Sail Date: November 2018
2018 Mexican cruise The drive from My house, Central western Nevada to Long Beach was a very uneventful drive until reaching the LA basin where at 4:00pm-ish traffic was horrendously miserable bumper to bumper traffic but was steadily ... Read More
2018 Mexican cruise The drive from My house, Central western Nevada to Long Beach was a very uneventful drive until reaching the LA basin where at 4:00pm-ish traffic was horrendously miserable bumper to bumper traffic but was steadily moving with virtually no stop and go. Reaching our destination of the Inn of Long Beach. The hotel was nothing to call home about, but by the same token, was clean with friendly staff. The walk to a place to eat was enjoyable with no problems as far as finding a place to eat. There were restaurants galore! We chose Dave’s Smokehouse where everybody pretty much ordered different meals. I ordered the salad as I am on a typical post heart attack diet. The salad was very large with a clump of shredded pork centered on the pile of lettuce. The salad had no salad dressing, so I assumed I was supposed to mix everything together. I mixed and shoveled a big ole bite down the gullet. The meat almost tasted bad, thinking it was me, I tried another bite, just a bit smaller and yes, it didn’t taste quite right. So I attempted separating the two and requested salad dressing. Back to the hotel for a good nights sleep and off to cruising! Not so fast though. The hotel pillows aren’t made for belly sleepers! Could not sleep what so ever. (Anticipation of the cruise couldn’t have anything to do with it, or could it...LOL)Tossed and turned all night giving myself a very sore neck. Morning couldn’t come quick enough. Finally morning daylight starts creeping over the horizon, we load everything back up. 8:00am and we head off to park as we’ve heard that parking sometimes takes up to 45 minutes. We pull into the parking structure and walla! the first available non-reserved or handicap parking spot! Ok that didn’t go bad at all. We walk over to the Queen Mary to have coffee and breakfast and wait for the line to the carnival terminal to open as we are FTTF. Day 1: Emdarcation & Sea day The rest of the family shows up and you guessed it! No parking at all for the additional 2 vehicles. They ended parking in the Queen Mary parking lot.TIP TIP TIP! (Which by the way, parking was free for them! A mistake by the gate keeper? Not sure, but as we followed them, pulled up to the gentleman at the gate, whom asked us for our parking ticked, we told him we were off the cruise ship coming from the parking structure and he opened the gate and waved us through!)TIP END! So we all grab our bags out of our vehicles to start heading to the cruise terminal to get in line where we were basically directed from parking structure to terminal by security personnel, temporary fencing and orange cones that directed us through the porter area where we were basically attacked by the porters yelling that we cant take our own luggage in. We ignored them for the most part (this is our third Long Beach cruise, sixth cruise all together and we consider ourselves experienced cruisers that know our situation very well) until they started calling us mother f—ers! That was it! We turned around and started to complain to them as we are on vacation and don’t want to take their crap! Long story short, the Long Beach porters are worse than Mexican beach vendors. TIP TIP TIP! To avoid these aggressive porters, pull all of your luggage along with you early, or, stay at the Queen Mary at around $100 a night per cabin and park there. Walking from the Queen Mary to the big white dome without going through the insistent porters.TIP END! The terminal doors open and we enter the beautiful new terminal building. We’re directed to the FTTF area to wait our very short wait boarding times. Boarded TIP TIP TIP! The uphill personel ramp is a workout! Not that it’s steep, but long. END TIP! and headed straight to the bar for the drink of the day. Then went back to the main dining room to check our table location and were showed our area. The staff that were there could only show us the general area (not the table) we would be seated. That first evening my stomach was hurting and upset, (remember the dinner last night at the Smokehouse) ended up with diarhea for the night, after crapping myself.LOL a story for another time! Days end, kind of a weird start to the cruise, but it does get better and weirder as we go, Orient ourselves to the ship...... for our second Carnival Splendor Cruise, we sure have forgotten her layout and have become quite unfamiliar her deck patterns and getting from point A to B or fore and aft. But we all seem to be on the same boat, so to speak as complete strangers would either offer up directions or merely point the proper direction! Thank you fellow lost cruisers and also, “ you’re welcome as we were sometimes the pointers and or information givers. The lifeboat area drill lasted wwwwaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy ttttttoooooooooooooo llllllllloooooooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnngggggggggggggggggg!!!!!!!!!!!!! And being basically pinned against the deck bulkhead with approximately 5 to 6 rows of packed in people in front of me and family, I started to get a panic/claustrophobic feeling of being on a boat pinned against a deck bulkhead with rows of packed in people blocking my possible exit! Okay, calm down, it’ll all be over shortly..... All be over shortly.... Shortly............. What is going on?! It’s not ending shortly.... panic coming back.... this isn’t fun! To make a very, very, very, long and disturbing story, short! It