Let me 1st say I will cruise Carnival again on that note I'm not sure it will be on the Splendor, not because of the "flameless smoke" (which is what they called it up until the Prez of Carnival boarded the ship in San Diego on Thursday) but because so far of all the Carnival ships we have been on this one has the tackiest decor. Way over done with the pink.
When we got to the pier on Sunday the Splendor had a rough start from the get go. We had some delay boarding because of an inspection the Coast Guard was doing that morning (at least that is what we were told) Then we were told by fellow passengers that a whole crate of luggage got dumped in the ocean. Some was fished out and others pieces they needed a dive team to get the following morning and would send that luggage ahead to Puerto Vallarta.
We found our room, an inside one, which we had not done for many cruises but we figured it would be ok since it was just for sleeping and showering. Our cabin steward was wonderful and our waiter very nice. We had a great dinner and took a nice walk around waiting for the welcome show to start. Our mistake was going back to the room and falling asleep. I woke up around midnite and thought "oh well, we have lots of nights" so instead of wandering around the casino I elected to stay in and go to bed.
Around 5:30am on Monday morning I heard my husband leave for his usual cup of coffee on the aft of the lido deck. Around 5:45am the ship began to shudder. My 1st thought "that can't be good". Then came the call over the loud speaker for the "alpha team", for those who don't know that is their fire response team. Not long after my husband called the room to say that I should come up to the aft of the 10th floor and bring my camera because there was thick, black smoke pouring out of the middle of the fan tail. By the time it took be to put on my sweats and shoes my room was already filling up with smoke, oh did I fail to mention our inside cabin was on deck 1, 3 doors from the crew door? I opened my door and the hallway was filling up with smoke, by the time I walked up 10 flights of stairs because no power means no elevators, the black smoke was now white but still pouring out. The next announcement was for everyone to leave their rooms but just make their way to open areas.
Part 2 to follow soon........
Carnival Splendor (3 days of towing back to port)
Glad you are home safe from the "experience" you didn't bargain for.
All I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by; John Masefield
Carnival: Glory 2004, Destiny 2008, Splendor 2009, Freedom 2011, Valor 2012, Dream 2013
Celebrity: Summit 2011
Princess: Ruby 2010, 2014, Caribbean 2013, Coral 2014, Regal 2014
Star Clippers: Royal Clipper 2015
Glad your home!! Looking forward to your first hand account! Very good start!
BTW--I agree 100% with you on the decor--way too much pink.
Ray McDonald / Snoozeman
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Future Cruises: Carnival Triumph-Caribbean-7/28/2014, Carnival Legend-South Pacific-8/30/2014, MSC Preziosa-Mediterranean-10/25/2014, MSC Fantasia-Mediterranean-11/2/2014, Navigator of the Seas-12/14/2013, Norwegian Jewel-1/3/2015, Emerald Princess-1/11/2015, Carnival Freedom-2/2/2015, Carnival Freedom-2/15/2015.
I believe that the cruise industry will use this incidence as a learning experience and make some improvements in the safety systems so that this will not happen again.
Carnival Liberty New Year's Eve 2007
Liberty of the Seas 5/2008+11/2009
Allure 1/16/ 2011
Vision OTS 2-14-2015
Glad you are safely home. I have been on the Conquest 6 times but never the Splendor. Love the Conquest and its decor.
Awaiting your second part before booking the Splendor.
Thanks for all the details.