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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2015
Having read some very mixed reviews of this ship I was curious to form my own opinions and experience Splendour for myself. It always intrigues me how there can be so vastly differing reports of the same ship. I am pleased to say that my ... Read More
Having read some very mixed reviews of this ship I was curious to form my own opinions and experience Splendour for myself. It always intrigues me how there can be so vastly differing reports of the same ship. I am pleased to say that my experience was superb and fulfilled an ambition to cruise through the Suez Canal. From start to finish the ship and its outstanding crew did a great deal to make my experience memorable. Boarding at Venice could not have been easier, the ground staff helped me with my bags from the taxi and I was onboard the ship 15 minutes later. Virtually no line in the terminal. The muster drill was quick and painless and we departed as the sun was going down in very cold temperatures. First things first, if you like a drink (and I do) then buy the drinks package and forget about it. I found with around 4 drinks a day I would break even and was able to relax at the bars and enjoy good wines with my dinner. My Elite status with Celebrity transfers to Diamond status on Royal Caribbean which gained me access to the Crown and Anchor lounge event from 5pm until 8pm daily where we had the pleasure of being served by one of RCCLs very best bar tenders, Vinny. I ate breakfast each day and dinner every evening in the main dining room called The King and I. With the My Time dining I never waited for a table for more than a couple of minutes and, as friendships grew during the 16 day cruise ended up dining with a group of us at the same table. I think our group received some truly outstanding and special service from our waiters and we had some great conversations with the staff who were looking after us. The food was good, if not great but perfectly acceptable. Like other reviewers, I miss the lobster on the menu and don't much care for the extra charge items. However, if I was looking for consistently outstanding quality food the Royal Caribbean would not be my first choice. As usual, my stateroom attendant was superb and it never ceases to amaze me what these guys do, twice a day and manage to keep a smile on their faces. I used the laundry service wash and fold twice and they did a great job. I think packing as much laundry as possible into a paper bag is an art form and Royal Caribbean should have classes on the subject. The onboard entertainment was a mixed bag but two shows I particularly enjoyed were performed by Donimo and the juggler/comic whose name I don't recall. There seemed to be a fair amount of dance classes going on in the Centrum for those who like to participate. I thought the lecturer Geoffrey, got into his stride throughout the cruise and gave an interesting talk about the Suez Canal. I would have enjoyed a much more detailed account of the canal over a period of several days rather than a one off talk and perhaps with expert announcements of what we were seeing as we transited the canal. In this regard I have fond that Celebrity do a much better job. I have seen reports that the ship is tired and in poor condition, this could not be further from the truth. I found everything to be in perfect working order, immaculately clean and superbly maintained. I found it hard to believe the ship is 19 years old, that makes her a teenager - right? In fact she is an elegant and still beautiful lady who I grew very fond of during my 16 days. As many folks said during the captains event, there are many passengers who love the smaller ships and are not keen on the ever pressing drive towards massive ships with all the family activities. I am certainly one of those who enjoys some quiet rest time and the opportunity to read a good book without being drowned in noise. The Suez Canal was a spectacular event but the first 3 hours were in darkness. I assume the cruise companies don't have control over this because of the convoy system but it is around a 12 hour transit. I found the security efforts for the Gulf of Aden crossing to be very thorough and quite interesting. We were joined by external security/military folks who stayed with the ship until Muscat in Oman. Delivery of 'security equipment' in the Red Sea was interesting to watch. Our stops in Athens, Haifa, Ashdod and Salalah were all good and the final arrival in Dubai early in the morning spectacular. We had an overnight in the UAE giving time to explore Dubai which was good. All in all, a really excellent cruise and if my review persuades you to consider joining the Splendour of the Seas prior to her departure from Royal Caribbean in April, you will be sure to enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2015
Flew Newcastle/Paris/Venice with Air France - flights on time but our worry about luggage transfer was a needless concern - met by RC staff and taken to coach. In no time we were on the ship & in our cabin. We had some concerns ... Read More
