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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
Sail Date March 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
Sail Date January 2016
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
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 December 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
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
Sail Date November 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
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
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 October 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
Sail Date September 2015
We had a party of 5 and two staterooms 3504 and 3506. 3 adults 2 kids. This was our first cruise and did not know what to expect. Boarded in Venice. The process of was easy and quick. The staff treats you like family and makes ... Read More
We had a party of 5 and two staterooms 3504 and 3506. 3 adults 2 kids. This was our first cruise and did not know what to expect. Boarded in Venice. The process of was easy and quick. The staff treats you like family and makes you feel very welcomed. They food was better than I expected after reading the reviews prior to boarding the ship. We could barely get our youngest, age 6, out of the kids club. They had so many activities that kept their interest so that the older kids as well as ourselves could do activities on the ship. We chose to do two excursions. Corfu and Anthens. I recommend not doing the Corfu excursion and walking the town yourself. You'll see and experience more. We had a little time in Corfu and had a chance to sit down for lunch. The people are gracious and the food was wonderful. Athens you will need a guide and recommend this! The service you will have on the Splendour is outstanding and I cant imagine anyone would be disappointed. They remember your names, make specials treats for you in your room, the bartender Samson makes the best drinks! We really liked that we had the same waiter each night for dinner. Gave us an opportunity to get to know him on a personal level. We cannot wait to book our next trip through Royal Caribbean! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We flew into Marco Polo airport from London City Airport arriving at around 11.00am. We had booked our transfer (return €73) via Airport Transfers.com. We were met by our driver in arrivals and escorted to our transport, a 7 seater ... Read More
We flew into Marco Polo airport from London City Airport arriving at around 11.00am. We had booked our transfer (return €73) via Airport Transfers.com. We were met by our driver in arrivals and escorted to our transport, a 7 seater Mercedes Vito. As we only had carry on luggage there was plenty of space. 20 minutes later we were at Terminal 123 and checked in having handed in the luggage, we received our Sea passes and made our way to the free shuttle bus to take us to the transport hub for onward journey to San Marco via the Vapporetto. We purchased a return ticket for €7. Having never been to Venice it was with some trepidation that we made this journey, our fears were allayed once we were seated and on our way to St Marks Sq terminal. A leisurely trip along the canals and once we disembarked we joined the throngs of other tourists. We spent 4 hours enjoying Venice and returned to the ship around 4pm. We made our way to our cabin 8022 JS midship. We had arranged MTD and were only able to get a 9.00pm seating. Way too late for us. On the shuttle bus in Venice we met Ahmet, who it turned out was the Diamond Concierge. At around 5.30 we visited the Diamond lounge and once again introduced ourselves to Ahmet and asked if he could intervene re the dining time allocated. Without any fuss he set us up for a 7.30 seating which we adhered to for the cruise. Always informing the MTD host in advance if we were not utilizing that venue for dinner, to allow him to use our designated table. Which brings me to the quality, presentation and choice of food. This ship, it seems is blessed with the best catering staff fleet wide IMHO. Beautifully presented right from the entrance to The Windjammer. Being a small ship we might have expected a bun fight for seating, oh no! Plenty of space and the tables cleared swiftly. We dined in Chops one night courtesy of Peter Dimitrov HD. Usually we would plump for the Filet but on this occasion I decided a change might be good and chose the aged NY strip. Very tasty, but will go back to the Filet in future. Disappointingly the Dauphinoise potatoes have been taken off replaced by croquettes. We thoroughly enjoyed the meal but why reinvent the wheel. MTD. The usual excellent choice and service provided by our waiting staff HW Diana, Asst. Vince and Waiter Kenneth overseen by Ciprian. A big thank you all. Kotor our first port of call in Montenegro was a wonderful port the ship having to navigate through narrow passageways reminded me of the entry to Stockholm very gracious and slow. Nice to wander round this Medieval fortified town. Corfu. Tendered here haven't been to Greece for approx. 30 years so the language was a little rusty but of course everybody spoke better English than my Greek. But Loved the experience. Had to have a seafood lunch accompanied a very tasty Greek salad. Why cant we get those tasty tomatoes here? I managed to fit in a Cafe Hellenica Metreo Double. Athens. Decided not to go ashore so spent the day by the pool on board. Spoke to some fellow guests in the lounge, they had taken the ships tour to the Acropolis and were very disappointed at the supposed guided tour. Before we left port around 7pm we were able to see one of the inter island ferries discharge their passengers in Piraeus. This ferry had obviously started its journey from one of the islands that are experiencing a huge influx of refugees. I don't think that we saw one car came of that ferry, it was all foot passengers by the thousands. Huge police activity at the port. Mykonos: Docked. Another island port, shops and tourist shops. Angostini kefalonia. As above but tendered. Downside: Being positioned On deck 8 Port side we did experience some noise late at night and early morning from chairs and loungers being scraped along the deck and people who wore high heels Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
