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Carnival Splendor Cruise Review to Mexico

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 48

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
Carnival Splendor

7 Night Mexican Riviera (Los Angeles Roundtrip)

Sail date: July 07, 2018

Ship: Carnival Splendor

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 2215

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

Overall, our cruise was amazing. I love the Splendor and am sad that the ship is leaving next year. I would definitely recommend the behind the fun tour. I knew the crew all worked very hard to ensure we had a perfect vacation but it was great to see it all first hand.


5 out of 5
We arrived around 1:00 for our check in time. We were on the ship within minutes of our arrival.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
We dined in the MDR each night. The food was great. For lunch, the lido has plenty of options. The Mongolian Wok is amazing but be prepared to wait in line for a while.

The Black Pearl Restaurant

5 out of 5

Food was great. Excellent service from Marian and his team.


5 out of 5

My kids loved the deli and got many sandwiches from there.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
There’s plenty to do for guests of al ages.

Mini Golf

5 out of 5

My kids spent many hours at mini golf. It was their favorite place on the ship.

Guest Services / Shore Excursions

5 out of 5

The guest services staff is extremely helpful. I had one issue with a charge on my account that wasn’t mine and the guy resolved it immediately. He even sent a thank you gift to the room for being friendly and positive during my visit.


5 out of 5

The Alexandria Library

5 out of 5

My kids and I loved late nights in the library playing board games as a family. My only complaint is that groups of teens would come in and trash the place leaving game pieces scattered everywhere. These were brand new games put out on our embarkation day.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Staff members were friendly and greeted us with a smile. Marian, our waiter in the black pearl dining room, is the absolute best. We met him 3 months ago on the same Splendor and loved him so much that we requested to have him again on this cruise.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
I like the layout of the ship. There are some decks that don’t go all the way through due to the galley being in the middle of the ship, but it’s easy to learn how to get around. I found the ship to be very clean. Crew members were always out and about cleaning up messes.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ports of call

Long Beach (Los Angeles), California

5 out of 5
Long Beach is an easy port to maneuver in and out of. I’m local to the area so I didn’t arrive early or do anything extra while in town.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

5 out of 5
We love visiting Cabo. Medano Beach is a 20-30 minute walk around the marina. You can take a water taxi, but you miss out on so much along the way including the giant #cabo sign. Medano Beach is absolutely beautiful. The water is clean and you get the most beautiful views there.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

5 out of 5
Puerto Vallarta is nice. There’s a beach right by the port that’s only a short walk. The water was very calm and warm. There’s also a mall and a Walmart right across the street from the ship which we utilized for a few needed items.


5 out of 5
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