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Carnival Splendor Review

4.0 / 5.0
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1424 reviews
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Not Our Idea of Fun

Review for Carnival Splendor to Canada & New England
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10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Sep 2015
Cabin: Ocean View

What is this obsession with fun? And why do Carnival think that loud pop music, gambling and smoking constitute fun? And what is a fun shop? It's just a shop!

Perhaps it is just cultural thing because we were Brits on an American ship but we definitely will not be going with Carnival again. The ship is clean and we enjoyed the ports visited but we would no more choose this type of cruise again than we would choose to visit Butlin's. It is obvious that we were in the minority, however, and most people enjoyed it. I also don't want staff to know my name and call me by it constantly. I just want them to do their job unobtrusively and leave me alone! Food was also to American tastes (well the ship was full of them, so why would it be otherwise?) i.e. very sweet and calorific. The seafood was pretty good though (smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel excellent!) and we liked the Mongolian Wok and the Indian section.

We chose this cruise partly because we were going to New York and Niagara first and we knew they wouldn't expect bowties and ball gowns, however, there is no enforced dress code at all and some people dined in shorts and tee shirts. The trouble with this is: the more they let people get away with, the scruffier they become and there were a lot of scruffy people on this ship.

Cabin Review

Ocean View

Cabin 6B

Clean, functional. Rattled really badly.

Port Reviews

New York (Manhattan)

New York is New York. Worth seeing, brash and noisy. Glad we saw it but won't ne rushing back.

Portland (Maine)

We walked one of the many trails and were very impressed with the town and seafront. This was our favourite destination.


Interesting Scottish heritage and excellent place to walk around. The Maritime museum was very interesting and definitely the highlight.

Saint John (New Brunswick)

Loved this placed. Clean and peaceful with a lovely river walk and interesting town centre.

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