We chose the Splendor as a change from Florida cruising, being from GA we have always done Caribbean and Bahamas. The embarkation process we fast and efficient, no complaints. As a bit of advice, print your luggage tags at home if at all possible. We saw many people waiting in line for luggage tags when we just dropped ours off with the porter and headed towards security screening.
We arrived at the port around 1 and was on the Lido deck around 1:40 getting lunch.
We upgraded to an inside spa cabin about a week before cruising, so we weren't on the "list" with the spa yet so we had to wait to use the members only area. The cabin decor was nicer I think and the extra toiletry items were nice, but overall probably wouldn't book the spa again, especially without past guest discounts. Deck 10 was higher than we usually stay and we felt the movement more, also getting an elevator was tough at times because most of the action was on Decks 5 & 9. Our cabin steward was fantastic and took great care of us.
Overall the food was good the entire cruise. The rotisserie and burrito bar were very good. We also loved stopping by the tandoori grill for some humus as an afternoon snack. Nachos from the grill are great, but the line isn't. If you try to by-pass the people waiting for hamburgers and hotdogs to grab some, they usually flip out. Lido lunch buffet changed daily and had a nice variety. California Roll sushi bar was also nice, a good 6pm snack before dinner. We ate in the Gold Pearl dining room each night, late seating, and enjoyed it. Some menus were better than others but there was always variety and you could always find something. Our wait staff was great and was always on top of things.
The shows were good, Vroom was the best. The comedian and hypnotist both gave good shows and their midnight shows were fun too. Carnival has cut back on live music since we started cruising with them and that was obvious again, but the acts that were on board were ok.
The ship was spotless and everywhere you turned it seemed that someone was cleaning, painting, or improving something. The wait staff on the lido was quick in clearing tables and the bar staff wasn't overly aggressive.
LOVED the Serenity area on deck 12, especially since there is a bar there. You could hear the people playing mini-golf above you sometimes but it was never loud. The padded loungers were lovely and close to our cabin.
We pretty much broke even in the casino, go us. Carnival has taken to the Vegas trend of lowering the minimum bets at night, Blackjack is now $10 per hand minimum unless you play Fun 21 which is $5. So getting a seat was hard since there were only 2 of those tables and many empty Blackjack tables.