Cruise review of Royal Caribbean Splendour of the Seas

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We have sailed with Princess before and all the experts have Princess as a grade above Royal Caribbean but after this cruise we would find it hard to tell them apart! We booked this cruise primarily for the ports of call and we love Venice! We flew into Venice on the morning of departure with no delays and were taken by transfer to the ship and boarded with minimal fuss or delay.We had booked a junior suite which had new fixtures and fittings during the recent refit.There was plenty of moving about space,large balcony and loads of cupboard space. The ipad was a good addition and made keeping track of expenses very easy. The room was very clean and our cabin steward was polite and efficient and a genuinely nice guy.The towel animals were a laugh and any problems we had were quickly resolved.Bed was very comfortable.We did notice the noise coming from the open deck above us but it didn't keep us awake or greatly annoy us. The Windjammer cafe was in a great location overlooking the front of the ship.The food,in the main,was good and plentiful. Seating was a problem at busy times when everybody wanted to grab a bite before getting off the ship, but always got a table within a few minutes.The main dining room served a good variety of food to a decent standard and we liked the location, with the expanse of glass to the ocean.We also ate at Izumi and Chops Grille which were both excellent. Had fantastic steak and dessert to die for! The shows were of a better quality than we had experienced on Princess, with the headline act of the Beatlemaniacs really getting the crowd going! The ship resident cast/dancers were of a decent standard and worked really hard. We did not spend much time in the bars/casino later at night so cannot comment. The one disappointing attraction was the much hyped aerial shows in the centrum. We just didn't think they were anything spectacular and certainly didn't offer the WOW factor they had stated. The big screen on the open deck was also rarely used and could have had shows or films on during the day and evenings. We had one sea day near the end of the cruise which was a great relaxing day and had no trouble getting sunbeds. Staff were friendly in the main, and most tried hard to make it a good experience. The disembarking was easy and we ended our holiday with a couple of nights we had sorted ourselves in Venice. Overall though, we had a great cruise and loved the ship! Looking forward to next one already!
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Cabin review: Junior Suite

Junior Suite 8056 Modern fresh cabin, lots of space, large balcony. Comfy large bed. Good quality bedding and pillows. Fridge useful for own drinks! Decent size bathroom with bath and shower. Good storage space. Ipad useful for keeping up to date with expenses and details of itinerary etc. Limited noise from open deck above but not that it spoils the holiday!

Port and Shore Excursions

With Piraeus port being some distance from the main attractions in Athens and having not been before we opted for the full day Acropolis and Plaka tour. Cannot fault the tour which was on a new bus which dropped us at the foot of the Acropolis with a bottle of much needed water. Tour guide was very informative and we all had radio receivers to listen. We were given plenty of time to wander the ruins ourselves before getting a bus tour of the main city highlights.We were then dropped off in the old town district of Plaka, beneath the Acropolis for a few hours of DIY sightseeing. Had a great day!
A lot has been said of how poor Bari is on a Sunday for a cruise port. With this in mind we researched what others had done and on getting off the ship, on a warm sunny day, we hired bikes at the port for 10 euro each and cycled the long promenade until we reached the small beach. We spent some time relaxing before going back and exploring the old town. It was a nice relaxing day after the busy embarking of the day before!
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We had decided in advance to take the local bus from the port to the main town and then get a taxi, 10 euros, the few miles to the much photographed "Mouse Island" area. We spent a while wandering around and getting photos, including the planes coming in to land over our heads! It was nice to sit in the cafe overlooking this great view with a drink in the sun. You can walk over the small causeway and get a local bus for a couple of euros which brought us back into the main town.Corfu Town was busy but had lots to see for the short time in port. We walked the 15 mins along the waterfront back to the ship along with many others.
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Ship tendered just outside city walls! Have never been here before and we were blown away! Another very sunny day! We got off the ship and immediately went on the city walls for the first hour before any other cruise ships got into port. Spectacular! Then went up to the cable car which went to the hills above Dubrovnik or more great views. We spent the remainder of time wandering the narrow streets and doing some leisurely shopping! Amazing walled town!
Ship tendered, so we were dropped right at the port of this beautiful small town.We took a taxi for 10 euros to a beach we had researched beforehand and lay on the padded loungers by the waters edge.No Tours were using this beach, so it was just us, the locals and some other holidaying families.The loungers were free as long as you used the bar they belonged too! After a few hours we caught the local bus back to town and had a great time getting lost in the back lanes!! Little Venice was indeed little, but quaint! Did not see the famed Pelican, which must have seen the 3 cruise ships arrive and flown! Great weather again and lived up to its picture postcard image and more. Had the best Baclava we have tasted in a back street bakery!!
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