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Sail Date: September 2013
We travelled from Brisbane, Australia to Venice, via China & Paris. Stayed in Venice overnight (Hotel Corte Di Gabriela, which is amazing btw) before our cruise. Embarkation was quick and easy. Boarded at about 12:30pm. Straight onto ... Read More
We travelled from Brisbane, Australia to Venice, via China & Paris. Stayed in Venice overnight (Hotel Corte Di Gabriela, which is amazing btw) before our cruise. Embarkation was quick and easy. Boarded at about 12:30pm. Straight onto ship for lunch at Windjammers.. Huge selection! Our room was excellent, on the best side of the ship, right by the captain and co, and able to see land/coast as we sailed. Ports were, Split (Croatia), Ephesus (Turkey), Mykonos & Argostoli (Greece). Excellent destinations. Did the waterfalls tour at Croatia which was awesome. Also the caves & winery at Argostoli which was nice too. We ate at Chops Grille three times and at Izumi. The steaks are the best we've ever had.. and the oysters are to die for! Absolutely amazing and the staff were A+.. Our stateroom attendant 'Fernando Walters Calvin' Was one of the nicest people we'd ever met and did a fantastic job cleaning our room, sometimes 2-3 times a day.. Unreal! Our room had a balcony (7002) .. Best level with no overhead noise and no noise from centrum. Theatre was ok, not the greatest, casino was great, tons of food everywhere on the ship, ate dinner twice in main dining room & had salmon one night and stuffed chicken another night, was delicious, hotdogs were nice, bbq ribs at windjammers were yummy. The brisket carved at lunch was so tender... yummy! omlettes made fresh at breakfast.. plus we had room service (3x breakfast, 2 late night burgers, chicken, chips, free ..again amazing!. Starbucks coffee which we had almost everyday (small charge) and drinks were reasonable. Cocktail drink of the day were always $6.95usd & you kept the souvenir glass which I thought was a fantastic deal. Our only gripe is the way RC hold charges on your credit card and later bill you again for the final amount, leaving your account with twice the amount gone until half (holding amount) is reimbursed 2 weeks later.. Annoying! especially for those who might need those extra funds if still holidaying after the cruise.. other than that, We absolutely loved this cruise and are already booking another with RC.. Can't wait to sail again! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2011
Our cruise started in Venice (stayed overnight and disembarked the 2nd day), went to Kotor, Montenegro; then Athens, Greece; Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey; Bodrum, turkey; Santorini, Greece; Mykonos, Greece; and finally Split, Croatia. ... Read More
Our cruise started in Venice (stayed overnight and disembarked the 2nd day), went to Kotor, Montenegro; then Athens, Greece; Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey; Bodrum, turkey; Santorini, Greece; Mykonos, Greece; and finally Split, Croatia. The ports of call were really great -- some I would not visit if I were planning a land trip, but very interesting and nice to visit and I am glad we got the chance to visit them all. The weather was gorgeous throughout -- some drizzling rain at times, but was quick to pass, and happened most often in the afternoons after we had come back to the ship anyway and were leaving port. Getting to the ship was not confusing, but the RCL folks were not very helpful. After we got off the plane (after flying red-eye), we saw a woman carrying an RCL clipboard, so we asked her what the best way of getting to the ship was. She said she did not have any spaces available on the shuttle, but the taxis would get you there for 15 euros/ppl -- we were traveling with 6 people. We had done some homework beforehand and read about the ACTV (bus) that goes to Piazzale Roma (the fare increased to 5 euros by the time we went) and asked her about it, so she directed us to the electronic ticketing machine that did not have english written on it, so we were a little confused when we did not see what we thought was the correct fare or the Piazzale Roma written on it. Ended up finding a ticket booth with a live person behind it to buy the tickets. We felt the RCL representative was not very helpful -- it's not like she had slots and we refused to take the shuttle. She told us the most expensive way to get to the Docks. Once we were at Piazzale Roma, there is a free shuttle bus to the cruise terminal (we had asked in advance what to do once we got there, but some people were clueless and the buses are not terribly well marked). The ship itself is an older ship, but I've never been on one of the newer ones anyway, so I didn't know what we were missing in terms of the new fancy restaurants, water slides, etc. Besides, once the ship was moving, it got a little chilly/breezy up on deck for me anyway. It was clean, the crew was painting the railings and trim, which was fine. Rooms were standard, and dining room standard. Didn't feel too crowded, at least not like the Carnival cruise we were on to the Caribbean 2 years ago. The staff on the ship, like the woman at the airport, was hit or miss. the Pursers were not very helpful -- did not know how to catch the prepaid shuttle bus at the end of the trip, for example. Our stateroom attendant was good and our dinner dining staff was great. The food was so-so. I thought there would be much more seafood -- after all, you're in the Mediterranean! I thought we would have an abundance of seafood -- fish, at least? Instead, they never have sea bass, though it's on the menu. And one lunch on the sea day, we ordered the trout and got salmon. When we asked about it, the chef said that a trout is a baby salmon -- what? When we were still confused, the head waiter came and said that "they're the same color anyway" and walked away. No appologies, no offer to order anything else. Even our own waitor had said that a trout and salmon were 2 different fish! We were very turned off, and she was a HEAD waiter, too! So the food was only so-so. The breakfasts were actually pretty good -- and I've always hated breakfast foods. The Windjammer was better for breakfast than the King and I Dining Room. The entertainment was good overall, but only a few were great. Maybe part of it is because we felt very young on the ship -- lots of older folks. They even had a 40's and 50's song night! We didn't know many of those songs, but they did a good job. The sea days were okay. definitely needed them to recup after running around for a few days. I was turned off that activities now required a fee -- scrapbooking was $5 for this packet, $10 for that, and if you wanted it for free, you had to stay the entire 40-45 minutes time and show her a completed layout before you left. Otherwise you'd be charged $5 for the packet. And the 2nd sea day, scrapbooking, even to sit and continue to work on the layouts you already did -- not getting new material -- or watching other people work on their layouts were $10. If you were there, they charged you. Jewelry making was almost as bad -- the first one was free, and the 2nd one was $10, but they let you stay and watch for free -- you just didn't get a kit to make the jewelry. I've never been on a cruise ship where even the arts and crafts cost you money. It felt too much like they were out to get your money. I was also put off by the transportation fee -- getting to Venice from the docks, you could either walk (which I imagine would've taken you a bit of time) or you paid $15 for the RCL shuttle -- or in Mykonos, they docked at the Cruise line docks, about 1 mile away from the town. It's walkable, but if you're dropped off somewhere and have no clue where you're going, you are more likely to cough up the money ($10/pp) to just get there in one piece. If we had tendered, it would've been free, like the other cruise lines in Mykonos. we were the only ones to dock. The actual process of disembarking the ship was well-organized -- much better than Carnival! The only problem was that no one directed us where to go AFTER we left the ship. there were no signs or people directing us where to go. And we pre-purchased RCL's transfer back to the airport! No one seemed to know or care where we were supposed to go. Disappointing. One last note: if you're prone to seasickness, May was a fantastic time to go -- I can get pretty bad seasick, and I was fine, and my mom, who ALWAYS gets seasick did fine without any meds or bracelets or ginger tabs or anything! I've heard that other times of the year are not so calm, but May was PERFECT! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2011
