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Carnival Splendor Cruise Review to Mexico

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 52

Overall rating:

4.9 out of 5
Carnival Splendor

7 Night Mexican Riviera (Los Angeles Roundtrip)

Sail date: March 24, 2018

Ship: Carnival Splendor

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 2215

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

We had an amazing vacation and will definitely visit the Mexican Riviera again in the future. The Splendor is a great ship and I hope to sail on her again before she leaves for Australia.


5 out of 5
Embarkation was quick and easy.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The food was always very good. No complaints whatsoever.

Mongolian Wok

5 out of 5

The Mongolian wok was amazing. The only downside would be the long lines.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
There was always something fun happening on the ship to keep us entertained. There was never a time we were bored.

Cloud 9 Spa

3 out of 5

The ladies pamper party was a lot of fun. Prices for services however are extremely high.


5 out of 5
We attended the epic rock show. It was top notch.

Carnival Seaside Theater

5 out of 5

Loved watching movies by the pool each night.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our waitstaff in the MDR was amazing. Our head waiter Marian promptly greeted us by name as soon as we entered. He was always prompt in taking our orders and making sure we like our food. We were all taken care of in the dining room. He even brought out a small cake and sang happy birthday to my son. The team waiter Igede was very friendly and also made sure we were well taken care of. Our room steward, Pasek, was always close by to make sure we had everything we needed. He did a great job servicing our room daily while we were at dinner.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ship was very well taken care of. Crew members were out and about cleaning the ship all day.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The room is laid out well with ample space. There are 2 lower and 2 upper beds plus a desk and chair. The refrigerator worked well in keeping our drinks cold. It’s located in the front of the ship in an area that doesn’t get a lot of traffic so it was nice and quiet. My only complaint would be that there was a strong smell of diesel fuel upon embarkation. It went away over time that evening but would come back at other times during the trip.

Ports of call

Long Beach (Los Angeles), California

5 out of 5
The terminal is within easy access of the freeway and very easy to get into.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

5 out of 5
Cabo is beautiful. We walked to Medano Beach and spent the day relaxing on the beach.

Mazatlan, Mexico

4 out of 5
Mazatlan isn’t one of my favorite ports. We did a Salsa and Salsa excursion which was very fun. The beach was so so. We passed through some very rough looking areas on the trip from the port to the excursion resort. Everyone drove crazy too. I probably won’t get off the ship next time.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

5 out of 5
Puerto Vallarta is absolutely amazing. We booked the Las Caletas excursion. Upon getting off the ship, we were taken by boat on a 40 minute trip to the beach hideaway. It was like a tropical paradise. The sand and water were beautiful. We were fed lunch upon arrival. Activities included kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, zip lining, etc.


4 out of 5
We waited in line for a very long time once they called our number.
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