I have no basis for comparing since this was my first. however, family members have cruised and from their recounted experiences, and from talking to the customer representatives of rci (royal caribbean international for just about every ... Read More
I have no basis for comparing since this was my first. however, family members have cruised and from their recounted experiences, and from talking to the customer representatives of rci (royal caribbean international for just about every concern and question i had, i felt pretty well-informed. having said that, i held reasonable expectations. reading about splendor of the seas, i thought that i'd see a tired-'ole-lady of a ship, but to my surprise, i saw a well-outfitted cruise ship that may have had some nick-and-tucks over the years but looking splendidly ageless! There are a lot of things that impressed me: what stands out is the very organized, practically seamless manner that reservations, ticketing, check-in, embarking, imparting of information, disembarking, and everything else in between was handled by ground and cruise ship staff, resulting in a painless, pleasant experience for us passengers. secondly, the customer-orientedness of the cruise ship staff! their experience was evident in their professionalism, and i never got the sense that they were feeling that this-is-getting-old feeling! always sunny-dispositioned, the smiles, the approachability, the hospitality, the service-beyond-what-was-expected of the crew members, especially the wait staff, made an immense difference for me in having an outstanding vs. Just a very good experience. everyday, i looked forward to getting out of our cabin to see what wonderful thing the day would bring! and, speaking of our cabin, being a neat-freak, our cabin was always faultlessly clean!!! the cruise ship was clean as whistle, and then did i really understand the expression in-shipshape-order. so, i have only great things to say about our splendor of the seas experience!!! only superlatives!!! thanks rci for a splendid first that is imprinted in my memory!!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
My friend and I booked this cruise quite last minute and based on reviews had quite low expectations. We had two nights in Venice pre cruise which were most enjoyable and w shared a taxi t the port with a mother and daughter we met n ... Read More
My friend and I booked this cruise quite last minute and based on reviews had quite low expectations. We had two nights in Venice pre cruise which were most enjoyable and w shared a taxi t the port with a mother and daughter we met n our hotel who were on the Splendour too. When we arrived at the port the embarkation seemed very well organised and we were on board in no time. Our cabin was an outside on deck 2 and was bigger than we expected with a large window and plenty storage. Our room steward was very good and managed to get us feather pillows even though he said these were really only available in the suites! The food on board was very good although the service in the main dining room was very slow. A couple of times we were at the table for an hour and a half which when on late dining in unacceptable. The entertainment team were first class and created a fun atmosphere throughout the ship. We had bought a drinks package and everything we wanted was included. The service throughout the ship was very good with the majority of the staff being extremely friendly. Overall we had a thoroughly enjoyable time and I have booked to go on the Splendour again in January in Dubai. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
This is our 17th cruise (15th on RCCL) and first smaller ship in years. Did Quantum in April and had been on Oasis and Allure a couple times each in the past few years. Quantum left a bad taste for RCCL for us but Splendour has made it up ... Read More
This is our 17th cruise (15th on RCCL) and first smaller ship in years. Did Quantum in April and had been on Oasis and Allure a couple times each in the past few years. Quantum left a bad taste for RCCL for us but Splendour has made it up to us! In total, we were a party of 23 - from age 8-80 and sailed out of Venice. Immediate family was 2 adults and 11 year old. Boarding in Venice was easy and super fast - about 10:45 they allowed us to get on. Ship is in great shape - cabin 8534 - a new PV cabin which is 220sf and HUGE windows - didn't miss the balcony at all. Service was EXCELLENT! I have missed the attention that a smaller ship provides. Lots of cocktail staff, pool staff, dining staff was excellent! On sea days got to the pool at 9:15 and MANY chairs in the sun and shade available - never an issue. Excellent entertainment - spent many nights at the Schooner bar with the piano man and Karaoke rounds. Did not catch any shows as we were way too busy elsewhere on the ship. Chops and Izumi in an excellent new location up top and outstanding food and service. The kids had a great time in Adventure Ocean and usually stayed until 11 until signing themselves out. Typical rock and roll night, Pirates, PJ party. Not a lot of kids on our sailing and club was empty by 11:30 most nights. Ports were excellent - Croatia, Turkey, Santorini Greece and Katakolon. We arranged private tours for our large group - ship left every port right on time. I was a little hesitant going on a smaller ship (that we had been on in Europe in 2002) but no need. Splendour was awesome and sad to see her leave the RCCL family... Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
