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Anyone recently taken Splendour of the Seas out of Galveston?



 
 
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Old December 19th, 2003, 05:53 PM
Steve
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Old December 20th, 2003, 03:58 AM
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Default Anyone recently taken Splendour of the Seas out of Galveston?

Steve, we were on her a year ago, 10 days Western Caribbean. Not the biggest,
best or brightest ship in the fleet, but we had a very enjoyable cruise.

The food was good to very good, we had a great waiter and table in the dining
room, and saw two special shows (Charo and John Davidson, who, laugh if you
will, were both fabulous!). We spent a few afternoons watching playoff football
in the Schooner, and met a lot of nice people on board.

My biggest complaint is probably that the Windjammer is set up very poorly, and
very unlike the new ones where there are many stations and good traffic flow.
It was a chore to navigate through this one and find what you wanted. The gym
is just adequate, and certainly not like those on the newer, larger ships.

All in, however, I have nothing bad to say. We got a great deal and had quite a
nice time.

Anything specific, just ask.

~ Peri

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Old December 20th, 2003, 03:07 PM
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Default Anyone recently taken Splendour of the Seas out of Galveston?

Our first cruise was on Splendour out of Galveston to the Panama Canal
itinerary. Recommend it.

We really enjoyed it and comparing it to our recent Celebrity cruise on
Constellation felt the following.

Splendour won on dining room food quality and waiters, cabin attendent, 24
hour pools, atrium,. Ship was very smooth and we travelled a lot of miles

Connie won on room service menu and service, poolside grill, ship was
beautiful, buffett food was good and seaside room was very nice.


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Old December 20th, 2003, 03:59 PM
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Default Anyone recently taken Splendour of the Seas out of Galveston?

I just returned from the Nov 29 sailing from Galveston on the Splendour to
the Panama Canal (12 days).

Overall, a very enjoyable trip. The ship is typical of the vision class.
They had just installed the rock climbing wall and it was frequently busy.
The gym seemed smaller than that on the Vision and the Rhapsody - although I
did like that they opened at 5:00 a.m. rather than the posted time of 6:00
a.m. On the second day, they added two elliptical trainers (4 in total) and
two bikes (4 in total I think). They also had two treadmills (3.5 mph limit)
and 4 treadmills (no limit). Dumbbells reached a max of 60 lbs, and they had
approx 9 machines to train bodyparts.

On the Splendour, the lounge is at the front of the ship rather than the
rear - I didn't particularly like that as the windows were quite a bit
smaller and the view less spectacular. The theatre is one level rather than
two. The entertainment was fine. They've just hired on a new entertainment
crew and we saw their first performance - not too bad. The Murder Mystery
was fun except for the always present bar staff who constantly interrupted
game play. I enjoyed dinner in the main dining room and often had seconds.
The second seating is the quiet seating - quite a few empty tables.
According to our waiter, the main seating was packed. Meals in the
windjammer were fine - long lineups though. Poor coordination by the kitchen
on early tender days would result in a depletion of either silverware or
plates. Understandably, the windjammer was packed the day we cruised the
Panama Canal. Lunch, though, was a disaster. Long lines as people had to
wait for the plates to trickle in stacks of 10 from the kitchen. I thought
the staff in the windjammer pleasant except for one or two that never broke
a smile.

The weather was great for the most part. Seas were a little rough though and
we had to miss our stop in Jamaica. One of the staff said we almost missed
the stop in Grand Cayman and an alternate daily planner was ready for that
possibility. Very sunny in Grand Cayman and Belize and Costa Rico. Humid
too! I loved it. Sunny for most of the sea days but be prepared for a bit of
a breeze to sweep across the deck - it was nice though because it kept you
cool.

I'm 38 and travelled with similarly aged people. Most of the passengers,
though, were considerably older (50's and 60's and 70's). I think I counted
perhaps 6 children and one infant. Needless to say, the disco was pretty
much a bust most nights until the crew arrived around midnight. And some of
the post dinner events had only a handful of people in attendance. Not to
say there's anything wrong with getting to bed early! I'm a big fan of sleep
myself!

I had an aft balcony suite and the view was incredible especially passing
through the canal. If you want to watch it from the windjammer or the front
decks, rise early! People were up by 7:00 to take positions. The aft cabins,
though, are a bit of a hike to the central elevator. Not a big deal though.

