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7 Night Mexican Riviera Cruise from Los Angeles

7 Night Mexican Riviera Cruise from Los Angeles

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Carnival Splendor

Cruise Critic Editor Rating:
3.5
1,287 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

1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
My 11 year old son and I took a 7 day cruise to the Mexican Riviera June 23. We arrived to the Long Beach port early and were pleased to find we were able to enter the ship before our scheduled time. Although we've cruised the splendor ... Read More
My 11 year old son and I took a 7 day cruise to the Mexican Riviera June 23. We arrived to the Long Beach port early and were pleased to find we were able to enter the ship before our scheduled time. Although we've cruised the splendor before I was happy to see that the ship is well cared for and still has it's former personality intact. We had cabin 2372, it was nice and clean with a good picture window. Our first excursion was the dolphin experience in Cabo, definitely recommend, although I wish we had more time with the dolphins. Mazatlan was the deer Island excursion, The island has a beautiful beach and the barbeque was good, I found the beach perfect for snorkeling and safe swimming, great choice for families. For us, the best excursion was the Hyatt in Puerto Vallarta, beautiful location awesome beach and fresh food I will definitely be back there for another vacay. The service and food aboard the Splendor was greatly improved from past experiences. I really enjoyed the gold pearl dinning room and our waiter Jerry and team. I would have to say for the money I found the Carnival Splendor a great Value and highly recommend it! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Disclaimer: This review has nothing to do with the medical evacuation, weather, or the itinerary changes we experienced on this sailing. This review is based entirely on our on-board and ship life experience. Empress (Deck 7 AFT) ... Read More
Disclaimer: This review has nothing to do with the medical evacuation, weather, or the itinerary changes we experienced on this sailing. This review is based entirely on our on-board and ship life experience. Empress (Deck 7 AFT) Balcony Room; Reservation party of 4 My wife and I are experienced cruisers, with over 30 years combined on various cruise lines and routes. We understand and appreciate the "old school" ways - when you would stuff the envelopes with cash tips at the end of the week in appreciation for the service you received. We understand how prepaid gratuities have deteriorated service and affected the lifestyle of cruise staff on-board. To compensate, we still tip the old school way on top of the prepaid gratuities. We are fairly easy to please and love sailing. In fact, this is the first review we've ever decided to write, because we felt it was necessary. We had big expectations for the Splendor, despite a poor review given to us over lunch during a chance encounter with a Splendor passenger in Belize last year. She had nothing good to say about the Splendor. I thought she was exaggerating, or perhaps being a bit "snooty." Despite her advice to avoid the Splendor at all costs, we booked a 7-day from Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera on the June 9, 2018 sailing. The cruise itinerary itself had quite a few changes because of Hurricane Bud. Many passengers were disappointed and abandoned the cruise on day five, receiving a 110% refund (which at the time, was word-of-mouth on board and not announced by Carnival - at least not to us). We advocated for Carnival based on the unpredictable Mother Nature and elected to stay on board and continue spending money, etc. For that, we received a future cruise credit of 100% with a cut-off date of December 13, 2019. A far cry from the 110% refund, which we have now confirmed was given by Carnival Corporate to those who left the cruise ship. From day one, this cruise ship was unimpressive. The food was repetitive. In fact, I don't recall one lunch or Lido buffet which had any variance in food choice. The only popular choice was the Mongolian Wok, which was food made to order. Unfortunately, this food choice had a line which wrapped around into the elevator areas and an average 45 minute wait time the entire week. The grill advertised chicken sandwiches and all types of grilled choices. However, when we asked for a chicken sandwich, the chef looked at us like we were crazy. All that was available was hamburgers and hot dogs. We settled and made the best of it. The 24-hour pizza choice was hardly 24-hours. We were lucky to find someone there at 2:00 PM. There was never any pizza readily available. For every order, there was an extensive wait time. On countless other ships, we have had sliced pizza choices available and on-display for a quick snack midday or late night. The entertainment was the worst we have ever experienced. Each day, there was no music at the main