wasn’t but we’re all alive and well. After the nightmare lifeboat drill (I will NEVER show up to early again) things got to be like an actual pleasant and relaxing cruise. Checking out the shops and getting fairly lost and misdirectioned again and again. But enjoying the adventure completely. Day 2: Sea day DWs actually birthday (same night as elegant night) we reserved the evenings dinner at the Pinnacle along with our adult Daughter, Son-in-Law and their friends, another couple. We had dressed in our best coattails with top hats, vests, puff tie, spats etc. and the women in their finest shaker dresses with accessory head dress, jewelry, long (but fake, no ciggy smokers in the group) cigarette holder and feathers. The maitre d approached us and melted, saying excitedly, “I wish more people would dress up like you guys! Can I take your picture to put on my beautiful people wall?” And of course! We didn’t dress up to not get our photos taken, of course you can put us up on your wall! We were beaming about that point! We were seated and napkins were kindly and gentle placed on our laps by our wait staff! This is getting good! We were brought our water and ordered our drinks and were chatting about what we were going to order and the next thing we see is a neighboring dinner collapsed on the deck and was immediately surrounded by two other gentlemen dinners and one lady dinner from other neighboring tables. The lady on the deck was having a seizure. Her husband is an EMT, the gentlenam from the (different) table directly in front of me was an EMT and the lady directly to our right was a registered nurse and they were all surrounding the victim on their knees protecting her from spasms etc. This all took place in about a 45 minute stress filled time frame. A wheelchair was wheeled in and the seizure victim was wheeled back the her room where her husband said all’s well, she goes through this sometimes and will wake in the morning, not remembering a thing about the event. Long story short; Wine was fine, dinners were all great! Seizure victim woke up and finished her cruise without further incidents,food was fantastic! Art deserts were the bomb and as one EMT explained to us, “stupid good! Ellegent (photo) nights were amazing with the photographers doing a great job! Every one of them! We bought so many photos that we were offered the big canvas portraits at one hell of a deal! So we got a few of those too. Day 3: Cabo San Lucas Let’s all go rogue here cause we’ve booked a fairly expensive excursion for Porta. So we all met dockside as a couple of us didn’t take advantage of FTTF, so we waited at the first bar and watched as people were tendered off-ship. We all decided to take one of the glass bottom boats to lovers/divorce beach, be picked up in a few hours and boated to a resort beach across the estuary and we could walk to the Cabo Waco for pictures and a shot! Great! Watch for the boat, “ the big bitch” not her real, as they laughed and dropped us off. The beach has changed big time from the last time we cruised there. The hurricane shifted the sand! We sunned and repelled, purchased and shewed away many local vendors. TIP TIP TIP! Never, never pay the asking price! They always ask double or more for their wares! They will usually agree and say that you are their first sell and will bring them luck for giving you such a good deal! TIP END! Made our way to the beach to watch for our boat, located it in the awaiting boats to pick up their fares. We loaded and of course, tips were requested but I was busy gathering our bags that were placed on the bow. Dropping one of the warm local beers that we weren’t drinking anyway, I hollered keep it! Got a smile, a thumbs up and a wave good bye. We were dropped off at the crowded beach resort and vendors surrounded us immediately as we decided to work our way to the Cabo for a drink as it’s way to crowded here! After an hour walk to nowhere near the Cabo, we landed at a local tourist trap restaurant that cost way too much and then they aggressively asked for tips that were clearly stated on the menu, that a 16% gratuity was automatically added to the very expensive food that we purchased. So we left rapidly catching a van to get us to the Cabo. Dropped us off in front of the Cabo at the GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS strip joint where we offered my teen grandson and his buddy to go take a look, they refused embarrassingly. We walked across the street to the Cabo, took pictures and drank. Finally making our way back to the docks and back on board. Day 4: Mazatlan Again, we decided to go rouge and play it safe by going to a beach resort early get a spot and play whatever they had going on for the day. We caught three separate little VW type vehicles, going to the same place, but all took different routes. We eventually all got to the same resort. The same resort as on our last cruise as well and oddly enough, almost the identical spot, close to the bar and banios. Right across the small jetty were many activities that some of our group took advantage of, like the parasailing, the fresh oysters on the half shell, the water rides! It was a great day and everyone reboarded our ship exhausted. Day 5: Porta Vallarta Our big expensive excursion day! It’s pouring down rain!!! Excursion has been canceled. We get our money back onto our accounts and head over to the local Walmart to check out the local stuff. It is different from our U.S. stores but the same super type store, but different. Nothing we liked fit or has the right size. We headed to the pier to see what we could get a good deal on. We bought a bunch of souvenirs and Crap! LOL Back to the ship for onboard