Flew Newcastle/Paris/Venice with Air France - flights on time but our worry about luggage transfer was a needless concern - met by RC staff and taken to coach. In no time we were on the ship & in our cabin. We had some concerns about the Splendour after reading so many bad critiques - however, it pays not to take too much notice as we found the ship to be spotlessly clean from top to bottom with a very attentive staff. The ship is looking rather jaded but feel sad that it is leaving RC fleet. The pianist entertainer in the Schooner Bar was very popular as was the entertainment in the R Bar. Enjoyed some of the Theatre Shows. As we are Diamond Plus we spent quite some time in the Concierge Lounge which, as expected, was most enjoyable where we were always made welcome by the Concierge who was truly wonderful in every way. Our J.S was immaculate thanks to our Steward Made who is one of the best. Our transit through the Suez Canal was quite exciting - no pirates fortunately but we witnessed a sandstorm which caused a slight delay as the Port of Suez was closed & we had to wait 2 hours for more staff to board from the Port. We enjoyed the food in the Windjammer - always a good selection with excellent staff - nothing was too much trouble for them. Ate a few times in Chops - fabulous! The last day we spent sightseeing in Dubai on the Hop on Hop off bus which is highly recommended as is the Dubai Mall which certainly excels, extravagant shopping is available and there is a superb Aquarium which is a must. Left the ship at 5.00 a.m. then taken to Dubai Airport which has to be seen to be believed, for our Emirates flight back to Newcastle. The crew on Emirates were most attentive and the food served was well above average. Landed in Newcastle five minutes early after a wonderful 16 days in beautiful warm weather, never too hot nor too cold. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2015
Had a magnificent time for the 16 night Suez Canal Cruise. All of the ports were amazing! From Venice (breathtaking), Athens (Historic and Educational) to Israel (Spiritual, Riveting and inspiring), Suez Canal (Man made beauty), Oman ... Read More
Had a magnificent time for the 16 night Suez Canal Cruise. All of the ports were amazing! From Venice (breathtaking), Athens (Historic and Educational) to Israel (Spiritual, Riveting and inspiring), Suez Canal (Man made beauty), Oman (Pleasant Surprise) and Dubai (The Capital of Excess), I LOVED THEM ALL!!! Met some great people aboard Splendour and my cabin Steward (Joseph) and many of the wait staff that I met were amazing. Felt like old friends. Just a really great cruise. Although I must note... the activities on Splendour were below par. There just wasn't nearly enough to do. It was catered to all old people. Ship days were quite boring sometimes. Thankfully I love to read and had a few books. My cabin (junior suite) was perfect. I wouldn't have wanted to do such a long cruise especially with the lack of activities in a small room. My floor (8th) was always quiet as well. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2015
This statement is based on comparisons with numerous other cruises we have enjoyed with several cruise companies including two with Royal Caribbean (although they were about ten years ago). Our latest cruises have been with P and O, ... Read More
This statement is based on comparisons with numerous other cruises we have enjoyed with several cruise companies including two with Royal Caribbean (although they were about ten years ago). Our latest cruises have been with P and O, Thompson and Azamara, all of which we would travel with again. In November four of us traveled to Venice to join the cruise ship Splendour of the Seas for another cruise, this time from Venice to Dubia via the Suez Canal. All started well, getting on the ship was simple and well managed and we were quickly settling in on board. In view of the high bar prices we decided to purchase a drinks package which served us well and I think we got our monies worth out of it. Our first disappointment came when we entered our cabin and found that we had no Tea and Coffee making facilities and no fridge. The room itself was well appointed and cared for and our cabin steward was excellent throughout the cruise. On entering the washroom in our cabin we were surprised to find that the dispensers for shower gel etc. were empty and they remained so for the cruise. We dined on the first sitting on a table for ten guests and quite frankly the service was poor. Not only did we not get any wine/bar service for the first two nights, the food service to the table was slow and the food arrived luke warm. A discussion with the person supervising our waiter at the end of night two did not seem to fix any of the problems, so part way through the third evenings service I found another supervisor and asked him to send the Maître D to our table. He never arrived. At the conclusion of our meal we went and found the Maître D who said he had been told we wanted to speak to us but he had not come over and had passed the issue onto his supervisor. The following night’s service improved but it was never brilliant. It would have helped if our waiter could have remembered which meal went to which guest. Whilst on with the meals, the menus started to repeat early in week two which is another issue we have not had on other cruises. Also on our previous cruises the evening meal has usually consisted a starter course, soup, main course, sweet, cheese and biscuits and coffee. This was a starter, main course and sweet with coffee. If you wanted cheese and biscuits it came as a choice on the sweet menu, but did not give you a choice of cheeses or biscuits. The internet packages on board were unbelievably expensive with no option to simply pay for the minutes you use, the daily packages varied from 40 usd a day down to 20 usd depending on how many days you