March 2014 Destination:
New York (Manhattan)
Some people I know have called me a cruise addict. Yes that is true! I got off the Splendor today and felt a bunch of mixed feelings which I will get into later. For this cruise the itinerary was: Port Canaveral, Nassau and Freeport. Once I stepped onto the ship on 3/25/14 I knew I was going to have a great time. I went to the Lido deck upon boarding because the room was not ready yet, but it was to be ready any minute because I signed up for Faster to the Fun which gets you on the ship earlier after Diamond and Platinum members, gets your luggage to your room faster, your room is ready earlier, you have a special line at Guest Services which means no waiting and priority tenders, if applicable. Great bargain for what you get! Had pizza on the Lido deck which was delicious no matter what time you get it. I met up with a couple Cruise Critic members and then went up to my room where my luggage was waiting and room 6303 was ready! This is an inside room so I wasn't expecting too much, More
but it was a better room than I thought...very spacious, tons of closet space and the bathroom was a nice size. I met my room steward, Al, who always called me by name and made my week onboard very special. I took a quick nap on the comfortable bed before Muster began around 330 pm. I had mixed feelings at this moment because I just did something I never would have thought I would do: Cruise solo. I was anxious, scared, exhilerated and a little lonely until I met up with other people. I was seated at early dining with a bunch of Cruise Critic members who made me feel welcomed and a part of the group. We had lots of activities planned for our group during the week which was the highlight of my cruise, especially cruising solo. Dinners were absolutely wonderful, followed by a delicious dessert. Our waiters: Punduh and Igusti were excellent along with all the staff in the dining room. The maitre d always came by to say hello. Now for the fun part....finding something to do during the days and nights. There were excellent shows, comedians, art exhibits, casino events, the spa, trivia, games, bingo, karaoke, promendade bowling, mini golf, waterslide, spa seminars, bean bag tosses, wonderful bands and singers all over the place and shopping. We had an 8 day itinerary filled with tons of fun...it was hard to get bored. So the only dent in my vacation was while we were in Port Canaveral I sprained my ankle falling down a couple stairs after sliding down the waterslide. This was not Carnival's fault...I am just clumsy and wasn't watching where I was going. The medical team was very attentive and made me as comfortable as I could possibly be for the remainder of the cruise. Even walking around on crutches all week did not ruin my fun. Embarkation out of NYC was smooth and quick as was debarkation. They have a big movie screen on the Lido deck where you can watch movies outside at night under a warm covered deck. I could have done a lot more on this cruise if my ankle hadn't bothered me. I had to be refunded my dolphin adventure in Nassau because it would have been too much for my foot. In Freeport I went to Taino beach and I recommend this to anyone who loves to lay out in the sun and travel down their lazy river pool. They also provided us with a delicious lunch. So...in summary, would I travel on the Splendor again? Yes, absolutely! I highly recommend this ship for anyone who loves to have fun, relax and get to know other people. I don't think I will do a solo cruise any time soon, but I am so grateful for the opportunity to have done it. I met tons of people and have wonderful memories from this trip! Less
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