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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
We had such a great time, this has been our families favorite cruise. We recently went on NCL Epic and thought that cruise would be better than this one because of the ship size but the service and the food on this ship made it a better ... Read More
We had such a great time, this has been our families favorite cruise. We recently went on NCL Epic and thought that cruise would be better than this one because of the ship size but the service and the food on this ship made it a better cruise. The port stops were great, we did a couple excursions to the beach. On the days we didn't take the excursions the tender always docked near shopping and restaurants. Our room steward was awesome, our nightly waiters Daniel and Ikatut were amazing they really went above and beyond to create a 5 star dinning experience every night. The food was mostly really good and the buffet food stayed the same mostly but was delicious as well. Staff on this ship were amazingly kind. embarking was a breeze and went very quickly and disembarking was really quick and organized as well. Loved the whole experience! Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
This is a long review, but it is for two itineraries on one ship. We did back to back cruises on the Splendour (7 nts/7 nts) - so visited all destinations in the Mediterranean that the ship sails to. Review, for ease of evaluating, will ... Read More
This is a long review, but it is for two itineraries on one ship. We did back to back cruises on the Splendour (7 nts/7 nts) - so visited all destinations in the Mediterranean that the ship sails to. Review, for ease of evaluating, will be in form of Ship, Embarkation/Departure and then itinerary overview, with tips for each section included. Note: This is the last season for the Splendour in Europe....it will go to South America in November and then move to Dubai. Another ship will take its place for this itinerary. Note: For a more English speaking passenger cruise, take the trip in June and early July. After that period more Italians and Spanish speaking passengers arrive. In fact, the shift is quite large as the Cruise Director informed us that he (English Speaking) is replaced by an Italian Cruise Director in July. So based upon the experience you desire, choose accordingly. Splendour - a very intimate feeling ship, has been recently renovated so all areas are nicely kept to include the Cabins. We were upgraded to a junior balcony suite on the 1st cruise that had Athens in the ports of call and a standard balcony cabin on the following week. Both very comfortable and quite accommodating......for the balcony we were put on the left (port) side of the ship and it did not disappoint to see the sites when pulling in. We used My Time dining so we could adjust the week to fit the ports of call and allow us to have food on the stop and then eat later once back on the ship. We never felt crowded at all except out around the pool. The Viking Crown Lounge area now shares the space with the two specialty restaurants, so you lose the great views from on top.....other than that a very nice ship, crew and amenities. Tips.... If you have My Time dining and have a special section you want to sit in, we recommend some planning to determine when you'd like to eat and booking the week once on board....we did the 2nd week and it worked out well for getting the table by the window and the Outstanding Waiter Stojan. The Park Cafe makes a great salad and also the Main Dining Room on sail days offers lunch and has a great Salad Bar, good menu and very light crowd. So it 's a great place to avoid the Windjammer lunch crowds and keep the ship feeling intimate. Tips...we brought our own hair dryer as the one provided requires you to hold down the button on the grip to keep it on. Made it much easier for spouse to dry her hair. Also there are two European plugs (& 2 US plugs) so we brought adapters, giving us 4 plugs to use for our electronics and personal care products. Embarkation - the ship normally clears customs early and begins letting people on about 11am and total check in time was approx 20 minutes and we were on the ship and walking about. Cabins don't normally become available till 1pm for checking in....also since a smaller ship, the crew uses the same elevators as guests to bring the bags up.....so you may see your bags and take them to your room. Tips...There is a Duty Free shop in the terminal and the ship will allow you to take two bottles of wine and one bottle of liquor per person into your room....a GREAT DEAL. You buy and then clear security and once on the other side of security you pick it up from the shop and simply walk aboard.....saved us significant costs as we just mixed drinks in our room and took them around the ship. Tips. The check in gets extremely crowded right before boarding as all are coming back from site seeing.....if you want to see Venice do so early in the day; come to the terminal and drop off your luggage, get your SeaPass cards then walk to the front of the dock and take the Alilaguna boat into Venice ( St Marks Square) and then back to the port. It is 15 euros round trip and very convenient for site seeing. Departure - very simple and took us less than 10 min when called to get off, get our bags and head off to the train. There is a people mover train - for 1 euro you can get a ride over close to the train station from the port. Also if you want to get off on the first group you can simply keep your bags in your room and then just exit the ship with your bags..... Excursions and Ports Kotor, Montenegro - the ship comes into a 'fiord' and is very spectacular....so have your camera ready and get up on the deck. Be advised the 1st entry point is not the picture spot it is the 2nd entry point where it gets very tight, the ship will blow it's horn and then turn right......it is approx 20 min from 1st to second spot. In the city we were on our own and went into the old city and walked the old fort stairs up the side of the mountain to overlook the port. A must do....go early before it gets hot and will take approx 1.5 hours for a round trip. Take your time as it is a good climb and costs 3 euros per person so bring exact change or small coins.....they do not have the ability to break large bills. Tip. Ship tenders here so you have to get Tender Tickets which are passed out at the Top Hat lounge......get there approx 30 min early and stand by the right entrance. The person should come and set a chair right in front of the door and pass out the tickets. Many folks come into the lounge and sit and wait.....then when the person comes in they call everyone out to get in line......this becomes a zoo. Corfu, Greece - ship had shuttles into the town square where we just walked around, shopped, had lunch and went into the old fort for pictures. Athens, Greece - used ship excursion to go to the Acropolis and see the sites with many, many folks doing the same thing. Was a very good tour but it is quite crowded on the hilltop and after a while we just left the group and walked around on our own. From the dock it is 6 kilometers to the Acropolis and takes approx 30 min given the traffic. If you are doing any shopping recommend doing so in the city or by the excursions as there is not much at all by the port. Recommend an excursion here as getting off and walking around will not be of value. Mykonos - AWESOME. We tendered here and took the 1st tender (no tender ticket required for early tenders) and walked the city while all the shops were still closed and the city was waking up. It was spectacular....once the city and shops opened it took