We had originally planned to cruise the Mexican Riviera, but, the Swine Flu had other plans. Due to our schedules, we decided to go anyway and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We traveled with young adults.
We departed from Long Beach, CA. We enjoyed staying on and touring the Queen Mary, where, for a good tip, the bellhop will take your luggage over the the Splendor for you. We also had the opportunity to sightsee along the Harbor in Long Beach, which is easliy accessed by a free shuttle. Embarkation was a breeze.
The Splendor is a little on the pink side, however, it is a terriffic ship. Very clean. Everytime we turned around, someone was cleaning/polishing something! We were able, because of the itinerary change to upgrade to suites. They are great! So roomy and my spouse especially enjoyed to whirlpool tub. The balcony didn't get used much, boy was it cold!
I cannot say enough about the staff. They were beyond excellent.
The food was the best I have experienced on Carnival. The Indian cafe, the deli, the world buffet and stir-fry buffett were a welcome change to the usual buffet. The dining room was good as always.
Since it was pretty chilly most of the time, many people made good use of the indoor pools and hot tubs. The terriffic slide only got about 2 days use, and the mini golf was fun. The Cloud Nine Spa was truly a wonderful addition to the ship. We were able to use several of thier services and were very impressed with the spa.
I wish that we had been able to access a few more ports of call. Victoria was gorgeous, unfortunately it was rainy and cold the day we were there. The "Victorians" who greet you at the pier were most helpful. We got a taxi for $7 (Canadian) to haul the 5 of us up to the center of Victoria where we had booked a whale watching tour with Prince Of Whales. While we really enjoyed the tour, the whales weren't cooperating. By the time we returned and had lunch, we were too late to make it to Buchart Gardens before it closed. Many things in Victoria close at 5 pm, we found. We did tour the Empress Hotel and Madame Troussard's Wax Museum since it was too rainy and chilly to do much else.
Vancouver, while still chilly, was sunny and of course, beautiful. We used the travel info booth in the pier to book a tour around the city, and for our boys, a trip to the suspension bridge and Treetops Adventure, which they really liked.
The trip back to California was warmer and sunnier. I really appreciated the Adults Only lounging and sunning areas onboard.
Leaving the ship, we decided to take our own luggage. Aside from the usual wait for elevators to get down, the process was fairly speedy compared to other ports we have used.