Carnival Splendor Cruise Review to Mexico


4-6 cruises


Helpful Votes

3 out of 5

You get what you pay for - mostly....

Sail Date: September 01, 2012

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

The ship is very large, but not large enough to escape the excessive number of children on board. Those areas that are reserved for \"adults only\" are too small, and offer fewer ammenities than the general population areas, and overall we determined that the discount price didn't make up for the low level of clientele we were surrounded by or the impact that has on the entire staff of the ship....

Pros: Our time on shore in Mexico.

Cons: The overwhelming amount of young children running around the ship.

Recommends Carnival Splendor? No.

Ship Quality
Decor is \"Circus\, Circus\" Las Vegas style - gaudy and cheesey. Way outdated and badly in need of some redesign. Layout can be confusing\, especially ehrn some sections are closed and you can't pass through from one end to the other without going up or down a few floors.
Food and Dining
There are plenty of dining options\, but not all of them are available most of the time. The food was very good\, when it came to us. Most dining room nights\, it took forever to get our food\, and everything was luke warm at best when it did arrive\, which of course had a huge impact on the taste....
Cabin / Stateroom
We were very happy with our stateroom\, and our stewards were the best part of the service staff.
Service and Staff
The dining staff was unsatisfactory. Our head waiter was rude to his assistants\, which came out in their attitudes as well. Service was slow and complacent to say the least. Perhaps automatice tipping is the problem here. The bar staff wasn't much better. Often times they would take your drink order\, and then go around for 10 more minutes to get other drink orders before going to the bar to get your drink\, and eveyone else's drink. Volume was their only goal - again\, automatic gratuities.... Almost every level of the staff was never in any hurry to do anything. It was like they were all in government worker mode most of the time.
The variety of activities was pretty sparse on sea days especially. Most of the activities are geared toward getting you to spend more money - shopping\, art auctions\, spa services\, gambling\, etc. Very few games and fun activities\, or staff led activities. Trivia was a joke. The show room shows were very good\, but the comedians were terrible. The piano lounge guy was a malcontent who based his humor on picking at passengers in the room - poor taste. The karaoke host was great\, but I can go to great karaoke at my local bar. Yoga was led by a weight lifter with no clue. \"High tea?\" - hahaha......
Children's Programs
Don't bring your kids on a cruise unless it's a kids cruise. There are not enough activities to keep them busy\, so they just get in the way of your vacation\, and the vacations of other guests. Carnival should just eliminate the kids areas all together. The \"kids\" zones are open during limited hours. The arcade has maybe 10 games. The pools are too small for kids to enjoy any kind of pool activities. They are surrounded by an environment aimed at feeding people alcohol all day. Don't bring your kids.

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