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Our 25th Anniversary Adventure - Baja Mexico & Hawaii on the Inspiration & Splendor


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1 hour ago, pghsteelerfan said:

I'm not 100% positive, but I'm pretty sure the Regent Sun was with us on our first cruise (our honeymoon) in San Juan in 1992.  We were on Carnival Festivale and RCI's Monarch of the Seas was docked right behind us.  Another ship was quite a ways down, but we could see it.  We were all docked across the harbor (where the freight docking is) for embarkation since they had the Christopher Columbus 500th anniversary celebration with the replica ships docked where the cruise ships normally dock in Old San Juan.  I had been curious as to what the other ship was and recently just found that during the time of our cruise there were three ships that did cruises out of San Juan on Sundays, Carnival Festivale, RCI's Monarch of the Seas, and Regent Sun.   

 

Jamman54, sorry if this is a "hijack".  I am really enjoying your review and looking forward to your trip to Hawaii on Splendor.  Patti is getting excellent pics, I'm really enjoying them.  I also loved seeing the pictures of the Queen Mary and seeing what the ships looked like then.  I think this is the first review that I've ever seen pictures of the interior. 

It most certainly was, as we sailed out of San Juan on the Regent Sun in 1995 for our 25th Anniversary, after spending a week in St Maarten. 👍

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Jamman, after talking over vacation possibilities for this fall, we ended up booking the Imagination to Catalina.  I'm blaming (thanking) you! I might complain about Carnival day and night, but I absolutely love the little ships and it's been too long since we've taking a short cruise. 

 

And now I want to start looking at Carnival 7-day cruises.  DH is determined to make Diamond so I feel I have to be a good wife, bite my tongue, and work on that for him by way of booking Carnival cruises over the next few years.  Ah, the things I do for that man. :classic_rolleyes:

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3 hours ago, Jamman54 said:

Around 11:50 am our cruise director, Lee Mason, made the announcement that all Diamond member cabins were now ready. We weren’t expecting that. Great job! So off we went to our cabin which was all the way aft on Deck 6, port side. We share a hallway with the cabin next door. We are in cabin # 6448 which is a bowling alley balcony cabin. Cabin 6450 is an aft wrap cabin which we were in on our very first Splendor cruise back in 2013…..

 

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Our Sail & Sign cards were waiting in our mailbox when we arrived. To surprise Patti I had our cabin decorated in honor of our Anniversary. To surprise me, Patti had brought along cabin decorations, which she later hung up. We left the decorations up for the entire cruise…..

 

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Our desk area and closets…..

 

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This was also part of the Anniversary decorations package……

 

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Our bathroom was next to the right side of the bed. It is a typical Carnival bathroom…..

 

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This is our bowling alley balcony…..

 

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To be continued…..

Thanks for the great Splendor pictures.  We've cruised her five times in the past & am going to Singapore in Oct.  Our room is also a bowling alley balcony.  In fact it's the same one we cruised around South America in for 49 days.  love cabin #6475.

joyce

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20 minutes ago, fyree39 said:

Jamman, after talking over vacation possibilities for this fall, we ended up booking the Imagination to Catalina.  I'm blaming (thanking) you! I might complain about Carnival day and night, but I absolutely love the little ships and it's been too long since we've taking a short cruise. 

 

And now I want to start looking at Carnival 7-day cruises.  DH is determined to make Diamond so I feel I have to be a good wife, bite my tongue, and work on that for him by way of booking Carnival cruises over the next few years.  Ah, the things I do for that man. :classic_rolleyes:

Your husband sounds like a good man so make sure you take care of his cruising needs! 😁 Congrats on the booking, and do I see a Panorama cruise in your future? 😎

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2 minutes ago, jgeraci7 said:

Thanks for the great Splendor pictures.  We've cruised her five times in the past & am going to Singapore in Oct.  Our room is also a bowling alley balcony.  In fact it's the same one we cruised around South America in for 49 days.  love cabin #6475.

joyce

 

Those cabins are the best. Thanks for reading and enjoy your TP cruise! 😎

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3 minutes ago, grandmarnnurse said:

Just loving this review, and all of Patti’s great pics! I can always count on yours and Patti’s reviews to give me the best feel of any ship before I book it. 

