This was our first RCCL cruise at Diamond Level. The diamond concierge and club were very nice to have.
The Splendor is smaller and older than many of our previous sails. However, the amenities met our needs for this trip, ourselves and 2 adult children. The balcony stateroom seemed a little smaller than we remember. The bed and pillows were less comfortable. Storage was more than adequate. The size of this ship made it easy to get everywhere and stairs were the obvious choice. There was no obstructed view in the theater.
This is the first time that MTD (my time dining) worked for us. Our table was by the window, also a first, and didn't require a wait. Staff was professional and efficient. We found the food a little more creative than previously. Appetizers, salads and entrees were good, but deserts were lacking.
One complaint we had regarding food service was that upon returning to the ship in the late afternoon, there were no places to get a late lunch or snack(Hot dog stand concept was good, but closed when we needed it). When open, some of the venues were understaffed (Park Cafe) to accommodate the number of people in line.
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and were not disappointed. We don't typically take shore excursions but prefer to venture out on our own.
*Split: Interesting to walk around. We enjoyed local wine, bread and cheese purchased as the farmers market.
*Kusadasi: we had toured Ephesus previously so this trip we walked through the bazaars in the morning and after lunch took part in a shore excursion to the Turkish Bath
*Mykonos: we took a taxi to a small private beach recommended by the cruise staff and ate lunch at a local taverna which was only average and expensive. Overall Mykonos was not our favorite port.
*Argostoli: we arranged a private excursion with Sea Kayaking Kefalonia and had a great time kayaking through caves along the west coast of the island. Our guide was terrific and this was probably the highlight of our trip.
We enjoyed the cruise staff and participated in many of the activities on board. In particular we appreciated elements of the entertainment and food that reflected the region we were sailing in (Belly dancing class, brief language classes, Gyros sandwiches made poolside, and LaMusica that incorporated opera into their contemporary presentation, etc.)