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Sail Date: October 2018
Old ship, not fun, unfriendly staff, boring, captain was no where cruise directer invisible, food basic, not late night food , Air Conditioner broke, ship smelt funny, activities boring, same old Princess show, seems they live in the past, ... Read More
Old ship, not fun, unfriendly staff, boring, captain was no where cruise directer invisible, food basic, not late night food , Air Conditioner broke, ship smelt funny, activities boring, same old Princess show, seems they live in the past, buffet not good The entertainers were basic and the music in the lounges was fair our stateroom's a/c failed,room Stewart was basic, specialty restaurants were just ok The bars staff were unpleasant and at time uncaring general staff seemed not to care Forced tips make them work without fear of not getting a tip Captain said very little and no party for repeat customers very little announcements no music around the ship They did not use the outside at night for anything but the Princess party which was old and dated princess seemed to be living in the past Recommend not spending the money to eat a Curtis Stone Try another ship Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
I selected this cruise for a look at the new ship, Bliss, and the warmth of the Mexican Riviera. I got only 1/2 of that promise fulfilled since Hurricane Wila prevented the Bliss from sailing south. So, while I saw the ship, I also saw ... Read More
I selected this cruise for a look at the new ship, Bliss, and the warmth of the Mexican Riviera. I got only 1/2 of that promise fulfilled since Hurricane Wila prevented the Bliss from sailing south. So, while I saw the ship, I also saw San Francisco (I live 50 miles away and it is no big deal...or any deal to me), San Diego where I was stationed in the military, and Ensenada, which a friend called "Tijuana by the Sea". Pluses included: 1) Awesome Observation Lounge on the Bliss. Beautiful, not crowded and affording great views. 2) Thermal suite: Big, lots of heated couches, great therapy pool. 3) Two excellent shows: Havana and Jersey Boys 4) Good embark particularly considering 4,000 passengers 5) Big buffet with good views (but would get crowded) 6) Specialty restaurants were very good to excellent. Cagney's, Q, Le Bistro and Teppanyaki all more than met my expectations 7) Buffet, The Local, Taste/Savor all had good service and good food. Not so good: 1) The theatre, unlike the smaller ships, looks like a cardboard box. The entries are almost nondescript and, while the productions were good, the whole area is without style. 2) "Office building" decor in many places. Lobby not as impressive as other smaller ships (like the Star, Jewel, Pearl or Sun). 3) Gym has lots of equipment, but only two exercise bikes. For which there was some contention but no contention for the myriad stair masters and treadmills. 4) No real promenade. Guests can walk back and forth on deck 7, by the life rafts to dead ends, around deck 8 (the Waterfront) but only by going into and out of the interior of the ship, or around a short loop on Deck 17 while contending with joggers. 5) Closet design in my stateroom (148362) was not good. Impinged at one end so that clothes couldn't really hand there, too close to the couch which blocked easy entry, and with doors that looked like something from IKEA, as did most of the staterooms furnishing. 6) NCL provided disembark was OK until it was marred by a bus that had little luggage capacity because it was storing spare tires for the bus. So we were loaded up and then made to get off and go to another bus. The port does get real crowded with 4,000 people trying to leave at the same time. 7) The Bliss is BIG with lots of decks. Hoofing it from deck 6 (restaurants) to our stateroom on 14 certainly raised my heart rate. But that is the nature of the newer huge ships. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
I chose this cruiseline because I’ve always been loyal to them & enjoyed their fairly affordable prices. I’ve done the Mexican Riviera itinerary before & it was really fun, so I wanted to go again on their newer ship. The ship ... Read More
I chose this cruiseline because I’ve always been loyal to them & enjoyed their fairly affordable prices. I’ve done the Mexican Riviera itinerary before & it was really fun, so I wanted to go again on their newer ship. The ship is nice, but it does not compare to the Epic, which is still NCL’s best ship. We decided to upgrade this vacation to a Spa suite. The bathrooms in the spa suites almost make it worth it. However, you are on deck 15, and I don’t know what they are doing on deck 16, but it sounded like they were sliding chairs around all night, every night. So maybe avoid deck 15. You do get access to the Manadara Spa, which is nice. The bed is like sleeping on plywood though. It looks comfortable but it’s very hard. They ended up changing our itinerary because of a Category 5 hurricane, so we didn’t go to Mexico until Ensenada on the last day. We rerouted to San Francisco & San Diego. I’m from California and love both of these cities, however, it was a bummer to pay $4,000 just to go back home. I’m not sure how else they could have rerouted us though. Holland America had the same issue, but we heard through the grapevine that each of their passengers received a future cruise credit. NCL did not offer that. Because of the short notice change, there were only a handful of shore excursions altogether (10?) and they were definitely last minute put-togethers (who pays $50 for a hop on/hop off city bus tour??). I feel NCL protected the safety of its people which was great, but they could have offered something to their loyal customers. NCL’s gameshows are getting tiring, they are the same on every ship. The comedy club is a nice addition to their newest mega ships, big book early. It was sold out for the whole week on the first day. Also, book dining early if you have a dining package. Unless you don’t care about eating at 5pm or 9pm every day. The crew for the most part was good, although not as friendly as normal. They were all very happy about the rerouting though, a lot of them wanted to go to Ross. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
low cost. beware of laundry, ok for cotton under ware and t-shirts etc. do not clean fine woolens like suit etc. they are not using a dry cleaning method they are using a water type system which ruined my fine wool suit. My silk Hawaiian ... Read More
low cost. beware of laundry, ok for cotton under ware and t-shirts etc. do not clean fine woolens like suit etc. they are not using a dry cleaning method they are using a water type system which ruined my fine wool suit. My silk Hawaiian shirts came came back stiff like they were starched. service was was good. food in dining room was good but, too salty. food in buffet was OK but desserts plain. Dance floors were in poor condition, the wheel house floor is wood and is buckled in places. the floors in the Explorers club and the Plaza were sticky. The Princess cruise line used to have the best dance floors that were kept in good condition but in last few years they let them go to save money too bad there are still alot of people that like to ball room dance not just line dance. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Good embarkation and disembarkation. Ship is old. Cabin is a little tired, but serviceable. Buffet dining is average. Dining rooms are better. Entertainment is generally good. Service is good. Ports and shore excursions are fine. ... Read More
