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ferrangi September 15th, 2009 04:59 AM

Back from the Splendor
 
Okay, let‘s start from the beginning….
First our 6 hr drive took us 12 hrs…. My sis and I took a different route so we could do some site seeing, we had a wonderful drive.
Okay, boarding the ship…
I thought it was going to take a while, but as it turned out, from parking to our room, took about 40 min. We were running a little later that we expected so guess what, our room was ready when we boarded.
Our room,
We booked the Spa Balcony cabin #1112, deck 11. First of all, loved, loved, loved the location. (more on location later )
It seemed a little smaller than the last cabin on the Pride, but then again I had put on a few pounds, so I’m not sure about the size of the cabin. Either way it was plenty of room. We got a few spa amenities, such as soap, shampoo, etc. that was nice, our steward replenished our spa shampoo once. (the reg shampoo and shower get was available to us in the shower.)
The spa cabins come with unlimited use of the therapy pool and sauna and steam rooms. Whew… those rooms were way too hot for me. The therapy pool was as hot as a hot tub, I would say about 105. That’s more my sister’s thing, I like the swimming pool myself.
The balcony was nice, but careful, not as much privacy as others. The top is an open balcony; people standing on deck 12 can look down into your balcony. (You’ll see one of my pics showing this.)
I was concerned about booking a cabin all the way up on deck 11 in the front of the ship, but my concern was not necessary. We slept like babies. If anything I would say I felt less motion on this cruise than either one of my other cruises.
Location, this was so cool. We walked out of our cabin and if we went to the right we could walk right out on deck and look down and see the lido deck, it was fun watching all the dancers and listening to all the music and when we were done we could just walk back about 30 feet and go to our room. Or we could use the hot tub, swimming pool or splash park if we wanted. If we walked out of our room and went towards the left, we could walk right into the spa and use the therapy pool. When were done, we only had about 30 feet on that side to walk back to our cabin, or we could go up one floor to the serenity deck, where it was nice and quiet and relaxing, with loungers as well as chairs and tables for card playing or whatever.
Okay, but if we walked out of our cabin and through a door directly across from our room (it was like a private door, we never saw anyone else use It.) we would then be in the elevator lobby, where we could choose from the Atrium elevators or one of the others…. Great location!

Pools/Hot tubs
Not much to say about the pools except, there seemed to be plenty of pools and hot tubs. Quite busy at times, but if we wanted to swim or get in the hot tubs when they weren’t so busy there were plenty of opportunities. One of the improvements I was referring to in my last topic is the pools. Why can’t the make a walk in pool or a pool with steps instead of the ladders, for the physically challenged? I did manage to make it in to one of the pools once, but almost didn’t make it out. It was very difficult to pull my weight out of the water by way of a ladder, plus there were no hand grips on the poles making it very slippery to grab. Imagine if someone (maybe not overweight like me,) had really bad arthritis? If would be very difficult for them as well or anyone who may be challenged.
The therapy pool was wonderful… easy in and out, but like I said earlier a little too hot for me, but my sis loved it.
Food
Food was about the same as on my last cruise on the Pride. I was not as disappointed as I was last time because I knew more of what to expect. I am surprised that at least part of the buffet doesn’t serve a more traditional menu of buffet foods, such as mashed potatoes, gravy, fried chicken, corn etc. However, like I said, I wasn’t disappointed to because I already know they don’t serve those foods, although I did see a couple of those items pop up here and there but not on a reg menu.
Burrito bar was good. The Sandwich station was off the hook…. I think I went there more often that the buffet. *smile* Pizza was okay. Rotisserie was okay, but I did hear a couple of people say they wished they had the fish & chips on the ship. (Which by the way, I never found any. I checked menus regularly)
Dining room dinner, food was wonderful.
Service was good everywhere, but especially good in the evening dining room. Along with our two wait staff, we had wonderful bar staff service.
Another area of improvement for me is I really prefer my food to be much hotter. Even my own foods I cook at home, after I make a plate, I almost always throw it in the microwave just before I sit down. It’s just one of those things. *smile*
The Matre d
We asked the Matre d if we could get two chairs with no arms and we thought we would try a table to two this time. He informed us we were seated with the KAT Country group that we signed up with.
When I explained to him that last time we requested the chairs, our tablemates kept sitting in them and we had to explain that we requested them special for us. (More comfortable for the plus size women).
He said, not to worry he would change the whole table to chairs with no arms. That was very nice, and about the 4th night when the subject came up about tipping etc, we explained to the ladies at our table what the Matre d had done for us, they were very grateful, they said they were very comfortable, the never noticed and it did seem like there was more room at our table. So all was good.

