Carnival Splendor Cruise Review to Canada, New England, New York

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Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 17

Overall Rating:

2 out of 5
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7 Night Canada & New England (New York Roundtrip)
Sail Date: September 27, 2014
Ship: Carnival Splendor
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 8216
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 3 years ago


Upon arrival in my cabin it was necessary to call housekeeping to clean the balcony.  The glass on the balcony had assorted schmutz stuck to it including stenciled letters apparently left by previous occupants. 

This obscured the Oceanview were you seated on the balcony and necessitated having to stand until it was cleaned.

Shipboard activities during days at sea we're sadly limited. No seminars or recommendations on upcoming ports as there were on Cunard cruises and I don't play bingo or fold towels into terrycloth animals, which was available.  I rarely gamble so the casino held I little interest for me.

Culinary offerings on the Lido deck were plentiful but boring. The hot dogs were tasteless, the hamburgers were hockey pucks, the pizza was palatable. The best meal of the day was breakfast with an excellent omelette station. Meat offerings at the Carvery station were consistently tough, poorly carved with obviously dull knives.The food in the Main Dining Room was entirely sub-par. Meat and seafood dishes were consistently overcooked totally disregarding any request for medium rare. Any steakhouse entrées could be ordered upon payment of a $20 premium per entrée. 

Entertainment offerings left a good deal to be desired, with family Comedy and adult Comedy being the same performances by comedians sorely lacking in wit. The only difference was the adult comedy performance held later in the evening was liberally laced with F-bombs and sexual references.

The music in the dancing venues was of a higher-quality playing Jazz, Motown and Salsa rather well.

Their photographers are very accommodating.

Booking excursions is made very convenient with tickets delivered promptly to your cabin.

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
No fine dining here as you'd find on other cruises. This is more like Coney Island

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
Very little of interest beyond poker tournaments and towel folding.


1 out of 5
Very disappointing. Witless comedians using considerable profanity.

Children's Programs

Did not travel with children.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
The crew does make an effort to be accommodating

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
The balcony cabins are entirely adequate

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Balcony had to be cleaned upon arrival.

Ship Tip

The Lido deck is the best choice for breakfast if and only if you are an early riser. Otherwise the lines are unbearably long.
Room service is a good idea for breakfast but portions are small. If you want breakfast for two people, order enough for four. For prompt delivery order the night before.

5 out of 5
I love New York. I live in New York
3 out of 5
I was looking forward to the JFK library. Was greeted with considerably less content than I expected. Consisted of a few home movies, JFK's Inaugural speech, and two of Jackie's dresses .
5 out of 5
Windjammer sailing excursion was great fun.
3 out of 5
Lovely old homes, and a winery tour. The vintner had to open the winery because we weren't expected.
3 out of 5
Lovely scenery, but very long drive to Peggy's Cove. No toilet facilities on the bus.
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