1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
Loved just about all aspects of the cruise. From laying out to checking out the art gallery to gambling, had a blast! Food 3 stars- some things were tasty some were not, the cakes needed a lot of help but for the most part the food is ... Read More
Loved just about all aspects of the cruise. From laying out to checking out the art gallery to gambling, had a blast! Food 3 stars- some things were tasty some were not, the cakes needed a lot of help but for the most part the food is simple and what you paid for. Dinner service was really fun and the dinner show was a lot of fun. Our stateroom Steward Wayan and Stewardess Pan Pan were both amazing! They were the highlight of the trip in regauards to service. The entertainment is just about on par. I thought the band liquid groove and the comedians Billy D and Jeff the fun guy were all above par and the rest of the entertainment was kinda lacking. The ship is kept clean for the most part, although the 2nd floor of the lido deck was kinda gross. But for the most part the ship is clean and enjoyable. Serenity area gets really windy unfortunately but it’s stoll a cool No kid area. Overall I would recommend this ship and this trip. I’ve actually already booked my next! Can’t wait! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
I chose this ship and itinerary mostly because Long Beach would a convenient meeting place for our group, and the price was right! I went in knowing we were sailing on the “Pink Ship” and that decor was not its strongest suit. I ... Read More
I chose this ship and itinerary mostly because Long Beach would a convenient meeting place for our group, and the price was right! I went in knowing we were sailing on the “Pink Ship” and that decor was not its strongest suit. I found that to be true, I did not care for the decor but in no way did that negatively impact my experience as I had proper expectations. Embarkation was very smooth. We arrived a few minutes before our assigned time and were on the boat in 15 minutes. We did not purchase FTTF and do not feel we would next time for this port/itinerary. While the ship itself is nothing to write home about, the staff made our trip wonderful! Our group of 14 people included 3 seniors, 2 grade schoolers, 2 high schoolers, 2 nineteen year olds and the parents... there were activities abound for all of the age groups, even though the kids chose not to attend the kids’ clubs. The cruise director Lee and his staff do a phenomenal job of hosting a wide variety of activities with much enthusiasm! The servers in the dining room worked very hard (loved Oscar and Mashudi) but did seem to be stretched thin. There were times we waited for wine and service was a bit uneven. However, I felt this was due to the heavy workload as opposed to the wait staff competence. We all had ocean view cabins on deck 2. Our room steward Roland was very friendly, greeting us by name in the hallways. He kept our room immaculate and I’m fussy with cleaning. The food in the main dining room was very good every night. I never had a bad meal. We only ate in the buffet for lunch and continental breakfast (great banana bread!) and found it was ok. The lines at the Mongolian Wok were always long, though my husband tried it once and thought it was very good. We also enjoyed the Tandoor and pizza place. Everything I ate from there was tasty. I went to the Deli once and ordered a wrap which was meh, but the grilled sandwiches looked great! I had the Cheers package and never had trouble getting a drink. And though I’m not a heavy drinker, I didn’t feel it was too difficult to get my “money’s worth” considering I enjoy a couple of glasses of wine with my dinner, a few other drinks around the pool or at the shows, along with many a latte. As I indicated above, the entertainment aboard was what made our cruise. We saw a movie, some of the musicals (Epic Rock, an 80’ show and Studio VIP) a few comedy shows, the Marriage Show and did a trivia event. The talent level of the performers was amazing. It was always an enjoyable way to spend an hour. The little kids did the Build a Bear and loved their new friends. This cruise stopped at Cabo and Puerto Vallarta. In Cabo, we rented a yacht through Lands End Charters as Carnival didn’t have a similar excursion for 14. I was worried about getting off the boat in time as we didn’t get the earliest tender tickets but they were running ahead of schedule and we made it in plenty of time. Again, I dont feel we missed out not having FTTF. Our excursion turned out to be wonderful! Wonderful food, lots of drinks! For four hours, we watched whales, did a coastal tour and stopped to snorkel a bit. I would definitely recommend this company. In PV, we just took a taxi to town and went to Mango’s Beach Club. We had planned on going to one of the “Monkeys” but gathering our group is like herding feral cats (also missed the cruise critic meet up due to this lol), so we didn’t venture away once we had all found each other. The second day, I had wanted to check out the grocery section of Walmart for vanilla and hot sauce, and my daughter picked up some souvenirs at the little shop just at the port as we were finding it too hot to walk far (we’re from Canada not used to heat). I would recommend this cruise and definitely do another Carnival cruise as this was our first one (we have sailed other lines). I’d do this one again, except Splendor is leaving this port and I’m not sure a huge ship would work for our senior crew with so much walking. Carnival has a great staff and they MAKE your holiday! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
We did not choose this Cruise it was chosen for us. We were part of a group. We always said we wouldn't choosarnival and now we know why. The entertainment on the ship in the lobby was so loud after 10 p.m. that we couldn't ... Read More
