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Carnival Splendor

Cruise Critic Editor Rating:
3.5
1,309 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: September 2018
This was our second cruise on the Splendor. The first cruise included Mazatlan, but this cruise only went to Cabo and Puerta Vallarta, which was okay. We drove to the port and arrived about a quarter to eleven. We waited in line for ... Read More
This was our second cruise on the Splendor. The first cruise included Mazatlan, but this cruise only went to Cabo and Puerta Vallarta, which was okay. We drove to the port and arrived about a quarter to eleven. We waited in line for about fifteen minutes to get into the parking structure. We were quickly processed and waited about a half an hour to get on board. Every crew member we ran across was friendly and helpful the whole trip. Our dining staff and room stewards were great. We opted for the one time morning service and he still made us a towel animal every day. The food in the dining room was very good. The sea day brunch was excellent. The regular items on the buffet was nothing to write home about, but there were choices like the Mongolian Bar B Q, sandwiches, the bar b q , all very good. The entertainment was good, and we especially enjoyed the comedy clubs. The only complaint I would have is that I missed a band. The entertainers were okay, but I love a band. We usually had no problem with seating except for some of the late comedy shows, advise to get there twenty minutes early. We had a balcony cabin on deck 10. The location was excellent, but the balcony was uncovered. I think a covered balcony would have gotten more use from us. It's never an easy process getting all those people off the ship at once, so I understand. Waiting to exit was not a problem, but the actual leaving was a mess. Nobody to guide us once we were near the exits. The baggage was easy to find, but not fair that the people using baggage handlers had a shorter line than the people with their own luggage. All in all, it was a great cruise. Can't wait to do it again! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
This was our first cruise, An anniversary gift from our daughter. We cruised as a group of 13. The only negative I have is Carnival should had provided some information or recommendations for travelers on how to survive the heavy seas we ... Read More
This was our first cruise, An anniversary gift from our daughter. We cruised as a group of 13. The only negative I have is Carnival should had provided some information or recommendations for travelers on how to survive the heavy seas we experienced from Hurricane Rosa. Maybe medications to bring or how to care for those who were really seasick. I did not get sick as I am an old Sailor who has never been seasick in much worse conditions. Many of our party were seasick along with other passengers and even crew members. Besides the bad day at sea the rest of the cruise was wonderful. The food was yummy and plentiful. I ate dinner each night in the main resturant that we were assigned. The menu was varriied and every thing I ate was wonderful. The crew very attentive and friendly. We were greeted warmly by every crew member we met. I saw 3 shows in the main theater and really enjoyed them all. I went to 3 comedy shows and really laughed hard. I enjoyed the aft pool. It was closed for 1 day due to weather. I did not book any shore excursions thru Carnival. We had an interior cabin on deck 8. Kind size bed was comfortable. Restroom and shower were large enough. Our Cabin Steward was friendly and attentive. I will cruise with Carnival again. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2018
Warning - Sorry my report is so long but I like to share our experience as well as information that might be helpful to others. Hopefully it's worth reading! We arrived at LAX and ordered a Lyft ride to the cruise terminal in Long ... Read More
Warning - Sorry my report is so long but I like to share our experience as well as information that might be helpful to others. Hopefully it's worth reading! We arrived at LAX and ordered a Lyft ride to the cruise terminal in Long Beach. We arrived earlier than our assigned time but they let us get in a fast moving line and proceeded to work our way up the ramps to board the ship. Rooms aren't ready until 2:30 so we headed to the buffet which was very busy but we found a table and enjoyed some lunch. This was our 5th cruise. The Splendor is older but it was clean and I liked the decor others have complained about. We had a stateroom with a window on the 2nd floor that was more spacious than any balcony room we have had in the past. Our bed was very comfortable. Our stateroom was toward the back of the ship. We did anytime dining and were assigned the Black Pearl Dining room which was mid-ship. It was hard to navigate the ship to get there. We had to take an elevator to a different floor, walk awhile and then take a different elevator to get close to the Black Pearl. I found it harder to navigate around this ship than our previous cruises. Lots of extra walking until we figured it out! The Black Pearl Dining Room was very elegant with excellent service and good food. The Lido Buffet was good and was just an elevator ride to the 9th floor from near our room. The soft serve ice cream machine in the buffet was awesome! We could treat ourselves to a cone on these self serve machines at anytime! The premium internet package I purchased before the cruise didn't work. After complaining a couple times they didn't even argue about giving me my money back since they knew the internet connection was bad. I should have purchased the social package where you could communicate with others in your party and access Facebook. I would recommend this package if you are traveling with a group. This was the first cruise I didn't think our steward was the best. It was always his assistant greeting us by name and usually it was her I would see doing most of the work. I gave her a tip instead of him! Leon our cruise director was so much fun! He