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First cruise and anxious from some of the negativity re Splendour of the Seas. Turns out needlessly anxious in this beautiful and well run ship - all credit to RCCL, Captain, crew and staff.Found ourselves upgraded to a Junior Suite - the facilities of the suite outweighed the slight disappointment at being moved to starboard side [port side has the benefit of outbound views of Venice from your own balcony].  Suite large for the two of us and comfortable - tasteful colours and well equipped - tea/coffee facilities, mini bar, large balcony, subdued lighting, large tv, sofa & chair, lit wardrobe, bath & over shower, dressing gowns, hairdryer, bed cushions etc.As it happens the return view of Venice was better from starboard as the early morning can be hectic - ie left ship for return to airport 7:30.All arrangements very smooth and well timed, meals, shows, tenders, transfers etc.  Passengers always kept very well informed.  Anthony Richards the Cruise Entertainment Director is a star, very professional and a sharp, sharp wit even when giving useful advice and information.Very attentive staff who never hassle for tips but certainly earn them.  I wouldn't begrudge them a cent.  Gratuities are in discreet envelopes so tou can tip as you find your service [don't pre-tip].  Many thanks to Sajira, Thomas and Milan for all your care, always smiling while working so hard to please.Varied entertainment and classy areas of ship.  Caters for all tastes - some great high energy parties to some subtle class acts in sensational Centrum area.   Poolside trio best in our opinion brought massive South American atmosphere gthrough their talented music and songstress.  Poolside party was great.Shows in our opinion very good, all be it some better than others but all professional and entertaining in very comfortable, fabulous theatre.  Other entertaining areas and brilliant casino area. King & I restaurant good food, excellent service, often tremendous views but most of all the great company and interesting conversation from many friendly people.Windjammer also excellent choice, always informal - if you're lucky like we were you'll see dolphins leaping the bow wave as you eat your breakfast!  Food fresh, varied and oh so moreish!While we have no other cruise experience to compare, speaking to others who have cruised with other lines we were all agreed the Splendour of the Seas would and does take a great deal of beating.  Critism from some posters is harsh - this is not a brand new ship but very well maintained.  Carpet was being taken aboard to relay some areas, not that we ever came across anything at all shabby.Not the biggest ship but that may be to it's advantage as the 'feel' of the ship is very welcoming and inclusive.Don't take our word for it - get booked and go.  Venice in itself will leave a lasting impression enhanced by this lovely ship.

Splendour - A Classy Ship

Splendour of the Seas Cruise Review by DJM

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First cruise and anxious from some of the negativity re Splendour of the Seas. Turns out needlessly anxious in this beautiful and well run ship - all credit to RCCL, Captain, crew and staff.Found ourselves upgraded to a Junior Suite - the facilities of the suite outweighed the slight disappointment at being moved to starboard side [port side has the benefit of outbound views of Venice from your own balcony].  Suite large for the two of us and comfortable - tasteful colours and well equipped - tea/coffee facilities, mini bar, large balcony, subdued lighting, large tv, sofa & chair, lit wardrobe, bath & over shower, dressing gowns, hairdryer, bed cushions etc.As it happens the return view of Venice was better from starboard as the early morning can be hectic - ie left ship for return to airport 7:30.All arrangements very smooth and well timed, meals, shows, tenders, transfers etc.  Passengers always kept very well informed.  Anthony Richards the Cruise Entertainment Director is a star, very professional and a sharp, sharp wit even when giving useful advice and information.Very attentive staff who never hassle for tips but certainly earn them.  I wouldn't begrudge them a cent.  Gratuities are in discreet envelopes so tou can tip as you find your service [don't pre-tip].  Many thanks to Sajira, Thomas and Milan for all your care, always smiling while working so hard to please.Varied entertainment and classy areas of ship.  Caters for all tastes - some great high energy parties to some subtle class acts in sensational Centrum area.   Poolside trio best in our opinion brought massive South American atmosphere gthrough their talented music and songstress.  Poolside party was great.Shows in our opinion very good, all be it some better than others but all professional and entertaining in very comfortable, fabulous theatre.  Other entertaining areas and brilliant casino area.
King & I restaurant good food, excellent service, often tremendous views but most of all the great company and interesting conversation from many friendly people.Windjammer also excellent choice, always informal - if you're lucky like we were you'll see dolphins leaping the bow wave as you eat your breakfast!  Food fresh, varied and oh so moreish!While we have no other cruise experience to compare, speaking to others who have cruised with other lines we were all agreed the Splendour of the Seas would and does take a great deal of beating.  Critism from some posters is harsh - this is not a brand new ship but very well maintained.  Carpet was being taken aboard to relay some areas, not that we ever came across anything at all shabby.Not the biggest ship but that may be to it's advantage as the 'feel' of the ship is very welcoming and inclusive.Don't take our word for it - get booked and go.  Venice in itself will leave a lasting impression enhanced by this lovely ship.
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