Splendour of the Seas Cabins
Of the 915 cabins on Splendour, 587 have ocean views, and 357 of those have balconies. While the refurb added balconies to 124 existing outside cabins, the ship still has a pretty low percentage of balcony cabins compared with today's new-builds.
Three categories of inside cabins range in size from 132 to 165 square feet -- i.e. teeny tiny. Standard oceanview cabins measure 152 square feet. Of these, several cabins on Deck 2 have portholes instead of windows, and cabin numbers 6120 and 6624 have obstructed views.
Standard balcony cabins (called "deluxe" or "superior" oceanviews) are either 150 or 192 square feet with 37- to 42-square-foot balconies. Balconies are each furnished with two chairs and a small table.
Standard cabins are comfortable and practical, and even the smallest cabins feature little sitting areas with sofas and coffee tables. Storage space is generous, with hanging racks and shelving in the closets, drawers and more shelves in the desks/vanities, and nightstands. Cabins feature flat-screen televisions, phones, safes and hair dryers. Royal Caribbean has added iPads in each cabin. The iPads can be used throughout the ship to access daily schedules and onboard accounts, order room service, access the Internet, watch movies and make restaurant reservations. But be careful with your borrowed technology -- the fees for damaged and lost iPads are $200 and $700, respectively.
Bathrooms have decent storage, though each shower only has one shelf and a clingy curtain. Toiletries are limited to hand soap and a mystery substance (Shampoo? Body wash?) in an unmarked dispenser in the shower.
Cabin service was exceptional, unobtrusive and thorough. Cabin stewards created imaginative towel-people and creatures as part of turn-down service. (The hanging monkey was one of the best we've seen.)
Splendour offers six types of suites. The Junior Suite (at 230 square feet with a 76-square-foot balcony) is essentially an expanded balcony cabin with a larger sitting area (sofa plus two comfy chairs) and a bathroom with a bathtub. Grand Suites (355 square feet, 114-square-foot balcony) are even bigger, with more distinction between the sleeping and sitting areas (each with an L-shaped couch) and a larger foyer area. The Owner's Suite (511 square feet, 116-square-foot balcony) has a separate living area with a queen-size sofa bed and a small table and chairs. The Royal Suite (1,002 square feet, 139-square-foot balcony) has a king-size bed in a separate bedroom, a large living room with a queen-size sofa bed and baby grand piano, and a whirlpool bathtub.
Suite passengers are entitled to perks like priority check-in, Concierge Lounge access (see below), priority tendering (where applicable), access to dining room menus via room service, luggage valet service, complimentary clothes pressing on formal night and priority debarkation.
Two suite categories are intended for families. The Family Junior Suite (452 square feet with 54-square-foot balcony) sleeps six with two sets of twin beds (one set in a separate room and others that convert to queens) and a double sofa bed in the living room. The Royal Family Suite (516 square feet with 75-square-foot balcony) features two bedrooms, two bathrooms (one with shower, one with tub), a walk-in closet, a double sofa bed and a Pullman bed in the living room. It can accommodate up to eight people.
A new Concierge Lounge, carved out of the Top Hat Lounge, is open to all suite passengers and "Diamond-Plus" Crown & Anchor loyalty program members. Amenities include continental breakfast (served daily, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.), hors d'oeuvres and petit fours served in the evening, a self-service bar (no fee) during happy hour, movies and CD's to borrow, and business services (faxing and copying) for a fee. A concierge can assist passengers in making reservations for specialty dining, shore excursions, and spa or salon services. They can also pre-order wine at dinner and arrange private parties. "Diamond" Crown & Anchor members have their own lounge, also adjacent to the Top Hat Lounge, with similar services.
Seventeen cabins are wheelchair-accessible and come in several categories: insides (251 square feet), outsides (257 square feet), and suites (276 square feet, with 69-square-foot balconies). These cabins feature open bed frames, wider entry doors, space to turn, lowered vanities and closet rods, bathrooms with wider doors, roll-in showers with fold-down benches, grab bars, a raised toilet and a lowered sink.
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