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Splendour of the Seas Cruise Review
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Splendour of the Seas - Eastern Mediterranean

Splendour of the Seas Cruise Review by Evildoug13

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  • Sail Date: Nov 2007
  • Destination: the Eastern Mediterranean

We spent 7 days on the Splendour of the Seas on Nov. 3rd until the 10th. We flew into Venice on Thursday morning and spent 2 nights at Hotel Panorama on Lido. 245 Euro for 2 nights with a view of the Lagoon facing St. Marks Square was a wonderful experience. We took the Free shuttle from Piazzale Roma and boarded at 12:30. The sign in and boarding process took 5 minutes. Very smooth and efficient. We enjoyed a great Meet and Mingle in the Viking Crown Lounge and got a chance to meet most of the posters on this site. So nice to finally put faces to screen names after all these months. The view from the port side on the sailaway was unforgettable. It was as good as a sailaway can possibly be. As a bonus, we also had a wonderful sunset and clear view of the alps during the departure. Breakfast in the Windjammer was very good, especially the made to order omelettes and carved ham. The only difference with having breakfast in the King and I room was a very bland Eggs Benedict on the menu. Lunch was decent, normal cruise food. Dinner in the King and I room was very good. Except for a dry Duck and an undercooked Pasta and (very mini)Scallops dish, everything else was very tasty. Appetizers and desserts were outstanding. The staff at all food location were very friendly and helpful. We found the 1800 person capacity of the ship to be a very nice size. There were only a few kids on board and they were hardly seen. Sure beats our last kid-filled Carnival cruise. The covered Solarium pool only allowed kids in between 11 and 4. There were always seats or lounge chairs to be found in the Solarium for readers or sun worshippers. Mykonos is a quaint town that is packed during the summer, so we saw it at a relaxed state, which was nice. Walking to all the sites was no problem. The very narrow streets/walkways were amazing to get lost in. Our 9 hour Athens tour started with the Acropolis/Parthenon area. What a great piece of history! The rest of Athens was alot less scenic, but was very interesting. The motorbike riders are INSANE. Zipping in and out of traffic at high speeds. The town is very crowded and full of traffic. So plan on plenty of drive time between sites. Katakolon was very relaxing little town with nice waterfront restaurants to have a long lunch and recover from Athens. The people that went to Olympia were split as far as liking the site. They recently added a train for 3 Euro that goes the 40 minutes to Olympia. That is the option we would do on our next visit. Corfu was the favorite port for us, as well as many of the others on the cruise. We rented a scooter and went up and down the East coast and to the Achillian Palace. We stopped at a little Taverna along the way and had a pleasant lunch. Split was probably the least favorite port amongst the cruisers we spoke with. It is a congested city with only a few sites of mild interest. It also rained that day, so maybe that took away from some of the charm. We were then offered a tour of the Bridge. The 1st, 2nd Captain and an engineer, took their time to show us how the ship operates and what really happens when the ship is sailing and docking. A wonderful experience. Our room was adequate, but the shower was weak on a few days. Tip: use the shower by the workout room. 3 times the size and excellent water pressure. The Motown group and the Elton John tribute were both very good shows. The others were basic cruise entertainment. The bands playing in the Atrium were very good, especially the Latin guys. Leaving the ship was also very easy. 5 minutes and we were at the spot for the shuttle back to Piazzale Roma. Taking our time we still arrived at the airport before 9:00.

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