Carnival Splendor Cruise Review by pard76: Cruising with the cousins
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Cruising with the cousins
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Booked 2 cabins on lido deck/ adjoining balconies for 2 late 50's couples. Drove to the port from NJ, and parked at the cruise terminal.. Expensive but extremely easy to give the porter our bags and off to the check in lines. Our cousin's are platinum on carnival so we just tagged along and avoided the madhouse check in lines...However, it would appear many people are priorty and with tag alongs, so we waited awhile. The cruiseline did send emails earlier in the week telling us not to come prior to 1:30PM, but we were on the ship prior to that time. Cabins (9284) were a nice size with good storage. The beds were comfortable, balcony nice..Bathroom had continuous backups in the shower, and a room next to us had sewage backups the first night..Evidently our plumbing line was fouled..Showere never did drain well. Stewarde was extremely accomodating and pleasant, and seemed to clean well.
The Splendor has a dearth of pools for the number of passengers.. we had no problem with More poolside chairs, but many strolled down 10-11am and couldnt get chairs pool;side at the adult pool. There were plenty of chair hoarders, but the crew had a deck officer to liberate those chairs after 40 minutes, so others could utilize the chairs..seem to work well..We just wake up early anyway...
the food was very mediocre. I am on vacation, whats with ll these buffet lines?? Limited choices, no lox unless you go to sit down breakfast every day..Omellete guys were good and friendly in the am. Lunches were poor, same salad choices and iceberg lettuce everyday, not so healthy choices..luckily we found the rotisserie one deck up and had very good chicken every day with salad. Seem to be limiting the pineapple in the fruit salads..had to ask for more...Dinners were disappointing...everything fried, frozen or with a sauce. Service was not as attentive or friendly as on other cruiselines. We tried the Pinnacle steakhouse and the food was good, delivery and service not so good..I thought I was at a diner in new jersey..
The private island was wonderful..beautiful beach, silky soft sand,great time. BBQ was good, many covered huts to eat in out of the sun...a bit crazy to get the food, but I do not know a beeter way to do it with that many people..its all timing I guess..Grand turks was fun, ok beach, just nice to get into the water.....We took an excursion to Balmoral island in Nassau , for swim and beach..Nice facility, but the trip to and from took up alot of the time..very little time at the beach..not worth the trip..should have stayed on the boat when it emptied out....
All in all, always nice to get away, but I much prefer Celebrity or Princess...service is better, better quality of food/choices. You get what you pay for....
Entertainment was poor except for marcus anthony..piano and guitar bar poor..need better bands, and stop with the dj at the pool..pay a band to play...also, the movies outside were showing all kids stuff, even at 11pm at night(rio,frozen) be nice to see some adultish films... Less
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