price and destinations, excellent in all respects. Boarding process smooth, staff friendly, rather severe no brought on board alcohol, one bottle per person would have been nice for sundowner drink rather than fairly costly bar prices. ... Read More
price and destinations, excellent in all respects. Boarding process smooth, staff friendly, rather severe no brought on board alcohol, one bottle per person would have been nice for sundowner drink rather than fairly costly bar prices. Port process excellent, food excellent. Only negative was plate piling other guests who seemed to believe each meal was going to be their last for a week! Would like to see better fitness centre and steam sauna facilities single sex but that is a minor criticism. The ship was well maintained and the cabin service excellent and unobtrusive. It was our first experience of royal caribbean, having previously done a NZ origin P&O cruise which was no where near the same standard. We look forward to our next cruise from UK P&O which we understand to be of a much higher standard than the NZ option carrying ( and damaging) their name. Recommend the Med trip to fellow kiwis as a great way of covering many cities in a relaxed mode. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We (my wife and I) have chosen now for several years this late (November) cruise to the Eastern Mediterranean with the Splendour ots and were so far always lucky, to enjoy a few late warm days - this was also the case this year. We stayed ... Read More
We (my wife and I) have chosen now for several years this late (November) cruise to the Eastern Mediterranean with the Splendour ots and were so far always lucky, to enjoy a few late warm days - this was also the case this year. We stayed before the cruise at a Mestre Hotel (Hilton Garden Inn), which is perfectly located for the Cruise Port in Venice. A ride is offered by the hotel for a reasonalble price, taking you to the port in 10 minutes. One could even take a public bus to Piazzale Roma in walking distance to the ship. The embarkation at around noon - we are diamond members - was very effective. Entering the ship we were looking fo a welcome drink, but Royal Caribbean obviously has disestablished this nice welcome touch. Food: The breakfast at the Windjammer offered a nice selection of different styles (European, American and Asian), but at peak hours (especially on early port arrival days) it was quite crowded. Therefore we prefered to take our breakfast in the Diamond Lounge with less variety but much less crowded. We normally do not have lunch. For dinner we had selected late seating (to be able to enjoy the early evening in the Lounge) and were placed at a table with an other couple, which allowed a relaxed conversation. The selection of meals was very good, always different meats, fish or vegetarian. Normally I take soup before the entree but e. g. the french onion soup or the Minestrone was not that good as I know it from former cruises. The waiter and assistant waiter tried to do their best, they were quick and serving the entree for us 4 always at the same time even when we had 4 different choices. We were surprised, that the head waiter did not show up once during the whole cruise. May be, the automatic tipping demotivates some staff members? Ports: Leaving Venice through the Canale Giudecca, passing close by St. Marks Square and Cathedral is always a special moment - who knows, how long this will still be allowed? The secont port on our cruise was Kotor. The route through the Fjord and narrrow channels into the bay of Kotor is amazing. Kotor itself is like a remnant of former times, a small city with complete city walls extending up to steep surrounding mountain slopes. Museums, churches, forts, the time is too short to see all the sights. The prices there are very reasonable. Next port was Korfu, an island in the Ionian sea. A quite large old town with massive fortifications has lovely narrow lanes with souvenir shops, Cafes and Restaurants. Athens offers beside the famous ancient temples, stadiums and museums a nice downtown area with a flea market and nice restaurants. Somehow one feels, however, the miserable economic situation of Greece, a lot of beggars and unemployed people populate the streets. The Southern- and Easternmost Port of our journey was Mykonos. This is the most stereotype place of Greece I know, with the white houses and blue doors and windows and the series of windmills. A ship arriving there, makes this port immediately crowded so that you rather think you are in a sort of Disneyland. The degree of popularity of this touristic destination has brought prices up, so that it was by far the most expensive place of our cruise (even more expensive than Venice!). Returning home, a stop in Argostoli on the island of Kefalonia was intended. Strong (yet warm) winds did not allow us to dock there. Instead, we continued the cruise to Dubrovnik, where we had an unexpected port day on the last day of our cruise. The disembarkation in Venice and the journey home (just 3,5 hours by car) was as smooth as the embarkation and we have another lovely cruise to the Eastern Medierranean in our memories. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
We just went on a cruise to the Greek Islands as well as Montenegro and an added bonus of Croatia. We arrived in Venice, Italy one day before the cruise & stayed at the Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal (arranged through Royal Caribbean). ... Read More
