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Carnival Splendor Review

4.0 / 5.0
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1439 reviews
4 Awards

First cruise and we loved it!

Review for Carnival Splendor to the Bahamas
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First Time Cruiser • Age 30s

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Sail Date: Oct 2015
Cabin: Interior
our stateroom with the cute towel animal
another view of stateroom
embarkation port of norfolk from the Lido
main lobby atrium and elevators
Lido deck with the pool and huge movie screen
adorable towel animal on deck chairs

This was my husband and I's first cruise. We had researched quite a bit before we left, but we still learned a lot on this first time of what we like and don't like.

In previous reviews, other posters had commented on the decor of the Splendor. When one poster mentioned the "pink everywhere" I had mentally prepared for the hot pink garishness of teen girls' bedroom pink. In contrast, the decor is actually "old Hollywood meets Art Deco". The pink is a muted pink that is mixed with accents of black, gold and silver. I liked the decor. It was different but I thought it was interesting.

Here are the positives of cruising in general (and the Splendor in particular):

Cabin Review


Cabin 4E

Cabin was great! Our steward was wonderful. We paid for the cheapest cabin and we were not expecting any bells and whistles. The location of the cabin was good. Not to close to elevators or public bathrooms. The only downside could be the location directly above deck 5 (casino, lounges, clubs) etc. But it usually all died down after midnight and it wasn't so loud to be unbearable. You could faintly hear it through the walls/floors. My neighbor back home playing one of those dance video games through the walls of our townhouse is more annoying. Deck 6 is central to the other decks (right in the middle).

Everything was in good working order and we had no maintenance problems. Everything was clean and neat.

We had plenty of room for just us two and our things.

Port Reviews


We are locals so we didn't do anything special here. This terminal is small and our embarkation was during the Wine Festival at nearby Town Point Park in Downtown so traffic was crazy. We took an Uber so we didn't have to pay to park our car. It worked out great.

Half Moon Cay

I am giving this three stars as a sight unseen. I don't want to rate it horribly or great since we never got to go. The winds were too bad for the captain to feel comfortable conducting the tender to shore. We had an extra "sea day" instead.

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