CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Splendour of the Seas by m. greco Western Europe July 1, 2002

We left Barcelona on June 30 after 7 days in the city and surrounding area. We found the boarding process quick and friendly, and spent the afternoon becoming acquainted with the ship layout, playing miniature golf on the top deck, and relaxing with "the drink of the day" while leaving the harbor. The Splendour is a nice ship with some excellent public areas, but there were many families with children onboard, which made it difficult for us to use areas like the pool and the pool deck much of the time. Our cabin was comfortable, although the furniture needed to be replaced.

The meals were good, the service excellent, and the ports of call interesting. Due to the distance of most of the major cities from the ports we would recommend using the tour group's transportation at least to reach the sight-seeing areas. We are frequent travellers, but this was only our third cruise. I'm not sure I would recommend this particular cruise unless you want very busy days with very little ship time. We also learned that many of the Europeans received deeply discounted fares compared to the U.S. passengers due Royal Caribbean seeing a sharp drop-off in their American clients since 9/11. See if you find a European travel agent to book your trip! The Splendour was nice, but not first class. We enjoyed our trip, but think we might try another cruise line next time.

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