We just went on a cruise to the Greek Islands as well as Montenegro and an added bonus of Croatia. We arrived in Venice, Italy one day before the cruise & stayed at the Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal (arranged through Royal Caribbean). The hotel was definitely a 4 star hotel with fabulous views of the Grand Canal. Upon arrival our rooms were not ready so the concierge suggested we take a tour of the Murano Glass Factory. Once we arrived we were given a private tour of the factory as well as the "museum" and were able to see how the glass is made. If you are ever in Venice this is definitely worth the trip. Upon completion of the tour we did the "usual tourist stops" in Venice & had lunch & dinner in St. Mark's Square. Venice is definitely a beautiful city & worth a visit in your lifetime. The following morning we were met by a RCCL representative & she had a water taxi ready to take us directly to the ship. Check in could not have been easier as we were upgraded from a Junior Suite to a Grand Suite the day before we left & we were onboard & having lunch within 20 minutes start to finish. The Splendour is a very beautiful, yet small ship. She was updated a few years ago so you can see small touches of her updates (new speciality restaurants, digital signage, etc). We had a set dinnertime & the waitress & assistant waiter could not have been better. Unfortunately as far as the Windjammer Café for breakfast & lunch I was a bit disappointed as the food was a bit bland & at times cold (I am not one that likes to complain but felt that this is an area that RCCL can improve on). In addition, the entertainment was hit or miss (not sure if since this is an older ship the singers & dancers are not the "top notch" of the line). With the revitalization of the ship aerial shows have been added a couple of nights in the Centrum (this is definitely something to see as it is different than the theatre shows). Since we had the Grand Suite we were given access to the Concierge Lounge. The Congiere (Mahmoud) is definitely an asset to RCCL & any problems or concerns we had were addressed right away. Mahmoud was able to schedule us having dinner with the Captain one night in the main restaurant as well as a Bridge Tour the last day of the cruise (both added bonuses). Another shout out was Jardel Garcia (Senior Guest Services Officer). At the beginning of the cruise I was having issues with my room key being de-magnetized the first 3-4 days & finally he was able to send somebody to re-program our door & all was resolved. Jardel was always on top of us having a good time & anytime we walked by Guest Services he was waving & making sure all was okay. Embarkation could not have been easier. Since we had pre-arranged flights & transfers to the Marco Polo Hotel through RCCL we were off the ship by 7:30 AM & the airport by 9AM. In summary, I had Greek on my bucket list & was finally able to live one of my dreams by visiting the Greek islands. All in all, this was a fabulous cruise with an added bonus of being able to go to Dubrovnik, Croatia. I ill definitely sail with RCCL (I am a Diamond with RCCL) & have been spoiled in a Grand Suite. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Our experience with Royal Caribbean and the Splendour of the Seas was impressive given it was our first cruise. I have traveled to Europe a number of times but doing so on a ship was the best given you unpack once and you have a floating ... Read More
Our experience with Royal Caribbean and the Splendour of the Seas was impressive given it was our first cruise. I have traveled to Europe a number of times but doing so on a ship was the best given you unpack once and you have a floating hotel. The best part was the ship and its crew. We never had any issue with personnel. They were always very helpful and accommodating. They always went out of their way when we asked for anything. The captain of the waiters we made friends with and he was always personable and great to see and shared some jokes with. The food was always gourmet and if something wasn't quite right, like a steak overdone or otherwise, they were very happy to accommodate us. The main restaurant (King & I) was the best for food. Although the buffet in the Windjammer was very good especially for breakfast offering many selections. And it was quick and plentiful. One benefit that the ship offered the night before were the programs on the destination we were about to visit. Lots of good info about the culture and areas we visited. We even won a door prize which we cashed in for a leather jacket at the Turkish bazaar. The weather for October was perfect. It was some what cool in the morning in the northern cities and very warm in Turkey. Nonetheless, it was for the most part perfect weather. There was no stopping the entertainment. Something was always going on whether it was bands playing music in different parts of the ship or the main theater which hosted Broadway like performances. Our room 7085 was for three and it was plenty big even though it was a room without a view, we could always turn on the flat screen TV and see a live video of the outside. I especially liked the bathroom shower since the water flow was fast and intense if I wanted it that way. It was also very roomy for storage. There was plenty of space to unload our bags and toiletries. We appreciated the woman who always made our bed. We would also make animals out of towels and one night we were greeted by a Bat on a hanger with my sunglasses which was impressive. I believe they even provided a class on how to make different animals with