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Sail Date: June 2018
I went on cruise for first time. I found this as an average experience. Ship is little old. Need some renovation. They also need to add more entertainment. Like movie theatre. Some games or more theatre activities. Food and staff ... Read More
I went on cruise for first time. I found this as an average experience. Ship is little old. Need some renovation. They also need to add more entertainment. Like movie theatre. Some games or more theatre activities. Food and staff were good. I would suggest if they can also give some souvainer for remembreace after cruise specially to small kids. Entertainment . It was boring after 2 days specially there are not much entertainment. I would suggest do not go with high hopes. If you are going only for food then you will not get disappointed. We buy Wi-Fi plan for our phone and it was hardly working very difficult to check social sites. Also there are some hidden cost involved like water and soda are not free. Overall it was fun for 3 days cruise. If you want to have more fun then go with family and friends to have more fun. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We went on this cruise to celebrate our daughter graduating high school! I am actually torn between a 3.5 and a 3.0...but I have to do a 3.0 First, the good parts. It was short. Catalina was amazing. Ensenada was pretty cool too, ... Read More
We went on this cruise to celebrate our daughter graduating high school! I am actually torn between a 3.5 and a 3.0...but I have to do a 3.0 First, the good parts. It was short. Catalina was amazing. Ensenada was pretty cool too, but we all loved Catalina the best. What did we do on Catalina? We rented the golf carts for 3 hours. So fun and the best thing to do. After that, we went to town, shopped, and had the BEST LUNCH EVER at the Lobster Trap. Omgosh, it was so good! You just can't go wrong with this place. In Ensenada, my husband picked a "resort"...which was basically a hotel with some fake sand. We spent a few hours..the pool was not heated and again, it was a fake beach. But, we made the best of it. We then went into town and had a great lunch at the El Corralito. So much food and really yummy too. You for sure want to split here. Now, on to the ship. It is a little run down, not horrible, but pretty dated. They have no control over kids. We had a family of like 30 on our floor and the kids were allowed to constantly run around and treat the halls as a playroom. I just really believe staff should nip this. If I need to sneak away and take a nap in MY ROOM, I should be able to without kids running up and down the hall. Some parents suck. Staff needs to monitor the halls better. The food has really gone downhill. We went on Carnival cruises in 2011, 2012, and 2014. Food was really pretty good. However, starting with our 2017 cruise, and now our 2018...not so good. Actually pretty awful. Just feel like the quality has "left the ship". Three people in our group actually had mold on their tortillas. :( They did right and gave those three people a steak dinner the next night...but still...eww. After a 4 night cruise, I was ready to be done with the food. Overall, it is a decent cruise. Short but sweet. Not too long. The ports are fun and cool. Great get away. If you can handle the negatives. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
Were supposed to go to the Mexican Riviera, but went to San Diego and Ensenada. We were out running a hurricane. It was not Carnivals fault. The food and attitude of the crew are excellent. We were given a free cruise for not going to our ... Read More
Were supposed to go to the Mexican Riviera, but went to San Diego and Ensenada. We were out running a hurricane. It was not Carnivals fault. The food and attitude of the crew are excellent. We were given a free cruise for not going to our locations. The casino was also giving me a free cruise for staying on the ship. I had the best time of my life. They also sent to my room 2 bottles of wine and a bottle of champagne. We are going to rebook this cruise, since we have never been to Cabo San Lucas or Puertavallerta (or how ever it is spelled ) . The casino payed off well, went home with more money than I took Also being handicapped, they wheelchaired me on and off the ship with a smile on the crew members face. I can not wait till our next cruise leaving from Puerto Rico. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
For my first ever cruise, I booked over a year in advance to ensure that I could secure two adjoining rooms. I traveled with my wife and three kids age 18, 15, and 13. The rooms were larger than expected and Windows were much bigger ... Read More
For my first ever cruise, I booked over a year in advance to ensure that I could secure two adjoining rooms. I traveled with my wife and three kids age 18, 15, and 13. The rooms were larger than expected and Windows were much bigger than expected. Food was excellent. Service was top-notch. A Hurricane prohibited access to our destination ports and Carnival gave us a choice of a 110% refund after a free five-day cruise, food, and lodging, or we could stay aboard and go to alternate ports and then walk away with a free cruise certificate and $200 per room credits. The certificate had an 18-month expiration date. Because the alternate ports were not of interest to us, and because the certificate expiration date was too soon for our scheduling requirements, we opted for the 110% refund. One evening lobster tails were on the menu at no additional cost. We had seconds. Lots of shrimp and fillet mignon on the regular menu. Dinner in the golden pearl restaurant was amazing. Carnival was awesome throughout the whole experience and I would definitely go Carnival again! Many thanks to Captain Carmelo Marino and his first rate crew for a wonderful experience!! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