We did not choose this Cruise it was chosen for us. We were part of a group. We always said we wouldn't choosarnival and now we know why. The entertainment on the ship in the lobby was so loud after 10 p.m. that we couldn't sleep. And we were on the lido deck where the entertainment was also very loud. But we didn't hear it from the Lido pool area, we heard it from the lobby,. Being on deck 10, that meant the whole ship heard it. The service was slow and bad. We would something at the beginning of dinner and it would come at the end of dinner. Like a glass of wine. Or perhaps a sauce for the thing that we were eating. There were lines everywhere. Lunch was abysmal. You would have to stand in line after line after line to get your food. We told the room Steward that our shower and sink were both backing up and flooding out. It was never fixed. No one ever came into the cabin during the whole trip. We don't know if the room Steward never told maintenance or if maintenance just never got there. We also noticed down the hall that a fan was continuously going in the hallway. Which meant that there was a continuous flood or dampness in the carpeting. Rather than fixing it they just had a fan on the whole time. The worst is the huge design flaw in Splendor's layout. Who puts a smoking bar, the casino, in the entire middle of the ship? For a family cruise with a lot of children and infants that needed to go through a very smoky casino, this design is thoughtle In order to get from one end of the ship to the other, you are forced to go through a smoke filled area. And going above makes it inconvenient and going below is impossible. . Let''s not forget that the Robusto Bar is advertised as the smoking lounge, but it isn't. Now smoking in a far-off little corner of the ship in a bar that children do not have to pass through would be so much smarter than smoking in the middle of the ship making all your ship smell like smoke. I understand Carnival is a ship for families and kids. But why should families get abysmal service, be unable to sleep because of the loud music and other people, and just have a horrible time. There were many people who enjoyed the Carnival Cruise. For us, as we enjoy good service and excellent food on a cruise, carnival was not the cruise line for us. We would never choose carnival on our own and we hope that in the future we don't have to go on carnival with our group. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I chose this cruise because I had an interest in cruising longer than a week, and it was an economical way to see Hawaii. I personally have come to expect the Carnival way of decorating so found nothing wrong with the decor. As always, the ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I had an interest in cruising longer than a week, and it was an economical way to see Hawaii. I personally have come to expect the Carnival way of decorating so found nothing wrong with the decor. As always, the dinning staff was friendly and accommodating, as was the room steward. While I’ve enjoyed past cruises cuisine, the exact same choices day in and day out for breakfast and lunch became monotonous. While they never repeated the dinner menu, it became dull and boring, especially since this was my 5th cruise in 15 months span. The good news about this is that watching my weight was easier, lol. What could stand some improvements were schedules. With so many sea days, it would have been nice to have better day time entertainment than was provided. I partly lay the blame on the “Fun Squad” as they even made playing the daytime games and challenges no fun by going through the motions. One staffer gave the excuse that it would take too long to play scattagories with the players calling out the items, and chose to instead have the guests try to match her answers! It never occurred to the staffer to request the guests play in teams. It went from a game of vocabulary skill to a game of luck. I would have preferred the family friendly entertainment mid afternoon, allowing the adult entertainment a little earlier in the evening. Also, if the cruise line has the ability to record and play on loops on the closed circuit TV things like their shopping talks etc, why can’t they do the same with the live entertainment? Anyway, while the cruise did rock more than many folks liked, it really never got any worse than your typical Caribbean cruise. I saw several folks who claimed to be sea sick who may have possibly simply been nauseated by their over dose it of combined remedies - one person had on a Scopolamine patch, a wristband, and stated she’d been taking Dramamine! Scopolamine is so strong, it can make you nauseous when you are standing still on land. And finally, we were on deck 6 and had the water in the shower drain come shooting up about a foot high and flooding our bathroom at 1AM two different nights disturbing our sleep, and while it was reported to maintenance and the cabin steward cane and cleaned our bathroom in the middle of the night, nothing was done about it (as apparent by the second issue) and when we complained to customer service about the loss of sleep, we were told that the issue had never been reported! They did not have another room to move us to, but did give us 1 spa massage and a bottle of wine. My advice to anyone, don’t just call maintanence and housekeeping, complain to guest services in person and demand something be done, otherwise the issue is just swept under the rug. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
The ship is what i expected for a mid size ship. All areas of the ship i visited were all as clean as can be.We can start from the top down. the Mini Golf on deck 14 was always to windy to play when at sea. Serenity area was clean and ... Read More
