Carnival Splendor Review

4.0 / 5.0
1,475 reviews

Just OK

Review for the Eastern Caribbean Cruise on Carnival Splendor
NJtavern
2-5 Cruises • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Jul 2015
Cabin: Balcony
Traveled with children

This is my 3rd cruise. This is the first time I cruised with children and that is why we chose this particular cruise. There is plenty of things for kids to do. Teen clubs, Camp Carnival for the little ones, an arcade and some cat in the hat festivities. The kids were plenty happy. Except my little one went to Camp Carnival one day and was not interested in going back. The camp gives you a cell phone that you can keep for the duration of the cruise so when your child is in camp, they can call you if there are any issues. You must return it the last day or will be charged $150. I was very pleased about the phone. They do not take children under 6 to the pool which I was also very comfortable with. My only complaint with the kid portion is, one night there were a group of teenagers near the arcade and they were getting into a fight. Slapping each other, etc. It was getting increasingly heated as I waited for my teen daughter to come out of the arcade. The most shocking was a security person walked right through the fight and did nothing about it. There was no way he missed it. That made me feel that security on the boat made need to be revamped.

If you do not have children with you, I do not recommend this cruise. There was never enough seating at the pools. The pools are also small. They say that they put timer cards on lounges that look like they are being saved, but I never saw one sign on a chair. I often had to sit in a chair at a table, in the shade to be near my kids swimming since all chairs were used or being saved for hours.

It is very hard to get from the AFT to FWD on the boat. Only 2 floors go all the way through. Often, you have to go up to go down, or visa versa. It took a few days to remember how to go to get from one end of the boat to the other without frustration.

Cabin Review

Balcony

Very Nice, Nice balcony. Private and quiet. Only issue, it only had one electrical outlet.

Port Reviews

New York (Manhattan)

Very easy. Get there early. We were allowed to get on the boat earlier than expected so it was nice.

San Juan

Shopping is expensive but a nice town to walk around in. Since we had 2 kids and 1 of them being under 5, we took a cab for $12 to the top of the hill and walked back down to the boat. We stopped to eat & shop as we walked back to the boat.

Grand Turk

I have to say that I was looking forward mostly to this port and was the most disappointed. If you go to the beach off to the right of the port, it is less crowded but very rocky and hard to swim. Especially with little ones. If you go to the left of the port, it is very crowded, had lots of seaweed that day and its hard to find a beach chair. Margarittaville is over priced and slow service and not worth it. You can hear the loud music from the restaurant on the beach so its not a tropical get-away if that is what you are looking for. They do have clean up showers you can use before getting back on the boat.

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