were purchasing. When compared to our last cruise when our internet bill for the whole of the fourteen days was less than £20.00. Disembarkation arrangements became a nightmare. Firstly we filled in the departure cards and handed them in as requested. Our travelling companions had luggage labels delivered to their room stating they were leaving the night before they were scheduled to leave, we got no labels at all. Jointly we went to find out what was happening and was met by a curt and unhelpful clerk who said the labels were wrong, we shouldn’t get any labels at all as we were leaving independently and we had to carry our own bags. Later we received a letter in our cabin contradicting this and stating we were all leaving the ship the night before our departure date. We returned to the desk and were advised by a more helpful young woman that the system had a glitch and she would sort the problems, we were to do nothing. The following day we returned to the desk to find out what was happening and were told the problems had been caused by us filling in the departure cards wrongly with the incorrect details on them. Then they went back to the glitch causation. A fifth trip to the desk finally got us some baggage labels and we had a plan to leave the ship. On every other cruise we have disembarked the ship and traveled in transport provided by the cruise company to the airport. On this trip we could access this option if we paid extra for it, it would cost the four of us almost 80usd. We settled for a taxi costing us less than £2.50 each. We will not be going back with Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2015
We were a large party who sailed from Venice to Dubai on the Splendour of the Seas, a ship soon to be sold by RCI. I was a bit apprehensive given that the ship was 20 years old (despite a recent re-fit) as my previous experience on ships ... Read More
We were a large party who sailed from Venice to Dubai on the Splendour of the Seas, a ship soon to be sold by RCI. I was a bit apprehensive given that the ship was 20 years old (despite a recent re-fit) as my previous experience on ships of this age with a re-fit (Celebrity Infinity) proved very disappointing. I was pleasantly surprised however as RCI clearly take care of their fleet. Before I review the cruise, their is one matter which appalled us all. At no time when booking the cruise, or prior to the cruise, were we made aware of the 'pirate precautions' which would be carried out. These included being banned from the top deck for a night, not being allowed lights on our balconies some nights (which rendered the balcony out of bounds), the anti pirate crew drills, the covering of windows through out the ship with brown paper, the general darkness the ship was in for some nights, the 'safe haven' instruction re any potential attack and most concerning of all the weapons which were brought on board labelled as 'security equipment' (is this legal under maritime law?). There were a few on our group who, despite the assurances this was merely a precaution, could not relax during this part of the cruise. Shame on RCI for not making anyone (not even travel agents) aware of this at time of booking or prior to the cruise to allow us to decide if we wanted to cruise under these conditions. Be aware of this if you consider this cruise (with any company). Embarkation - was as smooth as I've experienced. Compared to Celebrity last year (Panama Canal cruise) it was much smoother and quicker. The ship was clean and well looked after, though in comparison to modern liners a bit on the small side. This was particularly acute given the 6 days in a row sailing we had. The windjammer self service was a too small for the number of passengers, however we always managed to get seated together at lunchtime once we coordinated the securing of tables. Crew were all very pleasant and helpful and seemed genuine in their hope we enjoyed the experience. We dined in the first sitting at 6pm which is about an hour earlier than we'd have preferred. Given the size of our group, any time dining was not really an option. Second sitting was at 9pm which was too late for us. Main dining was good, though it is disappointing that RCI continue the trend of charging extra for a small number of dishes which remain free on other cruise lines - lobster being the main one. The waiting staff were good, though as with every cruise I've been on, it constantly grinds that the men in our party were served alcohol immediately we sat down whilst the ladies had to wait, sometimes in excess of 15 minutes. A quick word with the head waiter sorted this, though it shouldn't have been necessary. We also paid for 4 night speciality dining at Choppes Grill and Azumi Japanese restaurant. Ignore the Sushi option, it was bland and not worth going to. Choppes grille was very good and the steaks amazing, but we couldn't help feeling a bit annoyed that the high quality of food in the speciality restaurants (which you pay extra for) used to be the norm in the main dining restaurants of RCI. Entertainment - The theatre shows were pretty poor. I don't think any of us lasted a whole show before leaving. We much preferred our time in the Schooner bar. For a ship with only 3 inside bars, it was annoying that the bar in the Top Hat lounge was not open during the day, more so as most of the 'during the day entertainment' took place in that bar. There's not much to do on the smaller ships other than quizzes. Thankfully we were a large group so could entertain ourselves. I'm