had so much energy, classy and also crazy clothing and a big smile when we would see him. His entertainment team were awesome too. They made the activities we attendend a lot of fun. The entertainment in the Spectacular Showroom was amazing! The 80's Pop to the Max, 88 Keys Rock N' Roll Piano Show, Studio VIP and Epic Rock productions had very detailed sets with creative stage props and impressive lighting. The floors on the stage moved up and down which surprised me since we were on a cruise ship. A grand piano was raised high and the cast were lowered underneath the floor at times. The costumes and singing and dancing were top notch and very entertaining. We thoroughly enjoyed the shows! They had 4 different comedians that did shows in the Punchliner Comedy Club. The shows were either family friendly or for adults only. We made it to see 3 of the comedians and enjoyed them all! Go alittle early for the adult shows to make sure you get a place to sit. There is a lot of seating but they usually filled up. They had a Hasbro Game Show where contestants were picked from the audience to compete and win prizes. It was giant versions of games that were played on the stage. If you have children on the cruise they could get picked to participate - adults too! Other activities included Hasbro oversized games to play in groups. Games like Clue, Yahtzee and Trival Pursuit. Times were listed in our Fun Times. There were lots of Trivia activities with fun themes, karoke, entertainment and dancing, so many things to keep the fun times going! Pick and choose what sounds the most fun to you. I looked forward to the craft classes but there was only one scheduled on this cruise. The fun team was late arriving and then proceeded to pass out bracelet kits, scissors and tape. They annouced that they knew nothing about this craft so don't ask them questions. Then they left us to figure it out ourselves. I am a very crafty person but this kit was not for beginners. It would have been nice to have someone helping us with the project like they have had on other cruises. On the pool deck they have a huge screen that you could watch current movies in the evenings. They pop popcorn during the movies but if you're used to butter or popcorn salt on your popcorn you will be disappointed. There is a retractable roof over the pool area but it wasn't needed during our cruise. I may have complained about a few things but overall we had a great time on this cruise and made some awesome memories! PORTS: CABO SAN LUCAS: They are not able to dock in the marina so tender boats bring everyone ashore. If you book a tour with the cruise ship you get priority to get off the ship. The numbers you needed to wait your turn to go ashore were hard to get a straight answer on where to find them the night before. They started around 10:30. We didn't get on land till almost 1pm. It was so hot by then! Our plan was to go on a boat tour to see the arch and there were guys everywhere ready to take you to a boat for $25 per person. The ocean was pretty wild this time of year but they sure know how to navigate those waves! There is a little part of the boat that was glass bottom and he took us to where there were fish to see. Besides the arch we saw some caves and a little beach in between the rocks where it is 2 different oceans on either side. They will drop you off at 2 different beaches if you are interested. You have to jump off the boat into the shallow water and then you have to get yourself back on when they come to pick you up. Lots of people were doing this but we had not planned on any beach time. We wish we would have had beach towels with us though as we got soaked with salt water on the rough ride to the 2 beaches before returning to the marina. We had a drink at Senior Frogs and did a little shopping but it was so hot we went back to the ship. The shops near Senior Frogs were high priced IMO. I was told if I had walked 2 blocks inland there was much better shopping. Maybe if it wasn't so hot! MAZATLAN: I booked a tour with Christian Mazatlan who was recommended in a post on TA. He was awesome! It was crazy stepping out of the cruise terminal where so many guys were after us to go on a tour with them, even after we told them we already booked one! Christian had warned us this would happen and said to just keep walking and there he was! He had sent me a picture of himself so I recognized him right away before I saw his sign with my name on it. We left on a city tour in his open air cab. He took us to some amazing places and shared a lot of the history with us. The Opera House, Cathedral, Onilikan Tequila Factory (with as many free samples as you'd like!), shopping square, scenic overlooks and the Malecon with the Mazatlan sign. We also walked by a leather factory that happened to be open. They do amazing work, it was like touring an art museum! We saw so many amazing things in Mazatlan! You can find Christian at mazatlanopenairdotcom. He is a top notch tour guide and is very reasonably priced! PUERTO VALLARTA: We didn't have a tour booked here but they had a booth set up selling $25 city tours in air conditioned vans. We needed 8 people and they already had a family of 4 waiting so our group of 4 joined them. There were all kinds of new vans parked but "our driver" pulled up in an older van. The van was ok but the AC barely worked and he left his window open most of the time. I was so hot! If you do this, I would recommend seeing the vehicle before paying! I don't think his English was the best as he answered my questions like I asked something else. He took us to a jewelry factory, a tequila factory (free samples), scenic overlooks, a beautiful rocky beach and dropped us off to walk along the Malecon Boardwalk. The last stop was the shopping square. This driver never opened the van doors for us to get out. My husband sat in the front and he was our door man. We didn't tip him much but he still seemed to be happy with our small tips. I tipped 4x as much in Mazatlan for much better service! Read Less
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