Carnival Splendor Cruise Review by jeepck: Service was great, food was VERY disappointing
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Service was great, food was VERY disappointing
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
This was my third Cruise, first on Carnival and my girlfriend's 5th on carnival. While we both had a great time on vacation, we were disappointed with the Carnival Splendor. The food wasn't that great at all and the entertainment wasn't that great, but the service was spectacular.
First, our room steward, waiters and all the workers on the ship were great. Our room was cleaned immediately after we left the room and everyone was so kind and remembered our names. The waiters were so funny, telling jokes and making things out of napkins. We never wanted to miss dinner. The dinner food was good, but that's the best thing I can say about the food.
Seemed to me that the buffet was always closed and there was a VERY limited variety of food. If you are looking for 5-star dining, the Splendor is not the ship for you. There were 4 separate buffet sections, but they all had the same exact food every day.
Breakfast was served until 12 and included the standard options - More fake eggs, oatmeal, bagels, boxed cereal.. the omelet station was good, but always had a very long line because it was (barely) the better breakfast option.
Lunch was only served from 1-3. I hardly know what they had for lunch because I always missed it and when I did catch it, the salad bar was by far the best option available. The buffet seemed to close just in time for all the hungry people to come back on the ship from our shore excursions.
Low Quality Hamburgers, hotdogs and pizza were our only option for a later lunch until dinner. And the dinner buffet was a repeat of lunch. The grill closed early and pizza was available 24 hours... and again, there was always a wait because that's all that was available. And even the pizza was lackluster. Very bland tasting. "Bland" seemed to be the theme for food on the Splendor.
The good thing was that we both lost weight on the cruise.
Oh... and bar drinks were $8 each + 15% gratuity and beer was 4 for $26. Lemonade, OJ, Apple Juice were all VERY VERY VERY sweet. We had to dilute with half juice and half water to make it drinkable.
Entertainment wasn't that great either. We both really liked the shows in the Spectacular theater but half the time, there was no late show (we had the late dinner) and the last show was a Legends show, which was pretty much a Carnival "Idol" show that presented cruisers, like myself, not professionals. Who wants to go to a show to see amateurs?
The comedy shows were in El Morocco which only held 300 people (including standing room). There was always a massive line (which we didn't want to spend all night waiting in) and were only able to see 2 comedians and 1 other show called the Quest, which was kind of like a scavenger hunt (adults only).
We did see a preview of Thea (comedian) and she was NOT funny at all (actually VERY disrespectful to these young kids she brought on stage) and the comedian at the last nights show pretty much just told of his time in jail... and constantly made fun of women. Really not what I was looking for. People were heckling the guy calling him LAME and I couldn't agree more.
"Music Society" was by far the BEST entertainment on the ship. They were a 4 piece band that could play anything and were amazing at it. They usually played in the casino or the Rubusto Bar. Less
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Cabin review: 7429
Place to lay your head/bare necessities. Two twin beds that were turned into a King kept separating. Wouldn't suggest for a couple that likes to cuddle. Bed-comfort was just ok. Simply a place to lay your head at night. Cabin Steward (Jocelyn) was stellar. Room was always spotless. Woke up, went upstairs for breakfast and forgot something downstairs and was surprised to see the room already cleaned/bed make. Ample storage for 2 people.
Port and Shore Excursions
Cruise center was nice. Included a (very expensive) Margaritaville, pool and beach area. We rented a moped for $60 and cruised around the whole Island. Governor's Island was cool, good for snorkeling (could walk from the cruise center). Drove to the Lighthouse and visited "downtown" cock burn. Which wasn't much more than a few gift shacks and some food.
The Conch Critters were DELICIOUS and very fairly priced.
Other than that, it was a depressed area and there was trash and garbage thrown everywhere. Garbage cans were non-existent, but were very much in need.
In all, I thoroughly enjoyed riding around on our little bike. Saw the whole Island.
Carnival's private Island. Beach was pristine. Nothing to see snorkeling. Hot dogs on the Island were much better quality than on the ship.
Stay away from the straw market. You can get the same stuff from the shops for less $$$ without getting constantly harassed.
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