This is our second cruise with ROyal Caribbean. We spent 2 days in Venice per cruise. This was perfect. We arrived at the terminal at lunch time, it was very busy and we has a long queue. There was some confusion also when we tried to board, as the number on our card was different to our booking. We had booked a D1 balcony on deck 7. We were very lucky to have been upgraded to a junior suite on deck 8! What a bonus as this is only our second cruise!
The room was lovely, a great size for the 2 of us.
Our first cruise was on the Independence with our children. We travelled alone this time..we enjoyed the itinerary, and we were fairly lucky with the weather. The whole of Europe ,s weather was a bit unsettled in May, and we has a couple of cloudy/windy days, however overall it was line and we were able to enjoy the decks, even on sea days.
Ports of call- no trips, did own thing
Split- nice place. We walked miles, very nice place.
Kussadasi- again walked. No trips as we have already been to the ruins at Ephesus. As always find the pressurised selling of Turkish shop keepers very annoying! The du free shop at the port here was very cheap.
Mykinos- lovely white washed Greek island, nice shopping.
Kefelonia- hired push bikes and managed about 15 miles to burn of a few calories. Pretty place.
The ship is the smallest in the fleet, a very diff end experience to our last. We found the entertainment poor. The best nights were the ships own entertainment team nights. They were all excellent. We loved the disco themed night in the centrum, we ate in the king and I on second sitting. This was a little too late for us really, I would prefer to eat around 8 pm, however then you would miss the shows which are planned around the sitting times. First sitting was slightly too early!
The food was excellent, plenty of choice, waiters were great, always smiling.
During the day the was plenty of seating on deck. Not keen on the pool band. Indy had a great band called rock the boat, this one was not a patch on them. Cruise director James was good, he was also on Indy on our last cruise- many of the same jokes, but very enthusiastic.
Ship was lovely and clean, did not show signs of it,s age.
We met some very nice people, from all over the world. Thou rally enjoyable and relaxing holiday which was ideal for us as a couple, but out teenage kids would have been board rafter the Indy.
Disembarked at Venice, very easy. Own transport (bus) to the airport.