This was to be our first cruise,ever, to celebrate our golden wedding.The two nights spent in VENICE hotel were lovely. We made our own way to the ship with no problems. The ship looked quite impressive, until you looked closer.The shower ... Read More
This was to be our first cruise,ever, to celebrate our golden wedding.The two nights spent in VENICE hotel were lovely. We made our own way to the ship with no problems. The ship looked quite impressive, until you looked closer.The shower was a disgrace, no water pressure, the taps were rusty and the chrome peeling off.The drawer doors were very hard to open,sticking, and in need of replaceing.The "Windjammer" restaurant.Do not look at the chairs too closely! They were FILTHY.There was a constant complaint from the guests about running out of various things.But my biggest complaint would be about the cost of THE DRINKS. Approximately £6 for a pint of "beer"? PLUS 15%.The cheapest bottle of wine in the dining room was £19, PLUS 15%!! If you decided to purchase the WINE PACK, at approx' £160,PLUS 15%. You were really being ripped off! In fact,one of our fellow table guests worked out that you were paying the same price as was on the wine list.If you had paid "up front", your Gratuities for the cruise, WHY was it ADDED to the bill,when you signed for your drinks?The "Explorations" or excurcions, as we British say,were absolutely extortionate. I have to say that we did NOT go on any of them. We did them ourselves. For example:"Athens on your own" SOTS price $58 (£36) We did it for 2.80 EUROS EACH!!All in all, I would say that our first cruise expierience has put us off ever doing it again! (Unless it was with SAGA, where ALL gratuities and tours are included.) Read Less
Sail Date: September 2010
The cruise sailed from Venice. That port was a bit chaotic and not so easy to find the place to drop our bags and check in. But, once we did, we were on this fantastic ship. The sail away through Venice was amazing. We had inside cabins ... Read More
The cruise sailed from Venice. That port was a bit chaotic and not so easy to find the place to drop our bags and check in. But, once we did, we were on this fantastic ship. The sail away through Venice was amazing. We had inside cabins on this ship and while the room was totally fine and the steward (Francisco was amazing) we found it was too easy to sleep too much in such a dark cozy cave so will book balcony/window in the future. Would be nice if they would upgrade the TV to a flat screen or mount the TVs as it's in the way. We booked private tours in 3 ports and did Dubrovnik on our own. Really, everything worked out great. Our tour guide in Turkey was great ... Santorini not so great and Corfu ok. The shows and entertainment on the ship were mostly great. The ABBA show was fantastic! Although, RCCL could coordinate the times a bit better because this is a small ship so with the late dinner seating we found it a challenge at times to find a place for a pre-dinner drink or show because Schooner Bar and Champagne Bars were over-loaded so we headed up to the 11th floor where we could find a quiet spot. We would have preferred my-time dining because the late dinner time (9pm) seating meant at times were eating entrees at 10:25pm and we had to get up at 7am for ports so we felt the dinner was too late for us ... but the alternative was early dinner at 6:30pm which was too early. (MTD was full so we could not get it). There were several events on the ship that honestly had us laughing out loud ... the Quest game was hilarious, the "Ship-In-Dales" was great and the Dancing Under the Stars was the best ... it rained that night and I honestly think it made the party (and Midnight Buffet) even more fun. Ever dance to "It's Raining Men" in the rain? We rocked it and had an amazing time and slept in to 11am the next day we had so much fun! To our amazement, it was the only day of our 12 day holiday that it rained! So we missed nothing by laying in that day! Overall, the ship is great. The pool is awesome. The Solarium is awesome and has some nice snacks if you miss a meal. The gym and spa are great. The staff really went out of their way to help us. The Itinerary was great too ... Croatia, Turkey & Greece ... great combo with a nice day of rest during the cruise and the last day. Actually, the last day at sea it rained the whole day and unfortunately, RCCL did not have an "alternate plan" so the activities by pool and outside were all canceled but there were not other activities instead. So we were bored that day but in the end as we had such a busy day in Venice after we docked it was a good "rest day" for us. But for those ending their vacation that would have been a real disappointment for the last day. Leaving the ship ... we chose the "walk off" with luggage program and it was a breeze. No leaving your luggage out the the night before. Just leave the ship in the morning with no muss and no fuss. Again, we highly enjoyed this vacation and will certainly sail with RCCL again. The vacation was a great value and we truly enjoyed it. (Although, accept the fact the drinks are really, really expensive and just plan for that)!! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
We stayed in Barcelona for two nights before the cruise. Wonderful city, very glad that I got to see as much as I did! We stayed at the Ayre Hotel - Gran Via. Very nice hotel, overlooked the city, and perfect location to get anywhere! The ... Read More
We stayed in Barcelona for two nights before the cruise. Wonderful city, very glad that I got to see as much as I did! We stayed at the Ayre Hotel - Gran Via. Very nice hotel, overlooked the city, and perfect location to get anywhere! The Magic Fountain was just behind the hotel, a must see! We used public transportation, and the Hop On Hop Off bus for everything! HOHO was well worth the price to see as much as possible, in a short time! Must Sees are Parc Guell, Sagrada Família , and Las Ramblas! The architecture in the city is just amazing! Check out the McDonalds in Passeig de Gràcia. They had table service, wonderful cappuccino and amazing desserts! Nothing like our McDonalds! I would like to go back and explore more of the city! This was my 6th cruise, but first time to Europe, and first time on Royal Carabbean. I've cruised with Norwegean, and Carnival before. In my opinion, as far as the cruise line, NCL and CCL are both better than RCCL. We had an ocean view room on the Splendour, sailing April 2-9, 2010. The ship was very nice, however, the service was not up to par with any of the other lines that I've been on. The room steward was good, we had all the normal towel animals, and she always made sure to greet us. Did have to ask for ice most nights, but that is my only complaint. I can't say the same about our wait staff. Both the Lead Waiter and Asst Waiter were new, and I don't think that they have much