This was our third cruise; we have cruised on Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas, Norwegian Spirit and for this one- we cruised on the Carnival Splendor.
This was the worst of the three cruises. We arrived at the port in Long Beach at 10:30AM. The lines were horribly long, so after dropping our luggage we took the city bus back to Long Beach. Not much to do in December on a Sunday, but we kicked around a few hours only to come back at 2PM to (still) a long line again at the port to check in. They had two places to check in- one inside and one out under a canopy. We chose the outside line and what was funny is they had maybe 30 computers to check people in but only 10 or so people working- so the line moved really slowly- very poor.
Overall, the Splendor is a good ship. Lido deck and food bar is very open and comfortable; best of the three cruises we went on. Dining room is also good. Staterooms are bigger than most with great storage. Halls are wider than most ships, which is nice. On the negative, layout is hard to get used to- no promenade deck to walk around the perimeter of the ship, which we missed. Also a big negative is the pink and weird dÃ©cor -- like the guy who planned this was on LSD and was decorating it in umpaloompa fashion as in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
I would give it a B plus. Just do not get the pasta or french fries and you will be fine. The chocolate was good in this ship especially when you compare to the Norwegian which was missing both sugar and cocoa- just brown sauce from the Norskis.
The service was overall very good- our waiter Nikki was great and our room steward Puta was also very accommodating and good. The only complaint is the crew seemed tired and not as smile-prone and the Norwegian or the RC cruises.
We did not do any shore excursion so I cannot give any reviews. However the cruise director was a total looser- his idea of fun is bringing three couples on stage and asking them dirty questions for a marriage game --great entertainment. They did not spend five bucks on bringing in any entertainment. I could sing better than most of the singers. One guy was singing a Neil Diamond song and it sounded like a man gagging on a piece of raw meat. We went to one family comedy on Saturday night and not one person so much as laughed. Plan on finding your own things to do because the fat cruise director is not going to be any help at all. You talk about a guy who is in love with himself! Tune into the show when you get to your room. You will see him and his cronie assistant talking about the day ahead and you will see. YUK
We overall liked the Mexico ports better than the ports we have been to in the Caribbean, which really surprised us.
Overall, it was a good cruise and a lot of fun. If you can overlook a few minor things, and have a good attitude you will enjoy t