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This was our second cruise on RCI, the first being on the Rhapsody in August and September this year. This was our fourth cruise total, having also cruised twice on Carnival. We arrived in Galveston on Saturday, November 25, 2006, around 1:00 p.m., and had no trouble with embarking. Saved time by presenting the pre-printed Seapass and got our Gold Member cards quickly. Found our cabin, # 3028, and were truly glad we booked an oceanview cabin again as we found the inside cabins to be somewhat confining feeling. After finding our cabin, we proceeded to the pool deck as usual for our usual departure drink to begin the cruise mood! (We had more than one departure drink as usual!! ;-) Went through the mandatory drill, which took sometime as several other passengers arrived late. Afterwards, found our way back to the pool deck for more drinks and people watching. The first sea day passed as uneventful, some gambling at the casino, onboard shopping, etc. Arrived in Cozumel early on Monday, and got off the ship quickly, around 7:30 a.m. We rented a car (cheap travel for all day @ $58.00), and took off exploring as we enjoy doing. Went downtown for breakfast at Palmeras downtown, had a fantastic Mexican breakfast! Departed there, shopped, and then drove to the northeast side of the island, stopping for lunch at Marlitos. (good, traditional tacos and Dos XXX !!) After lunch, we drove to Chankanaab Park for snorkeling. (We were surprised how much the price had increased there since our last time there in 2002. $16.00 per person, basic.) Departed there around 5:00 pm, as the ship was to depart at 7:00 pm. Stopped and purchased some Rum and Tequila, and drank a couple of Sol's before reboarding at 6:00 p.m. As we had previously been to Costa Maya, we rented one of the golf carts again to travel, avoiding the crowds at the taxi stands. Did the Olinca Beach party for $20.00 per person, while my wife went snorkeling for their $15.00 excursion. She loved it, and claimed it was the best snorkeling ever. After drinking many, many, Sol's and Pina Coldas, we departed drove back to the port for light shopping before boarding the ship. Overall, we enjoyed the cruise on the Splendour, but, did not like the way we felt ignored and rushed on the last night by the staff. They shut the pizza and burger bar down early that night, around 6:00 p.m., so we opted for the Windjammer where the food was only fair in quality and taste. Disembarking the ship seemed to take longer than usual, and, as we did not use the porters and carried own own luggage, we waited for at least 30 minutes for Customs. I'd recommend RCI to anyone, and will probably book another cruise with them this April. Save your money though, and do your own thing off ship, as we saved $$$$ by doing our own excursions each time we cruise. I also recommend renting your own car, as you can move at your own pace, and enjoy the stops much more in my opinion.

Splendour of the Seas - Western Caribbean

Splendour of the Seas Cruise Review by Pawdog

Trip Details
This was our second cruise on RCI, the first being on the Rhapsody in August and September this year. This was our fourth cruise total, having also cruised twice on Carnival. We arrived in Galveston on Saturday, November 25, 2006, around 1:00 p.m., and had no trouble with embarking. Saved time by presenting the pre-printed Seapass and got our Gold Member cards quickly.
Found our cabin, # 3028, and were truly glad we booked an oceanview cabin again as we found the inside cabins to be somewhat confining feeling. After finding our cabin, we proceeded to the pool deck as usual for our usual departure drink to begin the cruise mood! (We had more than one departure drink as usual!! ;-) Went through the mandatory drill, which took sometime as several other passengers arrived late. Afterwards, found our way back to the pool deck for more drinks and people watching.
The first sea day passed as uneventful, some gambling at the casino, onboard shopping, etc. Arrived in Cozumel early on Monday, and got off the ship quickly, around 7:30 a.m. We rented a car (cheap travel for all day @ $58.00), and took off exploring as we enjoy doing. Went downtown for breakfast at Palmeras downtown, had a fantastic Mexican breakfast! Departed there, shopped, and then drove to the northeast side of the island, stopping for lunch at Marlitos. (good, traditional tacos and Dos XXX !!)
After lunch, we drove to Chankanaab Park for snorkeling. (We were surprised how much the price had increased there since our last time there in 2002. $16.00 per person, basic.) Departed there around 5:00 pm, as the ship was to depart at 7:00 pm. Stopped and purchased some Rum and Tequila, and drank a couple of Sol's before reboarding at 6:00 p.m.
As we had previously been to Costa Maya, we rented one of the golf carts again to travel, avoiding the crowds at the taxi stands. Did the Olinca Beach party for $20.00 per person, while my wife went snorkeling for their $15.00 excursion. She loved it, and claimed it was the best snorkeling ever. After drinking many, many, Sol's and Pina Coldas, we departed drove back to the port for light shopping before boarding the ship.
Overall, we enjoyed the cruise on the Splendour, but, did not like the way we felt ignored and rushed on the last night by the staff. They shut the pizza and burger bar down early that night, around 6:00 p.m., so we opted for the Windjammer where the food was only fair in quality and taste.
Disembarking the ship seemed to take longer than usual, and, as we did not use the porters and carried own own luggage, we waited for at least 30 minutes for Customs. I'd recommend RCI to anyone, and will probably book another cruise with them this April. Save your money though, and do your own thing off ship, as we saved $$$$ by doing our own excursions each time we cruise. I also recommend renting your own car, as you can move at your own pace, and enjoy the stops much more in my opinion.
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