143 New York (Manhattan) to Bahamas Carnival Splendor Cruise Reviews

We have never been on a cruise before as I thought we would be bored, I was so wrong. We had a wonderful time on the Carnival Splendour. The cabins are spotless and the staff were indeed splendid. The entertainment was good and there ... Read More
We have never been on a cruise before as I thought we would be bored, I was so wrong. We had a wonderful time on the Carnival Splendour. The cabins are spotless and the staff were indeed splendid. The entertainment was good and there was always something to do. However, one very big downside was that the casino allowed smoking and it was horrible - my husband and I enjoyed spending most nights in the casino but the smell and the smoke was nauseating. I would suggest that rather than allow smoking in the casino they have a room alongside for people to pop in and have a cigarette. All shore excursions were excellent. All in all a good time was had by all. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
I've cruised multiple times on Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Norwegian cruise lines. This sailing was my wedding cruise, so I traveled this same ship ten months earlier for the repositioning cruise in order to assess if we wanted to ... Read More
I've cruised multiple times on Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Norwegian cruise lines. This sailing was my wedding cruise, so I traveled this same ship ten months earlier for the repositioning cruise in order to assess if we wanted to advocate for our guests to join us on the post-wedding voyage. Had I not so recently sailed on the exact same ship, I wouldn't have had anything to compare it to and I likely would have rated it much higher. We were a party of 12 close friends and family members sailing following a wedding that had 70 guests. The sailing party spanned three generations. Carnival is obviously very skilled at conducting weddings. Everything they handled was well above my expectations. They expertly processed my wedding guests quickly and got my groom and I onto the ship very fast. They were able to accommodate personalization that I requested for the wedding cake. Our stateroom had a lovely towel swan and flower petals on the bed when we boarded. The social host at our wedding reception went above and beyond trying to find music for our reception when we were having technical issues with the CD's we had burned. He also recognized us and always said hello throughout the cruise, even when we weren't dressed in our wedding finery and I wasn't coated in makeup. Once underway, We and our sailing guests all had different dining times and they were able to coordinate us all for the same dining, reserving us the captain's table every night except the last night, when I heard someone barged in and seated himself at our table, refusing to leave, just minutes before we arrived at dinner. Our alternative wait staff on that final night was just as pleasant as our regular wait staff, although our regular waiter did stop by our table and Our waiter and cabin steward learned our names and I didn't have a bad interaction with any staff members. Having the retractable roof over the pool deck was a huge benefit, since we found ourselves travelling through the remnants of Tropical Storm Erika at the beginning of our cruise and had a full day of rain and overcast skies at the end of our cruise. The splash park for little ones was great for my almost two-year old daughter and my four year old nephew. The activities definitely pick up as the day gets later on the ship. Since I woke up later this sailing than I have in the past, I didn't mind that. We never won any trivia contests, but found ourselves competing in many of them and Carnival found a way to make them fun even when you weren't winning. I usually don't enjoy the shows in the theater on Carnival ships because I find them hokey, forced and boring, but they actually had a very good Motown show that I did like. The main entertainer for that show involved the audience, was funny, personable, and encouraged the audience to sing along. I love Carnival's seaday brunch and 3pm tea. I hope they never eliminate these things. I never understood why other lines close the dining room so early in the morning and force late risers who are trying to enjoy their vacation to eat breakfast in the buffet. Also, since breakfast is later and there is always so much food on any cruise, I enjoy skipping lunch and then taking tea in the afternoon as an alternative to hold me over until dinner. The other lines I've sailed don't offer tea and everyone in my sailing party looked forward to tea each sea day. It really makes Carnival stand out. However, service during tea always felt extremely rushed - with servers actually trying to take our plates away one day before we had even had food. I appreciate fast service, but speed shouldn't come at the expense of courtesy. The servers should work on coordination so that tables don't get skipped, because I heard other cruisers complaining about being skipped for various offerings as well. Also, while I'm not a fan of the buffet, at least Carnival prepares many dishes to specification. I did enjoy their personalized burritos and mongolian wok and had freshly prepared burgers, sandwiches and pizza occasionally throughout the cruise and was never disappointed. I also enjoy Carnival's desserts more than the desserts on Norwegian and Royal Caribbean. I feel that there is too much emphasis on gelatin-based desserts on the other lines, and that isn't something that I enjoy. I didn't select this voyage for it's itinerary. We stopped at Port Canaveral, Nassau and Freeport. Except for paying for a shuttle when in Florida, we didn't book any ship excursions. I always find them to be overpriced - especially considering we stopped at such common ports. We went to Cocoa Beach in Florida and walked around briefly in Nassau (everyone in our party has visited these ports many times). Since our party was so large and it was hard to get everyone on the same page regarding excursions, we stayed close to the boat in Freeport. Not many ships stop here, so I hope to have the opportunity to re-visit this port on a future cruise and see what the island has to offer. I spent several days here on vacation 15 years ago, but I would like to see how it has changed. I found myself wishing that the tropical storm would force us to alter our itinerary, but that didn't happen. We booked the premium vista balcony cabin. Because we were travelling with such a large group and always seemed to have people in our room, it was very nice to have the extra balcony space and the views were phenomenal. All that being said, there were things that I felt were missing on this cruise. They didn't display all of the towel animals on the lido deck like they had ten months prior. They also didn't have the bathrobe party on the lido deck. I can understand why they would eliminate those things - I'm sure they made tons of extra laundry, but they added to the fun and uniqueness that I like about Carnival. I also don't love that the chocolate buffet is displayed on the lido deck, but at least they still have a chocolate buffet. They also feature a midnight Mexican buffet during one night of the trip. I visited to take pictures, but refrained from eating since eating that late would have ruined my stomach for the rest of the trip. It also would have been great if they had arranged for a couple meet & mingles for young adults. My 20 year old son traveled with us and didn't have as much fun as past cruises since he wasn't able to figure out who on the sailing was in his age group. Finally, I live locally so always wait to disembark until the very end. I did so this time and was off the boat by 10:15 and didn't have to hunt for my luggage or wait on customs lines. I suggest anyone who can wait should always do so, since it allows you to enjoy the ship longer and eliminates the stress of waiting on long lines, which can be so much worse when you have small children. In Summary, I still have a special place in my heart for Carnival and the things that make them unique from the other lines. I hope they don't lose all of those special touches over time, otherwise they eliminate my reason for sailing on them. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
A small group of five was extremely disappointed with Carnival. The adage that you get what you pay for seems to be correct in our experience. We have traveled with RC, HA, and our favorite Norwegian. This cruise was our eighth. For ... Read More
A small group of five was extremely disappointed with Carnival. The adage that you get what you pay for seems to be correct in our experience. We have traveled with RC, HA, and our favorite Norwegian. This cruise was our eighth. For ease of review I will differentiate our concerns: 1- Infection control. No encouragement with the hand sanitizers. Especially as you enter the buffet area. Several dispensers were empty. 2- Food quality very poor. 3- Disorganization of crowd control: entering dining area, photo stations at least 10 on one deck level (casino), lobby held an activity which could not accommodate participants. 4- Disorganization of registration embarkation at Pier. 5- Lack of activities. 6- Unruly children. 7- One specialty restaurant. Décor was poor. 8- Smoking areas limited. 9- Movies repetitive. 10- Evening entertainment was terrible. The cruise staff could not hold a note (stay in the shower) and the dancers looked as if they had lead weights on. They specialty entertainer a Marcus Anthony was very good but performed only one night. 11- Comedy show. PG version terrible. Of the four three were alright. 12- Buffet food was always cold. I realize that my expectations on Carnival are based on my previous experience and too many subjective. I will write that my stateroom was the largest of any line and the staff was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Hi! I just came back from this 9 day 8 night Bahamas cruise!! I had a fantabulouos time on the splendid splendor!! I enjoyed the 4 sea days and the 24 hour pizza station. At night, when the big screen movie is on, (Lido) you can get FREE ... Read More
Hi! I just came back from this 9 day 8 night Bahamas cruise!! I had a fantabulouos time on the splendid splendor!! I enjoyed the 4 sea days and the 24 hour pizza station. At night, when the big screen movie is on, (Lido) you can get FREE popcorn!! Isn't that great or what?! Bahamas was awesome as I joined the tour which was only $30/person (very cheap)! I do have a suggestion for you if you go join the splendid splendor- If you like taking pictures with the captain, go to the senior officers pictures as the captain might be there. How do I know? I learned it the hard way. I mean I'm just sayin, the captain might not be there but it's worth a try. I really love the way the insider cabin is designed. You might ask why... well it's because it is cheap and you can fall asleep fast because you don't know what time it is. There is no light from outside the ship. I am a very picky sleeper (it has to be DARK for me to sleep quickly.) The dining room located on deck 3 & 4 (depends on if you selected your time or timed dining) is very cool!! I really like the headwaiter Nyoman. Just so you know, on the tags it may say I and the persons name. The I just means me. So like I Nyoman means I am Nyoman. On deck 7, there is a steward named Arisara. She is super nice because she always greets you and remembers your name. For example, when you see her in the morning she says "Good Morning Marcus!! Good morning Jack!!" something like that. She is always smiling!! Now, to the buffet. The variety of food is not much but the taste is excellent! The hallways and the elevators are designed really nicely. The theater is beautiful!! It is huge and can be located on deck 3, 4 and 5! Summary: I had a great time and if you ever go, you will see what I mean!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
This trip was so relaxing. I traveled with my boyfriend. We started the trip by using Faster to Fun. This allowed us to embark as soon as we got to the pier at 11:00 am and to get into our cabin immediately. This was nice because we had ... Read More
This trip was so relaxing. I traveled with my boyfriend. We started the trip by using Faster to Fun. This allowed us to embark as soon as we got to the pier at 11:00 am and to get into our cabin immediately. This was nice because we had brought the two bottles of wine that we were allowed to bring. It is always a pain carrying heavy items around as you wait to get into the cabin. We stayed in a spa balcony cabin on deck 11 near the spa. The room had a king bed, a couch and a pull down bed that we did not use as there were only the two of us. We stayed on the starboard side so that we could see the Statue of Liberty as we left the port from our balcony. We ordered water ahead of time and it was delivered to our cabin shortly after we arrived. We asked the cabin steward to make room in the mini bar for it. She cleared out the refrigerator and we put our water in there. We took that water off the ship with us when we went to ports. The cabin stewards were exceptional. We had towel animals every night and the room was very clean. After we got into our cabin, we went to the buffet for lunch. The first day is a good day to try the wok and burrito bar as the lines are small as people are just settling in. Both the wok and burrito bar were delicious. The first night we ate at the steakhouse. We chose this night because you got a free bottle of wine. If you chose a wine that was not one of the free ones, you got it at 50% off. We chose this option as we only drink sweet wine. We both ate the cowboy steaks. They were very good but huge. I could not finish mine. We typically ate in the dining room. We only did the buffet occasionally. We did lunch there the day of the chocolate buffet. The choolate covered fruit and donuts were really good. I loved the rotisserie and the deli on deck 10. There is also a quiet area in the Tandoor restaurant where you can eat inside. I would highly recommend doing the seaday brunch. The porkchop and cheddar grits were outstanding. The steak and eggs were very good The nice thing about the brunch is that they will seat you together as a couple. The dinners in the main dining room are good. The lobster was tasty. They always serve this on the second night. I got the steak and asked for a side of lobster so that I could have surf and turf. Our waiters were great. They knew our names and drink orders and even our bread choices by the second night. I recommend all of the cold fruit soups, the warm chocolate melting cake and the pasta dishes. We loved the comedy nights. There were several comedy shows almost every night. There were R and PG comedians. We really enjoyed the Piano bar with Marty. Make sure you bring some ones to the piano bar. He will play your songs first if you tip him. The martini bar has a great bartender from Serbia, Maria. Ask her about her country, she is very knowledgable and a good storyteller. We did the martini tasting. The drinks were strong and amazing. There were many trivia contests. There is not much down time if you don't want it. However, if you just want to relax, there are several places for a quiet time. There is the rocking chairs on deck 11. There is the serenity area for adults only sunbathing and there is the quiet area of the spa that is open to anyone. There are beds that look out onto the ocean and fruit infused water in this area. We stopped in Port Canaveral and did the shopping and beaches tour. I would not recommend this. You take a bus to a shuttle area where they take you to different shopping or the beach. They call it a hop on hop off shuttle but this is not accurate. When you hop on, they take you to Ron Jons where you have to wait an half an hour to go to the next place. I would recommond that you take a cab and just get where you want to go. In Nassau we took a cab to Breezes all inclusive resort. It was $80 for all you can eat and drink. There were several pools. The beach was beautiful. It included towels, non-motorized water sports and all of the activities. We met some really great people there. They make the drinks very strong. You can get to and from the ship by taking the number 10 bus for $1.25 but if you are like us, you will need to take a cab back as we drank too much. The cab was $15 and it brought us right to the port and was air conditioned. In Freeport, we did the new excursion, My Bahamian House a Select Retreat. They bussed us to a house on a canal in a residential area. There were only 24 of us. The bus on the way there did not have airconditioning. This was unfortunate as they left you waiting on the pier in the heat for a half hour before loading us up. It was a 15 minute ride to the house. When we got there, we were greated by the chef, bartender and hosts. The house in not air conditioned but it was not too hot as they had ceiling fans. Behind the house is a bay with clear water where you can swim, snorkle, kayak and stand up paddle board. There is a beach a block away. One of the hosts will take you to the beach if you want to go. They have rickety camp chairs that you can bring with you to sit at the beach. You will also need to bring your own towel. Behind the house where the bar and water area are, there is about 12 loungers in the shade. As there are 24 people on the excursion, the first 12 to the back of the house put all of their belongings on the loungers and then proceeded to the beach, how rude. One couple kindly gave up the loungers so that we could use them while they were gone. I swam in the canal and had a couple of drinks. The chef was amazing. She provided a conch ceviche that was one of the best things I tasted the whole trip. For lunch she made me coconut rice, a vegetable and chicken kabobs, For dessert there were banana fritters with a vanilla sauce. That meal was great. The staff were very nice. You can not get any drink you want however. They served mainly fruit drinks like bahama mamas and Goombay punch. The drinks were very good. They also had wine and beer. I did a similar excursion in Cozumel and thought it was much better. One of the main reasons was the length of the excursion which was 3 and a half hours which is short for the cost. The Mexico one was twice as long. The other issue was that it was not on the beach and there was not enough confortable seating for everyone. However, there are no crowds on this excursion and the food and drinks are good. I can't say enough about the spa. It had a thalossotherapy pool. Not too hot, not too cold, just right. It had jets that worked on every sore spot on your body. After the pool, you can head to the steam rooms. There is a cold steam room, a dry hot room with heated ergonomic benches that feel great on your back, a menthol steam room that clears you sinuses and another wet steam room. In additon, there are rain showers that you can use in between steams. THe spa is never crowded and it is very relaxing. I loved it. Debarkation day would have been stress free except for Carnival's new policy of having to pick up your liquor at a bar in the morning instead of it being left in your stateroom as had been done previously. You wait in at least a half hour long line listening to people whine and complain. It was very stressful. We had breakfast and were one of the first people off the ship with Faster to Fun. We tipped a porter to help us with our bags. They got us through customs quickly and hailed us a cab. In all, I loved this trip. I probably will never be able to go back to a non-spa cabin but that's alright. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Having traveled with Norwegian, Holland America, and Royal Caribbean I can honestly write of my disappointment with Carnival. My disappointment on several fronts was so strong that I will not take this line again. I will explain: When my ... Read More
Having traveled with Norwegian, Holland America, and Royal Caribbean I can honestly write of my disappointment with Carnival. My disappointment on several fronts was so strong that I will not take this line again. I will explain: When my small group of five first arrived at the pier to register the excitement and anticipation of our eight days of fun and relaxation was joyful. This is where the first disappointment began. There were three register lines: 1 was for the “VIP” group which either paid extra of due to customer loyalty was able to “jump the line. The second was for the wheelchair handicapped. This was the start of our frustration and others on line. While there were three lines all passengers’ had to wait for one of their 15 clerks to open a window. Our line began to fill quickly. The wheelchair handicapped line as well. Rather than alternate regular passengers with the handicapped, the facilitators let only the handicapped to proceed. Twenty five were allowed through by the time I reached my assigned registrar. I complained to no avail. The organization of registration was poorly run. Once we reached our respective cabins I will write that we were all very surprised and delighted at the size of it. Of the lines that I we have sailed on this cabin was by far superior. Even the commode area, washbasin and shower were a delight. The service staff was exceptional. Stewards responsible for the cabin upkeep were friendly, and accommodating. Even through the gratuity was automatically added to the invoice I gave an extra amount upon leaving the ship. This was also our feeling of the wait staff. We chose the free style dinning. Eat when we wanted to eat and not rely on the early or late structured time frame. Our waiter and his two assistants were so thoughtful that we decided to go each night when the restaurant opened to ensure that we received the same table and therefore the same wait staff. We also gave extra on our last evening meal. The meals themselves were not to our standards. They were plentiful but the quality was not acceptable. I realize that this may be a subjective viewpoint but compared to the other lines there was no comparison. The best meal by far was served at their only specialty restaurant which offered steak. The evening stage show was terrible. The two cruise singers could not sing, the dancers were out of step and looked like they just rehearsed. There was one headliner singer: Marcs Anthony. He was very talented. The comedy club had four comics during the cruise. They offered PG and adult shows. Each PG show was pretty bad. The cruise had a tremendous amount of unruly children. They were loud in the restaurant, running in the hallways, yelling in the hallways, and unconcerned with others in the family pool area. There are several pools: two adult, four whirlpools, slide, and general pool. The activities were limited. I believe, based on my experience of eight cruises, unusual for a cruise line. They offered several rounds of trivia. However, the location was in the lobby with limited seating. Why not in an unused portion of the ship in one of their unoccupied club areas? The movies offered were geared towards the children. Many nights only one movie was available with repeats during the cruise. At first my group thought that we were being too critical. Not until we spoke to three other passengers’ who shared that same opinion. In fact one passenger told us that their cabin, which was shared by her family of four, had NO AC for three nights! They were not given another cabin but took half off their price. Unbelievable! Of the cruise lines, Carnival is the least expensive. I guess the adage of “you get what you pay for” is accurate. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
My family been on a number of Carnival cruises. My wife been on this boat before, but this is my first time on Spender. The whole family when this time. The Cruise was book solid. -The cabin was good, beds were nice, shower need to be ... Read More