Room Steward….
What room steward…? We didn’t meet him until our second fun day at sea and then only seen him twice after that. He did a good job on our cabin, but didn’t seem to go out of his way to make us extra comfortable, or see if we needed anything. He did put ice in our bucket but never filled it up all the way. But hey, our room was cleaned twice a day and I have complaints.
Room service was excellent. Service seemed to be very fast and coffee was on time every morning.

Entertainment was excellent, we didn’t see very much, but what we did see was excellent.
I sang Karaoke once. That was fun, this time I sang “Your Cheating Heart” by Hank Williams SR. I actually had to it 1 1/1 times…. they made an announcement during my debut and it cut me off half way through so they let me start over. I did okay!
We had two parties with our group (Kat Country Radio) 1st a margarita party, then an open bar party.
Then we had the captains welcome party, and then the past guest party (we both got our carnival pins).
We bought some bar coupons ahead of time, and friend Carol and fellow cruisemate bought my sis and I some bar coupons for our belated birthday gifts and we had 2 bottles of champagne in our room when we got there. Let’s just say, we weren’t hurting for booze. *smile*
We really didn’t plan a lot of extra stuff like last time, we tried to do all the trivia, scavenger hunts, bingo, etc. and yet we still ran out of time, it seemed like every day we were running late for one thing or another….. I think the solution might be a longer cruise… LOL
Okay, weather was a little on the hot side, but otherwise perfect, I think it may have sprinkled once, but it was overnight and gone in the morning.
Mazatlan was nice, we didn’t get off at the other two ports, we did it last year, and let’s face it… the ship was much cooler. *smile* I was totally messing with the guys at the bar they were trying to sell me a jell-o shot, (he kept telling people it had ****** in it, then he would lift his apron up to reveal his evidence that ****** works.) My sis went shopping for souvenirs. We didn’t go too far, we just hung out for about an hour and had a margarita.
My Cruisemates Meeting:
Well just as I expected…. If I wore my funny glasses, there’s a good chance that my cruisemates “Marinemom” and Bill&Dana would spot me before our meeting time. And so they did. *smile*
Marinemom was very nice although we didn’t really hook up, we did run into each other a couple of times.
We did hook up with Bill and Dana a couple of times. It just goes to show you how nice these folks here on cruisemates really are. We really enjoyed visiting and getting to know Bill and Dana. We had a great time with everyone.
Okay, ready for the strangest thing we’ve seen out of all our cruises? The baby doll man.

We spotted this grown man probably about late 50’s or so, wearing a baby girl outfit and drinking from a bottle… he was wearing a sign around his neck that said, “I lost the bet”.
Apparently, he lost $4000 betting on the Lakers. His friend offered him a deal. She would give him this cruise and $2000 back if he went on this cruise with her girlfriend (I guess she wasn’t able to go herself) and dressed like a baby girl the entire time (not in port). And so he did. He actually seemed to be enjoying the attention. I will definitely be posting pics.
Oh by the way…. I’m not investing on a soda card next time… we will take the $100 or so (2 cards) and just put that on our S&S card and just buy a soda once in a while. I don’t like diet coke that much anyway and this time it tasted flat. It was a waste of money, especially since I really enjoy the choc milk and lemonade so much.
I would recommend doing a cash account. I’ve done both now, and I don’t like when the bank puts a hold on the card or when you have to go the service desk while they wait for approval.
And on the last night, I pulled the remainder of my cash except about $6.00 and put it on my casino bank account. Then we you cash out your casino bank, they pay you in cash. So I don’t have to worry about cashing my check with them in the morning along with several hundred other people… I got my $6.00 I will put in my bank tomorrow. No worries and I left with cash.

