As you stroll to breakfast, play a game of “I Spy the Picasso” (there are two among the ship’s 300-piece art collection). One of eight dining venues on board, La Veranda is a relaxed, indoor-outdoor restaurant with dining alcoves that overhang the sea below. In addition to rotating daily specials – think Belgian waffles and custom-order egg dishes – it serves a spread that includes smoked salmon, fresh fruit, assorted cheeses, and viennoiserie such as Danish pastries and pain au chocolat.
Tale-spinning lecturers accompany several Splendor voyages. Topic meets destination in most programs – a voyage out of Dubai might present a former ambassador to Bahrain and Yemen, for example, while a Mediterranean sailing might feature musicians or a historian of the Middle Ages. That said (and we’re not complaining), sometimes the presentation is simply a fascinating person matched with a beautiful destination, such as the producer of Broadway’s Hamilton discussing his award-winning musical on a Caribbean cruise.
Or paddle tennis. Or golf. On Deck 12, passengers will find a jogging track encircling a collection of athletic courts: There’s a golf net for practicing your fairway drive, a putting green for honing your short game, and bocce and tennis courts for engaging in a little friendly competition. Afterward, there’s no reason to head indoors just yet; the infinity-edge pool at the ship’s stern is the perfect spot for a post-match dip.
Skip the chef demo and don your own toque in the Splendor’s to-drool-for Culinary Arts Kitchen, equipped with 18 spacious stations – each with cooktops, stainless steel sinks, and quartzite counters – for hands-on cooking classes. Courses cater to everyone from the curious dabbler to the serious home chef, mining menus from the Aegean to the Caribbean. Pro tip: A mojito makes for a transportive pairing to simmering ropa vieja during the Familia Cubana course.
Sea buckthorn from the Mediterranean. Frangipani from the South Pacific. Roses from Morocco. Wherever the Splendor sails, it picks up wellness inspo for the therapeutic excursions in its Serene Spa & Wellness center. Treatments range from a detoxifying body mask that sources seaweed from the Baltic coast to an around-the-world massage that incorporates basalt rocks from China, coconut poultice from the Caribbean, and bamboo stalks from Asia. For total body balance, arrive early for a spin class and stay late to soak in the hydrothermal suite, moving from aromatherapy steam to infrared sauna. Namaste.