This was our first cruise so we really did not know what to expect. We were very exited...Came to Italy 10 days before our cruise and visited Rome, Naples and Florence. Last two days we spent in Venice. Stayed in Ca Maria Adele, a boutique hotel in Dosoduro area, little out of the way of the tourist area. This was our first stay in Venice, and we loved it, loved it, loved it. it is so easy to get lost in Venice, so easy to find your way again, and really difficult to get bored in that unreal surrounding:-)
We arrived to the terminal during lunch time and since it was very busy, had to wait for a while. We had a balcony room on deck 7. I liked the cabin, large enough and very clean, we did not have high expectations anyway. Our budget for this trip was limited, but balcony is a must for my husband. Our bed was very comfortable too.
The Windjammer Cafe is in a great location, has a breakfast and lunch buffet daily and serves the same food everyday (no problem for us). We bought soda package ($55) and had unlimited drinks.
The food at the King was different everyday. There were so many soups and pasta dishes...
The main dining room served variety of food. It is little crowded but you can always find a table. The stuff was very friendly and helpful enough (they really work hard there)...
I am not a fan of organized entertainment in hotels and other touristic areas, but have to admit - shows were very good, we did enjoy! Plenty of live music in different locations all evening...
Already mentioned our limited budget, plus the fact that we do not like sightseeing in a big group, so we did not buy any ship excursion. We love exploring new destinations on our own, but decided to have two guided tours. Based on the reviews on Cruise Critic and trip advisor, we chose our guides in Venice and Ephesus. Photo walk in Venice with Marco (www.marcosecchi.com) and Ephesus tour with Ertunga Ecir (www.ertungaecir.com) were great experience
I would definitely sail on the Splendour of the Seas again.