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Background Information We are a couple in our mid 20's who boarded the Splendor of the Seas for our honeymoon. My husband had cruised 3 times before, but this was my first cruise. Hotel Info (if any) We spent 3 days in Venice before going on the cruise, which was the best decision we could have ever made. Venice is a city that needs to be explored and three days was just enough time to take a tour by foot and boat, tour Dojas Palace, ride a gondola and eat some amazing Italian food! We stayed at Hotel Antiche Figure, which was on the opposite side of Venice all the sites, but an excellent choice because it was a very short walk to the bus station where we picked up our free Royal Caribbean shuttle to the dock. Venice is very walkable too, so even though we were on the other side of the city, we could easily take a scenic walk to get to St. Mark's Square (about 20 minutes) or hop on the water bus, which stopped walking distance from the hotel. After touring Venice for 3 days, we were ready to embark on our Mediterranean adventure! Some people on our cruise stayed in Venice after the cruise, but we both were glad we went before, as the cruise is a very active one and we were tired out! Ship Info The ship was in excellent condition. Clean, welcoming and friendly staff, a lot to do. The staff looked like they were having the time of their lives and were extremely hospitable. They always had smiles on their faces and seemed to be having as good of a time as the guests! Shore Excursions Piraeus (Athens), Greece - Definitely go on the longer tour to the Acropolis. Our tour guide honestly wasn't good (she barely talked), but the Acropolis was amazing - something everyone should see in their lifetime - so that made up for it. The longer excursion added two hours of on our own time, which was definitely needed. Even though it was more expensive, we would have felt rushed if we had gone on the shorter tour. Plus we got to see more ancient temples and ruins that we didn't see on our tour. Mykonos, Greece - We booked the excursion to Delos and missed it because we missed the part of the cruise compass that said the time had changed to an hour ahead. We were really upset that there was no sort of reminder about it, and read our cruise compass carefully from then on. While we were sad we missed seeing more ancient ruins, Mykonos provided more than enough scenery to see during our stop there. We walk around town, saw the windmills, and hiked up the mountain to get a spectacular view of the port (a MUST). Mykonos is the what you think of when you picture Greek islands - the bluest sky you've ever seen contrasting against the white buildings. So beautiful. Split, Croatia - We weren't sure what to expect in Split, but we were pleasantly surprised at how nice it was. It's a city built inside an ancient palace's walls. The tour was excellent - our tour guide was a local and was packed of interesting information. After the tour we had fun just walking through the tiny street, stepping in and out of shops, taking in the old buildings. Travel To Port of Embarkation We picked up the bus shuttle in Venice. Very easy! Stateroom Stateroom was a good size for the two of us. The bathroom was tiny, but as to be expected. The shower was a little hard to bath in though, as it barely fits one person standing and the shower curtain is constantly clinging to you. Women will have a hard time shaving their legs! We realized once we got on the ship that we were low on shampoo and soap and would probably run out before the end of the cruise (we weren't sure if there'd be opportunities on shore to get any either), so we called housekeeping and they directed us to guest services. We called the guest services desk to ask if there was somewhere to buy shampoo on the ship and the lady on the phone said no, but I wasn't too sure, so we went to guest services and the only answer we got was, "Check the stores." We spent a long time going in an out of the stores to find a place that sold shampoo and all we found was a fancy body store with perfumes and hair products that were extremely expensive. We asked all the store owners of stores that looked like they could sell shampoo. Finally, on the last day of the trip we found a shelf of shampoo and other toiletry items in the liquor store (a store we had not checked). I couldn't believe no one at guest services would no where to get toiletry items on the ship! There was a girl at guest services behind us whose luggage got lost at the airport, so all she had was the outfit on her and her purse. She asked them if there was somewhere to buy soap and such and they told her the same thing! I felt so bad for her! Besides that, our stateroom attendant was great. Very friendly and helpful. And his towel animals were excellent! Dining Food was excellent! The buffet at the Windjammer Cafe always had a lot of choices. It was perfect waking