training! The Asst waiter was nice, but the lead waiter was such an alpha male that he belittled him whenever possible. There were some nights that it was just the two of us, and still the service was still mediocre! I was very disappointed with the main dining room. The selections were not that bad, but they were rather boring. The desserts were the real disappointment! There was one night where there was no chocolate on the menu...how can that happen??? This is a cruise that is so port intensive, that I didn't really go to the bars. We had late dinner (9:30 pm), so it was close to 11 pm by the time we got out of the dinning room! They did schedule many of the shows before dinner, they were good. Nothing stood out, but enjoyable. It was too cold for the outside pools. Very nice indoor pool! The ports were all amazing! First Villefranche. We traveled on our own, and took the bus to Nice. It was simple, and very easy to get around. There were some pretty steep hills and steps, but there were lots of things to see, so it was an enjoyable walk. Nice was wonderful! Their presentation of their food was amazing! The Straw Market and fish market were great! Such small little streets, with people, and cars! I would not want to drive there! The restaurants looked great, and huge servings! We passed several flea markets, it was interesting to see what they considered antiques, considering all of the amazing the history in Europe! Next was Rome. We arranged a tour with RomeInLimo! They were the best!!! We had Vinny, if you want to get around all the normal bottlenecks, he knew how! With his knowledge of the city, I can't imagine how you could have seen any more! I strongly recommend this tour operator! There was so much history in Rome, it gave me the chills to think of all that happened in the places that I saw! I arranged to take to tour with some very nice people that I met through the Cruise Critic Roll Call, it was so much better than a ship tour, and cost us half the money! Make sure to sign up for the Roll Call for your ship, it's a great way to meet some very nice people before the cruise, and makes the cruise experience more fun! In Naples, we were lucky enough to have Vinny (RomeInLimo) again for our tour of Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast too. They arranged our own private tour of Pompeii. This is strongly recommended, since you only have a few hours there. She was very interesting, and made the tour fun. Lunch in Sorrento, very beautiful city. Loved the restaurant that Vinny took us to! Had pizza and some Lemoncello...mmmm! The Amalfi Coast, and Positano...unbelievable beauty! Again, lots of hills! Next Corfu, we arranged a tour with CorfuTaxiTours, we had Dimitris. He gave us a great tour of the island, and told us some very interesting stories! He gave us a private tour of an Olive Factory, and we got to see Tripa Tavern. The owner offered us a snack. I would love to have been able to have a meal there! Very cool place! Next was Split, Croatia. We walked into town on our own, went to the market, very interesting setting with the Palace of Diocletian. Had some local brandy in a small bar, it very good! Finally Venice...this was the city that I most wanted to see...it didn't disappoint!!!! We had two nights at the Pensione Guerrato. I couldn't ask for a better host, room, or location, and very reasonable for Venice! We overlooked the Market near the Rialto Bridge. Venice was magical!!! Make sure to just wander, getting lost in Venice is half the fun. We found some amazing places, by accident!!! We took the Water Bus everywhere! Went to Murano and Burano. I loved the amazing colors of the homes in Burano. I would have liked more time there! Took the Alilaguna Water Bus to the Airport. I definitely want to go back to this city to explore. I loved all of our ports, but this was my absolute favorite! It is a magical place!!!!!!!! All and all it was a wonderful trip. It was a perfect time of year, not warm enough to use the outside pools, but perfect for sightseeing! Every port was amazing. Each port had plenty of walking up hills and steps, but the sights were worth it! The ship wasn't the quality that I expected, but it wasn't much of a disappointment, because you were too tired to do very much after all the traveling in the ports! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2005
This was my 11th cruise and also my HONEYMOON. I had read such negative reviews on the Splendour that I was nicely surprised once I got on board. The ship didn't look worn or old to me. We had a large oceanview stateroom. The size ... Read More
This was my 11th cruise and also my HONEYMOON. I had read such negative reviews on the Splendour that I was nicely surprised once I got on board. The ship didn't look worn or old to me. We had a large oceanview stateroom. The size is basically the same as the interior room but the oceanview really does make a difference. About the food, good not great. The dining room staff as always was excellent. Our assistant waiter Carlos was exceptional. The Windjammer is nothing more than typical buffet style. Our first port was Marseille, there is no need for any shore excursions there. When we got there it was a Sunday and all the shops were closed, so we went to Notre Dame cathedral, very nice. Marseille was not very impressive. The second port of call was Villefranche, which was beautiful. We split up our day and went to Nice first which was very beautiful. Then we made our way back to the ship had lunch and then headed out to Monte Carlo . I would have rather spent more of the day in Nice had I known Monte Carlo would be such a disappointment. I anticipated more. We also had enough time to walk around Villefranche for a bit, very beautiful and quaint little town . There is no need for shore excursion here, it would be a rip off because you can use the public bus for 1.5 Euros to Nice each way and be there in 15 to 20 minutes. Also from Nice you can take the bus directly to Monaco for about 3 Euros. Our third day we were in Livorno which on that day (and also in Rome) I highly recommend a tour. We were determined to book nothing with through the ship because through experience you know the ship rips you off. We got lucky and met a family of 4 outside looking to rent a taxi so we shared the cost at about 130 Euros for each couple. The driver dropped us off near the Duomo (WHICH IS THE CENTER) and then left us for about 5 hours or so then met up back at the same place as drop off. He then took us to Pisa. In Pisa you need no more than 30-45 minutes. There's not much to do there but take some pictures. There was also a free shuttle bus that takes you to the train station that takes about 90 minutes to get to the center of Florence. It just seemed too exhausting and also didn't think we would have enough time in Florence and also make it to Pisa. We also heard from other passengers that did use the public transportation that it was very exhausting. I'm 32 and my husband is 27, this trip is exhausting, you get to see a lot but you come home needing a vacation form your vacation. On the next day we were in Rome, we got very lucky and met up with the same family again and agreed to share the cost again. When we got off the ship and approached the taxis they were quoting us at 600 Euros which seems like a rip off, just yesterday we paid 400 for the whole day. By accident I noticed a private driver holding a sign up for a passenger that had prereserved him, so I went over to ask him if the 600 Euro price was reasonable or not. He told me that it should be no more than 450 Euros for a full 10 hour day. Turns out he was double booked by accident and offered his services for the day. Amazing experience, he was excellent, very knowledgeable on all of Rome, he took us everywhere,with full historical descriptions of everything. It makes a big difference when you walk around if you know what you're looking at and if you don't know. I strongly, strongly recommend you prereserve him before you start your trip. He was also very, very nice. He took tons of pictures for us and suggested a great place for lunch right by the Spanish steps (NINOS). He also is one of the two partners of the company so of course his service was excellent being that it;s his own company. His name is Carlo and the website is www.romeinlimo.com. You will not regret this. The money is well spent and it will change your whole experience of Rome. The cruise offers their own version of what we did and charges something lie $350 per person (crazy) In Naples we went to Pompeii by train which the same train line takes you to Sorrento. We got very tired, I had already been to Pompeii but my husband didn't and he wanted to . It's a great place to visit once. We later made our way back to Naples for some authentic Napolitan pizza, which they are famous for . There was a great spot like 2 blocks off the port (can't remember the name) HAVE A GREAT TRIP!!!! