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I am going to hang out in the cabin until dinner, but Patti is going to check out the shops. She took a few more pictures along the way. She passes Sushi at Sea again….

 

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There are even more goodies available at the Coffee Bar now……

 

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The Aura Pop Duo plays on the Promenade by the Oceanview Bar. They played mostly Hawaiian music…..

 

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Soon it was time for our first dinner of the cruise. We have the Late Seating at the Gold Pearl Restaurant. They changed the dining times for this cruise. Early Seating was at 5:30 pm, Late Seating was at 7:45 pm, and Your Time Dining was from 5:15 to 9 pm.

 

 I had emailed the Maitre’d prior to the cruise requesting a table for two, and that is what we got. Our wait team would be Rodelio, Ronal, and Miguel. We were seated at table # 575 on the upper level (Deck 4)…..

 

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Here are Patti and I at our first dinner of the cruise……

 

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Here are tonight’s menus…..

 

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To be continued……

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I know that some of you are chomping at the bit for some food porn, so here we go! Patti had the tomato soup, Caesar salad, and the grilled salmon…..

 

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I started with a shrimp cocktail and duck potstickers, then had a pork chop and sweet & sour shrimp for my mains…..

 

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Here is tonight’s dessert menu….

 

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Patti had the caramel phyllo with caramel cream, and I had a banana split from the kid’s menu…..

 

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To be continued…..

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After dinner we walked the Promenade where we caught a glimpse of Patrick performing in the Grand Piano Bar…….

 

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Here is the Entertainment Schedule for our entire cruise…..

 

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Here are the Casino Events for our entire cruise……

 

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Patti was going to look at pictures and check out the shops again before heading back to the cabin. I went to hang out at Our House Sports Bar for an hour or so before heading back. Here is our first towel animal of the cruise……

 

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We have also received all of the tickets for the excursions that we booked for this cruise. Tonight, we set our clocks back one hour as we begin our transition to Hawaii time. We will be setting the clock back two more times before arriving there.

 

Coming up next:   Our first sea day, including a Hawaiian lecture series, the Cruise Critic Meet & Mingle, and first Elegant Night.

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2 hours ago, Jamman54 said:

This is the El Mojito Wine Bar…..

 

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NOOOOO! That should be the Alchemy! How do they expect a person to survive 14 days on that ship?

 

I am surprised how familiar this ship feels. I guess I expected a very different layout since this is the one that was designed for another cruise line. It feels similar to Triumph. I do like that they have the Dream class style bar in the comedy club. The deli seems out of place. You may find me there at 1am trying to order a pepperoni with extra cheese.

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32 minutes ago, Saint Greg said:

 

 

NOOOOO! That should be the Alchemy! How do they expect a person to survive 14 days on that ship?

 

I am surprised how familiar this ship feels. I guess I expected a very different layout since this is the one that was designed for another cruise line. It feels similar to Triumph. I do like that they have the Dream class style bar in the comedy club. The deli seems out of place. You may find me there at 1am trying to order a pepperoni with extra cheese.

 

Hey Greg! If you want pizza on this ship you have to go where the Blue Iguana Cantina would be!:classic_biggrin:

 

As you know the Splendor was originally being built for Costa as a Concordia Class ship. The Concordia Class and the Conquest Class are virtually identical, so that is why the ship seems familiar. The difference is up on the Lido. Costa did away with the stadium seating at the mid ship pool, enclosed it, and added a sliding glass roof. They kept the enclosed aft pool ala the Conquest Class. Once Carnival took over the Splendor they decided not to enclose the aft pool, and that became the norm with the subsequent Dream and Vista Class ships. I believe the Splendor will get an Alchemy Bar when she goes into dry dock in Singapore.

 

So, if you ever travel to Australia, you can take a cruise on the Splendor knowing that it has an Alchemy Bar! :classic_biggrin:

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8 minutes ago, Jamman54 said:

 

Hey Greg! If you want pizza on this ship you have to go where the Blue Iguana Cantina would be!:classic_biggrin:

 

 

I can see an advantage to that. I wouldn’t have to walk through the buffet at 1am trying to  avoid slipping on their freshly mopped floor to get to the room with my pizza.

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17 minutes ago, Jamman54 said:

 

Costa did away with the stadium seating at the mid ship pool, enclosed it, and added a sliding glass roof. 

 

 

That probably explains the smaller movie screen on Lido which is what stood out to me. I bet it’s nice to have that roof on a rainy sea day.

