Burnt in Mexico: Carnival Splendor Cruise Review by Philip Williams

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Philip Williams

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Burnt in Mexico

Sail Date: October 2011
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Embarkation: Los Angeles
Have to say 1st off that we didn't pay a lot for this cruise, if I had I would be very disappointed.
The main things that we thought could be changed are:-

The on board entertainment was very poor , amature almost with the exception of one night we left before the end. It was the same two singers every night with a small dance troop .Poor entertainment was not limited to main theatre , lounge singers not great either.

Main buffet opening hours were unusual in the fact that when most people returned from shore 3.30-4.30 they would close. leaving only a small burger counter open for food. which meant long lines.

Dress code in main dinning room needs to be enforced on more formal evenings , most people make the effort ,however there are some who thought ball caps, shorts and flip flops o.k. Waiters should ask them either to leave or change.

In general the ship its self is great . There are many little places you can go for a quiet drink piano bar , More sports bar etc.
Gym has plenty of equipment.
Adults only area at front of ship has padded loungers and is screened off.
Rooms and indeed rest of ship are very clean . Less

Published 11/20/11

Cabin review: 4B Interior

Standard inside enough room for 2 people

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Port and Shore Excursions

Shuttled in on tenders. Tenders take you to the main marina. As soon as you leave cruise ship area you will be bombarded with vendors offering their services. My wife and I love the beach , we could see the beach as we tendered in and so decided to walk to it, Don't do it what looks like a few hundred yard is probably well over a mile and at 90 degree heat seems a lot further. We took a water taxi $6 each round trip this is not a suitable option for old or disabled as you have to jump the 4 feet from the front of the boat to the beach and obviously climb back up for the return journey (a few boats had steps to aid you with this) . The main beach has lots of bars where if you buy food and drink from them , they will allow you to use their loungers free of charge ( some have minimum charge ) . Prices not to bad. On our 2nd day in Cabo we again went to the beach , however this time we went to " Lovers Beach " this a little further away from the marina $8 each round trip. This beach is much quieter there are no facilities here at all . It is at the tip of the Baha peninsula . You can walk through a break in the cliffs from the sheltered side of the bay to the Pacific side and watch the large waves roll in.Wear something on your feet sand is very course on the walk through. Lots of bars and restaurants at the marina most of which have reasonable prices

Ship docks at quay side so much easier access than using tender. There are a couple of bars and a few small shops come market stalls in the port area. We again headed for the nearest beach , we where advised by ship crew that we should walk along main highway and enter the beach through a hotel where you can rent their loungers. This is what we did $10 . However when we explored the beach we found you can get entry to the beach through a walkway behind port area about 20mins quicker. There is a small shopping mall across the road from the dock and there is also a Walmart which is great for stocking up on treats tooth paste etc

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