June 2015 - Carnival Splendor to Caribbean - Eastern
My husband & I enjoyed a lot of the on board activities. We are empty nesters so the amount of kids on ship was a little bothersome. For the most part their was plenty to do everyday.We booked a spa cabin very clean & spacious, which included access to the spa's elemental hot tub & members only sauna, heated therapuetic chairs & chaise lounges that were so soothing and relaxing! The spa treatments are $$$$ & they offered specials but it ain't cheap! I liked the space and equipment in the gym.
Good food was in abundance, I enjoyed dinner everynight! I would recommend the open dining between 5:30-9:30 for flexibility.The entertainment was great. Singers, dancers, magicians, comedians, great!! The Cruise Director Malcom Burns is the consumate entertainer, really good at his job!! We arrived 2 days prior to spend time with family in Puerto Rico and received a tour of the Island & El Yunque rain forest! St. Kitts was full of retail but the people were very unfriendly, Antigua was also full of retail shops but the beaches were pretty and lush! St. Thomas was by far the most friendly and the views are heavenly. Tour guides were friendly personable & knowlegdeable. Grand Turks was the most fun. Margaritaville is the coolest spot & the wave pool is the most fun ever. the beach is huge & has ample lounge chairs. The swim pool is tiny but the D.J. made it seem large! We did the ATV excursion which was the most fun. Toured the Island & learned of the wildlife beaches,historical POI, not much to see as the Island is still rebuilding from hurricane "Ike" (2008)watch out for the wild horses and the donkees!
Carnival Guest services desk employees need retraining in customer service, they were by far the most unfriendly, discourteous people we encountered on the ship.Our wait staff & stewards and the absolute best!!
Would recommend taking this cruise again with a few adjustments! Book thru Carnival directly or you may get screwed on the price like we did with Cheap Cruises. Everyone on that ship got a better deal than we did. I'm talking big savings like 80% what we paid with over $200 in credits! Book your excursions online, do not listen to people who say wait until you're on the ship. Book online & don't miss out on what you want to do!!