My husband and our families (parents and sisters) traveled on the Splendour of the Seas on 10/20/12 and we couldn't have had a better time on our cruise. The ship was amazing. The refurbishment was well worth it and almost everything looked new or recently updated. The best part about it was our rooms. Our room and our sisters' room were located on deck 7 and they were full ocean view rooms, with floor to ceiling windows. Our room, 7066, was quite a bit larger than our sisters' room, as well as our parents' balcony rooms located down the hall. It almost felt like the size of a suite, without the hefty price. We definitely lucked out. We had a theory that these rooms were new (a row of 5 rooms, on decks 6 and 7) because they were the only window rooms on the entire deck (all of the others being balcony rooms) and they were so spacious. Just a theory though, not sure if this is correct.
The activities on the ship were so much fun, mainly due to all of the cruise/activity directors. We participated in British trivia, music movie trivia, the adult quest game show, the white party, the 70's dance party, and the battle of the sexes game show. All of them were so much fun! We also saw most of the shows in the 42nd Street Theater (very comfy seats!). We thought all of the performers were very entertaining (particularly the band covering ABBA songs and the gentlemen performing hits from the 1950's and 1960's).
The food was excellent on board. We ate in the King & I Dining Room every night for dinner (we had My Time Dining, but we reserved a table for 8 every night at 7pm prior to boarding). It all worked out great. The Windjammer offered a huge selection for breakfast and we mainly ate lunch (if we weren't exploring a town) at the Park Cafe in the Solarium or the hot dog stand. Both were delicious. Since my husband and our families had only cruised once before, and not with RC, we were surprised to see the variety of free drinks available. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, water, lemonade, iced tea, apple juice, orange juice, and fruit punch were always available, which we all loved.
The ports were wonderful. We stopped in Bari, Corfu, Mykonos, Athens, and Dubrovnik. We didn't do any shore excursions through RC because we're not a fan of large groups; instead, we planned private tours prior to leaving for the trip. The timing was nice for these ports too because for two of stops, we didn't dock until the afternoon, which allowed us to sleep in a bit.
Overall, I would highly recommend this cruise. My husband and I are in our 20's and we enjoyed it just as much as our parents who are in their 50's. We can't wait to cruise with Royal Caribbean again!