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Carnival Splendor Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Splendor is a maze to navigate

Carnival Splendor Cruise Review by Codey

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2020
  • Destination: the South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Ocean Suite

This was our 7th Cruise and we chose Splendor because it was supposedly refurbished and we enjoyed Spirit so much. I believe a cruise is what your make of it and we enjoyed ourselves, but somethings were disappointing.

The ships decor I think is very ugly unfortunately, ceilings very low and areas very dark. The glass lifts are like walking into a hallway very narrow. Overall the ship is very hard to navigate because nothing flows, only deck 5 runs front to back, so you would have to go up a level walk across and then down a level to get to the pub and restaurants.

Firstly we stayed in a suite which was very old dark and dated, maybe they put new carpet down. I know the showers on most cruises arent the best but these were the worst, no pressure and temperature fluctuations.

We were in a party of 6 and you could pre-book your table 10 minutes prior to seating if all your guest had paid to go on the hub app. You cannot contact the dining room until it is open. Weird thing is not once did we get a table for 6, it would be seven chairs or ten chairs and eight. But when we did book for eight people we got a table of nine. this became a bit of a continuing joke. Food tried to be fancy had some nice and not so nice meals.

We enjoyed the Red Frog Pub and the trivia was entertaining, the casino poker machines were very stingy. The Carnival shows in the theater were not so great.

It would have been nice if they had a price list for their services at the Spa. When I asked them their excuse was they only print one brochure for all their ships world wide. But nothing is stopping them from printing their own price list.

As for Ports we had 2 (Lifou and Isle of Pines) cancelled and Vila was a substitute unfortunately it was a Sunday the markets were open but only 2 shops in town. We were to leave port at 2.30, but when Isle of Pines cancelled they extended our stay till 8pm and everythings was closed off and on the ship it made no sense.

Lastly the carnival hub app is soooo bad constantly having no connection. We enjoyed ourselves anyway and will be going on another cruise , just not on this ship.

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