happy we never did this cruise as just a party of 2. Excursions - We did our own thing in Athens which I'd recommend. For 70 Euros (in total), a local taxi driver gave 4 of us the same tour that RCI were charging $120 each for (albeit we had to feed ourselves). The driver was great, very trustworthy and only wanted paid at the end of the day, whilst he gave us time to enjoy the sights and shopping. Haifa- We did the tour of Haifa and Acre (or ACCO as we were informed by the guide). Not much to see in Haifa and it's quickly forgotten, however Acre was a really good tour. The only down side was we were continually told there was no time for shopping until we reached a local souvenir store (which the tour guide was clearly promoting) where we were allowed 30 mins to browse the tat on offer. We bought nothing. Jerusalem - A tour encompassing the wailing wall, the old city (including the 14 stations of the cross) and the Holy Sepulchre was amazing. Well worth the cost of the tour on its own. Then on to Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity which although I am not overly religious was quite moving. This tour was a bit spoiled again re the shopping. Not being allowed to browse any shop or stall other that the tour operators preferred tat store meant again not much purchased. Salalah - We did or own thing again and for $150, 6 of us were given a tour of Salalah. (of note, there is no cheaper price to get into the town). Not much to see, the Souk was Ok but almost all stalls sold the same stuff. Dubai - Again did or own thing which was good. No pressure re time given we had an over night stop. High Tea at the Burj al Arab 7 star hotel is a must. Disembarkation - The Smoothest I've ever experienced probably helped by some passengers staying on board for the next cruise and some who chose to disembark the day /night we were in Dubai. Being the second time we've sailed on an older and smaller ship, for future it'll definitely be the larger and modern ships for us and time to give cruise lines other than those in the RCI stable a go. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2015
We've cruised with RCI now for a number of years and generally like the cruise line. This particular cruise was a bit of a mixed bag! The good.... For an older ship about to be sold we were pleasantly surprised that it was in ... Read More
We've cruised with RCI now for a number of years and generally like the cruise line. This particular cruise was a bit of a mixed bag! The good.... For an older ship about to be sold we were pleasantly surprised that it was in such good ship shape, was intimate and had more character than the newer RCI ships. Even our cabin was well appointed and more spacious than we expected (room 7106). The not so good.... it's hard to explain the downside without listing a whole load of niggling faults that accumulate. I guess the best way to say it is that it feels like the ship is winding down to the sail of the ship in April next year. For example... 1) Service around the ship - normally on RCI impeccable but on this cruise was variable... sometimes not enough bar staff and sometimes bar staff more interested in talking to each other. 2) Food was often lukewarm or cold 3) Entertainment seemed low key and forced rather than a pleasure... (note having spoken at length to one of the performers who I'll keep anonymous this isn't a surprise as they were generally not treated so good) 4) Processes like passport collection and distribution were badly organised (one required us to queue for 30 mins in the middle of our cruise).... etc. We completed a mid-cruise review with these points and in all fairness to the crew every issue was recorded and raised with us discretely. There was at least some attempt to solve the problems but it was clear the effort was more about negating our complaints than solving the problem. For example the day we submitted our "food is cold" comment, the dining staff looked out for us and our food was delivered on piping hot plates and the whole table noted. It was a nice touch except that the next night it was again lukewarm.. and we weren't about to delay our food and make an issue every night. We met a variety of people that were much more animated and displeased on the cruise.. from the first time RCI cruisers who were appalled at the rip off alcohol prices (note this is typical RCI and so if you're into alcohol we'd advise you find another cruise line) to a couple who have cruised with RCI many many times and even were on the Splendour the year after it first sailed (1997) who basically thought every aspect of the service and ship was worse. Frankly and in complete fairness on the whole we had a great holiday despite things being below RCI normal standards. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2015
I had fun on my first Royal Caribbean cruise. I found the staff to be really pleasant and professional. The first day the housekeeping lady introduced herself to me and gave me her card. The room was always kept clean and tidy . The ... Read More