a completely different and busy appearance. Here just walk about and get lost on the streets and make sure you make your way to the bus circle and the 24-hour bakery which was fantastic for cheap eats and desserts......Wow! Tip: Get off early and walk about when nobody is on the streets except the locals....what a wonderful city. Do not eat by the water, go back in the village as the food is much better and 40% cheaper.....and more a local feel. Argostoli, Greece - did the ship Excursion that included the Melissani Cave and Monastery.....the monetary was so-so, but the cave was very nice. Then the tour took us around the island for some spectacular views and an awesome beach view. There were friends on the boat who took a taxi to the beach and an island tour.....not sure of the cost but that is an option as well. Dubrovnik, Croatia - visiting the Old Town and walking the city walls is a must. The Old Town is a 15 minute drive from the port, so we booked the ship's transfer there & back but explored the Old Town on our own. It is an amazing city, especially when you think about how recently they were affected by war. Walking the city walls allows a chance to see not only the spectacular views, but get an idea of what life is like for the locals. Other passengers did a private taxi tour and said it was well worth the cost. Kusadasi, Turkey - we booked a private tour for Ephesus and had a fantastic day. With only three of us plus our guide, we could linger as long as we wanted at various places in the ruins while the larger tour groups were being hurried through. Don't miss the Terrace Houses...apparently the large groups don't get the chance to go inside, but they were a highlight of our day, seeing the restoration of 6 homes complete with mosaic floors, artwork and even central heat! It does get very hot, & there isn't much shade, so wear sunscreen & a hat, bring water & maybe even an umbrella for shade! Tips from the crew & others: Shopping in Kusadasi is an experience - don't buy at the shops nearest the ship, prices are better further in. Haggle for price - heard you should be willing to walk away several times before getting their best price. If looking for Turkish carpet, do your homework before you sail. It's almost impossible to work a good deal in such a short time, but even worse if you don't know what to check for quality. Santorini, Greece - this is a beautiful island - but transportation is challenging. We tendered in and as all of the towns are at the top of high cliffs, you get to the top by either cable car, on a donkey or climbing the steps to get to Fira. From there, to get to Oia (the picturesque town), you either take a bus, taxi, or hike 6 miles. OR you can do what we did... We booked a 3hr private boat tour which picked us up at the waterfront below Fira, took us to the volcano, swimming in hot springs, swimming in a bay at a neighboring island, dropped us off at the waterfront below Oia, then picked us up a few hours later to take us back to Fira to meet the ship's tender. We did have to climb steps to get up to Oia, but it only took 15-20 minutes. Others we spoke with later said they had to wait 45 min - 1hr in the hot sun waiting to take the cable car back down. The private tour was definitely the way to go. You can also hire a boat just for the transfer to & from Fira/Oia to avoid the cable car lines. Worth the cost! Katakolon - we had private transportation to & from Olympia and were very glad we did so. Our driver helped direct us once we reached the site. Recommend you do the museum first, as it helps to see what artifacts came from Olympia then be able to imagine them in the temples once you get to the ruins. The site was super crowded with 3 cruise ships in town. We explored on our own using a map from the ticket office and the signs, and felt like we had a good understanding of the place. Passengers who booked ship excursions felt crowded and rushed. Had lunch at a small taverna in Olympia, where there are also plenty of shops. You can also shop or grab a bite to eat in Katakolon.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
This 8 day itinerary was the only one available as the ship had just repositioned from Brazil to Barcelona, and then took us to Venice where it would begin roundtrip summer sailings to Greece and Turkey. Our 8 days consisted of Barcelona, ... Read More
This 8 day itinerary was the only one available as the ship had just repositioned from Brazil to Barcelona, and then took us to Venice where it would begin roundtrip summer sailings to Greece and Turkey. Our 8 days consisted of Barcelona, Cannes, Florence, Rome, Naples, (sea day) Kotor, Split, and Venice. It worked out perfect for us and we jumped at the chance to experience each of these ports. My husband and I, along with my brother and SIL traveled together. (We are in our late 50s/early 60s) I booked private excursions through smartcruisetours for Cannes, Florence, Rome and Naples. We had 2 sisters/husbands join us for Cannes, and then a husband/wife and sister/brother group for the following 3 ports. That worked out great and kept the cost down. I arranged all that through the roll call. Because this was such a port intensive itinerary there really weren't many activities on board each day....that was fine with us. With a full day in each port we found time to meet in the Viking Crown Lounge for Martini specials each day at 6pm, and then on to dinner (My time dining)....and then review the details for the next day! We didn't go to any shows all week, which is unusual for us as we generally do go while on cruises....just didn't seem to be anything that was a "must see" for us. There were acrobats performing in the Centrum and we did watch that. The Splendour is a small ship and not one I would choose if there were a lot of sea days...just not enough going on.....but perfect for this trip. We ate in the MDR each night and were satisfied with the food selection and taste. Escargot was on the menu every night, which was a treat......no lobster all week, but I'm from Maine, so no big deal for me! The embarkment in Barcelona was easy, as was the disembarkment in Venice. The only problem with Venice is for a first time visitor it is very confusing once outside on how to arrange for transportation to the island. We opted for a private water taxi with a specific stop requested. At one window the guy said he couldn't take us there because of the tide (the stop is on the Grand Canal!), so we went to another window and that woman said the guy was crazy! Yikes; welcome to Venice! For port excursions we opted for a 4 hour tour to Nice and St. Paul de Vence and loved it! Highly recommend. Pierre was our driver and we loved him. He spoke English very well, and he understood English equally well. Livorno was the next port and we had Simonna for our driver to Pisa, Florence and a Chianti winery for lunch and wine tasting. This was fabulous as well. This was Mother's Day and Simonna has 2 small daughters, so we really appreciated that she was spending the day with us. She spoke English well, and sometimes didn't understand me, but not a big issue. She is friendly and warm, and I would request her again if I was back in the area. In Rome our driver was Guiliano. His speaking and understanding English was fair to average, so that made things a bit challenging. We hired a private guide for the Vatican and the Colosseum, who did speak English very well, so that helped immensely! Guiliano was great about pointing out historic buildings/areas along the way, but we didn't always understand him! LOL We made stops at The Pantheon and Trevi Fountain, and had drive bys of the Spanish Steps and Palantine Hill. In Naples we visited Herculaneum