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We cruised on Splendour of the Seas from November 17-24, 2007 and were very happy with all aspects of the cruise. This was the first time in quite a while for us on a "smaller" ship and any concerns we may have had regarding the activities and amenities of this ship soon proved to be groundless. Splendour is an excellent ship and one that we would cruise again. We flew into Venice one day ahead of departure and spent one night at the Best Western Hotel Ala, just a short walk from San Marco. As we had to connect through Brussels, and the original morning Brussels Airline flight had been canceled, we were placed on a 2:30 pm flight to Venice, giving us a 7 hour layover in Brussels and a 4:30 arrival in Venice. We took advantage of the layover to go into Brussels and visit the Grand Place and walk about a bit before returning to the airport for the flight. Upon our arrival in Venice we made our way to the Aliguna Water Bus pier and took that service to San Marco. This took about one hour and 15 minutes total, meaning that we did not check into our hotel until about 6:30. Following check in we walked about a bit, had dinner, then off to bed. Hotel Ala is a very nice 3 star hotel and we got the one night for a very decent rate of 110 Euros, a bargain for Venice. The included breakfast was substantial and included hot scrambled eggs, a rarity in Italy. After spending some time in Venice, we boarded the Vaporetto Number One for the ride to Piazza Roma, arriving there about 2:30 pm. This was the only part of the whole cruise where we felt that RCCL really dropped the ball. Once at the bus stop area there was no one from RCCL to direct you to the proper bus and the bus itself had very poor marking as to being the shuttle to the ship. There was a large crowd of cruisers trying to find the right spot and the right bus and many were becoming testy. Once the bus arrived each of us had to load our own luggage into the hold and find a seat. This was a very unorganized way to do this and RCCL should address this. However, the transfer was free and one should appreciate that, as people that became impatient and used one of the taxis were being charged an outrageous 70 Euros for a 3-4 minute ride. Checking in at the dock and boarding was very quick and painless and we were on the ship within 10 minutes of reaching the dock. We found our stateroom and proceeded to explore a bit. We departed right on time at 4:30 and luggage was delivered to the stateroom shortly afterwards. We were in a window stateroom on deck three. The room was in very good condition and the new bedding was quite nice. The room had plenty of storage space and adequate room for the two of us. The bathroom was smallish but adequate. The shower had a curved curtain rather than a door which made it a bit easier to take a shower. The only thing the cabin did not have as standard equipment was a fridge, but there was really no room for one anyway. The weakest point of the cabin was the very old TV set (not a big deal as we seldom watched it anyway). It seems that they would have upgraded to small flat screens by now. We found the food to be quite good in the main dining room. We were in the late seating and had excellent waiters and very nice table mates. We became quite friendly with them and ended up spending time together on shore as well. We prefer to avoid the buffets when possible so only had breakfast once in the Windjammer and it was quite good. We had room service breakfast twice, and both times it was delivered on time and was exactly as ordered. We had breakfast in the main dining room the other times and it was always quite good. Lunch was taken in the main dining room or on shore during port stops. We had no problems with the food and service. The only thing that we felt could be improved is for the Latitudes Coffee Shop to have regular coffee available as it is on the larger ships. On Splendour one had to buy all coffee drinks in Latitudes and to get regular coffee a trip to the Windjammer or the pool deck was required. Not a big deal but one worth mentioning. We only made one show and it was good. The ship has a very nice single level theatre with extremely comfortable seats and good sight lines. We did contribute a small amount of money to the casino each evening - the payout did not seem to be set very high on the slot machines. We also played bingo one time (first time we had ever done this) and were not winners! Overall the ship was in excellent condition, extremely clean and well maintained. The crew and staff were to a person very cordial and polite. The gym was well equipped and offered a nice array of equipment. Early mornings were the best times to use the gym as it became busy later. We did not use the pools as the weather was cool and also did not use any of the hot tubs. We booked this ship mainly for the itinerary and we were very happy with it. We only booked one excursion, that being the tour of Ancient Olympus. All other ports we did on our own. We enjoyed each very much. We found Athens to much cleaner and nicer that we had expected. A big busy city yes, but overall very clean and everyone we interacted with was very nice. It was an awesome experience to visit the Acropolis. In Mykonos we just walked about a bit and enjoyed the scenic homes and windmills. The visit to Olympus was very interesting and we were lucky to have an excellent guide. This could have been done alone as well but we are glad we had a guide to explain many of the ruins. In Corfu we hired a taxi (along with another couple) and had a nice tour of the island for 3 ½ hours for 100 Euros. The driver was very nice and spoke excellent English. This turned out to be a great thing to do and one that we would highly recommend. Corfu turned out to be our favorite port. In Split we again just walked about on our own and explored the old city - very interesting and neat place. As we had a car reserved in Venice we had requested an early departure. We were off the ship and aboard the free shuttle back to Piazza Roma by 800 am and from there it was just around the corner to the Hertz office for the car pickup. Overall we give this cruise a big thumbs up. The ship, the cabin, the food, the crew and staff, and the itinerary were all top notch. We were quite happy with all aspects and have nothing to complain about (except the minor glitch mentioned above with the shuttle service). We are frequent RCCL cruisers and while on board booked our next cruise. We are ready!

