8 Helpful Votes
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
Sail Date: September 2018
Leon was our cruise director and he was everywhere around the ship. We ran into him a lot and he gave us a complement. He said we were the first ones on board to stop and have a conversation with him. Every time we ran into him, he would ... Read More
Leon was our cruise director and he was everywhere around the ship. We ran into him a lot and he gave us a complement. He said we were the first ones on board to stop and have a conversation with him. Every time we ran into him, he would say, how are you doing “lovely”. We never ran into anyone that was rude or didn’t speak to us. Fabulous crew! I would definetly like to take this cruise again as long as it has the same crew! Gerry has to plug in his CPAP at night and I had brought a power strip to plug it in but wouldn’t reach the bedside table. We asked Hendra our cabin steward if he could get us an extension cord and he went and got us one. To me that is “Service!” Thanks Hendra! The steakhouse staff, the dinning room staff and all of the cooks, servers and wait staff were always nice and courteous, much appreciated. Congratulations for a job well done to everyone aboard the Carnival Splendor! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
This was our second cruise on the Splendor to Mexico. The first one was several years ago and was a great time. We chose to go again as my fiancee didn't want to fly across the country to FL to cruise, and this was the closest. ... Read More
This was our second cruise on the Splendor to Mexico. The first one was several years ago and was a great time. We chose to go again as my fiancee didn't want to fly across the country to FL to cruise, and this was the closest. SHIP: The ship is unique in its decor, but it is very run down. In places water would drip from the ceilings. Almost the entire cruise at least one elevator in every bank was broken. Many of the hallways near cabins smelled like sewage as did our cabin most of the time. LIDO BUFFET: The seating is terrible -- ripped in places and so work out that you sit too far below the table to comfortably eat. Normally we love the buffet -- everyone can find something they like; however, this time everything on every buffet was horrible. Very limited selection, and what was there was not tasty. All of the fresh fruit was unripe so you couldn't even eat it. The buffet no longer has the wonderful chocolate lava cake. They do a "pudding" type desert with a crust and every night though a different flavor it tastes the same. CABIN: As with the rest of the ship the cabin has seen its better days. The bed was uncomfortably hard. The bed linens were great. The TV barely worked -- couldn't change the volume and had to get right up to it for the remote to work. As for cabin service -- the balcony NEVER got cleaned. The cups from the first day were still there when we left. What really grossed us out was there was a flip-flop on the floor under the table left from the previous guests that NEVER was moved the entire trip! Don't look under the beds if you don't want to be sick. We did as we lost a pair of sunglasses. On our previous Carnival cruises we always got a basket of sample products in the bathroom and always had robes in the closet. Nothing this time. Carnival quality has really gone downhill. SPECIAL DINING: The coffee shop was awesome, and the girls there work their butts off! The pizza was the best meal we had the entire cruise though the one little guy working there was more than busy all the time - probably because he had the only edible food on the ship! The grill was good. Burgers are always top notch though not open long enough. The deli was horrible -- microwaved food that was close to inedible. Who can screw up a hot dog? We wanted to try the BBQ, but every time we went there is was closed - same as the Mongolian Wok. The Steakhouse as always rocks! Incredible food, great service -- can't say enough about it. Worth every penny. We don't go to the dining rooms -- we don't like to sit with people we don't know. We aren't normal cruisers. EVENTS: The movies at sea were good except there are people around the movie area who don't care that others are trying to watch and hear the film. Screaming kids in the pool who parents just ignored. Also people playing ping pong during the movie. We encountered a few teenagers who acted like idiots banging the ping pong paddles on the table for attention. We actually went and got security when they wouldn't stop making excessive noise. MEDICAL: Yes we visited the medical center. One of us forgot all their medicines and had to scramble to get some for the cruise. Luckily the med center had some staples there and they helped us get the rest from authorities in Cabo who delivered right to the ship for a decent price. Caroline in medical went way above and beyond -- she was superwoman! EMBARK / DEBARK: Embarkation was really great in Long Beach. We got there early and only sat a short time before they put us right through. Luggage was delivered to the cabins when it was supposed to be. Debarkation was not so good. We did express and took our own luggage. Of course you couldn't get an elevator because all of the non-express people were hovering in the elevator