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

Jamman

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Here we are sailing under the VNB on a VERY foggy morning.....













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Jamman

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We have left the VNB behind.....



In front of us, New York City appears out of the fog.....



We are passing Governor's Island.....





Looking up the East River to the Brooklyn Bridge.....



The fog is lifting so now we have a better view of lower Manhattan.....



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Jamman

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Here are a couple of early morning views of the Freedom Tower.....





Looking towards midtown and the Empire State Building, you can see the clouds breaking up.....



The first rays of the sun are touching lower Manhattan.....



The sun is rising on New York City.....



Looking up the Hudson River towards the Manhattan Cruise Terminal.....



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Jamman

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These two tugboats are waiting for us, and will help us dock at pier 90.....



We are now sailing past the Chelsea Piers.....



This is our tugboat escort.....



Patti has joined me on the balcony as we sail into New York City.....



We are passing the Circle Line pier.....



The Intrepid Air & Sea Museum.....



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Jamman

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You can visit an actual British Airways Concorde jet.....





Another view of the Intrepid as we slowly sail by.....



We are now approaching the Manhattan Cruise Terminal.....



This is Pier 88 which for the most part is used by NCL.....



This is Pier 90, where the Splendor will dock.....



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Jamman

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The two tugs are helping the Splendor make that tight turn into her berth at Pier 90.....







We are almost in.....





The longshoremen are pulling in the lines.....



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Jamman

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The fuel barge has arrived to refuel the Splendor for her next cruise.....



They are tying up the lines. The cruise is officially over. It is 7:20 am, a little bit later than normal.....



We hung out in the cabin until 8:15, when it was time to head down to the Pink Pearl to wait to debark. They had coffee, juice, and danish there for us, which was a nice touch.

They were running a bit behind this morning, as self debark didn't start until 7:45. For those that put their luggage out, in New York, it can take a little longer for zone debarkation to start. Since the terminal is on the pier, which is over the water, the forklifts have very little room to work with when delivering the luggage to the pickup area. Therefore, all of the luggage must be off the ship, and the forklifts out of the pickup area, before zone debarkation can start.

Finally, at 9:20 am, we were the first with zone debarking, to be allowed off the ship. Malcolm was down there, waving and saying goodbye to the passengers as they left.

Once off the ship, it didn't take us too long to find our luggage, grab a porter, and go through customs. The porter took our luggage and us up the big elevator to the parking deck, and then loaded our luggage right into the van. Great service!! As we left the rooftop parking at the pier, Patti got this picture of the Splendor.....



This way to the Lincoln Tunnel, and back home to New Jersey.....



As we left the Lincoln Tunnel, Patti took these last two pictures of the Splendor from the New Jersey side of the Hudson River.....





We were back at home within an hour, another fun cruise completed.


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Jamman

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Final thoughts.

We have enjoyed all of our cruises on the Splendor, but since she will not be in New York next summer, who knows if we will ever sail on her again. We feel that if we have to travel any great distance to board a ship, we'll want to go on a ship that we haven't been on, or one that we haven't been on in a while. We like to sail out of our home port of New York at least once a year if we can, and we have the Sunshine booked out of New York in August of 2016.

No cruise is perfect, so I refuse to nitpick at the little things that may go wrong, or let it affect our fun.

We tried the Cloud 9 Spa passes for the first time this cruise, and though we enjoyed all the amenities provided, we felt the cost for the 8 day pass at $189/single, or $349/couple, was a bit steep. We have decided that we will not do it on our upcoming Breeze cruise, unless of course, the price is lower.

I want to give a shout out to the casino staff and hosts, for making the experience of losing money an enjoyable one!! :biggrin:

My biggest complaint would be the lack of sports programming in the sports bar. The place was almost always dead, with the exception of the Women's Soccer World Cup Final. On my last cruises on the Pride and Liberty, the EA Sports Bar ALWAYS had some kind of sport being shown, with LIVE games every night, so I refuse to believe that NO SIGNAL crap!! :hammer:

That's about all I can think of since most everything has been covered in the review itself. If anyone has any questions, ask away, and I will get you the answers.

