We have just returned from sailing on the Splendour Of The Seas and found that most of the lovely Fillipino waiters are not there anymore. They now have waiters that only seem to be attentive on your last night of cruising. Once upon a time when entering the restaurant you were guided to your seat and a chair pulled out for you, but not anymore. You walk in pull your own seat out and place your own napkin on your lap and a wait.
We have cruised over 40 times and can see the difference, and the cut down of staff. We were eating our breakfast on our last day and seen a young female waitress clear a table then pick up the used napkin and wipe the table down with it very hygienic I must say.
Food was mediocre and repetitve the same deserts each day in the Windjammer.
The good points the ship has been re fitted and our cabin was spotless with new fittings and fixtures. The beds very comfortable. The cabin well insulated against noise from your neigbours cabin. We had a balcony which was wonderful to sit and watch the world go by. The Ship was full of Italians and Spanish and very unruly children playing in the lifts. Its the only ship we have been on that has accomadated so many children. The Greek islands were wonderful as was all the other ports of call. We made our own way around the ports as the ships excursions were expensive compared with the local buses and taxi's.
Drinks were expensive too, a bottle wine was $38 and 15% added to each drink. $8 for a glass of wine plus the 15%. If you like a drink or two or three give this ship a miss. Overall I would say this cruise ship is not the usual standard that we used to get on board anymore. Would I sail again on the Splendour?
No we would not.
The cabin was very small not much storage space. Cabin very quite but a walk to the exit is a good walk not good if you have walking difficulties. Tiny shower with a curtain around.