areas though they were supposed to go to designated waiting areas. We had to carry our luggage down 5 flights of stairs. :( Once there we hung out in the theater on 3 waiting our floor to be called. They announced floors 9, 10, 11 -- the $$$ cabins and suites then called 1 which made no sense. Then they never made another express floor announcement. Finally they came into the theater and said everyone could go. Very unorganized and badly planned. Once off the ship everything was smooth. SHORE EX: We did a Carnival ShoreEx in Puerto Vallarta. It was the wild dolphin snorkel. It was a great time though we saw no dolphins, and the tour operator wasn't even looking for them. We also purchased the bus from airport to pier and pier to airport. Money well spend and very organized. Overall I feel Carnival has increased prices and reduced quality to the point where I highly doubt I'll sail with them again. I'm gold level and was hoping to move up to the next level, but I no longer see that in the future. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
My very first time been on a cruise, overall was AMAZING the room, the service, the food, the activities. Leon the cruise director was a great motivator to keep up with the activities daily. The food was very variable, so fresh and ... Read More
My very first time been on a cruise, overall was AMAZING the room, the service, the food, the activities. Leon the cruise director was a great motivator to keep up with the activities daily. The food was very variable, so fresh and delicious. DJ JD was pretty good playing all that fun music makes everybody dance keep it up!! !The bathrooms were so so clean, and every team member was so kind and helpful always smiling. The Latino group made my husband and i dance a lot when they played the Latin music. So many activities to do in just one day makes your day goes by fast. Our stateroom Steward HENDRA couldn't be more excellent Thank you so much for your great service and for remembering our names. we would love to see you again. Definitely my best birthday gift ever!!!! hopefully coming back soon enough. THANK YOU. xoxo Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
This was our first cruise with Carnival and we were pleasantly surprised. We embarked at Long Beach, California and have to say that it was the smoothest embarkation we have had in a long time. The process was extremely smooth and ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Carnival and we were pleasantly surprised. We embarked at Long Beach, California and have to say that it was the smoothest embarkation we have had in a long time. The process was extremely smooth and quick. Although the ship has some interesting colours (pink theme) we found it to be easy to navigate and lots of onboard entertainment. Our cabin seemed large in comparison with others. There was an extra pull out bed in the room which was used as a sofa or just somewhere to put things. The bathroom was big, you could actually have two people in there at once. The shower and the basin were a good size and there was room either side of the mirror for storage of toiletries. We had anytime dining and found that we did not have to wait more than 2-30mins for a table. The food and service was good but we found the background dining music of blaring trumpets a little grating. We saw three shows on board and they were all excellent. The entertainers were very energetic, sang well and the shows were well produced. We were very impressed. Other entertainment around the ship was good too. There was a trio of girls, two on violin and one on bass who were impressive. No vocals but the arrangements were excellent. Another band of 9 was also excellent to listen to (not sure if it was the ship band) but always drew a big crowd and was good entertainment. It was a 7 day cruise and we had three stops - Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerta Vallarta. All were great shore stops. In Cabo we had an independent tour through a friend and saw most of the tourist stops including a trip to San Jose where we had lunch and a bit of shopping. We had a ship tour in Mazatlan which was also excellent. It was 'Colonial Villages of Sierra Madre' for 6 hours and well worth the money. We also did a ship tour in Puerto Vallarts which was the '10 best of....' which was also worth the money. Overall we thought the cruise was great and thought we could have done a 10 day one. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
This was our second Carnival Cruise, but it has been a long time so it was like being on our first cruise. We were traveling with another couple and it was their first cruise. I have always wanted to do the Mexican Riviera and am so glad ... Read More
