Fun ship, fun cruise!
Carnival Splendor Cruise Review to Mexico
Sail Date: May 15, 2011
Ship: Carnival Splendor
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 6 years ago
Review SummaryThe Carnival Splendor was a fairly new ship and was well-maintained. The decor in the main lobby was a bit gaudy, but you get over it quickly. We had an oceanview cabin on level 1 near mid-ship, so we had a great view of the ocean at all times. The rooms were large enough for 2 adults and a child. There was an extra seating area in the room which converted to another bed. The bathroom was decent in size and everything worked fine.
The ship offered a wide range of amenities, although not all seemed to be widely utilized. Since Carnival caters to family travelers, there were fun things for all members of the family to do. There was a spa at the top level, with an adjoining, generously equipped gym. There was Camp Carnival where you could leave your kids (segregated by age groups to cater to each group), and of course, there were at least 3 pool areas, and a number of jacuzzis around. The ship also offered an area for mini-golf, a water slide, a water park, and a basketball court. Too bad the Pacific winds tend to be quite cold (we traveled in May), as we could only get limited use of these outdoor activities because of it. Overall, the trip was highly enjoyable. The crowd at the Splendor was a mixed bag, with people from all ages, so if you expect a quiet cruise, this is not it. However, if you want variety, and activities, this ship is for you.
Food and Dining
I highly recommend going to the Pinnacles Steakhouse. I had an excellent rib eye there. For $30, you get a 4-course meal of starters, salad, steak, & desserts. That's quite a deal considering the cost if you go to a Morton's or a Ruth's Chris, and the steaks were on par with these places.
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Ports of Call
Don't Miss: El Arco - take a water taxi or tour and visit the famous Arch
Don't Miss: Pirate Ship Adventure - if you have kids
Pros: Lots of activities
Cons: Expensive drinks!