May 2015 - Carnival Splendor to Caribbean - Western
I rated my cruise on a scale of 1 to 10. 10 being spectacular .no! i didnt rate it a 10; however i did rate it an overall 6, I lowerd my rating for a few reasons and they are: First, the elevators were wacked out always skipping floors which was quite annoying when you are in a hurry to get somewhere on the ship. Second i really didnt like it when my nephew and I were denied access along with about 6 other passengers to the punchline comedy club due to room capacity was full. I told them they should hold the function in a bigger room which would have accommadated all the passengers they were expecting to show up based on prior sailings.As a result i missed the comedian and his show was one of the best of the different comedians they had on board..instead i got to see the italian guy on the last eve before disembarkation & he was terrible. No i saw the pg show for the teacher/comedian & he was very funny..just wish i got to see his really funny 18+ show we were denied. heard it was very very funny. Finally our bus broke down in Belize for the Altun ha excursion..BEWARE it took them about half an hour to get another bus to us . With no a/c and the temp' was excruciatingly hot! The Altun ha excursion was otherwise fabulous-must do it and the Roatan pirates, monkeys and birds park excursion was best trip for us. The crystal tubing cave excursion also was rated among the best by others on board.Also i adjusted our tipping fee due to the lack of proper service with the elevators, comedy room thing & of course the tendering & excursion procedure they use is annoying!They gather everyone whos leaving the ship into one room at the same time and give you stickers then call those stickers according to your excursion time for departure. All of us at three ports especially the tender ports were late getting off the ship. One group had an 11:00am departure they didnt leave the room till almost 11:45 or so.. we were late for the Belize river wallace excursion by at least 45 minutes our selves, then our guide dilly dallied on pier for another half hour making timing a HUGE issue in the end since the ship had to wait for us..so embarrassing.As for the food and fun it was very good. They seemed to try much harder to give a variety of things to do while on ship. One tip if you want alcohol bring LOTS of money. If you want to go to the casino bring lots of money..lots of fun to have.Finally i found the dining room experience a little off. Our main waiter was over burdened and flustered most of the time. Half the time we ate at the lido deck "help yourself" dining option and preferred that most of the time. Ate frog legs first time..nothing to them really. Beware lido food options always same. Main dining room offered more variety..which was nice . Do both like we did you'll be happier!Overall really was fun & i didn't want to leave..got used to being served. Gilbert our room attendant was fabulous & so was Jocelyn a bartender. The crew changes up on all theyre ships which i thought was odd but if you get either one you'll be happy! By the way Cozumel was disappointing for shopping choose a water excursion. Finally be aware that 99% of crew is from somewhere else in the world. On one hand it was interresting to see where the person was from but it also was strange since i suspect many of them was just cheap labor either way they all were nice especially hearing Kevin wake you up every morning..oh and don't get a room in the front of ship below 4th deck or your going to be awakened by the boat first then kevin. And not in a good way.Otherwise i reccomend the cruise and defianately the itinerary. Just heed my warnings.