Thanks for your kind words. We always enjoy having you on board with us! 😀

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46 minutes ago, Jamman54 said:

Your husband sounds like a good man so make sure you take care of his cruising needs! 😁 Congrats on the booking, and do I see a Panorama cruise in your future? 😎

Yes, Panorama has been booked for quite some time. DH is particularly excited to be on a new ship.  It appears future "new" ships will be overhauls, which disappoints me, but won't disappoint DH.

 

I'd book an Alaska cruise for next year, but the Miracle is the least favorite ship imo. I might have to go with NE/Canada on one of the overhauls. 🙂

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5 minutes ago, fyree39 said:

Yes, Panorama has been booked for quite some time. DH is particularly excited to be on a new ship.  It appears future "new" ships will be overhauls, which disappoints me, but won't disappoint DH.

 

I'd book an Alaska cruise for next year, but the Miracle is the least favorite ship imo. I might have to go with NE/Canada on one of the overhauls. 🙂

 

We did the NE/Canada on the Sunshine and we are doing the same on the Sunrise this September. Look for our review late September. 😎

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Thanks for the great review, I think this is the first I’ve followed live but I’ve read several of your others. You both look great, let me know how this reverse aging thing happens!

 

Also - I just have to say - it’s no wonder you guys have made it 25 years, she can do her thing and trust you alone in Hooters all afternoon. No way in hell my hubby would stay out of trouble for 30 minutes if given that kind of freedom!

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Loving every moment of your review, Jamman! We board the Splendor on Saturday! Tell me, what’s your favorite bar to sit and spend time at on the Splendor? This’ll be my first time on this ship and I am particularly entranced by the look of the aft liner bar...

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4 hours ago, Jamman54 said:

Your husband sounds like a good man so make sure you take care of his cruising needs! 😁 Congrats on the booking, and do I see a Panorama cruise in your future? 😎

Haha...you should maybe look at my signature again.  DH and I were busy while you were gone. At least we'll be on a new-to-us ship with the Freedom and trying a Havana Cabana on the 2021 Panorama sailing. 👍

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9 hours ago, lottiegreen56 said:

Thanks for the great review, I think this is the first I’ve followed live but I’ve read several of your others. You both look great, let me know how this reverse aging thing happens!

Also - I just have to say - it’s no wonder you guys have made it 25 years, she can do her thing and trust you alone in Hooters all afternoon. No way in hell my hubby would stay out of trouble for 30 minutes if given that kind of freedom!

 

Thanks for following along and for your kind words. We're not getting older, we're getting better! :classic_biggrin:   After 25 years of marriage Patti knows that I'm pretty harmless! :classic_biggrin:

 

8 hours ago, blarko said:

This is just the best review! The pictures are great and your writing is keeping me glued to the story. Thanks so much for the entertainment.

Thanks for reading. Glad to have you aboard with us! :classic_cool:

 

8 hours ago, Cherrys said:

Loving every moment of your review, Jamman! We board the Splendor on Saturday! Tell me, what’s your favorite bar to sit and spend time at on the Splendor? This’ll be my first time on this ship and I am particularly entranced by the look of the aft liner bar...

 

Lucky you! On our previous Splendor cruises the Liner Bar was my go to bar. This cruise it was the Splendido Pool (mid ship) Bar on the starboard side. It's all about the bartenders, and Ruther and Amarsha there were fantastic Ruther is a hoot!. Make sure you tell them that Jeff and Patti from the Hawaii cruise said hello. I'm sure they will remember us! :classic_biggrin:

 

7 hours ago, fyree39 said:

Haha...you should maybe look at my signature again.  DH and I were busy while you were gone. At least we'll be on a new-to-us ship with the Freedom and trying a Havana Cabana on the 2021 Panorama sailing. 👍

 

You have been busy! Congrats on all those bookings. When will your DH reach Diamond? :classic_cool:

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2 hours ago, Jamman54 said:

You have been busy! Congrats on all those bookings. When will your DH reach Diamond? :classic_cool:

 At this very moment he needs 49 more sea days.

