April 2016 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Splendor
Very nice cruise
The itinerary was just great. If you want to add to the experience, but don't want the hectic pace, take the tours of the individual islands offered by Carnival. they're about 2-3 hours long with stops for shopping and sightseeing in the best locations and you won't be exhausted when you get back. This is a beautiful, well maintained ship with an eye to details, cleanliness, and a great attitude by the staff. The food was wonderful ( cap the night off by having a hot freshly made Ruben sandwich on aft deck 9) and the entertainment abundant. We do 2 cruises a year, many of them on Carnival ships. Admittedly,some have been sadly lacking but this one is certainly not one of them by any stretch. I would recommend this trip for anyone and can't say enough good things about this beautiful ship and it's fine crew. I can honestly give this ship an easy 5 stars.
The people are cautiously friendly but this is a typical third world port. Walk down the sidewalks carefully, there are open sewers, broken or missing chunks of the extremely narrow sidewalks that disappear completely the further you get from the dock
Find another cruise that gives you more "bang for your buck". This ship seems geared mostly for first time cruisers and geriatrics who have had no experience with other cruise ships and no expectations of quality. I rate this particular cruise below most Carnival cruises I've taken (and I've taken many)
Use Uber to get to and from the cruise terminal. (You can easily download the app on your phone ahead of time) The cabbies rip you off and will take out of town visitors who aren't familiar with the city on a "joy ride" to increase the fare which is already exorbitant..