1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
Needed a cruise that left after Christmas and this fit the bill and was longer than other companies offered. The ship looks like it needs an update. The decorations are outdated and very pink, seats are cracked and it needs a facelift. ... Read More
Needed a cruise that left after Christmas and this fit the bill and was longer than other companies offered. The ship looks like it needs an update. The decorations are outdated and very pink, seats are cracked and it needs a facelift. Not much to do on the ship in terms of activities. Two waterslides and mini golf did not hold my children's attention (ages 10, 12) and they did not want to go to camp since we were traveling with extended family. Cruise director, MarQ was excellent - maybe the best that we've experienced on 9 cruises with varying companies. The music was good - more appropriate for the age of the crowd - there was an 80's show, trivia, 90's music and some 70's. Dance party on the deck was lively. Food was good but service only eh. Room size was great for a family of 4 and more spacious than most other ships. Needed more activities to do during the day since the ports were shorter days or people didn't get off. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We chose this trip because it fit into our schedule and for no other reason. It was a premium week and the prices were jacked up as it is everywhere. Having traveled on Carnival before we had some idea of what to expect. Nothing high ... Read More
We chose this trip because it fit into our schedule and for no other reason. It was a premium week and the prices were jacked up as it is everywhere. Having traveled on Carnival before we had some idea of what to expect. Nothing high end, but clean and most of the employees are very hard workers. The designers were extravagantly awful. Terrible colors and lots of odd choices. It looked like we had fried eggs above our dining table. The food is plentiful but not very good (we also expected that). Breakfast is your best bet. The entertainers were high energy and overall pretty good. The cabin was OK, nice balcony. Our dining staff was less attentive than some but still OK. Our biggest issues were around excursions. Our first was scheduled for 10:15 and we were told to meet in a specific dining room to wait for our tender. We arrived early and sat for more than 30 minutes before we were told to get on the boat. We arrived and went straight to the information center only to be told that our tour had left half an hour earlier! We were eventually reimbursed but we still had our plans ruined and on 2 occasions we were told that this must have been our fault. To make matters worse, this was on Half Moon Cay, an island leased by Carnival, and every step of the plan was done by them!! Our next excursion was to Blue Lagoon Island in the Bahamas. We spent a time with sea lions which was pretty cool but were then told that we were not going to be able to get back to the boat for about 3 hours. There was nothing more that we wanted to do there and this was again poor planning (or perhaps just manipulative planning as we had to stay for lunch (a less than quality buffet for 20 dollars per person). Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
Five of us went on the Splendor the day after Christmas. We had a great time! We jet skied on the private island which was just beautiful!. We enjoyed the ports but especially loved the beach at Turks & Caicos. Nassau was ... Read More
Five of us went on the Splendor the day after Christmas. We had a great time! We jet skied on the private island which was just beautiful!. We enjoyed the ports but especially loved the beach at Turks & Caicos. Nassau was not as pretty but still had fun shopping at the straw market The specialty steak house restaurant was very good! The staff were polite and courteous I would suggest buying the faster to the fun pass as we got priority boarding Getting back on the ship at each port was a breeze we did not have to wait on the long lines We used the spa which was very relaxing ! We took a hop on hop off bus tour in Miami after disembarking because our flight home was not until later in the day. This was so much fun and our tour guide Byron was sofunny and knowledgeable. Great way to end our cruise. We were able to book it right at the pier and saved $$ by doing it this way. All in all a great time! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
For first time cruisers , the itinerary was 3 stops we had not encountered previously . Snorkeling in Turks/Caicos 2 days after Christmas made the trip for me . My own fault I didn’t book an island tour of Half moon cay in advance , ... Read More
For first time cruisers , the itinerary was 3 stops we had not encountered previously . Snorkeling in Turks/Caicos 2 days after Christmas made the trip for me . My own fault I didn’t book an island tour of Half moon cay in advance , but the island has plenty of beach and a hike up the coast shows off crabs and sea urchins . Nassau , well , is Nassau and we did take a tour of Nassau proper and Atlantis . Cabins are small , but if you spend your time in the cabin , don’t cruise . There’s enough bars and pools on board to keep shipboard days full. The splendor made its final and last stop ever in Nassau . Those unique horn blasts we heard were the ships’ way of saying goodbye. I could do this cruise again a few times . Have fun all you who chose the Carnival Splendor . Ask for Vidosh at the liner bar , level 9 by the Carnival Deli Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
The cruise director was great. Food wasn't good, and there were very limited options. If you're happy with hot dogs, hamburgers and pizza, then you'll like this cruise. Entertainment was average at best. We had great ports and fantastic ... Read More