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13 hours ago, fyree39 said:

Yes, Panorama has been booked for quite some time. DH is particularly excited to be on a new ship.  It appears future "new" ships will be overhauls, which disappoints me, but won't disappoint DH.

 

I'd book an Alaska cruise for next year, but the Miracle is the least favorite ship imo. I might have to go with NE/Canada on one of the overhauls. 🙂

The Spirit and Legend are also doing Alaska cruises

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32 minutes ago, californiatripman said:

The Spirit and Legend are also doing Alaska cruises

Yeah. I saw that.  Meh. I think I'm one of the 3% that doesn't think the Spirit class of ship is the best one.

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Hi Jamman54!  A fellow Jersey native here....lol....Happy Belated Anniversary!  We just got back from our first B2B on the Horizon celebrating our anniversary as well!  Best thing we ever did!  I am just loving your review, especially all the information about Long Beach!  We have booked Panorama for next May and are so excited to do the Mexican Riviera!! First time for that as well!  Also loved your pictures of Catalina!  We visited there over Christmas (my BIL lives in San Diego) and it's just gorgeous!  Thank you again for your review - can't wait to read about your trip to Hawaii. 🙂 

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2 hours ago, mjrcruiser said:

Hi Jamman54!  A fellow Jersey native here....lol....Happy Belated Anniversary!  We just got back from our first B2B on the Horizon celebrating our anniversary as well!  Best thing we ever did!  I am just loving your review, especially all the information about Long Beach!  We have booked Panorama for next May and are so excited to do the Mexican Riviera!! First time for that as well!  Also loved your pictures of Catalina!  We visited there over Christmas (my BIL lives in San Diego) and it's just gorgeous!  Thank you again for your review - can't wait to read about your trip to Hawaii. 🙂 

 

A Happy belated Anniversary to you too! A B2B was a GREAT way to celebrate it. Thanks for following along. More going up shortly. 😎

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Patti continues heading aft on the Promenade Deck. This is Club O2 for the 15 to 17 year olds….

 

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Sushi at Sea has replaced the old Taste Bar…..

 

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Right next door is the Top Score Arcade…..

 

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Moving further aft we find the Red Carpet Dance Club…..

 

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This is the El Mojito Wine Bar…..

 

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Looking forward up the Oceanview Promenade…..

 

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This is the Grand Piano Bar on the starboard side aft of the Promenade Deck…..

 

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This is the El Morocco Lounge all the way aft on the Promenade. This is the venue used for the Punchliner Comedy Club…..

 

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This is the Cool Lounge. It is located aft on the Promenade Deck port side…..

 

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Patti moves down to Deck 4 and the Gold Pearl Restaurant which is all the way aft. This is the Restaurant that we will be eating at for this cruise…..

 

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Across from the Gold Pearl Restaurant is the Robusto Bar…..

 

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The Dream Studios is where the internet cafe (The Web), used to be......

 

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Patti has made her way back upstairs to the Splendido Lido Pool…..

 

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She comes to collect me from the starboard bar so we can unpack and get ready for the muster drill. This is Ruther. We will be spending a lot of time with him this cruise…….

 

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Everyone is ready for 14 days of fun!!!

 

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The muster drill began at 3:30 pm and was fairly painless even though we had to muster outside. We were in Muster Station “H” which was on Deck 4 aft on the port side. We were allowed to go down the crew stairs which were right outside our cabin door.

 

Once the muster drill was over we went back to the cabin to finish unpacking and hang out until sail away.

 

We were supposed to sail at 4:30 pm, but we didn’t sail until 5:45 pm. Here we are sailing away from the Cruise Terminal at Long Beach…..

 

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We have a Coast Guard escort…..

 

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The Long Beach Pilot Boat…..

 

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We are leaving the harbor. Goodbye Long Beach, next stop Maui…..

 

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To be continued…..

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