7 New York (Manhattan) to Bermuda Carnival Splendor Cruise Reviews

We were 6 friends waiting at Port and wondering why so long when it was announced we were changinging our iternary to Bermuda from Canada and away from the Hurricane. This is my 15th cruise having sailed with Carnival, Holland, Cunard and ... Read More
We were 6 friends waiting at Port and wondering why so long when it was announced we were changinging our iternary to Bermuda from Canada and away from the Hurricane. This is my 15th cruise having sailed with Carnival, Holland, Cunard and Nowegian. The FOOD was HORRIBLE in the main dining room for Every Meal. It is the same food as is being served at the Buffet. The Chefs don't care on Carnival. I really believe that Carnival will eventually go Buffet Only plus Pizza and Burgers. Carnival is joking with the patrons when the food is this bad. Carnival does not care, the food is of the lowest grade and cooked SO Bad. Did I say the FOOD was Bad, Horrible. You won't gain weight cruising with Carnival. Service was nice and attentive all over the ship. Our stewards did a nice job too. Bed was comfortable, AC first day was not very strong but did some work the second day and it helped. We had a Spa Balcony Room, nice size and gave us access to Spa with it's own large jacuzzi, sauna rooms and more. The comedians were good. The best part was being rerouted to Sunny Bermuda even if it was only for the day. I keep saying no more Carnival but they have the schedule I need. Our last 3 cruises with them the food has been as awful as the last. A pity as when we cruised with our kids in 1999 the food was suprisingly good. Also the wine list is low grade. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
I booked a last minute getaway for July 4 weekend. we were supposed to go to St John, New Brunswick, but were rerouted to Bermuda, to the delight of virtually everyone on board. Instead of the tail end of a hurricane in chilly seas, we got ... Read More
I booked a last minute getaway for July 4 weekend. we were supposed to go to St John, New Brunswick, but were rerouted to Bermuda, to the delight of virtually everyone on board. Instead of the tail end of a hurricane in chilly seas, we got a slightly bumpy ride down to beautiful weather. I have gone on 8 cruises on 6 lines, including one prior cruise on the Carnival Conquest. The Splendor is, by far, the ugliest ship I have ever seen. Carnival is known for its loud interiors, but this ship crosses the line to just plain hideous. The recurring theme is one pf big circles filled with pink and silver zebra stripe patterns. It is garish, and leave nowhere for the eye to rest. The designers must be colorblind, as must everyone in the company who approved this design. The buffet deck was always crowded, except when it was closed, which seemed to be scheduled for the convenience of the ship, and not for any concern for the passengers. From 2:30-5, lines for pizza, burgers and deli sandwiches were ENORMOUS, Soft serve "ice cream" was always available but rather nasty. If you wanted a salad or fresh fruit during those hours, you were out of luck (though I did consider ordering a salad at 3 PM, with instruction that it be delivered to the Lido Deck). Meals in the dining room were not impressive. You can tell that they are cutting back on food quality. The entertainment was pretty good. I appreciate that their comedians had "adult" shows. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
I just came home from this cruise with my family. Were were supposed to go to Canada, but due to the hurricane we went to Bermuda instead. What I liked: the room was spacious and the beds were comfy and service was decent. What I ... Read More
I just came home from this cruise with my family. Were were supposed to go to Canada, but due to the hurricane we went to Bermuda instead. What I liked: the room was spacious and the beds were comfy and service was decent. What I didn't like: The food. Some was inedible and the only food available 24/7 was pizza and ice cream and the ice cream machines were usually broken or just missing. There were only a few dinner items available on the menu at the restaurant each night and not many options for children or picky eaters. We went to karaoke and the DJ was awful. He never got the songs right and we spent a lot of time waiting for him to find the right song. A little girl went up to sing Under the Sea and he began to play Rihana. My fiance picked a song and after about 20 minutes, the DJ told my fiance he did not have the cd even though the song was listed in the book. By this time it as too late for him to pick a new song as karaoke was just about over. Other activities on the boat were uninteresting. There were other little things that bothered me, but these are my main concerns. If we didn't go to Bermuda, I would have totally hated this trip. I do not recommend Carnival Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
First we got to the port we were all a little nervous about the upcoming hurricane named Arthur heading right for Canada at that point and announcement came overhead but the itinerary had been changed from Canada to Bermuda I would say 90% ... Read More
First we got to the port we were all a little nervous about the upcoming hurricane named Arthur heading right for Canada at that point and announcement came overhead but the itinerary had been changed from Canada to Bermuda I would say 90% of us screamed with joy we get on the ship, and went up to the buffet and had a wonderful cocktail named the friendship I went with the Group of Seven we were so excited to finally be on a vacation together the food was just mediocre. We then went to our rooms in our luggage was already there we interior room which was spacious and the bed was extremely comfortable our friends were across the hall they had a wonderful balcony room we had a great Stewart who was very accommodating I will say that the service on that ship was outstanding you were made to feel very special the staff in the dining room was exceptional they cater to your every need and they knew everyone's name at the table. We loved the adult pool there was a bar and a deli right there with two nice hot tubs. The shows in the lounge were wonderful very upbeat and professional we also loved the punchline are funny comedians. There was so much positive to say about our trip and I have no complaints except for maybe one thing your feet burned we were walking barefoot on the deck but other than that it was a fantastic trip I highly recommend carnival and the splendor I would definitely go again Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
