I cruised on May 17th on the Carnival Splendor and bought a catagory 1-A cabin for $500. total price for just myself.
The cabin has one bed and the other bed in located in the ceiling. I have no idea how the bed is lowered down. The cabin is very cozy for SOLO cruisers. It was perfect for me. Carnival Splendor doesn't have the old fashioned BUNK BEDS like you see in the old photos of catagory 1-A.
The Vacationstogo.com singles were also cruising on May 17th. I already have cruised with them 7 times. I didn't want to pay their high prices since Carnival had lowered rates dirt cheap for a lot of the last minute cruisers. Some of their VTG cruisers were unhappy that they had paid more than what I had paid and other last minute cruisers had paid.
The singles group of people were very nice people and I knew a lot of them from past cruises. Since I didn't pay to be part of the group I chose to not try to sneak into their activities. I had some close friends who were part of the group and had a good time with them at breakfast and lunch and at the disco late at night. We would also go into the ports together at times. I like to explore the ports on my own at times.
I met several nice groups of people to hang out with on the ship. I made friends with the Karaoke crowd, the Piano Guy crowd, and some people that I met on the ship. They had some great SALSA DANCE MUSIC at the Robesto Bar Lounge. I loved playing TRIVIA too.
I also met with some CRUISE-CRITIC MEMBERS and took a tour of some of the cabins that are different catagories. I got to see the handicapped cabins that had wide doors and large bathrooms. The cabins are just a few feet larger than their regular sized cabins. They were nice.
I had a fantastic time by myself since I am a super extrovert and met lots of fun people.
I didn't have any problems or glitches since I am a VIP and got great service from them. I got a free gift, canapes, petite fours sp in my cabin.
I got my clothes washed too for free but not ironed.lol.
The waiters and cabin stewards worked very hard to please everybody.
I loved the Tandori Indian food and the Korean stir fry at the buffet during lunch time.
FOOD - If you are a person who thinks that food is the most important thing on a cruise..... the Carnival ships are not for you.
There were some great dishes and some foods that were not tasty. BUT, I was always given the option to choose something else.
I HAD FUN EATING ALL I WANTED ALL DAY LONG. I grazed every day.lol.
I ate dinner with two gals that loved to try as many dishes as possible at dinner time. I ate with them two times. The ship was not full so I had the freedom to move around and eat with different friends.
BUT.... I don't think that can happen again in a future cruise.
I plan to keep on cruising SOLO as long as I can find great deals. I don't need a singles group to keep me entertained anymore. I used to cruise with singles groups for many years but I feel I have outgrown them.
BUT... I may still cruise with a group that has a THEME.
This cruise review is not about the ship but more about cruising as a SOLO CRUISER. LucyR.