Carnival Splendor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Contributor Level: Purser

Experience
4-6 cruises

Review
1

Helpful Votes
5

4 out of 5

Splendor, August 12 - 20, 2014

Sail Date: August 12, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Balcony

We parked at the Weehawken Ferry Port and took the ferry over to Manhattan. Not only was it a nice (and surprisingly easy) way to get to the ship (View of Skyline and ship from New Jersey), it saved us about $150 on parking versus parking at the cruise port. Left out of Manhattan Cruise Center. Security and check in went smoothly and rather quickly (about 40 mins total). Ship was clean, food was good, not great (had better on the Pride out of Baltimore). Had a great cabin with an extra large balcony (room 8457). My wife and I got the CHEERS drink package and I think it saved us a boatload of money as our friends who traveled with us spent well over $600 more than we did. I would consider it if you like to have a few drinks! Crowd was definitely New York/North Jersey centric, so was a bit raucous. We like that kind of atmosphere so we were fine. Probably not the crowd if you are looking for a quiet relaxing atmosphere. Definitely more partiers than not. Weather was great. The first sea day a little rough, not bad though (to be expected in the North Atlantic). Otherwise warm and sunny. Ports were excellent (though I am not a fan of Nassau). As always, crew is excellent, bar, wait staff and room stewards were very attentive. We had fun and would do it again.

Ship Quality
clean and well maintained
Food and Dining
Not bad, have had better on other Carnival ships
Service and Staff
Made, Guilliermo (Bar waiters), Sara (room Steward), Melody (Martini Bar Bartender - she makes and excellent martini). They were all outstanding.
Entertainment
Hypnotist was good, the social crew were good (played a bit of trivia). The Show in the main Theatre was not so good
Children's Programs NA
Onboard Activities
Had a lot of fun playing trivia
Destinations and Excursions
Spent most of our time at the beach in Grand Turk and Half Moon Cay, just beautiful. Not a fan of Nassau though.
Cabin / Stateroom
Because of the architecture of the ship this room is laid out differently than most other cabins. As a result the balcony is more than twice the size of the normal one. A little noise from the lido deck above but nothing really bad.
New York, New York
Grand Turk Island
Great beach, great snorkeling.
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)
Love this beach! This place is beautiful
Nassau, Bahamas
I would try to schedul an excursion as the town has little to offer.

Tip

The Liner Bar area at the back of the ship has a good deli and Tandoor (indian) buffet. Both were excellent and rarely crowded so if you want a quick bite try those. The Mongolian wok is quite good, though usually a long wait for it.



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