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2005
This is my 9th cruise, second with Royal Carribbean. Let's start off with what went right. Embarkation and Disembarkation went very smoothly. Shore Excursions were expensive but well run and exactly what was advertised. The Ports ... Read More
This is my 9th cruise, second with Royal Carribbean. Let's start off with what went right. Embarkation and Disembarkation went very smoothly. Shore Excursions were expensive but well run and exactly what was advertised. The Ports were fantastic. This ship is really starting to show it's age. Carpets in some areas were worn. Sofas in the Centrium were worn. Deck areas needed real attention. The Library Sofas had some extreme wear. The glass is what makes a Royal Carribbean Ship at it was dirty. The Sauna was never warm enough. Some of the public restrooms near the Pool had a very strong sewage odor. I've always thought RCCL did an okay job with food nothing spectacular but they held their own. Not on this cruise, it was awful. Very small portions, wine glasses werent refilled, you had to ask for water in the Dinning Room. The Head Waiter came by an only offered excuses and was "too good" to even refill my glass on several instances. The Windjammer Cafe was dirty crumbs in corner of chairs, on the sofas, carpet was extremely worn and dirty. The food tasted like warmed over leftovers. Non-Smoking sections were not observed by the passengers nor enforced by the crew. They had signs that basically told passengers to have a top on and that bathing suits were not allowed several passengers including a few extremely overweight would come in during lunch without shirts or in bathing suits and eat ------------ DISGUSTING. My cabins was spacious but once again it was worn. The bedding actually had an odor to it and I had to practically hold the Hotel Manager hostage to get it changed on two days I had torn sheets and insufficient number of towels in the bathroom. I basicallly told the hotel manager in a letter my issues with the ship and he told me that "RCCL doesnt need or want passengers like me". Fine I won't sail with them again. Read Less
November, 2002 Monday, Nov 11 We left Austin at 10 a.m. and arrived in Galveston at 3 p.m. (stopped and did some last minute shopping at the Galleria in Houston). The loading period of the Splendour was listed at 1 - 5 p.m. and leaving ... Read More
November, 2002 Monday, Nov 11 We left Austin at 10 a.m. and arrived in Galveston at 3 p.m. (stopped and did some last minute shopping at the Galleria in Houston). The loading period of the Splendour was listed at 1 - 5 p.m. and leaving at 6 p.m. I was surprised to find no cars in the unloading area in front of the terminal bldg. It took only 1 minute to unload the baggage, and then drive about a ¼ of mile to the parking area. Hint: you must have cash to pay for the parking, which was $80 for 11 days. There were plenty of spaces even with two ships leaving together this day. We sat on the shuttle about 15 minutes before proceeding to the terminal again. The x-ray of our carry on luggage was very fast. Then we entered the new terminal area for check in. It was big, clean, effective, and cool. We stood in line maybe 15 minutes. There were plenty of agents on hand for check-in. I would say that this was the easiest check in of any of my six cruises. Hint: Fill out your embarkation form over the web and the agent will not have to enter all of the info while you stand around waiting. We came on board and found our room with no problem. Luggage showed up around 6 p.m. The first action was to get some seasick pills for my wife in case she needed them. You can get them only at the purser's desk, five pills no charge. Went to Windjammer and ate some lunch. Food was okay. We bought our excursions over the web a few weeks before, and the pre-paid tickets showed in our room about the same time as our luggage. Glad we did, as the line at the excursion desk was very long already. Ok, after all the reading about the drink cards on RCI, I decided to give it a try. We went up to the Viking Crown lounge before dinner and asked for a drink card. They said that they did not have any, and that we would have to go to the Schooner bar to get one. So we ordered a couple of beers instead. Do not know if they were telling the truth or not, but we had no problems with getting the card later and using it anywhere. We were the second seating, which was at 8:45 p.m. for the first two days. I had baked Cod, and Glenda had the Chicken Cordon Bleu, both were very good. Just about everyone else at our table ordered steak, which is always available. The entertainment show was at 10:30 p.m. today and tomorrow. Afterwards, the schedule changed to Show at 7:15 p.m. and dinner at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov 12 - (Day at Sea) We ate breakfast at the Windjammer as we heard that breakfast and lunch were going to be buffet style in the main restaurant also. This lasted two days until I guess the complaints from guests made them switch back to the traditional style of eating with waiters. The waiters explained that Europeans preferred buffet style. We met a couple that had been on the Splendour for its Atlantic crossing, and were staying on for this cruise, and the next one also. They really enjoyed the crossing, the ship, and crew. The weather was overcast with occasional rain, so we spent our day at the Solarium. The water was cool, but refreshing. We rushed over to the shopping talk in the theatre where we heard a very detailed description of Cozumel shopping. We went back to the Solarium for lunch. I think most people agreed that the hamburgers were not very good here. However the hot dogs and pizza were good. We went to the Windjammer for some more lunch and had Chicken Fajitas. It was funny that the flour tortillas had run out, so we asked the serving staff for more. Since this was their first time to make Tex-Mex, they did not know what a tortilla was. But they were so helpful to try and understand. We finally got the tortillas and had a nice lunch poolside. At 3 p.m. we tried the Shuffleboard competition, but were eliminated in the 1st round. We played some miniature golf, and then did the walk a mile event. We dropped by the Internet cafe and checked some email. The setup was fantastic, very modern and user friendly. The charge was 50 cents a minute. The Captain's reception was before dinner, and was very nice with a band and big dance floor. There were lots of people dancing too. I have to give RCI credit. Their ships are more dancer friendly than others that I have been on. Dinner was very good