This was our second Carnival Cruise, but it has been a long time so it was like being on our first cruise. We were traveling with another couple and it was their first cruise. I have always wanted to do the Mexican Riviera and am so glad I finally had a chance to go. We boarded at noon, and it was very smooth and easy thru the Long Beach terminal and then we waited in Splendor Lounge for our rooms to be available at 1:30. Our cabins were on the Verandah Deck 8, balcony rooms. All of us were pleased with our rooms and the balcony was so fun to have. Pedro, our cabin steward kept our room very clean. Food -- everything we had from the multi stations on the Lido deck was good. Our groups favorite was the pizza station. We could not get enough of their pizza. For nightly dining we choose anytime, which was held in the Black Pearl dining room. All of our servers were excellent except for one. The majority of the food we ate was excellent as well and we never had to wait very long for a table. The Maitre D Ganapathy invited us to meet the Sous Chef Fabian and we had a private tasting of Monday nights dining options. It was a wonderful time being able to ask him about making food for 3K plus people plus 2K staff. He explained about how he tries to make food for the staff from their homeland. Happy staff makes for happy cruisers and he must be doing a wonderful job. We also did the sea day brunch in the Gold Pearl dining room. All the options were good, but there was options on the final morning that I wish could have been available during the week. We did not do room service this time, but our friends did and were pleased with their food and service. The cooking demonstration in the Pinnacle Steakhouse with tastings and recipes was great. The mac and cheese was the BEST! It does fill up fast, so get there early. We also did the 4 martini tasting in the El Mojito bar (they open at 5 pm). Beautiful presentation and it was nice to taste martinis that I might normally not order. Staff -- they kept us entertained the whole time. We took in two of the comedy shows, one of the music/dance shows, and multiple trivia games. Leon, the cruise director, and his entertainment and musical staff did a great job. Serenity deck did a great job of keeping younger people out of the area. I used the jogging track every day and my husband and friends used the gym. We were all happy with our exercise options. Ports of call -- Cabo and Mazatlan we were on our own. Puerto Vallarta we did Las Calentas hideaway. It was amazing and I have even recommended it to another friend who is coming up on a cruise in October. Disembark was so much easier than our first cruise. Cons -- The ship WAS clean, however, I could see wear and tear. Our first cruise, as soon as we left a port, there was always someone out touching up the deck with fresh paint and the carpets were always being cleaned. I did not see that like I had seen before. Two staff, one in the Black Pearl and one at a bar on the Lido deck were less than helpful. Only two outlets in the room, one in the bathroom on the upper right hand side of the mirror and one in the cabin by the phone. I recommend a multi strip adapter. Pros -- Carnival hub app was a great way to stay in contact with my party and see what events were going on. Easier on and off than our first cruise. Sign and sail made it nice to not have to carry a lot of cash. You are allowed to bring 12 cans of pop per person and one bottle of wine (21+) in your carry-on. I would do this cruise again and I would pick Carnival again. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We selected this cruise due to the close proximity to home (avoid airfare and additional hotel costs, travel time), sailing date range, and that the ship had some fun water features for our two young boys. This was our boy's first cruise, ... Read More
We selected this cruise due to the close proximity to home (avoid airfare and additional hotel costs, travel time), sailing date range, and that the ship had some fun water features for our two young boys. This was our boy's first cruise, and our 4th cruise. Just for comparison, we (sans kids) had previously sailed on the Carnival Miracle, Norwegian Pearl, and Princess Sapphire. I found the reviews on this ship to be all over the place. However,we have to say that we found the ship to be fairly well maintained given it's age. The crew was fantastic, the food was very good, and this ship had several features that made it family friendly. First, the family friendly features were the water slide (good for all ages, over 42"), the spash pad for kids under 8 or 9, two pools and 4 hot tubs that were open to kids, Kids club for 2-5, and 6-8, as well as two other rooms for seperate pre-teens, and teens (club O2), miniture golf and movie nights...particularly the last two nights that featured PG moives. The miniture golf (9-hole) course should be replaced as this was really showing its age. However, our kids enjoyed it and we played the course many, many times. The ship oerall has plenty of entertainment , a large casino and several "club" type rooms for a variety of entertainment. We really did not make it to any of the big shows as we have young boys who awoke very early and went to bed around 9:30 or so. I would reiterate what a few others have said about the food on the ship...it was very good. There was a good variety ofj food at the buffet, including "speciality" stations that included a burrito bar, mongolian wok, Omlette station, Indian cuisine (yum!!) and BBQ,, as well as one station open virtually all the time that served burgers , hot dogs and friey, etc, and another that served a few styles of pizzas (Pizza Pirate). Our family favorite for a fast snack, was the pizza pirate....very good, thin crust pizzas! We also enjoyed the flavors of the Tandori Grill