MS Splendour of the Seas
MS Splendour of the Seas in Venice, Italy.
|Name:||Splendour of the Seas|
|Operator:||Royal Caribbean International|
|Port of registry:||Bahamas, Nassau|
|Builder:||Chantiers de l'Atlantique
|Launched:||June 17, 1995|
|In service:||March 31, 1996-present|
|Identification:||Call sign C6TZ9
IMO number: 9070632
MMSI number: 311804000
|Class & type:||Vision-class cruise ship|
|Displacement:||35,396 tonnes (34,837 long tons; 39,017 short tons)|
|Length:||264 metres (866 ft) length overall|
|Beam:||32 metres (105 ft)|
|Height:||50 metres (160 ft) air draft|
|Draft:||25.9 feet (7.9 m)|
|Installed power:||5 x Wärtsilä Vasa 12V46B V12 engines
11,700 kilowatts (15,700 hp) each
|Propulsion:||2 5.8-metre (19 ft) diameter, fixed pitch propellers|
|Speed:||24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph)|
|Capacity:||2,076 passengers in 902 staterooms|
MS Splendour of the Seas is a Vision-class cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean International. Her itineraries include European cruising in the Mediterranean and Baltic along with South America and other more "exotic" locations in Royal Caribbean's worldwide destinations. Dedicated towards an international clientele, official languages on Splendour of the Seas include English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese. The second in the line of the Vision-class ships, she features a seven-story lobby, rock-climbing wall, and an 18-hole miniature golf course. Her sister ship is Legend of the Seas.
Design and construction
Splendour of the Seas was built for Royal Caribbean International by Chantiers de l'Atlantique at their shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. Splendour of the Seas was assigned the yard number "B31". The cruise ship was launched on June 17, 1995 by Lisa Wilhelmsen. The ship is registered to the port of Nassau, in the Bahamas. Maiden voyage for Splendour of the Seas commenced on March 31, 1996.
The gross tonnage of Splendour of the Seas is 69,130, and she has a displacement of 35,396 tonnes (34,837 long tons; 39,017 short tons). The cruise ship is 264 metres (866 ft) in length overall, with a beam of 32 metres (105 ft), a draft of 7.9 metres (26 ft) in summer conditions, and an air draft of 50 metres (160 ft). The propulsion system consists of five Wärtsilä Vasa 12V46B engines, which supply 11,700 kilowatts (15,700 hp) each to the ship's two, 5.8-metre (19 ft) diameter, fixed pitch propellers. Maximum speed is 24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph), with the ship taking 1,892 metres (6,207 ft) and 6 minutes, 45 seconds to come to a full stop. Main propulsion is supplemented by two 1,500-kilowatt (2,000 hp) bow thrusters and a 1,728-kilowatt (2,317 hp) stern thruster. Two 10.8-square-metre (116 sq ft), 6.1-metre (20 ft) stabilizers are also fitted.
On 31 October 2011, Royal Caribbean and Spanish shipyard Navantia signed a contract for Splendour of the Seas to receive structural modifications, maintenance to the propellers, propeller shafts and rudder, and interior upgrades, including new dining and public areas, 124 new balconies, and improvements to staterooms. The work was expected to take about five weeks to complete.
Facilities and layout
The ship has eleven decks, with passenger accommodation located on decks 2 to 3 and 6 to 8. Up to 2,074 passengers can be carried, with 902 staterooms aboard (including 20 suites and 67 junior suites). Decks 9 and 10 make up the 'outdoor' portion of the ship, with the main pool, rock climbing wall, 18-hole miniature golf course, and solarium. Deck 11, the uppermost deck, hosts the ship's Viking Crown Lounge.
All guest rooms contain safes, and as the ship operates in both the American and European regions, she is wired for both 110-volt and 220-volt power. Also contained within the ship are most of the passenger facilities, including the theater, the Casino Royale, shops, themed bars and lounges, and the main dining room. All guest rooms have telephones for internal phone calls or ship-to-shore communications via satellite. Support for some cellular phone networks is also provided. The ship has an onboard internet cafe and several wireless hotspots. Access is available at all times, including at sea, but requires payment.
The standard crew complement is 720, with accommodation for another 30 if required; all crew accommodation is located near the bottom of the ship, on deck 1. The bridge is located forward on deck 8. Onboard equipment can generate 1,100,000 litres (240,000 imp gal; 290,000 US gal) of fresh water every day, 600,000 litres (130,000 imp gal; 160,000 US gal) of which will be used aboard during the same period.
Ports of call
During the winter seasons, Splendour of the Seas is based in Brazil, doing a series of itineraries from 3 to 12 nights throughout South America, her summers are spent based out of Venice, Italy, sailing 7 night cruises to the Eastern Mediterranean.
- MS Splendour of the Seas(Swedish)
- "Spain: Royal Caribbean International, Navantia Sign Splendour of the Seas Revitalization Contract". Shipbuilding Tribune. 31 October 2011. Archived from the original on 31 October 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
- "Cruise Ship Coverage". Verizon Wireless. Retrieved 2009-01-10.
- AT&T Mobility, Splendour of the Seas travel guide
- Internet Services and Pricing document posted and distributed on board
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- Royal Caribbean Cruise, an independent news resource for Royal Caribbean.
- Royal Caribbean official information about Splendour of the Seas