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My Solo Splendor repo cruise (with pics) 10/24/14

Discussion in 'Community Message Board' started by Jamman, Nov 9, 2014.

  1. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Here are a few more views looking down beach.....

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    This is my spot for the day. Two loungers and an umbrella for $20.....

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    This was my view of the water.....

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    Wave runners and sailboats are available for rent.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  2. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    The thing I liked most of all about Bikini Beach, was the bar and food service right on the beach.. I ordered up a bucket of beers ($20.), grabbed my water camera, and went for a dip in the inviting water. Here's a shot of my umbrella and loungers.....

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    Bikini Beach views.....

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    It's only $10 to use for the whole day. I think I'll pass.....

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    Wave runners and sailboats.....

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    To be continued......
     
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  3. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Here are some more random water camera shots.....

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    Meanwhile, back at my spot, the Coronas have arrived!!!

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    To be continued.....
     
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  4. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    I sat down with my coronas, and watched a lot of fun stuff.....

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    Parasailing is something that I have never done, or wish to do.....

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    All too soon, it was time to head back to the ship. Getting a taxi back was a breeze. I was dropped off at the same taxi stand that I left from.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  5. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    I'm heading to check out the shopping area.....

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    Lots of little places to check out.....

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    This is a big place.....

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    A view of the shopping plaza.....

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    Heading back towards the ship.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  6. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    There are a few more places to check out along the way.....

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    You just know that I needed to stop for an ice cold beer, or two.....

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    Though it's still two hours before we sail, It seems like a lot of people are heading back to the ship.....

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    The line to get back on the ship doesn't seem to be long at all.....

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    Boarding the Splendor for the final time this cruise.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  7. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Once back on board the ship, I made my way back to the cabin, where I found the dreaded debarkation information and customs card waiting on the bed for me. I guess this cruise is really coming to an end…..

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    Well, I guess it’s time to start packing. I only have one suitcase, and one carry on, so it’s not a big deal. I hung out on my balcony while we sailed from St. Maarten, until it was time for the VIFP party at 4:30.
    I’ve never seen so many people at a VIFP party before. It was held in the Spectacular Theatre, and even a good portion of the upper level was filled. The Spectacular Orchestra, along with Ty, the female singer, provided entertainment at the start…..

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    Cruise Director Malcolm Burn was the host…..

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    This party was pretty much like all the other VIFP parties I have attended. There were plenty of drinks and snacks, the usual video where everyone cheers for the ships they have been on, etc. Then they had the Senior Staff members come on stage, introduce and tell us a little something about themselves, which Malcolm turned into a comedy bit…..

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    Then Malcolm acknowledged all the Gold and Platinum members in the room, and asked all the Diamond members to come up on stage for a group picture. I have never seen so many Diamonds in one place before. If you look closely, I am in the back with my arm up in the air…..

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    To be continued…..
     
  8. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    The party lasted a good hour. Afterwards, I went to check emails for the last time, went to Pixels to pick up a couple of pictures, and did a little last minute shopping.

    I noticed that quite a few people were dressed up for Halloween. It's not my thing anymore, but I do enjoy looking at the costumes.

    My last dinner consisted of spring rolls, Portobello mushrooms, jumbo encrusted shrimp, and bacon mac & cheese. I enjoyed all my meals in the MDR all cruise, and had no issues whatsoever. Tonight, the waiters danced to "Hey Baby", then topped off the night by doing the hokey "Leaving on a Fun Ship".....

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    After dinner, I strolled the Promenade one last time, stopping in the Atrium to listen to "Music Asia" perform for a bit.....

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    Then it was off to the Sports Bar to have a few Thirsty Frog Reds. Around 11:30, I decided to call it a cruise and head back to the cabin, where I found that the last turn down service had been done.....

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    I finished packing my one suitcase......

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    The saddest sight on any cruise.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  9. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    I woke up at 4:30 to use the bathroom, and we were already docked in San Juan. Took a quick look outside, and then jumped back into bed for a few more hours. Here is this morning's debarkation information.....

