The “New” Splendour
I’m just returning from visiting Splendour of the Seas in Brazil, and really struggling with how much of the new “WOW’s on Splendour to share. Honestly, I think we should keep them as a surprise, because they are in the true spirit of our innovation and focus on unique guest experiences. However, Adam was insisting that we share some of the magic, so I will focus on two major transformations.
The Viking Crown has been iconic for our brand on all our ships. In the spirit of the Royal Advantage and continual reinvention, we saw the opportunity to transform this space into a multi-venue experience still featuring the signature Viking Crown views. We also hear from our guests that they would like more specialty restaurant choices, so we saw this as a perfect way to combine two elements, so the new Viking Crown now features Chops Grille, our signature Steakhouse, and Izumi, our Asian Bistro. We even have our signature Chef Travis Kamiyama onboard opening Izumi contributing to the culinary offering.
In addition, we’ve changed the nightclub offering, including a late night menu, the first time we’ve done that in the fleet. A few of the menu items include Rib Eye Skewers in Soy Morin Sauce, and Soft Shell Crab, served with Lemon and Yugoslavia Wafu. Of course we always want to balance the addition of complimentary special and service charge; and we also added the Doghouse and Park Café, both of which appear to be instant hits with our guests.
We also hear from our guests that they value and love our world class entertainment, and because Vision Class doesn’t have a Royal Promenade, we decided to make a clever twist on it and create a vertical promenade. The result is something we internally refer to as the “Centrum Wow”. The Champagne bar has been changed to a new signature bar, the R Bar, and the entire Centrum has a significant technical and technology package that allows us to offer aerial performances nightly. We were still bringing up the show during my visit, and our guests onboard loved seeing the rehearsals and the “behind the scenes” way we bring the shows to life. Each night features unique aerial artistry, great music, and truly makes the Centrum the place to gather onboard. Let’s just say the bungee performance has the guests on all the decks in the Centrum gasping in awe.
So I believe I’ve shared a few highlights, but seeing is believing, so I encourage our guests to go visit Splendour and experience all the other surprises on your own. I’d love to hear from any of our guests that visit the Splendour with reactions and feedback.
While the ship looks amazing, the best aspect for me personally was seeing how proud the crew is of their “NEW” Splendour!