and drove up the Amalfi Coast with Nicholas as our driver. His language skills were about the same as Guiliano's, so another challenging day. I asked him to arrange a restaurant for us with a water view....he got the restaurant part, and it was fabulous, but it did not have a water view...by a long shot!! I was disappointed that we only had a brief stop in Amalfi, and only a drive through of Positano. We had lunch in Sorrento and visited Notturno Intarsio, the inlaid wood works factory and show room. ....it is what it is when you only have a day in port! In Kotor we had arranged a private tour with "Diko". On the port boards here a member named Frank has highly recommended "Milo". Milo wasn't available so he suggested Diko. We had a great time with him. He is taking a college course in English and we had fun helping him improve his skills. He now knows and understands what "Kodak Moment" means! LOL We did a 4 hour tour, which turned into 5 hours and saw some of the sorrounding area/towns, along with the most amazing panoramic views of the port / harbor / sea from high above Kotor. In Split we were on our own and walked up to the Diocletian Palace and spent our time wandering around. We exchanged Euros for Kunas in the terminal which was very easy. If you want to take the basement tours in the palace you must have Kunas for that...no credit cards/Euros accepted. There are a lot of souvenir stands in the basements as well, but I found that they would take either Kunas or Euros. We spent 2 nights in Venice before heading home. We stayed at Al Teatro B&B, which I highly recommend! It's in the San Marco district, with no bridges to cross as you make your way there from the Giglio stop on the Vaporetto line...very easy! This was definitely a trip of a life time and we loved every minute of it! Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Just returned from our 1st cruise with Royal Caribbean and had a wonderful time. The food was very good, we ate on my time dinning sometimes in the King and I and Windjammer, the food was very good in both but we enjoyed the Windjammer in ... Read More
Just returned from our 1st cruise with Royal Caribbean and had a wonderful time. The food was very good, we ate on my time dinning sometimes in the King and I and Windjammer, the food was very good in both but we enjoyed the Windjammer in the evening as there was a very good choice of meal etc. There is also a good choice of food and snacks, cakes from the spa area and the hotdogs are good on deck 9. We had a balcony cabin on deck 6 (6086)  Cabin was a good size with a balcony big enough for 2. No tea making or fridge. Was always kept clean. We only did one trip and that was in Turkey, Split and mykonos are very nice places to just get off and walk about and have a drink in a bar. We had the beer and wine package which was worth it for us as the drinks on there are dear if you like a drink or two, in the resturants and Windjammer they do keep your wine topped up or will get you a beer when needed. We found all the staff to be very friendly and helpful, the majority of them coming from Brazil. The entertainment wasn't as good as we have had with NCL and PO, but would do another cruise with RCI. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Overall we had a great cruise for our family of 5 (2 adults, 3 kids ages 2, 4, 6). Since we had virtually no family reviews to read about before hand I will focus my review on mostly the young family options on the boat. My husband and I ... Read More
Overall we had a great cruise for our family of 5 (2 adults, 3 kids ages 2, 4, 6). Since we had virtually no family reviews to read about before hand I will focus my review on mostly the young family options on the boat. My husband and I have cruised 4 times by ourselves, but this was our first time with kids. Embarkation - Was simple and easy. Luggage drop off was a breeze and we had driven to the port (100 euro for 7 nights). It was less than a 5 minute from the car to check in. RC recognized our status on Celebrity so we got to check in as platinum members which made our line a little shorter. They had our cards ready to go, and our drink packages on our cards so we were very happy about how fast everything went. Buffet - This would be my big negative for the trip, especially breakfast. When going down to the buffet most of the time it took 2-3 laps before a table could be located. Even though we were a family of 5 even a party of 2 was doing laps. The weather was nice enough to sit outside and even that was full. They asked us to be patient and they would help find us a seat, however waiting 15 minutes to sit with hungry children is not my idea of relaxing. My other problem is that they only had one person toasting breads in the whole buffet. One guy madly doing bagels, bread, muffins etc....seemed like they could have had another one open. Also the line for fresh eggs was always 10 people deep, I never bothered. The food in the buffet wasn't great, but it wasn't bad, I just made it a point to only do breakfast there and look elsewhere for lunch/dinner options. Main Dining Room - The Main Dining room experience was great. We had family friends on the boat as well and we were able to request the 10 of us to sit at one table (4 adults and 6 kids under 6 years old). The waitress and her assistant were awesome. By the third day they had the kids food waiting for them which made dinner a more pleasant experience. We usually only had to make it through ordering and salad and appetizer course before we could take the kids up to the kids club for the evening, made dinner much more peaceful. I recommend using the adventure dining the nights its offered, and they will take the kids to eat, and you can do a full meal in peace. The food quality itself was really good, and the service was fairly quick. I really liked the head waiter, he was very friendly and always came by to say hi to the kids. I do think they could use someone who just does drinks like they do on celebrity, the poor wait staff on RC always seemed like they were running around! Kids Club (adventure ocean) - Our 6 year old and 4 year old loved the kids club. They begged to go there more days and happily stayed there for hours on in. At each port we offered them the chance to stay or come on shore and it was about 1/2 and 1/2. The counselors were great, they had fun activities, everyone spoke English and they seemed to really loved what they did. I was somewhat skeptical when I saw the size of the room, but the # of kids in there since the cruise was during the school year was never more than 10 and it seemed to always be a feeling of calm chaos! They had fun family activities like scavenger hunts, and bingo etc...I recommend participating especially b/c the kids can win prizes, which is always fun. The hours were great and it was all included except if you left them there after hours (2200 - ??). Royal Babies - We utilized this service for our 2 year old. It was also good. There were times when you could go up to the room and play with your own child, and during dinner and other advertised times babysitting was available at $8 hr. It was well worth the money and although our son did cry sometimes when being dropped off, we either picked him up happy or asleep. They other great program is checking out toys to take back to the room, which we did and it was great. Activities - The onboard activities were OK. The climbing wall was a big hit. It was nice that they had family time for the indoor pool, even though its supposed to be adults only. The daily program gives families 2 2-hr periods each day to take the kids to the pool. I did it twice and got dirty looks from the older crowd each time, but I did