New to Cruise: Splendour of the Seas Cruise Review by candyman1974
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New to Cruise
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Definitely an older ship, some minor indications in the cabin, other than that very comfortable.
Found the Bus easily at Piazzale Roma in Venice, and was boarding ship withing 60 minutes of boarding the bus. Check in at port was delayed slightly by health declaration form.
Luggage came to room 2 hours after leaving port.
The Good; Food, plenty of choice, especially for vegetarians as they accommodated my wife easily (egg free vegetarian). Also 2 sugar free desert choices everyday. Table, we got lucky, we had a table with 4 very different couples(by age, nationality, how long married) hence a very enjoyable dinner nightly. Staff, we were very happy with our cabin attendant, waiter, assistant waiter and roaming staff. Guest services was very helpful. But we never met the Head Waiter. Ship, Since it was a smaller ship, everything was easy More to access, ship maps at every elevator station, everything in working condition, some scratched in the wall paper in the cabin(expected with an older ship), decent shopping on board, bargains daily), decent casino but few tables open early due to lack of traffic, plenty of slots machines. Newbie Tip: Forget the excursions, the daily planner and port guide delivered to our room the night before the port was incredibly helpful in getting around, we saved a lot on travelling on our own with just some internet research before sailing. Took the train in Athens and did all important sites, all less than 25 euros per person. Easy disembarkation in Venice, back to piazzale roma in an hour after leaving ship.
Minor issues; ports, arrival time was always around 7:30am, lack of sleep catching up by the 5th day. weather, got little cooler so indoor heated pool was almost full and some rough sailing on the last 2 days, free sea sick pills handed out. Excursion gave little time to shop and eat in towns (most who took excursions said the same) Entertainment, shows averaged from good to ok. Magician on last day was excellent. would definitely sail again on Royal Carribean, but a newer and larger ship. Less
Cabin review: F Large Ocean View Stateroom
Rooms comfortable for 2 adults only. Good Closet, good sea view, Sofa and Side/center table take up too much room, can just accommodate more than 4 people in room at a time. Very quiet hallway, 2-3 minutes walk to nearest elevator.Read All Large Ocean View Stateroom (F) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
An excellent museum at the start the excursion, then to the site of the first Olympics, although all in ruin, a very satisfying experience, the first running track survived to this day. best part of excursion was the tour guide, very informative and very funny. finished tour in town for some quick shopping, but due to security delay, we get back to port around departure time.
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