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Jeff, I feel you on that low shower-head situation. I'm almost 6ft tall and have encountered more than my fair share of height-unfriendly showers. Lol We sailed on the Splendor in '16 and had a great time, can't wait for the rest of your review!

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20 hours ago, watermelonqueen99 said:

Jeff, I feel you on that low shower-head situation. I'm almost 6ft tall and have encountered more than my fair share of height-unfriendly showers. Lol We sailed on the Splendor in '16 and had a great time, can't wait for the rest of your review!

 

That shower was below low! 😀   More coming up now. 😎

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Day # 11  (April 28th)  -  Sea Day # 1.

 

Here are today’s Fun Times…..

 

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We were up at 7 am to a cloudy and cool day with the temperatures in the 60’s. Patti didn’t feel like breakfast this morning, so I went up to the Lido to grab some coffee and Danish.

 

At 9 am Patti went upstairs to the El Morocco Lounge to check out Creativity at Sea. Today they were making lei’s. She then joined me in the Spectacular  Show Lounge for the Morning Show hosted by our Cruise Director Lee Mason…..

 

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We enjoyed these morning shows very much and made them the first thing we did each sea day. It was a great way to meet the various staff members. For those that don’t know him, this is the Cruise Director Lee Mason…..

 

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Today he is joined by Fun Squad members Tennessee Tyler and Dollar Dollar Danielle, who is also the Bingo Host…..

 

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This is Fernando, who is the Shopping Expert aboard the Carnival Splendor…..

 

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Lee interviews Jo, who is the female half of the Ballroom Dancing instructors on board for this cruise…..

 

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He also interviews Jason, who is the Director of the Academy of Fun for this cruise….

 

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To be continued…..

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The Morning Show was followed by “Wild Hawaii”, a ten part onboard lecture series hosted by Shannon…….

 

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After the lecture was over, Patti hung around for the Fun Aboard, Fun Ashore show hosted by Lee. I made my way up to the Splendido Pool Bar on the starboard side for a few beers, and to watch the hula dance class.

 

At noon I met Patti down at the Robusto Bar for the Cruise Critic Meet & Mingle…..

 

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To be continued……..

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They provided coffee, juice, and plenty of snacks….

 

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Hotel Director Lars Juel, CD Lee Mason, and Tyler from the Fun Squad came and mingled and talked to everyone in attendance…..

 

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Here we are with Tyler and Monroe the Entertainment Director who also took time out from his duties to attend….

 

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Here we are with Lee and Tyler…..

 

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Here is Cruise Critic member Darth Frothy and his wife Carolyn with Lee. It was a pleasure to meet you guys!

 

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Afterwards, Patti and I went up to the Lido for some lunch. She went through the buffet line and I tried out the ol’ Fashioned BBQ, which was not bad.

 

After lunch I made my way to the Royal Flush Casino to play blackjack for a few hours, losing $100. Patti went to the $500 diamond bingo, but she didn’t have any luck either. Here is Dollar Dollar Danielle at work…..

 

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To be continued…..

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We stopped back at the cabin and found today’s towel animal…..

 

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We also received a couple of plates of snacks and fruit…..

 

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We then made our way up to the Cloud 9 Spa to utilize out couples thermal suite pass. We find that going later in the afternoon there is hardly anyone there. We spent a couple of hours enjoying the thalassotherapy pool and heated loungers. Pure bliss!

 

We head back to the cabin to get ready for the first Elegant Night dinner. Here Patti models her attire for the evening…..

 

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We get our picture taken as we wait for the elevator…..

 

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Our table is set and waiting for us….

 

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Tonight’s American Feast menu…..

 

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Here are Patti and I on Elegant Night…..

 

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To be continued….

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Here is our bread basket. We love the cranberry bread, so when it’s available we get a whole basket full…..

 

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Patti gets the spaghetti carbonara as an appetizer….

 

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We both have a shrimp cocktail and a Caesar salad…..

 

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We both enjoyed the broiled Maine lobster and grilled shrimp…..

 

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Here is tonight’s dessert menu…..

 

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Patti had two scoops of butter pecan ice cream, while I had the coffee cream cake…..

 

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To be continued…..

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Our waiters surprised us with an anniversary cake, and they all came over to sing “Hoppy annibersary two shoes” to us!

 

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It’s show time! Time for the wait staff to dance and sing for us…..

 

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Our wait team, minus the young lady…..

