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Splendour of the Seas Cruise Review by Jan Delaunay: Splendid holiday afloat.


Jan Delaunay
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Cabin 5.0
Dining 5.0
Embarkation 4.0
Enrichment Activities 5.0
Entertainment 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 4.0
Service 5.5
Shore Excursions 4.0
Value for Money 5.0

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Splendid holiday afloat.

Sail Date: August 2011
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Venice

Jet2 flight out of Manchester to Venice was arranged by Ideal Cruising and was efficient at both ends, comfortable and on time. We bought sandwiches and drinks at Boots in Manchester Airport as we use Jet2 often and find this the best value.

Venice was hot and I was worried about there being no information provided from the agent regarding transfers to our hotel. I've been to Venice several times. so we opted for a water bus as it's the best introduction to Venice, which still charmed me completely, as always. Hated dragging cases through hot streets but husband had checked location of hotel on Google Earth and we found it easily. Unfortunately we had been allocated a room in the annex which was some distance away. The Hotel Torino was booked by the agent and had good reviews and was in an ideal location but the room we got was on the fourth floor with no lift and a terrible smell came from the air conditioning. We went back to the main hotel and complained and were allocated More a room on the third floor of the annex which was 'tired' but clean. We had a lovely evening and a meal in a quiet square and slept well.

Yet again having to drag cases to the water bus stop in 89 degrees the next morning was exhausting.

Embarkation at the port was reasonably efficient and we were delighted with the ship and the inside stateroom on deck 3.

The informal buffet lunch was impressive and the variety and quality of food remained good throughout the cruise, although we were appalled at the cost of wine in the dining room. No house wine being available for purchase with the evening meal.

All staff were diligent and friendly, particularly our head waiter and room attendant.

We did all exploration of the ports of call independently and cheaply.

Split in Croatia was charming but we had visited Corfu before and just wanted to remain relaxing on board, Chania in Crete was a great port to wander round but we remained on board on the Athens day as we had already visited the Parthenon and we were enjoying the ship so much. Mykonos was lovely and much smarter than we had found it 8 years ago. We had drinks in a bar right on the water front overlooking Little Venice. A bit expensive but the perfect memorable location.

Santorini was by tender which was very efficiently done. We used the modern cable cars to get up the cliff face and took a local bus to the beautiful town of Oia, which is essential as it is the Santorini of our dreams and not the main town which I found disappointing. Unfortunately the queue for the cable cars was too long and we wanted to return to the ship for lunch so we descended by 600 steps. Don't do this! We had to pass over 100 very sad mules and donkeys who are forced to take heartless visitors up and down all day in incredible heat. This depressed me because intelligent young people were using them while most of the middle aged and old folk were appalled by the sight of them obviously suffering. I had spoken to many people to try and discourage them and had some success while others seemed oblivious.

We did all exploration of the ports of call independently and cheaply.

The last port was Katakolon in Greece, a pleasantly situated small town by which you can visit Olympia. We did this by a modern train for 10 Euros return and the site at Olympia was beautifully situated amongst trees with Columns and ruins.

The evenings on board were relaxing and we particularly enjoyed the piano bar where a first class pianist/singer entertained us. We went to 3 shows in the theatre and enjoyed the 2 with the ships own entertainment staff who were excellent.

We opted for an early disembarkation because of our flight time and were able to walk off the ship with our luggage after an early breakfast, completely trouble free. The pursers desk gave us helpful information regarding the arrangements. Venice airport was very busy and we queued for some time to drop off our luggage but the airport was classy and we enjoyed the smart shops and bought excellent sandwiches for the flight home which was again comfortable and efficient. We can't wait to sail with Royal Caribbean again. Less


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Cabin review: Splendour of the Seas Interior Stateroom Deck 2

The most comfortable bed. Actually two singles joined to make a queensize. Bed linen, pillows , duvet and towels excellent quality. Several carefully thought out large mirrors positioned to enhance the space. Did not feel like an inside cabin. Safe, spacious storage, plenty of quality hangers and dressing table with lights and comfortable chair. Small sofa. Spotless bathroom with good shower and lighting.

Port and Shore Excursions


Chania in Crete was a great port to wander round with seafront cafes and a walk round the harbour wall to the lighthouse provided great views.

We remained on board at Athens as we had already visited the Parthenon and we were enjoying the ship so much.


Mykonos was lovely and much smarter than we had found it 8 years ago. We had drinks in a bar right on the water front overlooking Little Venice. A bit expensive but the perfect memorable location. We wandered the winding streets and admired the 'arty' shops and were lucky to find the pelican in an open phone booth! Perhaps calling relatives in Florida!

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Santorini was by tender which was very efficiently done. We used the modern cable cars to get up the cliff face and took a local bus to the beautiful town of Oia, which is essential as it is the Santorini of our dreams and not the main town which I found disappointing. Unfortunately the queue for the cable cars was too long and we wanted to return to the ship for lunch so we descended by 600 steps. Don't do this! We had to pass over 100 very sad mules and donkeys who are forced to take heartless visitors up and down all day in incredible heat. This depressed me because intelligent young people were using them while most of the middle aged and old folk were appalled by the sight of them obviously suffering. I had spoken to many people to try and discourage them and had some success while others seemed oblivious.


Split in Croatia was charming and we couldn't resist walking the 180 steps up the ancient tower to view the town from above. It was worth it.

We had visited Corfu before and just wanted to remain relaxing on board.

The last port was Katakolon in Greece, a pleasantly situated small town by which you can visit Olympia. We did this by a modern train for 10 Euros return and the site at Olympia was beautifully situated amongst trees with Columns and ruins.

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