Overall the ship was ran well, Carnival has been at this for a long time and have ironed out all of the wrinkles in giving people the most bang for the buck. The ship is not bad ,although the decor was not very impressive, nothing like the Victory was when it was new. The food on the Lido deck and the dining rooms were excellent. The service in the dining rooms were hit and miss, depending on where you were seated. The room steward was great, really on the ball. Comedians were top notch. The bar service and the drinks were very good too. The biggest disappointment was the showtime acts. The were all the same acts as on our last cruise. They were big on being as flamboyant as possible, but without any real quality or story line, they were pretty boring. Carnival needs to develop new material for the shows, plus get better dancers.
The Steakhouse was great on past cruises, but not on this one. The food quality as well as the service at the Steakhouse was very bland. The Red Frog Pub and Guys Burger Joints were missing on this ship, We really did miss it too. Carnival needs to add it to the Splendor whenever they do a refit.
Carnival also needs to develop more itineraries. The excursions are good, but after a number of cruises you run out of different places to visit. But still a good value for the money. We have made it to Platinum level with Carnival, but are going to try other cruise lines and itineraries for a change of pace.
The cabin was on the Panorama deck. It had easy access to the Lido deck and was very quiet. This is a perfect room with a great view.
The island is still pretty beat up from the recent hurricanes. But Margaritaville was open. We usually do the catamaran tour, but no boats were operating when we were there.
Did a catamaran tour to Dunns Falls. Lots of fun
We rented one of the poolside cabanas for the day. This was very nice, great service and food also. The pool was just a few feet away from the cabana.