Splendour of the Seas

3.6 out of 5

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Splendour of the Seas is a medium ship, carrying 2076 passengers and 723 crew, and sails from Dubai, U.A.E..

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
5 out of 5

Fabulous combination of exciting & relaxing!

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We originally booked this cruise due to price, time frame, & itinerary.  The stops were all very interesting & the number of sea days allowed for enjoyment of many on board choices of activities also.  As it is a smaller ship, the staff had the time to be much more personal & we felt we were treated like friends rather than customers.  This was the last voyage of the Splendour as RCL has sold her to Thompson.  That made for a really one of a kind cruise - as all the staff & entertainers recognized that each activity was the last on board this ship!  Great fun!  

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

Great services by various people

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We had the pleasure of have two great waiters for most of the week, because after the first two nights of getting them by luck of the draw, we always asked for a table in their area. That would be Prasath and Elmer (as in Elmer Fudd proclaimed by Elmer). Our water glasses never went below half full as well as our wine glasses never went empty. Prasath did a great job each time of explaining and suggesting the menu items of the day. One evening my wife decided to have a Grasshopper drink after her dinner. Prasath was a little confused by her request, but after explaining it to him; he took the request to the bartender. It wasn’t long and the bartender returned with two delicious Grasshoppers. We had some inquisitive table neighbors wondering what we were drinking. The next evening we couldn’t get a table in the dynamic dual’s area and were placed in another area. It wasn’t the same level of service as Prasath and Elmer, as my wife and I talked about it throughout the dinner. Again, nothing was bad or unpleasant; he just didn’t ring the “WOW” bell. The next night we were able to get a table in Prasath’s area again. We received the usual great Prasath and Elmer services. As Prasath was taking our plates away, he asked if we would like Grasshoppers drinks for desert. Ding Ding, the ‘WOW’ bells go off.  I did mention to Elmer how we didn’t receive the great service the previous night from another waiter as we have been from him and Prasath all week.

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Contributor Level: Second Mate
4 out of 5

Trip of a lifetime

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Booked this cruise because of the itenary. Stayed in Dubai for five days before the cruise and a week after the cruise. There is a lot to see and do. The ship is a older smaller ship but we'll kept. Easy to navigate your way around. The food and entertainment was ok. The work out room was small but adequate. Enjoyed the Zumba classes they are free. Our inside cabin 2539 was what we expected. Room steward Yousef was great always greeted us by our names with a smile. The night club had different music  theme nights 60's, 70's, 80's which were fun. The ship is being sold to Thomson cruise line. Overall we enjoyed the cruise.

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
3 out of 5

Excellent Service, Medium Quality Ship, Horrible Entertainment

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

The ship is of standard quality, though improvements could be made to the single rooms, in which the bed is crowded into a small space. The food is also of standard quality but there is a great deal of variety. The quantity of fresh fruit is a plus.The food is not adequately labeled (e.g.--creme brulee is soupy with bananas in it; French onion soup is beef broth with a few onions, a tiny bit of bread atop with a spoonfull of  grated supposedly gruyere cheese; beef sliders at dinner are too small for a main dish). When one asked for eliminations (like no potatoes), one got them anyway. Drinks are overpriced.

There are not a lot of activities for older folk. Trivia questions were mostly contemporary (few historical) and British based, announced by a man who spoke undecipherable English. Theater presentations were cheap and, all except a Beattles show, had poor choreography, one-size-fits-all sets, a soprano who screeched high notes, an M/C who asked for audience applause and dancing in the aisles, and singers/M/C who did not  correctly pronounce names of major lyricists (like Oscar Hammerstein--who was an American, not a German HammerSTINE).  Many walked out on the shows I attended, and one in a wheelchair didn't make it but tried. Outside of showtime, the M/C spent his time promoting and not relating to people outside of the latest promotion or paying any attention to anyone who might have wanted to ask a question. In a dancing lesson, I saw the dance instructor actually chewed out a participant who did not "get" a particular step right. In the Centrum, the musicians were good but not a one ever played a classical piece--no, not once. 

Luckily, the tours off-shore were good, because so few of the activities onboard were.

 

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Good experience on a very old ship soon to be sold

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It was overall a good experience with seasoned staff who were personable and helpful.  This ship is soon to leave the RCL Fleet and in desperate need of an overhaul before it starts with the Thompson Charter group.  Food was ok and cabin was comfortable though the mattress should be thrown overboard and a new one bought.  :)

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  • Price: $

  • Size: M

  • Total Passengers: 2076

  • Total Crew: 723

  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 2.87

  • Built: Mar 1996

  • Refurbished: 6 yrs ago

  • Number of Decks: 10

  • Total Cabins: 914

  • Cabin Categories: 26

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RedbeardCoach
Contributor Level: Purser
Oct 22, 2015

The wait staff at the King and I was exceptional. The workout area was small but suitable and I was able to work out while on vacation.

aallford
Contributor Level: Purser
Aug 30, 2015

Would've been nice to receive daily planners ahead of time rather than late the night before the next day. Can wait and plan excursions once on ship. King and I dining experience is fun (get dressed and up and be waited on), but food is only fair. Windjammer food was good and variety was great!

daokhapd
Contributor Level: Purser
Aug 14, 2015

There was nothing to drink after dinner except the bars. They didn't have a midnight buffet like the other cruises I've been on. The food was just ok. The lemonade was awesome. The alcoholic beverages were $14 each (very pricey). There were plenty of things to do on the ship daily.

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