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Another Splendid Splendor cruise (with pics) 6/29/15

Jamman

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Ahoy Everyone!! My name is Jeff "Jamman" Maskall, and I am a Cruise Addict!! We just returned from an 8 day, round trip cruise from New York, aboard the Carnival Splendor to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, and Nassau. I briefly thought about not doing a review of this cruise, since we have been on her three times in the past two years, but quickly realized that every cruise is different, so of course I had to do a review! That, and the fact that we, okay mostly Patti, took over 2,000 photos during the cruise, which we just have to share with everybody. Also, since the Splendor will not be back in New York next year, who knows when, or even if, we will sail on her again.

At the beginning of the year, this cruise was not even on the radar, since we had the Pride booked for April, and the Breeze booked for August. But then I received the casino pack and play offer for the "almost free" cruises. Seeing that this offer included late June and early July sailings, I immediately texted Patti at work, (she's a teacher), and asked her when her last day of school was, and when Ryan's high school graduation was. Patti was so excited to finally be able to take advantage of this offer, and ordered me to book immediately!! Lol. This Carnival Splendor sailing was perfect for us since it was from our homeport of New York, so no flights or hotels to book, and it went to two of our favorite ports, Grand Turk, and Half Moon Cay. We decided to upgrade to a balcony for a $120 per person, and we were able to get a bowling alley balcony next to one of the aft wraps on deck 7. Perfect!! Now all we had to do was wait.

Now I'm going to have to disappoint the members of the Ryan fan club, as he wouldn't be taking this cruise with us. First, we would have had to pay full rate for him, which then would have made this cruise not "almost free", and therefore, not doable. Ryan was just fine with that, since he told us he had college orientation during that time, amongst other things he needed to do. Besides, Patti and I have not sailed alone together since we sailed on the Carnival Destiny when she was brand new back in 1998! But don't worry, Ryan will be back sailing with us again next month on the Carnival Breeze. So, for those that will miss Ryan on this cruise, I offer a few photos of our recent high school graduate, of whom we are extremely proud.....





Okay then, let's get this review officially started!!



After 5 months, and a very hectic last few weeks, we are ready to go. The van is loaded up for what could be anywhere from a one hour to two trip into New York, depending on the traffic. That's the downside of driving in to the city during the work week. We left at 8:45am, and Ryan took our picture as we prepared to leave.....



Ryan waves goodbye to us. Is he smiling because he has the house to himself, or because he's planning a huge party while we're gone? Will our house still be standing when we get back? Dear Lord!! Lol.....



Well, we are on our way. Patti takes this shot of me as we pull onto the New Jersey Turnpike.....



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Jamman

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We are flying up the New Jersey Turnpike, and we have made it to Exit 16E, the exit for the Lincoln Tunnel in less than 45 minutes.....



As soon as we got off of the Turnpike we were STOPPED, in bumper to bumper traffic, all the way to the tunnel, and even through it. Crap!!! It took us a little over an hour to get into New York from here, when it should have taken ten minutes. At least as we approached the tunnel, we had this nice view of lower Manhattan.....



We're approaching the tolls......



Yikes!! 14 bucks to sit in traffic and burn gas!!



This is what 12 lanes merging into 4 lanes looks like.....



It was stop and go all the way through the tunnel.....



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Luckily, once we came out of the tunnel, it only 15 minutes to make it to the New York Cruise Terminal at 12th avenue and 55th street. It is now 10:40am.....



We headed up the ramp to the parking level, where we got our first glimpse of the Splendor.....



At the top of the ramp we paid our $320 for parking for our cruise. The rate is $40 / day, payable in cash or credit / debit cards. Yes, there are cheaper options around the port that usually involve multiple handling of luggage, cab rides, etc. We choose to park at the port as a convenience. It really comes in handy at the end of the cruise, but I don't want to talk about that now. Here's the Carnival Splendor docked at Pier 90.....



This is the luggage drop off area, and there is the cute bomb sniffing dog that will check out the inside of your car before you can drop your luggage off......



We are parked for the cruise......



Down the elevator one flight, and right into the VIP line.....



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From this point on, it was the fastest check in I have ever experienced cruising out of New York, considering that this was my 17th time doing so. There was no one in the VIP line in front of us. We put our carryon bags on the scanner, and they didn't even open up our bags to check on the two bottles of wine we had brought with us. From there we walked into the VIP lounge, right up to the check in desk. We noticed that they had just started allowing the Diamond passengers to board. Check in took all of about two minutes, and we were allowed to board the ship immediately. There is a door from the VIP lounge to the gangway, so you didn't have to pass the masses waiting in the chairs to board. The only downside, if you consider it to be one, is that you bypass the embarkation photo photographers.

We boarded the Splendor right at 11am. Our first view was of the Lobby Bar....



Looking up the Atrium all the way up to the sky light......





The Guest Service Desk......



The Lobby seating area.....



I am the first one to the Shore Excursion Desk.....



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I am at the Shore Excursion Desk to pick my cabana on Half Moon Cay. I was surprised when I booked that there were still some left. I was also there to put my name on the waiting list for a cabana at Grand Turk. I had been checking every day since I booked to see if one would open up, but no luck. The problem being that when two ships are in Grand Turk the same day, they only allocate 5 cabanas to each ship. The Carnival Glory would be in Grand Turk with us. When we get to Grand Turk I'll let you know if I got one. Here are the Shore Excursion Desk hours.....