We really enjoyed the Splendor and Bermuda from NYC. We found the Splendor to be very enjoyable. The ship was very clean and balcony stateroom fantastic. Although we have been on several cruises...this was our 1st balcony. Yes as ... Read More
We really enjoyed the Splendor and Bermuda from NYC. We found the Splendor to be very enjoyable. The ship was very clean and balcony stateroom fantastic. Although we have been on several cruises...this was our 1st balcony. Yes as previous reviewers have mentioned...the flow of the ship is a little odd but workable. Crew always friendly and made a point to say hi as you passed them. Embarkation: Arrived at the pier by 10:15 and breezed thru security and check-in. On the ship by 11:30ish! Cabin: A balcony cabin that we found spacious and very clean. Room Stewart's very efficient and quick to clean room. Room Service: Either on time or a few minutes early Food: We found to be very good with lots of choices on the Lido and MDR. One drawback was the anytime dining. We done this on other cruise lines and worked well for us then. We just found ATD appeared not to organized and wait times usually 20-40 minutes. A beeper is given and you can listen to the music in the Atrium. Entertainment: All shows were enjoyable. The juggler (Dana Tison) was the best and we both really enjoyed him. The comics were very good as well. Disembarkation: We choose not to do self assist this time and found the process went very smoothly. We were able to have leisurely breakfast in MDR and then sat in the Red carpet lounge to wait for our zone to be called. We were off the ship by 10:00 and on the road by 10:30. Bermuda: One word........Beautiful. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
We booked a "spa interior" cabin for a very last minute deal - a huge bargain! (You could also go across the hallway for a spa/balcony if you prefer). I would *highly* recommend it!! We were spoiled and pampered! To say it ... Read More
We booked a "spa interior" cabin for a very last minute deal - a huge bargain! (You could also go across the hallway for a spa/balcony if you prefer). I would *highly* recommend it!! We were spoiled and pampered! To say it was an "upgrade" from any other cabin we've stayed in is a major understatement!! The decor was swanky and sophisticated, inside the cabin and out in the hallway. Our room steward was seasoned and highly competent! We had a private entrance to the spa, which was good, because when we went to and from, we were only in our (provided) bathrobes and slippers! In addition to the bathrobe and slippers, we also had special beach towels that were a different color than most on the ship, and we didn't have to check them out, our room steward just replaced them for us when they were wet. We also had all the spa products free in our room - the soaps, the shampoo, the conditioner, the lotion, and even a fabreeze-like spray for "aroma-therapy"! We also received a 'couples' spa treatment 2 for the price of 1, which we gladly did on our first day at sea, and 3 free exercise classes (which we never did because they were early in the morning!). The entire spa area is 'adults only' and only a handful of guests have access to the entire area in comparison to the 3,000 people on the ship, so it was always a great way to get away from the crowds and find peace and quiet. But the best part of the spa cabin was the free access to the special 'members only' spa area that had many different rooms to relax in. My favorite was the the thelasso-therapy pool, a giant mineral bath with specialty nozzles to massage every part of your body. It was very quiet and never crowded and just hot enough to relax! You could lay back on the chairs inside the pool and feel the bubbles all over your backside, or you could move to the shoulder nozzles where you could get a great pressure massage on your shoulders, neck, and head. From there, we moved into the aroma-steam room, extremely hot and steamy, I could only stay in there for a minute or so before moving on to the next room. The beautiful oriental 'tepidarium' room with heated chairs that were designed to align your body as you laid in them. There was yet another steam room that wasn't quite as hot as the first, and then the final room, the 'lanconium', where there were heated chairs to relax in. All the rooms had PERFECT views of the ocean from the very tip-top of the ship where the spa was located. I never showered in our room because the spa had a beautiful locker room available with gigantic showers with benches and chairs that locked individually, towels and spa products provided. You could also spend time in the general waiting area, there were many chairs and even beds to relax on while enjoying the view and something cold to drink. Specialty water and fruit was provided in the waiting area. Obviously, the spa was the highlight of being on the Splendor. The major drawbacks of this ship include: 1. Terrible service in the Gold Pearl Dining room - we generally love the dinners in the formal dining room because we get to know our servers well and have fun interacting with them. We had three servers, none of which even tried to interact with us because they were so busy and didn't really speak English. My order was incomplete or wrong most of the nights. A huge disappointment. 