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After a fantastic first cruise, also with Royal Caribbean, we almost couldn't wait for this one. We indeed had a fantastic holliday. The splendour was not as great as our previous ship (the Navigator), but still very good. The personel was good but did not deliver the prommissed wow. They were polite and did their job fine, though. A problem with the ship itself was the deckplan. We love to enjoy the piano-music in the Scoonerbar, while drinking a cool cocktail. The position of the scoonerbar was directly next to the center, one deck above the R bar. The music of the entertainment in the Center was really loud and was programmed at the same time as the pianist. The result was that, unless you had seats directly around the piano you couldn't even listen. The activities on board of the ship were also not for "people like us". We are a young couple (round 30 years old) but the activities seemed to be especially for people around 50 years. In our first (and next) cruise we did not experience this at all. The singers and dancers of the ship were really good. Strong voices, fine shows. The food quality was good, but we missed the extra's from the Jade-cafe. Embarkation from Venice was great. The cruiseport is very easy to find and everything goes fast. And when the ship is leaving you have this wonderfull view of Venice! The shore excursions were fine with one exception: At Katakolon (Olympia) we had a very grumpy guide who didn't like her job at all, was terrible in organising things on the site, was rude to some people and made some major historical mistakes in her story. On the other hand, in Santorini we had the best excursion (and guide) ever! I doubded if I should rate the Splendour "Average". But when I look at the overall picture, it was really a good cruise. We have enjoyed every minute and would book it again.

Second Cruise. Very good, not excellent

Splendour of the Seas Cruise Review by bertenstella

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After a fantastic first cruise, also with Royal Caribbean, we almost couldn't wait for this one. We indeed had a fantastic holliday. The splendour was not as great as our previous ship (the Navigator), but still very good. The personel was good but did not deliver the prommissed wow. They were polite and did their job fine, though. A problem with the ship itself was the deckplan. We love to enjoy the piano-music in the Scoonerbar, while drinking a cool cocktail. The position of the scoonerbar was directly next to the center, one deck above the R bar. The music of the entertainment in the Center was really loud and was programmed at the same time as the pianist. The result was that, unless you had seats directly around the piano you couldn't even listen.

The activities on board of the ship were also not for "people like us". We are a young couple (round 30 years old) but the activities seemed to be especially for people around 50 years. In our first (and next) cruise we did not experience this at all.

The singers and dancers of the ship were really good. Strong voices, fine shows.

The food quality was good, but we missed the extra's from the Jade-cafe.

Embarkation from Venice was great. The cruiseport is very easy to find and everything goes fast. And when the ship is leaving you have this wonderfull view of Venice!

The shore excursions were fine with one exception: At Katakolon (Olympia) we had a very grumpy guide who didn't like her job at all, was terrible in organising things on the site, was rude to some people and made some major historical mistakes in her story. On the other hand, in Santorini we had the best excursion (and guide) ever!

I doubded if I should rate the Splendour "Average". But when I look at the overall picture, it was really a good cruise. We have enjoyed every minute and would book it again.
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