not bad for first cruise

Carnival Splendor Cruise Review to Mexico

Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Mexican Riviera (Los Angeles Roundtrip)
Sail Date: February 12, 2012
Ship: Carnival Splendor
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 6 years ago

I think my expectations were a bit high after everyone told me how wonderful a cruise was. I had done the all inclusive resort thing before and loved that and was hoping this would be a similar experience. The sticker shock of the first day turned me off. Drinks were very pricy. I understand that a lot of money is made on alcohol but having to buy four beers instead of one or two was a bit much. Also the yoga and spin classes in the gym were up charges.

Dining was not bad - always plenty of food. I recommend going to the small food options (the deli and the indian counters specifically) instead of the buffet for lunch. Dinner in the main dining room was typically good. Had dinner in the steak house one night and that was very nice. Not fantastic, but worth the $30/person up charge over the regular dining.

The cruise spent two days in Cabo and only one day in Proto Vallarta. Would only do this cruise again if that was changed to 1 in cabo and 2 in Porto.

People were nice and friendly. Staff was attentive and professional. Met some interesting people that we'll hopefully stay in touch with.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
most of it was good. one fish dish was way over cooked but I had eaten just a bit before so I didn't bother asking for something else.


3 out of 5
I live in vegas so I'm quite spoiled on the entertainment....

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
very friendly staff

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
huge ship - lots to explore. clean and tidy - somehow never seemed too crowded.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
just fine. had one of the cheapest cabins on the lower level and it was just fine. plenty of closet space for the two of us and all our empty luggage tucked away under the bed

Pros: attentive staff

Cons: constant up selling

Recommends Carnival Splendor? Yes!

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