Good embarkation and disembarkation. Ship is old. Cabin is a little tired, but serviceable. Buffet dining is average. Dining rooms are better. Entertainment is generally good. Service is good. Ports and shore excursions are fine. Nothing highly negative or positive. I would consider this a well-run operation - competent without pizzazz. Cabin safe was a little finicky - the trick is to push on the safe door when opening or closing. The cabin thermostat light worked about half the time. The cabin steward was efficient and worked quickly. The TV was better than I remembered, maybe recently upgraded??? It is a Samsung. If the picture doesn't look right, It is possible to adjust TV settings form the remote control. Suggest you first reset picture to factory defaults and then make the adjustments you desire. This is the last cabin to the rear of the ship - perhaps a little more vibration than more mid-ship cabins, but this cabin is quiet and you only have one neighbor, but it is a long walk to the theatre. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Cons -old cruise ship; framework inside hasn't changed -resulting from old design, passengers cannot navigate as easily as on modern ships - traveling portside corridors will not land you at the same places starboard. -soda ... Read More
Cons -old cruise ship; framework inside hasn't changed -resulting from old design, passengers cannot navigate as easily as on modern ships - traveling portside corridors will not land you at the same places starboard. -soda package is a rip off. Soda will come from the bar fountain and at stations without a fountain, cans are used. However, you often get an old can (flat soda) because only slightly half a can pours into one of their cups. So, if the person in front of you orders a Pepsi and then, you're the next guest 15 minutes later to order a Pepsi, you get whatever was leftover in the can from the prior guest. Pathetic policy. -Stardust Auditorium (theatre on the ship) is extremely outdated. The seats are fold down and low to the ground. Very uncomfortable. -Thermal Spa chairs are positioned inside the center of the spa; they should be ideally facing out to the front forward the ships windows. Pros -This is a classic cruise ship; which makes it easily convertible to what an affinity group customizes it to be. This ship is one of the most chartered ships in the US today. -the Filipino staff will cater to your every ask -food is slightly above average; good spread Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
Overall the cruise was great. There were far more enjoyable experiences than negative ones. The rooms are small, but that's to be expected. The ship overall was wonderful. I was disappointed when walking by the smoking section of ... Read More
Overall the cruise was great. There were far more enjoyable experiences than negative ones. The rooms are small, but that's to be expected. The ship overall was wonderful. I was disappointed when walking by the smoking section of the casino to be over powered with the smell. Similarly, there is a humidor room, but when I tried to enjoy a Cuban cigar from one of the ports, the room was filled with cigarette smokers. This ruined the overall ambiance and experience of a humidor room. Entertainment was top notch, we enjoyed teh onboard comedy, havana, jersey boys, and the prohibition happy hour. The ports were solid, my wife and I enjoyed Mazatlan the best. We didn't schedule any excursions with the ship, but when we went a shore, we went on a tour of each city for a fraction of the on board cost. Cabo was the only port to tender, and while the actual tendering was well organized, the ship was unable to give us any sort of tendering schedule. It was purely sign up for a group number and wait for it to be called. This seemed odd and disorganized to us. Generally speaking the food was great, we really enjoyed Teppanyaki, La Cucina and The Q. Margarita Ville was solid as well, and a bit of a hidden secret for breakfast. While everyone is headed to the front of the ship at the Garden Cafe, the aft and Margarita Ville has a bit limited but by all means solid breakfast offering. One of our other favorite odd hour meals was at the Local, mid ship and open 24/7. It was perfect comfort food and everything came out hot and delicious. With that said, a few negative ones stick out, such as the Cagne's Steak House, Taste, Savor, and the Manhattan Room not being able to cook a steak medium rare. While the servers were quick to apologize and offer a new steak, after receiving multiple new steaks over done, gave up. Likewise, most of the bar tenders were clearly over worked, stressed, and other than one special bar tender we met, rude. Finally embarkation and disembarkation were a bit disorganized. At embarkation, there was no signage or instructions provided on what to do. We've sailed out of Seattle, which was far more organized and clearly identified what to do and how to proceed. Disembarkation was a bit better, but again overall just seemed disorganized. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
When I arrived in LA and saw the ship, it was HUGE. Getting on board was ok, but our luggage didn't arrive until about 6PM in our cabin. Only poolbar and Observation Lounge were open for cocktails until after we left. Grouchy ... Read More
When I arrived in LA and saw the ship, it was HUGE. Getting on board was ok, but our luggage didn't arrive until about 6PM in our cabin. Only poolbar and Observation Lounge were open for cocktails until after we left. Grouchy staff. The room was the smallest room I've had for a Balcony Stateroom, but it was clean. A small closet with a few shelves, TV that didn't adjust very much to the different areas in the cabin. Dining areas were ok, but you can tell they stress getting you into the Pay For restaurants, as the complimentary were small, and the buffet area was way overcrowded. My advice before you leave, book any restaurants or entertainment on line that you can. We waited until we got on board, any many things on the ship were already booked. ARRG. Any Bar you went to, with the exception of the Observation Lounge, the staff was not happy. No place to play cards and have a coke, so we played in the Buffet Area, as all other areas had tiny cocktail tables, or the "Card Room" didn't allow food/drink. The atrium in the middle of the boat, where Guest Services was, was over crowded with people and very loud. Most restaurants and bars closing about 10. Guess my feeling were that NCL took a mid size ship, added about 1000 people, but forgot to add supporting Facilities. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Tried looking on Cruise Critic for information about the Carnival Halloween October but could not find any. Hopefully this review will prepare future cruisers as what to expect. This is a “Booze Cruise.” Lots of drinkers and ... Read More
Tried looking on Cruise Critic for information about the Carnival Halloween October but could not find any. Hopefully this review will prepare future cruisers as what to expect. This is a “Booze Cruise.” Lots of drinkers and smokers (not only tobacco). We have done this short cruise before and knew what to expect. However, there seemed to be more drunk people on this cruise. The cruise was hit and miss. For a 22 year old ship, the Inspiration is in OK shape. There is some interior damage to the decorations contributed to the type of guest the ship attracts. It was nice after many months, the glass elevators were working again. The first night, as we left Long beach, it rained and the roof above deck 12, near the atrium, leaked. Embarkation was fast. Your room keys are obtained on board the ship in a sealed envelope outside your cabin door. Both the embarkation, and debarkation, were smooth and fast. Parking at the port will cost you $20 a day. We were excited to hear the Inspiration would be celebrating Halloween all October like their web site said. Unfortunately, we were disappointed with the Carnival Halloween Celebration. We thought the ship would be decorated for Halloween and the music selection would be seasonal. The decoration consisted on a single 12 foot statue of Patches (the Carnival Halloween mascot) and some orange and black plastic bunting in the atrium. As for the Halloween music, it did not exist (except for Thriller at a dance class). There was no Halloween themed food served and the costume party consisted of 14 people in costume. It did not help the costume party was held during the Late Dinner Seating. Thus, you either missed the party, or your assigned dinner time. There was a pumpkin carving contest on the day at sea where 6 guests competed again the Cruise Director and the ship’s