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Splendour of the Seas

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What people said about this ship:

"...and what each of us wanted to drink upon arrival in the dining room ." in 25 reviews.

"It was my second cruise....first time on Royal Carribean, and I would love to go again." in 10 reviews.

"Definitely American customer service that you wont find with other European cruise lines." in 9 reviews.



Splendour of the Seas departs from:

Venice, Italy Dubai, U.A.E.

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Good experience, but the Splendour of the Seas Ship is completely OUT-DATED!!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Splendour of the Seas | Sail Date: Jul 17, 2015

In all honesty, overall I had a great time on the ship.  However, my friend and I paid a premium price to go on this cruise, hence I expected a premium experience.  The entertainment crew, staff, housekeeping and restaurant servers were wonderful!  With that said, there were some major issues that I will disclose. 1. Some of the events on the ships Compass/events schedule were cancelled, or simply did not happen, i.e. trivia night in the bar or majority rules game poolside.  It's a bit disappointing to visit a venue and have no one at least let us know that that the event was cancelled. 2. The ship is very outdated, it states that the Splendour of the Seas has some fairly recent renovations.  However, furniture, cabin A/C, toilet suction, Karaoke machine, overall decor of ship were either non-functioning or falling apart.  Again, please know that had the service and actual crew members not have compensated with their positive energy and focus on customer satisfaction, this would have been easily a dismal trip!  Lastly, in comparison to other cruise lines, the food quality was subpar at best.  The best meal I had was at that specialty dining Chef's Table and it was a pretty penny for a quality meal.

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Great cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Splendour of the Seas | Sail Date: Jul 17, 2015

We loved the 8 night Greece & Turkey cruise out of Venice, Italy.  Enjoyed the outstanding destinations and excursions. Had a lovely stateroom with ocean-view. We liked the size of the ship--not too big. 

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European Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Splendour of the Seas | Sail Date: Jul 04, 2015

Loved the ports of call!  Never a cloud in the sky.  The Splendour of the Seas was an older ship.  Apparently they added more staterooms which made my time dining nearly impossible.  We had to make reservations, the first available was 9:30 pm, which in my opinion is not my time dining.  We opted for the buffet but I felt cheated.  We did manage 3 nights in the dining room with reservations made way ahead of time.  Also breakfast, we were asked to leave our tables as soon as we were finished eating due to lack of space.  On the last sea day the waiter asked my kids (kids, 25 and 21) to leave a handicapped table.  Five vacant handicapped tables.  No other seats available.  They ate by the pool.  By the time my husband and I got to looking for a table all five handicap tables were occupied by unhandicapped people.  One table for two that hubby and I sat at.  Really?   We had met the waiter and chatted with him everyday at that table.  Never mentioned we shouldn't be sitting there. 

Overall we enjoyed our cruise, but the eating situation was definitely and issue! 

 

 

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Great Itineray, Marvelous Staff

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Splendour of the Seas | Sail Date: Jun 27, 2015

The Itinerary was near perfect. The locations visited were quite picturesque, especially Mekonos. If Santorini was also on the itinerary it would have been perfect. We booked excursions mostly on our own, so that we could limit the group size. This way, we saw the islands in a more private way, rather than with a bus load of people.  The rooms were a little small, but extremely clean. The housekeeping staff was wonderful. I was impressed with ship sanitation. They had hand sanitizing stations everywhere on the ship, and as you entered a public space staff suggested that you sanitize your hands. The main dining room  food and staff were marvelous. They took care of myself and family very well, quickly learning our names and knew what each of us wanted to drink upon arrival in the dining room.  I was a little disappointed in the main Windjammer buffet. Food was too often repeated and the scrambled eggs were dreadful. But, you could easily ask the omelet  chef to scramble eggs and they were perfect. Also, I thought it closed too early, 9:30pm. It should have stayed open until midnight.  We got the deluxe  drink package and was very pleased.   Drinks and Wine for example cost $9 to $14.  So,  If you had one or two drinks in the afternoon around the pool and two more at dinner and two later in the evening the package quickly paid for itself. Overall, I highly recommend Royal Caribbean. 

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OK but didn't meet expectations

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Splendour of the Seas | Sail Date: May 30, 2015

This was our first cruise and many friends had told us how great cruising was but none had been on this particular cruise. I am big on using the internet to research places and had downloaded an app (Ship Mate) to track the ships progress. I paid for the top WiFi package so I could access the internet on 2 devices. Internet access was not available in our state room and spotty on the upper decks. Couldn't use the app or research our excursion destinations. Very frustrating. Also, couldn't smoke a cigar anywhere but the starboard side of the upper two decks and it was too windy in the evenings.

We enjoyed the excursions and met some great people but the ship was crowded and relaxing lounge chairs were hard to find. IF we cruise again we will likely try another cruise line or a larger ship.

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Wonderful ship

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Splendour of the Seas | Sail Date: May 30, 2015

Royal Carribean does excellent job. I will miss this ship. Second time we have been on it. Oldy but goody. Staff well trained and organized. Food and entertainment excellent. Love the solarium with pool, more quiet and offered more protection from sun. Spa services were top notch. I had three massage services Disappointed in cost for beverages. 9.00 for glass of wine. Beverage packages were very expensive. Hard to make worth your while if you are off ship during the day. Did not miss going to or paying for specialty restaurants as the food in dining room and in wind jammer were very good. Would have liked more time on the islands. Excellent security on ship. I appreciated emphasis on hand washing to prevent disease outbreaks. Loved the movies on outdoor screen and blankets to keep us warm! Can not comment on casino as we did not go there.

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Cruise needs to be brought into 21st century.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Splendour of the Seas | Sail Date: May 30, 2015

The on-board activities were mainly inane--towel-folding lessons, fox-trot lessons (the fox-trot became passe 60 years ago).  Too much bus-riding on the off-ship excursions.  Why Argostoli?  Nothing but a third-rate cave and a so-so monastery.  Surely some other island would have been more interesting.  The solo guitarist for the last night dance party was really disappointing.

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Epic

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Splendour of the Seas | Sail Date: Mar 27, 2015

We loved the staff, dance and language classes, shuffleboard/mini golf, gym, food choices, kids' club, and itinerary.  The one bad part was when we were told we had to pay reciprocity fees for Argentina as we were getting on the ship, $640 for my family of 4.  We would have liked Orbitz and/or Royal Caribbean to have told us that BEFORE we were embarking. 

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music

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Splendour of the Seas | Sail Date: Feb 08, 2015

we love all the theme of music and dancing ,the centrum is beautiful and all activity music it happen there ,the only thing we don't understand Portugal language so we did'n go to the show

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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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Limited places to smoke a cigar and NO ONE had a cigar cutter...not the shop that sold cigars or any of the bars. Bring your own!

The Guest Services desk should have forms for laundry and other things that might be requested. We literally had to attempt three times to find a laundry form. I don't mind coming down to the desk to pick them up or, more importantly, picking them up when I'm there already.

Excellent Ben and Jerrys icecream in the library. Nice secluded sunning area near spa. Have to walk through gym to get there. Four times round track equals a mile!

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