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First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

Cruise Line
Splendour of the Seas
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24 First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

ashbrow avatar


1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

First Time Cruisers


This was our first experience of cruising so we had mixed feelings once we started to read the reviews but I suppose you can't please all of the people all of the time. We were met at the airport and because of the ...
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Sail Date February 2016

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Travel Madness

1 Review Written


This was our first cruise. It was our Wedding Anniversary and my husband's 70th birthday, so it was booked up last June. We paid £3,900 for the holiday + £600 for 2 drinks packages, so expected some luxury... ...
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Sail Date January 2016

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N fletcher

1 Review Written

First Time, and Last

We are trying a cruising holiday as our first time and are not impressed, we started with no information from our agent regarding what we were expected to have, do and maintain. We arrived at the airport in Venice ...
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Sail Date October 2015

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1 Review Written

Our First Cruise

We were very taken aback by what we felt was the 'hard sell' policy of the company. As it was our first cruise we felt we should attend the initial briefing meeting, however after a few general points the whole ...
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Sail Date September 2015

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Rom Com

2 Reviews Written

2 Helpful Votes

Wonderful cruise; we had a great time and really enjoyed it!

We sailed on Splendour of the Seas and I must say I was really pleasantly surprised. We had read some pretty "not so great" reviews here on Cruise Critic and were quite concerned we had made a mistake. As it turned ...
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Sail Date September 2015

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Rosellen Ramas-Ros

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

A Splendid First

I have no basis for comparing since this was my first. however, family members have cruised and from their recounted experiences, and from talking to the customer representatives of rci (royal caribbean ...
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Sail Date August 2015

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1 Review Written

Amazing experience; loved every second and did not want to leave!

We had a party of 5 and two staterooms 3504 and 3506. 3 adults 2 kids. This was our first cruise and did not know what to expect. Boarded in Venice. The process of was easy and quick. The staff treats you ...
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Sail Date September 2015

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1 Review Written


Just back from a 6 night cruise on Royal Caribbeans Splendour of the Seas. We are seasoned travelers; but this is the first cruise we have been on. One word disappointed. The ship is tired and in need of ...
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Sail Date July 2015

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1 Review Written

1st Cruise and WOW!

Our experience with Royal Caribbean and the Splendour of the Seas was impressive given it was our first cruise. I have traveled to Europe a number of times but doing so on a ship was the best given you unpack once ...
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Sail Date October 2014

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1 Review Written

First Ever Cruise

First off, this was not only our first time cruising with Royal Caribbean, it was our first time cruising full-stop - so I have to be careful not to mix up my perceptions of cruising as a whole, with my opinions of ...
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Sail Date November 2013

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1 Review Written


This was our first cruise and we found the experience amazing Boarding of the ship was a breeze being on board 20 mins after arriving at the Port We where in room 7078 the state room being very nice The food ...
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Sail Date August 2014

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1 Review Written

Not what I expected.

Just back from a 7 night cruise on board Splendour of the Seas. This was my first cruise and I was so looking forward to it. I had a great time and would cruise again but I was also disappointed. I was looking ...
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Sail Date May 2014

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1 Review Written

Great Experience

This was our first cruise so we really did not know what to expect. We were very exited...Came to Italy 10 days before our cruise and visited Rome, Naples and Florence. Last two days we spent in Venice. Stayed in Ca ...
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Sail Date October 2013

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1 Review Written

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Amazing Cruise!

We travelled from Brisbane, Australia to Venice, via China & Paris. Stayed in Venice overnight (Hotel Corte Di Gabriela, which is amazing btw) before our cruise. Embarkation was quick and easy. Boarded at about ...
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Sail Date September 2013

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1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

First-time cruiser, maybe my last?

We received this cruise as a gift. We were hesitant about how we would like being help captive on a boat with 3,600 other people. We are an active family -- our lives don't revolve around eating -- so you can see ...
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Sail Date June 2013

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1 Review Written

Amazing Cruise of Dubrovnik and the Greek Isles

My husband and I sailed on May 18th out of Venice. It was my husband's first cruise and my second. Overall, we had a great time. Embarkation was straight forward (we took the people mover from Piazza Roma directly ...
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Sail Date May 2013

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1 Review Written

First timers - exceeded expectations

Overall we were impressed by the splendour of the seas and the cruise in general The good points Good size ship - easy to move around and not too many crowds The variety of activities - something for ...
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Sail Date October 2012

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1 Review Written

Splendor of the seas august 2012

Being a first time cruiser, my expectations were low and I was pleasantly surprised and had a very relaxing vacation. The cabin was nice and had much more room for storage than what I'd expected with large closets ...
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Sail Date August 2012

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1 Review Written

Mediterranean Cruise

Although I had cruised with Disney Cruise Line before, to me, this was my first cruise. The purpose of this vacation was to celebrate the completion of my MBA at 42 years old. In general, the experience was superb. ...
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Sail Date September 2011

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2 Reviews Written

July 4- 11 day Splendor- Venice to Venice

The first day was embarkment in the Venice port. It was smooth but there was some wait. But all in all I thought fine. It did take 6 hours to get my luggage and I had jet-lag and wanted to go to bed. We then ...
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Sail Date July 2011

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1 Review Written

Splendour of the Sea

Our family of seven just returned from a trip of a lifetime. We sailed on Splendour of the Sea out of Venice, Italy on June 3rd. This was the first time for our family for cruising and it has made us all ...
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Sail Date June 2011

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William Travel

1 Review Written

First time crusing, Mediterranean a great way to start

This was our first time on a cruise and in the Mediterranean. It just seemed like the best way to get to many of these fantastic ports and it turned out we were right. With the jam packed schedule for the cruise, it ...
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Sail Date May 2011

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1 Review Written

First of many - I hope!

As a first time cruiser it was with slight apprehension that we booked what we hoped would be an amazing introduction to cruising aboard Splendour of the Seas on its Eastern Mediterranean itinerary. We were not ...
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Sail Date May 2010

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1 Review Written

Wet Holiday

It was our first cruise ever. We headed to Venice three days prior to the cruise;We wanted a B&B which was close to Piazzale Roma and the port. We found one clean and romantic little B&B. If some one is looking for ...
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Sail Date May 2010

Splendour of the Seas Ratings

Public Rooms4.04.3
Fitness Recreation4.03.8
Value For Money4.03.9
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