activities and set sail for our two day sea days adventure! Day 6 Sea day Do Mexican dolphins birth in November December? First cruise that we’ve seen open ocean wildlife several times from dolphin, whale spouts and fins, either marlin or sailfish jumping 5-8 feet out of the water off the port side on the return trip! Hundreds of smaller white fish jumping off the starboard aft! Elegant night at the Main dining room and photos. We dressed not quite as formal but still nice shirts, vests bow tie and top hat once more. The photos went very well as the night progressed and the wine flowed we were tasked to funny photos in some sessions and were hilarious. Dinner was great as usual. Tried to keep up with the kids late night shows and clubbing. Couldn’t keep up so no reviews on that otherthat what I heard about them. Day 7: Sea day Not much other than a lot of wandering adventurously like to the secret door on deck 6 & 7 at the bow. Not really secret but who goes there if not living as it’s just cabins. But then there is the open deck doors that lead out to the front of the ship. And it was very rough so everyone was having fun up there! That night we lost a few of our new comers to seasickness. Shame because rough seas are my favorite! General opine: Ships internet options getting worse. The $5 a day option isn’t offered. I like to not be attached by by my phone on vacation, but do like to send out photos showing our special moments, you know, try making those stuck at home envious...LOL. But it seems the ship wants me to buy more distracting time. Nope! Not this cruiser! Dinners were awesome, from the MDR, the “Pinnacle” restaurant (top o the ship) to the amazing “Chiefs Table” many course dinner plus a few cooking tips and recipes, amazing just amazing! We will do this dinner again if offered. With the many, many complaints directed towards the entertainment crew, from some other elder cruisers. Why are Cruise personal all millennials now. They have nothing in common with the elder cruisers, you know, the people that carry/pay Carnival. When did Carnival become a pornographic late night embarasment? Some props to these crew mates! These folks made a difference on our cruise! Miroslav good guy! Emilia. Young lady made my day every time we bumped into fear! The cigar guy-Chedomar Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
The staff was courteous, fun, friendly,helpful, accommodating and kind. My room always sparkled. Room service was in the time frame stated. And the entertainment was top notch.They were great talents. The comedians brought down the house. ... Read More
The staff was courteous, fun, friendly,helpful, accommodating and kind. My room always sparkled. Room service was in the time frame stated. And the entertainment was top notch.They were great talents. The comedians brought down the house. The lounge singers were hypnotic! I had an incredible memorable time!!!!!!!!!!! And as a solo single gal traveller I felt completely safe as well. The excursions were informative, educational and inspiring ( I selected excursions that were geared toward the arts and culture and they definitely delivered) I was overjoyed with every aspect of my excursion experience. The memories are so rich and enriching that I'm still elated thinking of it. If I absolutely had to think of any criticism is that I do wish more ships has solo cruiser rates ( but I understand that that's not the norm for the cruise industry... while I would love it! I just planned accordingly ). And in regards to the menu as a vegan and gluten free traveller I appreciated their efforts so much and hope that they will continue to grow in that area so that there is even greater variety of entrees that incorporate both. Overall great job!!! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
We took this cruise because it was convenient to where we live and we wanted to experience the Mexican Pacific coast. The cruise started off well but the food was of poor quality. The instant mashed potatoes had the consistency of ... Read More
We took this cruise because it was convenient to where we live and we wanted to experience the Mexican Pacific coast. The cruise started off well but the food was of poor quality. The instant mashed potatoes had the consistency of applesauce. Meats were either well over-cooked or undercooked. The fried chicken was so overcooked it was almost black and hard and stringy. They ran out of sprouts for salads by the third day. The fruit was often mushy and overripe. Where they served burgers we found them and the fries were served close to room temperature as was the mayonnaise which was discolored on top and may have been the cause of my wife's diarrhea, vomiting, and upset stomach that ruined the last two days of the trip for us. The evening shows were well below the standard we came to expect on our previous cruise. However, the comedy shows were good except we missed the last two days since my wife was not feeling well. Our shore excursions at the first two ports were well worth the cost. Due to heavy rain, we were allowed to cancel the excursion at the last port of call. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
Left out of Long Beach. Splendor could use a few aesthetic repairs but overall the ship seems to be in good shape. I love the pink decor! Comedy shows were super fun, best Piano Bar performer I've seen on CCL, Dara Jazzlin! Go see her. ... Read More
