YUCKY! In a nut shell we were extremely bored, found not much to do, it was like Vegas on a boat, smokey, gamblers and drunks--the weather was crummy, the boat was rocky. Not a good one for kids. Kids club was amateur. Will not book on Carnival again. Ever.I have traveled on Disney both domestically and abroad and they just do it right!This is my marker for what a cruise should be like. I guess if you do the best first its all down hill...i digress... this isn't about Disney. This is about the Carnival Splendor a very PINK ship with naked manikins (yes, really) splattered about (which made for fun, hey get an old lady to stand by one and take a picture and everyone gets a laugh).
The newness of the ship was all it had going. The crew, too new to take an interest in what the heck was going on aboard was rarely able to answer a question. They usually figured out a way to have you do it yourself. They were good at pointing, but not coming to your aid...need an ice tea? Point. Cup of water. Point. (on Disney the sodas were free and abundant and "I'll get that for you" was abundant too!)
Mazatlan was cancelled leaving us to try an find something to do for 5 long days aboard. Cabo and Puerto Vallarta were fun.
I loved the Mariachi Band that came on to perform. Speaking of shows, don't get room 6229. The speakers for the Spectacular theater are mounted to your bedroom floor. My traveling friend never got a moments rest as the shows went on until 1130p (ok we should have been in the smokey casino, I know).
The activities on board were normally dismal and the UPSELLING aboard was practically unconstitutional! Have a massage and you get a sit down consultation after its over and everything you need to buy to enhance your experience (creams, gels, etc). They were constantly luring you to different places to get you to BUY something. Tons of photographers with different backdrops nightly was pretty much the highlight of things to do--at $22 a pop and no break for multiple shot purchases it can get costly. I am sounding cheap, but actually am not if there is good value!
The cruise director and officers...hmmm never saw them. Where did they hide? Once again my scale is Disney and the officers, yep we knew them by name.
The wait staff and porters were great though. Very personable. Determined tips were automatically charged to your rooms for your convenience.