One last note…. I’m still moving. Last time it took 7 days. We never got sick and we had a wonderful time. Any questions?? Feel free to ask.
By the way, the Carnival Splendor is a beautiful ship. A lot less busy than the Pride.

green_rd September 15th, 2009 08:09 AM

Thanks Ferangi - Looking forward to our time on Splendor.

The "lost the bet" guy sound like a hoot.

ferrangi September 15th, 2009 09:00 AM

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Originally Posted by green_rd
Thanks Ferangi - Looking forward to our time on Splendor.

The "lost the bet" guy sound like a hoot.

Yeah, he was right in character.... everynight, as we were on our way to dinner, we'd see him sitting at the bar, drinking from his bottle waiting for the doors to open for dinner. lol

katlady September 15th, 2009 10:51 AM

It sounds like a great cruise. I have a couple of questions. What was your favorite food in the dining room? Was the Rotisserie on deck 10? What were the choices like at the Rotisserie? Thanks for the review. :D

ferrangi September 15th, 2009 01:41 PM

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Originally Posted by katlady
It sounds like a great cruise. I have a couple of questions. What was your favorite food in the dining room? Was the Rotisserie on deck 10? What were the choices like at the Rotisserie? Thanks for the review. :D

Prime Rib and Yukon Gold mashed potatoes were my two favorite foods, others were filet migon(sp??), bbq ribs and baked potatoe....
I dont eat shell fish, my sis had shrimp cocktail every night and a couple of other shrimp items, she seemed to enjoy all of those.

My favorite dessert? It was the Choc. Melting cake of course, but also, the Old fashion Apple Pie, served warm with vanilla Ice cream on the side. The pie was perfect, the apples weren't mushy and they weren't hard. If they would have offered it more than once, I would alternated between that and the melting cake. :D

Yes, the rotisserie was on deck 10, I wasn't that impressed by it. They had roasted chicken which wasn't presented very well, it looked like the half the meat was stuck on the rotissirie and the peices just ripped off. LOL In other words I couldn't really tell what kind of peice I was choosing.
The chicken did have an excellent flavor though.
They also had baked potatoes, cole slaw and potatoe salad and green salad, I believe a couple more items, but chicken was the only meat.

What I forgot to mention in my review.... I never went hungry that's for sure.... LOL

katlady September 15th, 2009 01:55 PM

Okay now I'm hungry. LOL I love yukon gold potatoes. :D The apple pie was wonderful. Was it a crumb topping?

ferrangi September 15th, 2009 01:59 PM

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Originally Posted by katlady
Okay now I'm hungry. LOL I love yukon gold potatoes. :D The apple pie was wonderful. Was it a crumb topping?

It was flakey pie crust. Just good ol' fashion apple pie.. I wished I had some right now with my coffee I don't have yet.... :shock:

briguy September 15th, 2009 03:59 PM

Who is the CD and did they have the legends show? What about the other shows? Were they any good? I am sailing Sunday so I need the scoop!

nursiepooh September 15th, 2009 09:02 PM

I wondred who was in 1112
 
I was in 1111 on the other side great location loved being on the spa deck.
The guy dressed as a baby was wild.
The other "event" that happened was on deck six, when we pulled into LB there was a coroners van on the dock right below our cabin. some of our group that was on deck 6 said that in the cabin next to her there was a lot of fighting going on thursday night. They took two guys off in handcuffs. A person who works for the sheriffs dept said it looked like a man killed his wife.
Overall it was a great cruise.

ferrangi September 15th, 2009 10:17 PM

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Originally Posted by briguy
Who is the CD and did they have the legends show? What about the other shows? Were they any good? I am sailing Sunday so I need the scoop!