This is my 4'th cruise with Carnival and my 10'th cruise overall. First of all, I have to say I have never been disappointed with the friendliness and aim to please attitude of the majority of Carnival employees! The employees work very ... Read More
This is my 4'th cruise with Carnival and my 10'th cruise overall. First of all, I have to say I have never been disappointed with the friendliness and aim to please attitude of the majority of Carnival employees! The employees work very hard for not much money and I truly appreciate their constant effort to ensure a pleasant experience for their guests. Having said that I must express my disappointment in Carnival on this particular cruise. First of all, the food quality was very disappointing. There was not much variety at the buffets and the dining experience was sub par to what I am used to. The fact that you had to pay and xtra $20 to get surf and turf where on past cruises with Carnival it is part of the menu. In addition , the food was often times served room temperature and service slow. My advice on this cruise would be to stick to Guy's burgers and the deli! Guy's never disappoints and the deli served fresh delicious sandwiches! Again I don't blame the employees but possibly lack of them. Our room was kept very clean however, the common areas were not. Tables in the eating areas were not cleaned in a timely manner and some bathrooms in the pool deck area were gross!! As far as entertainment, there was a great band in the casino bar and of course the night club was fun but , in my opinion, the comedians in the comedy club were pigs! We are warned if we are easily offended to not attend the late hours comedy club however, I have attended many late night comedy clubs that can be R rated but these guys just had some gross delivery! I am a Californian so I have been to Catalina and Ensenada before. I am very pleased to find that Ensenada now offers more shore excursions than they have in the past which of course you can find cheaper deals outside of booking with Carnival when you get off the ship. The people were super friendly in Ensenada but of course you always have to be careful and be sure to haggle with the prices on everything! All in all I had a great time and would do this cruise again. It's a cheap get away for someone who can drive to the port but if I had to pay for airfare I would choose one of the bigger Carnival ships where there is a noticeable difference in quality. Alot of people choose this cruise as a first time experience as I did but let me just say- It can be better!! Happy sailing! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Picked this cruise mainly for the itinerary going down the Mexican coast but unfortunately didn’t do the research I should have done on the splendor which was a big mistake.We are British and like Americans and get on with them ... Read More
Picked this cruise mainly for the itinerary going down the Mexican coast but unfortunately didn’t do the research I should have done on the splendor which was a big mistake.We are British and like Americans and get on with them really well but expected better standards concerning food and entertainment,the entertainment was pretty bad ,amateurish and cheap ,no proper star or professional entertainment,unless you like gambling and drinking theirs not a lot to do party games and quizzes wear thin after a while.As for food it was good to very good in the black and gold pearl ,buffets were of a low standard,Mongolian wok we saw cooked chicken on the same tray as raw chicken when I pointed this out to the chef that you could get severe food poisoning doing this he just waved his arms and made out he didn’t understand me,I passed on the Mongolian wok.We found we were in long lines to go into restaurants,guest services embarking and disembarking the ship,took form 10 am to 12,30 to get off by tenders and we were to sail again at 4,30 so only had a few hours so what was the point !!! Someone else has said in their review that the Crew weren’t very happy we found this and at the captains party no drinks were given out and the officers all stuck together in groups and didn’t bother to mingle and talk to the passengers maybe they were afraid of what we might tell them.I could say more but a warning to British people you won’t like it.!!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
I've cruised many times before, but it had been many years since the last one, so I figured this was an excellent one to try. I was a Carnival fan, it had a great price on this cruise out of a port I could drive to, and I love the Mexican ... Read More