Another great big shout out to my fellow roll call members. You were all awesome!! I hope we get to sail together again soon. (next August maybe?). It was GREAT to meet new friends, and too see old friends again!

Finally, I want to thank my lovely wife Patti, and her amazing picture taking abilities, which makes it so easy to weave a story around them. Thanks to all of you that been following along, and posting your comments. I hope you enjoyed the ride! It is because of you, that we will continue to do these photo reviews. Next up: the Carnival Breeze.

So for now, may you have clear skies and smooth seas. Happy Sails!!!!
 
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connie seabee

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As always a wonderful, detailed review with fabulous pictures. I will wait for the next review with great anticipation.

Thank you Jeff and Patty.
 

Jamman

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Can't wait for your next cruise review. We have a 4 day coastal here on the west coast in Nov. Thanks again for a great review.
As always a wonderful, detailed review with fabulous pictures. I will wait for the next review with great anticipation.

Thank you Jeff and Patty.
Thanks again to you Jamman and Patti for wonderful words and pictures! You made this whole cruise come "alive" for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Thank you all for reading!! Glad you enjoyed the ride!!
 

Funnel

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Thank you for an awesome photo review Jeff! :thankyou:
It really felt like I was there onboard Splendor with you.

I think the liners in the aft pool area are Normandie and Queen Mary.

Amazingly I took you all the way to post 19 for your first drink… :biggrin:

Pier 90 does not look cramped by cars. Is it easy to park your car at the pier sailing out from New York?


It just doesn’t get any better than this!!


Sunshine, warm water and beer… I have to agree! :biggrin:

I like your yacth in Nassau! Maybe you will be in Nassau in the end of February next year to give me a ride in it? :biggrin:

As you have been to Nassau so many times - what is your recommendation for a first time visitor there? We don’t need to go to a beach as we will have plenty of nice beaches to go to in the Eastern Caribbean on our cruise a few days later.

Really cool shots of you and Carnival Ecstasy in the water!

Again; thank you for a fantastic review! :doubleup:
Really looking forward to your next one, so keep on cruising Jeff and Patti!

/Erik
 

Jamman

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Thank you for an awesome photo review Jeff! :thankyou:
It really felt like I was there onboard Splendor with you.

I think the liners in the aft pool area are Normandie and Queen Mary.

Amazingly I took you all the way to post 19 for your first drink… :biggrin:

Pier 90 does not look cramped by cars. Is it easy to park your car at the pier sailing out from New York?

Sunshine, warm water and beer… I have to agree! :biggrin:

I like your yacth in Nassau! Maybe you will be in Nassau in the end of February next year to give me a ride in it? :biggrin:

As you have been to Nassau so many times - what is your recommendation for a first time visitor there? We don’t need to go to a beach as we will have plenty of nice beaches to go to in the Eastern Caribbean on our cruise a few days later.

Really cool shots of you and Carnival Ecstasy in the water!

Again; thank you for a fantastic review! :doubleup:
Really looking forward to your next one, so keep on cruising Jeff and Patti!

/Erik
Thanks Erik!! Glad you enjoyed the cruise!! :biggrin:

You were correct on the Liners. They were the Normandie and Queen Mary. Good eye!

Yes, it did take me a while to have my first drink. Having to stop first at the Shore Excursion desk, the spa, lunch, and the cabin, I got a late start. I promise that won't happen this Saturday on the Breeze though!

Parking at the pier in NYC is very easy, though expensive at $40./day US. But worth it to us for the convenience.

I probably won't be able to join you in Nassau, but I will have my crew take good care of you! :biggrin: For your first trip to Nassau, I would recommend taking the water taxi over to Paradise Island and check out the Atlantis and Marina area. Then come back and walk around downtown Nassau, including the Straw Market, then of course a stop at Senor Frog's!. My Fascination review has a lot of those details.

If you have any more questions, ask away, and again, thanks for reading! :doubleup: