Excellent Service, Medium Quality Ship, Horrible Entertainment

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

Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 22

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Dubai (Dubai Roundtrip)
Sail Date: December 21, 2015
Ship: Splendour of the Seas
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: 7051
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 2 years ago

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.


Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5


1 out of 5

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
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.

Ship Tip

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.

1 out of 5
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.
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