station...yum! We found the fruit fresh throughout the cruis, The only experience we found dissappointing was the chocolate bar night. This was part of the last sea night. The lines were long, and nothing we tasted was spectacular...or even average. In hindsite, we would have skipped the long lines for that one and just gone to the back lido deck buffett for the chcolate chip cookies or chocolate soft serve ice cream. Since our boys tend to get up early, we elected for the early dininng (5:45). We were assigned the Black Pearl Dinning room. This is a beautiful dinning room and our waiters and staff really made every evening enjoyable.Thank you to Vladimir, Pande, and Gusti....you guys were so nice to our boys and they were still missing you all on the way home. You are true gentlemen and really know customer service. We should mention that we had a booth for 4, and we were privlaged to be seated across from a wonderful family, that also made our dinners very enjoyable. We had an Ocean view room on deck 2, almost under guest services, on deck 3. The room had two twin beds pushed together to make a King size bed, as well as a sofa that turned into a twin bed, as well as a pull-down twin bunk with a ladder.(see photos) The boys loved the bunk bed. We let the 7-year old sleep on the top, and gave his younger brother the bottom, for safety. There is a safety rail at the top 1/3rd of the top bunk. We never had any issues with our son falling off, or even getting too close to the edge, even in some rough seas. Our room stewards were excellent....and we are sooo sorry the mess that two boys can create! Thank you , gentlemen. One tip about the room...there is only one outlet to use, at the vanity, across from the bunks (see photo). this is NOT a double outlet like you have on your wall at home. It is one, three pronged outlet...so if you are traveling with several individuals that need to charge mobile phones, be sure to bring a power strip to plug into this. We used a multi port USB for our phones, but out sons wanted their nightlight plugged in during the night....we could not do both. There is a small outlet in the bathroom (high above the sink, near the ceiling) apparently for electric razors...we didn't have an electric razor to try it out. A little bit about the ports of call. Our initial itenerary was to include two days in Cabo San Lucas, and one day in Puerto Vallarta with the rest at sea. We liked this itenerary to have more sea days for the boys to use the water features and kids clubs. Our itenerary was altered a bit due to Hurricane John. So, we were in port at Cabo San Lucas on Monday, Tuesday in Mazatlan, and wednesday in Puerto Vallarta. Cabo San Lucas. The itenerary said 10:30am - 6:00pm, but this port has no pier for the ship to dock to. So, there are tender boatsthat come out and load 20-30 passengers +/- , and take passengers to the dock/marina. Well, perhaps partially due to the rough water in the bay, this was a slow process We got a ticket for group number 25 and did not get off the ship until 12:45 or so, and got off of the tender boat at the dock some 10 minutes later. We really only had a good 3 hours in this port....thankfully we had not booked a tour that day as we really had no idea it would take over 2 hours to be able to leave the ship. We just walked south of the pier, about 1/4 mile, to a small beach. The boys played in the calm water with some of the locals, and some others from the cruise ship. We got a margarita, and then headed back to wait in the long line for the tender boats at about 4:00pm . This was probably the most dissappointing of the ports based soley on that. We did have an excursion booked(not through carnival) for the following day, which was refunded...we really don't think we would have made it to that tour anyhow, given the tender process, and that the ship remained on Pacific Standard Time (embarkation port) while in Cabo. Mazatlan. As this was not on the original itenerary , we just selected a tour outside of the cruise terminal to visit Stone Island (which is now a penninsula). It was about $40 per person with the youngest being free and our 7 y/o, half off. This included a boat ride, tractor ride to a beach "resort", a meal, and all you could drink. They provided you with a meal ticket for each paying person, two activity vouchers for eacy paying visitor, and a boat voucher as well. The guide spoke spanish and english. The food was really good. the margaritas were good (in styrofoam cups). The water did not seem too clean at this location, but there were lots of people enjoying the water. The water and waves were very rough from the hurricanes and tropical storms off shore. As with the other two ports, we were approached multiple times by vendors selling different things. Most of them very overpriced...like $5 US for a key chain, or $5 US for two , small , cheap plastic buckets and shovals Get used to saying 'No Gracias" a lot.....or bring lots of $1 bills if you like to bargain. On a side note, if you do like to buy trinkets , shirts, or even drinks or food, plan to get pesos, or bring lots of small bills. Vendors rarely have change in US, and our experience was that we got less that optimal exchange rates. The official exchange rate was 1:19, but most vendors tried to give us 1:15 