We had a great time on our cruise on Splendour of the Seas. As we were in a Junior Suite, the priority embarkation process was smooth and impressive. We were impressed also with our suite, which was furnished well and had an iPad and refrigerator with mini bar, and tea and coffee making facilities. The bathroom, which had a bathtub and shower, was adequate for our needs and the towelling bathrobes were a nice touch. The steward did a great job of meeting our needs with ice buckets etc.
Food & Drink - We were generally very satisfied with the quality of food, so much so that we didn't even look at the specialty dining options. The MDR served up some nice dishes, but on a couple of occasions we felt there wasn't enough variety. The Windjammer, where we had breakfast and lunch most days, was great, with a huge variety of hot and cold food. The Solarium cafe was great for soups and salad at any time of the day. We had bought the soda packages prior to sailing and wished we hadn't bothered. It was an unnecessary expense, as hot and cold drinks were freely available there. Could have made a big saving there!
Entertainment - On the whole we enjoyed it. As with everything, some activities and shows were better than others, but the team worked hard to keep everyone entertained. One criticism however would be that the teen club activities were almost non-existent. This would put our family off re-booking this holiday. Our kids like activities. They don't like to hang around in corridors or play arcade games all day.
Excursions - We loved the itinerary and the excursions we took. The weather was a bit extreme while we were in Greece though, so we didn't do a trip to Athens, preferring to stay on board that day. Santorini is a must! It is stunning. Corfu shopping was good, but next time I would get the local bus instead of paying $10pp for the shuttle bus. A word of advice if on the ship's excursions in Kusadasi - You do NOT have to go to the carpet shop at the end of the excursion with them, although the guide implies it is part of the excursion. We just said no thanks to that bit, and walked back to the ship. I didn't go on holiday to buy a carpet, so I wasn't going to waste my (or anyone else's) time with this. Other people we met said they didn't realise they could say no, and had felt uncomfortable and pressured by the hard sell in the carpet factory at the end of the trip. The ship is docked just a couple of hundred yards away. If you don't want to go, don't!
The ship itself was just a nice size for us, and it was beautiful and clean. We don't like the mega-ships. They are just too big and impersonal for our liking. Splendour was just the right size for our needs. The pool area however was a bit overcrowded. We felt like sardines there. I really don't like the way the sunbeds are all touching each other. I'd like a bit more space, but we had a large balcony to retreat to, so it didn't spoil our sunbathing time. The Solarium pool was nice for a couple of hours in the evening too.
There is a wide range of nationalities on Splendour, so the announcements during entertainment etc. are repeated in 3 languages. It's a bit annoying sometimes. We opted for Mytime dining, and we ate at different times most nights, depending on what entertainment we wanted to see that night. It was nice to sit with different people at dinner, but having the option of meeting up with new friends in the Windjammer if we preferred.
I know that some people are loyal to a cruise line and aren't interested in experiencing others once they have found one they like. We like to experience different things, so our next cruise may not be with Royall Caribbean. It was nice to get the double C&A points for the Junior Suite though, and if we do return, it will be a bonus. We would research the children's activities first though, because Splendour didn't live up to our expectations in that department.