“Pleasant hassle free cruise”
Cruise review of Royal Caribbean Splendour of the Seas

DiscoVolante Splendour of the Seas 5 Pleasant hassle free cruise
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We are both over 65 and have cruised several times After a 3 hour drive from Carinthia in Austria we arrived in Venice, checked the baggage, parked the car and boarded quickly and smoothly The port and boarding staff were all extremely friendly - Royal Caribbean deserve credit for the competent organisation After a quick snack in the Windjammer, we toured the ship and immediately noticed the benefits of the refit Some of the busy design and color combinations clash rather badly, something that could have been avoided with a bit of care Our Stateroom was clean and ready on time and was well cared for by the ever present friendly cabin staff We used most of the public areas, in particular the Library, Solarium and the Gym The Windjammer was where we took breakfast and the choice was always more than ample, for dinner, My Time dining in the King And I The food was good and never had a problem finding a suitable selection Listening to almost all our fellow cruisers they seemed to find sufficient activities to have fun The Theatre productions were sadly not up to the usual Royal Caribbean standards, but the entertainment around the ship was very lively Whether or not you took the ship's tours there was always advice and help offered by the excursions or information desks We did the ship's tour on Santorini, otherwise we did our own thing Bari was not ideal stop, in Italy on Sundays there is not a lot to do in the towns as almost everything is closed The other ports Corfu, Kusadsi, Santorini and Katakolon all have their specific interests and are well catered for by the ship's excursion desk One needs to do your homework beforehand to decide what the ports have to offer and how one wishes to explore them To avoid any unpleasant surprises it is recommended to take tours in non EU countries or places where one is not accustomed to the culture Again getting on and off the ship in all the ports was well organised and without incident Leaving the ship was also properly handled and a priority departure was made available for anyone requiring to disembark early This was a relaxing cruise and except for what appeared to be slightly stressed out staff in some areas it could not be seriously faulted To please around 2000 passengers 24 hours a day is no easy job
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Cabin review: Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony

Port and Shore Excursions

Port
A typical Southern Italian, Adriatic port with a few churches and a few good shops
Read 133 Bari Reviews
Port
A fascinating Island steeped in history with a largely Western European culture Lots of narrow streets, a Cricket ground, Cafes, and lots more Very friendly helpful people
Read 430 Corfu Reviews
Port
A typical Turkish port with shopping, lots of character and of course nearby Euphesus is a must Home to many English and Irish folk
Read 575 Kusadasi Reviews
Port
A photographers paradise A view at every corner Lots of Shops, Donkeys, a Cable Car, beautiful sunsets, friendly people and lousy wine
Published 11/27/12
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