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Splendour of the Seas

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Price: $     Size: M     Refurbished: 3 yrs ago    


What people said about this ship:

"Our dining room experience was top-notch, and we loved getting to know our waitress." in 20 reviews.

"The customer service offered by most of the employees was very good,..." in 9 reviews.

"We 've cruised on Royal Carribean before and were very pleased, but not this trip." in 7 reviews.



176 reviews from our community




hquin15
Purser

Traveled As:
Large Group

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
7+ cruises

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Great places in a nice ship.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Splendour of the Seas | Sail Date: Sep 27, 2014

Even though this is an old ship, it is very well maintained. You would never know but I read about the ship before I chose it. I was pleased with their large inside staterooms, and the whole ship. The places we went to were amazing and the embarkation and disembarkation were great. I thought the food was o.k. The staff is great. The Customer Service, Excursion Desk were very friendly. Regarding the places we visited: Venice, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Ephesus, Turkey; Olympia, Greece, Santorini, Greece. I feel that Santorini is not the type of island that can handle these types of cruises. It was too crowded with two different cruise ships in the island at the same time. The cruise should be able to find a way to stay overnight or leave later in order to allow the passengers enjoy the island without the  stress of lines to get in and out to the ship. All of us(6 people) had a great experience on this cruise.

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Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
7+ cruises

4 out of 5
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Amazing cities! Spectacular views! Easy ports!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Splendour of the Seas | Sail Date: Sep 27, 2014

It was a great trip!

perfect because I didn't have to worry about luggage every day. You unpack only once!

leaving from Venice was very nice! Very easy to access the port. Very easy process for boarding!

the fact that you have 2 days on sea was great, because you could use the rest after walking all day long.

the ports "cities" were fabulous!

Croatia - a dream ! You change money to their currency right outside the cruise, then walk few steps take their public transportation ( bus) and you are in the main city.

"santorini" spectacular views! If there are more than on cruise at the time, it could be a complete cluster to get to the island. You can only walk up the mountain, take a ride with a funky or take a cable cart.

you could wait 2 hours to come back down. Santorini is not made for that many people.

turkey " Ephesus"- a must see. We took a 4 hour tour pre-paid tour.

Olympia was a also very exciting.

the food was average. I don't believe they had a good variety of foods on the menu.

the shows were not good at all. I was very disappointed because I have taken at least 10 cruises and this is the first time that I did not like the shows at all. 

The staff were very professional and very nice.

it is a cruise that I will recommend to everyone if you want to have a taste of these countries.

this is not a Caribbean cruise where you go to relax. If you want to visit the sights in every port of call, you have to be on top of your game!

 

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Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
7+ cruises

4 out of 5
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Beautiful itinary

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Splendour of the Seas | Sail Date: Sep 20, 2014

I have traveled Royal Caribbean several times and I feel some of the little perks have been taken away. 

1. Our room server was over worked could never find him when needed

2. Beds used to be turned down every night and a chocolate would be left on your pillow

3. Every port would have photographer waitin right outside for photo, wasn't there a couple times I stepped off

4. Photo night did not have as many set ups for photos

5. Being charged now for lobster dinner was always part of menu on formal night

6. Always had a midnight buffet with fruit, ice or chocolate one evening during cruise.

7I do understand the cost of gas and other items going up but it's those little things that make it extra special

8. port times too short and not great times

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tiocucho
Purser

Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
7+ cruises

4 out of 5
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Great trip.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Splendour of the Seas | Sail Date: Sep 13, 2014

It was fine, just the room in front of a boiler or machine room was not that quiet while sleeping.

Everything else was fine and the waiters at the dining table Francisco and Tedios were super fantastic.

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jsshaw3
Purser

Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
7+ cruises

4 out of 5
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visiting places

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Splendour of the Seas | Sail Date: Sep 13, 2014

The route is well designed and the places the ship visited are all very interesting and attractive. The food is generally ok but the space of the main café restaurant is very crowded plus the opening time is relatively short that make it hard sometimes to find available tables.

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
4-6 cruises

3 out of 5
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splendour of the seas, greek isles

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Splendour of the Seas | Sail Date: Sep 06, 2014

It was a fair cruise, not the best we have had with Royal Caribbean, definitely,

the ports were the highlight of our trip.

Not the best food, our cabin was the smallest we have ever had , fun activities and good shows.