Ice Carver. MarQ (the Cruise Director) and his team, tried their best, but the failure seemed to be on the corporate level. Unless you specifically looked for it on the Carnival website, the passengers were unaware of the Halloween activities prior to boarding the ship (thus the lack of costumes). A simple email prior to the cruise would have solved this issue. It seemed like Carnival was doing the bare minimum to call itself a Halloween Cruise. So, it you are looking for a Halloween fun, stick to the amusement parks. On a bright note, the Cruise Director, MarQ, was very friendly and went out of his way to talk to the guests. His team was energetic and worked hard. Albert, the Comedy Club Manager, also was friendly and a pleasure to talk to (congratulations on being employee of the month). Unfortunately, the comedians were mediocre. This is the first cruise we have ever seen empty seats in the comedy club. One comedian left the house light up and you felt obligated to laugh for fear of him singling you out. His “jokes” received polite chuckles only. The buffet was laid out well with four areas serving the exact same items. There was also the usual deli, pizza, burger, and Mexican food areas. The Chipole style Mexican food was the best food stop on the ship. There was no Asian buffet area like found on some ships. However, the Taste Bar is now a Sushi Stand which costs about $5 a roll. Never saw anybody buying the sushi. Although not as good as Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Princess, or Holland America, the food was as expected for a 3 day cruise. Although the 3 day cruise is a nice escape from reality, it is Booze Cruise. Not recommended for children. If your goal is to get drunk and party, this is the cruise for you. If you want a more traditional cruise, go with the 7 day cruises. If you want a starter cruise, go with the 4 day midweek sailings. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
We cruise at least 3 times a year and wanted to try NCL's newest ship. It was not what we had hoped it would be. The overall service was below average primarily because a good number of the employees were not trained very well and ... Read More
We cruise at least 3 times a year and wanted to try NCL's newest ship. It was not what we had hoped it would be. The overall service was below average primarily because a good number of the employees were not trained very well and many had trouble communicating not to mention the ratio of servers to passengers. The ship was very full and waiting for drink servers was not good. The restaurants were not run very well at all. We tried 70% of them and experienced long waits for food, food prepared incorrectly and the quality wasn't as good as other NCL ships we've cruised on. Super long waits at the internet cafe along with problems throughout the cruise with the ships Wifi. Customer service lines were slow and long. We did not see the cruise director once during the cruise. When we went to the decks to enjoy the few days of sun the chairs were difficult to get. So many inconsiderate passengers go up and lay towels on chairs and were not using them. The floor with the Deck entertainment was very loud and made rest before midnight difficult. We had an additional issue with lost clothing sent to the laundry not recovered. Debarkation was a nightmare and there is no such thing as priority debarking. I hope NCL improves the problems on the Bliss because we had booked two cruises at once and our second one is a few months away. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
8 days was better than a 7 day cruise and a New Ship. Balcony cabin deck 14 mid ship. Balcony very small - no table and NO draws - all cubies - not one draw in the cabin - I found the staff to be fine and cabin attendant Roman was great. ... Read More
8 days was better than a 7 day cruise and a New Ship. Balcony cabin deck 14 mid ship. Balcony very small - no table and NO draws - all cubies - not one draw in the cabin - I found the staff to be fine and cabin attendant Roman was great. Spec restaurants - Tappanyani and La Cuchina were great - A bit windy if you eat outside - Cagney - service was good 1st time, 2nd time was awful - La Bistro - No lobster, no 4 mushroom soup as in the past - Food was very good. Cabin - very small for a balcony - bathroom shower is great. Jersey Boys very good - Havana Not so much - Late Night Probition - also very good but at $39.98 per person a bit pricey. $49 or $69 to play bingo - My wife won the full card bingo and prize was under $476.00 really cheap prizes for the amount they charge. Ship is beautiful - Observation lounge is crowded on sea days. Used the rear elevators mostly and had no real long wait times. Buffet food was pretty good and nice variety. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Inside cabin 12th deck met our expectations, plenty of room for the two of us. 1st stop Ensenada La Bufadora - really cool but be aware, you have to walk about a mile from where the bus drops you off thru the gauntlet of Mexican ... Read More
Inside cabin 12th deck met our expectations, plenty of room for the two of us. 1st stop Ensenada La Bufadora - really cool but be aware, you have to walk about a mile from where the bus drops you off thru the gauntlet of Mexican vendors! I suggested at the excursion desk upon return they should make a specific note on the distance walking, the desk Mgr. clearly was not interested in my suggestion stating the excursion was already rated as moderate indicating the walking required. 2nd stop Puerto Vallarta - Las Caletas & John Huston private island. We thought the price was a steep for what you get but it was a beautiful place. We took the cooking class and enjoyed the food, was really good with the open bar. Beach is not quite as they describe in fact at high tide there is little beach at all. Would recommend just one time, it was very pretty. 3rd stop Cabos - We took the catamaran sail over to Santa Maria cove. Easily the best excursion, we swam with thousands of fish, of course it helps when your tour guide releases food for the fish. Would definitely recommend this. Hurricane turning toward us prevented a stop at Mazatlan. Sad we could not visit but understand. On board unlimited go carts was the bomb, really really fun. Had read difficult to ride, but did not have that experience. Food - clearly the cruise line would love to just shut down the main dining room and have you go to the buffet or pay extra for the specialty restaurants. Very average FREE food! Entertainment - sad the days of fun entertainment every night in the theater is gone. The Jersey boys Valli lead singer was not quite on point, we understand hard to find someone with that tone for sure. Overall the show was fine. Havana was also fine, would have rather seen another USA type musical or show. The other nights were filled with miscellaneous shows not really worth watching so really just 2 different shows. For those smokers - just be aware if you like to smoke, you have a small little corner near the bar at the very back of the ship to smoke. I personally am not a smoker but why that entire area near the bar is not open to smoking was beyond me. Overall very average, getting onto the ship and off was really easy. We stayed at the crown plaza across the street from the port and did the park and ride which was really easy and I would recommend if parking your car for a week. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
I took the Star Princess earlier this year for a 15-day cruise to Hawaii, so when the opportunity came up to take it again for a shorter cruise to Cabo, I didn't hesitate. I knew the ship very well and since I was travelling with ... Read More
