Great first cruise: Carnival Splendor Cruise Review by AHM

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Great first cruise

Sail Date: March 2009
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Embarkation: Los Angeles
At the spur of the moment, we decided to take the 5 day special cruise from LA to Baja Mexico. I was wary at first about being on a boat with 3000 people for a week. Five days appeared to be the right amount and I was correct. Family of four including two children 8 and 6 yrs old. Overall, it was a great experience. The ship is only 9 months old. Very very clean. Excellent friendly staff from over 56 countries. Excellent service. I am not a typical Four Seasons type person but would assume it would be something like what we experienced on Splendor. Many programs for adults and kids from Vegas type shows to hairy chest contests!! There was practically something going on all the time at all hours. There is even a library, arcade and an internet lounge that I happily avoided. Casino too of course. The kids club was active but we did not use it much. You can dump your kids there all day but that defeats the purpose of a family outing. The food was very good at the buffet and the sit More down restaurant. We befriended the best and friendliest waiter I have ever met in my life on this trip and my kids took pictures with him. They still talk about him. Juices and soda and alcohol are not part of the price but were not unreasonably priced either. The general appearance is a bit Vegas type ie too much pink but not a major issue. The main lobby was small in my opinion which made it cozy and had music ranging from piano to duets etc. There are 3 small pools with jaccuzi's. The pools were OK for kids since they are temperature insensitive but too cold for adults. Don't know why there was not one big one only. There was a waterslide in one of them. The main pool area has a retractable glass roof that came in handy on the last day. Much of the fun stuff is around the main pool. We had an outside room with windows that Don't open. I would not get the inside rooms with no windows as they are smaller and claustrophobic. The rooms are small but have a ton of nooks and space for storage. TV and phone and safe and minifridge. Two double beds which can come together to become a king. One sofa and one drop down bed from the ceiling for kids too. As mentioned before, very clean and serviced twice a day and within minutes of us leaving the room. Amazing. The whole ship is being scrubbed all the time you are on it. The passengers were across the board from the tattooed all over crowd to college spring break kids to families and all the way to preppy people. Miscellaneous: cellphones work everywhere but of course you pay roaming charges. The ship stopped at Ensenada too. Have no idea who came up with that idea. There is nothing there. Did not feel safe walking in the streets. In Cabo: you will be hounded by vendors of all types. Dolphin Swim is a MUST for adults and kids. Once in a lifetime experience. Very expensive plus you cannot take pix. They do and charge you alot for it.. Less

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