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This cruise was chosen for two specific reasons: Date and Half Moon Cay. About us: We were a group of 14 celebrating many things and booked through a private TA. Each person in our group had a great time to the point that it is still being discussed. We had first time cruisers to experienced including having sailed Carnival's newest ship in the Med. As a result, we approach cruising with realistic expectations of having a good time in the ports by way of our floating hotel. HOTEL: Embassy Suites 17th street. Awesome location for pre-cruise activities for a group of approximately 35. Provides transportation to port and will negotiate the rate per person. Walking distance to restaurants and short ride to the beach and Las Olas. Embarktion: Majority of our group arrived by a little after 11:00 a.m. Half of us had FTTF. We also had two physically-abled in our group. Those of us with FTTF were on board AND in our rooms before noon...AWESOME! The remaining that arrived with us were on board within the hour. The final group that arrived to the port after 1:00 p.m. and without FTTF were in a line wrapped around the outside of the building. By the time the boarded we had lunch and our luggage. All of us with FTTF had our luggage before the muster drill. Muster Drill: Two of us joined our physically abled in the Black Pear restaurant. The remainder joined at their stations. It was as expected. Sail-a-way: Members of our group enjoyed the deck party. DJ was great. FUN crew was OK. We did not see them too much. Dining: Our group had early seating (6:00 p.m.) in the Golden Pearl. Food was average with favorites and some just OK. Our server was rather slow. But nothing that ruined our trip or caused us to lessen our gratuities. On the final night they performed a birthday song for me and delivered a tiny cake which we shared. It was actually better than some of the desserts. Cabins: 6 of us had cabins on the Lido...and loved the convenience. We had two scenic view rooms and one balcony. We LOVED our rooms and our cabin steward Eve. My cabin was serviced twice each day and the others selected once. However if anything was needed at any time, we had Eve's contact info and could make our request. Another one of our cabins was a disability Spa cabin. IMade was the cabin steward any he was very attentive to their needs which we truly appreciate. We were at the very front of the ship. It was an awesome view and we never had any challenges with noise of ANY type. Food: As expected for a cruise ship. There was not one meal that we could not find something decent. One of our favs were the chicken patties! We dined at Lido the first day for lunch, first port day for breakfast, and last day for breakfast. We had all dinners except one in the dining room. Was always off the ship for lunch during port days. Again, no complaints as everything was satisfactory. The last day was a SEA day and brunch did not disappoint. Everyone enjoyed it (except the mac & cheese). We had a few mac experts and they were a little critical of the cheese. We also tried the BBQ on deck 10 for lunch on the last day. VERY GOOD! Specialty Dining: Our entire group dined at the Steakhouse on the 2nd elegant night. Always an awesome experience. One hour before dinner we received a call from guest services that there was a problem with our reservation (long story). However, Emir (steakhouse manager) and staff were able to accommodate our group at the time we planned. Our most sincere thanks to him and his team as we were celebrating a 50th birthday. He checked in on us multiple times. Guest services sent a complimentary bottle of wine. And Emir sent a special dessert. Just another example of how hard the Splendor staff works to ensure their guests are having a wonderful time. PORTS: Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, Amber Cover Nassau: No ship excursion booked. The ship was cleared a little after expected arrival. We waited for the crowd to get off then exited using a motorized scooter. Easy port to get around on your own. Half Moon Cay: FAVORITE! Booked the Oasis through Carnival a year in advance as we expected to have over 20 in our group. Ended up with 14 and it was a perfect day. The hostess was Charo from the Golden Pearl dining room along with several other staff members. What a memorable day. Our group enjoyed the Oasis and areas around it so much that no one ever ventured off to explore anything else and we were on the last tender to return as we wanted to enjoy every minute. Again, staff went out of their way to accommodate the physically abled in our group including on and off the tender and in and out of the Oasis. Truly an amazing day! Grand Turk: Nothing planned through Carnival. Some of the group rented golf carts and went to the lighthouse, governor's beach, and then chilled at the beach at Jack's Shack. Others walked or "rolled" around the port area for a little shopping. For me, this was a great spa day...(-: Amber Cove: Another great port. We planned an private excursion and enjoyed our day. Will book another Carnival cruise visiting this location to try something different including the Falls and the actual port area. Disembarktion: Had FTTF and mid-day flights. As a result, we took our time and enjoyed breakfast on the Lido. When done, we went to the meeting place for folks needing assistance and was off the ship in an instance. A ship staff member assists you off the ship, then hands you over to a local staff member for assistance through customs. The particular person we had was a little be of a crude as she would not allow my other half to accompany me and the person needing assistance through customs. She actually separated us although her co-workers insisted it was OK. However, she lamented about being told in a meeting that only one person could go through. As a result, he was the last person to join the group as we waited for him in the taxi area. Fortunately he has Global Entry and was able to by pass the line that likely would have taken an additional 30 min to an hour. We love to cruise and love to travel. We recognize that this is not a luxury liner. If we wanted that, we would pay for it and it would not include 3K other people. As a result, we board cruises with eyes wide open and expecting to have a good time. We have yet to be disappointed! Note: Public rooms can get VERY COLD!!!!! Happy Cruising!

Never had a bad cruise!