I took the Star Princess earlier this year for a 15-day cruise to Hawaii, so when the opportunity came up to take it again for a shorter cruise to Cabo, I didn't hesitate. I knew the ship very well and since I was travelling with someone who had never been on a cruise before, I thought it would be a safe choice. Unfortunately, shortly after leaving Los Angeles the A/C broke. It wasn't an issue until we reached Mexico and then it became very, very bad. Luckily, we had a balcony so we were able to stay out there most of the time and cool off. However, others with interior cabins weren't so lucky. The elevators and many other interior rooms felt like an oven, very uncomfortable. There was no communication or admission by the ship staff that there was a problem. However, I did notice a $50 credit on my statement under the title of "Goodwill", so I guess that was their compensation for our troubles. I realize that things break on a ship, but I would have appreciated a widespread communication from the staff. That would have gone a long way in this situation. But other than that, my strong belief is that this ship is in serious need of a makeover. Things I had not noticed on my previous cruise were very apparent on this one. The ship decor is seriously outdated. It really needs a facelift. No amount of excellent customer service can mask the age of this ship. And make no mistake: The customer service is outstanding in every way. I will definitely take another Princess cruise, just not on this particular ship. (And no, it's not because of the A/C incident......that could happen to any ship). I have booked a 12-day Alaskan cruise for next year, this time on the Ruby Princess, which I hear is a beautiful ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
Just a note here: I am Platinum. This cruise was chosen due to destination and the over night stay in Cabo, The ship was not up to par for Princess. The ship seems to be aging. The Crown Grill was a disappointment which is very unusual. ... Read More
Just a note here: I am Platinum. This cruise was chosen due to destination and the over night stay in Cabo, The ship was not up to par for Princess. The ship seems to be aging. The Crown Grill was a disappointment which is very unusual. The entire staff seemed to be just going through the motions and did seem to be as attentive as on previous cruises with Princess. The tender service was slow. The Air Conditioning and Internet went out for quite some time, and even though passengers were compensated for this, it would have been nice to keep passengers informed as to the problem and when it might be repaired or at least progress of the repair. The Movies Under Stars did not have the nicer lounge chairs as usual. Maybe because this was a 5-day cruise, but I see no reason why that would have mattered. A lot of the public restrooms and elevators seemed to be under maintenance for the entire cruise. The excursion in Cabo was great as was the on-board salon experience. Entertainment was average and overrated. This will not affect me from sailing with princess in the future. As a matter of fact I booked a future cruise before leaving the ship. I realize that every once in a while a cruise may not meet expectations, and system failures cannot be avoided or anticipated. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Carnival Splendor is a fine ship, a little dated, but overall nothing wrong with it. We had a balcony cabin and is was your standard Carnival cabin. Plenty of room for two, bed was fine and bathroom was sufficient, Balcony was nice. Our ... Read More
Carnival Splendor is a fine ship, a little dated, but overall nothing wrong with it. We had a balcony cabin and is was your standard Carnival cabin. Plenty of room for two, bed was fine and bathroom was sufficient, Balcony was nice. Our cabin steward Putu did a great job every day. Food in MDR was very good as well as from the grill and pizza place. Buffet on the Lido was pretty below par, and we did not eat there much. Tried room service a few nights and it was hit and miss. My biggest complaint would be the difficulty getting a drink at any of the bars, I got the feeling if you weren't a regular at their bar, meaning you sit there every day and drink all day long, you were ignored and it took up to 15 minutes to get a drink at most times. We had FTTF so embarkation was fast, from curb to cabin in 20 minutes. Debarkation was quick as well. FTTF is worth the $90. Cabo San Lucas was great, and as we had FTTF we were off the boat on the first tender. Cabo is a great town, with good shops, food, and drink. I have been to Cabo several times and never disappoints. I did not care for Puerto Viallerta, and will not return. The resort we went to was very nice, but beach and water was not very impressive. I don't know if i would do this cruise again, as i would rather just stay in Cabo for several days, Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
My plan on this cruise was to be either drunk or hungover the entire time and to have my wife babysit me. My experience did not disappoint! Seriously though (and I was being serious by the way!) this is a party boat with all kinds of ... Read More
My plan on this cruise was to be either drunk or hungover the entire time and to have my wife babysit me. My experience did not disappoint! Seriously though (and I was being serious by the way!) this is a party boat with all kinds of interesting people so if drinking, tattoos, pink hair, or piercings offend you, don't bother. If you're open minded and looking to have a good time for not a lot of money, this cruise is not bad. Food - I thought it was fine but my wife thought it was terrible. We did breakfast at the buffet every day and it was a solid mix of classic American breakfast foods (it's hard to mess up bacon and sausage!). The burger and burrito spots were also pretty good for lunch. The main dining room was alright but honestly, they should stick to more basic foods. They try to do delicacies like escargot and alligator but did a pretty poor job with those. The fried shrimp was good though! And why even bother having a formal elegant dress night when half the people on the boat probably don't own a suit? Not judging here but just seemed silly. This is a trashy booze cruise (not that there's anything wrong with that!), so why bother trying to make it elegant? Drinks - cocktails were pretty good and reasonably strong overall. A bit overpriced but not too bad for a cruise ship. Do the math on the unlimited drinks package beforehand and see if it makes sense for you and your party! Service was good at the bars around the boat. Amenities- Waterslides were pretty fun for people of all ages, mini golf course could use updating but was alright. Fun to have other games on board as well. The main pool is kind of small and gets crowded during the day with lots of drunk people and little kids (interesting mix!). The 21+ "Serenity" area was ok but too small. Two hot tubs were nice but an adults only pool would have been good. Shows - we went to the "Divas" show and walked out after 20 minutes. It was awful. Didn't try any shows after that. There was a lot of pleasant live music around the boat throughout the day though. Much more talented than the folks in the Divas production! The acoustic guitar player in the main atrium was particularly good. Ports of Call- Catalina is a cute little island but there isn't much to do. There are some quaint shops and eating/drinking spots. You can arrange watersports and activities through the boat or better yet, go to one of the many vendors yourself for a better deal. The beach area near the pier was tiny and overcrowded. No thanks! Ensenada- This was the highlight of our trip. The ATV/Wine Country tour was excellent and highly recommended. The tourist area in the town was cool too. Be sure to check out Hussongs bar for a neat atmosphere, great live music, friendly bartenders, and reasonable prices. And do haggle with the local merchants on the street! Stateroom - Spacious enough and nice porthole view. Our room steward was fantastic. Thanks Erwin! Wifi- Paid 70 dollars for TERRIBLE wifi. I couldn't even get gmail for an entire day. Wifi is never good on cruises but this was PATHETIC. I'd have asked for a refund for my last day's wifi had a I been sober. Misc. - There's a long wait to get off the boat at Catalina and a monstrosity of a line to get through customs after the cruise. Kind of annoying but not a huge problem. Staff were good overall but some were very poorly trained. A guy at the buffet literally picked up my wife's purse, commenting on the style and saying he liked it. She didn't appreciate having a random guy grab her bag, play with it, and make comments about it. People also trying to take your picture EVERYWHERE. I mean they just stick cameras in your face multiple times a day. And then you have to dig through everyone's photos if you actually wanna buy them. BAD SYSTEM and VERY ANNOYING! TLDR - it's a cheap booze cruise that's a solid value. There are lots of trashy people and kids. If you have 5 or more tattoos and are an alcoholic, you'll fit in with the crowd. The food is decent and plentiful but not gourmet at all (and the attempts at gourmet food are SAD.) Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
