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Splendour of the Seas Review

Splendour of the Seas
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  • Windowed Centrum offers aerial spectacles and daytime activities
  • Midsize ship with multiple dining venues
  • Features 18-hole mini-golf course
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Splendour of the Seas Overview

Erica Silverstein
Editor Rating
4.0
Splendour of the Seas is packed with an endless supply of entertainment and relaxation options ... for a ship of its size. Close to 70,000 tons and housing 1,830 passengers (based on double occupancy), it's among Royal Caribbean's smallest and oldest vessels in a fleet dominated by humongous mega-ships that sport ice-skating rinks, indoor malls and onboard surf parks. Yet, a 2011 refurbishment has helped Splendour stay modern, adding more balconies, several alternative dining options taken from Oasis and Allure of the Seas, a pool deck movie screen and a new seven-story Centrum lobby featuring a made-over bar and aerial acrobatic shows.

The ship is also embracing 21st-century technology trends. Every cabin comes with an iPad (to borrow, of course) that passengers can use to check their bar bills, order midnight munchies to their cabins, surf the Web and make reservations at the previously mentioned extra-fee restaurants. New digital "Wayfinder" signage with large touchscreens is posted by the elevators, allowing the lost to get directions around the ship, the bored to find upcoming activities, the hungry to access restaurant menus and the "just drank one beer too many" to find the closest loo.

Other highlights include an 18-hole miniature golf course, RCI's signature rock-climbing wall, a family pool area, plus an adults-only Solarium, and various theaters and lounges.

One thing to note is that the ship has a split personality. Most of the year, the ship offers the quintessential Royal Caribbean experience, one aimed at fun-loving Americans and international passengers of all ages. But, when the ship repositions to South America for the winter months, the onboard ambience shifts a bit to cater to a majority of Brazilian travelers -- though still in RCI style.

Ultimately, Splendour has several things going for it: a good balance of size and amenities, itineraries beyond the standard Caribbean jaunts and updates to keep it from feeling old. Do you really need to cruise with 6,000 people to have a good time? Splendour says no way.

Splendour of the Seas Fellow Passengers

Royal Caribbean typically appeals to couples and singles in their 30s to 60s as well as families of all ages. Royal Caribbean attracts passengers who are looking for affordable, active vacations. Splendour of the Seas spends the winter months in Brazil, and during that time, a large number of Brazilians will be onboard. On those cruises, some of the dining and entertainment options are tweaked to appeal to a South American clientele.

Splendour of the Seas Dress Code

A weeklong cruise will have two formal nights, one smart casual night and four casual nights. Even the longest cruises won't have more than three smart casual and three formal nights (with the remainder all casual). Most men opt for dark suits instead of tuxedos, and women choose cocktail dresses, rather than lavish gowns. The only difference between smart and regular casual is jackets for men with sport shirts and slacks recommended, and dresses, skirts and nice slacks for women. But, honestly, this is a cruise line that doesn't get hung up on dinner dress.

Splendour of the Seas Gratuity

Royal Caribbean passengers are charged $12 per person, per day ($14.25 for suite occupants). Gratuities can be pre-paid or added on a daily basis to passengers' SeaPass accounts during the cruise. Passengers can modify or remove gratuities by visiting the guest services desk while onboard. A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar tabs.
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Splendour of the Seas Member Reviews

Average Cruise gautengusa
06/15
Overall we were rather disapointed with the below average Cabin we had constant issues with the toilet and AC and for three its just not a good idea. We were rather surprised at the changes in things like coffee. A cappuccino in the main dining for ... Read more
We just returned from our cruise on Splendour of the Seas. The ship was small, but well maintained. We were overly impressed with the staff on the ship. We definitely prefer larger ships, but in Europe there just isn't much time to enjoy the ship ... Read more
Greek Isles Cruise socalcruizing200804
05/15
-Before the Cruise: First time in Venice and very happy that we used AirBnB for our accommodations. Spent two nights in an apartment we shared with another couple we know that were going on the cruise with us. About $180 per night for two bedroom ... Read more
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Splendour of the Seas Ratings

Editor Rating 4.0 Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
3.0
4.0
Public Rooms
4.0
4.4
Cabins
4.0
4.0
Entertainment
4.0
3.6
Spa & Fitness
4.0
3.9
Family & Children
4.0
3.8
Shore Excursions
4.0
3.8
Enrichment
1.0
3.6
Service
4.0
4.4
Value-for-Money
4.0
4.0

Sailing From

Dubai Venice

Cruises To

Europe - All Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Middle East

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Ship Stats
Crew:
761
Launched:
1996
Decks:
11
Tonnage:
69,130
Passengers:
1,830
Registry:
Bahamas
CDC Score:
97
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