Ryan – Day 3

February 24, 2011 -

Eric the Beard

Hi John!

It’s our second Sea Day on the beautiful Carnival Splendor and the ship has been a bustle of activity since early this morning. Everyone on board is very ready to reach our first port of call, Puerto Vallarta, but as Carnival Entertainment Hosts Amy, Michelle, Christy, and myself are well qualified to turn our guest’s restless energy into fun times to be had by all. We gave the sun worshipers their space on Lido Deck today and made the deck 5 Promenade lounges the main arteries of the ship.

The bells, whistles, and lights of the Royal Flush Casino sound like a grand party in itself while our guests try their luck at the slots, tables, and even electronic poker. We pit the ladies against the gentlemen in the Lobby as the Gender Showdown saw the men annihilate the women and earn bragging rights for the rest of the cruise, if you’ve never witnessed a group of grown adults stick quarters up their bums and attempt to drop them into a tiny cup it’s certainly a sight to be seen!

The Grand Piano bar and The Cool lounge have been full of exciting crowd pleasers like Scattegories, Match Game, Carnivalaire, and even our progressive trivia challenge “Super Duper Trivia” (this is Amy’s baby and she makes it so much fun I think there were over a hundred guests playing today! WOW!). Our Cruise Director, Felipe, had the crowd roaring with laughter at the Marriage Show…it’s ridiculous how outrageous a room full of married couples can get! After the show we turned the Theater into the Carnival Bingo Hall and had a great time giving away hundreds of dollars in bingo jackpots. The Atrium Lobby was packed full on every deck for our Motown: Guess That Song, this is one of my personal favorite trivias, such an incredible era of music and it’s a great feeling to hear everyone sing along to these memorable songs as we score the game. Even the Carnival Youth Clubs were all-a-buzz as the dance parties, scavenger hunts, and games took place in all corners of the ship…I always help the kids out with their scavenger hunts even though they’re not supposed to get help from staff..shhh…don’t tell on me!

The Past Guests Reception was today as well, I love that we can take a little time to say “Thank You” to our repeat cruisers with a few free drinks and a nice presentation by our Cruise Director. There is a fun video that we play during this party and its most recent update has seen the removal of a very funny Senior Cruise Director…what’s up with that!?

As the day comes to a close the nightlife of the ship is still poppin’, the comedians in the Punchliner Comedy Club have brought out some brand new shows for the crowd (these guys are SO funny), our Karaoke Lounge is packed to the brim with some amazing guest talent (and some not-so-amazing), and the Main Lounge shows, by a very amusing prop comedian, were a huge success. I know we’re all ready to see Mexico tomorrow, but the vibe on the ship has become a well-oiled vacation machine and it’s so nice to walk these decks and see the carefree smiles of our guests as they enjoy the wonders of this reborn cruise ship. That’s all for the run-down today, Ciao for now.

More to come tomorrow!

Ryan McQuarrie
Entertainment Host
Carnival Splendor

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