explain to a few that it was a designated family time and they looked shocked, and then left us alone. Even if you don't swim the food in the indoor pool area is good and is a healthy option. We missed the activities found on celebrity. There were no thought provoking talks, just trivia from a really eccentric British guy. Viking Lounge - It would be nice if the music started earlier and the wait staff new something about making drinks. It seemed to always be a struggle. One evening I ordered a dark and stormy which I explained was ginger beer and dark rum...the waiter brought me a captain Morgan on the rocks, and asked if I wanted a coke or something to go with it...fail! The place was pretty hopping after 2200 but one of us went to grab the kids at that time so some more adult time would have been nice. Ports - Overall fine. I never do cruise excursions as we book our own, but the docking, tendering seemed to run smooth. I didn't care much for Argostoli, Greece it just wasn't that great, but the rest of our ports wer great. I really liked Ephesus! All in all a great family. If you are on the fence about going with children go ahead and book it. Don't book a balcony room...I would have been a nervous wreck, ocean view is the way to go with little ones. One more thing buy the all inclusive photo package for $200 and have them take family photos every night, it actually works out fairly cheap if you utilize it! Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Got to venice the day before. Call me crazy but I hate to rush. And coming from Canada in November, you never know what the weather will be. Anyway, got to Venice and was greeted by rain, lotsa rain. Transport to the city was a bit ... Read More
Got to venice the day before. Call me crazy but I hate to rush. And coming from Canada in November, you never know what the weather will be. Anyway, got to Venice and was greeted by rain, lotsa rain. Transport to the city was a bit chaotic. I had pre-paid the Blue bus but has issues with the validation. Made it anyway to Piazzale Roma and made sure my hotel was close by. Hotel Chiara is about 50 meters from the bus stop, couldn't get any better. The hotel was surprisingly quiet and couldn't have made a better choice. Easy check-in, room was ready and was able to take a nap, have a quick shower and then explore this beautiful town again. Venice is great to walk around. You get lost, you find your way then get lost again. You will eventually find the canal and your way back. Had a great dinner and found a great neibourhood bar to have a few drinks. I was done by 11PM and went back to my hotel for a good night sleep. Woke up early, and as magic, the weather was splendid, sunny and warm and what a view from my room, directly on the canal. Had a quick breakfast and took the occasion to explore again. Got back to my hotel at 11 and as I had already checked out, just took my luggage and headed to the People's Mover. Got to the terminal, checked in right away and was in the Windjammer by 11:45. That's what I call efficient. Cabins were ready by 1:30 and by then, it was just time to explore the ship and finally relax. Weather was so great, sunny and warm that I stayed outside the whole afternoon. Pool bar was busy and everybody was in a great mood. Departure was magical as the ship slowly sailed pass plaza San Marco as the moon rose. A young lady standing next to me said that she was not really a romantic but boy, this was exceptional. Was back in my cabin, had a nap and got ready for dinner. The ship being on the small side is easy to navigate. Had a few drinks at the bar then the dreaded wait to see who will be at your table for the remainder of the trip. I had the 8:30 sitting and ended up at a table of 10. When traveling by yourself, dinner companions are important. My table mates came in slowly until we were all there. I couldn't have been luckier. There was a great diversity and I have to admit that I am a bit of a clown so it didn't take long before we all got comfortable. All my table mates were from the U.S. So I felt like the token Canadian :) Our first port was Split, the surprise of my last cruise. I was very excited to be back. Gorgeous weather when we arrived and as we were the only cruise ship, we were moored, not tendered. Being Sunday, the promenade was full of families and there was such a great energy. Best thing about Split is the free Wi-Fi everywhere. Sat outside at a cafe, had breakfast did a few e-mail and just soaked the atmosphere. To be honest, I have never seen so many good looking people at the same time, must be in the water. Took some home but still waiting for the effect. It was a relaxing day. Sunday market was in full force and I just walked around. Made it back to the ship and had lunch then a quick nap as I still felt the effects of jet lag. For some unknown reason, they decided to have the first formal night that night instead of the following at sea day. Got ready and headed to the champagne bar. Best wait staff I have ever seen, so patient and polite. I made it my go to bar. As stated, following day was at sea, on our way to Naples. Splendour is a small ship so when everybody is on board, all the venues are crowded. Good luck to find a table at the Windjammer. I could never understand why people commandeer a table for almost the whole afternoon when they see people going round and around with their food looking for a table while they have no food on their table or they play cards. We arrived in. Naples the following day. I had reserved a quick excursion to Positano which was such a waste. The tour guide was the most annoying ever, repeat, EVER. She had material for 15 minutes which she stretched to 3 hour by just repeating herself over and over again. It took 90 minutes to get there, we stayed 1 hour then 90 minutes to go back. Not really worth it. Back on the ship by 1, had lunch then to the pool bar. Weather had been great but how things change fast. I was sitting outside and whitin 15 minutes, the temperature dropped10 degrees and the sky turned black and the the wind picked up and the skies opened. And it rained so much that you couldn't see 10 feet ahead of you. Once we left Naples, we were faced with an angry sea. Many times I had to ask myself: "Did a drink too much" just to realize that everybody was green and swaying around the corridors. So back to the bar. I don't really feel seasickness so I was fine but some passengers were really affected. Following day was in Rome and Inhad decided to stay on the ship and relax the whole day. It was such a pleasure to be on an almost deserted ship. Plenty of tables at the Windjammer, room at the cafe-lattitude. Heaven. We were delayed leaving Rome as they found unexplored bombs from WWI in the port. We were faced once again with high winds and waves to a point that we had to skip Florence. Swell was too high to have the pilot ship accost us. So once again, full ship of restless people without anything to do. Spent most of the day in my cabin as you couldn't find a single spot to sit anywhere. What a relief to finally make it to Toulon. Nice weather greeted us and being French speaking, my table mates had asked me to find a good restaurant to have a typical French lunch. We all met at City Hall then had a 2 hours lunch, typical and so delicious. It was our last full day and we took full advantage of it. Toulon is a great city to just walk around and we did. We coughs the last shuttle to the ship, just in time for a nap and then we left for our final destination, Barcelona. Disembarkation was fast and easy. I had rented an apartment for 2 days and got there at 9AM. Spent those days shopping, walking, eating and eating again. So many little places to