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Carnival Splendor Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Loved this cruise but it had its hiccups

Carnival Splendor Cruise Review by 19AUSSIES

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2019
  • Destination: Transpacific
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View

This was a fantastic package deal for Australian cruises! Embarkation was an absolute disaster standing in the sun for well over 2 and a half hours with no shade or water or explanation given. The first point of contact was from a carnival employee in tears as we entered the igloo building As it was so late, there was no embarkation photographers to be found which was disappointing.

Our cabin was on Deck 2 ( 2441) we loved this cabin plenty of room, well set out very close to the lifts. We had early dining which I am undecided about 5 30pm is a little early and I feel we missed a lot of the sail away's because of this. Dining was a little hit and miss with food sometimes cold.

The staff were fantastic from cabin attendants to wait staff, in the dining room they were only too happy to help. We went to the buffet a few times, we much preferred the dining room for breakfast and lunch. It seems if you are disabled in anyway you are seated before anyone else so our tip is to carry a walking stick like a lot of our fellow cruises did! All the ports, we did our own thing and had a great time, disembarking in Guam was another disaster, sending way too many people off the ship at the same time with people pushing in, was not fun and needed to be handled better from Carnival. We were led to believe police had to be called.

We hated the smoking in the casino, the comedy shows were great I think they had over 70 comedy shows on this cruise. Production shows were good. Some of the headline acts were a bit hit and miss.

Overall I think Carnival did a good job for the most part, they were behind the eight ball from the start with many many unhappy cruises who were left out in the heat for so long at the start of this long cruise.

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Cabin Review

Ocean View

I would recommend this cabin, very close to aft lifts, so one deck up to dining or up to level 9 to the buffet and aft adults pool area. I thought we would be just above sea level but it is about 4 stories up. Shower curtain in the bathroom but was plenty of room. Joselito and Tito were great cabin attendants. Interesting to see the windows cleaned every few days.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Los Angeles

We stayed at the Holiday Inn downtown nice hotel not in a real nice area though


Caught a local bus to Lahaina very pretty place had lunch and walked about the town


Had a look around the shops then on local bus to wakiki Beach very disappointing a lot of homeless people and smelt of urine all along the beach front very small beach not at all like I expected

Ben Thanh Market

Horrible market very, very aggressive held onto me and would not let go wanting $60 for a t shirt

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City Tour

Taken around the city to various sites Great cyclo ride around the city

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Had a great day with Smile tours from beautiful air conditioned buses to the free

Wi fi The war remnants museum was very interesting very confronting though also went to the Rex Hotel for traditional Vietnamese coffee Great tour even gave us a free gift at the end of the tour

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