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Carnival Splendor Cruise Review by CruiseDrew74: Carnival


CruiseDrew74
1 Review
Member Since 2013
144 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 3.0
Dining 2.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 4.0
Entertainment 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates Not Rated
Service 5.5
Shore Excursions 5.0
Value for Money 5.5

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Sail Date: December 2013
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)

While I must first of all say "I did have fun on my cruise"; however, there were still many things that were "Not So Splendid, About The Splendor"

Boarding in NYC was a breeze, from the time we arrived at the port til the time we were on the ship was less than 30 minutes. The process was quick and efficient. However, the staff at the port were lacking politeness.. some where just down right rude and yelling at passengers. You will need patience here, I almost had to cuss some employee out who yelled at us... we were traveling with our elderly Mother who needed extra assistance. We tried to go into the same line, but the employee tried to separate us from out entire party and when we attempted to get in line with her that lady became very ignorant. Not the fault of Carnival as she was not an employee of theirs, but still a bad representation of the beginning of our cruise.

Once on board the ship, from the 1st day of the cruise til the last day the staff was extremely More friendly and always attentive. I was even shocked to be offered champagne everywhere we went during embarkation.. I think I was tipsy within an hour on free booze. Of course we got hungry so we went to the buffet.. huge FAIL. The food at the buffet left nothing to be desired, most of it was too spicy (Mongolian Wok) or just down right "not tasty" and the selection was lacking. It seemed for lunch there were many options from Tandoori, Deli, Rotisserie, Mongolian Wok, Buffet, Grill and Pizza as well as the dining room and room service.... However, dinner was a different story. The only options were the main dining room (which the food was good), the buffet (which was the same food from the dining room, just lacking presentation), room service, buffet and pizza... and the Pinnacle Steakhouse... all other options from lunch were closed. Carnival needs to do a much better job revamping their dining options.

So my only complaint for Carnival was the dining options for dinner.. everything else was great.

However, my 2nd issue was the passenger type. This was a Xmas sailing and I did expect lots of children and was not disappointed. I can appreciate children acting like children and accept them. But what I find most disgusting is how the adults acted... not all, but too many of them were just down right rude, obnoxious and had no manners. We were traveling with our Mother who uses a walker. I cannot tell you how many times adults cut her off while entering and exiting the elevator or just walking in general. They were very pushy. And not to label.. but many of these passengers that were lacking decorum were foreigners. Everyone says Americans are rude, well not the case. I was very put off on their manners on this cruise.

We sailed in cabin 6-491, 6-454, 6-456... the balconies are the reason we chose these cabins and were not disappointed on their size, they were quite enjoyable. The rooms were an ok size and had decent storage. Biggest issue with these cabins is the noise from the Moroccan Bar below us... from about 9p-1a the music was VERY LOUD and the base actually vibrated the room. I knew this going into the cruise, so knew what to expect. However, I would not book this cabin again.. I would go up at least one floor.

I am a non smoker, and I must say... for a ship that does allow smoking. I was NOT put off by the smoking in public areas. Its there, but it did not seem to bother me.

Be prepared for a slow disembarkation in NYC. If you can do self assist and get off as early as you can. We did relaxed disembarkation and were zone 19. We were not called until around 915a.. and the line at immigration would have been at least another 1-2 hours long if we were not escorted to the front for having a disabled passenger. You could not use the stairs to get to deck 3, you had to use the elevators which were always full and you waited 15-20 minutes just to get the elevator down. We ended up having to go up just to get an empty elevator to go down. Less


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Cabin review: Carnival Splendor Balcony Upper 6491

We sailed in cabin 6-491, 6-454, 6-456... the balconies are the reason we chose these cabins and were not disappointed on their size, they were quite enjoyable. The rooms were an ok size and had decent storage. Biggest issue with these cabins is the noise from the Moroccan Bar below us... from about 9p-1a the music was VERY LOUD and the base actually vibrated the room. I knew this going into the cruise, so knew what to expect. However, I would not book this cabin again.. I would go up at least one floor.

Port and Shore Excursions


This is a commercial port and there is nothing within walking distance, you need to purchase and excursion or rent a taxi to do anything... but there is a small amount of shopping right here as well as Senor Frogs. I took my Nephew to the Sea Explorer which is a semi submersible boat... a 15 minute bus ride to Port Lucaya then a good hour on the boat.. it was great.. we seen all kinds of fish including a shark. After our excursion we had at least 2 hours of shopping which was nice and relaxing.. there is also a casino in this area.

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Balmoral Island & Sting Ray Experience

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For those who do not book an excursion, there is not much in port other than shopping. We did Balmoral Island. You 1st had to walk from the ship to the boat that took you to the island.. it was a bit of a walk, and not good for those who are disabled or in a wheel chair. Once at the island the beach was beautiful... it was like our own private island.. we had a great beach, they had a restaurant and bar which you could use your sail and sign card so no cash was needed... but the prices were crazy expensive.. for a tiny turkey wrap and can soda it was $20. Eat on the ship! There is also the dolphin encounter and sting ray encounter at the same location. Others in our group did the dolphins and really enjoyed it. You can also rent a jet ski or go parasailing from this location.


This was our 1st port, being that we have traveled many times to Disney and the area.. we decided to stay on board and enjoy the sun. It was a great day to sit on the lounger. We were treated to a show by the dolphins in the bay. There were several things to do in this port, other members in our party went to Cocoa Beach. They enjoyed themselves as they got to shop and do the beach. They did recommend this excursion if your looking for a laid back at your own pace excursion.

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