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mkcurran

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About mkcurran

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    Yuma, AZ
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    Cruising
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    Carnival
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Any sunny and sandy beach

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  1. mkcurran

    Mazatlan Level 4 Travel Warning

    Just back and never felt unsafe while on our independent excursion.
  2. mkcurran

    A Splendor -rific rocking time.

    One more thing, if you were the person in Cabin 1005. I get that you love your cabin mate. But I did not need to hear, "But baby I love you!" about 100 times between midnight and 1 am as you fought. Also thank you for keeping that foolishness down to only the first night....you had us worried for a hot minute.
  3. mkcurran

    A Splendor -rific rocking time.

    Now that the ride is over and I'm back home with a good case of the cruise ship crud here are some final thoughts: That last sea day was so rocky that I'm still feeling it three days later. Long Beach is freaking cold this time of year. Two grandkids figured out roulette and had a good time in the casino. We lacked truly hot water in our shower all week. It got better after the hotel director stopped and asked us how thing were going. But that only lasted for one night. I'd still love to do the version of this cruise that stops in PV overnight. I still don't care much for Cabo. The cheapest shopping was by far in Mazatlan.
  4. mkcurran

    A Splendor -rific rocking time.

    Debarkation and heading home: Saturday came and thankfully the ship was in port. That rocking the last day was some thing else. We got up and had breakfast. Turned our phone off airplane mode and ate while they went off like the machines in the casino that hit for other people. Eventually our tag number was called and we made our way down to leave. We got goodbye hugs from Nadia. Back in the dome we found our luggage at the front corner of the luggage area. We were then told that we'd have to walk all the way back to the back of the building to join the line that ended just on the other side of the roped off opening we were near. V was barely walking at this point and I had no interest in going all the way back out. We found a porter and short-cut the entire process. Best use of $20 ever. We stopped to gather the group photo and then called our ride. They were there in 5 minutes. The driver then delivered us to the door of our car and loaded the bags into the car for us. Great service! We filled the gas tank on our way out of town and stopped for the worst sub sandwiches ever. I am not a fan of Jersey Mike's. i would have preferred in and out. But all of a sudden D, who usually loves burgers, refused to eat at there. Anyway we ventured back home with a pit-stop at Salvation Mountain and Slab city. Pictured below.
  5. mkcurran

    A Splendor -rific rocking time.

    Friday...Last day at sea It's okay if you are crying at this point. I was too. The day started off with US trivia. There was a very bad question involving a war. It was suggested that the question be tossed by Carnival HQ and I agree. After the trivia was another genius test. As I can't spell the word genius with out spellcheck I figured it would be good for a few laughs. Well it turns out that it was the same test that we had on Monday. I figured I see how good my memory was. Turns out not as good as the two other people I recognized from Monday's session. And they were going to claim the prize. Well that was until the person who ran Monday's session stopped in and outed them. After the drama that is trivia we wondered over to the casino, where I actually had a winning streak. Got most of the money back I lost for the week. Then we grabbed a final lunch at the deli...those hot dogs are the best! After that we found the t-shirt sale. Normally 2 for $20. So I choose two shirts out of the three I liked. I went around to pay and the guy says, "They are actually 3 for $20 today." Score! I went back and rescued the cast off shirt. We then spent a small fortune on pictures the kids took the previous evening. I am happy to say they are already hanging on my wall. Nothing motivates my hubby like over paying for pictures. Today was rocky. The ship was trying to outrun a storm. My Bonnine stash took a hard hit. After lunch we went to watch the kids "bust a move" in the atrium. I ordered a kiss on the lips from a bartender that actually blew me a kiss. She was a hoot. We sat and listened to the music. Once the rocking got to us we went back to take a nap. After nap time we caught up with the kids at the liquor tasting before dinner. We took a stroll through the casino and did something we've never done before, cashed out! Dinner that night was steamed mussels followed by steak tacos, no dessert. We had dinner in the aft dinning room and one by one people went back to their room because we were rocking terribly. I'd bet half the dining room was empty by the end of dinner. The pool on the lido deck turned into a wave pool. they had it drained down and closed by the time we got up there to watch Small Foot with the grandkids. fbc162d5-ad79-4bf0-b3b3-4ec2c73e1ad2_1935574334.pdf fbc162d5-ad79-4bf0-b3b3-4ec2c73e1ad2_01867675865.pdf fbc162d5-ad79-4bf0-b3b3-4ec2c73e1ad2_2-1745491309.pdf
  6. mkcurran

    A Splendor -rific rocking time.

    Thursday, Valentine's Day Look all the kids joined us for breakfast on the Lido! I just realized I suck at taking pictures on sea days. Guess I had too much fun to stop and snap a photo. Anyway today started out with another craft session. D&V joined us this time. Nadia remembered us. It was fun, we made valentines. After crafts we spent the rest of the morning in the casino. It's always nice in the morning, before the place fills in with smoke. The kids wanted to play bingo, so that was the afternoon activity for most of us. The hubby returned to the casino where he actually had a winning streak. Nobody in my group won at bingo. Well grandkid #5 did in a way. Some how the charge for her cards got billed to Kid #2, rather than to her account. Tonight was the second formal night. All the ladies got flowers at dinner. My steward would put the flower to use later. Dinner was a crab cake, stuffed mushrooms, filet mignon and a special valentine's parfait for dessert. That night we caught Tim young in the Punchliner club. That guy is funny! 71cd3422-6080-4a8d-bf61-8e55594f381c_0260636774.pdf 71cd3422-6080-4a8d-bf61-8e55594f381c_1-1070664475.pdf
  7. mkcurran

    A Splendor -rific rocking time.

