This was our second cruise and our first without the children. It was also our first on Royal Caribbean. We loved it!! I will try to give an overview of the highlights and share a few tips.
We arrived at the train station in Venice and took the water taxi across. I think I could have gotten a 2 Euro ticket for the one stop trip to Piazzale Roma but mistakenly paid 6.5 euro a ticket. We made sure that we had only as much luggage as we could handle ourselves and were very glad that we did not have to deal with any more than what we had. We found the place for the shuttle bus on the far side of the parking lot. There were many people waiting and it was hot. We had to wait about 30 minutes. Once we got to the terminal we dropped our bags and went in to get in line to check in. It went smoothly since we had checked in online in advance. Once we got on board, we could go to our cabin.
The cabin was wonderful! I am never going to cruise with out a balcony again. It was the highlight of the trip for us. The room was comfortable with a comfy bed and a separate area with a sofa and a desk. It was not in perfectly new condition.... a few hairline cracks in the sink and scuffs inside the drawers. These did not detract from an otherwise very lovely room. We were very glad we brought a travel extension cord due to limited outlets.
We went up to the Windjammer for lunch and it was excellent as it was through out the cruise.. always many many choices of fresh and delicious entrees, sides, and deserts. We decided to order a bottle of champagne for the sail away. The pool bar was accommodating and soon we had a nice bottle of bubbly in an ice bucket with 2 champagne flutes. We took these to our cabin and went out to watch the trip down the grand canal as we sailed out of Venice! Ahhhhhhhhhhh..... bliss!
We selected the main seating at dinner. This worked out perfectly for us. We were seated with wonder couple, there 3 adult children and a daughter in law. Our waiter was wonderful throughout the cruise. We did the wine package and this was also a good choice for us. We had dinner every night in the main dinning room. One our day in Athens they allowed us to come to dinner a full hour late (with prior approval) as we all had tours scheduled which conflicted with the 6:30 seating time. The food was excellent and the service always fabulous.
The ports we all enjoyable and we only had to tender once! We did 3 shore excursions through the ship, one self arranged tour and one day on our own. All went smoothly with the exception of a line up to get off the ship in Athens. Lack of crowd control was a little annoying.
For breakfast we tried all options. Room service was very good but the options we somewhat limited. The food always arrived on time and was hot and well presented. We enjoyed having breakfast on the balcony several mornings. The main dinning room had a wide variety of breakfast entrees and we liked meeting new people this way. The Windjammer breakfast was also excellent but was sometimes hard to find a nice table when eating at the same time as everyone else on the ship.
The entertainment was very good. We enjoyed a violinist, a trio of singers, the production shows and a magician. We also took part in a few of the game shows and went to the karaoke. The Viking Lounge was a lovely place for a drink where the view were spectacular. The art auction was great fun and we bid on and won quite a few pieces.
The departure was smooth with the exception of having to wait a very long time for the free shuttle bus.
Overall this was a near perfect cruise and we had a fabulous time. I would definitely sail on Splendor again.