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We had booked RCI Splendour of the Seas for our first cruise for our honeymoon. Awesome somes it up. This ship may be one of the older ships in the fleet but it didnt matter. Royal Caribbean should be proud of the crew and ship as they are a credit to the company. Sailing out of Venice has to be the most romantic time ever. Drinking our champagne provided in the stateroom and eating chocolate covered strawberries whilst watching St Marks Square float by was the highlight for sure. The stateroom with balcony was at the rear of the ship and very private. Much larger than anticipated and the bed was massive and so so comfortable. Joining the ship was made very easy and within 40 minutes we were in our stateroom drinking it all in. Literally! The only drawback to being new cruisers was that we went to the Muster station far too early and sweltered in 90 degree heat waiting for the more experienced people to turn up at the last minute. A lesson well learnt. The Centrum champagne bars are magnificent and the staff couldnt do enough. Took just one night for Carlos the barman to learnt my favourite tipple and be ready with it the next evening. It ws hard to believe we were actually on a ship and not a 5 star plus hotel. We had taken 2nd sitting at dinner in the King & I restaurant and shared our table with 2 other couples who were so much fun. The restaurant staff again were very attentive and the food was excellent. Not as much choice as I had been led to believe on cruise ships but the quality was there. Had taken the Diamond wine package for 12 bottles, bit ambitious but our table companions helped us out! The wine was very good indeed and no problems having wine saved till the next day or taken to our stateroom. Dinner lasted 2 hours every evening and a nice roundup to the day. Then on to the casino or shows depending on our whim. The ship is ideal for adults and teenagers, no real young children on this cruise. The spa was a bit of a letdown and the staff try and cram too many appointments in so it is not a relaxing experience. Very expensive also but worth waiting for the offers later in the cruise with discounts. Entertainment was excellent especially the Motown evening and the Mr & Mrs contest. All very relaxed and plenty of humour. Maybe more should be on in the day possibly espec when the ship is cruising all day but thats a minor matter. Windjammer restaurant excellent and lots of choice.

Romance on a Stick

Splendour of the Seas Cruise Review by manchesterG

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2009
  • Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony
We had booked RCI Splendour of the Seas for our first cruise for our honeymoon. Awesome somes it up. This ship may be one of the older ships in the fleet but it didnt matter. Royal Caribbean should be proud of the crew and ship as they are a credit to the company. Sailing out of Venice has to be the most romantic time ever. Drinking our champagne provided in the stateroom and eating chocolate covered strawberries whilst watching St Marks Square float by was the highlight for sure. The stateroom with balcony was at the rear of the ship and very private. Much larger than anticipated and the bed was massive and so so comfortable. Joining the ship was made very easy and within 40 minutes we were in our stateroom drinking it all in. Literally! The only drawback to being new cruisers was that we went to the Muster station far too early and sweltered in 90 degree heat waiting for the more experienced people to turn up at the last minute. A lesson well learnt. The Centrum champagne bars are magnificent and the staff couldnt do enough. Took just one night for Carlos the barman to learnt my favourite tipple and be ready with it the next evening. It ws hard to believe we were actually on a ship and not a 5 star plus hotel. We had taken 2nd sitting at dinner in the King & I restaurant and shared our table with 2 other couples who were so much fun. The restaurant staff again were very attentive and the food was excellent. Not as much choice as I had been led to believe on cruise ships but the quality was there. Had taken the Diamond wine package for 12 bottles, bit ambitious but our table companions helped us out! The wine was very good indeed and no problems having wine saved till the next day or taken to our stateroom. Dinner lasted 2 hours every evening and a nice roundup to the day. Then on to the casino or shows depending on our whim. The ship is ideal for adults and teenagers, no real young children on this cruise. The spa was a bit of a letdown and the staff try and cram too many appointments in so it is not a relaxing experience. Very expensive also but worth waiting for the offers later in the cruise with discounts. Entertainment was excellent especially the Motown evening and the Mr & Mrs contest. All very relaxed and plenty of humour. Maybe more should be on in the day possibly espec when the ship is cruising all day but thats a minor matter. Windjammer restaurant excellent and lots of choice.
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Cabin Review

Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony
Cabin D2 6122
nice large stateroom, airy and a large balcony not overlooked. Sheltered from any breezes as at the back of the ship. Bit of a walk but means very quiet all round. Some music from the crew deck when leaving port but they had a good choice of music! Bed so comfortable, best nights sleep ever and huge bed
Deck 7 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins

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