Ryan – Day 4

February 25, 2011 -

Eric the Beard

Hey there John!

Well it’s our first port of call here on the Carnival Splendor! (cheers, whistles, shouts!!!) Welcome back to Mexico, Splendor! As I walked out on the open deck this morning I caught my first glimpse of Puerto Vallarta after such a long time away, the rolling green mountains, the birds flying from the shore over the ocean, and the sunlight gleaming off of the Wal-Mart marquee just outside the pier. I never thought I’d actually be happy to see that Wal-Mart again! Ha! The guests are thrilled to be getting off the ship today. Yes, it is truly amazing to be on board the ship; eating, drinking, playing games, and wallowing around in all the fun, but for a many of our passengers the vacation feeling becomes fully complete when we reach another country’s shore and get to explore an exotic coastline (beyond the Wal-Mart it does get a bit exotic, I promise!).

The ship has become very quiet for the first time since we left Long Beach as our vacationers make way for sandy beaches, shore excursions, and some much needed shopping therapy. For those guests that choose to stay on the ship in port, Christy has some exciting trivia contests and sports games planned, but most will swipe that Sail & Sign card at the gangway and head outdoors for some adventure. Our incredible staff in Shore Excursions have been busy guiding our adventure seekers to the proper places as some folks head toward a beach hideaway in Las Caletas, or to swim with the dolphins in a crystal clear pool. The real thrill seekers will be dashing down a zip line through tropical forests in our ever-popular Canopy Adventure, I always hear the best stories from this one…talk about a “Didja Ever?”! This is the one excursion that people never think they would do, and always wish they could do again and again after it’s over!

When you work on a cruise ship like the Carnival Splendor, you have to be ready to roll with the punches and take what life throws at you. Well, life threw us a bit of a curve ball today as we discovered that we would be deviating from our next port of call, Mazatlan, due to some safety concerns with the port. Here at Carnival Cruise Lines we take the safety of our guests and crew very seriously because we want everyone embarking on any Carnival Cruise Ship to have the time of their lives. So, such is the case in a situation like this where the powers that be (the beards, I suppose) feel that a change in our itinerary will be the safest choice for our passengers here on the Splendor. Tomorrow we will be making a half-day stop in Cabo San Lucas, leaving Puerto Vallarta a couple hours early to make up the extra distance. I’m sure there are some disappointed folks, as it’s never ideal to have to miss a port of call, but I’m glad that we are able to keep a port day for our guests.

Beyond the news of not going to Mazatlan we had an incredible night on the ship! Superstar Live, our karaoke with a live band, was rocking out in the back lounge, love the karaoke or not, watching our live band turn the guests into “Superstars” is certainly worth a peek! The real party of the night, however, was the Mega Deck Party with our Assistant Cruise Director, Marcelo Alvarado (Marshmallow Avocado). I think I forgot how much fun Marcelo’s deck party can be when those Latin hips start shaking and he turns the entire Lido Deck into a dance party with a little help from us hosts. We lead the party goers in some really fun group dances, a game or two, and just have an all-around great time. By midnight, the whole ship is about ready for bed, it’s been a wonderful day in port, a fun-filled night onboard, and we have a great day planned tomorrow…of course the Red Carpet Nightclub is open for our disco kings and queens, and there is music everywhere if you just want to sit and listen till the wee hours. This boy is off to his cabin and some much needed sleep, I’m knackered after that deck party (and I ate the most amazing dinner with my Mom tonight in the Pinnacle Steak House…it just doesn’t get any better than that!).

Ciao for now. More to come!

Ryan McQuarrie
Entertainment Host
Carnival Splendor

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