Carnival Splendor returns to Mexico: Carnival Splendor Cruise Review by hennipeni
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Carnival Splendor returns to Mexico
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Embarkation: Los Angeles
The Splendor is a pretty nice ship and has high energy from the moment you walk in. This could be in part due to the big pink dots all over the entry and,in fact, all over the ship. Carnival always goes for the over-the-top decor and I think that is part of the "vibe" and fun atmosphere. We had a spa cabin (1024) on the 10th floor, port side and it was very nice. The room was large with lots of closet space and 4 chairs on the balcony. The ship itself has many bars and clubs but I had two concerns: 1) crowds gather in certain locations and stop the flow of traffic; and 2) you can't get from one side of the ship to the other easily. For example, we were on 10-forward and our dining was in 3-aft. In order to get there the easiest way was to go to 5-promenade to the aft elevator and then down two floors. After a while it wasn't so confusing but still not easy.
The staff was very friendly all over and some even remembered our names. Our cabin stewards didn't greet us in the beginning but they turned out to be very nice and thorough.
This ship has major spa facilities and we were looking forward to the therolasso pool. However, the pool was in a separate room in the Spa complex and had no chairs or even space to put your towels. The adult pool was nice but absolutely no shade was available for tables, lounges, etc. - not great if you need to limit sun exposure.
Food was average but there was lots of it. Didn't eat at the specialty restaurant but heard good comments from those who did. The deli in the adult pool area is very good and fresh for sandwiches. Entertainment was average although the production show of Vvroom was worth seeing. Because of the violence issues in Mexico and the fact we have often been to these ports, we chose not to get off the ship.Of interest,in Cabo although you are there overnight, they make you get on the ship by 10 pm and the ship sails around until about 7am the next morning and then the tendering starts all over. I really think this was so the shops could open & the casino could open although they said it was because of the tenders not operating?
Kids and families seemed to have a great time and were kept busy. Thank you to all the reviewers that previously commented on this cruise - it helped me make some wise choices o this sailing. Less
Cabin review: SS1024 Cloud 9 Spa Suite
1024 was a nice cabin - large and lots of closets. Bathroom has a whirlpool tub and two sinks. Very nice and adequate. Balcony was long and narrow and fit 4 chairs and two small tables. Glass door to balcony. In addition to bed, there is a couch that makes into another bed and a chair; and a make-up/desk area. Lighting is good throughout. Main drawback in the room is the vanity area outside the bathroom door makes it almost impossible to sit at the vanity and still be able to come and go from the bathroom. Also in this area, the hair dryer is wired into a drawer and cannot be moved. You also have to continue to hold the on-button to keep it going while drying your hair.Read All Cloud 9 Spa Suite (SS) Reviews >>