Carnival Splendor Cruise Review by Kumafour: Not so Splendor
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Not so Splendor
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
The ship was nice, though a little too much pink. Started off with out a real Sail Away Party, well we had NO sail away parties at all!!! That is the way we start to have fun on a ship. The Capt only blew the fog horn when we first left and then again upon leaving Nassau.. Did anyone catch the other ships leaving that were docked near us. Now they were having a party!
Then came GOOSE. He was no Cruise Director!!!! all he really did was make announcements over the PA system and his assistant was in charge of BINGO.. They were not to be seen except for after a show. " YOU ARE OFFICIALLY ON VACATION" ANYONE TIRED OF THAT SAYING? Not to be a downer but this was the worst cruise we've taken.
Hats off to our wait staff Win and Wunna, Black Pearl 1st seating, they made it fun. Our room steward was OK. I'm not into art, but the art auction was the life saver of the cruise.
As for the live entertainment, most people we talked to were very unhappy. We needed More music that you can party to. why so much jazz and that husband and wife team??? And the show band just couldn't get the crowds going.
Comedy was pretty good, karaoke was in a room that was way too small and the cigar room should have had the doors shut at all times because the stairwells on most of the floors stunk!!!!
We saw many people get hurt around the slide. We used it quite a bit and people who were just walking by were falling, Bad design??? The sliding roof over the pool was broken and would not open for those movies under the stars. Elevators not working, and a gangway for which the railing didn't go to the end ( a cruiser stepped off the gangway right after the railing ended and didn't realize there was a step down, she landed pretty hard on her knee).
We also had no Grand Midnight Buffet with all the fancy deserts and ice sculptures? Our friends who were 1st time cruisers were looking forward to that and the sail away parties.
If it wasn't for friends, family and the Art Auctions this cruise would have been way too long. We were planning to book our next cruise for when the Dream came out but if this is how CCL welcomes a new ship, we will pass and continue on Royal Caribbean.
I don't ask for too much, I didn't complain about rough seas, the quality of food ( not sure what kind of turkey dinner that was for Thanksgiving???) Carnival Cruise Line has set the bar for us while on the Victory several years ago ( which was by far our best vacation ever) This cruise didn't come close to our first on Carnival or Royal's Liberty of the Seas last year. Less
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