Carnival Splendor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
Sail Date: June 02, 2013
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: 7242
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago
Review SummaryExcellent staff, the crew members were all extremely hospitable throughout the entire ship. Our room steward was exceptional. The only problem was that no one was regulating any of the "out of control" children on the lido deck. they were climbing the stair railings from the outside and none of the staff wanted to speak up and stop the dangerous behavior. this was very dangerous, one of them could have fallen from the railing resulting in an innevitable broken bone. The staff just watched or ignored. It got to the point that my girlfriend had to speak to the six children about their dangerous behavior after being struck by a giant "connect four" puck. Parents would stop by, cocktails in hand, tell the kids to sit in the sun chairs. Then proceed to leave the children unattended for another unacceptable amount of time. One of the pucks even struck the drum kit of the band that was playing on the lido deck at the time. Infuriated, we decided to leave before the parents of the children returned. If we would have stayed, a confrontation would have ensued. That was a big one for us. Children absolutely should never be left unsupervised. Not by their parents, and definitely not by the staff.
The entertainment was great. However, the "Latin American" dance show I found to be a little offensive. The salsa band was great, the rock combo was outstanding, the piano bar performer was awesome and pretty funny actually. Speaking of funny, the comedians were hillarious, with the exception of Azzeem. That guy is a racist. I watch a lot of stand up shows in nyc. i know that they touch on racial stereotypes and i also enjoy it. but this fellow took it way too far, then spoke on how we need to eliminate racism, then proceed to unload a bunch of racially charged propoganda, and this was somehow supposed to be funny. Had he been a caucasian comedian, he would have been booed off the stage. Overall the entertainment was very good,and Jaimie the host was hilarious.
The food at the buffet was usually better than the food in the dining room. The pinnacle steakhouse was well worth the $35 cover, the service was absolutely perfect and the chef even came out to greet us. That being said, the food in the pinnacle steakhouse was not very impressive. Our appetizers were very good, as well as the bread. The amuse bouche was unimpressive and though appreciated, I could have done without. My steak was just a bit under seasoned and a little undercooked. I ask for a rare steak, and received a steak that was under rare, meaning it was still cold inside. A proper rare is seasoned and allowed to come up to room temperature before it hits the fire. That way after searing, the steak remains rare and is also just warm inside. I notified my server and immediately she refired my order, which I received in a timely manner. The giant slice of cheese cake was the big let down. So big, so beautiful, so dry, so bland, so mealy. Still the meal was well worth the $35, and had I tried eating there earlier on in the cruise, would have return at least two times during the voyage.
Porting in old San Juan, Puerto Rico was excellent, the city is gorgeous. Boasting colonial architecture throughout the tropical landscape, it provided us with many stunning photos. The locals were friendly and helpful. St. Thomas was out favorite port. We took a quick cab ride over the hill to Megan's bay and stent the entire day there. The water was perfect and the beach was perfect for laying out in the sun. The locals were all very friendly toward the tourist which made it that much better. My only regret is the we couldn't stay till the evening. The duty free shopping in st. Thomas was an obvious winner for us. The last stop before heading back to newyork city was Grand Turk. We got off the ship and were immediately funneled through a shopping center with various stores. I mean, I can take a hint, this was ridiculous. After passing through a bunch of souvenir shops, and through jimmy buffets "margaritaville" we finally made it on to the beach. This led to regret about not signing up for a shore excursion for grand Turk. The beach was lame and there wasn't really any town to visit and walk around.
Overall, we had a good time. But, we will probably hold off on cruising for at least another 15 years. I don't feel like we fall into the appropriate demographic for cruising. I hope this review was helpful. I wasn't planning on writing one, but I keep getting emails about it. Cheers.
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Buffet dining is far tastier than the main dining rooms. Don't hesitate to fork up the extra $35 at the pinnacle steakhouse. Enjoy the natural beauty of st. Thomas, and the rich history and colonial architecture of old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Take an excursion at grand Turk, not much to see at port.