 

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Patti was tired so she went back to the cabin after dinner. I went up to the Comedy Club to see Kelly Terranova, who I discovered was a guy, and was pretty funny. I topped the night off with a few beers at the Our House Sports Bar.

 

Here is tonight’s turn down service. Our VIFP gifts are the Tervis cups. We also received our invitations for Tuesday’s Diamond Luncheon. …..

 

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Tonight, we set our clocks back one hour again.

 

Coming up next:  Another relaxing sea day!

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I love Patti's dress. I can see there's a pattern to the black fabric that adds interest.  So pretty!

 

My DH is tickled that I'm now supporting him in his quest for diamond.  I think he corrected me saying he has 153 sea days so he's even closer to diamond than I thought.  And I'm sure he's adding up the days spent on other lines (at my insistence) knowing he could already be diamond if I weren't so obstinate. 😎

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18 hours ago, fyree39 said:

I love Patti's dress. I can see there's a pattern to the black fabric that adds interest.  So pretty! 😎

 

18 hours ago, SenatorsFan said:

I agree, Patti has a very pretty dress. 😃

Heather

 

Patti reminded me that she wore that dress on our Honeymoon cruise 25 years ago!!!  :classic_biggrin:

 

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16 hours ago, Cherrys said:

Jeff and Patty, greeting passed on to Ruther. Told him I expect a lot from him!

 

You are in good hands. Enjoy your cruise!  :classic_biggrin:

 

11 hours ago, TravelLots said:

Hi Jeff and Patti!

What’s the Academy of Fun?  Is that only for Journey trips?

 

I believe that it is a Journeys cruise thing. It is a lecture series that covers topics such as photography, social media, food, art, etc. A more detailed explanation can be found in the Fun Times. I invite everyone to take a closer look at the Fun Times that I post for this cruise. You will see a lot of events and activities that you will not see on a normal cruise. Thanks for bringing it up. :classic_cool:

 

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Day # 12  (April 29th)  -  Sea Day # 2.

 

Here are today’s Fun Times……

 

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We were up at 7 am to cloudy skies once again. The seas are fairly calm and the temperature is 67 degrees.  Here is the view from our balcony looking forward and aft as we make our way towards Hawaii…..

 

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Patti decides to skip breakfast today, opting instead to go to the gym and work out. I make my way up to the Lido to grab a cup of coffee then head to the Spectacular Show Lounge for today’s Morning Show. Patti will meet me there…..

 

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Today’s show features CD Lee, Tyler, and another member of the Fun Squad, Connor…..

 

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Lee interviews Jacques, who is the Art Auctioneer aboard the Splendor…..

 

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Lee shows off a special coin that was donated by the Facebook Group aboard. It will be auctioned off as part of the Groove for St. Jude fundraiser later on in the cruise. We got a close look at it and it was impressive…..

 

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Lee next interviews the other half of the ballroom dance instructing couple, Tom…..

 

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Here are Tom and Jo together on stage…..

 

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After the Morning Show I made my way up to the Splendido Pool Bar starboard side for a few beers. This became my morning ritual on sea days. I hung out and watched both the ballroom dance and hula dance classes.

 

Patti stayed in the Spectacular Show Lounge for the Wild Hawaii lecture and the Fun Finds Shopping Show…..

 

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Here Fernando and Jaydeep, the shopping gurus, discuss the best buys on board ship, and the ports of call…..

 

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We met back at the cabin where we found today’s towel animal…..

 

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We went up to the Lido for lunch. Patti went through the buffet line and I went to the Grille for a couple of cheeseburgers. Afterwards we made our way down to the casino to play in today’s slot tournament. However, by the time we got there, they were not taking any more sign ups. Oh, well. Patti was going to check out pictures and the shops. I played blackjack for a few hours and didn’t do very well. Outside of the casino by the Oceanview Bar, the Dolce Trio was performing. They are, in one word, awesome…..

 

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To be continued…..

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Patti just wanted to hang out in the cabin and read, so I made my way up to the Cloud 9 Spa for a few hours of pure bliss.

 

While I was gone, Patti had signed us up to have our caricatures done for free at the Cool Lounge. Once I got back from the Spa, we went to see Ty the art guy…..

 

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Ty was a funny guy, and the ten minutes or so that we spent with him were a hoot…..

 

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Here is the finished work. We did tip him even though this looks nothing like us! 😁

 

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Soon it was time for tonight’s dinner. Here is tonight’s menu…..

 

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To be continued…..

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