My husband and I boarded the Splendour of the Seas on 10/27/02 for the trans-Atlantic cruise from Barcelona, Spain to Galveston, Texas. It was absolutely fantastic! From the moment we got on board, the staff was friendly, and the service outstanding. Our cabin was the smallest of the balcony cabins - if you can afford a balcony, we would definitely recommend it. We spent a lot of time on it, and often had room service breakfast out there. We also enjoyed the sound of the waves. The room itself was not very large, but it was comfortable, and the sitting area/vanity area with couch was nice to have. There was also plenty of closet space for clothing and bags, etc. Our cabin attendant was very friendly, and we enjoyed the "towel origami" each night. Our only complaint with the cabin was that the people next door were heavy smokers, and the smoke seemed to find its way into our room. Nothing could be done about this, therefore, we feel it might be a good idea to segregate smoking/non-smoking rooms.The food on board was also quite good, with a wide array of dining options available at almost any hour. Our dining room waiters were attentive and friendly, and the menu for dinner each night was always superb, with selections including a wide variety of seafood, spicy Asian dishes, etc.My husband particularly enjoyed the lobster tails! The midnight buffets were excellent as well, especially the chocolate buffet, and they had a number of these buffets throughout the cruise. The evening shows could use some help, though. The actors, dancers, and singers performed well; however, the shows simply seemed outdated and perhaps geared towards an older crowd. The longer cruises, we found, do attract older passengers; in fact, we were probably one of only a dozen or so couples under the age of fifty. However, we did have fun, and we met a couple our age that we were able to do things with.We also enjoyed some of the game shows in the evening, and dancing in the Viking Lounge. My husband and I do ballroom dancing, and there was plenty of opportunity for this. They did have a dance couple on board (Gavin and Lydia) that taught group dance classes as well as a private dance class for the "at sea" days. They were excellent instructors; we'd definitely recommend their classes!Shore excursions can be expensive, but we found that it's worth it, rather than wasting time trying to find something to do in a port that you are unfamiliar with. I'd recommend researching a destination beforehand, if you don't want to do the excursions.Overall, a great cruise! We would definitely recommend Royal Caribbean!
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