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7 Night Mexican Riviera Cruise from Los Angeles

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Carnival Splendor

Cruise Critic Editor Rating:
3.5
1,296 reviews
Why Choose Carnival Splendor?

Pros

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

Cons

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: July 2018
This was our third cruise with Carnival, and hands down the worst. If you are a smoker or unfazed by the pervasive smell of cigarettes, this cruise is great. They allow smoking in the casino, casino bar and the lounge areas nearby Deck 5 ... Read More
This was our third cruise with Carnival, and hands down the worst. If you are a smoker or unfazed by the pervasive smell of cigarettes, this cruise is great. They allow smoking in the casino, casino bar and the lounge areas nearby Deck 5 midship. As a result, Deck 5 midship is saturated with cigarette and cigar smoke. Additionally, we saw vaping twice in line at the Black Pearl restaurant, and no staff seems to notice or care. We have not experienced this On our other recent cruises (Celebrity and Holland, as well as other Carnival ships) and therefore were totally surprised with the liberal smoking policy on Splendor. This ship is getting pretty old. We noticed much wear on the outside wooden railings and also on the surfaces of the aft swimming pool. Also, at times our stateroom sink water ran brown. The positives: the food was excellent as was the wait staff. We ate in the Black Pearl all seven nights and thoroughly enjoyed the selection and the quality of all our dinners. Breakfast in the Gold Pearl was wonderful, as well. The Lido buffet was perfect for lunches, too. Bedding was very comfortable and everything in our oceanview stateroom was very nice, except for the brown sink water. Waiters and serving staff were wonderful. Bottom line, we totally enjoyed the food and service throughout the ship. Ports: all three Mexican ports were a pleasure. The locals residents were very nice and when we said no, they were accepting and respectful. The harbor side walk in Cabo was surprisingly clean and we felt very safe. Highly recommend a boat ride out to the arch where the Pacific meets the Sea of Cortes. Amazing. We spent our day in Mazatlan at a hotel pool, which was perfect. In Puerto Vallarta we took an all day tour, including a seaside lunch of fresh fish and driving through several neighborhoods along Banderas bay. Beautiful town. In summary, except for the stench of cigarettes throughout midship Deck 5 and the very noticeable wear on this ship, we enjoyed this 7 day cruise. But, we will inquire before our next cruise regarding inside smoking policies, and never again cruise on a ship that allows it in the public areas as Splendor does. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
I love Carnival and I have been 3 times in the past 8 yrs and I have every minute of it. when my family came up with the decision to do a cousins cruise I said let do carnival and we did, it was 15 of us and we had a fabulous time hands ... Read More
I love Carnival and I have been 3 times in the past 8 yrs and I have every minute of it. when my family came up with the decision to do a cousins cruise I said let do carnival and we did, it was 15 of us and we had a fabulous time hands down and doing it again in 2020. I loved the staff they took very good card of us and keep the room clean and was always there when we needed something. At dinner we had great service (Golden Pearl Table 556 & 558 our servers were IDB Bagus, Victor & Shirly) I give them a 110% they gave us the best service ever and made my son's 21st Bday special. The only negative thing is that we had to pay for our souvenir cup separate when it was normally included in the price, other then that we were very happy. Sincerely Robin, Las Vegas Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
A bit of background: My family and I have been taking various cruise ships with this similar itinerary from Los Angeles since the Viking Serenade sailed here (yes, that long ago). We do not get off the ship anymore, experiencing the ship ... Read More