The cruise director was great. Food wasn't good, and there were very limited options. If you're happy with hot dogs, hamburgers and pizza, then you'll like this cruise. Entertainment was average at best. We had great ports and fantastic weather, so overall we enjoyed our time. Loved Antigua and Grand Turk. But onboard things could have been better. You have to walk past the casino to get to the teen area, which is very smokey and not ventilated well. There wasn't much up-selling which was nice. But there also wasn't much to do on the ship. The service was good overall. We had one complaint and it was dealt with professionally and quickly. That said, you get what you pay for, since this cruise is less expensive compared to some of the newer and bigger ships. Again, our teenagers really enjoyed themselves, and we're already looking for another cruise for next Christmas. It just won't be on the Splendor. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We just got off the Carnival Splendor today, and have what I would call a mixed review. First, the cruise director, MarQ, was excellent. He had a high level of enthusiasm and was an excellent speaker. He is funny, and did a great job ... Read More
We just got off the Carnival Splendor today, and have what I would call a mixed review. First, the cruise director, MarQ, was excellent. He had a high level of enthusiasm and was an excellent speaker. He is funny, and did a great job entertaining the passengers. Second, the ports were excellent. We stopped in Nassau, Antigua, St. Kitts, San Juan, and Grand Turk. Third, the ship was very kid friendly, and there was lots to do for all age groups. There were, however, some issues with the cruise. First, the food was average. The buffets were pretty much identical every day, there was no sushi at all, and if you like Italian food, the pastas (which were very rare) were not good. Second, the housekeeping was only average as well. When we checked into our "finished" cabin, the toilet was so dirty inside that it looked like it was a month before it was cleaned. Our bathroom in our cabin also wreaked everyday of what smelled like sewage, and it never went away. Third, although there were some excellent bartenders, some of the staff were extremely rude. On many occassions, they would act like working is the last thing in the world they wanted to do, and wouldn't say a single word to you when you ask them for a beverage and thank them for getting it. Fourth, the shows were very weak. Having been on other cruises where the evening shows would sometimes parallel what you'd see in Las Vegas, on this cruise, the enterntainment was similar to what you'd see in a high school play, and the singers were average. In fact, one of the best singers was a read bearded guy who sang in the Atrium. A few nights into the cruise this same guy was so drunk (when he was supposed to be singing by the Casino) and he kept saying out loud how much he hated his life. Not a great representation of the Carnival Splendor. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
We loved the splendor, pink donuts and all. The spa was fantastic--huge and lots of great thermal rooms plus a thalassotherapy pool. There was a sauna and steam in the locker rooms for everyone, near the machines. There were 2 ... Read More
We loved the splendor, pink donuts and all. The spa was fantastic--huge and lots of great thermal rooms plus a thalassotherapy pool. There was a sauna and steam in the locker rooms for everyone, near the machines. There were 2 relaxation rooms, one upstairs. There were 2 additional steam rooms, and 2 other rooms with warm chairs. The aromatherapy steam room had a button to press where cool water would come down. Cruise Carnival Splendor 1038. Noise from the weight machine starting at about 7:15 am, and at some other points during the day. Great location otherwise. Private elevator and secret outside area just down the hallway was great too. Antigua. We went to Galleon beach/Freeman’s Bay/English Harbour and hired a driver for $120 for about 3.5 hours, who waited with us. It was about a 45 minute drive each way. They wouldn’t let the driver into the resort, but there is an entrance to the public beach just before that entrance. Very calm waters and we saw a turtle in the sea grass. Can go in just by the anchor, or walk further to the rocks area all the way to the left of the beach (facing the water) and go in there where there are plenty of fish. We never did find the shipwreck that is in the middle of the bay off the secluded area further along. Great for us. St. Kitts. Shipwreck beach bar at South Friars beach. Sharing a cab with others was $4 a person. Monkeys are fed at 10am. Right in front, you have a swimming area on your left and a snorkeling area on the right where there is a natural reef. There are sea urchins in the water. You can enter by the booey by the swimming area to avoid the urchin area. The current takes you along the reef and you can go back in wherever, but be careful of the urchins. It was not so easy to get out at times, and swimming back towards the booey is another option. Ok for us. San Juan. We walked to El Morro. Mon Cheri is in the drugstores. Grand Turk. Great beach snorkeling right by the cruise ship port and there are free lounge chairs there. Go out by the ropes and you’ll see plenty of fish. Ray’s Conch and Reef was very nice, but the first 2 stops were quite wavy. The sting ray area was very calm and good for us. Also went to the Nasa exhibit right near the port—well worth it and we’ll go back. Free beach or the rays are the best for us. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
We decided to do this as a Christmas cruise with my parents as well as to celebrate their anniversary and my mom's birthday. This was my 8th cruise with Carnival so I kind of know what to expect in terms of how things go. I was ... Read More
