Spring Break on Splendor: Carnival Splendor Cruise Review by CACREW
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Spring Break on Splendor
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Embarkation: Los Angeles
Stateroom service was great......but many things in the stateroom lacked attention.....outside balcony light was blown....and never replaced during our cruise. Black line running through TV entire time......but who goes on a cruise to watch TV? Minor things...but the lack of attention to detail was really prevelant by the condition of the ship........sad.
Dinner service started out really bad.....even though we always tip up front to the server and his assistant so we can receive good service. By the second night, husband was so upset we sat for 20 minutes still waiting for starters while everyone around us had moved onto dessert. Water/tea glasses were never refilled...then hubby refused to eat and they knew we were not happy campers. Ater that night things changed dramatically....service improved to the standard we expected from Carnival.
Entertainment was great......comedians and shows very good. Big big disappointment that there was never a grand buffet........this is the first time we have sailed and natta nothing....no dessert buffet; no grand buffet; no ice sculptures???? What happened to Carnival? They even make you print your own bag tags now......guess if you sail the cheaper cruiselines this is what you get??
We have never minded kids sailing on these cruises......but come on people.....we blame the parents.....hey let your kids run wild and account to nobody......cause your too busy having fun without them??? Running up and down the hallways all night long screaming.......there should be a curfew or make parents responsible for their kids actions. Melted ice cream cups left on the floors of the elevators; kids hanging out in the stairwells; cramming the spas; hey lets press every button on the elevator...isn't that way cool?? Where are the parents of these kids......cruising doesn't equate to kids-free like many think. It was very disappointing....not Carnival's fault...but they will really need to consider setting limits before many choose others to cruise with.
Debark was pretty smooth compared to Embark.......our # was called...we waited on windy, wet and cold gangplank too long......but got through and out of the port within an hour after our # was called......so overall not bad.
We will be looking at other cruise lines for our future cruises.....Carnival needs to step-it-up or risk loosing customers.
Worth mentioning is the hotel we stayed at in Long Beach...which offered a park & cruise deal. Comfort Inn on Willow St......great; clean room; great continental breakfast......paid for our taxi to & from port and stored our car for the week.......reasonable price and I highly recommend this place!! Less
Port and Shore Excursions
We did catamaran snorkel 3 Bay cruise on second day booked outside of the ship through Cabo Tours. We were an hour late leaving - first waiting on captain of the ship and then for other passengers. The first bay is the arches...which they stop at but you can't get off to snorkel or anything...too crowded is what I was told. Chilean Bay & Santa Maria Bay.......great snorkeling for my daughter and myself, but my husband who is disabled wanted to kayak and they only released them @ Chilean Bay for 5 minutes for each...he decided it wasn't worth it. The food was great (chicken tacos; chips, guac & salsa) as well as the drinks. The claimed 6 hour tour was more like 3 1/2 hours. Watch out for the people who take you across the bay to the pirate ship......we were told $2 a person.......on the way back we paid $3 a person......for less than a 5 minute jaunt....but they gottcha...
Don't bother with snorkeling on this one......not worth the time and too many rules they make you follow. Just head straight to the beach where they serve you beer and soda and you can get into the water or kayak if you wish.