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Splendour of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International

Splenour of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International

The perfectly proportioned Splendour of the Seas from Royal Caribbean International is the perfect way for all ages to visit far-flung exotic lands, from the Greek Islands to the sun-drenched South Pacific.

Royal Caribbean is one of the largest cruise lines in the world, operating a modern fleet which attracts travellers of all ages - from single explorers to families. The Splendour of the Seas has been part of the fleet since its launch in 1996 and underwent a multi-million dollar makeover in 2011, bringing the facilities and décor on board right up to date.

Destinations and Itineraries

Up until the end of November, this ship stays in and around the Mediterranean and has a home port of Venice. The ship tours the Greek Islands, Turkey and Croatia, alternating its itinerary to explore the eastern Mediterranean. Passengers can board the ship at Venice or Bari on a seven night cruise that leaves Italy and heads to the Ionian island of Corfu, the next day arriving at Santorini. A brief visit to Turkey follows when the ship calls at Kusadasi. The Athenian port of Piraeus is next, followed by Katakolon. The ship spends another day at sea before returning to the ancient maritime republic of Venice where passengers take their return flight home.

The Greek Islands and Croatia Cruise also sets sail from Venice and Bari and makes its next stop at Corfu. Mykonos in the Cyclades is the next stop before the ship visits the Greek capital. The next stop is the historic Croatian port of Dubrovnik is the next port of call, with the ship heading back to Venice the following day.

This route is repeated until September when the destinations change slightly. The Western Mediterranean cruise in September goes from Venice to Barcleona and means that the ship is heading to warmer waters. A 15-night transatlantic crossing on November 23 takes the ship to its new home of Sao Paolo for a series of cruises around Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay until April 2014, lasting between three and seven nights.

However holidaymakers may want to spend their cruise, the broad range of entertainment and dining options presented on this ship ensure that the Splendour of the Seas offers something for everyone of any age.

On Board

On Board

There are two swimming pools, one inside and one out and also a spa and fitness centre. It is easy to stay healthy on board the Splendour of the Seas, which has a jogging track, a sports court, a climbing wall and an 18-hole miniature golf course and gym, which offers aerobics and yoga. There is also a sauna and steam room to unwind and plenty of deck space for sunbathing. Children on Royal Caribbean Cruises can find a wealth of distractions catering for different age groups. There is a video arcade, a youth disco, a kids play area and a supervised children’s club which organises activities such as scavenger hunts and sports competitions. The dress code on board the ship is casual and comfortable during the day and smart casual in the evening. There is usually at least one formal night on a Royal Caribbean cruise where a dinner suit is required of the men and ladies are required to wear a cocktail dress.

Staterooms

Staterooms

One of the smaller members of the Royal Caribbean family, the Splendour of the Seas is still a large ship with 902 cabins on board. 231 of these have private balconies and a further 344 have ocean views - the remaining 327 are on the inside of the ship. Cabins are medium-sized and a well-designed with ample storage space for the length of cruises available on this liner. The ship’s recent refit means that each cabin now has a flat screen TV, iPads that give guests access to that day’s itinerary and to book shore excursions, order room service, view menus and monitor their account on board. More usual refinements include a fridge and a safe. Royal suites have whirlpool bathtubs and even a grand piano.

Dining

Dining

The ship’s elegant main dining room is named The Great Gatsby and can cater for 1,171 passengers in a single sitting. As you would expect, the service is friendly and efficient. The Park Café provides an alternative dining option, serving hot and cold food. The Izumi Asian fusion restaurant serving sushi is one of the new additions to the ship, as is the Chops Grill or the Chef’s Table for a special occasion, or the Boardwalk Dog House for a quick hotdog. After dinner entertainment is presented in the 42nd Street Theatre, which, as its name might suggest, offers Broadway style entertainment. Dancing, music and cabaret can be found in the Top Hat Lounge. A quiet evening can be spent in the library, or fortune hunters can try their luck in the casino. There is also a disco, the Schooner Bar, the Viking Crown Lounge and a card room.

Deck Plans & Facts

Deck Plans

You will find all the information you need to know about what is on each deck, find your accommodation, which deck the pool is located on.

Cheap Cruise Holidays

With great offers on a range of cruises, booking with Cruise Thomas Cook is a must. If you’re keen to set sail check out our 2014 Cruises and Last Minute Cruises – or if you’re planning ahead browse our 2015 Cruises. For those setting sail from the UK there’s a number of cruises from Southampton to choose from.

Best Cruise Ships

Discover the fun-filled Independence of the Seas, check out the luxurious Oasis of the Seas or go casual when cruising with the Grandeur of the Seas. Part of the P&O Cruise family, the Ventura, Oriana and Azura offer elegant transportation to the world’s best destinations.

More Cruise Ship Choice

For awe-inspiring glass interiors check out the Brilliance of the Seas, or for ice-rinks and fitness centres join the Navigator of the Seas. If you’re after innovation, the Norwegian Epic boasts many unique and wonderful features. The Celebrity Solstice is dubbed a floating paradise and the chic Celebrity Eclipse is effortlessly stylish.

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