The CD was Goose... he was alright, but I didn't really see him much, mostly heard.
Okay, if you have a favorite mixed drink you may be able to try out to become the "Master Mixologist" you have to sign up on sunday early so read the caper for sunday right away.. then they will sell your drink all week at every bar. My sis could have done it, but everything happens so fast on the ship, before you know it we were too late for her to sign up. I think it would have been fun.
Yes they did the Legends show it was pretty good, we were at the auditions and the "Madonna" they chose couldn't really sing, but she did her share of rolling around on the floor. So the performance during the show wasn't that good. One person from our group got to Garth Brooks, he did a great job.

ferrangi September 15th, 2009 10:21 PM

Re: I wondred who was in 1112
 
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Originally Posted by nursiepooh
I was in 1111 on the other side great location loved being on the spa deck.
The guy dressed as a baby was wild.
The other "event" that happened was on deck six, when we pulled into LB there was a coroners van on the dock right below our cabin. some of our group that was on deck 6 said that in the cabin next to her there was a lot of fighting going on thursday night. They took two guys off in handcuffs. A person who works for the sheriffs dept said it looked like a man killed his wife.
Overall it was a great cruise.

Was I guess it wasn't a great cruise for someone... :-?
Hey that reminded me, on our way down to lobby to disembark, we got kicked off our elevator to make room for all the officers and the guy in handcuffs..... I have no clue what happened. :shock:

ferrangi September 15th, 2009 10:24 PM

Oh yeah... adding something to my review....
All the chairs in the Lido restaraunt (not outside by pool) were very comfortable for the plus size women. None of them had any arms... that was the nicest surprise!!

funmaker September 16th, 2009 12:14 AM

Farrangi, Thanks so much for the review. So would you recommend paying the price for the therapy pool? My daughter and I book a balcony room and I book my cousin and his buddy in a inside spa room. I am so jealous of the spa deck. I won't let that get past me next time. They have the amenities and I guess I would have to pay for some of them. Was it difficult getting a lounge chair on the Lido deck. Glad you had fun. Lastly, I have never Karaoke, is your Hank Williams song easy? We leave this Sunday.

huffca September 16th, 2009 01:05 AM

Wow... the next cruise I book will be on the Splendor.It's all your fault Can't wait.I can't believe I haven't even gotten close to my next cruise in March and I'm already thinking of the one after that... and the FOOD you got me so HUNGRY. And craving the CHOCOLATE MELTING CAKE...YUM-O!

I'm having a scrapbooking crop at my house friday night . Come start a scrapbook. See you soon I hope.

Hugs,
Carol:-)

ferrangi September 16th, 2009 06:33 AM

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Originally Posted by funmaker
Farrangi, Thanks so much for the review. So would you recommend paying the price for the therapy pool? My daughter and I book a balcony room and I book my cousin and his buddy in a inside spa room. I am so jealous of the spa deck. I won't let that get past me next time. They have the amenities and I guess I would have to pay for some of them. Was it difficult getting a lounge chair on the Lido deck. Glad you had fun. Lastly, I have never Karaoke, is your Hank Williams song easy? We leave this Sunday.

First of all, I personally would not pay extra for the theropy pool, because it also includes the sauna and steam rooms, which really aren't my thing. If you like all of those things, I believe it's worth it. Or if you get a deal on a spa cabin, take it. But I wouldn't stress over it, there are plenty of hot tubs on board. Remember that's just my opinon, I'm not really into the 105 degree water thing.... lol

I am not able to use the lounge chairs on the lido deck they are too hard for me to get up an down from, and I don't sun bathe. I believe in getting my sun while actually being in the pool... LOL
Again, I don't really enjoy the summer weather, I"m a winter girl.
But that being said, unless it was directly in the middle of the day, I always saw lounge chairs available... even during the busy time, they have lounge chairs everywhere.....on deck 9, 11. 12
I loved the serenity area, those lounge chairs were comfortable and easier for me to use, than the others... (deck 12)