The ship is what i expected for a mid size ship. All areas of the ship i visited were all as clean as can be.We can start from the top down. the Mini Golf on deck 14 was always to windy to play when at sea. Serenity area was clean and normally with space available. Lido buffet was just average like any buffet at home area.the Pizza was ok. Non guys burger joint was also only average.The deli where there were huge long lines everyday. I thought was below average on the 2 things i tried. (falafel & hummus actually terrible). now in lido buffet they had linch one time "middle eastern" that was much better falafel and hummus. Tandoor grill was the best choice in the outter four choices. we had 8 comedians and 6 were really good. production shows were very entertaining. Room steward /staff excellent. MDR Staff very good, terrible decor. old and tired Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
The seas were a bit rough but the Captain tried his best to navigate around really rough storms and he got us to our ports early so we got more time off of the ship which I really appreciated. The ship is a little outdated compared to the ... Read More
The seas were a bit rough but the Captain tried his best to navigate around really rough storms and he got us to our ports early so we got more time off of the ship which I really appreciated. The ship is a little outdated compared to the others but still a fairly nice ship. The cabins are nice but the showers are definitely pretty small. All of the waiters and waitresses were very kind and our Head Waiter Shailesh was absolutely amazing. The entertainment was pretty good though there were some days where the activities got a little sparse on the 14 day cruise. I missed Mar-Q but Lee was a great cruise director. The ports were all beautiful and the one excursion that we booked went really well. Unfortunately we missed Kona but we did get at least another day in Honolulu since Kona was having too bad of weather to be able to have been able to get on the shuttles if we had gone over there. I would like it if Carnival did update some things on their Hub app like the account summary that we had a bit of a hard time with. We do already have our next cruise booked with the newest and one of the most updated ships, the Panorama, so looking forward to that. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We had been to Los Angeles before but did go to the Reagan Library. Embarkation was pretty quick but cabins were not ready ( for anyone) until 1:30pm. No worries, go to Lido for buffet. WOW, so crowded , no table available, long lines! ... Read More
We had been to Los Angeles before but did go to the Reagan Library. Embarkation was pretty quick but cabins were not ready ( for anyone) until 1:30pm. No worries, go to Lido for buffet. WOW, so crowded , no table available, long lines! Cabin was great! Plenty of room, two windows, sofa, two tables, two chairs and a stool. Plenty of closet space for ALL the clothes we brought for our 14 day cruise. This was our third time to be on the Splendor. We enjoy this ship but it usually cruises a little different. Not always rough but different. We always get a cabin on the main level and aft. Because it’s aft , which is over the engine (maybe), anchor (most likely) and anything else that could cause vibrations or noise while docking and departing a port. The waters were very rough during the 4 sea days before arriving in the Hawaiian waters. We missed the port of Kona because of rough water which made it unsafe to tender to the port. As a result, we stayed the night in Honolulu. Then on to Hilo, our last port before 4 more sea days to reach Ensenada, Mexico. Ensenada was a surprise. It was clean and an interesting port. We didn’t have much time there, arrived at 3pm, back on ship by 7:30pm. We went to the main dinning room every night we could. Choices were good but of monotonous night after night. The last night there so many great choices which could have been spread out on other nights. We enjoyed the food in the dinning room and especially enjoyed TEA TIME on sea days. There was a assortment of entertainment. Cruise Director Lee was fantastic. He didn’t give any announcements until about 10am. This was great, especially if you decided to sleep in one morning. He emceed the newlywed game with class. Since this was not a usual cruise, we thought we’d be unusual and participate in some activities but volunteering. The guys participated in the VIP show, while I volunteered to help the illusionist ( magician). But I have to say the VIP party was bust. Nothing but a gathering of those who participated in the VIP show sitting around waiting for cast members to come around. Which they never did come around to us. We sought them out for a picture. Thank you Marc. The variety of entertainment was refreshing. We also enjoyed the Dive in movies. Our room stewards, Belle and John Michael, were very good. We always had clean towels, a towel animal and a bucket of fresh ice in our room daily. We could not have asked for more. From day one, anything we needed they provide with a smile. Disembarkation was a little different. We needed to self assist to be sure we would make our 12:35pm flight to San Francisco. It was hectic and the staff tried to get it organized as much as they could but there is always somebody who will disembark whenever they want to, whether their Zone has been called or not. Anyway, we were able to debarked and make our flight without a hitch. This Journey Cruise was very enjoyable. But as I always say, “ A DAY CRUISING, EVEN WITH A FEW GLITCHES, IS BETTER THAN BEING AT WORK”. Or sitting at home if your retired. So cruise as often as you can and have a blessed cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
Overall everything was as expected. Long Beach terminal does a really good job at embarkation, so that is a good way to start out. There were storms coming into California, so the first few days at sea were a little bit rocky, but I just ... Read More
