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This was our first 5-day family cruise out of Galveston to Cozumel and Costa Maya. It was Spring Break for many families like ours, but the overall crowd on our ship was balanced with college students, 20-40 somethings,and seniors. The organization and service on RCL was outstanding. The staff was helpful and friendly. This included check-in, services, daily itineraries etc. Activities started precisely as scheduled. The nightly entertainment on the ship was outstanding, including a comedian, magician, jugglers, dancers and singers. We ate breakfast and lunch at the Windjammer Cafe, and ate at the King and I every night. Formal dining was great at the King and I, the meals were five star quality as was the service.Tatjana and Wilder, our waiter and assistant waiters were great. Tatjana certainly catered to the whims of our 12 year old daughter and 9 year old son. She took care of us as well! There were plenty of activities on our ship. The cruise director, Abe on our ship was full of energy and quite a comical guy. His staff were all very much the same, which kept us busy and entertained. A key decision in choosing RCL was the Adventure Ocean program for our pre-teen and 9 year old son. They were kept busy with a full day of activities, hats off to the staff who did a great job keeping the kids occupied and entertained. For our 9 year old, we availed of the after hours (10pm) child care service so we could take in late shows and some dancing. Ports...Cozumel, we took a taxi to Paradise Beach and had a beach break all day. Had a great time, taking in some sun and beach. Kids entertained themselves with plenty of water activities. Paradise beach is free for the lounge chairs and umbrella. They make up free entrance charging for water sports, food and bar. All in all, pretty comparable to other beach breaks. Beach was pretty good, sandy bottom but as you got out to 5 feet plus, we could feel some rocks and seaweed. Water was very calm, perfect for swimming. Snorkeling was ok, saw some colorful fish. Costa Maya..we did the Chaccoben Mayan Ruins with Native Choice, David and Ivan run the tour, both of Mayan descent. Ivan was our tour guide. We booked with them based on many comments on the internet. Tour was well organized, took a taxi to Mahajual to catch the tour, met there by Ivan who loaded us in an air conditioned van. For 45 minutes, he told us about the area, stopped to show us species of birds etc. At the ruins, his deep knowledge of Mayan civilization and history was more than evident. He knows his stuff and kept everyone intrigued including our kids. He spent about 4.5 hrs with us, including a little shopping at the ruins. Afterwhich he returned us to the port. Costa Maya is beautiful, still relatively untouched by tourism. We boarded the ship and then set sail for Galveston. All in all, we were all very satisfied and pleased with our first family cruise on RCL. Absolutely fantastic!

Splendour of the Seas - Eastern Caribbean

Splendour of the Seas Cruise Review by FamilyCruiser

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2007
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Large Interior Stateroom
This was our first 5-day family cruise out of Galveston to Cozumel and Costa Maya. It was Spring Break for many families like ours, but the overall crowd on our ship was balanced with college students, 20-40 somethings,and seniors.
The organization and service on RCL was outstanding. The staff was helpful and friendly. This included check-in, services, daily itineraries etc. Activities started precisely as scheduled. The nightly entertainment on the ship was outstanding, including a comedian, magician, jugglers, dancers and singers.
We ate breakfast and lunch at the Windjammer Cafe, and ate at the King and I every night. Formal dining was great at the King and I, the meals were five star quality as was the service.Tatjana and Wilder, our waiter and assistant waiters were great. Tatjana certainly catered to the whims of our 12 year old daughter and 9 year old son. She took care of us as well!
There were plenty of activities on our ship. The cruise director, Abe on our ship was full of energy and quite a comical guy. His staff were all very much the same, which kept us busy and entertained.
A key decision in choosing RCL was the Adventure Ocean program for our pre-teen and 9 year old son. They were kept busy with a full day of activities, hats off to the staff who did a great job keeping the kids occupied and entertained. For our 9 year old, we availed of the after hours (10pm) child care service so we could take in late shows and some dancing.
Ports...Cozumel, we took a taxi to Paradise Beach and had a beach break all day. Had a great time, taking in some sun and beach. Kids entertained themselves with plenty of water activities. Paradise beach is free for the lounge chairs and umbrella. They make up free entrance charging for water sports, food and bar. All in all, pretty comparable to other beach breaks. Beach was pretty good, sandy bottom but as you got out to 5 feet plus, we could feel some rocks and seaweed. Water was very calm, perfect for swimming. Snorkeling was ok, saw some colorful fish.
Costa Maya..we did the Chaccoben Mayan Ruins with Native Choice, David and Ivan run the tour, both of Mayan descent. Ivan was our tour guide. We booked with them based on many comments on the internet. Tour was well organized, took a taxi to Mahajual to catch the tour, met there by Ivan who loaded us in an air conditioned van. For 45 minutes, he told us about the area, stopped to show us species of birds etc. At the ruins, his deep knowledge of Mayan civilization and history was more than evident. He knows his stuff and kept everyone intrigued including our kids. He spent about 4.5 hrs with us, including a little shopping at the ruins. Afterwhich he returned us to the port. Costa Maya is beautiful, still relatively untouched by tourism.
We boarded the ship and then set sail for Galveston. All in all, we were all very satisfied and pleased with our first family cruise on RCL. Absolutely fantastic!
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