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Splendour of the Seas May 26th 2007 Travelled with 5 others - age 25 -32 Day 1 Flew to Venice and stayed overnight at Casa Sant'Andrea Hotel.Hotel was 5 mins walk from Piazzle D Roma where the airport Atvo bus stopped.Very basic hotel but its only for the night before the cruise.went around venice and took the gondola.Make sure to bargain as the standard price which is 80 euro.We supposed to get the free shuttle bus from Piazzle D Roma to the terminal the next day but decided to walk.Took us 20 mins walk as some of us has big luggages.The check in building is right at the back of the terminal.But somehow it went very smooth..We also did the prior checked in. Went straight to our rooms.We booked stateroom on the deck 8.First impression, it was a bit too small .The bed is so comfortable.Our attendant Rogie a Filipino guy is such a sweetheart.He helped us a lot.He even tried to get a phone charger for us.He cleaned our rooms twice daily.Had dinner at King and I .Our main waiter was a dissapointment.He doesn't say a word.May be it was his first time.Our second waiter was much better.Food is always great there. Day 2 Our first port was Dubrovnik. We have to pay for the shuttle to city centre which a bit of let down as RC never mention all the hidden cost.Went around the city wall to see the whole city.Quite amazing spot,Went to the beach nearby ..There's a cool bar looking over the beach.Not to be missed. Day 3 A sea day. Used the solarium pool a lot as the main pool full of kids . Also did the rock climbing and the crazy golf..Breakfast and lunch at windjammer was great..But they seem not changing the menu through out the week.Had the formal dinner.Everybody was all glam up. Day 4 Kusadasi -Booked the Ephesus trip with Nejat Incedogan , a local turkish man who I thought very knowledgeable about Ephesus.So we had the tour guide for ourselves which is much better than a huge group.Nejat brought us to local restaurant which we asked for.Though the food was reasonable and nice there're loads of tourist buses stopped by.so its not really the local hang out.He also brought us to leather factory and pottery shop.very interesting. Day 5 Santorini where we had booked a car with odysseysRental. Definitely recommend it.we booked 2 cars and decided to change to a van the on the day.They were cool about it.somehow we had to tender to shore on the day of arrival.People who has booked tour with the RC has priority to tender which I felt a little unfair.The tender process wasn't organized and we were late arriving there.we saw the cable car queue was very long.End up taking the donkey while some of us walked up the stairs.It wasn't a pleasant experience.First of all its only supposed to be 3 euro and the guy charged each of us 5 euro each.No safety whatsoever.I recommended to take the cable car or walk up.Drove to Oia..It was the most beautiful place I've ever seen.Trip was quick as we have to be back to cruise Day 6 Corfu. Just a relaxing place to go..Spent most time swimming at beach nearby Day 7 Sea day. Used the sauna and steam room at the spa and played table tennis.went for salsa class.Weather starts getting breezier and we took the rest of the day chilling. Day 8 Back to Venice. We all put on at least a kg after the cruise Suggestions : -RC should take into consideration to organize the tender process a bit better -Entertainment was really good. But may be too much on musical side .It'll be good if add some stand up comedy or some acrobats show. Our cruise director Leo Pappa, was great and entertainment -Go to eastern med around end of May to early June , weather wont be pipping hot and wont be swamped with loads of tourists. -Crew are very professionals and polite - All in all we had a fun holiday

Splendour of the Seas - Eastern Mediterranean

Splendour of the Seas Cruise Review by AsianChick

Trip Details
Splendour of the Seas May 26th 2007 Travelled with 5 others - age 25 -32
Day 1 Flew to Venice and stayed overnight at Casa Sant'Andrea Hotel.Hotel was 5 mins walk from Piazzle D Roma where the airport Atvo bus stopped.Very basic hotel but its only for the night before the cruise.went around venice and took the gondola.Make sure to bargain as the standard price which is 80 euro.We supposed to get the free shuttle bus from Piazzle D Roma to the terminal the next day but decided to walk.Took us 20 mins walk as some of us has big luggages.The check in building is right at the back of the terminal.But somehow it went very smooth..We also did the prior checked in. Went straight to our rooms.We booked stateroom on the deck 8.First impression, it was a bit too small .The bed is so comfortable.Our attendant Rogie a Filipino guy is such a sweetheart.He helped us a lot.He even tried to get a phone charger for us.He cleaned our rooms twice daily.Had dinner at King and I .Our main waiter was a dissapointment.He doesn't say a word.May be it was his first time.Our second waiter was much better.Food is always great there.
Day 2 Our first port was Dubrovnik. We have to pay for the shuttle to city centre which a bit of let down as RC never mention all the hidden cost.Went around the city wall to see the whole city.Quite amazing spot,Went to the beach nearby ..There's a cool bar looking over the beach.Not to be missed.
Day 3 A sea day. Used the solarium pool a lot as the main pool full of kids . Also did the rock climbing and the crazy golf..Breakfast and lunch at windjammer was great..But they seem not changing the menu through out the week.Had the formal dinner.Everybody was all glam up.
Day 4 Kusadasi -Booked the Ephesus trip with Nejat Incedogan , a local turkish man who I thought very knowledgeable about Ephesus.So we had the tour guide for ourselves which is much better than a huge group.Nejat brought us to local restaurant which we asked for.Though the food was reasonable and nice there're loads of tourist buses stopped by.so its not really the local hang out.He also brought us to leather factory and pottery shop.very interesting.
Day 5 Santorini where we had booked a car with odysseysRental. Definitely recommend it.we booked 2 cars and decided to change to a van the on the day.They were cool about it.somehow we had to tender to shore on the day of arrival.People who has booked tour with the RC has priority to tender which I felt a little unfair.The tender process wasn't organized and we were late arriving there.we saw the cable car queue was very long.End up taking the donkey while some of us walked up the stairs.It wasn't a pleasant experience.First of all its only supposed to be 3 euro and the guy charged each of us 5 euro each.No safety whatsoever.I recommended to take the cable car or walk up.Drove to Oia..It was the most beautiful place I've ever seen.Trip was quick as we have to be back to cruise
Day 6 Corfu. Just a relaxing place to go..Spent most time swimming at beach nearby
Day 7 Sea day. Used the sauna and steam room at the spa and played table tennis.went for salsa class.Weather starts getting breezier and we took the rest of the day chilling.
Day 8 Back to Venice. We all put on at least a kg after the cruise
Suggestions : -RC should take into consideration to organize the tender process a bit better -Entertainment was really good. But may be too much on musical side .It'll be good if add some stand up comedy or some acrobats show. Our cruise director Leo Pappa, was great and entertainment -Go to eastern med around end of May to early June , weather wont be pipping hot and wont be swamped with loads of tourists. -Crew are very professionals and polite - All in all we had a fun holiday
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