And last,
For me the most important thing about kareoke is, make sure the song you want to sing, you sing in the same key as the Artist you are choosing to sing.
In other words, if you are doing a Whitney Housten song, are you able to sing in the same key as she does?
We had a guy who had gone up to sing over and over because it was a slow time and no one else had signed up. I heard him do two songs, and he was not bad at all
Then he sang another, which was totally the wrong key for him... he had difficutlies trying to sing, it was terrible, it made him look and sound just awful... even though we already knew he could sing, I would have been embarrassed, that's my biggest fear, is picking a song that is not in my key.
The best time for you to try it, is when they first start for the evening, take your time and look through the book, then go ahead let go and practice, and maybe you could audition for the legends show.... either way you'll have a great time. :wink: :wink:

katlady September 16th, 2009 09:32 AM

I also like to sing an upbeat sing, because that gets the crowd going. Also it good to make certain you know all the words. If you know the words you will feel better about singing the song. :D I like to Karaoke on ship the more you have had to drink the better I sound. :wink: I have never tried for the legends show that seems to scary.

briguy September 16th, 2009 11:25 AM

I was asked to do the legends show on my last cruise. The karaoke dude came up to my table and just asked me if I would do Elton John. I wasnt prepared to answer as it never occurred to me to even audition. I guess he was having trouble finding someone to do Elton so he just whispered in my ear. After a couple minutes of panic I said yes and regretted it. I almost came back the next night to cancel since my voice is truly not that good. My friends convinced me to suck it up and try it. I learned the song finally and was so freaking nervous on stage. After watching the tape afterwords I realized my eyes were closed almost the whole time ( hidden behing big Elton glasses) and my non mic hand was trembling. I got through it without blowing the lyrics and really felt a sense of accomplishment that I had the guts to do it. Next week I think I will sit out the legends show and watch from the audience. Once was enough for me.

nursiepooh September 16th, 2009 03:45 PM

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Originally Posted by funmaker
Farrangi, Thanks so much for the review. So would you recommend paying the price for the therapy pool? My daughter and I book a balcony room and I book my cousin and his buddy in a inside spa room. I am so jealous of the spa deck. I won't let that get past me next time. They have the amenities and I guess I would have to pay for some of them. Was it difficult getting a lounge chair on the Lido deck. Glad you had fun. Lastly, I have never Karaoke, is your Hank Williams song easy? We leave this Sunday.

I agree if you don't like using spa thermal areas then don't pay the extra money they do have a daily spa pass available for $35. I enjoyed having the spa room I was in the therapy pool, sauna, and steam rooms everyday (I lost 4 lbs on the cruise). It was great we just walked out of our cabin and over to the spa.

Maumekim September 16th, 2009 08:29 PM

Thanks for the update. SOOO glad you had a good time. I cant wait to see the pictures. We are booked for the January 31st cruise..Our first cruise. balcony 6269
I hear there is some type of newsletter you get telling you all there is to do, do the activities repeat? Say your doing something but there is something else you also want to do but it is scheduled the same time, will it repeat another time or day?
We have excursions planned in each port...again first cruise and first time out of the USA but since you been to all 3 before..any tips or warnings?
Thanks for the info about the pools..I have a bad back and climbing a ladder will be difficult if even possible at all. The info provided is very helpful.

Again thank you for the review and cant wait for the pics
Kim
kawalker@columbus.rr.com

ferrangi September 17th, 2009 02:05 AM

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Originally Posted by Maumekim
Thanks for the update. SOOO glad you had a good time. I cant wait to see the pictures. We are booked for the January 31st cruise..Our first cruise. balcony 6269
I hear there is some type of newsletter you get telling you all there is to do, do the activities repeat? Say your doing something but there is something else you also want to do but it is scheduled the same time, will it repeat another time or day?
We have excursions planned in each port...again first cruise and first time out of the USA but since you been to all 3 before..any tips or warnings?
Thanks for the info about the pools..I have a bad back and climbing a ladder will be difficult if even possible at all. The info provided is very helpful.

Again thank you for the review and cant wait for the pics
Kim
kawalker@columbus.rr.com

You're welcome... I love swimming myself, so the whole pool thing was pretty important to me too.

