RCI 11 day Sept 6-16 2011: Splendour of the Seas Cruise Review by turtlefish
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RCI 11 day Sept 6-16 2011
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Ship, food, crew, & dining room staff were top notch. The venues for nighttime enjoyment were plentiful and exciting and it goes with out saying that having the cruise director & his staff involved during the 2 at sea days was quite a bit of fun and very entertaining. We will definately cruise with RCI once again.
The only real negative was the price we had to pay to go from the ship to Venice on the 5th & 6th of Sept while we were in port. In order to see as much of Venice that we could, we left the ship at 1 pm on the 5th,and since there was NO transportation provided by RCI UNTIL 4:35 pm, we had to pay for a private water taxi, 26 Euros. That was not fair. Also,taking the 1st shuttle in to Venice on the 6th,(PROVIDED BY RCI) was much too high, $20 More PP. & that transportation was, in our opinion, way out of line.
One suggestion we would make is that on the days that the tenders are in service, it would behoove one to get up early and get the FIRST tender ticket in to the port thereby maximizing ones time in the port. Less
Cabin review: G6606
Extremely comfortable bed, (tried to find a way to put the mattress into our suit cases), very cozy room, and quiet. Hardly felt the ocean, although the seas were pretty calm. The window was a good size & had a good view without straining to look Closets were adequate, but could not store anything under the bed because that's where the crew put the quilt and some other bedding. We had to use the closets for our luggage but it worked out ok. And, of course the bathroom shower was cramped and we didn't like the way the water 'didn't stay in the shower' The shower head assembly needs some redesigning.
Port and Shore Excursions
The biggest negative was the 1 to 1-1/2 hr queue to take the 3 minute cable car up & down. It was uncomfortable standing in the hot sun, and it impacted shopping time. So if you are in shape, walk the walk (25 min =/-) or stand in line early. The more ships in port the longer the lines. Of course you can always take the donkey ride up/down.!!!
If we had to do it again we would not take the tour. But, take the first tender in to give yourself more time.
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