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This was our first cruise on RCI having sailed several times on Celebrity and Princess. We arrived a day early in Galveston and stayed at the historic Hotel Valdez. The room was very comfortable and they let you leave your car at the hotel during the cruise. When we arrived back to Galveston, we called the Valdez and they quickly picked us up. When we arrived at the hotel, they had our car ready with the engine running and the trunk open ready for our bags. Day 1 - The hotel shuttle took us to the terminal around 11:30. The embarkation process was fast and easy. We had lunch at the Windjammer buffet. The rooms are not available until after 1:00 p.m. Baggage arrived around 3:00 p.m. The room was extremely clean considering the age of the ship and the bedding was comfortable. The crew was extremely helpful and happy. Day 2 - The seas were moderately rough. There were many first time cruisers who were not feeling well. There were children of all ages on board but they never were any kind of problem during the cruise. The entertainment was average for this size ship and length of cruise with an above average cruise director. The food was fine but not up to Celebrity standards. If it had been up to Celebrity standards, then Celebrity would not be Celebrity. Day 3 - We docked in Cozumel at 7:00 a.m. My wife went scuba diving with an outside vendor she found through cruise critic recommendations. After a nice dive, we spent the afternoon in downtown Cozumel. Cozumel appears to be recovering from the hurricane. Downtown was busy and the merchants and cab drivers were very friendly. Day 4 - We docked in Costa Maya at 7:00 a.m. We took an excursion to the ruins which we enjoyed. Afterwards, we had time to walk through the shops near the pier. These shops are a disappointment after Cozumel. Not much had changed since we were there in February. It appears that there is a slow effort to make more things to do at Costa Maya. Day 5 - The seas were extremely rough. We had strong gale force winds averaging about 45 mph. Outside activities were cancelled and the cruise director made attempts to create more inside activities. Many people were not feeling well due to the rough seas. We arrived about an hour late the next morning due to the rough weather. However disembarkation went fast once clearance was received. Overall this ship is a good value. The ship is clean for its age and the crew friendly, professional and helpful. The food and entertainment are average for this type and length of cruise. I'm sure those that were sick due to the weather did not have as enjoyable a time.

Splendour of the Seas - Western Caribbean

Splendour of the Seas Cruise Review by root canal

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This was our first cruise on RCI having sailed several times on Celebrity and Princess. We arrived a day early in Galveston and stayed at the historic Hotel Valdez. The room was very comfortable and they let you leave your car at the hotel during the cruise. When we arrived back to Galveston, we called the Valdez and they quickly picked us up. When we arrived at the hotel, they had our car ready with the engine running and the trunk open ready for our bags.
Day 1 - The hotel shuttle took us to the terminal around 11:30. The embarkation process was fast and easy. We had lunch at the Windjammer buffet. The rooms are not available until after 1:00 p.m. Baggage arrived around 3:00 p.m. The room was extremely clean considering the age of the ship and the bedding was comfortable. The crew was extremely helpful and happy.
Day 2 - The seas were moderately rough. There were many first time cruisers who were not feeling well. There were children of all ages on board but they never were any kind of problem during the cruise. The entertainment was average for this size ship and length of cruise with an above average cruise director. The food was fine but not up to Celebrity standards. If it had been up to Celebrity standards, then Celebrity would not be Celebrity.
Day 3 - We docked in Cozumel at 7:00 a.m. My wife went scuba diving with an outside vendor she found through cruise critic recommendations. After a nice dive, we spent the afternoon in downtown Cozumel. Cozumel appears to be recovering from the hurricane. Downtown was busy and the merchants and cab drivers were very friendly.
Day 4 - We docked in Costa Maya at 7:00 a.m. We took an excursion to the ruins which we enjoyed. Afterwards, we had time to walk through the shops near the pier. These shops are a disappointment after Cozumel. Not much had changed since we were there in February. It appears that there is a slow effort to make more things to do at Costa Maya.
Day 5 - The seas were extremely rough. We had strong gale force winds averaging about 45 mph. Outside activities were cancelled and the cruise director made attempts to create more inside activities. Many people were not feeling well due to the rough seas. We arrived about an hour late the next morning due to the rough weather. However disembarkation went fast once clearance was received.
Overall this ship is a good value. The ship is clean for its age and the crew friendly, professional and helpful. The food and entertainment are average for this type and length of cruise. I'm sure those that were sick due to the weather did not have as enjoyable a time.
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