I had fun on my first Royal Caribbean cruise. I found the staff to be really pleasant and professional. The first day the housekeeping lady introduced herself to me and gave me her card. The room was always kept clean and tidy . The weather wasn't so good we didn't leave Venice until early morning . So we had to skip Dubrovnik . I and many others were disappointed but you can blame RC for the weather . So that meant two days at sea , I didn't mind there was plenty of things to keep me occupied . The shows were good , The cruise director staff were friendly . I had a lot of fun . The food was nice , I enjoyed breakfast in the king and I restaurant . The windjammer was nice for lunch could have done with a few more choices but it was nice . The first port was Rhodes , I did a walking tour it was ok but was left thinking is that it . Could have done with more ports of call but It was a good first cruise . Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2015
We'd had a fab cruise on Eastern Med with Celebrity Silhouette in 2014 so jumped at the opportunity of repeating some of those fab ports with Royal Caribbean's Splendour in late Nov 2015, before it sailed off to Dubai for winter. ... Read More
We'd had a fab cruise on Eastern Med with Celebrity Silhouette in 2014 so jumped at the opportunity of repeating some of those fab ports with Royal Caribbean's Splendour in late Nov 2015, before it sailed off to Dubai for winter. We got a great cruise-only deal and arranged our own flights and transfers which ran smoothly. Maritima cruise port was a little unorganised compared to our last visit but it didn't take too long to get onboard and our cabin was ready - so we dropped off our carry-on and headed to the Windjammer for lunch. We knew not to expect Silhouette's modern elegance or facilities, as Splendour is over 20 years old and smaller, and were pleased with the 2011 refurb of public areas. Our cabin however, looked dated and tired (though clean and spacious - being a large ocenview aft deck 3), as if the refurb didn't include them. Also, Royal Caribbean's website was not accurate with cabin photos or details as cabins did not have iPads and interactive services. For any queries one had to phone Guest Relations or queue in person which was disappointing as queues were always long -obv as you couldn't even check your account using the TV in your cabin. Our departure got delayed by storm winds & rain, making us miss the beautiful sail away through Venice. Captain made a few announcements on the first evening and finally told us that our delayed departure meant we would need to skip our first port, Dubrovnik, altogether. Much grumbling about that onboard, and we also were very disappointed since we had booked this holiday to visit Dubrovnik and Kusadasi again. Most nights' sailings were a little rocky but leaving Turkey the Captain gave us a warning of storm winds ahead - and we had the worst night onboard ever. Doors outside were closed, water was pouring into the Solarium, and the ship shuddered and jolted on its journey to Split. Very little sleep was had and in the morning Captain made an announcement to say we'd actually had some Hurricane level winds overnight. Although winds eased, we then weren't able to dock at Split until late afternoon - resulting a shortened stay, delayed departure and a late arrival back in Venice. Entertainment I have rated average or poor, as it wasn't to our taste really. We are a couple in our late 30s and the musical theatre productions were probably more aimed at folk 20-30yr older than us, with more US slant to it too. Craft sessions in the Schooner Bar? Not for us. Took part in some of the pub quizzes and went to see evening Game Shows in one of the other venues (Mr&Mrs, Who wants to be a Millionaire etc) and I did participate in a zumba session in the Centrum on one of the sea days. The activities team members were all loud and fun, but the cruise director was terribly wooden and totally unfunny..and cliched. High of the trip: Staff. Especially serving staff in the MDR and head waiter & kitchen who made sure my hubby's diet was well catered for during the week. Food was great in the MDR and in the Windjammer, not to Celebrity standard but good. We didn't use any of the specialty restaurants so can't rate them. Service in bars was good and prompt too, we upgraded to Select package and found it had a wide enough range of wines to enjoy. Good mix of ages and nationalities, incl. good number of other travellers 20s-50s to keep the club busy on most nights too. As I mentioned, the weather was against us most of the week and it resulted in us arriving in Venice late on our final morning. Thankfully our flight wasn't on too early and we disembarked only about 45mins later than scheduled. Plenty of taxis were outside the terminal so we were able to use our Radiotaxivenezia AP pre-pay transfer voucher and arrived there before the masses (on RC shuttle buses). Pleasant ship, small but with great staff, good food but dated cabins (mis-sold on RC website). Great itinerary too, shame we missed 1,5 ports :( Read Less
Sail Date: November 2015
You are over the age of 70 and like being rude to people. Then this is the cruise for you! Overall, the cruise was boring, the people on the cruise were rude, old people, the ship is old, bathroom too small, RC charges for EVERYTHING ... Read More
