Carnival Splendor - June 18,2016 - 8 Night Cruise

Carnival Splendor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 6
Helpful Votes: 38

Overall Rating:

2 out of 5
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Carnival Splendor

8 Night Southern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail Date: June 18, 2016

Ship: Carnival Splendor

Cabin Type: Balcony

Cabin Number: 7363

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review Summary

The Splendor seemed understaffed.  The steward only wanted to do day OR night room cleaning, not both.  Dinners took a very long time.  We missed almost every early comedy show, since our 6 PM seating dinners didn't end until almost 8 PM. 


Our Carnival Dominican Republic excursion was completely mis-advertised. The Excursion description stated 6 hours, with difficult jungle walks.  It specifically said people with back problems. heart issues or asthma should not attend.  In reality, the excursion was 4 hours, including a two-hour bus ride, and the walk was 20 minutes each way on a path. Carnival did refund us 33% after we complained.


Also, other cruisers said that La Romana, Dominican Republic, was dangerous.  Shop owners had shotguns, and cruisers were constantly accosted by locals trying to sell them stuff.  Even on open-air buses, the locals would pull up on bikes and try to get you to buy something.  Very rude and intrusive.  This has never happened on any other island I've been on.


Aruba, Curacao and Turks and Caicos were excellent.


The layout of the Splendor is great for walkers, and there is a moving canopy that can close over the Lido deck. 

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


3 out of 5

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The cabin was fine. However, on the first day, the steward asked us if we wanted Day or Night service. I was stunned. On all other Carnival ships I have sailed, BOTH services were always provided. Also, on the first two nights, we got back two our rooms after 9 PM, and the service still hadn't been performed. We had a long talk with the steward, and from that point on we received timely day and night service.

Ship Tip

Taste bar was very good.

Ports Of Call

Miami, Florida

5 out of 5

Grand Turk Island

5 out of 5

La Romana, Dominican Republic

1 out of 5

Willemstad, Curacao

5 out of 5

Oranjestad, Aruba

5 out of 5
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