Unfortunately, often times you will see something in the Capers (news flyer with daily info/iteneraries etc) that you will want to do that may conflict with something else. They don't always repeat, but for example, sail away party.... obviously once... but bingo, I think they have every night. Trivia... one day they may do sports, and they may even do two or three different trivia's but sports will most likely only happen the one time.

They did the mixologist contest on our cruise... but you had to sign up on the first day.... we didn't read about it until monday... but there are tons of things to do. Believe me, my sis and I tried not to plan too much extra each day, but sure enough it seemed we were always running late for something or other... LOL
Now I need a vacation from my vacation. :wink:

katlady September 17th, 2009 10:31 AM

Maumekim here is a tip the caper with list the time to be back on the ship. It will be on "ship" time, however, Mexico time maybe different always put you watch on the ship's time. I have heard of people who missed the ship because Mexico time was one hour behind ship time and they got back to the ship an hour late.

Also Mazaltan and Puerto Vallarta are docked ports, Cabo San Lucas is a tender port. Meaning you are not docked, but have to take a tender boat into port. If the weather is to rough for the tender boat the captain may skip that port completely. Or change the ports so you tender in Cabo on different day. I been to Cabo twice and never had a problem with the tender, but I wanted to give you the heads up.

Ferrangi I have another question for you. Did you do the early check in at the Queen Mary? If so how did it work out? It's my understanding that you don't have to be a hotel guest to use the early check in is that true?

huffca September 17th, 2009 11:26 AM

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Originally Posted by katlady
Maumekim here is a tip the caper with list the time to be back on the ship. It will be on "ship" time, however, Mexico time maybe different always put you watch on the ship's time. I have heard of people who missed the ship because Mexico time was one hour behind ship time and they got back to the ship an hour late.

Also Mazaltan and Puerto Vallarta are docked ports, Cabo San Lucas is a tender port. Meaning you are not docked, but have to take a tender boat into port. If the weather is to rough for the tender boat the captain may skip that port completely. Or change the ports so you tender in Cabo on different day. I been to Cabo twice and never had a problem with the tender, but I wanted to give you the heads up.

Ferrangi I have another question for you. Did you do the early check in at the Queen Mary? If so how did it work out? It's my understanding that you don't have to be a hotel guest to use the early check in is that true?

Hello,
The first cruise Ferrangi & sis went on was with me. We did the early check in at the Queen Mary that time. That was nice. But at that time there was little or no where to either stand in the shade or sit. So, if it hasn't changet I don't know if I'd do it again. Looking forward to seeing what she says about it now.

Carol

Maumekim September 17th, 2009 06:13 PM

Thank you Ferrangi and Katlady, your information helps a lot. I havent even gotten on my first cruise and Im sitting here thinking about booking another!

ferrangi September 17th, 2009 07:57 PM

Okay, check this out... first maybe Carol can confirm this, but I was pretty sure there was no shade or very little shade before...
this time the entire outside waiting area is shaded.

It's true you do not have to stay at the QM to do early checkin...
But I suppose it's a hit and miss sort of thing.... becasue like Carol said before, we check in early, but had to wait in the hot sun to get in, lucky for us we stayed in cat 11 and we got priority boarding, so once they got done with the wedding party etc. we were in and literally walked through the terminal onto the ship, no waiting.
Last time, my sis and I were not early enough for early check in, so late enough that everyone was in the terminal, but early enough that we had a long line to wait in on the inside... (very warm with almost no breeze)

This time, we got lucky again, they had already checked in priortiy and started pulling certain decks out of the main line to go on into the terminal.This time the wait was minimal and we were on the ship from start to finish in about 40 min.

huffca September 17th, 2009 11:01 PM

Yes you are right there were just a couple very new trees and no coverd shade areas and very very few benches the first time. Can't wait to see you 2.
HUG

ferrangi September 18th, 2009 12:15 AM

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Originally Posted by huffca
Yes you are right there were just a couple very new trees and no coverd shade areas and very very few benches the first time. Can't wait to see you 2.
HUG

