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10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
This was our 4th cruise with RCL and one we embarked on with some concerns after reading the ship reviews here. We've only sailed on bigger ships before so again had concerns that we might not like the smaller vessel. We had no need ... Read More
This was our 4th cruise with RCL and one we embarked on with some concerns after reading the ship reviews here. We've only sailed on bigger ships before so again had concerns that we might not like the smaller vessel. We had no need to worry as our cruise was 1st class from start to finish. Ship was spotlessly clean, and whilst it doesn't have all the facilities of its newer and bigger sisters, it lacked nothing essential for a 7 day stay. Embarkation was smooth at Dubai as expected as was our disembarkation on our return. Cabins were ready at 1pm and our junior suite was all we needed, albeit a little smaller than we are used to. Our stateroom attendant, Raj, was very attentive throughout the cruise. We chose to eat in Windjammer as it gives us the flexibility we like. We were impressed with the quality and variety of the food all week and only struggled a couple of times to get tables, particularly on our day at sea. Staff were great - very helpful and cheerful. We used RCL for 3 excursions in Muscat, Abu Dhabi and nighttime in Dubai, all of which were excellent. So, overall the 4 of us had a great time! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
We paid the lowest price for an inside cabin. We were taken straight to the Ship from the airport. Guests that booked with Royal Caribbean were taken for breakfast first. We thought we may be in for a long wait before embarking as we ... Read More
We paid the lowest price for an inside cabin. We were taken straight to the Ship from the airport. Guests that booked with Royal Caribbean were taken for breakfast first. We thought we may be in for a long wait before embarking as we had an early morning arrival. After about 20 minutes we boarded at 10.30am. Although we could not get into our cabin until 1pm. Our cabin was spacious with plenty of wardrobe space, even being able to fit our suitcases in. Only negative was the air conditioning was noisy. Otherwise we slept very well. Did not feel as if we were moving! Everything else about the cruise was great from the staff, to the lovely food in The King and I restaurant. With such a good varied choice. Very friendly staff. I also enjoyed the entertainment, especially the dancers. Getting on and off the ship was easy. With free shuttles at every port the itinerary of this cruise was very diverse from the Kashab Souk to the Dubai Malls and Gold and Diamond Park. All in all a great experience. This was our 7th cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2015
Splendour of the Seas is a fabulous shop and a real credit to Royal Caribbean. Such a pity she is being sold on April 2016. She is has the most wonderful crew, spotlessly clean and great food. Never once did we struggle to get a ... Read More
Splendour of the Seas is a fabulous shop and a real credit to Royal Caribbean. Such a pity she is being sold on April 2016. She is has the most wonderful crew, spotlessly clean and great food. Never once did we struggle to get a table in The Windjammer restaurant or wait to get served at a bar. Cabin 8588 was on the aft. Spotlessly clean and very quiet. Bath with shower and plenty storage space in this Junior Suite. Two armchairs with footstool and sofa by the window. Huge balcony with table and two chairs, and two sun loungers. Wifi signal strength was very good and is offered as a daily package. Ports of call were good. Khasab in Oman - we chose to do the Dhow Cruise shore excursion into the Oman Fjords. A four hour trip where we walked round from the pier. Very clean and spacious dhow...cushions on the deck. Served Arabic sweet tea, fruit, dates and plenty soda and water. Trip into the fjord took about 30 mins. A real escape from tourism, the dhow dropped anchor for an hour to allow those to swim from the back the opportunity in 2m of water. Anchored next to a small island. We then set off in search of dolphins, and were not disappointed. They swam alongside and pranced, teasing us closeby. Take some warm clothing as well as your swimwear, gets a little chilly on the return journey. Muscat, Oman - stroll along the cornice to the soukh. Second visit to this wonderful place. A real assault on the sense, the hussle, bussle and smell of frankinsense. Some beautiful cashmere pashminas available but haggle. Not as many bargains anymore. Abu Dhabi - shore excursion to the Yas Marina Grand Prix Circuit. Slightly underwhelming for around $100 dollars each. Yes we got to see the track, the podium, the control room and the other sights. But when it is desolate with no cars and no interactive material it can be a drag. Lots of this is what happens when...down to your imagination. Quite a contrast to somewhere like the Charlotte Motor Speedway in the USA which is an all singing all dancing experience. Dubai - plenty of regulated taxis outside the terminal. A cab to the Dubai Mall was around 50 dirhams or £10. For a 30 minute journey very reasonable. We decided to go later in the day to catch the fountains. Unfortunately the 6pm show was cancelled due to high winds apparently, barely a breeze was to be felt ! Some shopping in the mall and a cab back. We booked this cruise independently, choosing to fly in the night before and stay in a hotel close to the airport. Le Meridien Hotel and Conference Centre. Those who were on a package with RCCL were also taken here and provided with breakfast and and then taken to the ship around 11. Personal preference. Nice to see Royal Caribbean still offering the fillet steak option in the main dining room for a surcharge. $20. Cooked to perfection, it is something that brings us back to this cruise line over and over again. And nice to turn Diamond Plus too ! ;) Entertainment was variable. Some better than other, The Beatles Tribute Band were excellent. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
Check in was longer than usual as queues had built up but we were very pleased with prompt arrival of bags. Interior cabin 6111 was clean, comfy and very quiet at night. We had towel animals and a very friendly cabin steward. ... Read More