My family been on a number of Carnival cruises. My wife been on this boat before, but this is my first time on Spender. The whole family when this time. The Cruise was book solid. -The cabin was good, beds were nice, shower need to be better. I hate that fact they took away my electric cord I needed to charge my devices. Got it back at end of cruise. Otherwise the maid and room service was excellent and did their job great. -Other then the Casino and Spa and dining, everything else lack my interest. -I can't stand smoke, the Casino was a smoke stack and after short time I was coughing away at the bad air in there. That took the joy out of the casino. But I did come out a winner. -The Gym was excellent but with so many people on the boat and in the morning you could not find machine and too crowed. The Spa which I took the Pool and Stream rooms were not worth the value. Small pool for few people. -Can't stand the overpriced art by Park West Gallery waste of money. Since I work in the field. -The prime steak house was excellent and worth every penny. The Dining room was confusing to get to and long lines and poor overwork staff did an excellent job. Food choose was good and did not get a bad meal. Buffet what could I say for any cruise it was Grand Central. Have to be careful what you pick up. If it cook or not or overcooked. Ice cream machine was nice. -Shore excursion are a roll of the dice. Bahamas Grand Turk unless you go out when the boat dock you not going to get a seat anywhere. The shops are nice. But unless you do a Shore excursion or get drunk at Margaritaville, the beach was fine, water full or rocks and fish. Half Moon was a almost bad but by daughter did the kayaking and the guide did not do a good job and we complained. My wife also seriously hurt herself. We rented a cabana if you do get the once #5 thru 9 that put you near the bar and buffet area and restroom. My wife did not see the first step and did a 360 flip onto the stairs. The Medical staff came and later she when down to the medical for Xray and check up. Nothing was broken but she still in pain after that fall. The ship pick up the medical cost except for the beach call. That was nice of the ship staff and could been a trip ending thing. Nassau is Nassau been there so many times. Town is overcrowded and you better not for one minute let your guard down. The shore excursions are a better choose Atlantic is great for the kids. The Crystal and Atlantic Casino are world class. Shopping going to cost you, but if you know how to make deals you will get a good buy. Watch you don't get scam there. There a con on every street corner. -Activities on ship. there trivial, Bingo, talks, meetings, dancing and music and drinking. Typical on all cruise. Entertainment non existing moistly shows were by staff. Comedy is OK. Stuff for the kids. Forget the pool unless you want to fall over someone or get jump on. That typically of all cruises. But a lot room to sun yourself somewhere. -We had not problems with any of the staff. They were present and asking you if you need any help. But again expect them to pause at sit down dinning. -Disembarkation unless you like me roll your bags off. The porters do a good job on your bags to the dock. I would get off as soon as I could. I was out and through custom within 15-20 minutes getting off the boat and after picking up my car at the dock home within 30 minutes. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
About us- We have cruised Splendor a couple times before. We love it because its a no-fly cruise for us. So, it was my daughter and I on this cruise. We live in the NY area so we took a bus/taxi into port. Easy as pie Embark- We boarded ... Read More
About us- We have cruised Splendor a couple times before. We love it because its a no-fly cruise for us. So, it was my daughter and I on this cruise. We live in the NY area so we took a bus/taxi into port. Easy as pie Embark- We boarded the ship around 230pm and there was no line. In 20 minutes we were on the ship. Dining- We had early dine at the Gold Pearl at 6pm and ate dinner there every night. The waiters were Ricante and Ricardo. Outstanding service there each night. The food was good and we had something different every night. We mostly ate on Lido for breakfast/lunch. Was not extremely crowded. Entertainment- We did go to all the shows except the Legends show at the end. The shows were good. Not Broadway quality but good. The comedy club was also fun. We enjoy the live music in the casino area. Excursions- None, we did not book any Pools- All pools were open and we pretty much stayed at the AFT pool since theres no kids allowed. Nice and quiet! Ports- First port was Grand Turk and it was fine there. We just stay at Margaritaville all day, swim and have some drinks. Next up, Half moon Cay. Was a hot day but we did enjoy the water and the buffet was wonderful. It is a tender port but it went quite smoothly. Lastly was Nassau. We went into town, stopped for a couple beers/WIFI at Casablanca. Then stopped at a couple jewelry store to pick up a necklace. Then we headed back to the ship and started heading back to NYC Debark- We had #2 zone tags but elected to do self assist. It went pretty smooth. We were off the ship in 15/20 mins. Headed out to the curb area and waited for the car. Summary- We loved Splendor and love cruising out of NYC. The 4 sea days are relaxing and enjoyable. Looking forward to the next one! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Hello. I hope you enjoy this admittedly long-winded review. A little background first. I am a 58 year old man and this was my 6th cruise (3 with Carnival, 1 each with Princess, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian). I shared a cabin with my 29 ... Read More
Hello. I hope you enjoy this admittedly long-winded review. A little background first. I am a 58 year old man and this was my 6th cruise (3 with Carnival, 1 each with Princess, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian). I shared a cabin with my 29 year old son (his 3rd cruise) and we traveled with a group that included 2 single women (25 year old and 32 year old), a single 32 year old man, a family that included husband and wife with their 8 year old son, and a family that included a husband and wife and their 7 year old and 10 year old sons .For the 4 parents and the 32 year old woman this was their 2nd cruise, the 1st cruise for the 25 year old woman, the 32 year old man, and all 3 kids. None of us had traveled together before (except for my son and I) A pretty varied and eclectic group of 12. We picked this cruise primarily because we wanted to leave from New York (we are from Long Island) and we needed to go this time of year because of the kids. The other main consideration was the length of the cruise (we also considered a shorter Bermuda cruise out of New Jersey). This cruise featured 2 sea days (not counting the sailing day), 3 ports in 3 days, and 2 more sea days. Now to the actual review: The Embarkation: Went very smoothly and efficiently. We arrived at the port around noon and we all were checked in and on the ship within a half hour. The Ship: The first thing that you notice is that its BIG! This is Carnival's 2nd largest ship (behind the Dream). The other thing you notice is the VERY PINK decor inside (some even nicknamed it "The Pink Ship"). Don't be nervous, however, after a day or so you'll get around fine. Although the ship has been on the water since 2008, it is in good condition as I saw no issues regarding wear and tear and/or maintenance issues (no bare spots on carpeting, etc.). It has 2 pools for everyone, and an adult's only pool aft ( I actually observed a crew member shooing some kids out of it, so the "adults only" is followed as best as it can be expected). Although I didn't go into it, I think the spa also has a pool. There are ample public spaces ( lounges, bars, dance club, comedy club, piano bar, showroom, etc.) as well as 2 dining rooms, recreation areas (ping pong, etc.), casino, a waterslide, an arcade, and for the kids, a small spray park and kid's only supervised spaces (as part of the age-appropriate kids clubs). I do have issues with smoking aboard ship. I know it is limited to specified smoking areas on deck, the casino, the dance club, and the cigar bar (" the Cool" ). I wish it was only limited to outside specified area and cigar bar ("The Cool"). The fog of smoke in the dance club and casino was disgusting...causing me to avoid the casino the entire trip. The Food: You are on a cruise ship. You will be fed...continuously. That being said, some of the venues are better than others. I will mention those that our group tried. First of all, dinners in the dining room were EXCELLENT (actually better than I expected). On each night you had a menu that featured a page titled, "everyday" that stayed the same every night of the trip. This was for those who couldn't find something preferable on the "today's" side of the menu which changed daily. Between the 2 sections, there were like 3-4 appetizers, 2-3 soups, 2-3 salads, 8-10 entrees, and 6-8 desserts. Not that I nor everybody in our group liked everything we tried (due to our own tastes), we found most items were terrific (tasty, well prepared and presented, fresh etc.). The kids also had a kid's menu (with the usual kid's type choices), but they could also order off the adult menu. And for those considering a first cruise, you can order as much of and as many things as you want...wanna try something new, go right ahead...if you don't like it, order something else. We did not visit any of the other venues for dinner as this was the only time we knew we would eat as a group together. Breakfast/Brunch consisted of 3 choices: Room service limited ( usual basic items) , buffet on deck, and sit-down in dining room. Dining room was best of the 3. Plenty of usual choices, plus some somewhat unique dishes (Eggs Benedict made with lox, cereal crusted pancakes, etc.)....again fresh, tasty, well prepared. Buffet breakfast is for those in a hurry...not quite as many choices, but still adequate. Not as fresh, keeping food warm problematic. Sometimes long lines. Lunch. The Main Buffet: definitely the most disappointing. Lines tended to be long. Food mediocre. Limited choices/variety day to day. Mongolian Wok: very good...freshly cooked right in front of you (vegetables, meats, etc.). Maybe the best of the "stations", only downside is that line moves slow due to made-to-order cooking. Deli: pretty good (reubens, pastrami, etc.) Tandoor: I never had it (Indian food not my taste) but a member of our group had it several times and was quite pleased with it. Pizza: not New York (not expected anyway), but it really wasn't bad at all Grille: really can't screw up hamburgers, hot dogs, and the like. Rotisserie: didn't try it, but those in our party who did said it was reasonably good. Overall I would rate the food "Good" with the only thing keeping it from being excellent being the main lunch buffet. Cabins: except for my son and I who took an "inside" cabin , everyone else took an "outside" cabin. I found my room to be clean, with everything in good working order. No one in our group expressed any complaints. For those experienced in cruising, these cabins are pretty roomy. For those who are not, you'll get used to it. Activities/Shows/etc.: everything from the silly, to artistic, to trivia, to raunchy and everything in-between. Family friendly shows, adult oriented shows, piano bar singalongs ...this is Carnival. Plenty of activities. Something for everyone. Overall opinion was that the shows, etc. were pretty good. Kid's program: according to the parents in our group who enrolled their kids in the program, they were definitely not happy campers. Maybe too many kids to handle as we were informed that there were over 1,000 kids on this cruise (I don't know how many of those were in the kid's program). Service staff: nothing short of wonderful. Always efficient. Always friendly. Always patient with the kids. Not enough adjectives to describe how good they were...everybody without exception(we wanted to adopt our head waiter Lalu). Ports: Half Moon Cay: soft white sand, crystal clear ocean....utterly beautiful. Our group chipped in and rented a villa (basic cost $500 for first 8 guests, with $50 each for additional over 8..came to $60 per person, with munchies, refreshments, with snorkeling equipment and floating mats all supplied). Read the blurbs on Carnival site for more details of villa ( and all other excursions on all ports) . Included in our stay at the island was a B-B-Q lunch. We ALL agreed it was the best money spent. We truly could have stayed there for the entire cruise and skipped the other ports.There are only 5 of these villas, so don't hesitate. In addition to the beach, there are also excursions. Only 1 family booked excursions- the wife rode a horse in the ocean, husband and kid went kayaking. They said, "it was awesome!" Nassau: Very dependent on tourism. Poor country. Some of us (including my son and I) just walked the city, some booked excursions ( Atlantis, etc.). It was very hot, almost oppressive. A few interesting places to see, a "straw market" to browse (and negotiate prices), some "nicer" shops...would have preferred staying at Half Moon Cay. Those that went on excursions only had issues with pricing (for instance Atlantis was $180 per adult...total cost of excursion for this family of 4 came to over $600 after kids cost and refreshments. Port Canaveral: this was a substitute port as we had to avoid hurricane and could not go to Grand Turk which was part of our original itinerary. Lousy. No area to walk at port, choices of excursions included expensive Universal or Disney Parks after a hour's drive, a beach excursion nearby ("World's Famous Cocoa Beach") or a limited amount of other excursions. 