again with Filet Mignon and Duck. However our table was near the Captain's table, so our service was spotty since the waiters were taking extra care of the Captain. The show tonight was Marty Allen and his wife, and it was very, very good. We decided to stay up late and see the "Village People" at the disco in the Viking Crown lounge. The audience was a little too old however to really get into the act. When we returned to our room we had a message that our excursion had been canceled due to lack of participation. We had signed up for the Reef Snorkeling. We were disappointed since I had heard that Cozumel had great snorkeling. However, I believe that the fact that we had a much older passenger base than I had expected contributed to the lack of participation. The oldest average age on a cruise until this one was a Holland America cruise in Alaska. I would say that the average age on the Splendour was around 65 - 68. The fact that this was an 11-day cruise probably appealed to an older crowd. Wednesday, Nov 13 - (Cozumel) We decided to just shop and stroll around the town instead of booking a new excursion. As things turned out, most excursions were canceled due to problems with docking vs. tendering and bad weather. Per the captain, we were supposed to dock in Cozumel, but a Celebrity ship was already there when we arrived. So we had to tender with little warning, plus due to the currents and wind, we could not anchor. So the crew spent all day hovering the ship in place with its engines. The first two tenders left at 9:30 a.m. Here is what I have heard from several persons and the crew. When the tenders came up to the pier, they discovered that the pier and tender were significantly different heights. After trying to work something out, and running into each other, one tender got caught in a rope and broke the propeller guard. Finally around 11:00 a.m. a system was devised for the tenders and the people put ashore. Meanwhile the rest of us waited until some Cozumel tenders could be procured at late notice. By 11:15 am, we were on shore. Hurray. It stayed cloudy and windy all day, but little rain (thank goodness). There were 7 or 8 cruise ships at Cozumel that day, but it did not seem that crowded on shore. We ate at Poncho's on the Patio, which has a wonderful outside seating area with music and garden. We shopped most of the day, but prices were not as good as Laredo in my opinion. We caught the 4 p.m. tender and barely had time to change and go to our Cruise Critic party. The party was held in the back area of the Viking Crown lounge, which is the area reserved for smoking cigars. I was disappointed that we had to sit in a smoking area for the whole party. It would have been nice to have half the area for smoking and the other half for non-smoking. The party was a minor affair, but it was interesting to meet the people behind the screen names. For dinner we changed tables to sit with two couples from Houston, one being a Texas Aggie like myself. Warren and Gilda were about our age and very similar to us. This really made the cruise even more special. Warren mentioned that their private scuba dive had been called off due to rough weather. We were now 6 people total at a 10-person table. Concerning the first vs. second seating, the first seating was the overall choice for most people as there was a waiting list to change. The second seating had over a hundred seats empty, so it was easy to change. However, people were scattered all over the dining room with many tables less than half full. The next night another two couples joined us since they had been by themselves at a 10-person table. We noticed this happening all around us as people switched tables to be with a larger group. The crew was very helpful in taking care of all requests. Thursday, Nov 14 - (Day at Sea) Not much to report except that Glenda, my wife, won the gold metal for Ring Tossing! Surprised me. We continued to walk a mile each day on the ship. This was just a nice lazy day at sea to relax and enjoy. We got to learn more about Warren and Gilda and their wonderful French canal trip in Burgundy wine country. Friday, Nov 15 - (Puerto Limon, Costa Rica) We arrived two hours late in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica. This caused the cancellation of several excursions, including all but one of the Rainforest Aerial Tram excursions. Lucky we had the tickets for the only Rainforest Aerial Tram that was running. We started on our excursion around 12:30 p.m. Due to leaving late and having to get back to the ship, we were not served a lunch as planned. Later, we asked the excursion desk about this, and they refunded $40 each for the shorten trip and missing meal. Excellent service and concern on their part, I must say. We rode in a very nice air-conditioned modern bus. It takes about 1.5 hours to reach the rainforest area, but the scenery was beautiful and the guide very good. Once you arrive at the rainforest, you have a chance for a rest room break, and then you can take either a shuttle or tractor pulled wagon to the tramway, about ½ mile. You walked about 100 feet and then board the tram. It holds 5 visitors and one guide. We thought the rainforest was simply amazing, but let me warn you. During the visit, we did not see much in the way of wildlife, just one bird and a few butterflies. Be expecting to see a fantastic plant and tree show, but do not expect much in the way of birds or other animals. We definitely will want to come back to Costa Rice and do this again. The tram ride was almost an hour. There is also a nice gift shop and snack bar when you return. We arrived back at the ship around 6:30 p.m. (Last tour to return). Comment about Green Train. People who had their excursions canceled were advised that there were plenty of seats on the Green Train. The people that I talked to were not too happy with the experience. The train was very slow, jerky, and not air-conditioned. The rails were in very bad shape. From the pictures that I have seen, the views were similar to the views that we had on the bus. So if you like a slow train, and have friends to talk and enjoy the views with, then you should be ok on the Green Train. Saturday, Nov 16 - (Panama Canal) We started going thru the locks on schedule at around 7:00 a.m. Warren and Gilda invited us to their balcony cabin to watch the action. Seeing the Panama Canal was well worth the trip and cost. It took about 3.5 hours to go thru the locks and anchor in the lake. Since many persons had been confused about the schedule and options of the Panama Canal, the ship's crew director made a special program played on the TV the day before. Here is what I understood. No one would be allowed off of the ship while anchored in the lake except persons with an excursion ticket. All others had to stay on board until the ship returned out of the locks, and docked at Colon. Person who was on an excursion would return to the ship when it docked. So under those conditions, we bought some tickets for the Kayak and Eco tour. Now just about everyone else had bought an excursion to get off the ship, so there were MANY people waiting to be tendered. The crew had us report to the 42nd theater and wait. As a tour was called, you would go up to the front of the theatre, get a numbered sticker, and sit in another waiting area. Later, your number was called and you proceeded to the tender station. Pretty good plan, but badly executed. It took us two hours of waiting before we were called and left the ship. Glad we waited. The tour was very nice. We stopped at the observation deck of the Gatun locks and watch ships enter and leave for a while. We then had a tour of the old US military base, which is now part of Panama. We were issued life vests and a 2-person kayak. The guides were