pool area until around 2:00 PM. Even then, it was either a single steel drum player with accompanying CD track, or a DJ with obnoxious tunes. Never a live band and certainly not that island music feel we have had on prior cruises. Only once did a band make an appearance on the pool deck, which was at 11:15 PM one night for a glow deck party, which was attended by about 30 people. On one of only three sail-aways, from San Diego (alternate port of call), there was NO music or festivities on Lido. Instead, they started the movie Star Wars. Some fans were excited, most were dumbfounded. Our final sail-away from Ensenada (alternate port of call) was the same thing - no entertainment, dancing, etc. for the sail away. The main pool layout is simply odd. No Jacuzzi at the main pool and a lot of shade because of the design for the retractable roof. You have to walk upstairs or the aft to use a Jacuzzi. Bar choices on lido near pools are limited and were constantly backed-up. Once you left deck nine for anything higher (Jacuzzi, sports area, mini golf, water slide), there were no bars. And, you definitely wouldn't find a pool waiter. We were constantly up and down stairs trying to get drinks. Bartenders were rude and in no hurry to help, and we tip well! We did find two or three we liked and stuck with them., even if it meant walking all the way to the other end of the ship from where we were. All week, the ship advertised the "Playlist Productions" evening shows on the big screen as "EVERY NIGHT." T his was false. In fact, it was only on four, maybe five nights. Also, the video advertising was completely misleading. It showed a fantastic and dramatic performance for the 80s show. When we arrived, it was just the performers seated on stools in front of the stage curtain singing medleys, with hardly any dancing. And no, the seas were not rough that night. The dining room was average as far as food quality. Not too many complaints there. However, service was awful. Perhaps it was our mistake electing for anytime dining. We've mostly done late dining with a dedicated waiter. At one point, on the first formal night, we had three courses of plates stacked up on our dinner table. We were so surprised by this, we simply got up and left. Nobody even noticed. We were seated near the entrance, so I decided to walk by 20 minutes later and take a peek. The plates were still there. I almost handed this particular waiter a $20 bill when we sat down. Perhaps I should have. I'm glad I didn't. The cabin (balcony - empress) was acceptable. The only complaint here was that it had only one outlet. People were looking for outlets on the ship in order to stay charged on multiple devices. In fact, it became is running joke among passengers who were diving into the Alexandria Library to charge laptops, iPads, phones, etc. On debarkation day, we coincidentally found an inconspicuous outlet on the ceiling in the bathroom inside of a weather cover. Go figure. If you chose the Splendor, look for this one. The positives: Boarding was the easiest we've experienced (Port of Long Beach). The new terminal was nice and staff was wonderful. The cabin queen bed was very comfortable. The cruise director, Steve Knisley ("Steve from Canada") was superb. You could tell he was very much affected by the dissatisfaction of passengers. This was his first week on the ship, and according to him, it was only a short term contract. We have explored itineraries for 2019 with our credit. We have found several that match dates which coincide with our kids' school schedule on the west coast. Unfortunately, they are all on the Splendor. Our last cruise was a shorty on the Inspiration. We've also sailed the Imagination back in the late 2000s. The Inspiration blows the Splendor out of the water - pun intended. This trip, with all on-board expenses, cost us over $4,000. Bottom line - never again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
Were supposed to go to the Mexican Riviera, but went to San Diego and Ensenada. We were out running a hurricane. It was not Carnivals fault. The food and attitude of the crew are excellent. We were given a free cruise for not going to our ... Read More
Were supposed to go to the Mexican Riviera, but went to San Diego and Ensenada. We were out running a hurricane. It was not Carnivals fault. The food and attitude of the crew are excellent. We were given a free cruise for not going to our locations. The casino was also giving me a free cruise for staying on the ship. I had the best time of my life. They also sent to my room 2 bottles of wine and a bottle of champagne. We are going to rebook this cruise, since we have never been to Cabo San Lucas or Puertavallerta (or how ever it is spelled ) . The casino payed off well, went home with more money than I took Also being handicapped, they wheelchaired me on and off the ship with a smile on the crew members face. I can not wait till our next cruise leaving from Puerto Rico. Read Less
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