    PV Continued... We got back on the ship and went to dinner. I had the iceberg salad, with the wrong dressing and no bleu cheese crumbles. But I had two of the tacos dorado for my main, which is some of the best food they serve. Last time we were on this ship we got spoiled by the dining room staff. this time, not so much. Always had to ask for iced tea and extra butter. We tried going to two different show in the theater this evening but found the theater to be too stuffy. So we enjoyed the views from our secret deck. 4bfce616-627e-4030-937a-98b0da9b1493_0-150482913.pdf 4bfce616-627e-4030-937a-98b0da9b1493_1-328470425.pdf 4bfce616-627e-4030-937a-98b0da9b1493_2-1675231756.pdf
  8. mkcurran

    A Splendor -rific rocking time.

    PV Continued... It wasn't too long down the road that we remembered that we were old, tired and hungry. So we stopped at Roberto's, just off the Plaza. The selling point here was 2 for 1 margarita and tables with umbrellas. Kids #1 & #3, and their entire families, found us in time to have lunch. The fish tacos were beautiful. As was the view. Next door was a VW pickup and a some of those face-hole things for photo ops. From lunch we walked over the river. After all that walking it was time to get back to the ship and take a nap. We put our lives in the hands of a cab driver and got a ride back to the port. After waiting forever to get on the ship I was told that I needed to go check in my booze. I looked over and couldn't even see the table. I figured if they really wanted my booze they can come claim it later. At this point I was tired cranky and had to go. And that is how I got back on the ship with a full bottle of tequila.
  9. mkcurran

    A Splendor -rific rocking time.

    Puerto Vallarta Wednesday found us waking up in PV. The plan for today was simple, get every one to the Malecon and meet up for lunch later. We had 15 people in our group. Most of the shuttle vans hold 14 passengers. Did this stop our enterprising driver? nope. He popped a camp stool out of the back and we had an extra seat. The Malecon in PV is this magical place with shops on one side and the beach/ocean on the other. Cheap drinks can be found along with good food. However based upon our last trip here, the exchange rate in the restaurants sucks. We came prepared...we had our pesos. We wondered along and we had to keep waiting for V. The kids took off ahead of us. I got plenty of pictures of the art work as we wondered. Shopping tip...the further down the boardwalk you go, the better the prices. Eventually I found the tequila shop (to no one's surprise.) I finally got to taste the chocolate tequila. And I bought it, for $10 cheaper than in Cabo. I'm not too sure, but V may have made a deal to ship some of the tequila up to her family's vacation house in Northern Mexico. 20190213_091001.mp4 20190213_100446.mp4
  10. mkcurran

    A Splendor -rific rocking time.

    Mazatlan again...as the pictures are fighting with me today.... I was going to post the dinner menus....but it seems I didn't actually look at them on my phone. Fun fact if you look at the menus in the hub app it actually downloads a pdf copy to your phone! So that night we had dinner and went to watch Bohemian Rhapsody on the big screen. Except we got there late. Well not late, but one big group had already grabbed all of the spare chairs on the lower lido deck and completely blocked the area around the pool. So we went to the upper deck, where I thought we had found acceptable seats.. that was until the 6 foot something dude in front of us tried to grab my chair, right as I was sitting down. He let me have my chair, but then he stacked 3 chairs up and sat on them.....right in front of me. Dude I'm 5 foot almost nothing and I wouldn't pull that kind of move. We moved on. We found Kid #1 on the other side of the upper deck and grabbed a couple of chairs over that way. I'll leave you with more gratuitous sail away pictures from Mazatlan.
  11. mkcurran

    A Splendor -rific rocking time.

    Mazatlan continued.... In case you were wondering where Nissans come from here's a picture of some vans getting ready to ship out. The catamaran pictured below has the name of Titanik. We saw it sailing earlier in the day with out many passengers...I wonder why.... Also the Vindata Elegant cruise ship broke down here two weeks ago and was undergoing repairs.
  12. mkcurran

    A Splendor -rific rocking time.

    Mazatlan continued... Okay I left y'all on the boat. After we docked at Stone Island. We rode a tractor pulling 3 carts down a long narrow winding roa d to our spot for the day. You'll notice V is not matching the color of her bag anymore and was much happier. The Grandkids headed straight for he beach. This beach has the softest sand and was just wonderful for walking. But not for driving, as we watched a car get stuck in the sand. Soon enough my big kid was in the water playing with grandkid #6. On this excursion we booked it included lunch, drinks, and two activities. I was going to try kayaking but the surf was a little rough that day. Video below (hopefully). Instead I enjoyed my lunch of yellow charcoal chicken--it may have been pelican, the best quesadilla, and an excellent fish taco. I also enjoyed three margaritas. The first one was weak. V told the bartender I liked my margaritas strong. He delivered on the second one. By the time I got up to get the third one I also took my tip money for the day to drop in his jar. I'm pretty sure that third one was mostly tequila with a splash of lime juice. At this point I knew I wasn't doing any activities, so the grankids got my tickets and went on a few more horse rides. On time on the banana boat, and getting dumped twice was enough for them. Three hours later they loaded our loaded butts back onto the tractor carts and hauled us back to the dock and eventually back to the ship. I would definitely book this tour again. Well worth the money, well except for the crap covered rock. 20190212_104922.mp4
  13. mkcurran

    A Splendor -rific rocking time.

    Go to Deck 10, go all the way to the front. There are doors on both sides. It's just a plain deck with a couple of wooden benches, but the views are hard to beat. All of my Cabo Port pictures were taken from there.
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