up in the morning and grabbing breakfast there before leaving for an excursion because it was quick and easy. We had breakfast one morning in the King and I, which was nice; however, it certainly wasn't as filling as the Windjammer. We never did breakfast at the King and I again. The King and I was great for dinner. We booked the cruise long in advance and requested our own table since we were on our honeymoon. However, when we sat down for our first meal, we were seated with another couple. We brought up the problem to one of the hosts, but he informed us that unfortunately, there was nothing they could do. However, the next morning, we went back and talked to the manager there, who immediately found a table for the two of us - at the earlier dining time. It was good that the mistake was made too because we ended up loving the earlier dining time because after walking around all day, we were starving by 6:30! Waiting until 9:00 would've been awful! We couldn't have asked for a better waitstaff. By the end of the cruise, we felt like they knew us (our drink waiter knew our usuals and by the end of the week we didn't even have to ask for what we wanted to drink). Our waiter seemed like he really cared and felt honored to serve us. During the first formal night the waitstaff performed a song, which was awesome. They did a great job! Entertainment/Activities Entertainment far exceeded what I thought cruise shows would be. The Royal Caribbean singers and dancers were on par with broadway. Great shows! The magician was neat too. There was always fun to be had in the theatre. Also, take part in the fun game shows the ship offers. We had fun playing the battle of the sexes and watching a form of the newlyweds gameshow (one newlywed couple, one married couple of 25 years, one elderly married couple all from the audience). Both were hilarious and so much fun! Dances at the clubs were a bit lame - no one really went. However, the ship offered a newlywed/anniversary party where they provided champagne and cake. Very sweet of them, but no one stayed too long. The pool games were also fun to watch. And at many of the stops there would be a party that night relating to the port (for example Greek Night complete with a pig roast and the works and Greek dancing!). The band on board the ship was excellent too and provided great music for salsa dancing! And if you're bored for some insane reason there's always rock climbing and mini golf! Disembarkation Everything went smoothly during every disembarkation. No waits really. They were very organized!

Really is the Splendor of the Seas!

Splendour of the Seas Cruise Review by angelzoey2

Trip Details
Background Information We are a couple in our mid 20's who boarded the Splendor of the Seas for our honeymoon. My husband had cruised 3 times before, but this was my first cruise.
Hotel Info (if any) We spent 3 days in Venice before going on the cruise, which was the best decision we could have ever made. Venice is a city that needs to be explored and three days was just enough time to take a tour by foot and boat, tour Dojas Palace, ride a gondola and eat some amazing Italian food! We stayed at Hotel Antiche Figure, which was on the opposite side of Venice all the sites, but an excellent choice because it was a very short walk to the bus station where we picked up our free Royal Caribbean shuttle to the dock. Venice is very walkable too, so even though we were on the other side of the city, we could easily take a scenic walk to get to St. Mark's Square (about 20 minutes) or hop on the water bus, which stopped walking distance from the hotel.
After touring Venice for 3 days, we were ready to embark on our Mediterranean adventure! Some people on our cruise stayed in Venice after the cruise, but we both were glad we went before, as the cruise is a very active one and we were tired out!
Ship Info The ship was in excellent condition. Clean, welcoming and friendly staff, a lot to do. The staff looked like they were having the time of their lives and were extremely hospitable. They always had smiles on their faces and seemed to be having as good of a time as the guests!
Shore Excursions Piraeus (Athens), Greece - Definitely go on the longer tour to the Acropolis. Our tour guide honestly wasn't good (she barely talked), but the Acropolis was amazing - something everyone should see in their lifetime - so that made up for it. The longer excursion added two hours of on our own time, which was definitely needed. Even though it was more expensive, we would have felt rushed if we had gone on the shorter tour. Plus we got to see more ancient temples and ruins that we didn't see on our tour.
Mykonos, Greece - We booked the excursion to Delos and missed it because we missed the part of the cruise compass that said the time had changed to an hour ahead. We were really upset that there was no sort of reminder about it, and read our cruise compass carefully from then on.