1 family went to Universal, again total cost over $600. 5 of us went to beach. BIG MISTAKE!!! Coarse blowing sand, disgusting dirty beach (butts, bottle caps, who knows what else buried), choppy waves with strong currents. We left after only a HALF HOUR...we simple couldn't stand it. TERRIBLE!!! WE WANNA GO BACK TO HALF MOON CAY! (see a pattern here?) After 2 more sea days, we had to port at New York again and end our vacation. Disembarkation was a pain with 3,000 people to deal with. I guess there isn't much to be done to make it easier. To summarize: We had a great time. Big ship in good condition, Mostly good food (again, avoid the main lunch buffet). Many varied activities and shows, everyone should find things to enjoy. Half Moon Cay a paradise, Nassau only OK, Port Canaveral terrible. Feel free to e-mail me @ baldielox@verizon.net if you have any questions I can answer or if you need any more info. Brian Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Just returned from a cruise to Bahamas on Splendor. Trip Pros were as follows: 1. Great housekeeping 2. Satisfactory food 3. Good entertainment And then there were Cons: 1. Dealers in the casinos who had no idea how to deal. 2. ... Read More
Just returned from a cruise to Bahamas on Splendor. Trip Pros were as follows: 1. Great housekeeping 2. Satisfactory food 3. Good entertainment And then there were Cons: 1. Dealers in the casinos who had no idea how to deal. 2. Casino that dint play fair. (I was gyped (over $1100 due to carelessness and rude attitude of the dealer and then the pit boss.  AVOID if you can and if you cannot, count your chips each time you win or take a reload. 3.. Casino hosts are good in their own way.. (Anna Marie, Katherine and Viktor). 4. Food tends to get stereo typed and tasteless. 5. Check your bill every day since the tendency is to tab you for the drinks that wernt even ordered. 6. Shore excursions are not that hot.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
I have to say that Carnival's customer service is the worst I have experienced anywhere. To sum it all up Customer experience ranks low on their to do list. I've never felt more insignificant when dealing with Carnival's ... Read More
I have to say that Carnival's customer service is the worst I have experienced anywhere. To sum it all up Customer experience ranks low on their to do list. I've never felt more insignificant when dealing with Carnival's customer service team both when I booked my cruise and after I boarded the Carnival Splendor. Which by the way is not so Splendid. If you like mediocre food and entertainment then by all means board this vessel. If you like staff members who are rude and displeased by your presence then this is the cruise for you. I've never felt more uncomfortable in my entire life. Most of the wait staff aboard this ship were not friendly, especially the wait staff. I felt ashamed to ask for milk and not cream, I felt scared to ask for more water or bread. Food was less then what I expected, I could not stomach it after the 5th day. Some dishes were okay, others were just plain unappetizing. Nasty runny fake eggs and rubber sausages for breakfast. The buffet was horrible, mass quantities of tasteless food, covered in germs, followed by poorly washed utensils and cups. The drinking cups were on the side of the beverage machines for everyone to touch, and they smelled horrible. You could take one sniff and guess what was in each cup before you picked it up. Unsanitary! Most of the beverage machines were not working or spewing out unmixed drinks. One of the waiters at the grill was sweating profusely onto the burgers, drop after drop serving sweaty hamburgers to each guest. I stopped one of the staff members by the grill to ask for a manager and he was angry with me, and asked me what did I want a manger for? When I explained why he just told me there wasn't a manger around and he would take care of it, but he did nothing. Finally I asked the waiter to wipe his face before serving me which he did. It was really disgusting. Which brings me to my next point, the waiter sweating on our food was obviously ill but yet he still was allowed to work with food! The majority of the wait staff are over worked, working 15 hour days, no rest. Serving meal after meal, from morning till way after midnight. Which is why most of the staff are disgruntled which trickles down into customer service. Also, there is nothing to do on this ship other than the planned activities, the night clubs, and gambling. We were bored most of the time, if we didn't catch an activity then there would be nothing to do so we would wander the ship. Only a few crew members were nice to us, but I would never travel with Carnival again based on customer service alone, they did not care whether we were happy or not, they were rude and unaccommodating. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
My now-husband and I booked the 8 day Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Splendor because we were getting married onboard the ship on embarkation day. Because we were getting married that afternoon, we got priority check-in, which ... Read More
My now-husband and I booked the 8 day Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Splendor because we were getting married onboard the ship on embarkation day. Because we were getting married that afternoon, we got priority check-in, which was no hassle and a breeze. We splurged on a room with a balcony, which was perfect for keeping the room from seeming too small and claustrophobic and for sitting on with a glass of wine at night while our 17 month old daughter slept - nothing like looking at the starry sky in the middle of the ocean! Unfortunately, because it was hurricane season and a hurricane did form while we were sailing, our scheduled stop in Grand Turk was cancelled, and substituted with a stop in Port Canaveral, Florida. I will never, ever complain that Carnival put the safety of its passengers first, especially with my daughter onboard, and I understand that was the risk we took in sailing during hurricane season, but I really think the cruise line should've made every effort to find another Caribbean port to stop in, or at least stay overnight in one of the 2 ports we went to in the Bahamas - by stopping in Port Canaveral, it turned my Eastern Caribbean cruise into a Florida and Bahamas cruise, and I never even consider booking a Florida and Bahamas cruise because I have no interest in going to Florida, especially not Port Canaveral. So that was hugely disappointing - not so much the rescheduling of a port, but the port we were rescheduled to. If I book a Caribbean cruise, I want to be in the Caribbean! But I will never sail during hurricane season again! The only other complaint I have is that, at least on the cruise we were on, that there were children running wild everywhere. When I would try to sit on the edge of the pool with my daughter, it was impossible, because the kids were jumping on us and splashing everywhere. And they were running on the Lido Deck by the pool and up and down the halls on Deck 5...I'm sure one day that will be my children, but in the future I think I'd like a cruise geared more toward adults only, or if my daughter is with us, something with more young children and toddlers. Also, for as family-friendly as Carnival is, they have very limited babysitting and daycare services for children under 2. Definitely ask them what they offer, because you do have options, which they don't advertise very well, but not many options! The pros? The staff is excellent - housekeeping, bartenders, food service and waiters, everyone is friendly and helpful, which made the cruise more enjoyable. They all knew my daughter by the end of the cruise and would stop to say hi, even if we were just passing in the hall while they weren't even on duty. We did Anytime Dining, which was great with the baby, and the food was usually pretty good - we made a lot of use of the Lido Buffet, too. Room service was so-so, but at least they have it, complimentary, 24 hours. The stops we made in the Bahamas were great - Half Moon Cay was blazing hot, but beautiful and serene, and we also went to Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Nassau. That was a shore excursion we bought through Carnival and the only con was that we didn't have enough time to go to the beach AND explore the aquarium while we were there, or stop for souvenirs on our way back. Instead of leaving at 4 there and 7 from Port Canaveral, I would've liked the extra 3 hours in Nassau. Another pro was the spa - you have to pay extra but it was so relaxing and tranquil and just a great break from the hecticness of all the activities and wild kids. I think the Dive-In Movies is a great idea and am disappointed we didn't get to experience that more...we didn't really do any shows because of the baby, but if you like karaoke, they have that most nights. I also won some money in the casino, and we enjoyed listening to some of the bands and music acts that would perform throughout the ship. Overall, it was a wonderful honeymoon/family vacation. I think maybe next time I'd look for a cruise geared more toward couples/adults, and definitely not sail during hurricane season. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
This was my 10th cruise, 4th with my teens who did Disney, RC and NCL. Having taken one other Carnival cruise in the 90's that I was less than satisfied with, I didn't expect much but felt it would be an economical vacation ... Read More