There is a table set up in the Lobby to handle Steakhouse reservations, in case you didn't make them in advance.....



There is also a table set up to handle Cheers inquiries. Purchasing Cheers when sailing from New York is a bit different that other homeports. You can't purchase it until about two hours after sailing. Any drinks that you have purchased before then, will be included in the Cheers program, and taken off your Sail & Sign bill.



Since Patti is not a big drinker, Cheers doesn't work for us, but I'll include the info needed for you to decide if it right for you.....





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Our next task would be to head up to the Cloud 9 Spa. Patti wanted to get a Spa Pass for the cruise.....



The Reception Desk at the Cloud 9 Spa.....



Here is the Spa Pass information. We decided to get the couples pass for $349. I think that the price had gone up, because I had thought that the couples pass was cheaper than that. We'll let you know at the end of the cruise if it was worth it or not. Wow, that's like at least two cliffhangers now! Lol.....



Here are some Cloud 9 Spa views.....







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Here are some views of the gym. You'll never catch me in there!! Lol....







The Fitness studio.....



One of the Relaxation Rooms......



The Thalassotherapy Pool. I am really looking forward to spending some time in there.....



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After checking out the Cloud 9 Spa, we decided to head back and get something to eat via the open decks. Of course Patti was just snapping away!! The Thunderball Pool, Deck 11 fwd.....



Carnival's signature water slide.....



Hey, there's our van.....



The Intrepid Air and Sea Museum is just beyond Pier 88.....



Here's a view of the port area....



The Carnival Splendor sign on Deck 11.....



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The Splendor's Whale Tail.....



The Splash Park on Deck 11, midship.....



Patti took this shot of me, and our van.....



This is the Liner Pool and hot tubs, Deck 9 aft. This is considered an adult area....



This is some of the smoking section on Deck 10 starboard side, aft.....



A view of the Splendor's basketball court.....



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This is a view looking up the Hudson River towards the George Washington Bridge.....



This is the way to the Rotisserie located on Deck 10 aft. You can also get there using the stairs from Deck 9, by the Sweet Spot.....



The Rotisserie is open Noon to 3pm on port days, and Noon to 2:30pm on sea days.....



Several varieties of salads and cheeses.....



Baked potatoes, corn on the cob, roasted chicken, and macaroni and cheese.....



Several more sides.....



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Cornbread? I think not……..



Here is a close up of the “cornbread” for my cruise review buddy gapearl, because I know how she just LOVES Carnival’s “cornbread”! Lol…..



Here is the Rotisserie’s menu…..



This is some of the seating area on Deck 10 by the Rotisserie. Never crowded the whole cruise…..



You will find a Beverage Station up here as well…..



I’m enjoying my first lunch of the cruise…..



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I had a little bit of everything on my plate.....



Looking up at the skylight.....



Looking down at the Sweet Spot. You can see the stairs to the Rotisserie in back.....



After eating, we continued on our tour. This is the entrance to the Pinnacle Steakhouse, located on Deck11 aft.....



The Pinnacle Steakhouse menu table.....



Pinnacle Steakhouse menu.....



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The Pinnacle Steakhouse wine list.....



Here are some views of the Pinnacle Steakhouse. We will be eating there the 2nd sea day.....









The ceiling of the Pinnacle Steakhouse.....



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We decided that this would be a good time to check out our cabin. A look at the elevator doughnuts.....



The sign on the heavy doors allowing Diamonds, Platinums, and FTTF passengers early access to their cabins.....



Our cabin is # 7443, Empress Deck, starboard, aft.....



Looking into our cabin.....



Our bed faced out to sea.....



Our desktop.....



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Our free water and VIFP pins.....



My VIFP welcome paper.....



This is our bathroom, which was located right next to the bed. Very handy!!







We have our beach towels.....



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The Splendor has the keypad type safes.....



This is our stocked mini fridge.....



This is the view looking towards our cabin door.....



Some of the artwork in our cabin.....



This is me at one end of the balcony......



And this is Patti at the other end of the balcony.....



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Patti caught me relaxing and watching the "little" boats passing by.....







Patti really loves this room. Note the bathroom door by the bed.....



It was getting close to 2pm, which was the time for the informal meet and greet at the Liner Bar, Deck 9 aft, port side. Here is the Liner Pool and hot tubs. Notice that people are in them already.....



The Tandoor is a great place for Indian food, and there never was a long line. It is also open from Noon to 3pm on port days, and Noon to 2:30pm on sea days.....



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Here are the liners that the aft pool area is named after. Do you know their names? Answer later in the review.....





Here is a view of the Deli. It is open from 11am to 11pm daily....



Here are a few more views of the Liner Pool area.....







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We are at the Liner Bar and I am waiting for my first drink of the cruise.....



My first drink. What took me so long! Lol.....



I wonder what Patti will have?



She went with the Mango Swirl.....



It looks delicious!!



Here are some of our roll call members. I will not divulge names to protect privacy, but if you are reading, and I know some of you are, if you want to shout out "that's me!!!", feel free to do so. Also feel free to add your comments or share your experiences as this review progresses. It was great meeting all of you!!



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