Carnival Splendor Cruise Review by geegeemom: Happiness on the Splendor
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Happiness on the Splendor
I got home from NYC yesterday. Driving to the port of NY was hairy but easy. Parking was $320 for the week and you could probably touch the ship from where you park your car. They tag and take your luggage to the ship for you from your car before you park ($20 tip..my choice) Everyone is helpful to tell you where you need to be if you don't see the huge signs they have all over..(haha). We had faster to the fun for both cabins and we had a separate line to go to to check in and we did not wait at all. (there were probably 300-400 people in the "herding" lines waiting to check in.Everyone was awesome and kind and helpful.We were on the ship and in our room within 20 minutes of arriving at port. Our luggage was 20 minutes after that. All our pre -purchased alcohol and funshop items followed within 30 more minutes. Our wonderful cabin stewart Inna from Ukraine was there introducing herself within minutes and remembered all our names, Food was good at all areas. (eggs were gross at the More
buffet as others have said.) The mongolian wok was worth the wait but i wish they had more workers there.This was a very long line. We just decided to eat at off times and the lines were better. The workers are awesome. Always cleaning, cleaning and cleaning. They were cleaning every inch of that ship constantly. The wait staff in the Black Peal were top notch. The group Arturo, Lito and Mark were the best. Arturo got my shy 14 year old daughter to dance a couple of times. Arturo was very attentive and Mark and Lito were the same with water dessert etc. We waited nightly for a table with them during my time dining. (no longer than 20 minutes) They were worth the extra tips we gave. We also saw Arturo on the gangway upon leaving..what a treat.The pool areas were always being cleaned also but the employees never were in the way. The stops at Grand Turk and Nassau were beautiful and the excursions we picked were nice. Priority tendering at Half Moon Cay (key) was a treat. Special disembarking was a also nice after a long week. There is nothing bad to say about this ship or it's employees except for some other crusiers. I saw rude kids running around without supervision, a heck of a lot of food waste, and a lot of rude, very rude passengers. This disappoints me. The employees are not our "slaves"..they are wonderful people you could get to know from all over the world and learn from. Take a minute to talk to them...they love to chat and it was very interesting to hear their stories, I also heard a female with a NYC accent said.."Gee they don't even speak good english"...this is a ship registered in Panama lady...not NYC...listen and you will hear great things from them. The decor was pink and cat in the hat like....was not too much..it was interesting and fun to study. This was not our first cruise but was probably the best... Thanks Carnival, Arturo, Inna, Mark Lito and all the others were did not have the pleasure of getting the names of. Less
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Cabin review: Carnival Splendor Balcony Empress 7257/7261
Rooms were ajoining. Nice balcony, good room stewart..large bathroom with 6 shelves and decent sized shower. Perfect floor as it's sandwiched between 2 other stateroom floors,Only one plug. Take a strip. A lot of closet space.
Port and Shore Excursions
saw the whole island. Had refreshments for the two stops. Held a sea cucumber and starfish and ate fresh conch.
Should stay over night at this port, Beautiful, safe and not enough time.Tenders were quick and frequent. Employees worked very had at an awesome buffet. Should have more bar staff at the beach,
The staff was great. Was calming to my nervous child. Dipped their feet and kept them out a long time. My husband was dipped deeper (to thighs) for the benefit of my kids. they thought it was awesome and very funny. Nice safe trip. Wish we had booked something else. Dis not feel comfortable at all walking around at this port.