First Timeas a family: Carnival Splendor Cruise Review by PAW4344

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First Timeas a family

Sail Date: August 2009
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Embarkation: Los Angeles
Our family of 4 decided to take a cruise as this year's annual family vacation. Although we generally enjoyed our cruise, we will most likely pick a different cruise line next time. The decor was not our style and sharing a ship with 3,700 other passengers is also something we won't do again. If you want to party into the early morning hours or beyond every night and you don't mind around the clock noiseCarnival is for you.

We simply felt that no matter how hard we tried, there was always noise. Whether it was 50 people packed into one of the pools trying to "out yell" each other, or performances by musicians that were amplified way too much, or the karaoke expert who thinks that bad singers will sound better the louder they arealways noise.

Food: could have been better, especially on the first night. We were shocked to receive a salmon apetizer the first night that contained 3 small cubes of salmon amongst a whole bunch of lettuce and soggy croutons. Very More disappointing. In general we felt that the buffets served better food than the dining rooms, with the exception of The Pinnacle. Had it not been for the outstanding attention provided to us by our dining room servers Sam and Sirimon, we would have chosen the buffet most nights.

We attempted to watch one of the shows in the Spectacular theater, but were turned off by the amateurish feel of the show, although it was announced as an award winning, million dollar production.

Most impressive were the service aspects, beginning with the cabin crew and housekeepers, moving on to bartenders that remembered our names no matter what we were wearing and ending with the above mentioned restaurant servers. Less

Published 08/19/09

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Port and Shore Excursions

The most beautiful of all ports of call, but unfortunately the last one with only about 8 hours at anchor and very long lines towards the end of our shore time. Our 4 hour excursion consisted of only about 2. some hours of actual experience. The rest of the time was spent either waiting, being directed here and there, receiving instructions (orientation) and transfers.

Shore excursions were very expensive! We swam with Dolphins, which was a great family experience, but overpriced for what we received. Photos of this experience would have set us back another $100 to start.

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