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This was our 5th cruise, 1 AMA (Danube), 2 Norwegian (Alaska & Mediterranean), 1 Princess (Baltic). We were not expecting much from Carnival and WOW! We were surprised! We had a spa room-deck 11 (1107) which entitled us to unlimited access to the spa the entire time. The room was great, bathroom just fine, storage more than enough. Spa was incredible-better than any on land I can remember. Service from everyone - waitstaff, room steward, bars, service people, spa, excursion, embarkation, etc., were all well trained, well informed and friendly and polite. Ship was clean and well maintained. Meals were excellent. Breakfast (usually a highly stressful affair) was not a mad house after we found that moving to the upper level of the buffet area after getting our food provided easy access to the coffee in the morning. Lunches (when we were there) included a great carving station and plenty to choose from. We ate in the steakhouse 2 nights which was well worth the money-steaks were comparable to upper level NYC places. Main dining room had plenty to choose from and was well presented. We can't figure out why people complain about food so much; you just can't please everyone. And while we never complained about the food on other ships, we just felt Carnival went above and beyond and thought the food was the best of all the cruises we've taken so far. We were assigned to the late dining which we thought would be bad, but once you get back to the ship after excursions, relax for a little bit, shower and have a cocktail, it's dinner time! The layout of the ship was great-most public spaces on deck 5, with some on 3 & 4, 2 story main restaurants on 3 & 4, buffet on 10 and 11; then pools on 10 front and aft. Hot tubs were popular, mini golf was a new couse. The best outside public space we've ever seen was the 10th floor pool area complete with 2 bars, a grill for burgers and dogs and pizza. This is where movies were shown and afternoon events held. It was lively all the time. Plus, it had a retractable roof that did need to be closed once we reached Portland. (It then stayed closed as the weather stayed too cold). What an amazing use of public space that otherwise would have been abandoned once it got cold! Bravo! to whoever thought of that idea. We were told the ship was close to capacity, but it never felt crowded. This was a lively group of cruisers - people really seemed to enjoy all the nightlife with the comedy club having a big draw. Another great idea! The only downside to the ship was the prominent use of a hideous pink and silver wallpaper. In some cases the decor bordered on garish. Jokes were being made by everyone about how awful it was but it didn't seem to dampen anyone's spirits. This was a very casual dress cruise, something we don't like-we get dressed for dinner regardless of what everyone else is wearing. There were lots of people parading around in their "Sunday-best" Tshirts for dinner but I didn't notice anyone like that in the main dining room near us.

Better than we could have imagined

Carnival Splendor Cruise Review by KatBerry61

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Trip Details
This was our 5th cruise, 1 AMA (Danube), 2 Norwegian (Alaska & Mediterranean), 1 Princess (Baltic). We were not expecting much from Carnival and WOW! We were surprised!
We had a spa room-deck 11 (1107) which entitled us to unlimited access to the spa the entire time. The room was great, bathroom just fine, storage more than enough. Spa was incredible-better than any on land I can remember.
Service from everyone - waitstaff, room steward, bars, service people, spa, excursion, embarkation, etc., were all well trained, well informed and friendly and polite.
Ship was clean and well maintained.
Meals were excellent. Breakfast (usually a highly stressful affair) was not a mad house after we found that moving to the upper level of the buffet area after getting our food provided easy access to the coffee in the morning. Lunches (when we were there) included a great carving station and plenty to choose from. We ate in the steakhouse 2 nights which was well worth the money-steaks were comparable to upper level NYC places. Main dining room had plenty to choose from and was well presented. We can't figure out why people complain about food so much; you just can't please everyone. And while we never complained about the food on other ships, we just felt Carnival went above and beyond and thought the food was the best of all the cruises we've taken so far. We were assigned to the late dining which we thought would be bad, but once you get back to the ship after excursions, relax for a little bit, shower and have a cocktail, it's dinner time!
The layout of the ship was great-most public spaces on deck 5, with some on 3 & 4, 2 story main restaurants on 3 & 4, buffet on 10 and 11; then pools on 10 front and aft. Hot tubs were popular, mini golf was a new couse. The best outside public space we've ever seen was the 10th floor pool area complete with 2 bars, a grill for burgers and dogs and pizza. This is where movies were shown and afternoon events held. It was lively all the time. Plus, it had a retractable roof that did need to be closed once we reached Portland. (It then stayed closed as the weather stayed too cold). What an amazing use of public space that otherwise would have been abandoned once it got cold! Bravo! to whoever thought of that idea.
We were told the ship was close to capacity, but it never felt crowded. This was a lively group of cruisers - people really seemed to enjoy all the nightlife with the comedy club having a big draw. Another great idea! The only downside to the ship was the prominent use of a hideous pink and silver wallpaper. In some cases the decor bordered on garish. Jokes were being made by everyone about how awful it was but it didn't seem to dampen anyone's spirits.
This was a very casual dress cruise, something we don't like-we get dressed for dinner regardless of what everyone else is wearing. There were lots of people parading around in their "Sunday-best" Tshirts for dinner but I didn't notice anyone like that in the main dining room near us.
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Cabin Review

Cloud 9 Spa Balcony
Cabin 8P 1107
Room was great.. Plenty of space for everything. Enough closet, shelf and drawer space for the 14+ outfits and coordinating jewelry and shoes I brought (plus my husbands stuff). Plenty of room in the bathroom-spacious by cruise standards. Decor nothing special. Best part was the free access to the spa which was right around the corner. We did not feel "rock" except for one night where it was bad no matter where you were on the ship (most people didn't even come to dinner that night) but the motion of ships don't bother us too much anyway)
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