This was my 10th cruise, 4th with my teens who did Disney, RC and NCL. Having taken one other Carnival cruise in the 90's that I was less than satisfied with, I didn't expect much but felt it would be an economical vacation leaving out of NYC. The reviews I read made me even more skeptical but I was determined to have a great time. I packed bottled water but you really don't need to. Water is readily accessible and it would have been easier to bring a refillable water bottle for each of us. I did bring an electric outlet strip which was very useful since there was only one plug in our room. I missed purchasing the cabana rental on Half Moon Cay but brought my own collapsible sun tent and it was perfect, since I hate sitting in direct sun light. I was very happy with the food and so many choices. The mac and cheese was the best ever. 24 hour pizza was great. I was never bored with the food. I did not eat in the steak restaurant but people that did said it was fantastic. The ship was spotless. The workers were all so pleasant and they have a tough job because passengers can be real slobs. I saw one boy drop a slice of pizza on the carpet and leave it there. He and his mom just walked right into the elevator. Come on people, show some class! The Cruise Director, Eric, was hilarious. The shows were fine...dancers were great, singers pretty good. Comedians were good, too, but enough with the F word. It doesn't make a story funnier. I love the dome over the pool that can be opened and closed depending on the weather. OK, so the ship colors are really awful...pink and black. And I would have loved a morning exercise class (for free), but the gym was good. All in all, I had a great time and will definitely take another Carnival cruise, even as a single. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Let me start with, this was a gift to our children and our grandson as a Christmas gift. My children are in their 30's and my grandson was 13 months old. We took private transportation to the pier simple and easy. Easy checking in and ... Read More
Let me start with, this was a gift to our children and our grandson as a Christmas gift. My children are in their 30's and my grandson was 13 months old. We took private transportation to the pier simple and easy. Easy checking in and we waited briefly, yes there was an itinerary change however while disappointed I understood and continued with vacation mode. We were on board by noon and went for lunch. It was a bit different traveling with a 13 month old but he was the star of the ship on so many occasions. He danced with the dancers and played the drums with the orchestra he had a wonderful time!. We had lunch at the buffet, there are many choices and I found the food to be good and no problems and if there was something I didn't like there were many choices to pick from. One of the favorite things for me is being able to try different foods I don't get to try at home. We went to our cabin, I loved this cabin 7443, would book this again, checked out the balcony and then went to explore the ship. I was on this ship during New Years and enjoyed the cruise, ship and came back to share with my family. Next was the Drill, the only thing I didn't like is we were all at different Muster Stations and would change that again on a future family cruise. My Grandson was not able to swim in pools as I read children in diapers were not allowed. People need to do some research on this and not complain, I brought a blow up bathtub for him and he had a wonderful time playing in there with water. I would suggest this for people with small ones wearing diapers. The ship was clean, our waiter Paul was great table 310, service was good, food was hot and I would also suggest early or anytime dining with a child. We went to Port Canaveral, I stated on the ship, this was the change and unable to do our tour at Turks and Cacos, will get there one day. Many people stayed on the ship, I wish they went somewhere else. Next was Nassau, we went to the British Hilton day pass and we loved it, close by walking distance and there was a pool, the beach and great food and service. You should check this out and don't believe all the nonsense people post on here about negative comments. We went to the private island my favorite, wonderful time, great service and wish we had 2 days there instead of Florida. I love the sea days and the Brunch is so good and don't forget there Bloody Mary Bar!!! Now the highlight was the Dr. Seuss, we were in the parade and had a wonderful time!!! they had it organized wonderful and it was a happy time for so many "Dr. Seuss in on the Loose" we went to the story time where it was a great time for all ages and not to be missed. The last sea day was the Dr. Seuss Breakfast, yes it is $5.00 pp but it was so well worth it, a fun fun morning. I would book this again, and hopefully Carnival will have some different itineraries in the future. Wish she was sailing all year again and gave New York a chance for all year but that's another story. This was a wonderful family cruise, filled with fun and great memories!!! I do love Carnival and thank you Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Myself, my husband, and my sister and her husband went on this cruise. I have cruised many times before, but this was the absolute worst. The service desk person (Supervisor) was very rude. The restaurant person Jose was even more rude, ... Read More
Myself, my husband, and my sister and her husband went on this cruise. I have cruised many times before, but this was the absolute worst. The service desk person (Supervisor) was very rude. The restaurant person Jose was even more rude, and argumentative stating "i don't care over and over". First off, the security of taking and bringing items on this ship was lacking. People were allowed to take and bring off the ship anything they wanted. The ship was dirty, and the restaurant person was rubbing his nose while filling up the ketchup and mustard containers. uugh. The food was horrendous, and they only had one speciality restaurant on board. I ordered chicken, and when it came, I could not stick my fork into it. It looked like it came out of a frozen dinner, and the fruit was tasteless. One pasenger told me that she and her family were throwing up all week from the food. They really nickel and dime for everything on this boat, and they only have a few small pools, that you can't even get inside of. They stop serving lunch really early, and tell you to eat pizza or sandwiches. They have no activities for adults except the casino, or bingo!! They mass produce the food, so it is no better than cafeteria food. They have an ice-cream machine that serves slushy ice milk. I spent quite a bit of money on this cruise, as I had a suite, but never would I ever sail on Carnival again. They are the lowest of the low!!!!! Sae your money!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
This is a quick review of our cruise aboard the Carnival Splendor. My husband won a cruise at bingo on our previous cruise six weeks prior; hence, the reason for our cruise (and the celebration of our 25th wedding anniversary). ... Read More
This is a quick review of our cruise aboard the Carnival Splendor. My husband won a cruise at bingo on our previous cruise six weeks prior; hence, the reason for our cruise (and the celebration of our 25th wedding anniversary). Embarkation - We arrived at the pier at 11:00 am. Instead of checking in at the lounge, we were ushered to a separate line for FTTF guests. We waited briefly in line and were then told to have a seat to wait for embarkation. Two minutes later we were called to board the ship. We were in our cabin by 11:20 am. Cabin - Our cabin was much larger than that on the Carnival Sunshine (the bathroom was smaller, specifically the shower, so the bathroom took up less space). Our cabin steward, Sai, was great. Fellow Passengers - This was, by far, the best group of fellow passengers I have had on any of my 25 cruises. Everyone was nice and friendly. We met some great people and I am pleased to say that I had the pleasure of cruising wtih them. Drinks - I heard a lot of complaints from multiple passengers the first six days about the weak drinks. I normally don't drink and the couple of drinks I had (six) did nothing for me. They were having people purchase extra shots for the weak drinks. By the seventh day, the drinks had gotten stronger and all passengers were much happier. Please note that if you purchase the Cheers or Bubbles program, this cannot be used on their private island. Half Moon Cay - Since I could not find many reviews on this island, I thought I would include it here. Barely any information was provided to us about the island. Having FTTF, we were given times to meet in the Board Room to tender to the island. The only thing that I didn't like about this was that we were brought to the line and were told to cut the line to board the tender. I found it akward to have fellow passengers glaring at me. Instead, I would recommend boarding the VIPs first and then others so it's not quite as akward. As for the island itself, we rented a clam shell at $24.99; however, we had to walk to the other end of the beach to obtain one (we found this out after waiting in line 20 minutes at the Watersports shed). It was a long walk with no trolley running (we did not see one on our entire walk); however, it was worth it as that part of the beach remained empty until about noon - nice and quiet (in front of cabana 11). The beach was beautiful and you could see the bottom of the ocean as clear as day - crystal clear water. Loved it but the day just went too fast. Entertainment - The comedy shows we saw were okay but nothing great. On this ship, they had two comedians performing alternating shows and, from what I heard, we always picked the wrong ones. :( We loved Music Asia, who performed in the casino the first two nights and then in the Robusto lounge. Their sound was too loud for that lounge so as soon as we entered, looking for a night of dancing, we left. Bingo - We only played bingo the last night of the cruise. A family pack cost $40 and consisted of 8 cards and 4 cash tabs. Not a bad price considering the price of other cruise lines. The prize was $1000, $2000 in 48 numbers or less and $5000 if you hit bingo (full card) on the Powerball number drawn before the start of the game. Unfortunately, we didn't win but congratulations go to the winner. This is the first Carnival cruise we were on that did not have Win a Cruise Bingo. When I asked about it when purchasing the cards, I was told that they are starting to phase it out across the fleet. Main Dining Room - We had MyTime dining. Most nights, the food was decent but nothing great. On our third night, we had the worst food and service of the entire cruise. It took two hours for dinner, without dessert (as we gave up and left) and the entire order screwed up. We did let the hostess (Sharon) know and the next night we were seated in "ATM"s section with the best service possible. Thanks to Sharon for fixing this situation promptly and with no fuss. We sat in ATMs section the rest of the cruise, even willing to wait for his section when seats in other sections were open. In order to avoid the 30 minute wait (that was our wait for a party of two), arrive to the dining room no later than 6:45 or you will be in for a wait. Steakhouse - My review of our experience in the steakhouse can be found at http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?p=43510382&posted=1#post43510382. Please, no flaming. Casino - Even though the staff were nice, they were not very friendly. I understand that they are doing their jobs but we are on a FunShip. Let's have some fun while playing in the casino (win or lose)! :) I will shout out to Navrit - even though I didn't do well with him, he was a nice guy and threw in a bit of fun. Also, I saw the most drink cards (free drinks in the casino) given out on this cruise (even I was a lucky recipient). I was told that I could not use it for drinks for my husband - huh? I gamble, my husband doesn't so I can gamble (he would rather drink, which I don't). If you are in the casino with your spouse, let him have a few drinks for putting up with your gambling habit. :) Disembarkation - We were Zone 1 and they called Zones 1-5. We waited in our cabin until 9:10 am and were called. This was the best disembarkation ever - no problem getting on an elevator (it was surprisingly empty) and the line to disembark the ship moved fast. We did have to wait on line about 10 minutes to get into the terminal to claim our luggage but no big deal. We did not have to walk across the street to be picked up - we were able to be picked up right outside the door. Overall impression - Most fellow passengers I spoke to said that they would most likely cruise Carnival again if the price was right, but not the Carnival Splendor. I have to agree. If the price (and everything else) was right, I would cruise it again. However, if I were considering Carnival again, I would probably go with a different ship that would afford a much better experience. We had a great time but the food, even though the same menu across the fleet, was severely lacking on this cruise as was the service. I feel bad for the employees - I have the feeling that Carnival has reduced the number of staff to reduce costs, which is a shame. If they could sail fully staffed, it may be a much better experience for both guests and staff. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
