We are 17 time cruisers and 8 with Carnival and just off the Splendor for the 1st time as a family of 4 and in a group of 12, and as any cruise is a good cruise and better than being at home there were a few issues;
Dining- The menu/food is the same as it has been for years, nothing outstanding but always had something to eat. The prime rib, crab cake, and crawfish lagostino's were the best things I ate. The worst was lasagna, lamb shank, and the shrimp seemed the same 4 different times and all filler, The melting cake had issues on many nights, basically chocolate soup. We had a table of 12, and our server was fine but slow, we ended up being last in the dining room every night. The lunch was the same as always but the burrito bar was by far the best item there and was very good. The new pizza was very thin but it it upscale frozen pizza like.
Service- It was solid, nothing stood out and room was a tad dirty but not awful overall, some nice workers on the ship
Entertainment- The staff were upbeat and friendly all week and did the best they could with the activities they were given, Malcolm the Cd was around and heard all week but the "Woo Hoo" got very tiring. Not enough to do on cold sea days, too much bingo, trivia, bean bag toss and same old line dances, a friend of ours had to show them some newer dances. The big screen was ok but most of the movies were dated and shown at odd times. And the same concerts were shown, Genesis, Carey and Beyonce, which got old. The highlight of the week was watching the football game outside in the sun by the pool on Sunday,one of the best activities of the week. We saw all the comedians many times and Malcolm, was great , Wiley and Acosta were very good but Katz was awful, time has passed him by. Wiley was a great guy socially outside as well and spoke to my 10 year old about comedy and gave him tips for 10 minutes.
The pool was also closed too much when the roof was up just nothing for kids to do as a few days with bad weather. They also cut back to 2 singers for the show we saw "The Beat" no need to see ti ever again, other shows were same old same old.
Camp Carnival- We have a 10 year old and 17 year old who have been on 14 and 15 cruises and knows all the camps very well. Our 10 year old gave it a 7/10 but his age was with the 6-8 in same room which became way too loud and many games were with too babyish, or too much free play, scavenger hunts and movie times. Only 2 late night parties, not enough special event after hours. The 15-17 year old club was a joke, no activities, barely open and no later night parties with dancing and music, the worst ever as per my child, thank god she had friends on this ship. It was a shame because it was a great room.
Ports-Florida, the weather was awful, tried to go to beach but had to come back early should have stayed on the ship. Nassau, we got within a few hundred yards but then they truned around and skipped the port. Two other ships were able to get in earlier and if they knew the wind and waves were tough, they should have gotten their earlier, very disappointing. We were going to stay on the ship in Freeport but since the 1st 2 were busts we went to Junkanoo beach and since it was a nice day it was ok, $7 per adult and kids free. The beach was nothing special but did the job and was much better than Port Lucaya.
Overall it was a good cruise, made better y our group but as for the cruise itself, it probably ranks around 13/17 we have been on as the ship is very clunky and has no flow to try and get to places, basically same setup as Victory with a few differences, no idea why they would do that 8 years after building that ship, just a bad design.