Very Pleased With Ship and Itinerary

Splendour of the Seas Cruise Review by WillieC

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We cruised on Splendour of the Seas from November 17-24, 2007 and were very happy with all aspects of the cruise. This was the first time in quite a while for us on a "smaller" ship and any concerns we may have had regarding the activities and amenities of this ship soon proved to be groundless. Splendour is an excellent ship and one that we would cruise again.
We flew into Venice one day ahead of departure and spent one night at the Best Western Hotel Ala, just a short walk from San Marco. As we had to connect through Brussels, and the original morning Brussels Airline flight had been canceled, we were placed on a 2:30 pm flight to Venice, giving us a 7 hour layover in Brussels and a 4:30 arrival in Venice. We took advantage of the layover to go into Brussels and visit the Grand Place and walk about a bit before returning to the airport for the flight. Upon our arrival in Venice we made our way to the Aliguna Water Bus pier and took that service to San Marco. This took about one hour and 15 minutes total, meaning that we did not check into our hotel until about 6:30. Following check in we walked about a bit, had dinner, then off to bed. Hotel Ala is a very nice 3 star hotel and we got the one night for a very decent rate of 110 Euros, a bargain for Venice. The included breakfast was substantial and included hot scrambled eggs, a rarity in Italy.
After spending some time in Venice, we boarded the Vaporetto Number One for the ride to Piazza Roma, arriving there about 2:30 pm. This was the only part of the whole cruise where we felt that RCCL really dropped the ball. Once at the bus stop area there was no one from RCCL to direct you to the proper bus and the bus itself had very poor marking as to being the shuttle to the ship. There was a large crowd of cruisers trying to find the right spot and the right bus and many were becoming testy. Once the bus arrived each of us had to load our own luggage into the hold and find a seat. This was a very unorganized way to do this and RCCL should address this. However, the transfer was free and one should appreciate that, as people that became impatient and used one of the taxis were being charged an outrageous 70 Euros for a 3-4 minute ride.
Checking in at the dock and boarding was very quick and painless and we were on the ship within 10 minutes of reaching the dock. We found our stateroom and proceeded to explore a bit. We departed right on time at 4:30 and luggage was delivered to the stateroom shortly afterwards.
We were in a window stateroom on deck three. The room was in very good condition and the new bedding was quite nice. The room had plenty of storage space and adequate room for the two of us. The bathroom was smallish but adequate. The shower had a curved curtain rather than a door which made it a bit easier to take a shower. The only thing the cabin did not have as standard equipment was a fridge, but there was really no room for one anyway. The weakest point of the cabin was the very old TV set (not a big deal as we seldom watched it anyway). It seems that they would have upgraded to small flat screens by now.
We found the food to be quite good in the main dining room. We were in the late seating and had excellent waiters and very nice table mates. We became quite friendly with them and ended up spending time together on shore as well. We prefer to avoid the buffets when possible so only had breakfast once in the Windjammer and it was quite good. We had room service breakfast twice, and both times it was delivered on time and was exactly as ordered. We had breakfast in the main dining room the other times and it was always quite good. Lunch was taken in the main dining room or on shore during port stops. We had no problems with the food and service. The only thing that we felt could be improved is for the Latitudes Coffee Shop to have regular coffee available as it is on the larger ships. On Splendour one had to buy all coffee drinks in Latitudes and to get regular coffee a trip to the Windjammer or the pool deck was required. Not a big deal but one worth mentioning.
We only made one show and it was good. The ship has a very nice single level theatre with extremely comfortable seats and good sight lines. We did contribute a small amount of money to the casino each evening - the payout did not seem to be set very high on the slot machines. We also played bingo one time (first time we had ever done this) and were not winners!
Overall the ship was in excellent condition, extremely clean and well maintained. The crew and staff were to a person very cordial and polite. The gym was well equipped and offered a nice array of equipment. Early mornings were the best times to use the gym as it became busy later. We did not use the pools as the weather was cool and also did not use any of the hot tubs.
We booked this ship mainly for the itinerary and we were very happy with it. We only booked one excursion, that being the tour of Ancient Olympus. All other ports we did on our own. We enjoyed each very much. We found Athens to much cleaner and nicer that we had expected. A big busy city yes, but overall very clean and everyone we interacted with was very nice. It was an awesome experience to visit the Acropolis. In Mykonos we just walked about a bit and enjoyed the scenic homes and windmills. The visit to Olympus was very interesting and we were lucky to have an excellent guide. This could have been done alone as well but we are glad we had a guide to explain many of the ruins. In Corfu we hired a taxi (along with another couple) and had a nice tour of the island for 3 ½ hours for 100 Euros. The driver was very nice and spoke excellent English. This turned out to be a great thing to do and one that we would highly recommend. Corfu turned out to be our favorite port. In Split we again just walked about on our own and explored the old city - very interesting and neat place.
As we had a car reserved in Venice we had requested an early departure. We were off the ship and aboard the free shuttle back to Piazza Roma by 800 am and from there it was just around the corner to the Hertz office for the car pickup.
Overall we give this cruise a big thumbs up. The ship, the cabin, the food, the crew and staff, and the itinerary were all top notch. We were quite happy with all aspects and have nothing to complain about (except the minor glitch mentioned above with the shuttle service). We are frequent RCCL cruisers and while on board booked our next cruise. We are ready!
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