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Carnival Splendor Cruise Review to Mexico


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
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7 Night Mexican Riviera (Los Angeles Roundtrip)
Sail Date: July 10, 2011
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 6 years ago
As a platinum guest, I did not feel special other than boarding. Platinum guests should have priority boarding at ports-not just getting off which by the way, no one tells you how to get off at ports...
I found this Carnival cruise to have the least appetizing food for dinner. The tastes were bland and the selections were boring, and almost the same as the other Carnival cruises. Even the Grand Marnier Souffle was tasteless-no orange or sweet taste at all. The Escargot barely tasted of garlic. The ship's layout is designer poorly when trying to get to and from the dining room as the third and 4th floor do not go thru and you must go up or down to get anywhere.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Variety was the same as all Carnival cruises but this time were bland and not very pretty on the plates. The butter pecan ice cream seemed to have less pecans. Things seemed to be cheapened from other cruises.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
No feeling of being special, such as embarkation party music or Champagne as I had last year. The past guest party was too early to go to. 4pm is ridiculous on a sea day. There were no free drinks at the Captains party or invitations to the farewell party, just a notice in the bulletin.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Parties were not directed very well-Rock and Roll party had no staff and then we found out there was another party an hour later that had staff and lots of fun.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
The Atrium entertainment area is claustrophobic as it ends behind the bar and people are stuck there and leaning in on you if you are lucky enough to get a seat.The layout of this ship is poor in relation to getting to and from the dining room. The hallways are smaller and crowded on deck 5 going from for to aft especially when photographers are in the walkway(most of the time)

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The room was nice as usual.
3 out of 5
Too many guys trying to get you to buy excursions. It would be nice if a tender let you off at the beach instead of taking a water taxi
Don't Miss: Medano Beach
1 out of 5
Downtown is bad as is the beach-it was under construction and we couldn't see any beach . Our City tour did not show us or tell us much.

Pros: Spa room decor was nice as was the SPA(for members)

Cons: Dinner food in the dining room, crowds everywhere, too many people and lines.

Recommends Carnival Splendor? Yes!

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