We decided to do this as a Christmas cruise with my parents as well as to celebrate their anniversary and my mom's birthday. This was my 8th cruise with Carnival so I kind of know what to expect in terms of how things go. I was pleasantly surprised by the embarkation process. They now put your room keys in your mailbox on the ship so there were no lines and simply needed to flash our boarding pass and Since this was a "Journeys" cruise, we were expecting more in terms of exposing us to the different foods and cultures of the islands/ports we would be visiting, as advertised. We sort of got that, but let me just say, the food in the dining room for dinner was horrid just about every night. The most exciting part of dinner..dessert was an even bigger disaster every night. If you saw the pie crust they used for their pie of the day every night, you would weep in sorrow. It was like the pie filling sandwiched between two pieces of cardboard. I kid you not. The cafeteria (lido deck) at lunch time would be your best bet for food and I would always enjoy their BBQ upstairs. Desserts in lido were also way better than in the dining room. Breakfast in the dining room was a plus actually. They offered things like avocado toast and broken egg sandwiches Seaday Brunch was not a highlight, however, as these items weren't on that menu and I'd usually go with the steak and eggs but they almost always overcooked my fried eggs! But I will note, I never starved on the ship or anything, but the food almost always left something to be desired, especially dinner in the dining room. I believe quality has diminished because I do not recall it being this lackluster in all of my other Carnival cruises. The worst part was the entertainment. I agree with another review here that said it reminded them of a high school production. I mean, the singing and dancing was very sub-par. I don't know what happened! There also was only one variety act in the entire cruise and my last cruise I went on in 2016, we only had to endure something like two of the Carnival dancers productions and the rest was variety acts like jugglers, magicians, etc. That was enjoyable! I went to one comedy show and he was okay. Overall, there was a serious decline in the quality of the entertainment overall was not good. We actually found ourselves heading back to our room and watching movies on TV after dinner most nights and on seadays..well, there wasn't much to do other than the Academy of Fun sessions. Not a lot going on that didn't require you to spend more money. Way too much BINGO lol Anyway, I have to say, after this cruise, we are thinking of trying a more "upscale" cruise line. I'm just disappointed that it seems quality has diminished from Carnival and it wasn't like we're talking the best of the best of cruise lines either. They didn't have too far to go to be at the bottom and well, now, they are getting closer to that. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Took a bit to get over the decor. Not pretty. The ship is nice, the cabin was more than adequate. Inside, deck 1. The entertainment was not good at all. The shows although they had good themes and possibilities, the singers with ... Read More
Took a bit to get over the decor. Not pretty. The ship is nice, the cabin was more than adequate. Inside, deck 1. The entertainment was not good at all. The shows although they had good themes and possibilities, the singers with the exception of one girl... were awful. They tortured songs from the 50's to the 90's. The cruise director MarQ was absolutely by far the best Cruise Director we have ever encountered. 40+ cruises. He really made the cruise so much fun, and all the entertainment in the atrium was just a blast. The ship is nice overall, even though it is need of a good overhaul... decor and furniture. The dining room was nice, but I was somewhat surprised that they stopped using tablecloths except for gala nights. The wait staff was great and the food was good and serving sizes were adequate. Most of the ports we went to were still recovering from the hurricanes, but a couple of the beaches we went to were stunning. St Kitts by far is the cleanest most beautiful island in the Caribbean these days. Would I go again. Absolutely. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We selected this cruise because we got a fabulous rate, no one was going to be home for Christmas, and Carnival has been my cruise line of choice for a variety of reasons. The ship is showing the need for some renovation, but it's in ... Read More
We selected this cruise because we got a fabulous rate, no one was going to be home for Christmas, and Carnival has been my cruise line of choice for a variety of reasons. The ship is showing the need for some renovation, but it's in generally fine shape. The food is always enjoyable (I'm always amazed by people who complain about cruise food--how do they really eat at home? Who serves them? Who cleans up after them?) We do miss the table cloths on nights which are cruise casual. They helped you feel you weren't eating at a Denny's; that you were having a special time. We appreciated the maître d' accommodating our request to be seated at a table of eight in the middle of the action. We had a delightful table of fellow cruisers. Our major disappointment was the quality of the shows. In fact, we never stayed through any of them. We've become accustomed to fine performances of singing and dancing, and that didn't occur. We were not the only ones who held this opinion. There were minor hiccups, such as no soap in the room, and strawberries well past their prime in the treat for platinum cruisers, but nothing else of major concern. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Splendor to other cruisers--just don't expect Las Vegas to show up in the theater some night. 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 3.7
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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