Overall everything was as expected. Long Beach terminal does a really good job at embarkation, so that is a good way to start out. There were storms coming into California, so the first few days at sea were a little bit rocky, but I just took my Ginger Root and never had any problems with getting sick. My husband never has to take anything and never got sick either. I loved the sea days as it was a chance for me to just relax. There was plenty to do from Trivia, games, shows, comedy or just watching some movies in your room or on deck at night. I loved the amount of movies they had available in the rooms now. It was a little cool some of the days up on deck, so those who like to lay out in the sun were probably disappointed. There are plenty of food choices as with any Carnival ship and the service is always fantastic. It doesn't have some of the newer upgrades yet, but that doesn't matter to me. Even with the little bit of rocky seas the Captain got us into the ports early. The Islands were beautiful and nice and warm with just a little bit of light rain here and there. We missed out on Kona because there was a storm heading that way that was going to make it unsafe to tender over so we stayed in Honolulu for the night and the next day. Things can happen and it wasn't a big deal to me. It was a fantastic vacation and I would recommend it to anyone who loves sea days. Our 27 year old daughter was with us also and she loved the cruise also, but there wasn't very many people around her age Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
The ship is "old" but don't let that stop you. We didn't mind the pink decor. The crew was great. The people that served food in the MDR were great and once they got to know you, they would make suggestions on what ... Read More
The ship is "old" but don't let that stop you. We didn't mind the pink decor. The crew was great. The people that served food in the MDR were great and once they got to know you, they would make suggestions on what they think you would like. The hostess who seated you in most part were very nice. There was plenty to eat; as this was a "journey" cruise. On sea days they either served breakfast, lunch and dinner in MDR or brunch and dinner in the MDR. The food on the lido was pretty good and there was a larger selection including Mongolian Wok and Indian everyday for lunch. The cruise had a mid-night buffet and a chocolate buffet bot at night and during lunch. They were special. The entertainment was hit and miss. The ports were fine except we didn't go to Kona as "the waves" were too strong. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
We are going to be on the Carnival Splendor for 24 days on a Transpacific cruise from Long Beach, California, to Singapore starting October 5, 2019. We wanted to check out this ship before committing to be on this ship for 24 days, plus we ... Read More
We are going to be on the Carnival Splendor for 24 days on a Transpacific cruise from Long Beach, California, to Singapore starting October 5, 2019. We wanted to check out this ship before committing to be on this ship for 24 days, plus we expected to enjoy our 14 day Hawaiian cruise. The ship and the cruise were great, except for the very poor access to the internet. We were extremely surprised and very happy with the live music on the cruise. All of the live performers were very talented. Live music is a big aspect of our cruises. Eden Parker was the Piano Man on this cruise. Eden is extremely talented both in singing, playing the piano, and comic entertainment. We had him on our Transatlantic cruise and were pleasantly surprised to find him on this cruise. We like the size of the ship. Though not as big as the new mega ships, it was big enough to offer many live music lounges, bars and other venues. At no time did any area of the ship feel crowded despite the large number of passengers. We loved our balcony cabin. There was plenty of closet space. We were happy with the main dining room service, food quality and food quantity as well as the number of offerings. We were also happy with the number and types of food offerings at the Lido Buffet. However, the dinner options at the Lido Buffet were the most limited that I have ever found on any cruise. Usually only the Carvery was open as well as the 24 Pizza Pirate. But all the other Buffet Food Stations that were open for lunch were closed for dinner. This ship only has one specialty dining option, the Steakhouse. It is not like the brand new mega ships that have a multitude of specialty dining options. The service was excellent but I don't think we've ever been on any cruise where the service was less than excellent. We did purchase a port excursion from Carnival for every port and were very happy with all of them. The tour guides were fluent in English and many of them were quite entertaining as well as informative. It was just my wife and I on this cruise. We did not travel with children. We would definitely do this cruise again. As mentioned above, we will be going on this exact same Carnival Splendor cruise ship for a 24 Day Transpacific Cruise in October 2019 and will be making 2 port stops in Hawaii again. The biggest disappointment was the internet. I've taken many cruises over the past 3 years and the internet was fine. But the internet on this cruise was next to useless. They say they are going to upgrade it when the ship goes into dry dock on October 2019 but I hope they fix it before that as I'll be on a 24 day Transpacific cruise on this ship before it goes into dry dock. I did like this cruise and this ship enough to keep with my future 24 day cruise on it from Long Beach, California, to Singapore, in October 2019. However, I really do hope they fix the internet before that cruise. Read Less
Carnival Splendor Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 4.3
Dining 3.0 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.6
Public Rooms 3.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.9
Family 5.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.8
Enrichment 1.0 3.3
Service 3.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 3.0 4.2

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