excellent, and there was a chase boat, which followed us in case one of us overturned. The chase boat also would take pictures of you if you gave them your camera. It was relaxing and very nice. We arrived at the Colon pier, but the ship was not there yet. It showed up an hour later. The shopping area here is nice, and is more like a flea market with lots of native items. I loved the $1 Panama beer and $1 pizza here. There is a business center here where you can call home, and use the Internet for $4.50 for 30 minutes. Sunday, Nov 17 - (Day at Sea) Monday, Nov 18 - (Montego Bay, Jamaica) We docked on time for the 1st time. Hurrah. We left for Dunn's Falls on our excursion at 7:00 a.m. We had some people go in a nice large modern bus, but we unfortunately wound up in a 20-person mini-bus. The problem was the 2-hour ride to the falls and back on a very rough small road. If you have back problems, this 4-hour bus ride is a killer. However I would do it again after seeing the falls. You have a choice of climbing the falls on rocks in the water, or stay dry by using steps next to the shoreline. We were prepared to get wet, so up we went in a daisy chain holding hands. Hint: one thing to remember is to bring some cash, as you will need some tipping money for the guides at the end, and to buy the famous "I survived Dunn's Falls" tee shirts on the way out. We were able to run to the bus and change clothes and return for just a few minutes to buy some items. The vendors are very pushy here, so be prepared to just keep walking. Later we found out that we could get them cheaper at the dock shops near the ship. It came a huge rainstorm about this time, so everyone was soaked by the time they had made it back to the ship. I was very upset to find out that the pay phones in Jamaica (and Grand Cayman) would NOT accept a US calling card number. You had to buy their calling card. Tuesday, Nov 19 - (Georgetown, Grand Cayman) Early in the morning, an announcement was made that all water related activities had been canceled by the tour operators due to bad weather. The previous day no ships had been able to anchor and visit due to a storm. At least we were able to tender to the shore. Warren and Gilda called their dive shop and the owner said that it was useless to try and scuba since the water was so stirred up. So we got together and spent the day shopping and looking around. We bought tickets at the pier for a mini-bus tour of the island stopping at the Hell post office, turtle farm, and rum cake factory outlet. Cost was $15 per person and lasted 1.5 hours. We were able to get into the turtle farm for $4.50 instead of $6 by mentioning the driver's name. Reaching in and grabbing a small sea turtle was interesting and made a nice picture opportunity. Back in town, we wander down to the Hard Rock cafe and made the nicest discover on my trip. Hard Rock cafe served Tennent's beer on draft! I was in heaven as this is one of my favorite beers from Scotland, and is hard to find in the states. The food and beer was great, and Warren and Gilda such good company, it made this last stop so special. And this was also the island where Glenda found the best shopping for jewelry. Guess we will have to go back and visit the stingrays some other time. Wednesday and Thursday, Nov 20 - 21 - (Days at Sea) Nothing much to report, except lots of relaxing, reading, swimming, etc. This is a great way to end a vacation. Plenty of time to pack. Friday, Nov 22 - (Galveston) We docked in Galveston right on schedule. Colored tags were issued to everyone the night before, and we were called by colors to the theatre to visit US Immigration. Then you wait to be called off the ship. We departed the ship at 10:00, found our luggage easily, went thru customs (no waiting), and went outside. Glenda stayed with the bags as I jumped onto a shuttle to the parking lot. There were a few cars in line after returning to the terminal bldg to pick up the luggage, but nothing that bad. We were out of there by 10:30 a.m. All in all I was very pleased with the departure system. Food Yes, some of the food was only fair, but there were good items also. I believe that this is just a learning experience that will be solved on future cruises. The reason I say this is one couple at our table was always upset over the food. They mentioned that they had only 2 months before cruised on the Rhapsody of the Seas out of Galveston and that the food was excellent. Since the two ships get their food in Galveston from the same suppliers, then it is only a matter of time before the chef changes his style of cooking from European to Texas on the Splendour. The biggest complaint was that some of the steaks were too tough to cut or eat. Hint: You can always get good meals if you follow this simple rule: If you get something that is not to your liking or expectations, ASK the waiter to bring something else. They are more than willing to do whatever it takes to make you happy. Most people that complained about their food would not let the waiter do anything about it. They were happier to be mad and have something to complain about than getting something good to eat. What a terrible attitude. Shore Excursions- This was probably the oldest crowd out of our 6 cruises. That put the more active shore excursions at risk for lack of participation. The most popular excursions were bus tours of the ports as I found out from the excursion desk. Being the first cruise on this itinerary and some bad weather, there were problems with late arrivals at port and canceled excursions. We were always told up front what was going on and our options. The crew took great lengths to do the best that was possible under the circumstances, and so I am happy with their effort. However, that "Green Train" in Costa Rica still has some people fuming, so think twice before signing up for it. Be prepared to wait a while to get to the tenders at the Panama Canal, as everyone is trying to get off at the same time. Ship A very beautiful ship. We loved the dEcor and lounges. This crowd love to dance with the dance band, and that was very enjoyable. The casino was the largest that we had seen on a ship this size. I had no problems with the drink card anywhere on the ship. The solarium was nice to hang around in as the weather turned cooler nearer to Galveston. Greg.Watkins@motorola.comDecember 2002 Read Less
11-Night Circle the Caribbean Cruise Splendour....the very word itself conjures up visions of magnificence. Entering the beautiful Centrum area with the wonderful brass hanging sculpture certainly gives you a splendourous introduction ... Read More
11-Night Circle the Caribbean Cruise Splendour....the very word itself conjures up visions of magnificence. Entering the beautiful Centrum area with the wonderful brass hanging sculpture certainly gives you a splendourous introduction to 11 days of sailing. But wait, let's back up to the beginning of this cruise, and some of the basic information. We are a couple in our mid 50's, live in the Midwest and have been on several cruises. This was our second with RCI. Our cruise was booked with a pre-package from RCI at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Miami. The morning of our cruise, we pre-registered for the ship at the hotel, received our sign and sail card, room keys. Transportation from the hotel to the ship was by bus. RCI picked up our luggage at the airport, and within 1/2 hour of being on the ship, it appeared in our room. We did not have to handle it after checking it at the airport in St. Louis. Our cabin, just aft of the Centrum, was a Category C on the Bridge deck. The verandah was a good size, with 2 chairs, a small table and a lounge chair. We found this a great place to have breakfast, and late nights just enjoying the quiet. One interesting