I was really looking forward to this cruise as I had never been on Carnival. I had heard stories and read reviews but thought people were exaggerating. I should have listened and never booked the cruise. Embarkation was speedy and cabin ... Read More
I was really looking forward to this cruise as I had never been on Carnival. I had heard stories and read reviews but thought people were exaggerating. I should have listened and never booked the cruise. Embarkation was speedy and cabin clean. Staff very friendly and always remembered names ... however I really didn’t enjoy the ship, the entertainment, ambience or really the food. Big negative is layout of the ship with being funnelled through the smoky casino to get from the gold pearl dining to the theatre. Other option would be to go down to deck 2 and walk past cabins. I have never before seen a casino take over a whole central area where people transit and there is smoking. This was utterly disgusting and held my breath every time I had to make the transit. To top it off the outside “promenade” deck on deck 3 was not a wrap around deck like other ships was cut off at both ends to cater for restaurants and other public spaces. On the smokers side they were given the benefit of tables and chairs as well as deck chairs, the port side just a few deck chair that get blasted with cold air as people exit to the deck from the foyer. The decor was simply over the top. There was not really anywhere to escape the constant music and announcements other than the half open promendade of deck 3. I felt the ship was very caustraphobic for this reason. There was way too much leading people to the next giveaway, that is what this ship and clientele seem to rely on the hope of a free goodie bag or free excursion. Carnival do well with their lures to attract the crowd. The food in the dining room was ok the buffet not so great very repetitious. The queue for the Mongolian hot pot was always long and not worth the wait. Movies were repeated and didn’t always run as per program. Although there was enough space on the ship to cater for the 3000 odd guests, the layout and ambience really didn’t work for me. Never again would I choose carnival. Told the ship is headed for Sydney in 2019. Not sure how it will be received there. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
A bit of background: My family and I have been taking various cruise ships with this similar itinerary from Los Angeles since the Viking Serenade sailed here (yes, that long ago). We do not get off the ship anymore, experiencing the ship ... Read More
A bit of background: My family and I have been taking various cruise ships with this similar itinerary from Los Angeles since the Viking Serenade sailed here (yes, that long ago). We do not get off the ship anymore, experiencing the ship is what we like to do. We've been on Royal Caribbean, Princess, and Carnival to Mexico, the Caribbean, and Alaska many times. Seasoned cruisers. BLUF: If you are currently booked on this ship, set your expectations **very** low, especially if you are seasoned cruiser. If you are not booked - do not book. Wait until Panorama comes or go on an entirely different line like Princess. Pay the extra money - it is well worth it. Highlights: Embarkation: We had assistance with embarkation/muster because we were traveling with a special needs person. Carnival did well with this. Dining room wait staff: Great and personable. Food was good, not exceptional, but good. No complaints. Zaya and Lena were great. And now, the lowlights: Parking: **NOTE** if you are going to park your car at the dock, the staff may direct you to an offsite structure. They told me to park "at Walmart." There is no Walmart. The next attendant said the structure is on 6th & Pine, but actually, it is past Pine on 6th street. There is NO signage directing you to this structure. No staff. I only found it because I happened to see a tour bus driving to it. Do a park & cruise at a local hotel instead - you'll be glad you did. Cabin: Filthy the moment we stepped on board. Layer of dust on the glasses/tray (I ran my finger through it), hair stuck to the shower wall, dried sauce (I hope it was sauce) on the small nightstand, and spare blankets stored under the bed that smelled like urine. No exaggeration - maybe a baby peed on it. Spoke to the steward, told him we thought the room had been skipped, and then they re-cleaned it. We never did get replacement spare blankets. In addition, no hot water - TWICE. We have never, ever, experienced cold showers on a cruise. First night was formal night! They fixed it while we were at dinner, after we had taken cold showers. Next night, same thing. I was livid to have to call again. It was fixed again. A fruit basket (filled with fruit that you could get from Lido) and a cheap bottle of champagne were sent. It was a gesture, but a small, very cheap gesture. Why not flowers? Why not chocolate strawberries? Something??BTW - my husband went to the spa to shower and said they had cold water too. :-( Ship quality: The ship is literally falling apart. All the mosaic tiles in any outdoor area are falling off the walls/steps. Everywhere. The decor is really harsh on the eye, and very dated. Silver foil wallpaper with pink polka dots and grey zebra-stripes. Seats are worn out in the Lido buffet. Wait staff: With the exception of the dining room service, the rest of the staff all seem tired, bothered, and even argumentative at times. On past cruises, everyone was treated like royalty and staff were personable and fun. Not the case here. It also seemed like the pool and main showroom were extremely short staffed. Not a waiter in sight. Camp Ocean: Our son went every night for two hours after dinner. The staff seemed friendly and energetic. The only drawback was that one staffer used a megaphone to talk to the children, which our son is sensitive to. It wouldn't bother other kids, but it wasn't great for ours. Breakfast in room: Not one order was correct. There was always something missing or cheapened. For example, cereal but no milk. Hot water carafe but only one teabag. They were usually on time, however. Entertainment: Tolerable. No orchestra during live shows. Only single or duo acts with one or two instruments, many with a pre-recorded soundtrack to play along to. They perform on the Promenade deck, not in any lounge. Cheap. Please note that if your cabin is anywhere near the atrium, there will be a full band singing on the 3rd floor and you will hear every note. Likewise for deck 6 fwd cabins, where you can hear both shows - speakers are situated right under the cabins. We did not go to bed until at least 11p every night of the cruise (which wasn't the greatest for our son). Shuttle post-cruise: The bus driver passed the street where he should have turned right for the lot. Instead of turning around, he made a left at the next street and proceeded to get on the 710 freeway. It wasn't until us passengers yelled out asking where he was going that he finally admitted it was his first day on the job and he was lost. Had no idea where he was going. The passengers GPS'd him to lot A. Really poor. We just could not believe our trip was ending on an even lower note. Special needs: On our last cruise with the Miracle, Dario, the Head Purser, gave us excellent personalized service throughout the cruise, even going so far as to call us every single day to see that we were doing alight. He escorted us onto the tenders without tickets. He escorted us off the ship at debarkation. All we got on the Splendor was a general welcome letter from the rep saying we should call if we need something. Disappointing. Summary: We still love cruising, yet this was the most disappointing one we have ever been on. This ship isn't scheduled for dry-dock until 2019 which is staggering, as it's on it's last legs. It should have been scrapped after the major disaster in 2010. Please, if you haven't booked yet, do yourself (and your family) a favor and save up a little more to go on another cruise line or wait until Panorama makes its debut. We will be doing the same. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
