17 Night Mexico & South America (Los Angeles To Santiago) Sail Date: February 03, 2013 Ship: Carnival Splendor Cabin Type: Inside Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 4 years ago
The ship was great, spotless, and easy to navigate. The food was very good. There was a good variety including lobster tail, filet mignon, sea bass, salmon, veal, escargot, etc. The crew was most helpful, pleasant, clean, and everyone spoke English. The entertainment was mostly poor. The dancers and singers and ship's band were excellent as were the costumes and themes. The individual entertainers were poor and in one case embarrassing in her ineptitude. There was too much comedy everywhere for all ages-----way too much! There was too great an emphasis on karaoke, trivia, and deck games. The music was mostly DJ's playing some weird rock music. The Latin Band played much too fast and no recognizable songs. The piano player was mediocre. The dance lessons centered on jiggling around. The cruise director was from the Bronx and had never been to any of the ports we visited. He was lost. The administration was very poor with one hand not knowing what the other had was doing and consequently we received many mixed messages or corrections to previous messages. The internet was almost unusable it was so slow. In one case it took 45 minutes to load the Carnival site! Finally they reset the satellite for the southern hemisphere and it was somewhat better but often had "too many users". Best time to use it was the middle of the night. There was one "naturalist", photographer, techno geek on board who saved the whole cruise! Mickey Live was awesome! He had been to all the ports and worked for other cruise lines more accustomed to this type of cruise. He organized all kinds of interesting things to do and see; that no one else from Carnival had any idea of doing. He was a star! Otherwise there were no lecturers, no historians, no one who knew anything about where we were going, no Argentinian tango instructors, no singing quartets, no knowledgable experts on anything. We will not sail with Carnival again as we are looking for something much more cultural and personally enriching.
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