Carnival Splendor Cruise Review by sk84fungirl

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Trip Details
This cruise was chosen for two specific reasons: Date and Half Moon Cay.

About us: We were a group of 14 celebrating many things and booked through a private TA. Each person in our group had a great time to the point that it is still being discussed. We had first time cruisers to experienced including having sailed Carnival's newest ship in the Med. As a result, we approach cruising with realistic expectations of having a good time in the ports by way of our floating hotel.

HOTEL: Embassy Suites 17th street. Awesome location for pre-cruise activities for a group of approximately 35. Provides transportation to port and will negotiate the rate per person. Walking distance to restaurants and short ride to the beach and Las Olas.

Embarktion: Majority of our group arrived by a little after 11:00 a.m. Half of us had FTTF. We also had two physically-abled in our group. Those of us with FTTF were on board AND in our rooms before noon...AWESOME! The remaining that arrived with us were on board within the hour. The final group that arrived to the port after 1:00 p.m. and without FTTF were in a line wrapped around the outside of the building. By the time the boarded we had lunch and our luggage. All of us with FTTF had our luggage before the muster drill.

Muster Drill: Two of us joined our physically abled in the Black Pear restaurant. The remainder joined at their stations. It was as expected.

Sail-a-way: Members of our group enjoyed the deck party. DJ was great. FUN crew was OK. We did not see them too much.

Dining: Our group had early seating (6:00 p.m.) in the Golden Pearl. Food was average with favorites and some just OK. Our server was rather slow. But nothing that ruined our trip or caused us to lessen our gratuities. On the final night they performed a birthday song for me and delivered a tiny cake which we shared. It was actually better than some of the desserts.

Cabins: 6 of us had cabins on the Lido...and loved the convenience. We had two scenic view rooms and one balcony. We LOVED our rooms and our cabin steward Eve. My cabin was serviced twice each day and the others selected once. However if anything was needed at any time, we had Eve's contact info and could make our request. Another one of our cabins was a disability Spa cabin. IMade was the cabin steward any he was very attentive to their needs which we truly appreciate. We were at the very front of the ship. It was an awesome view and we never had any challenges with noise of ANY type.

Food: As expected for a cruise ship. There was not one meal that we could not find something decent. One of our favs were the chicken patties! We dined at Lido the first day for lunch, first port day for breakfast, and last day for breakfast. We had all dinners except one in the dining room. Was always off the ship for lunch during port days. Again, no complaints as everything was satisfactory. The last day was a SEA day and brunch did not disappoint. Everyone enjoyed it (except the mac & cheese). We had a few mac experts and they were a little critical of the cheese. We also tried the BBQ on deck 10 for lunch on the last day. VERY GOOD!

Specialty Dining: Our entire group dined at the Steakhouse on the 2nd elegant night. Always an awesome experience. One hour before dinner we received a call from guest services that there was a problem with our reservation (long story). However, Emir (steakhouse manager) and staff were able to accommodate our group at the time we planned. Our most sincere thanks to him and his team as we were celebrating a 50th birthday. He checked in on us multiple times. Guest services sent a complimentary bottle of wine. And Emir sent a special dessert. Just another example of how hard the Splendor staff works to ensure their guests are having a wonderful time.

PORTS: Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, Amber Cover

Nassau: No ship excursion booked. The ship was cleared a little after expected arrival. We waited for the crowd to get off then exited using a motorized scooter. Easy port to get around on your own.

Half Moon Cay: FAVORITE! Booked the Oasis through Carnival a year in advance as we expected to have over 20 in our group. Ended up with 14 and it was a perfect day. The hostess was Charo from the Golden Pearl dining room along with several other staff members. What a memorable day. Our group enjoyed the Oasis and areas around it so much that no one ever ventured off to explore anything else and we were on the last tender to return as we wanted to enjoy every minute. Again, staff went out of their way to accommodate the physically abled in our group including on and off the tender and in and out of the Oasis. Truly an amazing day!

Grand Turk: Nothing planned through Carnival. Some of the group rented golf carts and went to the lighthouse, governor's beach, and then chilled at the beach at Jack's Shack. Others walked or "rolled" around the port area for a little shopping. For me, this was a great spa day...(-:

Amber Cove: Another great port. We planned an private excursion and enjoyed our day. Will book another Carnival cruise visiting this location to try something different including the Falls and the actual port area.

Disembarktion: Had FTTF and mid-day flights. As a result, we took our time and enjoyed breakfast on the Lido. When done, we went to the meeting place for folks needing assistance and was off the ship in an instance. A ship staff member assists you off the ship, then hands you over to a local staff member for assistance through customs. The particular person we had was a little be of a crude as she would not allow my other half to accompany me and the person needing assistance through customs. She actually separated us although her co-workers insisted it was OK. However, she lamented about being told in a meeting that only one person could go through. As a result, he was the last person to join the group as we waited for him in the taxi area. Fortunately he has Global Entry and was able to by pass the line that likely would have taken an additional 30 min to an hour.

We love to cruise and love to travel. We recognize that this is not a luxury liner. If we wanted that, we would pay for it and it would not include 3K other people. As a result, we board cruises with eyes wide open and expecting to have a good time. We have yet to be disappointed!

Note: Public rooms can get VERY COLD!!!!!

Happy Cruising!
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