Any other questions, feel free to email me. I kept all the daily compasses
and port brochures if you have any specific questions.

James
Seattle, WA

"Steve" wrote in message
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Feedback desired on RCCL's Splendour of the Seas out of Galveston. As

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Old December 20th, 2003, 06:20 PM
Eileen Garland
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Default Anyone recently taken Splendour of the Seas out of Galveston?

Thanks, this was interesting reading.

It's been many years since we sailed on the Splendour, but I remember it
as a gorgeous ship and it's still the one against which I tend to
measure the beauty of a ship.

I'm curious - have they maintained the Splendour well, or is it looking
worn?

Eileen

Giganews wrote:
I just returned from the Nov 29 sailing from Galveston on the Splendour to
the Panama Canal (12 days).

Overall, a very enjoyable trip. The ship is typical of the vision class.
They had just installed the rock climbing wall and it was frequently busy.
The gym seemed smaller than that on the Vision and the Rhapsody - although I
did like that they opened at 5:00 a.m. rather than the posted time of 6:00
a.m. On the second day, they added two elliptical trainers (4 in total) and
two bikes (4 in total I think). They also had two treadmills (3.5 mph limit)
and 4 treadmills (no limit). Dumbbells reached a max of 60 lbs, and they had
approx 9 machines to train bodyparts.

On the Splendour, the lounge is at the front of the ship rather than the
rear - I didn't particularly like that as the windows were quite a bit
smaller and the view less spectacular. The theatre is one level rather than
two. The entertainment was fine. They've just hired on a new entertainment
crew and we saw their first performance - not too bad. The Murder Mystery
was fun except for the always present bar staff who constantly interrupted
game play. I enjoyed dinner in the main dining room and often had seconds.
The second seating is the quiet seating - quite a few empty tables.
According to our waiter, the main seating was packed. Meals in the
windjammer were fine - long lineups though. Poor coordination by the kitchen
on early tender days would result in a depletion of either silverware or
plates. Understandably, the windjammer was packed the day we cruised the
Panama Canal. Lunch, though, was a disaster. Long lines as people had to
wait for the plates to trickle in stacks of 10 from the kitchen. I thought
the staff in the windjammer pleasant except for one or two that never broke
a smile.

The weather was great for the most part. Seas were a little rough though and
we had to miss our stop in Jamaica. One of the staff said we almost missed
the stop in Grand Cayman and an alternate daily planner was ready for that
possibility. Very sunny in Grand Cayman and Belize and Costa Rico. Humid
too! I loved it. Sunny for most of the sea days but be prepared for a bit of
a breeze to sweep across the deck - it was nice though because it kept you
cool.

I'm 38 and travelled with similarly aged people. Most of the passengers,
though, were considerably older (50's and 60's and 70's). I think I counted
perhaps 6 children and one infant. Needless to say, the disco was pretty
much a bust most nights until the crew arrived around midnight. And some of
the post dinner events had only a handful of people in attendance. Not to
say there's anything wrong with getting to bed early! I'm a big fan of sleep
myself!

I had an aft balcony suite and the view was incredible especially passing
through the canal. If you want to watch it from the windjammer or the front
decks, rise early! People were up by 7:00 to take positions. The aft cabins,
though, are a bit of a hike to the central elevator. Not a big deal though.

Any other questions, feel free to email me. I kept all the daily compasses
and port brochures if you have any specific questions.

James
Seattle, WA

"Steve" wrote in message
...

Feedback desired on RCCL's Splendour of the Seas out of Galveston. As


always

remove NoSpaM from email





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Old December 20th, 2003, 08:40 PM
Giganews
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Default Anyone recently taken Splendour of the Seas out of Galveston?

I thought the ship in good condition. The carpets were a little stained but
I've noticed that on every ship I've travelled on. Apparently the ship was
in dry dock in early November (hence the addition of the rock climbing wall)
and some maintenance was performed. I also heard from people on the ship
that some of the stateroom furniture was changed out during the cruise.
There were Christmas decorations everywhere too ... what ship doesn't look
magnificant with garlands everywhere?