I've cruised many times before, but it had been many years since the last one, so I figured this was an excellent one to try. I was a Carnival fan, it had a great price on this cruise out of a port I could drive to, and I love the Mexican Riviera. Oh, and it left on my birthday - match made in heaven. Embarkation went smooth. Parking was easy, although there were employees helping direct people to their cars while we were heading to get on, so I think some were confused and sent us the wrong direction once, thinking we were leaving the cruise.....but I ignored that and found out where to go on my own. Once in the main building though, it was a breeze, and fast too. I was traveling FTTF, so I got to sit in the rear section, right outside of the diamond guest lounge. Getting onboard was also easy, and we were on the ship in no time. Here's the big turning point. So with FTTF, you're supposed to have access to your room as soon as you board. Your room key/sign&sail card should be ready. Ours was not. Everyone around us had keys in their door....we did not. So, I decided to not let it bother me much because maybe they just didn't get to it yet but almost were. Went to have food. An hour and a half later, came back to check, and there is still no key. So there went perk #1 from FTTF. I had to go wait in the guest services line next, and that is never a pleasure on that first day. Oh, and no separate line for FTTF guests either (perk #2 gone), so I stood in line as like #13 or so. Well, I told them the room didn't have a key when I got on (they said it should have been....but saying that doesn't make it so it was, not sure why they told me that it was supposed to be since I kinda knew it was), then asked if we waited longer. I said I already waited an hour and a half, checked, and there was no key. So she said she would just print them there and ignore the keys that show up later because they are now inactive. Btw, those keys never actually showed up. So we get into the stateroom, 8308, balcony. So I had ordered two beach towels to be in there for us, and also my partner had ordered the birthday package (decorations, a cake, and a towel), and also another order had been made for me that I didn't know about, another cake. The only things in the room were the decorations and 1 towel, one of the ones I ordered. So missing were 2 towels (one from my order, one from the birthday package), and a cake (and actually 2 cakes, which I didn't find out until later). Oh, and the sink was broken, and the room was kinda/sorta dirty from old stains and even some warping/chipping on the ceiling and wall from water damage. I'll upload photos if there's an option for that. Anyways, had to go back to guest services and wait in an even longer line now. Told them I was missing a towel and a cake. They checked, and asked what was in the room. They told me, "Oh, you're actually missing 2 towels and 2 cakes." I had no idea where this second cake was from, but said ok, and they said they would have them in my stateroom very soon, sometime in the next couple hours. Cool. Later, both towels appeared finally, but only 1 cake. I found out later from a family member that my sister had ordered me a surprise cake for my stateroom, so that's where the second cake cake from. It didn't ever show up that night. So the next day, I had to go back in line again, and tell them that I was still missing a cake. This time, it showed up sometime later in the day. But that was a huge mess that took two days to fix, all for my birthday items, and the last thing anyone wants to do on vacation is wait in guest services lines for over an hour or two total during their first two vacation days. The staff for the most part looked kind of miserable. It's definitely not the friendliest crew, which really surprised me, because my last cruise back in 2011 was amazing with Carnival, and I remembered nothing but really nice, pleasant people. It's a big reason why I loved Carnival so much. But the poor coffee lady crew member looked like her life was hell everyday. She wasn't the only one though - and in interaction, the majority were polite, but we made the joke about how everyone was dead behind the eyes. I chose this ship too because of its decor. It's known to be tacky, but I like that sort of Vegas-y tackiness. But this was a bit more than I had anticipated. It didn't look very good, all mismatched together (the buffet light fixtures look like kids playroom lights to me), etc. It just didn't feel very extravagant or elegant, like all the other ships I had ever been on. It just felt sort of budget. Except the theater - the theater was beautiful, one of the best. Amenities around were fine, but the daybeds up on deck 10 could have used a better wash - it was weirdly sticky on many of them, with that sort of dark stain color on them that seems like old dirt that's just baked on now. The serenity chairs were great though. The ship was clean though, even though you could see damage made over time in things like the walls and even the ceiling (in the Gold Pearl, big black streaks here and there). But otherwise, it was clean. People left things in all sorts of terrible places, but it was never there for long. Entertainment was just....not for me. I felt like it either aimed too low or two high, but completely missed me (I'm 35). There were the shows, which were designed to at least appeal to individual age groups, but they just weren't very good. The music was fine....it was more the singers that did really poorly. Many times it was as if they gave a person a song that just didn't suit there voice, so they either sounded strained or they just didn't sound right. Some didn't even know the words to some songs, so they just mumbled that part to get through it. Really disappointing, because Carnival always had amazing shows in the past. =( Karaoke and the comedy club would have been great if I could always fit in there. Those venues do not provide enough space for what their used for. I absolutely love karaoke, but three separate