pesos to the dollar. You can certainly bargain wtih that, but only if you have small bills. Better if you have pesos.... Puerto Vallarta. Certainly beautiful and green....and humid. getting off and onto the boat hear was the easiest of any of the three ports. we took a taxi to/from the Malecon shopping boardwalk. Be aware that if you talk to the "tour" operators inside the terminal gates, and they direct you to a taxi, you'll talk to another Taxi operator who will then send you with the taxi driver in a multi-seat , white , van. The cost of the ride to downtown was $4 US each. We took a yellow taxi back from downtown for $10 , for 4 people. We sttrolled the Rio Cuale shops, but really, it was so humid that we were exhausted from a simple walk......Starbucks to the rescue with A/C, smoothies, water, iced coffee and tea, and we were back out to enjoy the rest of the day at Camarones beach. This was a public beach with umbrellas and chairs to rent for about $7 for a few hours. The kids enjoyed playing in the waves, and playe with some of the local kids. Be aware that beach here is rocky, about 20ft from shore...otherwise it is a nice sandy beach ....again, with lots of vendors stopping to sell visitors their goods. ....again, get used to saying "No Gracias".....or have lots of small bills with you.. Oh, and there is a bar on the beach where you can order drinks...we had a good margarita....again, have pesos or small bills or you will get a bad exchange rate!!! Tips: Ship time was Pacifc Time in Cabo, while cabo was one hour ahead Ship time was Local Time in Mazatlan Ship time was Mazatlan time in Puerto Vallarta. Don't overpack...there is DIY laundry on board for $3.00/ load. you use your sail and sign card....no coins needed. brring a powerstrip for your stateroom. Bring a pen to fill out luggage tags for debarkation If you use the ATT cruise package, you can send a test with iMessage turned on (iphone), but you cannot receive iMessage texts, so have your friends and/or family turn off iMessage on their phones if they send you texts... Print as many documents/tip sheets on this as you can to bring it with you....lots of people were at guest services with questions about their cellular provider plans, but carnival only deals with issues with the carnival HUB app, or the ship's wifi. If you have an ATT international plan, we had to turn on cellular data use, and cellular data roaming to use the internet off of wifi....this was a bit confusing for us non-tech people. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
I was really looking forward to this cruise as I had never been on Carnival. I had heard stories and read reviews but thought people were exaggerating. I should have listened and never booked the cruise. Embarkation was speedy and cabin ... Read More
I was really looking forward to this cruise as I had never been on Carnival. I had heard stories and read reviews but thought people were exaggerating. I should have listened and never booked the cruise. Embarkation was speedy and cabin clean. Staff very friendly and always remembered names ... however I really didn’t enjoy the ship, the entertainment, ambience or really the food. Big negative is layout of the ship with being funnelled through the smoky casino to get from the gold pearl dining to the theatre. Other option would be to go down to deck 2 and walk past cabins. I have never before seen a casino take over a whole central area where people transit and there is smoking. This was utterly disgusting and held my breath every time I had to make the transit. To top it off the outside “promenade” deck on deck 3 was not a wrap around deck like other ships was cut off at both ends to cater for restaurants and other public spaces. On the smokers side they were given the benefit of tables and chairs as well as deck chairs, the port side just a few deck chair that get blasted with cold air as people exit to the deck from the foyer. The decor was simply over the top. There was not really anywhere to escape the constant music and announcements other than the half open promendade of deck 3. I felt the ship was very caustraphobic for this reason. There was way too much leading people to the next giveaway, that is what this ship and clientele seem to rely on the hope of a free goodie bag or free excursion. Carnival do well with their lures to attract the crowd. The food in the dining room was ok the buffet not so great very repetitious. The queue for the Mongolian hot pot was always long and not worth the wait. Movies were repeated and didn’t always run as per program. Although there was enough space on the ship to cater for the 3000 odd guests, the layout and ambience really didn’t work for me. Never again would I choose carnival. Told the ship is headed for Sydney in 2019. Not sure how it will be received there. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
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
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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
Carnival Splendor Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 4.4
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 3.2
Service 3.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 3.0 4.2

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