Carnival Splendor - Mexican Riviera: Carnival Splendor Cruise Review by mj6743

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Carnival Splendor - Mexican Riviera

Sail Date: September 2011
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Embarkation: Los Angeles
Embarkation in Long Beach was ok. We weren't sure why we had to stand in no less than 4 different lines to board the ship, but we did, all but 1 line being outside. Once we finally got into the building we noticed that there was the usual windows for checking in, not sure why they weren't being used.
The Splendor is laid out identical to the Liberty, which we sailed on last year and really enjoyed. That was the plus, that and we liked our balcony room.
Now the minus's: the food in the MDR was ok the 1st night we ate in it, the 2nd night we ate in the MDR, it took quite a while to get our food. When we finally got our meals, I noticed something missing from mine. I had ordered the grilled chicken served over angel hair pasta in a mushroom cream sauce. Mine came minus the chicken. I was never able to get anyone's attention to get it corrected so we ate what we had and left.
The food on the buffet line was ok, nothing that caused me to stack up food on my plate like so More many other people were doing. We were able to hit the Deli once, the Rotisserie once and the pizza grill several times, all serving good food.
Entertainment: We stopped in and watched the juggler/magician, he was entertaining. We saw 2 comedians and they were pretty good. We watched 1 of the shows featuring the dancers, also not bad.
We would have liked to sit and listen to the musicians entertaining around the ship but they played so loudly that few people stopped, most just kept moving.
As far as onboard activities: not much to speak of. Yes they had the usuals, and one night they had a Mardi Gras party on the lido deck, but other than that, nothing. No "Bon Voyage sail away party, no pool parties on the lido deck on sea days. No deck competion, (the Liberty had a contest with the decks split into 3 teams, where each team would hit all the spots around the ship and perform dances, gathering items to come in first).
Overall a dissapointng cruise. We were actually glad it was over. Less

Published 10/17/11

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Port and Shore Excursions

Rather surprised with Cabo. Having never been and seeing all the ads and trips to Cabo given away on game shows, we were expecting more, way more. Lets start by stating that it was HOT, and I mean HOT! The humidity the day we were in port was high and people were dripping just standing around the cruise port. There wasn't much to the immediate area where you debark from the tender. A large majority of business were closed and/or empty, not a lot to do there. We took a water taxi over to Mango Bar for lunch. Getting into the water taxi's can be a challenge as the seas were a little rough and you needed to jump over the side of the boat. Anyway, lunch at Mango Bar was great, unfortunately the other person we were with was overheated and couldn't eat his lunch so we took the water taxi back to the docks and went back to the ship. Most of the people we spoke with later that day didn't like Cabo, didn't like the heat and chose to stay on the ship for 2nd day in port. I suppose if you were to take a taxi and go inland a little you would actually get to the city. What is presented to cruisers are a bunch of hotels/resorts plopped down on a strip of sand in the desert. No thanks.

Puerto Vallarta, on the other hand, was a wonderful port and we all wished we could have spent 2 days there instead. It is a vibrant, moving city, although somewhat run down, (at least the areas we were in). We chose to do the Tequila Factory tour offered by Carnival. It was a fantastic tour and we highly recommend it. We had a great tour guide and the bus took us thru various parts of the city prior to heading to the 1st Tequila Factory. We could have done without the first "touristy" stop, but no biggie. At both stops we sampled delicious varieties of Tequila, (and I am not a big Tequila person), our tour guides at each stop were very nice and thorough with their histories of their respective companies and with Tequila. We would do this tour again.

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