was going up and down badly. Most people onboard where very ill that night.
We go on holiday to chill out and choose not to dress up. The alternatives to the elegant nights were very disappointing with a limited buffet offered. we called room service they said 25 minutes to an hour wait. The food eventually arrived after 1 and three quarter hours.
The choice of on tap beer is very disappointing Thirsty frog which I found too gassy and Bud light. We really enjoyed the casino and spent most of our nights in there. The shows were ok but the comedy show was awful. All in all a good cruise I was glad I went but would not go again. Less
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