Carnival Splendor

3.5 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Refurbished: 6 yrs ago    
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Carnival Splendor is a large ship, carrying 3006 passengers and 1150 crew, and sails from Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida and Miami, Florida.

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
5 out of 5

Carnival Splendor out of Miami

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the best part of this cruise was the incredibly attentive staff on the carnival Splendor.  They were the absolute best crew we have ever experiened.  We have sailed 13 times and can honestly say these people were the kindest, most hard working staff we have ever seen.  Kudos to Carnival for assembling such a fine group of people.  

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Carnival Splendor, D.R., St.Thomas, San Juan, & Gran Turks.

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My favorite part was the Outback tour at the Dominion Republic.  The Outback crew did an excellent job.  

The tour of St. John including the national parks was lacking.  Could not hear or understand the driver.  Just didn't see much of anything & heard nothing. 

Each Carnival cruise shows the  dinner selection becoming becoming smaller and smaller.  Food was good, but after seeing the same menu on the seventh day, it felt monotonous.

Room clean and room stewart, Enrico did an excellent job.  

Lots of very loud music.  Too much for my likes.  

Tom Boss, comedian, was excellent.  

Getting on and off the ship was easy and uneventful.  

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Contributor Level: Cruise Director
5 out of 5

Eastern Caribbean Cruise

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Our cruise on the Carnival Splendor was almost perfect.  The staff were attentive, the ship was clean, the entertainment was great. The locations we stopped at were interesting.  I highly recommend this cruise!

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

May be better next time

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Ship needs some uplifting.

 

Employee were very cordial .

 

entertainment needs some improvement.

 

Specialty dining was advertised but not there.Not many choices to eat at your own time.Formal Dressed events were a joke.Nothing there.

 

Much better experience with other cruises.

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

DISAPPOINTING

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HAVING GONE ON SEVERAL CRUISES, THIS CRUISE WAS NOT UP TO EXPECTATIONS.

 

THE DINING EXPERIENCE WAS ALWAYS  TO BE LOOKED FORWARD TO.   THIS TIME WAS DISAPPOINTING.  FOOD WAS GOOD, WAITERS WERE GOOD BUT OVERWORKED. SLOWED UP SERVICE, TO LONG TO COMPLETE MEAL.

 

MAIN SPECTACULAR  ENTERTAINMENT NOT TO OUR LIKING. 

 

SMOKING IN CASINO PREVENTED USAGE AT TIMES.  

 

STATEROOM SERVICE VERY GOOD.

 

COLOR SCHEME OF SHIP LOOKS LIKE PEPTO BISMO

 

 

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Slightly Disappointed

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Dining room service was the slowest I have ever had with Carnival.  On one night, 25 minutes (after seated) to get our water glasses filled and talk to a waiter; 20 more minutes before they returned with bread -- NOT FUN WAITING THAT LONG.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Birthday Cruise

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WE loved the warm weather and beautiful ports we visited.  The ship was wonderful, very clean and had plenty of entertainment while onboard. The shows were excellent and the variety of food was great. We never went hungry. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Not sure what to title my review..

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The ship was quite outdated, the decor was a little tacky and overboard in my opinion. I probably wouldn't think much of it except that I was on the carnival magic ship before which was a lot newer! There are not many hot tubs on the ship so they were very crowded, finding a lounge chair was also difficult if you wanted to be in the sun! They did not seem to enforce the rule for saving lounge chairs either - which I do understand. We were placed in a room above one of the clubs...when I booked through we were told that the room was very quiet which is why we picked it! Unfortunately it was far from quite between 5pm and 1pm. We could hear the music in our room and feel the bass shake our room. It was very frustrating when we were not feeling well and could not sleep. When we put our heads down on the pillow it just seemed to amplify the sound! We called down and someone was sent to our room to hear the noise, then someone called up to us and said they would turn the music down in the club. Almost every night on the cruise we had to call to turn down the music, keep in mind it took over 15 minutes for Guest Services to even pick up our call and then they had to call the club to turn it down. There were a few nights when we had to call back to Guest Services an hour after our initial call to let them know we could still hear the music. VERY frustrating when you pay all this money for a vacation and cannot get a good nights sleep. We were compensated but as someone who worked in guest services before, it was not near enough for the pain. 

 

On another note, Nemanja who is the Sports Bar bartender was amazing! We visited him almost every night and enjoyed just talking with him. He definitely made us feel like we made a friend on the ship. Maria was a bartender waitress at the pool and was great as well! 

 

We had a few great dinner staff as well but we did not get seated with them every night. Beni Y. we had on our last night and he was very welcoming, wish we would have had him night 1! A lot of other people who helped us let us call them other names since theirs was extremely difficult to pronounce, one man had us call him George (his name was like Guijitazan?) and then another had us just call him number 2 because he was listed second under George! And then we cannot forget the man who walked around serving us shots at dinner! He was great! 

 

As for the entertainment, the first night at the punchliner was funny but a little offensive, and I am not a prude. I just thought his jokes were rather hurtful. He made a joke about fat people being stuck in a closet or something...just insensitive. The last night was very funny and respectful! We watched several of the night shows with the singers and dancers. I gotta say that CJ was THE BEST dancer on the stage, he always seemed be having a good time and really got into it. The red head, forgot her name, but she had an incredible voice! The other girl who sang most of the time was like nails on a chalkboard. But it was entertaining to say the least, however the costumes were not very appropriate for younger ages in my opinion. There were a lot of booties showing as well as stomachs and boobs all over the place. They weren't cover up any more for the 7pm show vs. the 10pm show either. 

 

The ports were great! We decided not to do excursions through Carnival since a lot of them are very similar. I wish we would have done one at Amber Cove though. It really was just a section of the DR with a pool and restaurant. You couldn't just walk somewhere else. It was nice to have the option of a free pool but it was a little boring for adults. 

 

At St. Thomas we just took a shuttle to Magans bay for 8$ each way and 5$ to get to the beach. It was absolutely beautiful. The beach is huge and has plenty of room to spread out. There are also chairs you can use for about 10$ or so and I think you get money back when you turn it in. There is also a restaurant with a bar. 

 

Grand Turk has a beach on both sides of the pier that is free with lounge chairs and umbrellas. It is right by Margaritaville so there is a bar with food. 

 

San Juan we just walked to the forts ourselves and paid 5$ a person to tour it on our own. If you keep the receipt you can get into the other forts free. The shops didn't open until 10 or 11 so going to the fort before then really helped! There are a lot of shops to visit and little markets along the way! 

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Excellent

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Excellent service, shows, music, food, etc. I highly recommend it. No complaints at all at this time. Keep up the good work. Planning to go again very soon. Thanks.

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lhappel
Contributor Level: Second Mate

Check out the Taste Bar. Great for a quick little bite while walking through the ship, without having to go to the buffet.

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

Don't sign up for the spa / thermal suite. Small pool, small locker rooms. Much better on NCL

emfraser
Contributor Level: Purser

To travel from aft to fwd the easiest way I found was to drop to 2 deck walk the length of the hall and return to the deck you want , some decks have no thru acess , also good way to avoid the smoky casino area .

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Price

L

Size

Jul 2008

Built

6 yrs ago

Refurbished

3006

Total Passengers

2.61

Crew to Passenger Ratio

13

Number of Decks

1503

Total Cabins

34

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