I've decided to shake things up next year though and try out a new class of
ship. I'm cruising on the Serenade in September from Vancouver to Hawaii. I
can't wait!

James
Seattle, WA

"Eileen Garland" wrote in message
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Thanks, this was interesting reading.

It's been many years since we sailed on the Splendour, but I remember it
as a gorgeous ship and it's still the one against which I tend to
measure the beauty of a ship.

I'm curious - have they maintained the Splendour well, or is it looking
worn?

Eileen

Giganews wrote:
I just returned from the Nov 29 sailing from Galveston on the Splendour

to
the Panama Canal (12 days).

Overall, a very enjoyable trip. The ship is typical of the vision class.
They had just installed the rock climbing wall and it was frequently

busy.
The gym seemed smaller than that on the Vision and the Rhapsody -

although I
did like that they opened at 5:00 a.m. rather than the posted time of

6:00
a.m. On the second day, they added two elliptical trainers (4 in total)

and
two bikes (4 in total I think). They also had two treadmills (3.5 mph

limit)
and 4 treadmills (no limit). Dumbbells reached a max of 60 lbs, and they

had
approx 9 machines to train bodyparts.

On the Splendour, the lounge is at the front of the ship rather than the
rear - I didn't particularly like that as the windows were quite a bit
smaller and the view less spectacular. The theatre is one level rather

than
two. The entertainment was fine. They've just hired on a new

entertainment
crew and we saw their first performance - not too bad. The Murder

Mystery
was fun except for the always present bar staff who constantly

interrupted
game play. I enjoyed dinner in the main dining room and often had

seconds.
The second seating is the quiet seating - quite a few empty tables.
According to our waiter, the main seating was packed. Meals in the
windjammer were fine - long lineups though. Poor coordination by the

kitchen
on early tender days would result in a depletion of either silverware or
plates. Understandably, the windjammer was packed the day we cruised the
Panama Canal. Lunch, though, was a disaster. Long lines as people had to
wait for the plates to trickle in stacks of 10 from the kitchen. I

thought
the staff in the windjammer pleasant except for one or two that never

broke
a smile.

The weather was great for the most part. Seas were a little rough though

and
we had to miss our stop in Jamaica. One of the staff said we almost

missed
the stop in Grand Cayman and an alternate daily planner was ready for

that
possibility. Very sunny in Grand Cayman and Belize and Costa Rico. Humid
too! I loved it. Sunny for most of the sea days but be prepared for a

bit of
a breeze to sweep across the deck - it was nice though because it kept

you
cool.

I'm 38 and travelled with similarly aged people. Most of the passengers,
though, were considerably older (50's and 60's and 70's). I think I

counted
perhaps 6 children and one infant. Needless to say, the disco was pretty
much a bust most nights until the crew arrived around midnight. And some

of
the post dinner events had only a handful of people in attendance. Not

to
say there's anything wrong with getting to bed early! I'm a big fan of

sleep
myself!

I had an aft balcony suite and the view was incredible especially

passing
through the canal. If you want to watch it from the windjammer or the

front
decks, rise early! People were up by 7:00 to take positions. The aft

cabins,
though, are a bit of a hike to the central elevator. Not a big deal

though.

Any other questions, feel free to email me. I kept all the daily

compasses
and port brochures if you have any specific questions.

James
Seattle, WA

"Steve" wrote in message
...

Feedback desired on RCCL's Splendour of the Seas out of Galveston. As


always

remove NoSpaM from email







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Old December 20th, 2003, 09:12 PM
Eileen Garland
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Default Anyone recently taken Splendour of the Seas out of Galveston?



Giganews wrote:

I thought the ship in good condition. The carpets were a little stained but
I've noticed that on every ship I've travelled on. Apparently the ship was
in dry dock in early November (hence the addition of the rock climbing wall)
and some maintenance was performed. I also heard from people on the ship
that some of the stateroom furniture was changed out during the cruise.
There were Christmas decorations everywhere too ... what ship doesn't look
magnificant with garlands everywhere?


Why, thank you!


I've decided to shake things up next year though and try out a new class of
ship. I'm cruising on the Serenade in September from Vancouver to Hawaii. I
can't wait!


The Serenade is gorgeous; I'm certain you'll like it.

Eileen

 




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