They are called "carnival" for a reason....It was run like one! A disorganized, low budget event!!! I've cruised 5 other times, and I will NEVER EVER travel on a carnival cruise ship ever again!!!! The ship is the most ... Read More
They are called "carnival" for a reason....It was run like one! A disorganized, low budget event!!! I've cruised 5 other times, and I will NEVER EVER travel on a carnival cruise ship ever again!!!! The ship is the most boring ship ever!! I travelled with my "active" parents and our 10 year old granddaughter...........and there is basically NOTHING for them to do on this ship!!!!! Its ALL mid 20 -30 year olds, drinking, cursing, and hanging out partying ALL day and NIGHT!!! YOU can't get bottled water, to save your life!!! Other ships, we got 2 complimentary ones daily. HERE only LITER size available at $4 a bottle and they are huge and way to heavy to carry around!! NO REGULAR SIZE AVAILABLE ANYWHERE ON THE SHIP TO PURCHASE!!! The pools are SO SMALL that with about 10 people in them, you can't move!!!!!! People grab chairs at 6am and hold them ALL DAY and don't even sit on them, but say "they are being used".. It is almost impossible to get a chair by the pool, (so you can watch your kids swim). The only place you can actually get a chair is up on the high decks, where a pool is no where in sight or near it. The water slide, which advertised to be so great, fast and fun..is anything but that!!! It is SLOW, and it doesn't even throw the kids into the pool...it just ends in a troth of low water. A big let down and something my granddaughter was looking forward to. The "adult only "pool, is anything but that. Kids all over it!! And nothing said about that!! Shows being advertised as 'Adults only"...anything but!!! My dad stayed back with our granddaughter so Mom & I could go to the show..........and I was pissed when there were tons of kids right up front and all throught out the show!! Another BIG let down!! Oh, and DON"T go to the infermery if you feel sick at all!! I went down w my granddaughter just to get her some pepto bismo for a simple tummy ache. Well, first they said they had NONE !! ((On a cruise ship??)) And then they took her temperature, and gave her some other kind of tummy medicine. Then about 2 hours later, we get a NOTE to our stateroom, that she shouldn't leave the cabin for 24 hours, just in case she is getting something, and MUST come down 24 hours later (10:45am next day to be re checked)............ well, thinking this is rediculous..she did take a rest and since she was feeling much better with no issues, we get all dressed ((IT was FORMAL NIGHT)) and go down to the dinning room........where SHE is flagged as being quarantined to her room and the REFUSE to serve her anything, and WE had to leave the dining room immediately!!! Then we called room service, which is the WORSE food ever!!!! You cannot get anything you want delivered, like we were able to in past cruises, but instead ONLY COLD FOOD, COLD sandwiches!!! NOTHING like a burger, Pizza, chicken fingers, etc... Menu was PB&J, Cold Turkey sand., BLT, fruit, cereal, thats about it!!!! The list of BAD things about this ship go on and on! I HIGHLY recommend ROYAL CARIBBEAN, as you are treated ROYALLY in ALL aspects, from the room decor, the service, the room service (with anything available), the dining room food is excellent, and it is a wonderful fun very much to do fun filled ship!!! The food in the dining room is basically a very limited SAME EVERY NIGHT menu....with Lobster tail and Filet Mignon only available 1 evening the entire cruise!!! ((Other ship...every day you could get them!!)) The TVs in the room barely work...the go black or fuzzy constantly!! Only room I ever experienced that DIDN"T have an alarm clock radio there for your usage! The phone is ACROSS the room, and NOT near the bed if you want a wake up call. There is only 2 outlets in the cabin...1 in the room area.((Only 1 spot, not double either!))..the other is in the bathroom, and you have to leave the light on for it to work (in case you're charging something). Bingo is $30 a card!!!  who could afford to play mutil games for mutli days at that rate!!! The food is terrible, the buffet lines are so long its horrible! Actually ALL the food areas, except dining room, have HUGE lines ((Never on other ships)) And NO soda fountains available ANYWHERE for "self service cups" if you buy the beverage package like we did. KIDS and adults have to go to the BAR to get their cups filled!!! Wait in lines, with loud drinking fools, and get service that way. Very very NOT family friendly ship!!! NO food places are OPEN in the eve !!!!! The pizza place makes small personal size pizzas, which they cut in 4 and give you 2 sllces, but people were taking 10-12...and it takes forever to get that as well!!! Really really bad ALL around!!! The only GOOD thing was out Cabin room steward was very nice and friendly to us, and cleaned our place awesome! SHE was the ONLY positive thing about this trip!! I would NEVER advise it, and only wish someone had told me the truth about this ship BEFORE we spent over $6000. to go on it!!!! DON'T GO ON THIS LINE OR YOU WILL BE SORRY!! NOT AT ALL WHAT IT ADVERTISED TO BE!!!! Oh and DO NOT PAY FOR INTERNET ACCESS!!! THAT BARELY WORKS...IT DISCONNECTS YOU CONSTANTLY!!!! WE, ALONG WITH MANY OTHERS, COMPLAINED ABOUT THAT AND ACTUALLY GOT OUR MONEY REFUNDED FOR THAT ISSUE!!! YOU COULDN'T PAY ME TO TRAVEL WITH THEM EVER AGAIN!!! Thank God this wasn't our first cruise, or WE never would've cruised again!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Let me first say that I was very apprehensive about taking this cruise. My husband and I are in our mid 50's and I was taking my parents who are in their late seventies. The only other cruise we took in the past was with Holland ... Read More
Let me first say that I was very apprehensive about taking this cruise. My husband and I are in our mid 50's and I was taking my parents who are in their late seventies. The only other cruise we took in the past was with Holland America to Bermuda and it was a very lovely time. The impression I always got from a Carnival cruise was that it was a huge party ship with people that were crazy, drunk 24/7, and loud so I never had an interest in booking a cruise with Carnival. My daughter and son-in-law went on this cruise at the beginning of May. They came back and said what a wonderful time they had and that we really should try it. Because we live in Connecticut about a little over an hour from New York City we decided let's give it a try. Clearly the decor of the Carnival Splendor is not to my taste however, as the week went on I got used to it. We had a balcony stateroom which also was a Cloud 9 room so we were able to access the spa at any time. The Cloud 9 spa saunas and warming rooms and whirlpool were just amazing. My husband who is a cheap accountant didn't want two spend extra money for the room but at the end of the trip he said it was well worth the money because he enjoyed the spa so much. And he normally is not one who wants to go to a spa. I don't understand the people who are complaining about the food. There was always something for everyone. If you couldn't find anything that you liked, maybe it was because you weren't looking hard enough. When we ate dinner at the Black Pearl, there was always a set menu plus an additional daily menu. For lunch when you ate on the Lido area of the buffet you also could go to the aft of the ship and have deli sandwiches which included wraps, panini, etc.. Or you could go to the Tandoori line were they had lovely Indian food. The lines were never really horrible, you would probably be fed within 10 minutes. The only thing I ever saw that had a big line was the Mongolian wok. My husband had to wait about 20 minutes but then again you have all day to eat so what's the big deal? We stayed at the aft pool for most of the day or we went to one of the other decks to just lie in the sun. We also went to the Serenity deck one afternoon which was lovely also. You could do as much or as little as you wanted. My parents who are in their late 70's went around the deck, laid out in the Sun a little bit, read on their balcony, and basically were able to fill their day. We briefly went to the casino 1 night which was nice however it really was terrible that Carnival lets everybody smoke in there. You stink when you leave. The entertainment in the theater was very good.I would say that the lead woman singer was a better singer than the man however who knows why they choose the singers. I believe his name was Derek and he was a little stiff. The woman, I think Allison had a real theatrical voice and stage presence. The dancers were very talented. The outside talent that they hired were fabulous. The first guy was a juggler/comedian who was fantastic.He was a semi-finalist on America's Got Talent and he was very entertaining. The other person I remember his name was Marcus Anthony and in the beginning I thought he was kind of a lounge lizard but his show ended up being really good doing many songs from Motown. We saw three family friendly comedy shows and 1 adult comedy show. The comedian that we saw at the adult show we also saw the family friendly show and he was much better at the family friendly show. Saying f*** every 4th word does not automatically mean the content is funny. Maybe Canival needs to rethink putting in more family friendly shows? THe staff were incredibly hard working, polite, and did whatever they could to make you happy. They make it a point to know your name and address you by it. They are well trained, and their efficiency shows. Their customer service was evident. My only complaints were: 1. The line to get drinks at the buffet was not placed correctly because people can't get by because it is in a major area getting to both ends of the pool. Both passengers and service people are trying to get through the same area were people are standing and self serving their drinks. 2. The pools were a little small to accommodate up to 3600 guests, however the pools were always clean and they always pumped the water in fresh about every other day. At least the aft pool was. I don't know about the pool in the front of the boat or the one in the main Lido area. I laughed when I saw a review that a person complained because it was salt water. How silly. Why would they put fresh water in the pool when they can just pump it in from the ocean? Our first stop was Grand Turk. The beach was nice but a little rocky but they were chairs for everybody to lie in the Sun. Or if you wanted to lie in the shade you could do that too because they were plenty of palm trees. Many people went through the shopping area to get to Margaritaville to go to the pool. I walked over there and it was a crowded mess. The second stop was at the Carnival private island on Half Moon Cay. It was beautiful! The water was gorgeous, the barbecue was a little crazy, but it goes with the territory. The third stop was in Nassau and we went off the ship for about an hour to walk around the town and my parents took a trip to the Arawak gardens and zoo. They liked the excursion and it was good for them to see Nassau since they had never been there. My husband and I went back to the ship after our 1 hour walk around town and it was lovely to be able to do anything on the ship that you wanted too because it wasn't very crowded. All-in-all we had a very nice time and we would probably try Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
