Splendour of the Seas Cruise Review to Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

Contributor Level: Third Mate

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3 out of 5

Excellent Service, Medium Quality Ship, Horrible Entertainment

Sail Date: December 21, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Inside

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.


Cabin / Stateroom
Bed was double and crowded into one corner. Rug on other corner was wet until water was removed by a wind machine after I reported it. But it was kept clean and otherwise well maintained by an excellent staff.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
My cabin could not be opened. I had to wait three hours for the lock to be fixed, and I missed either a late lunch or a snack because I couldn't leave the spot where I was waiting.
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Children's Programs
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Khasab, Oman
The panorama is basically a ride through limestone mountains next to water. It is a boring picture of what must be the boring life of residents there. No wonder the young are leaving at so great a rate.
Muscat, Oman
Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
Dubai, U.A.E.


Use the Guest Services to explain anything that the ship's literature does not tell you, and do it the moment you have a question.
This ship has few public washrooms, so find out quickly where the ones you might need (like before or after eating or drinking) are.

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