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Old 12-01-2005, 02:42 AM
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A short review about our Splendour Transatlantic sailing, starting november 12th until arriving in Galveston november 26th .

However the Splendour is an older ship, we loved her. Many things has been refurbished during the cruise. They refurbished 547 inside-staterooms, with new curtains, new chair and arm chair, new headboards. And the next thing, they will change are the carpets.
In may 2006 the Splendour is going to drydock in Lisboa for 9 days an get a complete new Windjammer Cafe. And that is neccessary. Chairs are okay, but the tables are not longer acceptable.
Inside cabins are one of the smallest in the fleet. Beds together is not to handle. The stateroom attendend seperated them and situated them close to the wall. Closet was okay , but drawer cabinets were not sufficient. Balkony cabins are much bigger, including a sofa and a table.
Breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer were okay, not so many choice, because the Windjammer smaller than on other ships.
Dinner in the Dining Room were good to excellent, service too.
We had some rain in Barcelona, Alicante and Malaga, sun in Tenerife and on the Bahamas and wonderful seadays with an average temperatur of 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
But almost windy and sometimes calm and sometimes rough sea with windforce 6-8.
Unfortunately some of us get the usual ship virus, which knocked us out for at least 2 days.
We had wonderful tablemates, two german friends, a wonderful older couple from California and their friend, a lady from Texas.
We loved our conversations with many crew members from different countries, including the Captain from Norway and had the honor to dine with him at the Captains Table.

So all in all, we can absolut recommend this ship. It is not to small and not to big. And it never seemed crowed with the 1.570 passengerns onboard the crossing.
When all the refurbishings have been done, it will be an excellent cruiseship for every destination, our second choice behind the Radiance Class.

I`m writing my normal review, but first in german and then translating it with the help of „Crown Prince“ into english. So I need some more time.

Marita
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Thanks Marita, this is very helpful. We, who are language-challenged appreciate you taking the extra effort to translate. I'm curious were there extra fees for the rock climbing wall and the golf. I have read some posts that say there are fees and others that say there are not.
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Old 12-01-2005, 09:11 AM
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There are no extra fees, not for the rock climbing wall and not for the minigolf.
And I´ve never noticed extra fees on other ships, like Brilliance, Jewel, Sun or Zenith.
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Thanks Marita! Are there any tips about the ship that you could share. Since you had a longer voyage, perhaps you found some things about the ship that someone on a shorter trip might not find or be able to appreciate.

1. Did you get a look at any of the aft balcony cabins?

2. Did you find any areas of the ship that we might wish to avoid?

3. Anything that you would bring on board that would make life on board better?
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Old 12-02-2005, 08:46 AM
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Hi lostcajun

I´m writing my long review, where I write more about any aspect.
We saw only a normal balcony cabin, really nice and spacious. I only can tell you the sizes in m2 not in squareinch, but so you can imagine, how the difference is: small inside: 12,8 m2, large inside: 13,8 m2, balcony: 18 m2 plus 3,5 m2 balcony.

Areas to avoid: I think if you are not a gambler, the casino. For my ears and nose, it was terrible.

Anything bring on board: maybe a bathrobe, only in a few categories you get a bathrobe.
The matrasses were good, after they put a coating on it, it was too hard.
The pillows were good. Oh, they had no bodylotion, like on other ships.

I hope I can compleet my review as soon as possible and then translate it for this board.
But it may take some more days, until I´m ready.

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Wow, thanks for the quick response!
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Yes, we've never been inspired by the casinos. We like the more relaxing aspects of crusing in which We don't have to "win" anything in order to have a "good" day. We are winners to be able to be in a place that is warm and peaceful and when we are in a rare experience of actually being served. In our work we tend to serve others. We don't require being served, but when we are served we appreciate it.
 
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