Carnival Splendor Cruise Review by creativitycounts: Mexico-here we come!
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Mexico-here we come!
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Embarkation: Los Angeles
We have only sailed the Caribbean and Bermuda. I guess we were expecting warm weather because, after all, it was June. Got to Long Beach on Saturday and stayed at the Hilton. It was a beautiful hotel, and Long Beach is a fun place to visit. On Sunday morning the Hilton took us to the port around 11:30. We only had to wait until about 12:15 to get on. It was a sunny day and we sat and watched the boats.
When we got on board we ate a nice lunch and then changed to go to the aft pool. It is an "adults only" pool, and the water was heated. It was very nice because it was only about 70 in Long Beach. We left about 5:00. The further we got away from the port the colder it got. We were totally unprepared for the cold weather. The next day it was even colder and cloudier. I don't think it got to 61 that day. After we left the port, the water in the aft pool was cold.
I went to the spa the first day, and it was first class. I had a hot stone massage and loved every minute More of it.
We were on board for two and half days. The weather was not nice which was not Carnival's fault. Unfortunately, I was surprised at how little there was to do on board on sea days especially with the bad weather.
Arrived in Puerta Vallarta on Wednesday. The weather was warmer. We arranged for a very nice excursion on our own. We did the Los Verranos Canopy Zipline. It was great and took us most of the day.I recommend this. We left there around 10 at night, but we had already come back to the ship because we didn't want to miss dinner at 8:15.
On Thursday we got to Mazatlan and also went on an excursion on our own. Mazatlan Frank gave us a 4 hour tour of the city. He was wonderful, and I recommend him highly. He dropped us off at Tony's on the Beach where we ate a delicious lunch. We walked to the Golden Zone (long walk), but worked our lunch off. Then we took a pulmonia back to the ship.
The next day we were at Cabo. You have to tender in Cabo so we decided to do a Carnival excursion to save time. We kayaked and snorkeled. It was a nice day, but they dropped us far away from the ship. We had to walk and didn't have much time. When we got back to the ship the line to go back was horrendous. We just sat at a bar and had a beer to wait. We were supposed to be back on at 2:00. We didn't even get back in line until 3:15. Cabo is a great port, and we felt that we just didn't have enough time there. We had too much time in Puerta Vallarta and not enough time in Cabo.
It was once again cold and cloudy on our last day at sea. Once again they didn't have enough to do to entertain everyone inside.
We arrived back on Long beach on Sunday. It was still cold and cloudy. We did self assist. We walked off at 8:10. It hardly took us any time at all.
Relaxing trip but the weather was too cold and not enough to do.
Splendor is a beautiful ship. The food is wonderful. Less
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