There were 7 in our party, 5 adults and two kids. We drove to NYC pier from Phila, parked our car on the roof ($320 for 8 days) and checked in. We are platinum status on CCL and got processed and were eating lunch by noon. The ship is ... Read More
There were 7 in our party, 5 adults and two kids. We drove to NYC pier from Phila, parked our car on the roof ($320 for 8 days) and checked in. We are platinum status on CCL and got processed and were eating lunch by noon. The ship is decorated beautifully. We put out stuff in our rooms on decks 8 and 1 and went out to explore. Deck 5 was the promenade and the only way to get from front to back. Deck 3 & 4 have dining rooms on them. The slide was the hit for the 8yr old. The pools were crowded on sea days. We went to Grand Turk where we enjoyed Margaritaville. Then we went to Half Moon Cay and rented cabana # 8. Excellent choice, near bathrooms and lifeguard. The best beach day ever. The water was inviting and cooling. It was a Hot day. Nassau was the third port of call. We didn't get off the ship, stayed on to kidsit grandkids while three adults went into town and had a good time at Senior Frogs. We had early dinner and had a great waitstaff, Jorge and co. I had ordered a birthday cake from the bon voyage dept and had it delivered to our table the first nite to celebrate our daughter's birthday. The weather was wonderful, a few times it rained and the cover went over the pool. The 13yr old loved the camp and was there quite a bit, the 8yr old only went once, opting for the pool and slide. Shows were good especially Vroom! and a female singer one nite. Our daughter bought bingo cards and raffle tix while waiting for the show, and won $2000 on the raffle tix. We had a few photos taken and the quality of shots was very good. We placed our bags outside the cabin on last nite, got called and off the ship by 9am. Had a safe trip home with great memories of a fun vacation. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Booked 2 cabins on lido deck/ adjoining balconies for 2 late 50's couples. Drove to the port from NJ, and parked at the cruise terminal.. Expensive but extremely easy to give the porter our bags and off to the check in lines. Our ... Read More
Booked 2 cabins on lido deck/ adjoining balconies for 2 late 50's couples. Drove to the port from NJ, and parked at the cruise terminal.. Expensive but extremely easy to give the porter our bags and off to the check in lines. Our cousin's are platinum on carnival so we just tagged along and avoided the madhouse check in lines...However, it would appear many people are priorty and with tag alongs, so we waited awhile. The cruiseline did send emails earlier in the week telling us not to come prior to 1:30PM, but we were on the ship prior to that time. Cabins (9284) were a nice size with good storage. The beds were comfortable, balcony nice..Bathroom had continuous backups in the shower, and a room next to us had sewage backups the first night..Evidently our plumbing line was fouled..Showere never did drain well. Stewarde was extremely accomodating and pleasant, and seemed to clean well. The Splendor has a dearth of pools for the number of passengers.. we had no problem with poolside chairs, but many strolled down 10-11am and couldnt get chairs pool;side at the adult pool. There were plenty of chair hoarders, but the crew had a deck officer to liberate those chairs after 40 minutes, so others could utilize the chairs..seem to work well..We just wake up early anyway... the food was very mediocre. I am on vacation, whats with ll these buffet lines?? Limited choices, no lox unless you go to sit down breakfast every day..Omellete guys were good and friendly in the am. Lunches were poor, same salad choices and iceberg lettuce everyday, not so healthy choices..luckily we found the rotisserie one deck up and had very good chicken every day with salad. Seem to be limiting the pineapple in the fruit salads..had to ask for more...Dinners were disappointing...everything fried, frozen or with a sauce. Service was not as attentive or friendly as on other cruiselines. We tried the Pinnacle steakhouse and the food was good, delivery and service not so good..I thought I was at a diner in new jersey.. The private island was wonderful..beautiful beach, silky soft sand,great time. BBQ was good, many covered huts to eat in out of the sun...a bit crazy to get the food, but I do not know a beeter way to do it with that many people..its all timing I guess..Grand turks was fun, ok beach, just nice to get into the water.....We took an excursion to Balmoral island in Nassau , for swim and beach..Nice facility, but the trip to and from took up alot of the time..very little time at the beach..not worth the trip..should have stayed on the boat when it emptied out.... All in all, always nice to get away, but I much prefer Celebrity or Princess...service is better, better quality of food/choices. You get what you pay for.... Entertainment was poor except for marcus anthony..piano and guitar bar poor..need better bands, and stop with the dj at the pool..pay a band to play...also, the movies outside were showing all kids stuff, even at 11pm at night(rio,frozen) be nice to see some adultish films... Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
I recently returned from an 8 night cruise aboard the Carnival Spendor. This is my first formal review of any ship I have been on. It was my 25th cruise. I have sailed with RCCL, Celebrity, NCL, and Princess. This was my 4th cruise on ... Read More
I recently returned from an 8 night cruise aboard the Carnival Spendor. This is my first formal review of any ship I have been on. It was my 25th cruise. I have sailed with RCCL, Celebrity, NCL, and Princess. This was my 4th cruise on Carnival. I've stayed in nearly every category of accommodation available and have no problem flip flopping -- butler one cruise, no window the next) This was a cruise taken with just myself and my 12 year old son. We were in a 1A inside cabin on deck 7. It was an upper and lower only cabin and we actually really enjoyed it. The cabin definitely had enough room for a second bed on the floor so it was nice to have that extra floor space. It made the cabin seem so much more inviting. Our cabin attendant emptied the fridge upon my request. I asked for extra towels every day, as well as ice at each room refresh. He was on the mark and I was pleased with our service. Leaving from NY was very convenient for us. After a traffic-free 45-50 minute drive we were at the pier. I purchased FTTF. Check-in was a breeze and after a short wait we boarded without any problems. I headed right over to the excursion desk to choose our Cabana for HMC. That was a bit slow moving. They had one person working the desk with a long line already formed by the time I reached it and it just got longer by the time I left with still no additional staff there. But I got the cabana I had wanted to all was good. My son and I went to our cabin right away and it was ready. Then we toured the ship a little and had some lunch at the buffet. It took approx. 1 hour for our first piece of luggage to arrive. When it did, it was damaged. Someone had pulled up the handle extension and I guess the luggage fell or something and it jammed one of the extension bars bent so that it didn't go down. At 2:30 we still didn't have our second piece of luggage so I went to Guest Service to inquire as FTTF guest were to receive luggage "fast." While there I noted to them that the piece that did come was damaged. No response on that. After muster we still had not received our second piece of luggage so I headed down to Guest Services again to inquire and again I mentioned the broken luggage, and again, no response. Luggage finally came shortly after I went for Guest Service visit. No explanation as to why it was late. It had both tags I placed on both handles still affixed, as well as the "FTTF" tag placed on it by the pier porter. We went to the Steakhouse for dinner on the first evening. Other than the initial bad impression given to me when they were not ready for us (arrived 5:55 for 6:00 reservation---Steakhouse supposed to open at 5:30 anyway) then they made us wait at least 10+ minutes in the elevator hall while they had a staff meeting...BUT when we were seated everything went smoothly from there. In fact, we enjoyed the meal so much that we booked res. that night to go back on the last evening of the cruise. It was just as good that time as well. We had anytime (or whatever they call it) dining and went to the dining room 5 of the evenings. The service was very good and I was pleasantly surprised that I liked almost everything I ate even though the descriptions on the menu had me concerned when I ordered. I think my son enjoyed most everything he had as well. Room service was hit and miss. They were slow at delivering one night, and then the next the got the order wrong (the slip had the right order, but one item delivered was ham & cheese on white with mayo when I ordered turkey on rye with no cheese or mayo) Breakfast slip order problems one day as well. Decided to not bother with the service anymore. Circle C was great for my son. He really enjoyed it. The manager of that area is a really nice fellow, I was happy to tip him a little at the end of the cruise. In retrospect, I wish I had tipped a little more. I attended the stage show on the second evening (formal night) I think I am pretty easy to please when it comes to entertainment, but ugh...I thought it was awful...so much so that I couldn't get past 15 minutes and left (quietly as I was on an end seat) My son and I attended the show with the comedy magician. It was amateurish, but fun. The casino ate my money :( HMC- Cabana was wonderful. The weather was great. It is a beautiful island. Grand Turk- we went to Margaritaville. Nice pool and a good time. Nassau-We got a day pass (not thru Carnival) for Hilton British Colonial. We thought it was excellent and an excellent value. Ships pools were super crowded. Not a big deal to me as every ship I have ever been on has been the same problem. I only chose to go by the aft pool one day and was able to find a chair at approx. 9:30 with ease. It was the third sea day so I don't know if the first two were as easy as that at that time. FTTF gave us the option to leave as soon as we wanted upon arrival in NY. We chose to leave our luggage the night before so we were given "1" departure. By 9:00 we were off the ship, shortly thereafter we were picking up our luggage and going through customs. My ride was able to find a nice close spot to sit and wait for us without being bothered to move by the cops, so by 10:05 we were home and at 10:10 I had my first load of laundry washing! I had a few problems on this cruise and I brought them to the attention of a guest services manager. They were very interested in helping to make things better and I appreciate that. I recommend the Splendor. It has some problems and is VERY PINK, but I am sure everyone can find a way to have a great time on her.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
A first time cruiser cruising with those in the know!  Right from the start I was not impressed with the way the prices bounced up and down hour by hour.  But eventually we booked the trip - We planned our journey and worked ourselves up ... Read More
