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Carnival Splendor

Cruise Critic Editor Rating:
3.5
1,258 reviews
Why Choose Carnival Splendor?

Pro

Have fun and unwind with comedy acts, lively shows, a huge spa and great kids' programming

Con

Pink-splashed ship decor can border on tacky, and staterooms could use an upgrade

Bottom line

This "Fun Ship" delivers with ample activities and entertainment, at great-value pricing


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: March 2018
We chose the Carnival Splendor out of Long Beach, CA with visits to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta because it matched our daughter's spring break and it checked items off of our Cruise "Bucket List" (ship we haven't ... Read More
We chose the Carnival Splendor out of Long Beach, CA with visits to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta because it matched our daughter's spring break and it checked items off of our Cruise "Bucket List" (ship we haven't been on and port we haven't been too). The ships decor was a lot of Pink - it was very clean and well kept. The layout was very good as everything flowed very well. We enjoyed hanging out on lido deck aft and in the Casino Bar as both the Liner and Casino Bar servers were on the ball, courteous and helped you have a good time. Our cabin was normal, we had an inside as it was free. One note about this ship was the elevators. On past cruises numerous times we were waiting on an elevator only to let it open completely full. Not one time on the Splendor did that happen, now I don't know if it had to do with the layout or the fact that West Coast people like the stairs! We ate in the dining room many times for both breakfast and dinner throughout the week, it was a rarity that food was hot when it came to us. The service was great, just felt the meals could have been delivered with a higher temperature rating. We ate in the Steakhouse and it was fabulous! I will say this about Carnival's service, and in my opinion it has been on every cruise we have been on, the worker's are friendly, respectful, courteous, entertaining and FUN! I can count with two fingers the number of times that I felt as if service wasn't up to snuff and that is with 152 days at sea with Carnival. To this day, I am amazed at the name recall of many employees some go back years and recall my family's names upon embarkation. For all of you out there that think that the workers are less intelligent because of where they come from - YOU ARE WRONG! Some of my best times are talking to employees about their families and homes - try it sometime and see what they tell you, it is educational. Cabo San Lucas is our new favorite port - we had a blast there! It was interesting to watch huge sea lions raise out of the water onto boat transoms coming into the harbor and ride the boat in - only to jump off and swim back out and get back "in line" with a group of 4 - 5 taking turns. The port was clean, fun and we will definitely go back there. Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta were both clean and nice, be prepared to say NO a lot! Go there and you'll see what I mean. My daughter's Club O2 was overrun with "319" 15-17 year olds. They made it work and my daughter had a great time and met some new folks for her own cruise club she keeps tabs on throughout the country after our cruises. The only issue was the jet lag portion of the trip upon return home, thankfully it was a Sat-Sat trip in order to rest on Sunday prior to returning to work. We definitely would go again. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
My husband and I were married two years ago, but as life happened, had to delay our honeymoon a bit. We chose a cruise because for the money, you just cant beat the price, and we were lucky enough to not have to fly out! I had been to the ... Read More
My husband and I were married two years ago, but as life happened, had to delay our honeymoon a bit. We chose a cruise because for the money, you just cant beat the price, and we were lucky enough to not have to fly out! I had been to the Mexican Riviera 10 years ago on an RCCL cruise, but 10 years was a long time, and wanted to try another cruise line. The ONLY real complaint we had was the number of unsupervised children on board or how many children attempted to get into the 18+ areas - not really the fault of the cruiseline, but of their parents. Over all, we had a terrific time. Embarkation was easy ... I only wish the maps to the ship layout was a little better. Most people didn't realize there was a 2nd half to the Lido buffet towards the aft, so lines got super crowded unless you ventured towards the back of the ship, which is what we always did. It also took a while for us to realize the bbq buffet was one deck up from the Lido ... lots of passengers had to point that out. Cabo: We chose to get off the ship, but didn't go on any excursion. Things worked out beautifully, because we were able to walk the gorgeous beach - and although the vendors were EVERYWHERE, we were able to eat what and where we wanted. The port was very clean, and the tenders were efficient and on time. Mazatlan: We booked the Mini Speed Boats. While we were bussed to the El Cid Marina, we didn't realize that the excursion company only had a total of 6 speed boats so the tour experience was split in half - a few hours of a wonderful all-you-can-eat buffet at a beach resort and the ACTUAL time on the speed boats. The beach resort was wonderful and had ropes to keep the vendors from being in your face all the time, however, once a security guard arrived, he allowed the vendors to enter the area one at a time. By the time it was our turn on the speed boats, we were a little disappointed that we were accompanied to a certain part of the marina and then allowed to do laps (probably 8) of a certain area. We thought the tour would be a little longer or we would be allowed out in the open sea, but it was more like doing circles. While the excursion was enjoyable, we wouldn't do it again. All in all, we enjoyed our experience, but Mazatlan was split into 2 parts, the old and new. Unfortunately, you have to be bussed through the old to get to the new. Not a place I would feel comfortable walking around. Puerto Vallarta: EXCELLENT! We booked the Las Caletas tour and our only complaint was that it wasn't any longer. It was truly a hidden jewel and I would do it all over again. The BEST part - NO VENDORS! Just relaxing, away from civilization, but with all the amenities. We even booked an hour massage! We LOVED MarQ our Activities Director, but the ship entertainment was our biggest disappointment. A solo guitarist sang on the lobby deck, but was so off key it was more like someone you'd find singing on the corner in Hollywood. Punchliner comedians were fantastic, especially towards the end of the cruise. The new gentleman working with JJ (Bingo) was unsure of what he was doing most of the time, and looked like he was a "college friend" hanging out with her, instead of knowing what he was doing. He definitely looked like he was winging it most of the time. One thing I loved about the Splendor was the retractable roof of the Lido deck. Nice to have it closed on the chilly sea days. The BAD ... the movie nights on the Lido deck ... wished they were in the theater instead. So irritating to have to read the subtitled movies because we couldn't hear anything due to the screaming kids out swimming in the pool late at night. Bottom line, we LOVED and enjoyed our experience so much we decided to book another cruise and bring our grown children and their families. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
Family Cruise that was available locally. Splendor is an average ship with a poor layout causing you to venture up and down on the floors just to get from the front to back on the same floor. Children were 7 and 10 on the cruise and were ... Read More
Family Cruise that was available locally. Splendor is an average ship with a poor layout causing you to venture up and down on the floors just to get from the front to back on the same floor. Children were 7 and 10 on the cruise and were bored with the camp stating activities were too juvenile for them. Food as usual for Carnival was only fair. Service in the dining room was very good as long as you had the right waiter. Embarkation went smoothly. Entertainment was very good. Children really enjoyed the room service. Cabin stewards did a good job in keeping room tidy and stocked. one of my pet peeves is the number of lounge chairs by the pools being reserved by people clipping towels on the chairs and they only use the chair for an hour or so while other guest could have been enjoying the chairs. Carnival needs to come up with a solution. Read Less
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