You are over the age of 70 and like being rude to people. Then this is the cruise for you! Overall, the cruise was boring, the people on the cruise were rude, old people, the ship is old, bathroom too small, RC charges for EVERYTHING (ironing services, dinner options, coffee at dinner, room service costs after midnight), and the list goes on and on. PLEASE get your money back and do not go on this cruise. If I can save someone their time, energy, and money, then I've done my job. If I could rate this a zero, then I would. During one of the shows, the string quartet made a statement/joke about how the splendor of the seas was a floating prison, and I could not agree more. I was ready to get off the boat on day 2! Here are a list of just a FEW issues I had with them: 1. Have more activities and entertainment. 2. Have more activities and entertainment that is geared to a younger audience. 3. Have a movie theater or playing movies on the lido deck. 4. Have a midnight buffet like most other cruise lines. 5. The itinerary for the different locations was terrible. We did not have enough time at the ports (esp Athens). 6. Housekeeping would never answer the phone and we tried to call several times. 7. The shows/performances were boring and of low quality. They were very amateurish. People were falling asleep during the shows. 8. There were gnats or some small, flying insects in our bedroom. I swear I was getting bitten at night while in bed. 9. Sheets had dried blood and other nasty, questionable stains on them. These were supposed to be "clean" sheets placed on our beds. 10. Better channels on the tv in the room (and additional movie channels besides TCM -- again catering to the older population). 11. The dance "club" played terrible music and the dj would not play the songs we requested. 12. Not enough seating in the Windjammer. Also, it would be nice to have additional food options on the lido deck every day. 13. We only had 3 animal towels during our 7 day cruise. On other cruises, I'm used to getting one every day and sometimes more than one a day. 14. The cruise director was not good. He didn't seem genuine or a good director. I've seen MUCH better on other cruise lines. Plus, I did not know who the cruise director was until maybe day 3. 15. On other cruise lines, they typically have a day where the serve lobster FOR FREE during dinner. RC wants to charge for EVERYTHING and therefore, it was on the menu every day at a cost. 16. The quiet zone was pointless. You could have a movie playing or some other fun activity going on during that time. 17. A/C did not properly work in our stateroom. 18. The agenda/daily activities overlapped with our dinner time, and therefore we would miss shows. 19. The food was not good on the boat. I was unimpressed with the food options. 20. There are additional issues, but I will stop here for now. Overall, I was not pleased with my experience with RC. I do not plan to go on a RC cruise again. I also will be posting a trip advisor report letting others know of the "not so pleasant" experience I had on RC. I have cruised on several Carnival cruises, and I had a wonderful experience EVERY TIME. I was never bored, I had plenty of food options, and the entertainment was entertaining. RC, on the other hand, was the first cruise where I was not happy and I was extremely bored. One experience that really rubbed me and my group the wrong way was at the photo department. I took a picture (with my camera phone) of one of my pictures (because I did not see the sign that said not to take pictures). The photo guy came to me and said security saw me and to delete the picture. I did not appreciate his approach, but I deleted the picture anyways. A few days later, one of my cruising friends went to view her pictures. She noticed that NONE of our pictures were up there. She went to the guy and asked him about it. She had him print out all of her pictures. Come to find out, they pulled all of our pictures and did not place any of our pictures up for viewing. Not only that, but they removed other people's pictures that was not even there when the "incident" went down. I felt like they were profiling and discriminating against our group and anyone who was with us (regardless of whether they were there or not). This is unacceptable behavior from a company, and I feel that there was racial profiling taking place. It's not fair to other people in our party that they get "punished" for something they were not even involved in. The fact that the photo guy thought he was "punishing" us was petty and unnecessary. It was not that serious. However, they felt that they needed to do that. RC will not be getting my business again. Also, I will be sure to tell others of this experience. I'm sticking with Carnival and other cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2015
As a quick summary it seems that royal Caribbean is becoming more of a budget cruise line when it comes to food ...our last cruise was thomson , ..there was lobster on the menu...on royal Caribbean it was a chargeable extra. On royal ... Read More
As a quick summary it seems that royal Caribbean is becoming more of a budget cruise line when it comes to food ...our last cruise was thomson , ..there was lobster on the menu...on royal Caribbean it was a chargeable extra. On royal Caribbean the fish pie had crab sticks in it an not a lot else. The scallops (well I think they were scallops were the size of peas). Breakfast in the main dining room is now part self service( get your own cereals , orange juice etc) and part waiter (omelettes, sausages, bacon etc) but you wait for ages for anything ordered. This was out of keeping with service which generally was very good. Entertainment and everything else was on the side of good and above budget level cruising but the food is not up to the level of princess, celebrity or p&o ( and suprisingly below thomson unless as stated you want to pay extra ...30 dollars per person extra for lobster) Read Less
Splendour of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 3.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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