times I couldn't fit in the room with every single chair being taken and people just standing around. It was already a small room, so it felt claustrophobic, and I just would opt to not go. Comedy club had the same issue - it was in a big lounge (the prettiest lounge too, El Mojito), but comedy was so popular that there would be only awkward standing room left there too, and so I'd opt to just not go when that was the case. And I wasn't late to these events - I'd be 15 early to comedy, or right on time for karaoke. Also, a big issue was that I felt like the teen center wasn't doing a good job. Not because I had a teen there or anything, but because none of the teens would be in it. They would be wandering everywhere in giant groups, screaming, running around, pulling out chairs into walkways, and just being disrespectful. But if they dislike the teen activities so much that they just don't go, that means they need to do something else to keep their attention....because when they have nothing better to do, they just go and bother others. The other activities, like trivia or learning to dance, etc., would also be taken over by kids. Early family karaoke would always drive people away because kids would start lining up to sing, so you basically had to politely clap for one kid singing taylor swift after the next. Then repeat. Then repeat. Then repeat. So just stopped going to those. I will say one great thing about entertainment though - our cruise director was JJ, it was her first cruise as a director. She was awesome. Which was great, because that's the voice you constantly hear. But she was fantastic, and when everything else was disappointing, she at least could get a smile from me, and every event she led was at least entertaining from her end. I'll talk about dining last because....that's the biggest gripe. =\ The ports were great - standard fare Mexican Riviera. =) Cabo isn't the prettiest and the port is a little confusing (do you take the water taxi or not?), but contained enough to not be too scary. Mazatlan has become beautiful - I loved it there. But you DO need to take a taxi from port to the Golden Zone OR old Mazatlan. Too far to walk. Ohm, and no one tells you that even though it's super fast getting off the ship there, you're forced to wait in a line right outside the ship to hop onto a trolley to take you to the port entrance. They won't allow you to walk there through the cargo, so it isn't quick at all, and a little confusing on where to line up for it. People will cut you off and write it off as "oops, we were confused", if they even acknowledge that they cut, that is. And Puerto Vallarta is always wonderful, but you also need to take a taxi into the best area, such as Zona Romantica, unless all you want is to go to Wal-Mart. You can walk there. Oh, and it was safe, but I was offered drugs in all three ports. =) Literally, all three. Maybe it was the tattoos or because I looked like I partied or something, but yeah....it's out there. So watch your teens, I wouldn't really let them wander just by themselves into town. Ok, food and service for....food. I'll start with the easiest - the buffet wasn't too good. But I don't really think buffet food anywhere is very good - I live in Vegas and I've had a million buffets, so that isn't Carnival's fault. But it is pretty limited - not many items to choose from that change daily. But then you can always just supplement with the BBQ place, Tandoor, the deli, etc. And while I read everywhere that the BBQ and Tandoor were super delicious, I really didn't find them all that great. =\ The pizza was horrible - like, beyond horrible. It took forever to make, then when you get it the middle would be chewy and doughy (super thin crust, so really awkward that part not being cooked), and the outside edges would be burnt. The toppings would also just slide off fast - they didn't want to be on that pizza either. It really, really bad. Carnival Liberty had excellent pizza, so I don't know what happened. ;_; Ok, I WOULD know what the steakhouse was like, but they screwed me over bigtime. I booked my reservation there back in February. On the day of my res, I happened to walk by and check out the menu. A lady approached me and asked if I had a reservation, I said yes, and she said let's just verify. She went ot verify, and told me I did not have a reservation. I said there's absolutely no way, because I have a printout stating I had it (it was in the room though, so couldn't show it yet). She then searched for my name and said yes, I had made a reservation, but my stateroom isn't right, but she said she called me and verified it on the phone with me and even told me how to dress, etc. I told her no one called me. So, she said she must have called my old stateroom and someone there who she thought was me verified. *So here's what happened. A day before the cruise, Carnival called me up and offered an upgrade to a balcony if I paid more. I agreed, and he said everything would just transfer over and it was all good. So now I started wondering if those people in my old room also received a bunch of towels and two cakes, and decided not to say anything. Well, they also seemed to have hijacked my reservation. Even though it was under my name. She said because they verified on the phone, she has to give them my reservation (which makes no sense, because when they come up but don't have my name, what then?). So she told me unfortunately she had nothing for me. I. was. pissed. Here I was, with proof I booked it, it was even still in