Originally posted by Jim f:
My wife and I are taking our first curise on Oct 11 on the Splendor the the Mex. Riv. (porto villarta, Mazatlan and Cabo)We have a room at tyhe aft corner of the ship with a large balcony. Probably wont get to use it much.
Were both a little nervous about going (excited) but we should have a good time.
Any advice or opinions would be appreciated
We just did a B2B on the Splendor in November and she is a lovely ship.
If my friend Michael is still onboard (soloist - Promenade) you are in for a treat. He is a wicked guitar player. And he is from LAS VEGAS!!
The ship is large...but manageable. We have never had one of those AFT balconies (hubby AKA Mr. Tightwad won't spring for one) but they are all the talk of the boards.
We did this route several years ago on the Pride and had a great time.
IN PV, hubby and oldest son did the zip line.
IN Mazatlan, our family of four did Randi's Horses (horseback riding over on Stone Island.)
IN Cabo...we just grabbed a water taxi for $2 a person over to the beach to relax.
My first tip is RELAX!!!
You may use your balcony more than you think if you enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning when you first wake up. The cabins do not have coffee pots in them, but there is a door hanger that you place on your door the night before and they will deliver coffee and a continental breakfast at your appointed time. A $1 tip is customary.
If you like speciality coffees...they cost extra on the Promenade BUT you can get them for free in the Main Dining Room. I love the expressos!!
Every day you will get a CAPER that tells you what is going on along with the time and location. There will be one waiting for you when you arrive in your cabin.
When you check in, they will give you a Sail and Sign card that will handle any transactions on the ship. We usually secure ours with our credit card...but some people do it with cash.
At the end of the cruise they will stuff a complete listing of all your purchases in your mailbox...but you can also check the balance as you go on the TV.
The cabin will have a safe for your valuables.
As you walk on, they will ask you if you want a drink...these are not free...but usually pretty good. The soda and bottled water in your cabin is not free as well...BUT you are allowed to carry on an unspecified amount of soda and water ( and one bottle of wine per adult).
Lido has ice tea and coffee 24/7. There are juices in the morning and lemonade in the afternoon and night. This is included in your cruise.
Don't miss the roasted chicken one level ABOVE lido. (Lido is where all the buffet foods, pizza, Deli etc is). The roasted chicken is wonderful as is the Mac N Cheese and the softest baked potato I have ever eaten.
Also included is 24 hour pizza, soft serve ice cream along with free sushi (they do charge for the Saki) at the announced hours in the Caper.
Don't let the Spa throw you. There are some aspects of it that are included in your cruise...like the gym and a sauna (and a locker room with showers).
This ship's Spa has the Thalassotherapy pool on it..but there is a charge for it. When we were on the ship...it was $35.00 per person per day for the pool. Turkish sauna and relaxation rooms.
We always used the Promenade as our main thoroughfare for going from one end of the ship to the other.
I hope you both have a wonderful trip!!