We have been cruising since 1998 when I won a cruise. We have been on 30 cruises and have three booked. We enjoy introducing new people to the cruising world. Our second passion in life are Renaissance Festivals.
When we told folks we would be on the Splendor, they said,"OH! the pink ship. So of course I started calling it MY ship. I was expecting neon pink and other bright shades of pink. Well, it has a lot of pink but an equal amount of oranges. After the fist day, one hardly notices. So you will not be overwhelmed by the colors.
We had a group of 18 people and many first timers. this was a good itinerary for so many people: history, beach and shopping in equal amounts.
We chose assigned seating in the dining room and two adjacent tables one for 8 and one for 10. Our wait staff was very understanding as we switched places almost every night. The service was excellent. The food was good both in the MDR and on the Lido deck. Be sure to check out the upstairs dining areas for the Lido dining.
Our room steward was one of the best we have had. The other experienced travelers said the same about their room stewards.
The ship was originally built to be a Costa ship and has the same deck plan as the Costa Concordia. I rather liked it.
The big theater production were still the main entertainment. We were very happy about this as we are slightly disappointed in the newer shows. The comedy club was packed every night and there was a good rotation of comedians.
The newbies had such a good time and are bitten by the cruising bug. The experienced cruisers want to go again as soon as possible. (Note: we are on the Dream this coming Jan.)
We would repeat this cruise with no problem, either with a large group or just the two of us.
To be honest we booked this cruise because Princess was having 2for1 sale and we wanted to see the "sky-walk". We decided on this ship because it was new and the timing was perfect.
We booked a balcony and we were surprised how much smaller it was compared to those we were familiar with on Carnival.
The ship seemed to vibrate continuously no matter where you were on the ship .
YTD was not done well. If you ordered early, the early seating was still served before YTD. The service was extremely slow and the food mediocre.
The food on the buffet line was great. This area was very open and a lot a variety. There were hand washing stations as you entered the area, a nice touch.
The Atrium was open and beautiful. Demonstrations,entertainment, dancing and fashion shows were held there.
The serenity area was costly to use, free to walk through.
The sky-walk was all we hoped it would be. The opposite side of the ship also had a glass bottom, but was a bar with a daily show.
Princess uses their lifeboats as tenders, which we found refreshing.
The horn plays the theme from the "Love Boat" and was fun when we sailed just before the Royal Princess as they serenaded each other.
We would probably sail on this ship again.
We took this cruise because we had a friend going for the first time who really wanted us to go with them. We had been on this same ship and itinerary years ago...but agreed anyway. It was as much fun as the last time. We did not plan to board with them, but there was no line and they got through almost as fast as we did. The mini golf was fun, even if I lost every time. The food was good and YTD worked well. We did our own walking tour of Key West and we took different shore tours in Cozumel. I highly recommend the tequila factory tour.
Lunch on Lido
Key West and first time cruiser
Atrium on cruise elegant night (chose to wear formal) with a Miami Vice each
"Really 1998 First cruise"
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