Occupation:Branching Assistant / Banking
Number of Cruises: 1
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Ship: Splendour of the Seas
Sailing Date: March 6th, 2006
The Ship: As a first time cruiser, I was awestruck by the ship! It really is beautiful. When I first walked on board, there was the Centrum, which is 4 decks high, with a glass elevator, curving staircase, and tons of atmosphere! Very elegant! I had heard about stains in other reviews, but I didn’t notice any that were that bad. The ones I saw were in heavily treaded areas, which makes sense to me. Try having 3,000 people walking on your carpet every week and see how clean it stays. As for odors that I had heard about, especially on the lower decks, there were none! And I mean NONE! We never smelled any kind of odor or sewage smell… and believe me, I was definitely preparing for it.
The Stateroom: We were in an inside stateroom on the 3rd Deck (which on the ship is “A Deck”) and we were very pleased. Our stateroom attendant, Emanuel, went out of his way for me on the first day. He brought an egg crate to put on the bed to make the ridge in the middle less noticeable. It was very comfortable! He also brought me a fan, which sounds silly, but it meant a lot to me since we always sleep with one. We had two towel animals while we were there, and Emanuel always replaced our towels with new ones, turned down our beds at night, etc. It was perfect! The room was small, but I was prepared for that, so it wasn’t that bad. If you go in with a good attitude, I think you will be fine.
The Entertainment: We went to several events on board, mostly at night, since we were beach / pool bums during the day. The first night we went to Rodney Johnson’s comedy show, and he was very funny! He was funny without being vulgar, which was good since there were a lot of children around. We also went to two productions that RC’s singers and dancers put on: Flashback and Dancing through the Movies. We loved both of them, especially a singer named Renata. She was fabulous! Every time she sang I got goose bumps! We didn’t go to Dueling Pianos, which I really wanted to do and heard was great. We went to Dancing Under the Stars, which had a great buffet, and lots of good music. The best part was the midnight Chocolate Buffet… that was awesome! It was beautiful and I got some good pictures. Make sure you don’t miss it!
The Dining: I was also looking forward to this, since I had mixed reviews about the food. The only thing I have to say is if you leave hungry, it is your own fault. We ate in the Windjammer every morning, and Randy really enjoyed it. He told me that I need to cook for him every morning like that! HA! In the afternoons, we ate at Windjammer each afternoon or at Sorrento’s pizza. I usually ate at Sorrento’s because it was easier for me! Grab some pizza and go back to the lounge chair and the sun! We never ate at Johnny Rockets, and never talked to anyone who did, so we have no idea what it was like. We were in the Mirage Dining Room on Deck 4. Anthony from the Phillipines was our waiter, Eduardo from Venezuela was our assistant waiter, and Tbolt from Hungary was our head waiter and they were all perfect. Our menu was as follows:
Appetizers – Tomato Bisque (Very good)
Shrimp Cocktail (Good)
Seafood Risotto (Excellent!)
New England Clam Chowder (Excellent!)
Dinners: Atlantic Cod (Good)
Filet of Beef with Peppercorn Gravy (Very Good)
Tiger Shrimp (Very Good)
NY Strip (Very Good)
Desserts: Tiramisu (Good)
Apple Pie A la Mode (Good)
Key Lime Pie (Good)
All of the food was really wonderful! The whole dining experience was great for us, and we were completely in awe of how courteous the staff was with us under every circumstance!
The itinerary: We were supposed to go to CocoCay first, but since the winds were high, we went to Nassau first. We actually got an overnight there, which was neat. We didn’t get off the boat at all in Nassau because we were there to relax. We sat on the boat while all the “spring break” partiers were on the island. CocoCay was amazing! When you get on the island, turn left toward all the chairs… then go right for a long time and eventually it gets to a really secluded part of beach. There are hammocks everywhere and beach chairs galore! It’s quiet and so relaxing! The water is amazing!
All in all, this was an incredible vacation! Randy even said he would definitely go again, which is a big plus! Go, enjoy yourselves! Go in with a good attitude and you will have a great time!