Splendour of the Seas Cruise Review by Cruisin' Patti: Splendour of the Seas - Western Caribbean
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Splendour of the Seas - Western Caribbean
We were on the 3rd deck, we had a pullman bed for my 30 yr old daughter, there was a little vibration, but, nothing we couldn't adjust to. We really enjoyed this cruise, she's a beautiful ship.
Embarkation went smoothly. We were on board within an hour. Their security machine had broke, which made for a wait of 20 minutes. But, lemonade and cookies were served in the waiting area.
The Centrum area is awesome. It goes from the 4th to the 10th floors, center ship. There weren't a lot of activities to do on the first sea day, Sunday, that was also the first formal night. On a percentage scale, there were 5% tux's on men, 10% in casual wear, 75% in suits and 10% in jackets with no tie. My husband wore a suit. The ladies were 70 to 80% semi-formal, 10% formal and 10% casual. We had main seating, table 157, a table for 4, there were 3 of us, so that made my hubby and daughter happy. We were on the 5th floor, of the dining room, it is 2 floors, 4th & 5th. All More glass.
We were disappointed in Grand Cayman. We chose to just shop and look around. It looked like an outlet mall area. Those we talked to said that Stingray City was great.
Tues. We docked at Cost Maya and rented a golf cart to drive up the coast (about 3-4 mi.) to the fishing village of Mahahual. That was FUN. Watch out for the speed bumps, they are huge ropes going across the streets. We enjoyed this day tremendously! We ate on the gorgeous beach in front of Oxtankha's, very good Mexican food. The service was great as was the food and reasonably priced. This is a good day to spend the day in the water, the beach was fabulous. I can't say enough about it. the golf cart was $12 an hour, with the 5th hour free, and your last hour pro-rated. Shopping was very good in Mahahual. Everyone was so nice. We were even serenaded as we ate lunch on the beach.
On Wednesday we tendered into Belize, Honduras, Central America. Tendering took awhile. They have you get tender tickets, then call 2 or 3 numbers at a time ... instead of just calling #1, which looked like 100 or better, but all in all about an hour and we were ashore. The pharmacy's prices weren't all that good but, the arthritis cream that is NOT available in the US was $10 a tube, or 3/$8. I bought 1 tube, not knowing if it worked or not, it DOES work. I'm sending for more. The pharmacist gave me an e-mail and a phone # to contact her. We rented a horse and carriage for $25 for an hour and went through town and around the higher and lower income parts of the city. That was also nice. This was the second formal night, with lobster tail and shrimp on the menu.
Thursday we docked at Cozumel and took a taxi, $4 pp each way to Paradise Beach. We got there around 9:30 and left about 2:30. It started getting crowded about 11:30 a.m. Beach chairs and umbrella's are free to all. It's $5 for the all day use of a floating mat, iceberg to jump off of and the floating trampoline. Food was ok here, not cheap but not too bad. We shopped back at the dock area -- they had good buys. This was also the Gala Buffet night at midnight.
Friday was a sea day with quite a lot of activities to pick from. We did Trivia, (not that good), the backstage tour (very informative) and the arts & crafts (NOT at all planned out, a miserable failure, 20 min. wasted).
The food in the dining room was very good, one night did not have a lot to choose from, but you always have the alternative selections of salmon, steak and chicken to pick from. Shrimp cocktail was offered 2 nights, the prime rib was outstanding, desserts were ok to good. Our wait staff was the best, Sener as Head Waiter, was fabulous, Luis our waiter was outstanding and Auturo the assist. waiter was ok. The Solarium food, hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, sometimes subs and the best French fries you will ever eat, was ALWAYS very good. The Windjammer buffet food was ok. There was not hardly any fruit, but a selection of everything else. The afternoon taco bar was very good. And my DD loved having the ice cream machine available 24/7.
We went to all the evening productions EXCEPT the singer Elaine Lesley, which we are very glad we didn't. We were told she was NOT good. ALL the other shows, comedians, juggler and magician were good to great.
We had rough weather on Friday, a little cool and rainy, and the ship really rolled .. I thought it was fun though.
Disembarkation went quickly and smoothly, we were off within 30 minutes of our color being called. I would recommend the Splendour. Less
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