Our First Cruise on the Splendor: Carnival Splendor Cruise Review by Cruising Golfer

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Our First Cruise on the Splendor

Sail Date: August 2012
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Embarkation: Los Angeles
We love to cruise. More for rest and relaxation than for glitz and glamor.
We arrived at LAX at 9:20am the day of our cruise and took a shuttle to the Port of Long Beach, our first time leaving from this port, very well laid out in the old Spruce Goose Dome. Arrive at 11:00am, checked in (very friendly staff)got our Zone 4 Pass. Boarding started around 11:30 and we were on the ship by noon.
Headed up to the Lido Buffet for lunch, not very crowded and the food was very good. Stuffed ourselves and headed out to explore the ship.
Ships decor is Pink but not over stated, from the reviews I had read, I was looking for something like an Andy Warhol painting, but that was not the case, the colors were very soft.
Our room (6420) was ready by 1:30pm so we dropped off our carry ons and went back out to explore some more. Lots to learn when you have never been on this ship before, finding your way around is not that hard once you get your bearings.
Muster Drill at 4:00pm no More life jackets needed just a talk and review on how to wear your jacket!
Sailed late due to a late truck delivery of supplies, we were off to Mexico by 5:00pm, Watched the sail away from Deck 10 and stayed until we cleared the jetty.
By 5:30 our bags were at our room so we unpacked and got to meet our room steward Anthony, he was very nice and took care of any need we had, Great Job!
We had a balcony cabin on Deck 6 Aft, we brought ear plugs because we knew we were right above the aft showroom, never a problem with noise!
We never did make it to the Main Dinning Room as the food in all the different food venues and room service was so good we never found a need, and never went hungry.
A special Shout-Out goes to Sirakit, the bartender in the El Mojito Bar on Deck 5, She greeted us every night with a smile and by our names, and she makes the BEST Martini's on the ship maybe in the whole world!!!
The only down side to the whole cruise was the mass of children running around unsupervised, This was not Carnivals fault, they had more than enough things for them to do, it was the parents that thought the crew was their personal baby sitters or nannies...
Every staff member seemed to go out of their way to make this cruise wonderful and make sure all our needs were met.
Never went to any shows as we were too busy with movie and shows on the big screen or in the pool or just sitting on our balcony watching the world go by.
Disembarkation was just as trouble free as boarding, we had Zone 19 and we were off the ship by 9:30am.
We have purchased our voucher for our next Carnival cruise and can't wait to go again!!! Less

Published 09/14/12

Cabin review: 8B6420 Balcony

Cabin 6420, bring your ear plugs as you are right above the aft showroom.

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