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Trip Report The PINK But Still FUN Ugly Duckling

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Our annual “Spring Break” cruise on Carnival starts pretty much like all the others we have taken with one major exception. After dropping everyone and our luggage at the ship then driving back into nearby downtown Miami for affordable parking, I discover that my passport has been checked in a bag I would normally have carried on to the ship.

Back at the check in terminal I am escorted to a waiting area where a search for my bag begins. This turns into almost two hours of waiting. As it turns out my bag is delivered to my state room where with some helpful coordination my passport is recovered and delivered to me. Although this seemed to be a chaotic process, the Carnival personnel handled it well.

With my passport in hand I am ready for another cruise vacation to begin until I step onboard the Splendor and become ill as I am drenched with “Pepto Bismol”. There is pink everywhere!

My nausea begins to wane as what I think is a familiar voice from about four years ago echos over the PA system. As we say “Adios Miami, Hello Fun” my suspicions are confirmed as from Deck 10 we are drawn to “Y.M.C.A” and the “Sail Away Party”. That familiar voice is back and belongs to the Cruise Director Malcolm who we think is one of Carnival's best.

It will be almost two days of sailing before our first port of call, Cozumel, which gives us plenty of opportunity to explore Splendor and settle in for the next seven days. Tandoor, lounging around the pool, then the casino, the buffet, all the soft serve ice cream you can eat, the karaoke lounge and hamburgers at 1am are all part of “Day One” and just some of the things we enjoy about cruising.

A full day at sea and it is time for some hoops on the high seas. Another whooping on the miniature golf course and I am in despite need of an ice cream machine to help me lick my wounds on a hot afternoon.

At 8pm I am as dressed up as I am going to get on this or any other cruise as we head downstairs for what will be our one and only formal dining room meal. At The Black Pearl it is a double serving of lobster with a side serving of vegetables that are tasty.

Even as the room turns festive with towels swirling and talk of “pizza pie”, I feel no love only another disappointment. I thought for sure there would be “Baked Alaskan” for desert but instead I have to settle for lime sherbert.

They say laughter is sometimes the best medicine but before we try that remedy we discover a stop at the piano bar to be soothing. The performer, Natalie, has an amazing voice that almost seems out of place in a piano bar. She is enjoyable to listen to.

We never miss trips to The Punchliner where we often get a good dosing of medicine. Tonight is no exception as the comedian has most of us bursting at the seams. From The Punchliner it is an almost natural flow to the disco and although it is not Friday night, this is still how we do it.


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