Review by jambolito

Lots of selling, some fake ports, but overall good cruise.

In response to review, TERRI1962 says ...

Fake ports ‚ , ok hey it's a port you have a choice get off the boat or stay on the boat , cabin location sure you had a little to do with that choice , check your deck plan above and below next time. Happy Holidays‚ 

Tags: Carnival Cruise Lines Caribbean - Western Carnival Splendor

15 Answers

Carnival has built a lot of the "fake ports". I usually leave the area and walk around town if it appears safe enough. Shopping is usually cheaper this way, and much more of a local flavor.

Terri, you're absolutely right. I just should have done more research on the ports. This was my first cruise. I wouldn't recommend Costa Maya.


You're also right about cabin location. I didn't realize the importance of it.


I learned a lot of my first cruise.

Great attitude keep sailing just tighten the strings and book your next cruise with a little more homework on cabin location and ports then you will have yourself to blame if it doesn't work out. But definitely give it another go......‚ 

Shame about your opinion of Costa Maya.  Perhaps you need a better tour guide that can fill you in on the local history.  Though the town is rather dumpy, there are always hidden gems and stories to go with them.

As this was your first cruise, I'll give you a pass. ‚ What you experienced, is cruising. ‚ DI is all over the Caribbean. ‚ The artwork is not fake, as you ignorantly put it. ‚ If you don't like it, don't buy it. ‚  Maybe you should stick to Sandals, and other all inclusives.

We have all learned from our experiences on each cruise. I found that doing some research ahead of booking the cruise, and then joining a forum where I could ask questions, really helped prepare me for the cruise experience. I hope you'll try another cruise to see if you like it any better the next time. If you stick around here, you'll learn a ton from some really nice people who love cruising. 

OK ... define a fake port.

Is you is .. or is you ain't.

No such thing as a fake port. If the ship puts in there then it is a port. Might not be a good one but a port it be .... aye

Its not a fake port... It is a cruise center. Amber Cove is the same and so is Turks and Caicos.

Is Canaveral a port, or a cape ?   Is it real, or fake ?  

Port Canaveral is the water area the ships dock at.

Cape Canaveral is the land area where the space center is at.


According to the conspiracy theorists, Cape Canaveral is a myth.Big Smile


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