just sit, have tapas and a glass of cava. Barcelona has one of the most efficient and beautiful airport in the world so it took me 15 minutes to check-in and clear security. I think they do it on purpose so you spend more time in the Duty Free area. Spent way too much money there but it was worth it. Now, about the food. It was generally good, sometimes just acceptable and a few times plain nasty. Had to return my plate a few times so did my table companions. I am not picky and those things happen. I also understand that to keep the prices low, RCCL has to somehow cut costs somewhere. It doesn't bother me. I could have dined at Chops but preferred to enjoy the company of my table mates. Cabin was kept clean but my maid had the bad habit of not checking that the door was closed properly therefore I found my door ajar on a few occasions. When I asked her to make sure it was closed properly, she blamed maintenance, go figure. I had booked this cruise because I wanted to rest and relax which I did. I don't really have anything negative to say as I never expect perfection. My only pet peeve is the rudeness of some passengers. One woman was rude to a waiter because he had the audacity to serve somebody before her husband who's in a wheelchair. She got so mad that I thought she would have a stroke. Really lady, getting mad for this. That didn't stop her husband to walk the 10 meters back to his fat-mobile. I will for sure book another cruise with RCCL as I was well treated. I'd give this cruise a 9 out of 10.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Splendour of the Seas—7 night Greece & Turkey-- October 12-19, 2013 I recently returned from the 7 night Greece & Turkey cruise onboard Splendour of the Seas. It has been some years since I was last on Splendour and I was ... Read More
Splendour of the Seas—7 night Greece & Turkey-- October 12-19, 2013 I recently returned from the 7 night Greece & Turkey cruise onboard Splendour of the Seas. It has been some years since I was last on Splendour and I was anxious to sail her after her $50M revitilazation. I flew from Seattle to Venice via Washington DC and Brussels on United Airlines, using miles to upgrade to Business Class. United’s flat bed seats are wonderful and allowed me to arrive well rested. Upon arrival in Venice, I had prebooked private water taxi’s to take my group to our pre cruise hotel, then from the hotel to the ship and finally from the ship to the airport at the end of the cruise . By booking in advance at www.venicelink.com we were able to secure reduced pricing. There were 11 of us in my group, and the total cost for all 3 water taxi transfers came to $90 USD per person which was significantly less than taking taxi’s and/or the cruise line transfers and it was by far the easiest way to get around. After claiming our luggage, we proceeded to the Venice Link booth in the arrivals hall to exchange our voucher for tickets. We were given the number of our 2 water taxi’s and began the long walk (about 10 mins) from the airport terminal to the water taxi pier. Once on the pier it was shear chaos. We saw our 2 designated boats at the pier, however they were loaded with other people and took off. The employee working the pier was less than helpful and after a few minutes things were sorted out and we hopping into 2 boats for the short ride to our hotel. I booked the group into the Hotel Arlecchino which is located on the canal, but close to the main train and bus terminals. It’s also very close to the Pier making the transfer to the ship the following morning very convenient. The hotel was inexpensive by Venice standards, but still cost us $230 USD for the night, including breakfast and free WiFi. The Hotel Arlecchino is a very small property with only 26 rooms. They do not have an onsite restaurant or bar, but there is a small breakfast room which offers a very decent breakfast buffet that’s included in the price of the room rate. The rooms in this hotel are extremely small, but they were clean, comfortable and relatively quiet. The bathroom was quite large, but the lack of a shower curtain made it impossible not to flood the entire bathroom. The beds were very hard and not that comfortable, but after flying all night, nobody had trouble getting any sleep. The manager of the hotel, Francesco, was wonderful and could not do enough to ensure we had a nice stay. Our rooms were ready by the time we arrived, so after quickly dropping off our luggage in the rooms we were off to explore the sites of Venice. Half of the group had been to Venice before, while the other half were first time visitors. We purchased a 24 hour Vaporetto Pass prior to leaving the airport at the HelloVenezia booth for 20 Euro each, and used the Vaporetto’s to get around the city. First stop was St. Mark’s Square for a quick snack and some gelato. We wondered around the shops for a while before taking the 1 hour, self guided tour of the Doges Palace. Following the tour we set out on a gondola ride through the canals. The cost for each gondola was 80 Euro for up to six people. If you ride the gondola’s after 7pm, the cost increases to 100 Euro. The gondola ride lasted approximately 40 minutes and after returning we hopped back on the Vaporetto to the Rialto Bridge. Once there, the group split up to explore the shops and to find a liquor store where we could purchase some local wine to bring onboard the ship with us. After an hour or two of shopping it was time for dinner. I had made reservations at a local restaurant I found years ago and it was just as good this time as it had always been. The restaurant Trattoria Dona Onesta, (www.donaonesta.com) is a very small place tucked away in one of the residential neighborhoods, so there’s no worry of being gouged with high prices and inferior quality food. Everything is made from scratch to order, and the most expensive item on their menu is 15 EURO. At the end of the meal, the waiter offered us complimentary shots or Grappa, Lemoncello or another liquor. After a wonderful meal and a full day walking the canals of Venice it was time to head back to the hotel and get some sleep. Because the hotel is not on a busy part of the canal, it was relatively quiet at night. We slept with the windows open and there was minimal street noise. Breakfast in the morning is served from 7am-10:30am and consisted of a selection of cold cut meats, cheeses, fruit, oatmeal, pastries, juices and wonderful espresso and cappuccino. I had arranged for the water taxis to pick us up at the hotel at 10am and they were right on time as promised. Once onboard it was a short 20 minutes to the Pier. Upon arrival at the pier, there were dock workers available to take our checked luggage directly to the ship. We then made the short walk into the terminal to begin the check in process. Once inside the terminal, they announced check in would begin at 11am and they were right on time. Checking in was a bit slower than we’ve experienced at other embarkation ports, but it wasn’t anything major. Immediately after receiving our SetSail cards we were invited to go through Security and directly onboard the Splendour. We were sitting outside the Windjammer on the pool deck at 11:30am. The Windjammer opened shortly thereafter for lunch and as we were some of the first onboard it was very quiet. Unfortunately that didn’t last long, and by around 12:30pm, the place was jam packed with people trying to find a place to sit. Just before 1pm, they announced cabins were ready for occupancy so we headed down to Deck 8 and our Aft Junior Suites. Originally I had us all booked into E1 balcony cabins, but shortly before final payment, there was a price drop and we were able to score JS’s for $60 pp less than the