my name, but because it had a different room number and she verified with....whoever in that room, they would get that reservation. So I was about to turn away, when she said it was ok, she can "accomodate me", but next time I need to tell her that I changed my room the first day because "no one talks to them about those things". First off, she just blamed ME for losing my reservation because I opted to pay more for a better room? And I was assured by the Carnival rep on the phone that everything would transfer. If someone had even told me to stop by the steakhouse to mention this, I would have. But now I'm supposed to magically know that they don't talk to them about that, and that they also don't honor reservations under peoples' names, but by their room numbers, and they also don't need to verify who is speaking to them on the phone. So I accepted her "accomodation" (with her chastise), then canceled it a couple hours later because I was so pissed about being treated that way. Which upset me more than anything, since I had been dreaming of the day I would get to eat there even before I booked the cruise (I've loved all the other steakhouses on other ships). And finally, the dining room. So unfortunately, I did not get a break here either. Our waiters were kind enough. But every meal took just about 2 hours to complete, and we were only at a table for 2, and the waiter only had 4 tables (two really big, two 2-tops). And we'd get there early every single day. The big tables mostly arrived really late (20-40 minutes late). They would rarely bring us a menu until at least one of the big tables arrived. If they did, they wouldn't even take our order until those big tables had their menus....even when they came late. They didn't even have water refills for us one night, and other nights it would take a good 30-40 minutes before more water came. Once we got a menu, it's be 20-30 minutes before they came back to take the order, then 20-03 minutes before we got the food, then 20-30 before they cleared those dishes, then 20-30 before we got entrees, then 20-30 before they took those dishes, then 20-30 before we got a dessert menu, etc. It was amazingly slow - like I get better service at a local IHOP. Honestly, it felt like we were discriminated against because we were a gay couple (and not a loud, brightly dressed, flamboyant couple either, we're pretty chill and polite). I was SUPER kind every single night, never complained, but we always got the worst service (with a smile though, which at that point felt condescending). They would ALWAYS bring out the meals for the big groups first, then we would be last. Even when we're the first to arrive in the section....we were always last to be served or helped. It wasn't cool at all to watch the groups next to us in the next waiter's section have such excellent service, and ours was miserable. They'd all be done eating their desserts before we got entrees usually. The food itself wasn't special at all either. Dry bread or overcooked chicken, muddy tasting meals (like the jambalaya) that all bled into the same one-note flavors. Although the escargot was a standout. That was pretty good. Dessert wasn't even good....plus they didn't even give me a dessert menu one night, and that night was one I specifically requested one so we could make it to karaoke earlier to get a seat. That night I got no dessert, and karaoke was packed by the time I was able to leave (waited long enough to give him a chance to bring it....nope, never) so I didn't get to do it that night. Oh, and service was better at breakfast and brunch in there, but marginally so. Those also didn't always clear plates super fast, and one time I had ordered a dessert and the server just...never returned after dropping off my entree. I sat there for 30 minutes with the empty plates in front of me and he just never came to clean it up or bring the dessert. It sounds like I was mean or something, but I was honest to god extremely nice and pleasant and smiley with every single employee on the ship. I used to serve and know how rough it can be, so I always go out of my way to be extremely nice, so in no way did I deserve the service I got. That's why I went this far out of my way to write this - it was so shockingly bad that I just can't keep my mouth shut about it. I'm sorry everyone, especially if you're a Carnival fan. I was. But I'm never going to electively cruise with them again. Not after this terrible experience. It was the crappiest cruise I've ever had, and it made my birthday just plain suck. So I'm bummed I have to say this, but this was it for me. It scared me away from carnival, and even has me wary at cruising in general now. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Over all it was great. Some of the staff was rude. When in port to experience adult time and if you decice to leave your children on the boat in camp. Make sure you get back by 4:30. The staff gets rude even though the 5:30 is the time to ... Read More
Over all it was great. Some of the staff was rude. When in port to experience adult time and if you decice to leave your children on the boat in camp. Make sure you get back by 4:30. The staff gets rude even though the 5:30 is the time to be back. Food wasn't all that great. My girls call it fake bacon. Lol. Thank God for late night pizza. Dinner in the dining room was great. Room service could have a few more options and not charge for soda if they can see you have the bubble package. The night prior of entering the destination port, the ship goes a lot faster and you'll feel more movement. The same as coming back to main port. Have your Seabands ready. The cabin Stewart was great. He calls you by first name. How he remembers everyone's name is beyond me. The cruise director was amazing. Great personality and includes all in the dance party in the lobby. That was a lot of fun. If you like to people watch. Sit by the pool and enjoy a laugh. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
