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

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2-3 cruises

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4 out of 5

Nearly perfect

Sail Date: October 04, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

This cruise was a marvelous way for us to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, even without the 3 days in New York City post-cruise. That was just the frosting on the cake.

Carnival took very good care of us from the time we entered the terminal until we returned. The crew was attentive to our needs and provided a wonderful experience. The ports of call provided a good variety of American and Canadian cities both large and small. The indulgences aboard ship were most enjoyable - and of course, decent weather contributed to the pleasure.

Our stateroom on deck 2, mid-ship-aft, had an unobstructed view and more room than our Manhattan hotel room. The bed was very comfortable and our only complaint here is that scraping and banging noises from below ran up the hull more frequently than we would have liked. There was also some squeaking in the cabin door as the ship rocked with the heavier seas on a couple of the nights.

Food was generally good, especially in the buffets on Lido deck. Our favorite was the Tandoor Grill, but we happen to really enjoy Indian cuisine. We had to try the ever-popular pizza but were not particularly impressed, and the server seemed uncomfortable with his assignment that day. Our first two nights of "your time" dining were also less than stellar as the steaks were lacking in flavor. That set us to skipping dinner one night and eat at the buffet, but we returned to The Black Pearl night 4 and found much more enjoyable entrees for the rest of the cruise. Service in the dining room was passable but not as classy as we were expecting. We're simple folk, however, and don't need excessive pampering.

While our room steward kept the room clean and well made up, we noticed other lapses in service in the buffet dining rooms. Sometimes the tables were bussed as we finished a plate, and other times we would find multiple tables needing to be cleaned. We had to keep an eye out for tables needing to be wiped down as we looked for a seat.

We did enjoy the diversity of nationalities among both crew and guests, and there was also a wide range of socio-economic status among those aboard. As to ports of call, our only disappointment was the Boston schedule of 4pm to 11pm, delayed by heavy seas from 2pm to 10pm. Neither schedule allowed much time for visiting the city, but we did find our way through the bus/subway to the North End for dinner at the Union Oyster House and "snacks" from Mike's Pastry and from Modern Pastry. It was a fun time ashore. Portland, Halifax, and Saint John were also pleasant little port cities with interesting historical sites and good local seafood lunches.

Shipboard entertainment did not impress, but we are not very interested in usual nightlife activities even including television. The stage show had good music with constant scene changes - the number of costume changes the cast went through was amazing! And, they were excellent singers and dancers. We sat through two "PG" comedy routines; one was reasonably funny, the second a complete dud. When the comic realized his routine was falling flat, he tried resorting to more off-color humor and commenting on the age and presumed Bible-reading state of his audience - the pathetic refuge of an unfunny comedian.

Not to end on a negative, we enjoyed the various "towel animals" that the steward left in the room each evening. They were folded and rolled to look like dogs, bears, dinosaurs, crabs, and elephants. It was fun to anticipate what each night's "critter" was going to be sitting on the bed.

We're ready to do this again! :)

 

Cabin / Stateroom
Good unobstructed view. Location provides quick access to Lido deck (buffet dining) and aft destinations. Deck 3 (dining and lobby) requires use of the forward stairwell. Scraping and banging noises through the hull, presumably from below decks were an occasional annoyance. Our steward took excellent care of the room.
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New York, New York
If you've never, spend some time here!
Boston, Massachusetts
Catch the Silver Line SL2 bus just outside the terminal for access into the MBTA subway system. Orange Line 1 stop to Downtown Crossing, Red Line 1 stop to State Street. 15-20 minutes, and you are in the North End along the Freedom Trail!
Portland, Maine
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Lobster Poutine at McKelvies, with Garrison's Irish Red Ale. You won't be disappointed!
Saint John, New Brunswick
We took 2 cab rides (negotiated to $25) to the Reversing Falls, once near high tide and once near low tide. You don't get the effect unless you see both!

Tip

The Tandoor Grill was our favorite buffet. Yummy Indian food. The pizza is ok, but don't set your expectations too high.

The gym is located in the spa area, but is free.

The Red Carpet is a quiet lounge on deck 4; you may have to search for it. Try the not-so-obvious stairway by the Coffee Shop.



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