Carnival Splendor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Purser

Experience
2-3 cruises

Review
1

Helpful Votes
3

4 out of 5

Good food, Great people,interresting ports of call & fun to be had.

Sail Date: May 02, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Inside

I rated my cruise on a scale of 1 to 10. 10 being spectacular .no! i didnt rate it a 10; however i did rate it an overall 6, I lowerd my rating for a few reasons and they are: First, the elevators were wacked out always skipping floors which was quite annoying when you are in a hurry to get somewhere on the ship. Second i really didnt like it when my nephew and I were denied access along with about 6 other passengers  to the punchline comedy club due to room capacity was full. I told them they should hold the function in a bigger room which would have accommadated all the passengers they were expecting to show up based on prior sailings.As a result i missed the comedian and his show was one of the best of the different comedians they had on board..instead i got to see the italian guy on the last eve before disembarkation & he was terrible. No i saw the pg show for the teacher/comedian & he was very funny..just wish i got to see his really funny 18+ show we were denied. heard it was very very funny. Finally our bus broke down in Belize for the Altun ha excursion..BEWARE it took them about half an hour to get another bus to us . With no a/c and the temp' was excruciatingly hot! The Altun ha excursion was otherwise fabulous-must do it and the Roatan pirates, monkeys and birds park excursion was best trip for us. The crystal tubing cave excursion also was rated among the best by others on board.Also i adjusted our tipping fee due to the lack of proper service with the elevators, comedy room thing & of course the tendering & excursion procedure they use is annoying!They gather everyone whos leaving the ship into one room at the same time and give you stickers then call those stickers according to your excursion time for departure. All of us at three ports especially the tender ports were late getting off the ship. One group had an 11:00am departure they didnt leave the room till almost 11:45 or so.. we were late for the Belize river wallace excursion by at least 45 minutes our selves, then our guide dilly dallied on pier for another half hour making timing a HUGE issue in the end since the ship had to wait for us..so embarrassing.As for the food and fun it was very good. They seemed to try much harder to give a variety of things to do while on ship. One tip if you want alcohol bring LOTS of money. If you want to go to the casino bring lots of money..lots of fun to have.Finally i found the dining room experience a little off. Our main waiter was over burdened and flustered most of the time. Half the time we ate at the lido deck "help yourself" dining option and preferred that most of the time. Ate frog legs first time..nothing to them really. Beware lido food options always same. Main dining room offered more variety..which was nice . Do both like we did you'll be happier!Overall really was fun & i didn't want to leave..got used to being served. Gilbert our room attendant was fabulous & so was Jocelyn a bartender. The crew changes up on all theyre ships which i thought was odd but if you get either one you'll be happy! By the way Cozumel was disappointing for shopping choose a water excursion. Finally be aware that 99% of crew is from somewhere else in the world. On one hand it was interresting to see where the person was from but it also was strange since i suspect many of them was just cheap labor either way they all were nice especially hearing Kevin wake you up every morning..oh and don't get a room in the front of ship below 4th deck or your going to be awakened by the boat first then kevin. And not in a good way.Otherwise i reccomend the cruise and defianately the itinerary. Just heed my warnings.

Ship Quality
The price of cruise is worth it and the dcir was nice and the ship was spotless all the time. Just get your seat early in adult serenity section.
Food and Dining
Choose to eat in the main dining room and the lido deck . Tv will give you that eve's menu so u can decide where to eat in advance.
Cabin / Stateroom
Don't get one at the front and/or below 4th deck you will be awakened by ship feeling like earthquake literally.If you can afford it get room on spa deck services included wish i could have afforded it.
Service and Staff
staff really does try hard to please everyone in a variety of ways.
Entertainment
actually this is where i was most surprised. The entertainment was actually very good. I expected so-so but actually got star quality entertainment! loved" Vroom" alot!
Children's Programs
Onboard Activities
I felt more dance classes perhaps OUTof the sun would have been more interresting & comedy shows were great! Al & the Teacher were fantastic..must see 18+ shows. Water slide loads of fun and gambling too!
Destinations and Excursions
Belze & Roatan were best excursion spots for us. Islands were very interresting and surrising too! really liked roatan.
Miami, Florida
DO NOT USE "premier parking usa" for parking if you go to port by car! they were horrible at picking us up at end of cruise. they are VERY affordable but "you get what you pay for"..enough said!!!!
Cozumel, Mexico
Bad shoppind, great prices though! Do water excursion while at cozumel. The city itself is 10 times worse than it was 20 years ago.
Belize City, Belize
The island is full of poor people whom are islanders. Very friendly and kind souls but the people live poorly and its evident .The river Wallace excursion was fabulous and Amelia our tour guide was great.. just nudge her to get on with tour as early as possible. Also hope your bus doesnt break down..not her fault but company needs to try harder.
Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
Loved, Loved loved it! The Gumbalimba pirates, monkeys & birds excursion was the BEST hands down! Great time and tour guide was extremely knowledgeable. Beautiful island..may someday get vacation home there in maybe 40 years.. they are poor yet have infrustructure to make it awsome by then!
George Town, Grand Cayman
British island. Most developed of all islands or ports visited. That been said there wasnt much to do on land except 7 mile beach..which was very nice! Choose agan a water excursion and sometime perhaps at 7 mile beach and you'll be much happier.You dont get much time there so take that into consideration.

Tip

Get a spa deck room if affordable if not save up money for spa services and for drinking and gambling. definately choose this itinerary you will like it.



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