A first time cruiser cruising with those in the know!  Right from the start I was not impressed with the way the prices bounced up and down hour by hour.  But eventually we booked the trip - We planned our journey and worked ourselves up for the family event. (2yr to 73yrs - 9 passengers) We choose a hotel out of town where we could leave the cars for the duration of the cruise - Dropped the party off at the port and then bussed back in - Certainly an option for us. Checking in seemed a bit of a muddle clearly a few of the staff frustrated - But the lines moved reasonably well with a larger number of staff checking the passengers in. Carnival - I really didn't like the indication that the "Welcome aboard" drink was complementary........ A great start when the waiter got upset at me taking a swig and then handing it back as I refused to pay $8 for a "free drink". The waiter actually made quite a nuisance of themselves. There seemed to be a lot of food available but after a few days one found it not to be the case - I wonder why do they clear the buffets at the time passengers are returning from their trips. There was definitely a repetitive streak throughout all the buffets, fruits, breads, fries, meats etc I have seen several reviews that indicate slow embarkation, I didn't find that part too bad - A few reviews ask "Why did we have to be back on board at 3pm"? - I would suggest is solely about getting your money spent on the ship. A definite feeling of "where will I be ripped off next"? Spending over $200 on photos and being given my free gift was nice - I received my USB flash drive in the shape of a Carnival Cruise Ship - Well I nearly got my hands on it as the nice chap in the pixels store says we can put all your pics onto the flash drive if you like........ "Oh yes please" I said - Whoops - another apparently free offer that cost me $10 Golden Pearl Dining (Late) upstairs : Food definitely fits into the "good" category - Services was dreadful one evening but in the main acceptable - Other than it not being served to the entire table all at the same time. Staff did their best I think. Timings of the waiters dance was way off with us still eating our main course where most table downstairs had finished their meal Scuba Diving (Oasis Divers) at Grand Turks - Fantastic !!! Half Moon Cay - $25 for a sun shade but other wise all good Nassau - Atlantis...... Never again - Definitely fits into the totally awful - Very expensive, for little return ...... Overall quite dirty, many patch repairs, flaking paint, poor signage It starts with having to be in the Theatre in prep for the excursion. We were quite early and sat patiently at the back of the theatre as directed, gradually the space filled up with people still wandering in 10 minutes after we were supposed to leave. Staff commenced distribution of wrist bands from the front of the theatre with the instruction of "Do not fit your own wrist band". More staff arrived to fit the afore mentioned wrist bands and now the late arrivals at the front of the theatre were ready to leave the ship. Me being me and few of the others at the back of the theatre who had now been waiting well over an hour for wrist bands became a little antsy! In due course we were complete but why on earth would they not check tickets and issue wrist bands as you enter one side of the theatre and have you leave through the other side - Or is that too easy? We made our way off the ship onto the quay and to the waiting busses - A 5 minute drive and we were at Atlantis. Our youngest member (2years) was keen to get wet so we sat him in the poolside .......... Woooooooo !!! I thought someone had just been shot ! Apparently the park doesn't open for another 30 minutes and no one is allowed in the water. There was no mistake in that instruction! By 09:57 (Opens at 10am) people were again becoming frustrated at the staff and the apparent disorganization - A large crowd was now gathered at various watersides. At 10:03 a guy (not me) said "F88k you buddy" and jumped in a ring and was quickly followed by a hundred more floating down the lazy river...... The lifeguard just laughed. Dolphin swim - A must do for the kids - We adults will watch....... $150 odd to get to Atlantis an extra however much for the dolphins and now they want $15 per person to view. No cameras allowed in the swim area....... Why? ........ Because the cheapest way to buy just one photo costs you $120 and you get one 8"x10" print and a cd containing all the photos taken by the "pro photographer" (They were not that good). The whole point of a cruise, is the ship experience and so they want you on the ship as much as possible spending money on the ship and they definitely find ways to make you spend it. Couldn't find a baby change table anywhere ! All of our 4 rooms had drainage issues with the shower tray not draining and the balance of gravity pushed the water up through the bathroom drain Entertainment was Ok and several options to suit various taste - But the "Adult" entertainment suggest the organizers need to get out a little more often - F after F after F is a teenager thing not adult !! Room stewards - more than good Security ...... Could make more interaction and clear the bloody towels off the sunbeds, not only around the pools, but everywhere. A huge number of sun loungers and chairs non reserved by bums, most reserved by towels for no reason. Overall - It was Ok but I was not thoroughly impressed   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
This was my 6th cruise. We had 17 people and we had a fabulous time. However much of that was due to just being on a cruise with family. We took this particular cruise because it went out of NYC. The food was OK. I love Mexican food, but ... Read More
This was my 6th cruise. We had 17 people and we had a fabulous time. However much of that was due to just being on a cruise with family. We took this particular cruise because it went out of NYC. The food was OK. I love Mexican food, but not on this ship. Their burritos tasted like curry and probably contained Asian spices. Still there was plenty to eat and nobody went hungry. They made very good pizza all day and night. I enjoyed the hokey dancing and singing by the waiter staff in the Golden Peal restaurant. Getting our dinner was very slow. However some of our people ordered multiple appetizers so that might contribute to the problem. We had 6:00 seating and were never out in time for the 7:30 shows. Fortunately the big theater is adequately sized to handle most all of the people comfortably. The staff was all very friendly, but not the most organized. We were very disappointing to find that karaoke with the live band was cancelled because they somehow booked the same room for the kids camp. Don't they run this same cruise every other week? The saddest portion of this cruise is the entertainment. We normally love piano bars. In this case the guy (I leave his name out because I do not intend to embarrass anyone) admits that he does not read music and claims he is self taught. He played notes along with an ipod. I can play music on an iPod myself. Their was one show by a juggler that was actually fabulous. I don't know how long he is performing but he was really great. The show "Vroom" was nothing special. The comedians were not that funny. The couples game was funny and I felt it was tastefully done. There was one "real" band who was very good. Unfortunately they were playing in the stinky casino. I hated that we had to walk through the casino to get to many places because I do not appreciate cigarette smoke. The pools did not have nearly enough chairs or space for everyone to get in. We would try the different pools searching for one we could enjoy but they were all really crowded. One thing I did like is that they had photographers with many different backdrops available every evening. You could get as many pictures taken as you would like and they would print them all. The next day you could view the actual photos and decide if you wanted to purchase any without any pressure. It is a good way to get the whole family together for a group photo. The cost was reasonable too. So basically if you jut want to get away and the price is right, it would still be a good time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Let me start by saying this was our first Carnival cruise. I've previously sailed with Disney, Royal, and NCL. I'd heard mixed things about Carnival but the price was right so we decided to go for it. It was a mixed bag. ... Read More
Let me start by saying this was our first Carnival cruise. I've previously sailed with Disney, Royal, and NCL. I'd heard mixed things about Carnival but the price was right so we decided to go for it. It was a mixed bag. Embarkation was easy with the exception of Carnival announcing priority boarding. This was meant for Platinum and Diamond level guests but since FTTF (which we had) passes also say priority boarding, there was some confusion. Carnival may want to clarify the announcement next time but no biggie. We were on the ship by 11:30, bags were in our room, and cabin was looking good. Except for the balcony. We had an aft wrap and had read that there would be some soot from the funnel. Not a big deal but the balcony wasn't cleaned prior to our arrival. We called the steward, Manuel, in and he said he did the best he could. We simply wet a towel with water and wiped down the floor & railing ourselves and it came off no problem. So...ok Manuel. Other than that he was great. The ship itself is nice and the pink really isn't a big deal like it's made out to be. You won't notice it after a few days. It was spotless and we always saw crew cleaning various areas of the ship. The casino was smoky which is to be expected. What I didn't expect was that they also allowed smoking in Red's nightclub. I've never come across that on another ship. Usually it's limited to the casino and outdoor areas. Again, not a big deal, but surprising. The ship also felt very closed in. My last cruise experience was on the Breakaway so compared to all the open deck space on that ship, there was very little on the Splendor in comparison. And the sports bar. WORST SPORTS BAR EVER! You call yourself a New York ship? No playoff hockey? Seriously? We were standing around watching the sports ticker on ESPN and cheering for that. When the game was on NBC, it was on 3 tvs on one side of the bar. We asked for them to put it on at least one more tv and were told no. No? Game 2 was back to watching the sports ticker. Food was hit or miss, some things good, some things not. I'd recommend the Wok, we ate there twice, and the Pinnacle Steakhouse is phenomenal. Well worth the $35/person charge. We never had an issue with service except for one night in the main dining room where the waiter seemed downright miserable - but we all have those days! We had any time dining and found a favorite in Emiliano - he was outstanding! From then on we requested him. Behind the fun tour was informative but probably not something I'd do again. I found it to be a little too long. Some things were very interesting and others were simply not. Darian was an awesome tour guide though - give that guy a raise! Entertainment was just ok. The same guy with a guitar in the lobby every night and what's up with the DJ on the pool deck? What happened to steel drum bands and live music? I'm on a cruise, not at a club. I hope they listen to their cruisers and do away with the DJs, at least for part of the time. On some sea days it felt like there wasn't much to do except bingo and trivia. Seemed they had more trivia on port days than sea days which was odd. Only three deck parties on an 8 night cruise seemed kind of weak too. We had a spa pass and that worked out well for us. Couples razul is great - your skin will feel so soft afterward! Never had to wait in the fitness center for a treadmill or elliptical so that was nice as well. Malcolm 'woohoo' Burns is annoying. Promote Shane to CD. HE IS FABULOUS! Rent a cabana on Margaritaville and half moon cay - it's worth it!!! Little slice of heaven. Debarkation was a breeze. We were called off the ship at 9am and in a cab by 9:30. Overall we had a great cruise with a couple of little hiccups. Would I sail Carnival again? Yes, if the price were right. I can see why they're the budget cruise line in comparison to others - you get what you pay for. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Carnival Splendor Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 4.3
Dining 3.0 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.6
Public Rooms 3.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.8
Family 5.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.7
Enrichment 1.0 3.2
Service 3.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 3.0 4.2

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