We have recently returned from a Mediterranean cruise on board Splendour of the Seas. We did have an enjoyable vacation due to the wonderful ports the ship sailed to, we sailed from Venice to Bari, Corfu, Mykonos, Athens and Dubrovnik which were all fabulous places. We stayed in Venice overnight pre cruise in the Hotel Caprera which is a 3 star hotel close to the train station. It was spotlessly clean,and the front desk staff were very helpful, the room was quite tiny but was ok for one night. In Bari we took a taxi and visited the old town which is beautiful. We also did some shopping on Via Sparano which is a lovely pedestrianised street in the newer part of the city. In Corfu we took a taxi from the ship to the town which was EUR10 for 4 people and then we strolled around the town for an hour or so and then took a taxi to the beach at Dassia and paid EUR3 each for beach beds and umbrellas. The taxi driver took us to a beach club which had a lovely swimming pool and we were right on the beach, it was a little stony in the sea but lovely to swim in. We hired him for an hour and a half and he charged us EUR50.
In Mykonos we took a taxi for 4 and went to Paradise Beach for the day, the taxi cost EUR20 and we took the local bus back which was about EUR3.50 each. We did some shopping in the town for a couple of hours and then walked back to the tender after watching a beautiful sunset in Mykonos harbour, it was beautiful. We stayed on board in Athens as we had been there a couple of times.
In Dubrovnik we took the shuttle from the ship to town and then privately took a glass bottomed boat trip around the city walls and to a little island, it lasted 45 minutes but I would not recommend it as there was no commentary on board and we had been told there wold be. The town of Dubrovnik is extremely beautiful.
Splendour of the Seas itself was a disappointment, we have previously sailed on Adventure, Navigator and Liberty of the Seas and they were much more impressive ships. The air conditioning in our stateroom could not be turned off, it was very noisy and very strong, we had a deluxe stateroom with balcony. Our stateroom attendant taped over it as it was so strong my sinuses got infected but he could not completely cover it as it would have been dangerous. The ship had been renovated last November but they did not replace the stateroom furniture, the drawers were shabby and stained on the inside. The bathroom was quite tiny and had a shower curtain rather than a door on the shower. The interactive TV did not work, we could not access our account on line or view excursion packages. Our friends had paid for a Junior Suite, it was much smaller than the Junior Suite on either Adventure of Liberty. It was also under the pool deck and the noise of deckchairs scraping the floors started at around 6am and it was impossible to sleep beyond that. We could hear the noise of the deckchairs also and we were two floors below the pooldeck. All 6 of us found the air conditioning very uncomfortable. Some of the corridors on the 7th and 8th decks smelled musty and damp and we spoke to one couple who said the carpet in their stateroom was wet and they had asked to be moved, they were reaccommodated in a suite and were very happy with that. The crew on the ship were lovely and extremely helpful, our dining waiter Malcin and assistant waiter Mustafa in the King & I were terrific as was Carolina our wine waiter, she was fabulous, always smiling and looked after us so well. Amy in the Spa was great, I had a wonderful manicure! Yosef our stateroom attendant was also terrific, he did a wonderful job every day. The food in the Windjammer was extremely disappointing at lunchtime, there were the usual salads which were fine but the chicken was all thighs and drumsticks and extremely tough, the burgers were like frozen burgers. The catfish was inedible, cooked in a batter and tough brown fish. The selection was very poor. They did a barbecue on deck on the last day which was lovely. We were disappointed with the food in the King & I also, again the chicken was tough, the minute steaks were like cardboard, the selection was disappointing. The fish was overcooked and small portions. No lobster dinners, Royal Caribbean seem to have stopped the lobster night. The vegetable selection was good and nicely cooked. We ate in Chops Grille one night and the food there was lovely.
The entertainment in the Schooner Bar was great, Anselmo was terrific on the piano and we went there most nights and had great sing songs. The other entertainment on the ship was a bit disappointing, the atrium does not have the same wow factor as the boardwalk on the bigger ships, we missed the parades. We did not get to use the casino so I cannot comment on that but it did not have a bar, we used to enjoy drinks at the casino bar on Adventure of the Seas.
Royal Caribbean had a drinks package which was not offered on their website only on board, it seems to be on trial on a few ships. It was USD385 plus tax for the week per person and included cocktails, most premium liquors, sparkling wine, and wine by the glass. We thought this was good value.
We did have a lovely holiday because of the ports and the crew on the ship but I would not sail on Splendour of the Seas again.