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The Splendor, Hurricane Miriam, Tropical Storm Norman ..and US !

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Good morning from Arizona everyone ! Just off the Splendor yesterday and I am going to begin working on my review. Please be patient as I am a new cruiser, figuring out the photo hosting sites for the first time as well.

 

I will say that this review expresses the opinions and experiences of myself and my family only. Take it with a grain of salt..as with all CC reviews. Some background - the cruise was my teenage daughter and myself. ( I turned 37 the day we embarked 9/23 )

 

We flew into LAX the morning of the cruise. ( We live in Phoenix so flying the day of embarkation is reasonable ) The supershuttle dropped us off at the Long Beach terminal...and we then took a cab to the local drug store to pick up a couple items that we couldn't fly with.

 

Once back at the terminal ( around 1130am ) we stood in some long lines. ( which we expected due to our early arrival) The lines were all in shaded areas and were not too bad.

 

After stopping for an embarkation picture or two.. ( With our favorite photographer Gillian - more on her later ) we were on board !

 

 

 

Finally here !!!

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Our Cabin was ready when we got on board.. 9278 Lido Balcony. When we opened the door we found that it had been decorated for us at the request of some friends. we also had photo and drink coupons waiting as birthday presents. Also, friends had ordered us Carnival beach towels to take home..

 

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Here are some pictures of the room... and of our initial exploration of the ship...

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Here is the bathroom...

I will say this.. there was plenty of shelf space for 2 women to fill with "necessities." We did not use the over the door shoe hanger that I bought...

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Great start! The daughter looks very happy to finally be cruising.

 

Edit: Happy 37th!

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Ship Pics...

 

 

 

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Big screen warning the Chair hogs...

( and we did see personal items removed by staff )

 

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Our embarkation meal from the Lido Grill

 

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Love the pics!! We're going on the Splendor next August. Looking forward to the rest of your review. Would love to hear about your DD experience in the teen rooms. I have a 15 year old DS.

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Love the pics!! We're going on the Splendor next August. Looking forward to the rest of your review. Would love to hear about your DD experience in the teen rooms. I have a 15 year old DS.

 

Hi Mari -

 

DD did not use the "camps" at all... she prefers to be with me. ( She thinks that she is 37 also )

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Hi Mari -

 

DD did not use the "camps" at all... she prefers to be with me. ( She thinks that she is 37 also )

 

It's funny you said this. We were on the Glory recently and my DS was the same way. He didn't use the teen rooms at all and hung out with me the whole time. Guess us moms are still pretty cool to hang with. :D

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We made it our mission to find the Splendor's Blessing Coin on our first day...

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Our cake was delivered to the room on embarkation...

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The Muster drill..

Totally necessary and informative... but I got a bit claustrophobic in the crowds while they made announcements looking for passengers who were unaccounted for...

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It's funny you said this. We were on the Glory recently and my DS was the same way. He didn't use the teen rooms at all and hung out with me the whole time. Guess us moms are still pretty cool to hang with. :D

 

We must be !!!!

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After our Muster drill, our room Steward Wayan from Indonesia came and introduced himself. ( He also cut my zip tie that I had used to lock my luggage ! ) I have to say we had THE greatest steward ever. I had read that the stewards did not make beds...ours made them twice a day ( we always napped )... and was the master of towel animal surprises...

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Dinner the first night.. I accidentally deleted the meal pictures, including a great one of the waiters singing the birthday song.. *sigh *

We had anytime dining but requested head waiter Xue and his team... they were great..

Here are the desserts... ( They brought us all three on night one )

Black forrest cake.. creme brulee and Warm Chocolate melting cake...

 

 

 

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ok.. I have GOT To get some cruise laundry done and get some groceries in this empty house..

I will add more later..

Coming up next...

Day two ( sea day ) and a Hurricane Itinerary change !

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You two look great! I'm so glad you had a nice cruise. It went by fast, didn't it. Unfortunately, they always do. I'm outta here for the day, but I'm looking forward to continuing reading your review tomorrow! :)

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Welcome Back! You two are so cute! I am so happy you enjoyed your first cruise and I cant wait to hear more!!!

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Can't wait to read more! We were on this cruise too and had a blast! I am interested to finally read what you thought! Your anticipation was palpable!!:D

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Day Two.. Fun day at Sea....

Due to a very early bed time the night before, we both woke up around 5am. After indulging in room service we went to the Fun Onboard Show. This is essentially where the Cruise Director (Craig) introduces himself and various other administrative types.

During this show, the Captain came on stage and announced that our itinerary was changing due to how close we were to hurricane Miriam. Instead of 2 days in Cabo and one in Puerto Vallarta, we would have one in Cabo and 2 in PV. This was fine with me.

We explored the ship some more.. stayed in suits all day.. and ate pizza !

I also pulled cash from the casino ( a CC trick.. thank you guys ! ) since I traveled with WAY more OBC than cash...

 

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Oops no kids allowed.... :D

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I made up for it by letting her blow some $ in the arcade...

 

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Screwing around outside the disco....

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Our favorite bar waiter, Roderick - got very accustomed to making "one strong and one virgin".. so much so that he started doing it all on his own !!

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A stingray was waiting when we returned to the cabin for a mid day nap...

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During our nap... a staff member came over the loudspeaker and said "Operation Bright Star.. Operation Bright Star..deck 2 Fwd ! "

I asked about this later... it ended up that a crew member had fallen and been injured.

More sea day pics...

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This was the first elegant night... This was a big deal for us because we rarely have pictures together...and we never dress up.

We had a great time. We hung out with our embarkation photographer from South Africa "Gillian" who was just a doll. All the photographers were funny, kept us laughing the entire time. Here are our 3 favorites from Elegant Night

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Great review! thanks for sharing with us!! I am going to miss the Splendor SO MUCH when she leaves :( We've sailed her twice.

 

Would GLADLY take 2 days in PV as opposed to 2 in Cabo -- I enjoy both places, but I really loved PV!

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We pulled into Cabo...very excited about our first port. We received tender stickers for #5 and headed to shore...

 

 

 

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Bad news was waiting for us.. Due to Hurricane Miriam the Harbor was closed.. NO water activities or tours would be permitted. Our parasailing that had been scheduled for months was cancelled. We decided to make the best of it - took a 3 hour ATV tour instead. This was very cool... and a little scary. Neither of us had even ridden an ATV. We got to see Cabo's hills and rugged terrain...

We also rode the incredible beaches... The screnery was amazing.

DD did fall off her ATV at one point on a steep hill..

Minor scraped elbow and a proud battle wound.

Our guide was really great - he made sure we all stayed together and went off to rescue a "lost sheep" ATV more than once !!!

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Looming Hurricane sprinked on our ATVs a bit...

 

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Leaving Cabo....and some friends waiting for us in the cabin...

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Our Steward started making two sizes of every animal and labeling one "Christine" and one "Hannah" :D

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That evening we went to the juggling / comedy show of "Tyler Linkin"... funny guy. We also saw a sea turtle swimming along the boat as we left Cabo !

 

The next morning was our First Puerto Vallarta day...

Here are some pics of the port from our Balcony...

 

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Since we had no shore excursions scheduled for this day, we wandered around, haggled with shop keepers..and then returned to take advantage of the empty ship.. ( yep this was my waterslide day ! )

 

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