Friends and I wanted a cruise that would give us a chance to enjoy each other and be a bit pampered. The Eurodam roundtrip to Mexico from their home town in San Diego was exactly what we wanted. After several excursions on small ships, I ... Read More
Friends and I wanted a cruise that would give us a chance to enjoy each other and be a bit pampered. The Eurodam roundtrip to Mexico from their home town in San Diego was exactly what we wanted. After several excursions on small ships, I was somewhat apprehensive about a large ship so I ordered an electric scooter from Scootaway. I have limitations in walking distances, and the electric scooter was just what I needed on the large cruise ship. I ordered it in advance and found it waiting outside my stateroom when I boarded, and I left the scooter at the gathering spot when I debarked. Our cabin steward put the scooter away and plugged it in to charge in the late evening and brought it back & left it outside our cabin when he came on duty the next morning. The scooter really allowed me to enjoy the ship (and not be wiped out when we mixed up bow and stern and ended up in the wrong end of the ship!) The ship was comfortable and the food was tasty and varied. We were not impressed with the Italian specialty restaurant as it's crammed into an alcove off a busy passage - not relaxing at all. The food is designed as small plates to be shared. There were 3 of us and everything came already divided into two portions. I asked the serving staff if they couldn't alert the chef that there were 3 sharing, but they said that it just was the way it came from the kitchen. And the food was just average. However, our reservation at the Asian specialty restaurant was a complete reverse of the just ok Italian. From the moment of sitting down in a lovely room to the enjoyment of every nuance of the meal, we were delighted. I believe that I can say that was the best part of the whole shipboard experience. We signed up for one excursion in Cabo - that one took us on a boat tour of the bay where we had a chance to see the arch rocks close up and then we boarded a bus to go to the plaza and cathedral with time for lunch at one of the places on the plaza. We then boarded to bus again to go to the quieter Cabo San Lucas to enjoy a drink and heavenly views before finishing up at a glass factory. We had a fantastic tour guide and driver, but the tour involved a little more walking than I expected. I enjoyed the pool most days and learned a few more water exercises from other passengers - and shared a couple of mine. We caught various shows - both in the theater as well as smaller venues. All good but not fantastic. Spent time in the coffee bar and viewing lounge in the bow. Found it a great place to read, play our card games, and play around with the interactive maps - and a bonus of free pieces of very good chocolate.. I found the staff unfailing helpful and pleasant, the stateroom comfortable, the food good, the excursions a bit pricey, and many options for entertainment. All were good but not exceptional (except for the Asian specialty restaurant - that was 5 star!). We had a nice trip, enjoyed each other's company, and felt well taken care of. But, looking back, I think of it as OK - not superb. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
This is a review of our 7-day trip on the Carnival Splendor, sailing to the Mexican Riviera from Long Beach on July 14th, 2018. We booked two cabins designated as Cloud 9 Spa accommodations - One for myself, my wife, and our two boys (ages ... Read More
This is a review of our 7-day trip on the Carnival Splendor, sailing to the Mexican Riviera from Long Beach on July 14th, 2018. We booked two cabins designated as Cloud 9 Spa accommodations - One for myself, my wife, and our two boys (ages two and four) along with a second cabin for my Mother-in-Law and her sister. I’ll break our review down by category. My wife and I primarily choose between Carnival and Princess, so at times I’ll make comparisons between the two: EMBARKATION
Getting to the Long Beach terminal was a bit challenging since they seemed to have rerouted the entry due to road construction, forcing us to travel away from the terminal quite a ways before U-turning back. Good thing we left with plenty of time to spare! Once we got there, the drop off point was chaotic and confusing, without a good sense of where to go once we were out of the car and pushing heavy luggage around. After turning our bags over to a handler, there was still some confusion as to which line to stand in to get into the main building. We were right on time for a 1:30 check-in appointment but it wasn’t clear that we didn’t have to stand in the long line that was queued up (for what we’re not sure). A woman checking our boarding passes even yelled at us for being in the wrong line until she saw we were on-time for our appointment. An unpleasant start. Once inside the building, things went significantly more smoothly. We passed through security and were directed to a table where a smiling Carnival agent checked our papers and took our photos for our accounts. From there we simply had to walk up a series of ramps to get to gangway that led onto the ship - no more lines or waiting! It was the first time we’ve gone on a cruise where we weren’t given our Room Keys/ Cruise Card before boarding. Instead we found our cards waiting in the mail slot outside our room. New to us but very convenient! ROOMS (1102 and 1021)
We loved the upgraded decor of the rooms, which had a decidedly Asian feel with reds, golds, and Chinese-themed artwork. Our room for four was set up with a King bed, sofa bed, and pulldown bunk but we still felt like we had plenty of room to move around and relax. An advertised perk for staying in a cabin designated as a Cloud 9 room were the upgraded amenities. This almost seemed to be at the discretion of your Cabin Steward, however, since after the first day we noticed my mother-in-law’s cabin (one deck below us) had upgraded body wash and body lotion and we did not (we ultimately had to ask out Steward for these). We also noticed on the last day that our Steward’s cleaning cart had small bottles of “linen spray” that neither room was stocked with. This was also the first cruise where we didn’t meet or even see our Steward on the first day. It wasn’t until later in the second day that we actually met him. BALCONY (1102) One great thing about 1102 is that you only have a single balcony neighbor to your left (to the right is a ship vent and the windows for the Spa area). Unfortunately our neighbor had a tendency to sit on their balcony singing to the music they had blaring on their TV. Before we booked 1102, we had heard some some reviewers complain that having a balcony so high and so far towards the front of the ship would make it too windy to really enjoy the outdoors. I have to admit, it did seem a bit more windy than other balconies I’ve had on lower decks, and on one occasion my hat was blown off and into the adjacent balcony. But it was not unbearable and sitting back a little from the edge of the railing reduced the wind greatly. One thing to note is that the deck directly above and behind is the Serenity Spa area where we’d sometime hear voices and turn to see someone looking over the railing at the scenery (and essentially directly into our balcony). It didn’t feel too obtrusive to me but some people may not like being that visible. 