First visit on the Splendor and while she is a tad worn she is very unique! Out Balcony Cabin was very clean and organized with some minor wear showing. Nothing outside of normal use but she is about due for an update. The crew was ... Read More
First visit on the Splendor and while she is a tad worn she is very unique! Out Balcony Cabin was very clean and organized with some minor wear showing. Nothing outside of normal use but she is about due for an update. The crew was simply outstanding and we never heard "No", okay, except for that one time when I wanted to steer the ship while on the "Behind the Fun" Tour. Otherwise they were friendly, helpful, fun and accommodating as could be!! One item of confusion did take place on our first port visit which was Cabo. Previously unannounced or unknown to us there was Ship Time versus Local Time which we’re off by one hour. This did cause us to miss a deeply desire hands on cooking class excursion that was not booked through Carnival. Since we were not out of pocket for any cost we took it in stride and walked around the marina. We had a wonderful lunch and did a little shopping. In Mazatlan (Port #2) we opted for a Food/Taco Tour, again not booked through the cruise line. We booked directly with Flavor Teller on Trip Advisor. Mika is the owner and tour guide. For $45 USD this is a fabulous deal and a fantastic time!! Mika is from Holland I believe and has lived for many years in Mazatlan. Speaks perfect English and has an excellent knowledge of the cuisine and culture! I was so happy with this excursion that I am going to book it again for my return trip in March!! The cost includes round trip transportation from the meeting location, the guide, all the food, and a ton of fun!! Well worth the cost! Puerto Vallarta (Port #3) excursion was the only one booked through the cruise line and we chose the Old Town and Tequila Factory Tour. A fun tour overall and I would do it again. The Old Town Tour was not so great as it was the 100th celebration of Puerto Vallarta and the traffic was terrible and we just drove around in the bus. Did a short stop for shopping and then the Tequila Tour. This portion and our guide Jose aka Pepe and not Peepee was very informative and a ton of fun! Phrase of the day became “mas Tequila” and the variety was excellent. The only downside was our expectations of actually seeing the working distillery in operation. That was not the case as we saw just mock up displays of the operations. Both were still very educational and informative. Each distillery operates a bit differently and both had food and beverage for purchase if one desired. On board ship I took part in the Chef's table, which was again an excellent dining experience and well worth the fair price of $75.00. One would pay easily over $250 in a fine dining establishment for this same experience. As a professional chef myself I am aware of the time and dedication it takes to pull off such a meal. One disappointment was that it was the same menu as I had on the Fantasy in February, though the flavors were just slightly different. I would like each Ship to create their own Chef's Table Menu based on the region where they are sailing. Thus, one would not end up having the same menu. That being said, our Chef did inform me that they are currently creating a new menu that will be out late summer this year. As I am headed to NOLA in November on the Triumph I am looking forward to a new menu!! Over an excellent cruise and one which I am looking forward to repeating again!! Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2018
I read many cruise critic reviews before i left for this cruise. Many mentioned the food was cold, etc. This was my wife and my 11th cruise. We have cruised with Celebrity (3 cruises) Princess (1 cruise) Norwegian 6 cruises and now ... Read More
I read many cruise critic reviews before i left for this cruise. Many mentioned the food was cold, etc. This was my wife and my 11th cruise. We have cruised with Celebrity (3 cruises) Princess (1 cruise) Norwegian 6 cruises and now Carnival 1 cruise. We ate every evening in the Gold Pearl. The food was awesome. I ate 4 lobsters and the out to sea ship days the " Brunches" were the best, where I ate Fllet Mignon and eggs for two brunches. The ship activities were the best. Our cruise director "Felix" is the best that I have had with 7 cruises. The "Pizza Pirate" on the pool deck is a not to miss meal. The onboarding and off boarding were the best that I have experienced. Our dinner food servers were the best that we have experienced with our 11 cruises. The outside theatre with the retractable doom for movies and for us watching the Golden State Warriors was the best. I booked another Memorial 7 day cruise for May 23, 2020 on the Carnvial Panorama out of Long Beach, CA. Do not let the ney sayers tell you otherwise. You will love the 7 day cruise on the Carnival Splendor leaving Long Beach, CA. Wow, what an awesome cruise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read Less

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