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Carnival Splendor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 18

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
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Carnival Splendor

8 Night Southern Cairbbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: July 16, 2016

Ship: Carnival Splendor

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 1443

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

I had an amazing time on this vacation and this ship.  Though like many say, the decor is a bit eclectic, but I enjoyed it.  The staff was always working their tails off, constantly said hello with a smile, offered to help in any way and made the ship come to life.  The only 2 little complaints I had was the small pool sizes (especially the adult-only) - we were crammed in there on sea days - and the lack of control the pit bosses seemed to have.  I don't gamble a ton, but each night I did they allowed multiple people to chant "21" each time a new hand of black jack was dealt.  Funny at first, but then very annoying and distracting.  Multiple gamblers complained, but nothing was done.  Overall, I would go on this trip and this ship again in a heart beat!  I found the entertainment to be solid (especially the live music in the lobbies), the food scrumptious, the staff pampering and the ports breath-taking!!!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
If something isn't to your liking, just order something else!!!

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5
I do wish there were more comics on board. The shows offered were good, but on my previous cruises, there were way more show offerings!

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
We loved our room steward, Rolan, and our wait staff: Tomi, Carlos and Reynaldo!!!!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
To save $, we got an inside cabin that was randomly selected. We were on deck 1 all the way in the back of the ship. I found this convenient to all the pools and buffets and enjoyed the swaying of the ship at night.

Ship tip

If you like your wait staff the first night, as for them each night. They get to know you and will give first class service. Don't forget to bring cash and tip them, and your room steward, at the end of the week - they really work so hard for so little!

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

5 out of 5

Grand Turk Island

5 out of 5
Margaritaville pool is gorgeous and they don't charge for use of the facility or the free WiFi

La Romana, Dominican Republic

5 out of 5
Grab a $5/person (each way) taxi to a local beach resort...rent a chair and drink rum from a fresh coconut!

Oranjestad, Aruba

5 out of 5
Eagle Beach is gorgeous and not over crowded like Palm Beach. Also, check out the Sunset Cocktail Cruise via Carnival excursions!!!

Willemstad, Curacao

5 out of 5
Check out the Dolphin Academy (swim with the dolphins) & Mambo Beach
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