SPA
We’re not big Spa people but thought we’d give it a try. We took a tour on the first day and liked the look and feel of the area and the friendliness of the staff. Staying on Deck 11 also makes it incredibly easy it was to access the Spa - just walk out of your room, turn the corner, and you’re there! This made late-night visits (before the 10 PM closing time) a breeze. My wife, mother-in-law, and her sister signed up for the hot stone massage and were generally happy. My mother-in-law and her sister also had acupuncture sessions but were disappointed and thought it wasn’t worth the money. Personally I really enjoyed the Aroma Steam Bath and Oriental Steam Bath. The Oriental Steam Bath gets up to 115 degrees, making it uncomfortable to sit on the tile chairs (grab a towel to sit on) and even to walk through the space at full steam, so people more sensitive to heat can’t hang there for long. Personally I loved it. 
The Spa and Spa staff were great overall but the front desk staff either lost or accidentally gave away my room key to the wrong person on the last night of the cruise (you turn in your room key for a swipe card pass each time you visit). They were very apologetic and helpful in getting me a new key quickly but it was still a source of stress and time wasted on our last day. It also caused me to jump through hoops to get unused arcade credits applied to the new card - nearly another hour wasted waiting in lines and for the computer to reload my unused credit balance, only to discover that the credits never loaded and so the manager had to physically open up the prize machine so that I could redeem the arcade points for my sons. 

VIDEO ARCADE The Video Arcade was made up of classic games like skee-ball, basketball, air hockey, ring toss games, and claw machines along with some great multiplayer machines like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, DC Comics Injustice (which rewards players with a collectible card for each play), and a giant LED Space Invaders game. We also played a coin pusher game that rewarded you with plastic super hero cards but there was no explanation for what to do with them (we later learned they could be scanned in for extra tickets). Our two boys loved this area and we visited it almost daily. Playing with your Cruise Card makes it easy but watch out for the charges since they can build up. Keep an eye out for the “Power Hour” notifications in the daily “Fun Times” paper - all games are half off during that time but it can be a little more crowded. Finding that posting in the Fun Times is the tricky part (I wish Carnival’s daily paper was more like the “Princess Patter” which seems way more personal and useful). Speaking of crowded, the layout of this room really needs some rethinking. You earn virtual tickets as you play most games and then use an automated prize vending machine to turn those tickets in for various toys and chotskies. This vending machine is located near the entry, inside a narrow corridor lined with other machines. Quite often you’d have multiple people crowded around the vending machine while others tried to squeeze by. 

WATER SLIDE/ SPLASH PARK My 4-year-old son loved the water slide and rode it over-and-over (minimum height is 42”). We never went during peak times so there was rarely a line and most times he was able to ride it repeatedly with no waiting. The Splash Park was great, featuring a mix of water fountains, bubblers, and small slides. Be careful walking past the tunnel slide since kids were shooting out of it fast enough to smack into a padded wall assembled along the railing (I witnessed a few kids get knocked over by a unexpected slider). Sometimes there was a crew member on-duty making sure kids stayed clear of this area but not all the time. Important tip: Make sure you take advantage of the Splash Park on port days. For starters, it’s a great way to cool off after a hot day of excursions in 100 degree Mexico heat, but the more important reason is that on sea days the wind that whips through the Splash Park makes it much harder to enjoy. My kids were cold after a few minutes and tired of the splashing water blowing in their faces, so we had to cut our time short on sea days. CASINO
My wife is the gambler of the family so she spent way more time on the slot machines here than anyone else in our group. The size of casino and the selection of machines were OK, with more modern selections mixed with some more archaic machines. Even though there were plenty of smokers the air flow was decent and the smoke not much of an issue. Sometime during the second night, my wife had played enough to earn the “free drinks” perk (earn 1500 player points and you get free drinks from the wait staff) but she was unsure why none of the waiters were coming her way. Finally she went to the casino desk to ask how the perk works only to be told she should have come earlier to let them know she had hit the point requirement (it’s not automatic). She was then given a new card to attach to her lanyard. Overall the process wasn’t very clear. STAFF The staff in general was good with some standouts, but there also seemed to be a fair amount of trainees on this ship. In one instance, on the last night of the cruise, a bartender in the Dive-In Movie area on the Lido deck blatantly and completely ignored passengers standing in line for popcorn until finally another passing bartender noticed us and said that they were out of popcorn boxes (we had no idea, even though the original bartender passed us by several times, saw one guy holding an empty box and said, “Popcorn? Give me your box,” in a rude manner). This bartender really made a poor impression on all Carnival staff - we shouldn’t have to be confronted by someone who made us feel as if we were an imposition upon his time, especially on a cruise vacation. On a final positive note, the dining room service for table 311 early seating was exceptional and we loved every person who helped take care of our table. TEENS
My wife and I have only sailed on Carnival and Princess and have typically seen more teenagers roaming the halls and common areas on Carnival. This cruise was no exception. To be fair, I have nothing against teenagers (my own kids will be teens someday!) but what I can’t stand are kids that use loud profanity and exhibit unruly behavior in front of my kids and others. I know the parents of these kids are fine turning them loose and hoping for the best, but you’d think the cruise line would make more or an effort to have staff posted in areas like the Video Arcade to discourage bad behavior. On one trip to the arcade, I saw a teenage boy sitting on the air hockey table actually getting his ear pierced by a girl as he screamed, “Stick it in, Beth!” (or whatever her name was). Are you kidding me! Disgusting and totally unacceptable. TV So I know we’re on a cruise and we should be focused on getting the most out of what the ship has to offer, but let’s face it - sometimes you just want to relax in front of the TV. The TV channels on this cruise were really lacking - limited selection and some channels would periodically have no audio whatsoever. Also the premium movie selections (free on Princess) cost money to rent. I'm sorry but I've spent thousands of dollars on this cruise and don't want to deal with additional up-charging. PHOTOS We used to get the all-inclusive photo package but were surprised and disappointed to hear that this was not offered during the cruise and was recently discontinued only months prior. We wanted to purchase more pictures, but after already spending nearly $700 on photos, it was simply too much - and having to throw away photos that were already printed seemed cruel and unnecessary as we were willing to pay the all-inclusive price…NOT pay thousands for all the ones we wanted! Why does it make sense to throw away good photos? KIDS CLUB My 4-year old son has separation anxiety and doesn’t like to be left alone with strangers. On Princess, the kids club staff was happy with me sitting off to the side of the kids area to read a book and give my son peace of mind. I was disappointed to see that the Splendor didn’t allow this and, as a result, we never got to use this feature of the ship. EXCURSIONS
