November 14, 2018
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Carnival Splendor2017

Carnival Splendor is the sole ship of the Splendor class, a smaller, modified version of the Concordia-class cruise ship, operated by Costa. he entered service on 2 July 2008.

Raleigh, North Carolina

For us, Raleigh is home base. Raleigh is a short 2 hour drive from our house. I drive between Raleigh and Chapel Hill so often that I am used to the drive and it’s a quick hop down 86. I lived in Raleigh for a while so I am familiar with the city and I just love the Triangle. We always fly out of Raleigh-Durham International because it’s so much cheaper...

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Day 1 We slept in a little this morning since we were in no hurry. We woke up and loaded the car to head north. I didn’t want to go. I love Key West. The car was loaded and north we headed. We ended up stopping at an IHop in Marathon for breakfast. I hate Ihop but everyone was hungry. The service and food was okay, again, it’s Ihop. The weather was still nice and...

Key West, Florida

Day 1 We got on Florida Turnpike and south to the Keys we went! We stopped in Islamorada at Robbie’s so my kids could feed the tarpon and we could stretch our legs. It was about $20 for 3 buckets of fish so we could go out on the dock and feed the tarpon. This was fun, my youngest really enjoyed it. Be cautious when you go here because the pelicans are very...

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Again we had an excursion booked. This time it was the Old San Juan City & Fortress tour through Island Marketing. We went ahead and booked a private tour, which was nice because it was just us. There was a hiccup in the beginning because there were two people from Island Marketing contacting me, which was a bit confusing. Finally our driver arrived in a black...

St. Kitts

We had an independent excursion booked this day as well. We booked through Pereira Tours which Liz was GREAT. I cannot say enough good things about her. She also joined our Facebook roll call and helped all of the cruisers answer questions, find excursions even if they weren’t with her, and just make everyone feel welcome to St. Kitts. We started the day by shopping...

St. Maarten

We were excited about St. Maarten. St. Maarten is part of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean Sea. It comprises 2 separate countries, Netherlands & France. We had booked an excursion through Bernards SXM Tours independently, we don’t like going through cruise lines for excursions. We met Bernard’s Tours at the cruise terminal and boarded an air conditioned van...

Port Everglades

Carnival Splendor May 27, 2017 Embarkation, 4 ports, 3 days at sea Day 1 We woke up fairly early to load the vehicle to return it to FLL and go to our ship. This day was different though, because this was Sunday and the festivities in Miami Beach were starting to heat up. All of the residential streets were closed in Miami Beach so the traffic was crazy getting out...

Miami, Florida

Day 1 Everglades The flight south was really nice. No turbulence, awesome staff as always on Southwest. We always fly Southwest because they are the cheapest since your luggage flies free with them. Not to mention the free snacks & drinks as well as free TV. That helps kill time. I was able to watch some morning show on the way down. Not to mention Southwest has...

Grand Turk

2016 Trip In Grand Turk, most cruisers flock to Margaritaville which you can go to in any beach city in the USA. We don’t want to do that. We rented a golf cart through Karib which was $90 for the day. With the golf cart, you can ride anywhere on the island. Grand Turk is a small island so you can explore the whole island in about 2 hours or less. Just remember to...