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Splendour of the Seas – Mediterranean Cruise

Splendour of the Seas – Mediterranean Cruise

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I’ve always dreamed of going on a Mediterranean Cruise.   This past summer we decided on a family vacation cruising through the Mediterranean.  Cruising the Mediterranean is a walking history book for kids and families.  Seeing places like Ephesus with their own eyes is the best show & tell program for kids and teens.

Finding the right ship for a Mediterranean cruise is like buying a pair of jeans. You have to find the right fit. It’s important to take your time, do the research, and find the right match for you and your family.   For us one of the most important things was finding a port of embarkment that was easily accessible by plane, and of course, the best itinerary.

We decided on a 7 night Mediterranean Cruise out of Venice on Royal Caribbean’s newly renovated Splendour of the Seas,  The itinerary included Venice, Split, Kusadasi, Mykonos and Argostoli.

 

RCI -Splendour of the Seas Itinerary
RCI -Splendour of the Seas Itinerary
Splendour of the Seas, Royal Caribbean
Splendour of the Seas, Royal Caribbean
Venice Cruise Terminal, Italy
Venice Cruise Terminal

 

At the time of our cruise, there was a big controversy between the city of Venice and the cruise industry. The city was trying to get the cruise ships to change their path and ban them from sailing through the Giudecca Canal. While we were there, they decided to start ending the era of the vast cruise ships rearing above the iconic buildings of Venice. The city announced plans to restrict the  cruise ships’ access to the Giudecca Canal.

 

Splendor of the Seas, Venice
Splendour of the Seas, Venice

 

Getting to the port was easy.  We hopped on a water taxi from Hotel Daneili,  where we had stayed for three days prior to our Mediterranean Cruise.  The water taxi took us directly to the cruise port.   Once at the port, we dropped off our bags, checked in, and went on the ship.  We arrived early in the afternoon just in time to have lunch on the ship.

The first thing you see on the ship is the Centrum, which is the center of the ship. It was used in the evenings as an entertainment area with girders installed above from which aerialists could perform.

 

Splendor of the Seas Atrium, Royal Caribbean
Splendour of the Seas Centrum, Royal Caribbean
Splendour of the Seas Centrum, Royal Caribbean
Splendour of the Seas Centrum

 

Accommodations

Our Junior Suite with Balcony was probably the most spacious room we have ever seen on a cruise ship. It was a good size for two people with plenty of storage space. They even provided shampoo in a dispenser in the shower. It had a sitting area with sofa (which opened into a bed) making it very useful for families with kids like us.  It came equipped with an iPad in our stateroom, for passengers to check their accounts, book shore excursions and watch films.  Our kids wanted to know if they could keep them, and of course, the answer was “No”.  Some of the perks that came with our Junior suites was access to the Concierge Lounge, and priority tender tickets. On days that we had excursions, we where one of the first people to get off the ship.

Our room was situated towards the front of the ship, and on the side where we could see the crew and captain outside maneuvering the ship.

 

Splendour of the Seas - Junior Suite with Balcony
Splendour of the Seas – Junior Suite with Balcony
Splendour of the Seas - Stateroom Towel
Splendour of the Seas – Stateroom Monkey Towel
Splendour of the Seas - Bathroom
Splendour of the Seas – Bathroom
Splendour of the Seas docking in Kusadasi
Splendour of the Seas docking in Kusadasi

Onboard Activities

On Deck 9, you can swim or lounge in the spacious main pool area or chill out in the Solarium, with its retractable glass ceiling and vaguely Roman design motifs. Just astern, the spa and fitness center offers the usual selection of treatments, steam rooms, saunas, plus small aerobics and workout rooms. There’s a sports court out back for basketball and other games (mostly soccer), and one deck up is a rock-climbing wall, a miniature golf course, and a jogging track.

 

Splendour of the Seas - Pool Area
Splendour of the Seas – Pool Area
Splendour of the Seas Pool Area
Splendour of the Seas Pool Area
Splendour of the Seas - Outdoor Pool Area
Splendour of the Seas  – Outdoor Pool Area
Splendour of the Seas - Solarium
Splendour of the Seas – Solarium
Splendour of the Seas - Solarium
Splendour of the Seas – Solarium
Splendour of the Seas - Fitness Center
Splendour of the Seas – Fitness Center
splendour of the seas
Splendour of the Seas

 

For kids, the Adventure Ocean playroom on Deck 10 is stocked with toys and games. Teens get their own Optix Teen Disco right next door, along with a small video arcade.