Now they have these big awnings of some sort... shade everywere. 8)

huffca September 18th, 2009 01:09 AM

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Originally Posted by ferrangi
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Originally Posted by huffca
Yes you are right there were just a couple very new trees and no coverd shade areas and very very few benches the first time. Can't wait to see you 2.
HUG

Now they have these big awnings of some sort... shade everywere. 8)

Yeah :-)

funmaker September 18th, 2009 03:08 AM

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Originally Posted by huffca
Quote:

Originally Posted by katlady
Maumekim here is a tip the caper with list the time to be back on the ship. It will be on "ship" time, however, Mexico time maybe different always put you watch on the ship's time. I have heard of people who missed the ship because Mexico time was one hour behind ship time and they got back to the ship an hour late.

Also Mazaltan and Puerto Vallarta are docked ports, Cabo San Lucas is a tender port. Meaning you are not docked, but have to take a tender boat into port. If the weather is to rough for the tender boat the captain may skip that port completely. Or change the ports so you tender in Cabo on different day. I been to Cabo twice and never had a problem with the tender, but I wanted to give you the heads up.

Ferrangi I have another question for you. Did you do the early check in at the Queen Mary? If so how did it work out? It's my understanding that you don't have to be a hotel guest to use the early check in is that true?

Hello,
The first cruise Ferrangi & sis went on was with me. We did the early check in at the Queen Mary that time. That was nice. But at that time there was little or no where to either stand in the shade or sit. So, if it hasn't changet I don't know if I'd do it again. Looking forward to seeing what she says about it now.

Ferrangi, So we are planning on getting to Long beach around 11:30, should we go to queen Mary for early check in? Didnt know that. Also, I think I will just watch Karoke. Not my thing. Also what a bummer about the $105.00 parking.

Carol


katlady September 18th, 2009 03:35 AM

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Originally Posted by funmaker
Quote:

Originally Posted by huffca
Quote:

Originally Posted by katlady
Maumekim here is a tip the caper with list the time to be back on the ship. It will be on "ship" time, however, Mexico time maybe different always put you watch on the ship's time. I have heard of people who missed the ship because Mexico time was one hour behind ship time and they got back to the ship an hour late.

Also Mazaltan and Puerto Vallarta are docked ports, Cabo San Lucas is a tender port. Meaning you are not docked, but have to take a tender boat into port. If the weather is to rough for the tender boat the captain may skip that port completely. Or change the ports so you tender in Cabo on different day. I been to Cabo twice and never had a problem with the tender, but I wanted to give you the heads up.

Ferrangi I have another question for you. Did you do the early check in at the Queen Mary? If so how did it work out? It's my understanding that you don't have to be a hotel guest to use the early check in is that true?

Hello,
The first cruise Ferrangi & sis went on was with me. We did the early check in at the Queen Mary that time. That was nice. But at that time there was little or no where to either stand in the shade or sit. So, if it hasn't changet I don't know if I'd do it again. Looking forward to seeing what she says about it now.

Ferrangi, So we are planning on getting to Long beach around 11:30, should we go to queen Mary for early check in? Didnt know that. Also, I think I will just watch Karoke. Not my thing. Also what a bummer about the $105.00 parking.

Carol

Ferrangi please correct me if I get this wrong. Early check in at the Queen Mary hotel is from 9-11AM. However, at 11:30AM I would go to the normal building and start the check in process. Your ticket probably say check in is at 1PM. Everyone gets there are that time, you are better off getting there are 11:30.

Parking is a bummer, I'm looking for park N cruise hotels. Marriot and Residence Inn are at the top of my list they both have cruise and park packages. One night stay and seven days of parking for one price. You just enter a promo code. Residence Inn is TRS and Marriot is ZJL. Right now the code only works for 2009 hotel stays. I'm waiting for the updated codes for 2010.

ferrangi September 18th, 2009 08:37 PM

Katlady,
The only thing I see wrong with your statement is thinking most people will not get there until 1pm.... trust me everyone has the same idea... like I said before it's a hit and miss.
If I had to suggest something, I would try for early check in on the QM. :wink:


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