point is that C category cabins forward of the Centrum are slightly larger than those aft. Cabin furnishings consisted of a king size bed, a hide-a-bed love seat, 2 chairs, glass and brass coffee table, two padded stools, that double as storage, and shelves and storage in every nook and cranny. Our cabin was quiet, with the exception of a few footsteps overhead that came from the entrance to the Solarium area. There is a tub shower combination, and the bathroom was large enough for two people. Dining...Our table was on the balcony level of the King and I Dining Room next to the staircase and directly above the piano and violin. This proved to be a spot where it was difficult to carry on a conversation because of the music. We learned this was a problem only in this area. My usual dilemma in a cruise ship dining room is choosing one meal out of the many offered. This time I had trouble selecting one meal period. Everyone at our table seemed to have the same problem, and we all asked for substitutions at different times. One gentleman at our table summed it up saying "I think they are trying too hard." I found this to be a rather accurate description. The breads were excellent. Prime rib was offered two different nights, and was tender and tasty. I generally associate lobster as being a special meal served on a special night. Our lobster dinner was served on a casual night, and the side dish was boiled spinach. Salads were good and varied. The King and I dressing is a personal favorite. There was also an alternative dining offered. I cannot comment on this as we opted for the dining room each evening. Breakfast at the Windjammer was basically the same each day serving bacon, sausage, eggs, hash browns, a choice of fruits, cereals, breads. The design of the buffet lines area in the Windjammer leaves a little to be desired. At the end of each side of lines you come together to an area that is not easily accessed when it is crowded. In this area are the drinks, and fresh fruit. One of the midnight buffets was held in the galley area. This was great as you got to see the workings of the galley, along with all the great ice and food sculptures. Another nice touch on several nights was the strolling waiters offering canapes, fruit, hors d'oeuvres, etc., in the lounges, casino, and public areas. Bars and Lounges. There are many choices of bars and lounges, from loud and rowdy depending on the time to relaxing and quiet. One of our favorite spots was the Viking Crown Lounge before dinner. It was not at all crowded, and since we had early dinner, we watched several sail aways from high atop the ship. Late at night the Viking Crown turned into the disco. Pool Area, The pool area is generally easily accessed. However, one problem, as we have found on other ships, is the towel and book in the chair problem. I did notice that the stewards around the pool periodically removed towels if no one was seated in the chair. Counting the number of people in the pool and the number of saved chairs did not compute. There were two hot tubs adjacent to the pool, and I was told getting into these proved to be a bit tricky. Activities...The activities ran the gamut from Bingo to fitness, with some just plain fun thrown in the middle. The old standards of Horse Racing, Not so Newlywed, shuffleboard, belly flop contest, and trivia were present. I was not overly impressed with the Cruise Director, but learned toward the end of the cruise that this was her last cruise. I don't know if that explained her rather lack luster attitude, or if the attitude created this being her last cruise. The miniature golf course high on the ship is a fun diversion, and a real challenge on a windy day. For $30, you receive a cap, 3 RCI golf balls, and unlimited play on the course. There were Art auctions offered several days, along with a silent auction, and what they called a special reserve price sale the last day. We were told this special sale was because this was the end of the Art Gallery's contract. I can only hope this was the end of the so called Art Auctions. Spa and Solarium...The solarium is covered with a glass canopy, and has a pool, hot tub, lounge chairs, and sitting areas with tables. But I will never figure out why there is a food bar offering hamburgers, hotdogs and pizza in this area. It just doesn't seem to fit. Or maybe it does, if you indulge in too many pieces of pizza, you can immediately go into the fitness area, and work them off. There were lots of specials offered on massages, facials, etc., and free clinics on skin care, hair care, make-up. There is a fitness area equipped with treadmills, bicycles, etc., and exercise classes offered on every level of ability. As more and more people become fitness conscious, the classes were often crowded. 42nd Street Theater... "Go before you go"is the best advice when attending an event in the theater. There are no restrooms close on this floor. In my opinion, a major design flaw. Access to the theatre is through the Casino, so no restrooms also is a problem for those playing in the casino. As for the entertainment, we found nothing really outstanding. For the most part, we felt it was "Same show, different ship." The headliner entertainment was comedian, Robert Klein, who was very funny. Casino....The casino is crowded, and difficult to navigate when busy and had the usual assortment of slot machines ranging from .25 to $5 machines, black jack tables with $5. min., Caribbean Stud tables, craps table and roulette wheel. Excursions and Islands...We are not a big believer in ship excursions on most islands, so wandered around on our own. Jamaica would be the exception to this for us, and Dunns River Falls is the main attraction there. Our day in Grand Cayman was affected by wind and high waves, and being a Sunday, most of the shops were closed. We missed going to Sting Ray City because all water activities were canceled. I love coming into Curacao, and entering the island under the bridge. Curacao could be a great place, but I have always felt it needed a good scrubbing. One plus is that we always find the people to be very helpful and friendly. I was struggling to figure out how to use one of their pay phones, and a lady sitting close by came up and handed me two coins to use. She spoke not one word of English, but saw my dilemma, and offered to help. Later on, we were waiting for the ferry on the other side of the island, and she tapped me on the shoulder and said hello. I can't comment on Key West. Because of a medical emergency with a member of our party, we spent the day there at the hospital. Cozumel was in a party mood the day we were there. Many street dancing groups, and parades going on. It really added to the atmosphere and fun of this island. Cozumel is an easy island to get around, and jeeps can be rented for the day. Just beware of the tourist on the Moped, and you have all heard about Mexican taxi rides. Carlos and Charlies is a must do in Cozumel. Why, oh, why, did they put that bar up all those steps?? Aruba is one of my all time favorites. Again, we always find friendly people there, willing to help, but not aggressive. There are two shopping centers within walking distance. The beaches in Aruba are some of the prettiest anywhere. Children's programs....In talking with couples who had children on board, they all said that the program was excellent with varied activities from quiet times to active games. The debarkation was easy. We still hang on to our old luggage and can spot it easily in the sea of black, green, and burgundy. We were off the ship and getting in a taxi by 9:30am. Overview...Little things, as always, can make the big difference. Most all of the crew seemed to genuinely enjoy what they do. We are not hard to please, but when we asked for changes, they were made with a smile, from different choices at dinner to extra towels in the cabin. Most of the people on this cruise were in the 50+ age group. We did see some families with children, and couples in their 20's, and everyone seemed to be having a good time. I would definitely cruise on Splendour again. Read Less