 

 

Splendour of the Seas - Arcade Room
Splendour of the Seas – Video Arcade Room
Splendour of the Seas - Optix Teen Disco Club
Splendour of the Seas – Optix Teen Disco Club

Dining

There is only one dining room on Splendour, named The King & I, which is split over two decks and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  My Time dining is what we chose and our own private table (you are free to dine when you want).

 

Entrance to the King & I dining room - Splendour of the Seas
Entrance to the King & I dining room – Splendour of the Seas
Splendour of the Seas - The King and I Dining Room
Splendour of the Seas – The King and I Dining 
Concierge Lounge, Splendour of the Seas
Concierge Lounge, Splendour of the Seas

 

The Windjammer buffet is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Food is laid out at individual serving stations, which reduced queues, but the room was invariably buzzing with passengers criss-crossing from one servery to another.    We normally went to the Windjammer for breakfast and lunch.

  • Chops Grille: Royal Caribbean’s signature steakhouse is located adjacent to the Viking Crown Lounge and features a menu of prime cuts prepared a la minute.
  • Izumi: Featuring a sushi bar with hot-rock cooking, the pan Asian cuisine restaurant is a no-hassle, authentic dining experience. Izumi is located adjacent to the Viking Crown Lounge (open for lunch and dinner.
  • Park Café: An indoor/outdoor gourmet market featuring salads, sandwiches, soups and pastries (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, complimentary).
  • Viking Crown Lounge: The line’s signature space will feature a new menu of classic dishes such as jumbo shrimp cocktail or Kobe beef sliders, Asian inspired tempuras and soft shell crab and much more (a la carte pricing).

 

We really enjoyed our cruise on the Splendour of the Seas.  It gave us a little taste of the Mediterranean.

 

Read more on our day excursions:  Venice, Split, Kusadasi, Mykonos, and Argostoli.

 

About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder and Senior Editor of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

6 Comments

  1. Escape Hunter
    October 15, 2014 at 3:26 pm
    Reply

    Love those cruise ship cabins, they look so cozy, comfy 🙂
    I’ve never been on a cruise, but I’d love to take one… someday!
    Nice photos 🙂

    • Carmen
      October 15, 2014 at 11:58 pm

      Hi Escape, The cabin we stayed in was very roomy. I don’t particularly like that feeling of being cramped into a room. It also offered lots of closet space, which I really enjoyed having. Cruises are a wonderful way to see the world with out having to travel from place to place. The downside is you get very limited amount of time in the ports, but it gives you an excuse to go back again. 🙂

  2. Jolanta
    October 15, 2014 at 4:00 pm
    Reply

    Wow, the ship looks like a fabulous place and the itinerary looks like you had wonderful trip. Thanks for sharing! We haven’t been on a cruise yet, because they don’t have wifi and we need connectivity, but maybe some day I can convince my husband to unplug.

    • Carmen
      October 16, 2014 at 12:09 am

      Hi Jolanta, The ships do have wifi but it’s very expensive. I heard that Royal Caribbean is installing special communications systems in each of the ships to keep the passengers connected. I know that the newer ships have them now. I’m the same way as your husband, I can’t live without being on my computer.

  3. Shikha (whywasteannualleave)
    October 30, 2014 at 4:51 pm
    Reply

    Gosh cruise ships really are just enormous aren’t they! I know a lot of people who have done a Med cruise as they are really so easy from here in London – I’d never really thought about it myself but everyone tells me what a wonderful time they’d had and how delicious the food is – your suite looks huge as well!!

  4. Carmen
    October 30, 2014 at 7:20 pm
    Reply

    Hi Shikka, Our balcony suite on the Splendour of the Seas was very spacious compared to some of the other ships we have been on. The dining experience is superb, especially when you go to one of the speciality restaurants on the ship. Each night we would eat a four course meal. The kids really enjoyed the desserts. You should try to go on a cruise.

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