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    I am in no hurry to get off the ship this morning. My flight home isn't until 4:45 pm. My PVP will be on the next leg of the repo from San Juan to Miami, and we are planning to meet for lunch and drinks at 11:30. Here are some views from my balcony while docked in San Juan.....

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    The Celebrity Infinity is docked next to us in San Juan.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  10. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Here are a couple more views of the Celebrity Infinity.....

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    Looks like they are starting to let passengers debark.....

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    Another view of the nearby fort.....

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    The bow camera view from the cabin television.....

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    I left my cabin for the last time, and made my way up to the Lido for one final breakfast.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  11. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    While I was eating my breakfast, I got a call from my PVP saying that his Mom had taken ill, and he was forced to cancel his cruise. Bummer. I later found out that everything turned out all right, so I felt good about that.

    After breakfast I walked around the aft end and took these final shots from the ship. Looking forward on the starboard side....

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    The Jewel of the Seas and the Celebrity Summit were docked across the way.....

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    The Stern of the Celebrity Infinity.....

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    A few parting shots of the San Juan Cruise Terminal.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  12. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    I left the ship around 10:30am. It was a slowwwwww process, but like I said earlier, I was in no rush. Once off, I went to a place directly across the street from the Cruise Terminal, where they will hold your luggage for $3 a bag. Free of my bag, I took a walk around OSJ. It was VERY hot out, and soon I was looking for a place that served lunch and had COLD beer.

    I found a nice local place, and for the next two hours, relaxed with a few beers and a light lunch. It was funny that on the television, they had a Rutgers football game on, and they were playing at home. Their home stadium is just 5 minutes from my house, and I could see that it was rainy and cold there. Didn't know how I was going to handle that, being that it was 95 here!!!!

    Soon it was time to head to the airport, so I walked back to pick up my luggage, then crossed the street and hopped into a taxi. The fare was $20, plus $1 for the bag. We are almost at the airport.....

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    The airport entrance.....

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    Approaching the terminal.....

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    Flying from San Juan can be a bit of a hassle. There is no curbside check in here, as all bags must be scanned by the USDA before you can drop them off at your airline. Once I got through the USDA scanner, the line for United was insanely long, and took about an hour to get through. Once past that, I got the full treatment at the checkpoint, because my knee replacement always sets off the alarm!!

    Anyway, from there it was smooth sailing, and my flight left San Juan and arrived in Newark on time. Patti picked me up, and just laughed, as I was wearing shorts, and it was only 40 degrees outside. At least I had a sweatshirt!!!

    So there you have it, another cruise in the books. I had a great time on the cruise, and only wish that Patti and Ryan could have been with me. Was it perfect? No, but I never let the small stuff get to me. This cruise was the smoothest I have EVER been on! Not once did I feel the ship move while at sea. I met many GREAT people from the roll call, and wish I could have spent more time with everybody. I did learn a few things, like at $49.95, Cheers is not for me, and that I must get back to St. Kitts and Antigua again!

    If you have any questions on the Splendor, or any of our ports of call, ask away, and I will answer them.

    So until next time, may you have clear skies, and smooth seas!! Happy Sails!!
     
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  13. connie seabee

    connie seabee Well-Known Member Community Sponsor

    I hate to see your review come to an end. Thank you for taking the time to share your cruise with us. I hope you cruise again soon so we can enjoy another fabulous review.
     
  14. gram

    gram Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Jeff for you thorough review. I really enjoyed reading it and seeing all the photos. It makes me anxious for our cruise coming up shortly.
     
  15. H2O babe

    H2O babe Well-Known Member

    Thank you so much for spending the time putting this wonderful review together. I really enjoyed reading it and looking at the pictures. I, too, am a teacher and look forward to retirement and the chance to cruise anytime between September 1st and June 1st.

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  16. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Patti says AMEN to that!!!! :biggrin: Glad you enjoyed the review!
     
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  17. The Cruiser

    The Cruiser Well-Known Member

    Thanks Jeff of your Splendor review. :doubleup:
     
  18. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Thanks for reading Barb!!
     

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