Left out of Long Beach. Splendor could use a few aesthetic repairs but overall the ship seems to be in good shape. I love the pink decor! Comedy shows were super fun, best Piano Bar performer I've seen on CCL, Dara Jazzlin! Go see her. Bartenders were great. Best Chocotinis at sea. 4 stars instead of 5 because my brother didn't get a towel animal in his room for the first 2 days! Also the Serenity deck does not have a hot tub which was kind of a bummer. However there is an adults only pool and hot tubs at the back of the ship. Food was excellent in my opinion although there is no Guy's or Blue Iguana on this ship. I recommend getting the the mac and cheese in the dining room....always available even tho it's not on always on the menu. The gym was clean and not overly crowded. Wonderful vacation overall! Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2018
7 day Mexican Cruise. Longbeach arrival was easy via an Uber from my hotel. If you are early you can stand in line and go through before your set embarkation time, which got us on board 30 mins earlier. Highlights - mostly friendly ... Read More
7 day Mexican Cruise. Longbeach arrival was easy via an Uber from my hotel. If you are early you can stand in line and go through before your set embarkation time, which got us on board 30 mins earlier. Highlights - mostly friendly staff, few grumpy exceptions, but particularly the stewards, look out for Bjorn he was lovely. Room was always clean and tidy. Food - pizza was great, sit down breakfast was also good. Room service - the free version average at best, the cost version slightly better. Lido buffet was very average, no flavour, some of the cakes were lovely that are served over lunch. Mazatlan was a wonderful port. We were on deck 2 forward, which wasn’t the best spot, but we were on a budget. The last 24 hours there was a lot of waves and it was a bit unpleasant, that’s not the ships fault. The two things that bugged me, firstly the cloud spa was terrible, I paid for a 7 day pass and used it twice. The service was snooty and rude and there were people everywhere, it was not relaxing at all. The spa services as your would expect on a cruise are not cheap and not worth the cost, several passengers felt the same way! Secondly, and this could be me being nieve, there is still a lot of things you pay for, drinks (sure but including soft drink, really?). The duty free is terrible, I bought a well known face cream before I left the cruise, it was almost double the price on board. Finally, the shopping information session on the first day at sea was terrible! It was just a huge upsell of diamond and watch companies disguised as a port information session, I did not learn one thing that was useful regarding the three ports we were visiting and many of us walked out after half an hour. Also, selling coupon books at $25 a pop that keep you locked in to visiting certain shops whilst in port is a con. Felt for the people that bought them. Lee, the cruise director was upbeat all the way through and I witnessed him genuinely chatting to passengers, he’s a natural. Overall. Ports were good, food average, up selling annoying and spa service dreadful. Would we go again, probably not. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
The Carnival Splendor was the worst vacation I have had. The food was the worst no taste, cold and the only thing that was edibles were the things the kitchen didn't cook (Ice Cream, salad bar). Pre-Paying for the tips was a mistake they ... Read More
The Carnival Splendor was the worst vacation I have had. The food was the worst no taste, cold and the only thing that was edibles were the things the kitchen didn't cook (Ice Cream, salad bar). Pre-Paying for the tips was a mistake they did not deserve the tips they got. Our room steward didn't clean the room 3 days of the 7-day cruise, we were in a spa room and it took 2 days to get the robes and beach towels. The room had leftover evidence of the previous passenger’s drinks in the fridge, paper boarding pass and our friend's room had dirty linens. The Morning breakfast waiter was very rude and yelled at another staff member in front of us. I will never go on another Carnival Cruise and possible an ocean cruise due to the experience. Everything is an up sale and high pressure, walking into the shops was a mistake because of the high-pressure sales it felt like the home shopping network. The shows where a joke and many people walked out, your male soprano in the shows should not be in the show or singing. The only good singer and I hope someone signs her is Dara Jazzlyn she was amazing. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
Had a great time on board with most of the crew, but the Cruise Critic Meet and Mingle was poorly organized. Two Carnival crew members that pointed out some danishes, same ones from the buffet, and stayed for about 5 minutes before they ... Read More
Had a great time on board with most of the crew, but the Cruise Critic Meet and Mingle was poorly organized. Two Carnival crew members that pointed out some danishes, same ones from the buffet, and stayed for about 5 minutes before they disappeared. This was quite a bit different than our experience on MSC where the entire crew came, captain and all, talked about their brand and new ships that they were building. The captain stayed and took pictures with all 150 Cruise Critic members in attendance. Guess I shouldn't have expected that from Carnival. The Splendor is an aging ship. Some simple things like replacing the worn out cushions in the Serenity area would help a lot or even staining the hand railings outside. Still surprised that the sports bar only got 2 channels and neither one shows American football on Saturday during football season. Most of the treadmills were out of service stating that the noise was bothering the guests in the cabins below them. With that said, we didn't pay much and pretty much matched with what you get for budget cruise. We did like our cabin location and room steward was great! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
We were asked to go on this cruise with family members who chose the Carnival Cruise Lines as they have cruised before with Carnival and always have a great time. We enjoyed every moment on the ship, shore excursions, the people who work ... Read More
We were asked to go on this cruise with family members who chose the Carnival Cruise Lines as they have cruised before with Carnival and always have a great time. We enjoyed every moment on the ship, shore excursions, the people who work on the ship are some of the nicest, most genuine people we've ever come across. Embarkation and debarkation was so smooth and easy, we were happily surprised. Thank you to our frequent bartender Martina-we enjoyed talking to you and the ship is lucky to have you on board! Our room steward was the best!-attentive, taking care of anything we needed-thank you so much Rodel! And the nightly dinner staff, well, we were lucky enough to get the best one on the ship I believe. Rusmiyanto, Yanuav, and Ludi. And please forgive me if I have misspelled any of your names, but thanks again for making our dining experiences the best, keep on dancing! And breakfast in the Lido while waiting to disembark, I want to thank Alexander so much for being so helpful and friendly. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
My husband and I love cruising, and we chose the Carnival Splendor because we can drive to the port. This is our second time on the Splendor. We have been to Mexico many times and love it. We arrived at the port of Long Beach, and ... Read More
My husband and I love cruising, and we chose the Carnival Splendor because we can drive to the port. This is our second time on the Splendor. We have been to Mexico many times and love it. We arrived at the port of Long Beach, and embarkation was very organized and went very smoothly. We had "Faster to Fun" which allowed us the embark more quickly. We chose a balcony cabin. We found it spacious with plenty of storage. Our room steward was excellent. The "My Time" dining room was excellent. Service was above and beyond what we have experienced in the past with "My Time" dining.(My husband and I have learned that if you want to be seated quickly in the "My Time" dining room, arrive a few minutes before it opens. We also find the waiters we like and ask for their area.) On the Splendor we found our waiters the first night and asked for their area every night. They were excellent, anticipating what we liked, for example, we like a diet coke at dinner and they always had it waiting for us. We did the Chef's table for the first time and it was excellent. It was a many course dinner. It started with a tour of the galley. I would recommend doing this. The food and service was excellent. Entertainment was very good. We did not go to the comedy shows. We did go to the production shows and loved them. We did not purchase any excursions. We walked around the ports on our own. Disembarkation was very organized, and went smoothly and quickly. In summary, we loved this cruise and what stands out is the great service we received from a fantastic crew. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2018
Over the many years that we have been cruising (since 1982) we have met some wonderful cruisers that have become special friends. We chose this cruise because someone in our group of cruise buddies booked and so did we along with 9 ... Read More
Over the many years that we have been cruising (since 1982) we have met some wonderful cruisers that have become special friends. We chose this cruise because someone in our group of cruise buddies booked and so did we along with 9 others. Our cabin was enjoyable and the service was excellent. Clean and well kept. We ordered room service each morning, just coffee, danish and fruit to enjoy on the balcony. Great way to start the day. It was always delivered on time. Food in the buffet was never ending. Too much to choose from. The omelette station was excellent and a good show to watch as our special order was being made. Dinner in the Black Pearl dinning room was excellent. We sat with our cruise family during early dinning 5:45pm. Seating, service and quality of food was outstanding. Some of the best pork chops, salmon, tenderloin, filet and prime rib ever. PAN Fried oysters as an appetizer were served. I should have ordered 10 more. We have cruised the Mexican Riviera many times and have special places we enjoy when ashore, so do not do ship tours. In Cabo we enjoy a glass bottom boat ride out to Lands End.and walk along shops before returning to the ship. Mazatlan is always a trip to the public market and then over to Stone Island. We hang out a Lety's where the $1 beer and best guacamole in Mexico at an unbelievable low price is found. This time we help the fisherman pull in a net that was about 1,500 feet long and watch as they load the fish into a boat. Always something different on Stone Island. Puerto Vallarta is always a public bus ride south to the river and then a walk down hill through the shops to the bay. Then turn south along the sea wall for a short walk to The Cheeky Monkey our very favorite place to enjoy beer and food while people watching. You will find Cris and crew to treat you like old friends. Would we do this cruise again? Sure. Our next cruise we are thinking about will be in May and we are booked to Alaska on the NCL Jewel in September. Read Less
Carnival Splendor Ratings
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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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