Wedding & Honeymoon/Family Vacation...during Hurricane Season!: Carnival Splendor Cruise Review by belledc
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Wedding & Honeymoon/Family Vacation...during Hurricane Season!
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
The only other complaint I have is that, at least on the cruise we were on, that there were children running wild everywhere. When I would try to sit on the edge of the pool with my daughter, it was impossible, because the kids were jumping on us and splashing everywhere. And they were running on the Lido Deck by the pool and up and down the halls on Deck 5...I'm sure one day that will be my children, but in the future I think I'd like a cruise geared more toward adults only, or if my daughter is with us, something with more young children and toddlers. Also, for as family-friendly as Carnival is, they have very limited babysitting and daycare services for children under 2. Definitely ask them what they offer, because you do have options, which they don't advertise very well, but not many options!
The pros? The staff is excellent - housekeeping, bartenders, food service and waiters, everyone is friendly and helpful, which made the cruise more enjoyable. They all knew my daughter by the end of the cruise and would stop to say hi, even if we were just passing in the hall while they weren't even on duty. We did Anytime Dining, which was great with the baby, and the food was usually pretty good - we made a lot of use of the Lido Buffet, too. Room service was so-so, but at least they have it, complimentary, 24 hours. The stops we made in the Bahamas were great - Half Moon Cay was blazing hot, but beautiful and serene, and we also went to Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Nassau. That was a shore excursion we bought through Carnival and the only con was that we didn't have enough time to go to the beach AND explore the aquarium while we were there, or stop for souvenirs on our way back. Instead of leaving at 4 there and 7 from Port Canaveral, I would've liked the extra 3 hours in Nassau. Another pro was the spa - you have to pay extra but it was so relaxing and tranquil and just a great break from the hecticness of all the activities and wild kids. I think the Dive-In Movies is a great idea and am disappointed we didn't get to experience that more...we didn't really do any shows because of the baby, but if you like karaoke, they have that most nights. I also won some money in the casino, and we enjoyed listening to some of the bands and music acts that would perform throughout the ship.
Overall, it was a wonderful honeymoon/family vacation. I think maybe next time I'd look for a cruise geared more toward couples/adults, and definitely not sail during hurricane season. Less
Cabin review: 6300
Cabin was small, which is to be expected, and the people in the room next to us were super loud and left their balcony light on all the time, but it was wonderful being able to get fresh air, listen to and watch the waves, watch the sunset, enjoy a glass of wine, and look at the stars in the sky. I don't think I'll ever be able to sail without a balcony room again!
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