balcony rate. Also by some miracle, all of the aft facing JS’s were available, so it was a no-brainer to make the move. My cabin was 8588 and it, as well as the JS’s our group occupied was in great condition. The furniture all looked like it had been replaced during the renovation, and the bathroom was completely redone with new sink, vanity and abundant storage. The beds were very comfortable and there was more than enough storage places. The balcony was huge and contained a table, 2 chairs and 2 loungers. The only issue we had with this cabin, was due to soot from the ships funnel. It didn’t appear every day, and depending on which way the wind is blowing you may or may not have any soot at all. Our cabin attendant, while not the sharpest knife in the drawer, did manage to keep our room clean and he did completely scrub the entire balcony and furniture a few times during the week, so the soot wasn’t really much of an issue for us and we enjoyed many hours on our balcony. After settling in and unpacking we went off to explore the ship before Muster Drill. The Splendour was refurbished in 2012, and the ship looks brand new. There were very little signs of wear and tear, and I don’t recall any signs of rust on the exterior. I think the major drawback to this ship is there are too many guests given the small size of the ship and its venues. The Schooner Bar was standing room only every night until closing time. I’m sure this had a lot to do with Anselmo Boles who is one of the best piano entertainers in the fleet, but nonetheless, it did get old not being able to find a seat in the lounge or at the bar any time we went in. The Centrum R Bar was also another place you could not get near. Every seat at the bar was taken and the seating in the Centrum was also full. The Top Hat Lounge was fairly large, but wasn’t used much during this cruise which made little sense given the crowded Centrum and Schooner Bar. There was pretty much non-stop entertainment in the Centrum. During the day, they had several dance classes, yoga and light music being played. At night, there was live music and several parties taking place along with the new Centrum Ariel Shows. The casino was very small, and did not have its own bar, so if you weren’t going to gamble there was no point stopping in there at all. One note.. the casino on this ship was the tightest I’ve ever seen. Very little winning happening here! The shops onboard were also very low on stock. I’m not sure if this was due to the end of the Europe Season or not, but there was very little to be had, including RCCL logo items. They had the usual daily sales and $10 watches, but the selection was disappointing. The new Diamond and Concierge Lounges could have been located in a better place other than within the Top Hat Lounge and the fact that they didn’t have walls that extended all the way to the ceiling made them a bit noisy when events were taking place in the Top Hat. The rooms are fairly good size, but the furniture is way too big and there’s way too much of it for the size of the room. Fortunately the Concierge Lounge never had more than a handful of people in it at any given time so it wasn’t too cumbersome. I never set foot into the Diamond Lounge so I’m not sure how crowded it was. The Pool Bar was the place to be during the sea days, and the live poolside music was provided by all three of the ships house bands at various times throughout the cruise. The main pool was heated to a comfortable level, and there was very little chair hogging which was a miracle given the large number of Germans (they’re notorious chair hogs) onboard. The Solarium Pool was packed every time we passed through, and it was so hot in there, I couldn’t understand how anyone could spend more than a few seconds in there, but it didn’t seem to stop people from camping out. The Park Café was a great place to grab a quick breakfast before going shore, or a light snack upon returning to the ship. The Viking Crown Lounge was used at the nightly disco with the usual music offerings and an a la carte Tapas Menu. Because the Splendour spends her winters in South America, most of her crew are Brazilian due to a law that requires the ship to be staffed with 80% Brazilian citizens. This definitely changes the overall atmosphere compared to other ships in the fleet that have a more varied crew. While the service was overall very good, the attitude of the Brazilians was more of “I’m here to do my job and get a paycheck” rather than “I’m happy to be here and I enjoy my job and my guests”. I don’t mean anything negative against the Brazilian culture and I have some very good friends that are Brazilian as well, but it must be mentioned. Even one of the Brazilian Bartenders said he doesn’t like working on a ship that’s mostly staffed by his countrymen for the same reasons I mentioned. Our cabin attendant did the basics and any requests needed to be made multiple times, for instance, we did not have any tissues in our bathroom and it took several requests and 4 days to get a box of tissues. Getting him to keep us supplied with ice was another challenge. He also had a hard time comprehending the meaning of the “Do Not Disturb” sign. Several times, he would call us on the phone, thus disturbing our nap, to tell us our laundry was ready, C&A tried to deliver a cheese plate etc. and because our DND sign was out they would have to come back. Obviously if the DND sign is out, you shouldn’t be calling! The staff at Guest Services was WONDERFUL and could not have been more helpful with any inquiry. Similarly, our dining room staff was also excellent. We had a 12 top, near the windows on Deck 4, traditional late seating. Mohammed from India, and Eder (not sure where he was from) made a great team and were a pleasure to see each evening. Our Head Waiter Andriy from Romania was also one of the best we’ve ever had. The Cruise Director, Bill Bruckhorst was in a word… BORING! He should be working for HAL where there’s never anything happening after 9pm. He’s very lazy and does not like to run the usual game shows and other events so the ship lacked the usual nightly entertainment options. Even his cruise staff don’t like working with him because he does the bare minimum. We did not attend any of the main production shows or the guest performances. I did hear the RCCL Singers during one of the Centrum ariel shows, and they seemed to be talented. The Centrum shows only lasted 15 mins, and the best one by far was the last one. If you want to see these performances and you don’t want to stand.. get there EARLY. Each time we found a decent spot near the railing on Deck 7 which turned out to be a perfect vantage point. This was the first cruise where we’ve eaten in the MDR since the new menus were introduced and the food was vastly improved. We dined 5 nights in the MDR, opting for Chops and Chef’s Table on the 2 remaining nights. The food in the MDR was delicious every night and the new menu items were a nice change. The quality has also improved and the portion size was perfect. Within our group, I think we tried most, if not all of the items on the menu and nobody and any complains. Due to the shortage of snails, escargot was only offered on the formal nights even though it is still listed on the “Always Available” menu. Dinner in Chops was as good as it always is, and the service was fantastic. Chef’s Table was a bit of a disappointment and not an experience I would repeat on this ship. Unlike Chef’s Table on Oasis, Radiance, Rhapsody and a few other ships, where the Chef’s Table is in a private, secluded location, on Splendour it’s located in the MDR, but the walls do not extend to the ceiling. Combined with the fact that the walls are open to