Splendor Review May 20-28: Carnival Splendor Cruise Review by daledoe
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Splendor Review May 20-28
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
First off I believe a cruise is as fun as you want to make it.
Back ground information. I booked this cruise after I was comped this from the casino from the previous cruise I took over Christmas with my family on the Sunshine out of New Orleans. I (25) booked an interior room with my brother (26) and later added his girlfriend (30) and one of our friends who this was his first cruise (26).
The ship is nice and I believe well decorated. A lot of people on reviews complained that it was too pink, I however thought it was beautiful, especially the artwork on the walls in the stairwells. The ship has a retractable roof that can be utilized on windy or rainy days. I believe it was used only once or twice. We got really lucky and had nice weather the whole time, unlike the Christmas cruise. The main purpose of our cruise was to party and have a good time. We all bought the Cheers More package, which was nice because we didn't have to worry about racking up a huge bill on our sail n sign cards, and we hit our limits everyday except for the last. Those Long Islands and Sex on The Beach went down like water. We also drank quite a few "Classic cocktails" because we would get a 5 dollar match play from the casino.
Embarkation was a breeze, our flight got into Laguardia from Akron at 8:35, so we had some time to kill. By the time we got our bags and a taxi it was a little after 9. I thought traffic was bad getting to the ship, it took about 50 minutes. However the driver said it was fairly good. We got to the Ship and there were still some stragglers getting off, so we dropped off our luggage and decided to walk over to Times Square. From the Pier it is only about a 15 or 20 minute walk. My Brother had never been before, so I wanted to show him around a little. I wish we had a little more time to show him Central Park, Wall Street, and China Town. We ate a quick lunch at a small deli near the Ed Sullivan Theatre and then headed back to the ship.
Once on board, we started to drink and got some more food. I ate a burrito and Mongolian Wok. They were delicious. I thought the burrito bar on Splendor was better than Sunshine, I just wish it had Guys Burger Joint like the Sunshine did. As far as food, we didn't eat the buffet too often, other than lunch. We ate dinner every night in the Main Dinning Room. We ate Brunch and Breakfast a few times as well in MDR. We didn't try the Steakhouse, however I talked to a few people that said it was really good. I want to try it out next time. The Dining room staff was excellent. We were in and out within an 1 hour and 15 mins on most nights. This was a big impovement from the Sunshine, it took forever every night to get our food and always had empty drink glasses. The menu was pretty much the same as Sunshine and tasted similar. It was all good non the less. I want to give a shout out to our servers Nadeena (head waitress), Samuel, and Crispin. They were quick and friendly. Also a shout out to our bar server Mustafa. He always took good care of us and a fun guy to talk to.
We weren't in our room, other than to Shower, Shit, and Sleep. However, my only complaint about it was that it was a little too warm. I woke up sweating most mornings, but it was nothing to complain about. Our TV, wasn't working the first 2 or 3 days until I told our Room Steward Lary, and he was quick to call and get it fixed. He did a good job for us and was nice. Although I will say our Cabin Steward from Sunshine was more outgoing and a lot more sociable.
The crew on the Sunshine was very good, aside from the Casino staff. I always enjoy talking to the workers from different countries and making friends with them for the week. I met a few that were really cool and I miss. The Pizza man at night Anak, was on the Sunshine and on the first night of getting pizza before bed, I almost shit my pant becuase he was making the pizza on Splendor. I asked if he remembered me and he did. He said he was going to ask the same thing. We talked every night. A server that I talked to every day was Daniela from Bulgeria. Not only was she sexy, but she was very smart. We talked everyday, in fact I think she might have got in trouble by her supervisor because she would talk to us for so long. Another guy I talked to every night was Dimo, he worked as a server in the MDR and cleaned and refilled machines on Lido deck at night. This guy is hilarious, we would talk about girls, and share funny stories everynight. He too was a bright individual and a pleasure to get to know. We also wanted to give a shout out to the bar staff throughout the ship for being very friendly, especially Milan who worked on the Lido bar by one of the pools. Banks, who was part of the entertainment staff was another guy we would talk to. He did a lot of the sports, trivia, and did DJ from time to time.
We spent a lot of time at the Casino. I liked the layout of this casino better than the Sunshine, although it only had 1 poker table. I wish they had live dealers for poker though, I HATE PokerPro!!! As far as casino staff, I didn't think they were very friendly. I only like two dealers Lili and Ziti. The pit bosses sucked. Like I said before, I got this cruise comped from my previouse cruise (Sunshine) I was in the casino playing for hours every day and I didn't even get a free drink card. The last cruise I had it by the third night. I tipped EVERYTIME I got a blackjack too. It took forever for them to log me into their system when I would buy in. Luckily I won about 1K, or I would have had a really bad taste in my mouth about it. Complete 180 from the Casnio Staff of the Sunshine. Also, the times I tried to get a drink, the bar servers in the casino were slow to come around. I tipped them too. Carnival could probably hire a few more staff. It isn't fair to them or the guests.
We went to a few shows. Vroom was really good. Although I think they said we were their last cruise on that ship. They could sing and dance! I'd hate to say how much the costumes cost too! It would definitely rival a broadway show. We also saw a Hypnotist. He picked people from the crowd, it was pretty funny. We saw quite a few comedy shows. They were pretty funny, espcially the little Puerto Rican guy, sorry I forgot his name, but he was on the first and second night. My only complaint is that I think they should put the comdey shows in the theater, especially if there isn't a show going on that night or time slot. There were many times it was standing room only or people were turned away because it was at capacity.
The Red Carpet lounge (disco/club) was pretty fun, the DJ played good music and would play a song if you had one that you wanted to request. Although, I will say I liked the Sunshine's club better, it had better light effects.
The biggest dissappointment was the Piano Bar. I think the guys name was Dana, but he sucked! Didn't stop to take requests, played behind back up music, and had a terrible voice. Big difference from the piano bar on the sunshine.
Disembarkation was pretty easy. We were off and out of customs within 20-30 mins.
Overall, it was a good time had by all. We met a lot of fun, interesting people and had tons of laughs. As long as the food and service is good, you can't really complain about a cruise and they both met or excelled our expectations. It is definitely better than being at home and at work. Less
Cabin review: 2406
It was small, but we werent in there other than to shower and sleep.
Port and Shore Excursions
Went Kayaking. Our guide was fun and very smart. He caught lots of different animals for us to see. He even caught a Konch and let us eat it. It was definitely a good time and glad we went.
Our goal in San Juan was to go to the cock fights by the airport. However, we talked to the locals and they thought they were only fighting on Saturday and Sunday. We decided to go to a bar near the ship dock, where we ran into the waitor my friend had when he was in San Juan a few months earlier for a bachelor party. We drank a few drinks at his bar and then he took his break and we all went to eat sushi and have a few drinks with him.
After dinner we walked around San Juan a little and ended up at Senor Frogs. We partied there for a little while, then headed back on the ship.