Splendour of the Seas
Splendour of the Seas / Royal Caribbean International / Michel Verdure
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Izumi / Royal Caribbean International / Michel Verdure
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Solarium / Royal Caribbean International
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Nursery / Royal Caribbean International / Michel Verdure
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Dog House
Dog House / Royal Caribbean International / Julien Rambaud
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R Bar
R Bar / Royal Caribbean International
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Diamond Club
Diamond Club / Royal Caribbean International
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Balcony Stateroom
Balcony Stateroom / Royal Caribbean International
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Splendour of the Seas

Our Ship Review
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

Editor's note: This ship is no longer sailing as part of the Royal Caribbean fleet.

At just 867 feet in length, Splendour of the Seas is smaller than most of her Vision-class fleetmates — and that’s just how guests like it. With a passenger capacity of 1,830, this ship feels surprisingly roomy. She also houses some unexpected features for a vessel her size, such as an indoor swimming pool topped by a retractable glass magrodome and a two-story dining room flanked by rows of floor-to-ceiling windows.

What We Love

Open Deck Space: Splendour of the Seas offers an enormous amount of open deck space for a ship her size, including a wraparound jogging track on the upper deck and a broad, open pool deck with plenty of loungers for soaking in some sun.

The Centrum Experience: Royal Caribbean’s live acrobatic show seems to work even better aboard Splendour of the Seas, with thrilling stunts performed in the ship’s soaring, multi-deck atrium.

Best Known For

Windows, Windows, Everywhere: Splendour of the Seas was originally dubbed a "Ship of Light," thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows that line each and every public room. If you enjoy staring at the sea, this ship features a better connection to the waves and the horizon than more modern mega-ships.

Specialty Dining Venues: A 2011 refurbishment added an array of specialty dining options, including Asian-fusion at Izumi, steaks at Chops Grille, bite-size portions of classic dishes at Viking Crown Lounge, and a multi-course tasting menu at Chef's Table. 

Who It's Best For

Value-Conscious Cruisers: Because Splendour of the Seas sails shorter or less-in-demand routes (she's in the Arabian Gulf this winter), some sailings can be booked at bargain prices.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

She’s Bidding Royal Caribbean Farewell: If you want to sail aboard Splendour of the Seas, book right now: Royal Caribbean is transferring her to German cruise operator TUI in April 2016. She’ll sail as Thomson Discovery beginning in June 2016.