the MDR, it’s very noisy. During our 3 plus hour meal, we were “treated” the waiters singing during both first and second seatings. All of the noise from the MDR carries right into the Chef’s Table and it’s far from a relaxing meal, and it’s impossible to hold any conversations during dinner. It was so loud that both the Chef and the Sommelier had to walk around the table when explaining the menu items as it was impossible to hear them if they stood at the head of the table. Whoever designed this space should have their head examined. In spite of the noise, the food was excellent and the service was top notch but this is the first and last time I dine at a Chef’s Table that’s not completely walled off and private. The Windjammer offered up the usual fare for breakfast, including a made to order egg station. Lunch brought varied choices, all of which were very good, hot and fresh. There was a nice selection of European cold cuts, cheeses, olives, etc. out each day and they always had some sort of whole, steamed fish available. One thing to note, they did not have any of the flavored waters available that you’ll find on the other ships. Free drinks were strictly “Old School” water, iced tea and lemonade and of course coffee and hot tea. Park Café was a great place to grab a quick bite for breakfast, lunch or a midday snack as was the Boardwalk Dog House. Food at both venues was always fresh and tasty. Now on to the ports… On this cruise, our ports were Split, Kusadasi, Mykonos and Argostoli with 2 sea days. The weather forecast this week was not too promising with calls for 60-80% chance of rain showers and cooler temps. We lucked out and had sunny skies and temps in the upper 70’s to low 80’s. Our first stop was in Split, Croatia and having been here before we opted to head out of town. I booked a private guide and driver for the day to take us off the beaten path. Split is supposed to be a tender port, but to our surprise (and to the surprise of our crew as well) we were given space to dock. The crew said this was the first time they had ever docked in Split and were a little taken back by this. Not having to tender is always a good thing, and as soon as the gangway was cleared, we were off to meet our guide who was on the pier waiting for us as promised. We loaded up into a very nice minibus and began the 70 mile drive to KRKA National Park. During the drive, our guide told us about life in Croatia and gave commentary on the areas we passed through. Upon arriving at KRKA, we began by exploring the Ethno Village and learning about how the early settlers milled corn and used the power of the parks 16 waterfalls for hydro-electricity. We then set out on a leisurely 2 hour walk through the park visiting the 16 different waterfalls and learning about the flora and fauna. Everyone in my group loved the natural beauty of this park and because we got an early start, the place was virtually empty. Just as we were leaving, the RCCL tour busses began to arrive. After leaving KRKA, we headed back toward Split, this time taking local roads to see more of the Croatian countryside. We made a stop at the village of Trogir where we spent a few hours with our guide learning about this area. It was Sunday so most of the shops were closed, but we managed to find a gelato shop and the town was not crowded at all. After leaving Trogir, we went back to the ship just before sail away. We had a private guide and driver for a full 8 hours at a cost of 59 Euro per person.. far less than what the ship was charging for a tour half that length. Our guide Frane was great and very accommodating to our needs. Our next day was a sea day, and we spent it enjoying the sun and solitude of our aft balcony. Next stop was Kusadasi, Turkey and again I arranged for a private guide and driver for an all day tour of Ephesus and Sirince Village. We were met on the pier by our guide Sami who escorted us to our waiting minibus. Kusadasi was a mad house this morning, as it was a local holiday. We quickly left the city and headed out toward the Temple of Artemis and the Church of St. John. We made a brief stop at the Isa Bey Mosque and explored the grounds and interior. Sami was an Archeology Major and was a wealth of knowledge, without going into so much detail that you became uninterested. He was able to answer every question and really painted a picture of what it was like to live during the ancient times. Following the Mosque, we drove to the Village of Sirince, again arriving before the crowds, and had about an hour to explore the Bazaar and various merchants/cafes. Enroute to Ephesus, we made a brief stop at a local artists shop. This man worked in pottery and he demonstrated how he forms the pieces by hand on his potter’s wheel. We also saw how each item is hand painted and were treated some some delicious pomegranate juice. The items in this shop were beautiful and very reasonably priced. They even told us if any of the items broke in transit back to our homes, they would send us replacements for free. The people in this shop were wonderful.. not pushy at all and even rounded down when figuring out the exchange rate. Everyone in the group found something to purchase and it was nice to support a local artisan in the hopes that they keep the craft alive. Our next stop was at the House of the Virgin Mary. Sami had called ahead to make sure it wasn’t too crowded as he said some groups have spent up to 3 hours in line trying to get in. Luckily his friend was working there that day, and we managed to get right in. The house itself is very small, and not much to see, but the grounds were absolutely beautiful. We spend about an hour there before heading off to the main attraction.. Ephesus. Once at Ephesus, Sami provided excellent commentary on the ruins and how life was back then. He kept us away from the crowds and took us to a few out of way sites that I’m sure not many tourists get to see. Our tour included the Terrace Houses which were fascinating to see and again really came alive with Sami’s vast knowledge. We spend about 3 hours total at Ephesus and the time flew by. Everyone agreed Ephesus was much more impressive than the ruins of Pompeii. After a fantastic afternoon, we stopped for lunch at a local restaurant who set up a table for us outside in their garden. We were served a huge Greek salad, bread, water, soft drinks, and a meal of grilled kebobs with pita bread and rice, finished off with a piece of cake and fresh fruit. Lunch was included in the cost of the tour and at $129.00 USD per person for the entire day… it was a bargain! Upon arriving back in Kusadasi, people had the option of exploring on their own, going back to the ship, or going to see a carpet demonstration. I’ve heard horror stories of the pushy carpet salesman and I had a morbid curiosity to see how bad it really was. The store Sami took us to was not high pressure at all and was very informative. They told us a lot about how the rugs are made, how to tell a fake from the real thing etc. They offered us Turkish coffee, wine, water etc and at the end of the demonstration they of course wanted to sell you a rug. We simply declined the sales pitch and thanked them for their hospitality and that was it. Mykonos was our next port, and we had to tender, as NCL was given the single spot at the pier. Actually in Mykonos, it’s better to tender as the tenders leave you right in the center of town, whereas if you dock, you must take a shuttle bus to town. Everyone in my group was free to explore on their own today and we all went off in search of different things, wandering up and down the small streets and alley ways. The walk to the windmills is a short and easy one and affords greats photos of the