An OK CRUISE
Carnival Splendor Cruise Review to Mexico
Sail Date: May 22, 2011
Ship: Carnival Splendor
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 6 years ago
Review SummaryOverall it was a good time. Just surprised about mandatory tipping for everything. Originally sold, what I thought, was that all was included except for alcohol and 1 fine dining restaurant. We had to pay for bottled water and soda as well. You could order water in a glass, but when you did, waiters would ignore you and never come back until you actually ordered a soda, beer, drink. The 15% tip would kick in, and then they would serve. Happened multiple times, multiple days, multiple different servers. So this is a trend..They also automatically billed me halfway through crusie for $250 tip for housecleaners. Then at the end, there was an envelope left for our dinner server, that we could choose to tip more...Overall, ended up being an extra $550 in just tips that I wasnt completely planning on. Food was good, overall fun. Just seems like low price lead in to get you on the boat, then hammer you from there. Plan on paying double of what your original cruise price is for your days.
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Don't Miss: Las Carmalitas restaurant in PV
Don't Miss: snorkeling is awesome there. Bring your own gear, save some $$.
Pros: Great for Kids, safe to let them go and play
Cons: Mandatory 15% tipping, and so so service