towels. What was very nice was the visit to the pool bar at the end of a day after a all day tour. They offered a book of drinks you could choose from and have plenty of drinks while watching folks jumping around the pool. The wait time for a drink varied but it was always reasonable And if you didn't want to stay outside, there was pool for adults indoors which was excellent. The ship was not a super sized ship but it was very comfortable to stay on and board every day with minimal delay. Overall i would recommend this ship to anyone. And I would go on again if the opportunity came about. it was relaxing and added entertainment during the cruise and to our touring at the sites we visited. I would recommend it to couples and families with older children. All of the stops were great. And don't miss Santorini, Greece and Venice, Italy. We can't wait till our next cruise on the Serenade of the Seas visiting the European Baltic states.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
This was my second time on Splendour. The last time was 5 years ago so she has had a refurbishment since then. We thought she looked good for her age and we had no compplaints about the cleanliness aboard. This was a last minute bargain ... Read More
This was my second time on Splendour. The last time was 5 years ago so she has had a refurbishment since then. We thought she looked good for her age and we had no compplaints about the cleanliness aboard. This was a last minute bargain of a cruise so for what we paid we really cannot complain. We had an inside cabin on deck 7, cabin was fine but I do not like inside cabins. My other complaints are my dislike of the large screen by the pool. It goes from dawn to dusk and we found it very intruding. After one day by the pool we moved to sitting on the aft deck. Also quite a few badly behaved children by the pool, parents clearly not bothered and neither were the RCI crew who I noticed stood and watched including a small boy who climbed on top of the hot tub and jumped in , not once but many times. Food in the main dining room was good, and excellent service from our 2 waiters.Disappointed in the food from park cafe this time especially the breakfasts. We loved pre dinner drinks in Viking crown lounge, Gabriel and kenisha made fabulous cocktails. We did buy the premium drinks package but it annoyed me that you could drink as many bottles of beer as you wanted but were not allowed a can of coke or any other soda.The coke from the fountain was ghastly, it ruined the taste of the bacardi. Loved the sailaway from Venice and enjoyed all ports of call. I would go on RCI again and especially a smaller ship but I am afraid have been spoilt by the standard on Celebrity Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
We had a fabulous time! Loved that we were upgraded.....our cabin was beyond words! I will say though that this ship is rather small.....not like our most recent cruise on Navigator of the Seas. Our room steward was fantastic as was the ... Read More
We had a fabulous time! Loved that we were upgraded.....our cabin was beyond words! I will say though that this ship is rather small.....not like our most recent cruise on Navigator of the Seas. Our room steward was fantastic as was the personnel in the concierge lounge. Waiters at the main dining room were not like others we had enjoyed in the past. Seems like a lot has changed in there....including quality of the food, atmosphere, waiters attentiveness. Missed the good old days of cruising! Itinerary was fantastic! and the weather could not have been better for mid October. All in all we'll stay loyal to Royal.....but maybe on a slightly bigger ship next time! Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Myself and my mother had been on river cruises before, but this was a first on the sea. The embarkation and disembarkation in Venice was like clockwork. We had stayed one night in Hotel do Pozzi in Venice which was perfect and centrally ... Read More
Myself and my mother had been on river cruises before, but this was a first on the sea. The embarkation and disembarkation in Venice was like clockwork. We had stayed one night in Hotel do Pozzi in Venice which was perfect and centrally located. We were originally down for My Time Dining for the full week, but it took so long to have dinner the first night that we opted for the Windjammer after that. I don't know where the people who make up the horror stories about the Windjammer are from, but we found it fine. A good selection of food every evening. Yes, occasionally it could be crowded, but in that case, we just went for a drink and came back later. We tried one dinner and one lunch in Chops and were delighted both times. Having read reviews on Cruise Critic I was expecting a lot more from the Park Cafe than it delivered. Food-wise, the Windjammer had much fresher items. As another reviewer mentioned, the big screen on Deck 9 is very intrusive and I don't know if anyone was ever actually watching it. The pools, toilets and all the public areas were very clean and constantly being monitored. There were very few children on our trip, since it was during term time, but for those that were there, there seemed to be a packed schedule for them. The Bingo was a particular rip-off. It wasn't cheap to play and no-one ever managed to find out how much we were playing for. I found the host Orlando's snide anti-gay ('I love you/hate you Orlando') agenda rather tasteless. We went with the Royal Replenish beverage package and I feel we got our money's worth. The frozen non-alcoholic cocktails and the lattes/cappucinos were lovely. We got into a routine of getting our water from the bar before bedtime. We didn't use the big soda glasses. They seem quite childish to me and I was not going to carry one round the ship all day. We left ours in our cabin when we left. Our room steward was lovely, as were all the staff we encountered. We noted particular kindness being shown to elderly or less mobile passengers by a large gentleman of South Pacific island appearance. I did not get his name. We did not use any of the ship organised tours, preferring to either organise our own trips online, or just take the local hop-on, hop-off. Overall, I would not be put off going on a cruise again. It's quite a cost-effective way to travel. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