Splendour of the Seas to the Western Caribbean, Mexico, and Honduras My husband and I, along with our great friends Len and Jo, sailed on the 10-day January 3rd departure of Royal Caribbean's Splendour of the Seas from Galveston, ... Read More
Splendour of the Seas to the Western Caribbean, Mexico, and Honduras My husband and I, along with our great friends Len and Jo, sailed on the 10-day January 3rd departure of Royal Caribbean's Splendour of the Seas from Galveston, Texas. This was our 18th cruise, but it had been some time since we had been on a larger ship like this. Royal Caribbean has always been known as a good choice if you are fairly new to cruising, or if you want a family vacation with the kids and/or the grandparents. We can now add another reason for taking this cruise. If you live within driving distance of Houston and Galveston, or if you live on the West coast or in the middle section of the United States, Canada, or Mexico, and you don't want to take a long airplane flight to Miami, Fort Lauderdale, San Juan, etc., consider a cruise out of Galveston. You could even come early or stay a few days after the cruise and check out the sights in Galveston, Clear Lake, and Houston. In Galveston, there is the Strand, the 1894 Grand Opera House, Moody Gardens, and the beach. In the Clear Lake area, there is Space Center, NASA, and the Kemah Boardwalk. In Houston, there are many museums, parks, sporting events, restaurants, theaters, shows, and lots of friendly people. Since we live in the Houston and Clear Lake area, our trip began with driving the 40 miles to Galveston. Luggage handlers took our bags while we parked the car ($75.00), and then we were shuttled back to the ship. No luggage, except for carry-on, was allowed on the shuttle. We were given a group number card, and were called after a few minutes to proceed to check-in. The Cabins We had booked a balcony cabin for the first time, and I enjoyed being on the balcony as we came into or left the various ports. The cabin is 190 square feet with a big bed, and a huge couch in the sitting area section. The bathroom was an adequate size, although there was only a shower, not a tub/shower combination. There was also a very generous vanity in the sitting area, and more storage space than we needed. We had 4 suitcases, and everything fit! Fellow Passengers this was our sixth Royal Caribbean cruise, and there was a larger group of Senior Citizens than I had remembered on our previous cruises. However, at our dining room table of 10, all of our dining companions were younger than us, and we really enjoyed our dinners. There were very few children, but most families with school aged children wouldn't be taking a January vacation! Dining The food was quite nice. I missed the small ship open dining times, but we had an excellent waiter, assistant waiter, and dining manager. Len celebrated his birthday on the cruise, and they treated him like a king. The food in the Lido buffet restaurant was not as good as the dining room. The Casino There are lots of slot machines and blackjack tables in the casino. There was also one craps table and one roulette table. They held 2 blackjack tournaments and 2 slot tournaments during the cruise, which were a lot of fun. Entertainment On the first formal night, Charo was the headliner. Please don't laugh - the woman plays a terrific classical guitar and is laughing all of the way to the bank. It was a very enjoyable show. On the second formal night, John Davidson was the entertainer, and he got a standing ovation. In between, there was a magician and a comedian; both were very good. The production shows were O.K., but not as good as Royal Caribbean shows I had seen in the past. The Itinerary Our first stop was supposed to be Montego Bay, Jamaica, but we were advised at check-in time that they were doing repairs to their dock, so we went to Ocho Rios instead. Our next stop was supposed to be at Grand Cayman, but the water was a little rough, and the Cayman Port Authority closed the port. Cozumel was next. We had not been there for 12 years, and I was stunned by the changes. It's not a sleepy little fishing village anymore. There were 10 ships in port, so everything was very busy. Roatan was the next stop, and this was our favorite. Be sure and take a port trip here. The government is re-doing all of the roads in the small town, so it was quite muddy, and exploring on foot would get a little messy. Also, we were there during the rainy season, but that is why the island is so green and lush. It did not rain while we were on our tour. I heard good comments about the Dolphin Encounter, and we really enjoyed our East End Discovery Tour. If you like big cities, Roatan probably won't impress you, but the people were very sweet, and their hand-crafted items are wonderful. Check out the conch shells that have a cameo image carved into them. They are not cheap, but they are some of the most beautiful art work I have ever seen. Our last stop was Key West, and it was much too short a time there. All too soon, we were sailing back to Galveston. It's hard to believer that ten days could pass so quickly. Summary Royal Caribbean is offering very attractive prices for the cruises out of Galveston. They have 7 day itineraries available on the Rhapsody of the Seas, and longer cruises on the Splendour that do a partial Panama Canal route, besides this route. In addition, there was a small senior citizens discount available on this cruise for anyone 55 and over. There are tons of activities available every day, so you can do as much or as little as you wish. There's a very nice indoor pool with 2 hot tubs, as well as the outdoor pool area. At the top of the ship is a miniature golf course. The card room was filled most afternoons with bridge players. The exercise room is more than adequate. Everyone we met seemed to be enjoying themselves. What needs to be improved? 1. Like a lot of large cruise lines, Royal Caribbean does not want you to bring your own liquor on board to consume in your cabin. There is a liquor store on board, however, and we discovered, by sheer accident, that on the first night of the cruise, you could buy a bottle of liquor (they always add a $9.50 surcharge per bottle to the price), and they would include a bottle of 'Brand X' gin or vodka at no extra charge. I did not see that special advertised anywhere, so ask. I didn't see any other specials for the rest of the cruise. 2. It took 5 hours for us to receive the last of our four bags in our cabin. You might want to keep a few extra goodies in your carry-on bag if you need something before dinner or for dinner. There were a lot of blue jeans in the dining room the first night. 3. After you get off the ship, you are truly on your own if you drove your own car. We got the luggage without any problem, but then one person has to guard the luggage while the other person uses the shuttle to retrieve the car. Remember that they don't allow luggage on the shuttle. It took my husband 45 minutes to get back to the dock with the car, and the one with the luggage is standing outside (it was 45 degrees that day, as we had a rare cold front come in), with no cover, bathrooms, heat, or air conditioning. They need buses that can take you and your luggage to the car. This would prevent the big logger-jams at the dock, also. arichter1@houston.rr.com April 2003 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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