Check in was longer than usual as queues had built up but we were very pleased with prompt arrival of bags. Interior cabin 6111 was clean, comfy and very quiet at night. We had towel animals and a very friendly cabin steward. Interesting mix of nationalities on board... The most varied we have ever experienced in 9 cruises. This made for lots of interesting conversations but the downside was that the 8.30 sitting in King and I was empty a lot of the time. We never sat on a full table and had to move to get people to chat to. Ports were excellent. Loved our Dhow trip in Khsab... Book it privately and you get an amazing morning with dolphins swimming alongside.. Thanks DONNA! I recommend visiting the mosques in Muscat and Abu Dhabi but make sure you are respectfully covered ladies or you will have to wear a provided outfit! The shows were good but they need to keep backing lower as the superb voices of singers were drowned out at times. Lovely ports, slow speed of ship so very gentle. Warm pleasant temperatures. Lovely cruise! 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
I came home yesterday from a good cruise on Splendour of the Seas. My first cabin had a few problems and was awful and after day 3 I was finally moved to a new cabin that had become available during the cruise. You may wonder why I gave ... Read More
I came home yesterday from a good cruise on Splendour of the Seas. My first cabin had a few problems and was awful and after day 3 I was finally moved to a new cabin that had become available during the cruise. You may wonder why I gave this review a 5 rating that is because of the staff who went as always above and beyond. Amit from the concierge lounge, Eliana from the Diamond Club Lawrence Assistant Hotel Director to name a few were amazing. I know the ship is old and has had a few issues over the last few weeks but it was special to me just by the dedication of all the crew and staff. One high light of many for me was on day 3, I was invited to have lunch with the officers surely did the make a mistake I thought to invite me. I was so nervous but I did not need to be, suddenly I met a lovely couple whose husband I had sailed with in the past on Legend over a year ago and believe it or not we sat with Lawrence it was a lovely experience for me. I spent many hours after catching up with my friends. I met many great people on the cruise as well enjoying some fantastic weather and destinations. I found the food on Splendour to be of a good standard I do not normally eat in the Windjammer but I did enjoy the food. The Main Dining Room also offered a good standard of food even though the menu never really changes. Chops Grill was truly amazing I eat there twice and enjoyed the company on the second time catching up with my friends. I did not see any shows or do any shore excursions so I cannot make any comment but I did enjoy the ports of call. Transfers to and from the ship worked well and on arrival in Venice Embarkation went so smoothly I was on the ship within approximately 10 minutes or so. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
I was coming from a military base in Afghanistan to meet up in Venice with my son to cruise the Mediterranean for a week. We had a fantastic time, embarkation was quick and smooth, the ship was very clean, the staff was impressive, the ... Read More
I was coming from a military base in Afghanistan to meet up in Venice with my son to cruise the Mediterranean for a week. We had a fantastic time, embarkation was quick and smooth, the ship was very clean, the staff was impressive, the weather was great, and all of the port stops were nice. The one disappointment, which was no fault of Royal Caribbean's, was cancellation of the Athens visit due to a strike that prevented us from using the port. The Captain was able to reroute us for a stop at Split, Croatia instead and although it probably wasn't comparable to Athens, it was a small but lovely stop anyway. I realize that everyone cruises for different reasons, and based on that people may have completely different expectations, but for us the ship was perfect. The mid-sized ship didn't have all the bells and whistles of the newer mega-ships but I wasn't cruising the Mediterranean to go on a sky-diving simulator, do some ice skating, or smash around in bumper cars onboard anyway so Splendour of the Seas was great for relaxing and cruising around the Greek Isles. We only went to the main dining room once and honestly were not too impressed with the food, although I promise you it was much better than I would have been cooking and eating at home or being served on the military base, so I am not complaining at all. It's much more likely that we were just spoiled by the excellent wait staff and large variety of fresh food at the more casual Windjammer, which turned out to be our favorite place to dine. I'm puzzled by some of the reviews I have read that claim there is little to no variety of food, and complain of poor service or quality of food. Windjammer had themed dinners like Greek, Spanish, British, etc. on most nights so you definitely had choices and the food was fresh. It was always served at the correct temperature so items that should be hot or cold were as expected. And as far as service, my experience was - it was outstanding! Very attentive, friendly and personable, quick to clean the tables or pick up dishes at the end of your meal and bring coffee or tea. I never felt I was being rushed out of the Windjammer even during the busiest times. Kudos to the wait staff! I knew Splendour was an older ship and I had read about the engine fire less than two weeks before our sailing, so we really didn't know what to expect as far as condition of the ship. We were pleasantly surprised to find everything very clean and well kept. We noticed the almost continuous cleaning and maintenance during the cruise and at the ports. There always seemed to be friendly pleasant workers polishing, replacing trim, scrubbing, washing windows, and at port stops repainting the outside of the ship. You could tell the crew took pride in keeping her well maintained. I'd definitely go on Splendour of the Seas again. I'm only sad she is leaving the Royal Caribbean line next year. I hope there is another mid-sized ship very much like her, to take her place on this route. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