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jrfgallo
Purser

Traveled As:
Family w/young children

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
2-3 cruises

5 out of 5
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Review of Royal Caribbean Eastern Mediterranean Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Splendour of the Seas | Sail Date: Jun 21, 2014

I had a great time on the cruise.  Unfortunately, I had a bout of gastrointestinal problems midway through the cruise, and it caused me to miss an excursion I paid for and several meals.  Despite this issue, I still had a great time visiting places I have never been.  I flet that I had enough time in the ports of call to explore the areas nearby.  The crew was excellent: friendly, helpful, and dedicated to making my experience an enjoyable one.

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
2-3 cruises

1 out of 5
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THE BEST CRUISE EVER ON SPLENDOR OF THE SEA

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Splendour of the Seas | Sail Date: Jun 21, 2014

we like everything on theship speciality the indoor swiming pool but we missed the discotec on other ship like liberty of the sea.we like the stateroom.the dining room.we are very happy with our house keeping.and the weiter HOLENKA CUACO.KARANDEO CHUTTEEYA.SERGIO GUILLEN AND RG MENDOZA. for a customer service like them  we had the best experience ever.we recomended splendor of the seato anybody who wants to have the best cruise of their life.

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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

2 out of 5
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Cruise only recommended for those fluent in Portuguese

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Splendour of the Seas | Sail Date: Feb 02, 2014

I wanted to let you know how disappointed my grandma and I were our cruise experience.  First and foremost, while we were in line to check in for the cruise, we were alerted to a $160/person reciprocity fee that we were required to pre-pay for entrance into Argentina.  Since this was the very first I heard of this, you can imagine my shock and disappointment.  You had let us know of the Brazilian Visa required (costing $160/person) and I had seen that for myself on the Royal Caribbean website, however, there was never any mention of the fee for Argentina as well.  Our only option at the point in time that we learned about it, was to pay or not board the ship.  Needless to say, we paid the fee ($320 total).  As a travel agency service, I think it your responsibility to disclose and clarify any documents we would need to take this cruise so we had all the information upfront and could make a judgment call on whether or not it was worth it to spend all this extra money to take this cruise.  I would like to know if there is any way you plan to rectify this unfortunate situation.

 

Next, I did receive an email 10 days after I booked this trip, that the cruise was going to be a "culturally enriching experience", there was nothing in that email or on the Royal Caribbean website that led me to believe over 95% of the people on the ship, along with all of the entertainment would be in Portuguese.  If the description was more clear, I would have been concerned - knowing that we would not be able to speak to anyone or really enjoy any of the entertainment.  However, everything I read made me believe it would not be a concern and that there would be plenty of English spoken on board.  That was not the case at all.  The time of dinner even changed to accommodate the Portuguese passengers, which was not discussed on the Royal Caribbean website.  Anytime dining begins at 6:30 and my grandma was already pushing it with how late she wanted to eat.  We quickly found out on the ship, that dinner would actually not start until 7:30 anywhere - dining room or buffet - because that is more standard to Brazilian dinner time.  Again, information that should have been available prior to booking.

 

Finally, as part of my booking deal, you had said that we would get a $75 credit on any Seapass charges.  There was no discount taken off either of our accounts.  I'm happy to contact Royal Caribbean about this as well, but figured I would address it with you first, as it had been part of my booking deal with Cruises Only.

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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
7+ cruises

4 out of 5
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Good Cruise, extra required costs for US travelers for tourist visa for Brazil and reciprocity fee for Argentina

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Splendour of the Seas | Sail Date: Jan 26, 2014

Decent cruise, I am from the USA I was disappointed that Royal Caribbean did not tell us that a $160 per person tourist visa was required just to board the plane to fly to Brazil.  We also had a $160 per person reciprocity fee for Argentina, we found this out at the port.  The cruise staff was awesome as usual.  Only about 28 out of 2000 passengers spoke English but most of the cruise staff spoke English so language wasn't a barrier at all.  We were able to take all of our excursions with an English speaking tour guide.  Mostly Brazilian passengers and they were very friendly.  I didn't like waiting in line to enter the Windjammer cafe, this is the first time I have ever experienced lines for meals on a cruise.  The food was a 6 out of 10, like eating at Ryan's or Golden Corral buffet for a week, even in the fancier dining rooms.  The food was not bad but not great.  Overall this was an easy affordable way to explore several South American countries.  I would recommend this cruise to others

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ArielP.
Second Mate

During the sea days , go to the main dining room for lunch and enjoy the great salad bar.

Wash your hands!!

try go where the passengers are not e.g. - early on deck

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