This cruise had three stops: Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán, and Puerto Vallarta. Since we had 2 kids and my in-laws (both in their mid 60s) we booked more easy-going excursions that consisted of bus tours that visited some of the top sites and destinations. All three tours had friendly guides who were knowledgeable about the location, it’s history, and the culture and were happy to share it with us. We never felt pressured or rushed and always returned on-time if not a little early each day. We booked all three through Carnival, choosing to wait until we got on the ship to see what was still available. Next time we’ll do it earlier since a couple of options we would have liked to book were sold out. But still it was good to see we could wait until the last minute and still get the tickets we needed. As a side note, the staff at the Excursions desk were excellent. I showed up early one day to book our tickets and saw the agent handling a guest who had difficulty communicating due to a language barrier. She was getting quite forceful but the Carnival employee handled it with patience. Afterwards I could see it had affected him but he brushed it off with a smile and helped me with my bookings in a very professional and personal way. Much appreciated! FOOD
The buffet was never that great. We mainly went in the morning where it was the same selection of continental breakfast options alongside typical eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, French toasts, and omelets made to order. A much better option for breakfast is to go to the main dining room for a sit-down brunch at no extra charge. You have to wait to order and be served but the quality and selection of food is better. For lunch, the Carnival pizza is tough to beat. I was able to try the BBQ restaurant on one occasion (it’s only open for lunch). The BBQ was OK but I would have liked to try it again. Dinner was always great with a menu of American cuisine combined with a rotating selection of local options. We tended to order for the whole table (there were six of us), sharing our appetizers, entrees, and deserts between us. We never ordered any food we considered bad but occasionally we would get an entree that was a little bland or just OK. We could always rely on the melting chocolate cake to end the meal on a good note. IN THE END It was a positive experience for all of us and we’re planning to go on another Carnival cruise in October (thanks to a slot machine tournament that won us a free cabin!). Some of the negatives mentioned above has us thinking of trying Princess again or another line entirely. We’ll see how this next one goes! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We just got back from our first cruise on with Carnival on board the Carnival Splendor leaving out of Long Beach CA & traveling the Mexican Rivera - I found the experience to be in line with expectations but nothing amazing. We ... Read More
We just got back from our first cruise on with Carnival on board the Carnival Splendor leaving out of Long Beach CA & traveling the Mexican Rivera - I found the experience to be in line with expectations but nothing amazing. We had previously only cruised with Norwegian on their Gem class ships & found that while the Splendor technically had everything we needed - it didn't wow us or really have anything outstanding. The Splendor seemed to be missing out a few key things for us; public spaces (a lot of the public area on the Splendor is near the Casino & smells of smoke), dining options (felt very limited & that we were pushed to the buffet, which we avoid at all costs), & the Spa experience (the layout on this ship makes it less than ideal - not very relaxing, multiple disconnected rooms, & noisy). The ports on this cruise seemed like good options initially, but once in port I found that I didn't actually enjoy them much. Cabo is not my scene at all, the trip & time at Medano Beach was not relaxing - way too many vendors attempting to sell things. Mazatlan didn't look appealing based upon where we docked, so we stayed on ship that day & did spa treatment. In Puerto Vallarta we found the location of the dock in relation to the things we wanted to see less than ideal & once on the beach area encountered the same issue with vendors approaching us during a meal. I'm sure that many people enjoy these ports (as evidenced by younger members of our party) but they just aren't for me. So what did I like? Since everything above seems mostly blah. The entertainers on board were great. The style of shows (basically a musical mashup) was well put together & performed. They managed to keep the attention of a wide age range & made some of my less favorite songs enjoyable. The Fun Staff were very nice & approachable throughout the week. They made us feel welcomed & engaged during trivia, events, etc. They really work hard to keep you entertained during those sea days. The Staff overall was very nice & warm. The bar-tenders get to know you and your preferred drink within 1-2 days. The dining staff address you by name & know what types of dishes you might like, how you want your baked potato, etc. The Embarkation & Disembarkation process is VERY smooth at the long beach terminal. In comparison to the way that we checked in/boarded in Seattle & New York this was much quicker & focused on less waiting around. All in all it was an ok experience - nothing outstanding happened (other than discovering that the Mexican Rivera might not be for me) BUT it fit into our schedule & allowed us to spend time with same family who were also on board. I'm in no rush to take another Carnival cruise, but wouldn't discourage others from going on board as long as they have realistic expectations. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
I've always been interested in going on a cruise and had a chance to go on Carnival out of Long Beach to Catalina and Ensenada. Good parts -- The room steward was very friendly and helpful. He quickly learned our names and ... Read More
I've always been interested in going on a cruise and had a chance to go on Carnival out of Long Beach to Catalina and Ensenada. Good parts -- The room steward was very friendly and helpful. He quickly learned our names and was readily available. Dinners were great -- all the food was excellent; great selection of sides, main dishes and desserts. Service was usually very good. Not so good -- Some of the public parts of the ship needed more frequent cleaning, including bathrooms. From the moment we boarded they were trying to sell us stuff -- ALL THE TIME. Bottled water was provided -- for more than $3 a bottle (big bottles). Most areas were crowded all the time. We were told rooms would be ready at 1:30. Ours was not and the cleaning staff didn't seem to care. They did, however, tell us it would be ready at 2:00 and it was. Debarkation information was not clear. Debarkation itself was fine. But we couldn't understand the description they had given us. Finally we just started making our way to the exit and got off without any delays. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
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
5 Helpful Votes
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
Sail Date: June 2018
We were on Carnival Splendor out of Los Angeles/Long Beach port going on the 7 day Mexican Riviera with 2 days in Cabo & 1 day in Puerto Vallarta. Our sail month was June 2018. We have been on 7 other cruises on Carnival 5 of them out ... Read More
We were on Carnival Splendor out of Los Angeles/Long Beach port going on the 7 day Mexican Riviera with 2 days in Cabo & 1 day in Puerto Vallarta. Our sail month was June 2018. We have been on 7 other cruises on Carnival 5 of them out of this same port. Embarkation from this time was WONDERFUL. They change the terminal & the way boarding is done, it was a breeze GOOD job Carnival! We were in room 6483, 8A Balcony, this was one of the larger balconies located in the back of the ship next to the "wrap-around" balcony (the Wrap-around will be our next cruise). We have been in the mid balcony & the AFT balcony, this one so far is more private. We however did here loud noises when we pushed off as well as arriving to a port. I'm not sure if it was the anchor or what. Just FYI if you get this room you will hear this loud rumble noise. We however did not reach EITHER of our ports due to Hurricane BUD. We ended up in San Diego & Ensinada. Carnival did everything they could keeping us updated on the weather & attempting to port in Cabo but Mother nature had other plans. All in all we still had a great time & will be headed out again on another Carnival 7 day in October out of Miami this time! Read Less

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