Having cruised with RC before my wife and I were a bit concerned after reading the negative reviews posted on Splendour of the Seas and its cruise Itinerary. It only proves that individual expectations are exactly that - one persons ... Read More
Having cruised with RC before my wife and I were a bit concerned after reading the negative reviews posted on Splendour of the Seas and its cruise Itinerary. It only proves that individual expectations are exactly that - one persons view. Our cruise was perfect in every way. The sail away from Venice was worth our Balcony supplement alone and exceeded expectations. Our cabin was very clean and quite and as we were travelling with friends we asked for the balcony panel between our cabins to be opened which enabled us all to sit, laugh, drink and eat on the double balcony - super. Yes even in November we were lucky with the weather and managed to sit out several times a day. The Ship in spite of its age is immaculate and extremely clean. You could hardly walk 100 yds without facing a Hygiene Hand Cleaner - something that is absolutely necessary on any cruise. The crew were attentive without being over powering and were extremely friendly be it Cabin, Bar or Restaurant. We ate every night in the Main dining room The King and I and the food was of the highest quality with different choices each evening but with a section of more stable favourites on offer every night. Breakfast and Lunch alternated between the Windjammer and the main dining room depending on Port and Activity timetables. On reflection we probably should have booked "My Time Dining" instead of second sitting as some nights it was a bit of a rush to take in the theatre and Centrum shows. Don't know what people expect from a cruise stage show but these shows were the best we have seen on any Cruise Ship. The young company worked their socks off with a wide selection of musical shows and the Stage Production on the shows was amazing. With such a vast array of nationalities on board visual singing and dancing shows have to be the norm so that everybody can enjoy.The cruise director Simonae was very impressive and bright as a button in spite of this beeng near the end of the ships cruising calendar. The Centrum Arial Shows were very exciting but not everybody could stand for the full shows duration and perhaps some thought should be given to providing more seating on the various Centrum decks. We didn't use any of the Ships Port Tours preferring to do our own thing. Would advise against using the ships port transfers as using local taxis were approximately a Third of the price in every port- even more noticeable in Venice where we saved a fortune. Overall we could not complain about anything - even the Drink pricing although expensive compared to our local pub is not much more expensive than a quality 4 or 5 star hotels pricing. Cant wait on our next RC cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
Hello! I'm reading these past few reviews about the Splendour and it's almost as if the other posters were on a different ship. We sailed a 7 day cruise from Venice departing on October 3, 2015. It was an absolutely ... Read More
Hello! I'm reading these past few reviews about the Splendour and it's almost as if the other posters were on a different ship. We sailed a 7 day cruise from Venice departing on October 3, 2015. It was an absolutely amazing week. We have cruised many times before and this was our 5th cruise in Europe. The last 4 being on Azamara and this one on RCCL's Spendour. We were so pleasantly surprised at how top notch everything was on our voyage. We had a balcony cabin on deck 6 which was a great central location.. 3 decks below the Wind Jammer and 2 decks above the Diamond Lounge. The Splendour is one of RCCL's smallest ships and that's one reason why the cruise was so great. Even though it was a full voyage I never felt like we had to wait on line for anything. Whether it was in the dining room for dinner or at the buffet for lunch or to get off the ship for a port there was never a long line. The staff all around was stellar! Every single crew member that we encountered that week was incredibly friendly and welcoming. Our Cabin attendant was amazing too.. just the nicest. We are Diamond members and the lounge was absolutely awesome!! The concierge there was the best.. so sweet, helpful and super friendly. The waiter who served the drinks at night was wonderful too. They have a complimentary happy hour from 5 - 8:30 every night and the sparkling wine and hard cider were our faves. The ports were great.. loved them all. Took a ship's tour in Athens and it was super interesting and well organized. We just wandered around Corfu and Mykonos which was perfect. We took another ship's tour in Argostoli where the highlight was the cave with sunken lake. Embarkation and debarkation was well organized as were our RCCL transfers to and from the airport in Venice. It's such a shame that RCCL is not having cruises on this ship past March of next year. It's an oldie but a goodie.. that's for sure. For the very reasonable price we paid we got SO MUCH enjoyment out of our cruise on the Splendour. Thanks RCCL for an outstanding week! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
what a wonderfull ship even though it is smaller. It has an amazing crew on board. Friendly, smiling crew which we do not always get on the bigger ships. The food was pretty good in the main dinning room and even windjammer. Chops was ... Read More
what a wonderfull ship even though it is smaller. It has an amazing crew on board. Friendly, smiling crew which we do not always get on the bigger ships. The food was pretty good in the main dinning room and even windjammer. Chops was also very good and we did enjoy the chef table. The dessert at chef table was not the best but overall excellent food. Simona was our cruise director. She is good but not the best CD in the fleet. Cruising out a Venice is a must it was beautifull. The gentleman at schooner bar is awesome very entertaining. 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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