2. The 'choppy' layout of the ship. The buffet area was divided into several parts, and many people didn't realize there was a "back" part to the buffet with the same foods which made the main entrance area packed and difficult to navigate at times. Pizza was 24 hours but very slow. At times there were lines 20+ people deep. In addition, there was no central open area to cross the ship. You always had to walk through the casino (smoky) to get to the other side. I had to hunt for the shops and photo shop, it is just all chopped up with only a small atrium in the center. 3. The library and web cafe were lousy. The library was tiny and had very limited hours, and absolutely no view. I didn't even bother to go into the web cafe because it was hidden inside one of the bars and not easy to find. 4. The adults only area was also very tiny and had limited chairs around the pool. It was right by the "Indian" food buffet so they entire area smelled like curry. In addition, the adult lounging area "Serenity" on the upper decks only offered seating - no pool or hot tubs. And the miniature golf course OVERLOOKED the adult-only area, so you constantly had kids walking above you, shouting and playing - didn't feel much like an adult area. I have no idea what they were thinking when they designed that! In spite of the drawbacks listed, I would choose Splendor over and over again for the Cloud 9 Spa Cabin! If you don't enjoy the spa, there would be no advantage to choosing this ship. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
Check In: Security was heightened because of the Boston Bombings but that didn't hold things up for us very much. We were at the port by 10:40, parked, dropped luggage off and were in line for check in by 11. Once checked in we had ... Read More
Check In: Security was heightened because of the Boston Bombings but that didn't hold things up for us very much. We were at the port by 10:40, parked, dropped luggage off and were in line for check in by 11. Once checked in we had a wait until boarding started but we got on the boat and were on the Lido deck by 12:30. Stateroom: we had adjoining balcony rooms on deck 8 towards the front. Rooms were typical staterooms. Location to the Lido deck, Golden Pearl and the Spectacular Theater was perfect but it was a long hike to the Black Pearl Dining room. Room attendant was attentive. No complaints about the room at all. Dining: We had two lunches and a few "snacks" on the Lido deck during the entire trip. The layout is not ideal as many people didn't realize there was a "back" part to the buffet with the same foods which made the main entrance area packed and difficult to navigate at times. Pizza was 24 hours but very slow. At times there were lines 20+ people deep. Decent variety of foods. Soft serve ice cream and yogurt were available 24hours. Black Pearl Dining Room: Food was excellent and with the exception of one dish, everyone enjoyed their meals. Even the Maine Lobster was delicious and wasn't the "typical cruise lobster" we were used to. Service on occassion was on the slow side but we weren't really in a rush to go anywhere so it was OK. Bar service was excellent and the kids had drinks on the table within minutes of arriving which was nice. Gold Pearl Dining Room: (Breakfast and lunch) Service was painfully slow here. If we weren't traveling with a child with a food allergy we probably would have eatten in the buffet. I ordered Belgian Waffles on a few occassions with Strawberries and every time they arrived without them. They did bring them when I asked again but that just meant waiting a bit longer. The Punchliner Comedy Breakfast was pretty lame. The first time the comedian told 3 short jokes and the second time we weren't there when a comedian was performing. Entertainment: We skipped the welcome aboard show as the kids wanted to swim. We did make it to 2 of the stage shows and they were OK. The first one was much better than the second one (a new "cast" had arrived for the second show). We also went to the juggling comedian who was excellent. There were a few other shows that we missed as well. Comedy shows were good although the family comedy show on night 7 was a repeat from night 6 which was a bummer. Kids Clubs: Younger kids tried the clubs on the first sea day and had a good time but were busy with other things on the ship and didn't go back. Oldest went to Club O2 every day and had a blast. Recreation: Lots of fun games and the kids really enjoyed paricipating in them. Hoola Hooping, Washer and Bean Bag Toss, Scavenger hunts etc., really kept the kids busy. The roof on the main pool was closed until the second day in Bermuda which was great. It was closed again on the last sea day but the pool was also closed because of rough seas. The basketball court was a disappointment. If the kids were on the court and a group of older teens/adults showed up they pushed them off. After the kids were sworn at we said something to security who spoke to them but also told us that "this always happens, when adults are on the court kids can't use it". I'm OK with that but many times the kids were there first and had only been there for a few minutes before the adults came. Either some monitoring or rules need to be posted so that everyone can enjoy it. Disembarkation: If there is one complaint I had about this trip as a whole it would be this day. Disembarkation was scheduled to start at 7:30 but we were late docking and then late clearing customs. Passengers doing self assist were supposed to walk off by deck number but once 8:30 hit and the staterooms had to be cleared it didn't matter what deck you were on, people just mobbed the lobby area, the stairs and the elevators. You couldn't even get through to the suggested waiting areas. We tried but the elevators were jammed and the stairs were packed. We got off the ship about 9 (about an hour later than anticipated) and our friends, who didn't do self assist, said that it was almost 10:30 when they got off with debarkation number 6. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
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 3.9
Family 5.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.8
Enrichment 1.0 3.3
Service 3.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 3.0 4.2

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