Good trip with a few hiccups

Carnival Splendor Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 37

Overall rating:

3.6 out of 5
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Carnival Splendor

6 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: October 08, 2017

Ship: Carnival Splendor

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 6210

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

5 out of 10 see above comments for more details . This was an okay cruise but I probably would not sail carnival again I'll stick with royal Caribbean

Embarkation

3 out of 5
I have cruised several times in other cruise lines and I have to say I was underwhelmed with the check in process in carnival . I completed all my paperwork online so basically all I needed was to formally show my I'd etc .... I made an appointment to board the ship ( the earliest available 11:30) but the lines were still long and no real order to them . I made it to the check in desk and unlike other carriers I did not receive my set sail pass (room key ) they just give you a piece of paper with your information on it etc . The room keys were supposed to be outside your door but all access to the rooms was blocked so I couldn't access my room or obtain my card . This prohibited me from getting the drink package and also they never linked my credit card to my room card so I couldn't purchase anything and had to wait over an hour in the line for guest services .

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
The buffet food was limited at dinner . Royal Caribbean buffet is better , however the dining room options are better than the dining room options in royal . There is a 15 drink limit for the drink package . This was somewhat concerning because we usually have 2-3 frozen drinks during the day while at the pool and even though we didn't use all the drinks we really had to budget them thru the day . Also when we went to the cruise lines private island half moon cat . The drink package could not be used there . We had to buy our drinks while on that island

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
We spent the majority of our time at the adult pool so no activities made it to that area . All poolside activities happened at the main pool which was overcrowded and full of kids (small babies ) we tried to go to the spa but no appointments were available at the times we were . We missed the shows because of dinner and the comedian was funny but the bingo was a complete waste of 3 hours listening to a question and answer with the cruise director . Who cares ?

Entertainment

4 out of 5
Comedian was great and the lobby musicians were good

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The highlight of the trip was the service . From the room attendant to the bar service and wait staff everyone did an excellent job

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Shop was clean no exceptions for us . One of the groups in our party did have a bad experience upon check in with a dirty room but the corrected it immediately

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Room and washroom bigger on carnival than on royal

Ship tip

Buy drink package and any excursions prior to boarding the lines are very long and you waste an extreme amount of time in them

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

4 out of 5
Been here many times plenty to do

Nassau, Bahamas

3 out of 5
Have been here several times . Have no interest in Atlantis . Casino and shopping -we did senior frogs and some local shopping .... good time

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

2 out of 5
Not a huge beach . Chairs are in the water and since you can't use your drink package here it gets costly for drinks (frozen drinks $10 beer $8 )the luncheon buffet was not the most elaborate either - ho him at best

Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic

5 out of 5
Clean . Can take a taxi to a beach , use the free pool area , shopping and plenty to do here

Disembarkation

3 out of 5
We carried our own bags off ,
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