town not to mention the ship at anchor in the harbor. Due to it being the end of the season, most of the shops had discounted their merchandise and there were a lot of good deals to be had. Back onboard the weather turned during the night, and the up until this point, smooth seas became a little angry and rough. It also became very windy but the ship handled the 30 foot swells very well. We weren’t scheduled to dock in Argostoli until 12 noon, but around 11:30am the Captain made an announcement in all the cabins that due to the high winds and rough seas, the port of Argostoli was closed and we would not be able to make our stop here. He went on to explain that the surrounding ports of Corfu and another few islands were also closed so we would have to spend our day at sea. We spend the afternoon circling around the islands following by two or three other cruise ships that were also locked out of their port calls. The seas were rough, it was windy but sunny and we had the perfect spot to relax on our aft balcony so all was good. The ship continued to rock and roll for the remainder of the day and night, but the following morning we woke up to calm seas, sunny skies and a perfect last day at sea. Nobody really seemed to be too upset at missing this port.. there’s not a lot of information on it and everyone in my group had planned just to walk around the town. Missing Argostoli turned out to be a blessing in disguise though. Because we were basically 7 hours ahead of schedule in arriving back to Venice, we basically spend most of our last sea day hovering off the coast of Venice. This was a blessing because the morning of our arrival back in Venice there was very dense fog that closed the port for a few hours in the morning. Because we had been so close, we were able to sneak in during a break in the fog and were docked in Venice at 4am. When I woke up at 6am, I went out onto the balcony and the fog was so thick, I couldn’t see the pier or the terminal 2 feet away! Unfortunately the 4 other ships (MSC and NCL) were stuck waiting for the fog to lift and didn’t begin to pull into their piers until after 9am. I hope everyone on those ships was able to get to the airport in time for their flights. Debarkation morning, we went for a quick bite in the Windjammer and then carried our own luggage off the ship at around 8am. As a point of reference, those doing the Express Departure were being called off around 6:30am. Normal debarkation began around 7am and they had listed in the Compass that everyone was to be off the ship by 9am. My group walked off the ship at 8am, luggage in tow and were met by our private water taxis right next to the ship. We piled into our 2 water taxis and were on our way to the airport in a matter of minutes. Now a word about the Venice airport… It’s a ZOO! Lucky for us those other ships weren’t able to dock when we did or it would have been even more of a madhouse. The airlines do not accept checked luggage until 3 hours prior to your flight departure, so you are all stuck in this small waiting area of the ticket counters with no place to sit, stand, move or breathe. Lines for Security are long and slow moving as are the lines to check in with your airline. If at all possible, I suggest you check in and print your boarding passes on the ship the night before. In summary, everyone had a wonderful time on the Splendour. While her venues are somewhat small and overcrowded compared to her larger sisters she still provided us a comfortable home for a week of cruising. If anyone has any questions, I’ll do my best to answer. I will post the link for my video and pictures as soon as I get them uploaded.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
This was our first cruise so we really did not know what to expect. We were very exited...Came to Italy 10 days before our cruise and visited Rome, Naples and Florence. Last two days we spent in Venice. Stayed in Ca Maria Adele, a boutique ... Read More
This was our first cruise so we really did not know what to expect. We were very exited...Came to Italy 10 days before our cruise and visited Rome, Naples and Florence. Last two days we spent in Venice. Stayed in Ca Maria Adele, a boutique hotel in Dosoduro area, little out of the way of the tourist area. This was our first stay in Venice, and we loved it, loved it, loved it. it is so easy to get lost in Venice, so easy to find your way again, and really difficult to get bored in that unreal surrounding:-) We arrived to the terminal during lunch time and since it was very busy, had to wait for a while. We had a balcony room on deck 7. I liked the cabin, large enough and very clean, we did not have high expectations anyway. Our budget for this trip was limited, but balcony is a must for my husband. Our bed was very comfortable too. The Windjammer Cafe is in a great location, has a breakfast and lunch buffet daily and serves the same food everyday (no problem for us). We bought soda package ($55) and had unlimited drinks. The food at the King was different everyday. There were so many soups and pasta dishes... The main dining room served variety of food. It is little crowded but you can always find a table. The stuff was very friendly and helpful enough (they really work hard there)... I am not a fan of organized entertainment in hotels and other touristic areas, but have to admit - shows were very good, we did enjoy! Plenty of live music in different locations all evening... Already mentioned our limited budget, plus the fact that we do not like sightseeing in a big group, so we did not buy any ship excursion. We love exploring new destinations on our own, but decided to have two guided tours. Based on the reviews on Cruise Critic and trip advisor, we chose our guides in Venice and Ephesus. Photo walk in Venice with Marco (www.marcosecchi.com) and Ephesus tour with Ertunga Ecir (www.ertungaecir.com) were great experience I would definitely sail on the Splendour of the Seas again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
Loved the ship! The crew were all fantastic as usual. Our waiter Francisco went the extra mile every evening. Wonderful aft balcony cabin. Balcony is the same width as other D1 balconies but about 3x as deep. There was room for a table w/ ... Read More
Loved the ship! The crew were all fantastic as usual. Our waiter Francisco went the extra mile every evening. Wonderful aft balcony cabin. Balcony is the same width as other D1 balconies but about 3x as deep. There was room for a table w/ 2 chairs and 2 full size loungers. Aft cabins are more susceptible to soot but we only had an issue on one morning when we woke to a layer of soot on the floor and furniture. The housekeeping staff cleaned the balcony thoroughly as part of the morning cleanup and we never had any further issues. The "R Bar" located in the Centrum area of the ship on deck 4 was a great place to hang out as there was entertainment every evening. This bar uses all fresh ingredients for the drinks and you can definitely taste the difference. Park Cafe (located on deck 9 aft, within the Solarium) is a good alternative to the Windjammer buffet. They offer fresh sandwiches, salads, fruit cups, smoothies, and made to order bagels. We headed there on embarkation day to avoid the crowds in the Windjammer. The freshly carved roast beef sandwich was delish! This ship is one of the smaller ones in the fleet but I like the cozy feel. You tended to see the same people throughout the week, which was nice. Just the right amount of bars/lounges, outdoor seating, entertainment venues, etc. Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
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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