Carnival Splendor Cruise Review by CanyonGirly: LOVED the Splendor!
Overall Member Rating
LOVED the Splendor!
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Embarkation: Los Angeles
My family of 4 cruised Jun 12 to the Mexican Riviera and stopped at Cabo and Puerto Vallarta. The trip was fantastic! Here is the breakdown:
Embarkation: We were prepared for the worst, but it was flawless! From the moment we stepped off the elevator in the parking garage,we were guided step by step. A porter took our luggage in the garage and ensured us our luggage would be at our room by 2 and it was! He then directed us to a line to show our passport, and there we were assigned a group # for boarding. This process took all of 10 minutes, line included! Within the hour they called our group# and we were on our way onto the boat.
Room 1268: King & bunk beds. LOTS of storage. 3 huge closets, dresser drawers, two large drawers under the bunk. It was tight, but utilizing the storage was key.
Kids Clubs: Sign-in was a nightmare, but the sign-in person was very nice and apologetic. The activities were endless and all included at no extra More cost.
Entertainment: Again, more than we could even enjoy. We went to one show, but it wasn't our style. (Vegas type dance show). Lots to do on the Lido, but it was primarily young folks and loud events so we steered clear. The comedy shows were great! We caught 3 different acts.
Food: More than we could even enjoy! Wish I had a bigger appetite. We had open seating for dinner from 545-9pm and it worked perfect. We had several different servers throughout the week and they were all fantastic.
Bars: LOTS - they are everywhere. Servers also walked the boat serving drinks too. People drank a lot of booze, but only a few seemed overly drunk. A bit pricey, but not the highest we've ever paid.
GYM/SPA: Gym was nice but filled up fast. There was a view of the sea but it was partially obstructed. Climb the ship stairs instead, better view and workout anyway. Didn't use the spa but my mother in law did. $100 for cut and style.
Excursions: We booked through Carnival - highly recommend. Higher cost? Yes, but we were met at the boat by a guide each time. We did Salsa y Salsa and Las Caletas. Both included open bar & lunch. People mentioned issue with tenders and timing, but we encountered no such problems. Visit Guest services if you have questions. They are open all day and were a great help.
Great time over all. Only negative was the number of kids - LOTS of kids running around everywhere. Since mine were too I can't hardly complain but....
We are booking another cruise ASAP! Less
Read more Carnival Splendor cruise reviews >>
Read Cruise Critic's Carnival Splendor Review >>
Easy Breezy Family Vacation
Carnival Miracle to Mexican Ri...
I will never ever sail on Carn...
Mixed bag on the Splendor
Carnival Splendor - Splendid v...
Not a great cruise experience