A bit of background: My family and I have been taking various cruise ships with this similar itinerary from Los Angeles since the Viking Serenade sailed here (yes, that long ago). We do not get off the ship anymore, experiencing the ship is what we like to do. We've been on Royal Caribbean, Princess, and Carnival to Mexico, the Caribbean, and Alaska many times. Seasoned cruisers. BLUF: If you are currently booked on this ship, set your expectations **very** low, especially if you are seasoned cruiser. If you are not booked - do not book. Wait until Panorama comes or go on an entirely different line like Princess. Pay the extra money - it is well worth it. Highlights: Embarkation: We had assistance with embarkation/muster because we were traveling with a special needs person. Carnival did well with this. Dining room wait staff: Great and personable. Food was good, not exceptional, but good. No complaints. Zaya and Lena were great. And now, the lowlights: Parking: **NOTE** if you are going to park your car at the dock, the staff may direct you to an offsite structure. They told me to park "at Walmart." There is no Walmart. The next attendant said the structure is on 6th & Pine, but actually, it is past Pine on 6th street. There is NO signage directing you to this structure. No staff. I only found it because I happened to see a tour bus driving to it. Do a park & cruise at a local hotel instead - you'll be glad you did. Cabin: Filthy the moment we stepped on board. Layer of dust on the glasses/tray (I ran my finger through it), hair stuck to the shower wall, dried sauce (I hope it was sauce) on the small nightstand, and spare blankets stored under the bed that smelled like urine. No exaggeration - maybe a baby peed on it. Spoke to the steward, told him we thought the room had been skipped, and then they re-cleaned it. We never did get replacement spare blankets. In addition, no hot water - TWICE. We have never, ever, experienced cold showers on a cruise. First night was formal night! They fixed it while we were at dinner, after we had taken cold showers. Next night, same thing. I was livid to have to call again. It was fixed again. A fruit basket (filled with fruit that you could get from Lido) and a cheap bottle of champagne were sent. It was a gesture, but a small, very cheap gesture. Why not flowers? Why not chocolate strawberries? Something??BTW - my husband went to the spa to shower and said they had cold water too. :-( Ship quality: The ship is literally falling apart. All the mosaic tiles in any outdoor area are falling off the walls/steps. Everywhere. The decor is really harsh on the eye, and very dated. Silver foil wallpaper with pink polka dots and grey zebra-stripes. Seats are worn out in the Lido buffet. Wait staff: With the exception of the dining room service, the rest of the staff all seem tired, bothered, and even argumentative at times. On past cruises, everyone was treated like royalty and staff were personable and fun. Not the case here. It also seemed like the pool and main showroom were extremely short staffed. Not a waiter in sight. Camp Ocean: Our son went every night for two hours after dinner. The staff seemed friendly and energetic. The only drawback was that one staffer used a megaphone to talk to the children, which our son is sensitive to. It wouldn't bother other kids, but it wasn't great for ours. Breakfast in room: Not one order was correct. There was always something missing or cheapened. For example, cereal but no milk. Hot water carafe but only one teabag. They were usually on time, however. Entertainment: Tolerable. No orchestra during live shows. Only single or duo acts with one or two instruments, many with a pre-recorded soundtrack to play along to. They perform on the Promenade deck, not in any lounge. Cheap. Please note that if your cabin is anywhere near the atrium, there will be a full band singing on the 3rd floor and you will hear every note. Likewise for deck 6 fwd cabins, where you can hear both shows - speakers are situated right under the cabins. We did not go to bed until at least 11p every night of the cruise (which wasn't the greatest for our son). Shuttle post-cruise: The bus driver passed the street where he should have turned right for the lot. Instead of turning around, he made a left at the next street and proceeded to get on the 710 freeway. It wasn't until us passengers yelled out asking where he was going that he finally admitted it was his first day on the job and he was lost. Had no idea where he was going. The passengers GPS'd him to lot A. Really poor. We just could not believe our trip was ending on an even lower note. Special needs: On our last cruise with the Miracle, Dario, the Head Purser, gave us excellent personalized service throughout the cruise, even going so far as to call us every single day to see that we were doing alight. He escorted us onto the tenders without tickets. He escorted us off the ship at debarkation. All we got on the Splendor was a general welcome letter from the rep saying we should call if we need something. Disappointing. Summary: We still love cruising, yet this was the most disappointing one we have ever been on. This ship isn't scheduled for dry-dock until 2019 which is staggering, as it's on it's last legs. It should have been scrapped after the major disaster in 2010. Please, if you haven't booked yet, do yourself (and your family) a favor and save up a little more to go on another cruise line or wait until Panorama makes its debut. We will be doing the same. Read Less
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