I don't want to raise a I donít want to raise a fuss, but I must vent about my experience with Splendour of the Seas.
My wife and I planned for a restful vacation as we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary Sept 5 (hey guyís I got the date right without looking it up). We flew into Barcelona, Spain to disembark on the Splendour of the Seas on August 25. The first day aboard seemed fine, but after the second day I noticed that we were getting constant long stares from passengers and even some crew members. You see I am an African American. After a while, the stares started to unnerve me, but I tried to ignore them.
Now understand that this was our 3rd cruise. My wife and I have traveled twice through the Caribbean. But for our 10th anniversary, we wanted to do something special.
It wasnít until we went to our sat for our dinner seating when the unthinkable occurred. After about 10 minutes of pleasantries, one of our dinner mates asked me the following, and I quote, ďSo what do you do to be able to afford trip like this?Ē Initially, I was shocked at the comment and didnít know how to answer. I managed some remark without being harsh.
The question at the dinner table summed up my experience with Splendour of the Seas. I firmly believe that the cruise line has a long way to go when catering to African Americans (if it so desire Ė the verdict is still out in my opinion). While no one was outright rude to us (if you excuse the comment at the dinner table), I must say I didnít feel welcome among the passengers or staff. I will not choose this particular cruise in the future. For our next trip to Europe, a direct flight into Rome will suffice.