I was a solo traveler but never felt alone. The Splendour staff was welcoming and accommodating. On the first night (I ha "My Time Dining) I was seated at a table with 6 wonderful people. However, later that first night, I went to the ... Read More
I was a solo traveler but never felt alone. The Splendour staff was welcoming and accommodating. On the first night (I ha "My Time Dining) I was seated at a table with 6 wonderful people. However, later that first night, I went to the Top Hat Lounge for a game and saw 2 smiling people and asked if I could join them. After getting to know them, they said theit 6:30 dining table in the main dining room had an empty chair so I found myself spending my evenings with all these wonderful people. My stateroom was on the second level, room 2542 and it was lovely and an easy 2 flights up and down for eveNing meals. I went on a private excursor of Kotor and the area with a couple I met through Cruise Critic, and the Ship's excursion for Athens that included climbing to the Acropolis and then 3 hours of shopping time in the Agora. That excursion was fine except for the 3 hours in the shopping area. Ithe was a complete tourist trap and I was almost mugged. I also learned the meaning of the phrase "Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts." I had found my way back to the meeting place and plopped down at a table where I heard others speaking English. Suddenly the waiter was pouring water from a large bottle into a glass and and someone else was sliding a basket of bread onto the table. I didn't even think about it until I got the check which included €3 for the bottle of water and €1 for the bread! Embarcation was quick and easy after a mildly long hike pulling luggage and I was thankful that it was not raining or any hotter than it already was. I suppose I should be thankful that Royal Caribbean ensures the safety of its cruisers by scanning bags and people every time people returned to the ship after being in ports. The food was very good in the main dining rooms, so-so in the Windjammer Cafe, but excellent in Chops where I ate one night and had one of the best meals of my life. Entertainment was fine but not spectacular. However the company I was keeping made up for that and my evenings were very enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
I totally agree with previous review. I will never sail on another ship larger than splendour of the sea, in the last twelve months I sailed on msc divina and msc preziosa they are not in anyway as friendly as a smaller ship like ... Read More
I totally agree with previous review. I will never sail on another ship larger than splendour of the sea, in the last twelve months I sailed on msc divina and msc preziosa they are not in anyway as friendly as a smaller ship like splendour. they are like cities as ships of splendours size are like villages , you get to see and meet more people , and the staff have time to talk to you. splendour is old but she has class plus she has had a refit since I was last on her and it has done her wanders will certainly be booking her again . ps I took the all you could drink wine package but unless you can drink from dusk to dawn I would not bother and im a good drinker, Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
This was our first cruise and we found the experience amazing Boarding of the ship was a breeze being on board 20 mins after arriving at the Port We where in room 7078 the state room being very nice The food excellent and all staff ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we found the experience amazing Boarding of the ship was a breeze being on board 20 mins after arriving at the Port We where in room 7078 the state room being very nice The food excellent and all staff being professional friendly and obliging If you are going on this cruise for the entertainment on board be warned that most of this is by the crew and although they try hard is pretty corny, Did not worry us as there is plenty of other things to do Drinks are a bit on the expensive side but what the heck you are on holidays The only negative comments I would have is the cost of the WiFi being close to $ 200 US for the cruise Remember you are at sea and its not really reliable The second negative they have signs around the place informing everybody that holding of deck chairs is not allowable ,this is nonsense and is not policed get there early if you want to lay wound the pool which is very small in regards to the WiFi we instead waited till in each Port where there is ample Free Wi Fi We went on Three of the land tours all being good and no complaints All in all we will travel with RCL again and I would recommend this cruise to anyone Bill & Sue   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Splendour of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 3.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.5
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 4.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 1.0 3.4
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.2

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