While we were sad we missed seeing more ancient ruins, Mykonos provided more than enough scenery to see during our stop there. We walk around town, saw the windmills, and hiked up the mountain to get a spectacular view of the port (a MUST). Mykonos is the what you think of when you picture Greek islands - the bluest sky you've ever seen contrasting against the white buildings. So beautiful.
Split, Croatia - We weren't sure what to expect in Split, but we were pleasantly surprised at how nice it was. It's a city built inside an ancient palace's walls. The tour was excellent - our tour guide was a local and was packed of interesting information. After the tour we had fun just walking through the tiny street, stepping in and out of shops, taking in the old buildings.
Travel To Port of Embarkation We picked up the bus shuttle in Venice. Very easy!
Stateroom Stateroom was a good size for the two of us. The bathroom was tiny, but as to be expected. The shower was a little hard to bath in though, as it barely fits one person standing and the shower curtain is constantly clinging to you. Women will have a hard time shaving their legs!
We realized once we got on the ship that we were low on shampoo and soap and would probably run out before the end of the cruise (we weren't sure if there'd be opportunities on shore to get any either), so we called housekeeping and they directed us to guest services. We called the guest services desk to ask if there was somewhere to buy shampoo on the ship and the lady on the phone said no, but I wasn't too sure, so we went to guest services and the only answer we got was, "Check the stores."
We spent a long time going in an out of the stores to find a place that sold shampoo and all we found was a fancy body store with perfumes and hair products that were extremely expensive. We asked all the store owners of stores that looked like they could sell shampoo.
Finally, on the last day of the trip we found a shelf of shampoo and other toiletry items in the liquor store (a store we had not checked). I couldn't believe no one at guest services would no where to get toiletry items on the ship!
There was a girl at guest services behind us whose luggage got lost at the airport, so all she had was the outfit on her and her purse. She asked them if there was somewhere to buy soap and such and they told her the same thing! I felt so bad for her!
Besides that, our stateroom attendant was great. Very friendly and helpful. And his towel animals were excellent!
Dining Food was excellent! The buffet at the Windjammer Cafe always had a lot of choices. It was perfect waking up in the morning and grabbing breakfast there before leaving for an excursion because it was quick and easy. We had breakfast one morning in the King and I, which was nice; however, it certainly wasn't as filling as the Windjammer. We never did breakfast at the King and I again.
The King and I was great for dinner. We booked the cruise long in advance and requested our own table since we were on our honeymoon. However, when we sat down for our first meal, we were seated with another couple. We brought up the problem to one of the hosts, but he informed us that unfortunately, there was nothing they could do. However, the next morning, we went back and talked to the manager there, who immediately found a table for the two of us - at the earlier dining time. It was good that the mistake was made too because we ended up loving the earlier dining time because after walking around all day, we were starving by 6:30! Waiting until 9:00 would've been awful!
We couldn't have asked for a better waitstaff. By the end of the cruise, we felt like they knew us (our drink waiter knew our usuals and by the end of the week we didn't even have to ask for what we wanted to drink). Our waiter seemed like he really cared and felt honored to serve us.
During the first formal night the waitstaff performed a song, which was awesome. They did a great job!
Entertainment/Activities Entertainment far exceeded what I thought cruise shows would be. The Royal Caribbean singers and dancers were on par with broadway. Great shows! The magician was neat too. There was always fun to be had in the theatre.
Also, take part in the fun game shows the ship offers. We had fun playing the battle of the sexes and watching a form of the newlyweds gameshow (one newlywed couple, one married couple of 25 years, one elderly married couple all from the audience). Both were hilarious and so much fun!
Dances at the clubs were a bit lame - no one really went. However, the ship offered a newlywed/anniversary party where they provided champagne and cake. Very sweet of them, but no one stayed too long.
The pool games were also fun to watch. And at many of the stops there would be a party that night relating to the port (for example Greek Night complete with a pig roast and the works and Greek dancing!).
The band on board the ship was excellent too and provided great music for salsa dancing!
And if you're bored for some insane reason there's always rock climbing and mini golf!
Disembarkation Everything went smoothly during every disembarkation. No waits really. They were very organized!
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