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As a first time cruiser it was with slight apprehension that we booked what we hoped would be an amazing introduction to cruising aboard Splendour of the Seas on its Eastern Mediterranean itinerary. We were not disappointed! Flights from London to Venice via Dusseldorf, booked through RCI, were very expensive but we booked at the time of the volcano crisis and wanted the reassurance of a package trip. Everything went smoothly, including transfers to the ship, although the embarkation queues were longer than expected. Once on board in the mid afternoon we freshened up in our cabin, ate lunch at the Windjammer cafe and enjoyed the decks and views. Our outside cabin was larger than expected with plenty of storage space and a very comfortable bed. I was slightly surprised that the toiletries provided consisted of a single bar of soap but having taken all we needed it wasn't a problem. Overall, the ship was comfortable with numerous quiet spaces for relaxing and more bustling areas such as the pool deck with plenty going on. The solarium pool area was a favourite although it was difficult to find a sun bed on the 'at sea' days. The food in the dining room was excellent, varied enough to find something different each evening and portion sizes were sensible. The evening entertainment in the main theatre wasn't as spectacular as I'd expected but was varied and enjoyable nonetheless. The highlights were the Beatles tribute band and the violinist. Entertainment in the bars and on deck was always excellent. All four ports of call offered differing experiences. Dubrovnik's historic old town viewed from the city walls was very attractive and easily toured in a day. Kusadasi provided a gateway to the ancient ruins at Ephesus but had little else of note unless you enjoy shopping in a fairly high pressure environment! Santorini was stunning, with Fira and Oia perched on the cliffs the views were amazing and wandering the narrow lanes was especially enjoyable. Shops here were much more varied than other ports with some offering one off hand made items too. By the time we got to Corfu we were ready for day on the beach so took a taxi to Dassia beach to chill out for the afternoon. We would cruise with RCI again despite the high price of excursions and drinks. We enjoyed the mix of people on board from all over the world and liked dressing up for the formal nights although it was possible to eat at the Windjammer if you preferred not to don the finery. This was our first cruise but definitely won't be our last.

First of many - I hope!

Splendour of the Seas Cruise Review by joodee

Trip Details
As a first time cruiser it was with slight apprehension that we booked what we hoped would be an amazing introduction to cruising aboard Splendour of the Seas on its Eastern Mediterranean itinerary. We were not disappointed!
Flights from London to Venice via Dusseldorf, booked through RCI, were very expensive but we booked at the time of the volcano crisis and wanted the reassurance of a package trip. Everything went smoothly, including transfers to the ship, although the embarkation queues were longer than expected.
Once on board in the mid afternoon we freshened up in our cabin, ate lunch at the Windjammer cafe and enjoyed the decks and views. Our outside cabin was larger than expected with plenty of storage space and a very comfortable bed. I was slightly surprised that the toiletries provided consisted of a single bar of soap but having taken all we needed it wasn't a problem.
Overall, the ship was comfortable with numerous quiet spaces for relaxing and more bustling areas such as the pool deck with plenty going on. The solarium pool area was a favourite although it was difficult to find a sun bed on the 'at sea' days. The food in the dining room was excellent, varied enough to find something different each evening and portion sizes were sensible.
The evening entertainment in the main theatre wasn't as spectacular as I'd expected but was varied and enjoyable nonetheless. The highlights were the Beatles tribute band and the violinist. Entertainment in the bars and on deck was always excellent.
All four ports of call offered differing experiences. Dubrovnik's historic old town viewed from the city walls was very attractive and easily toured in a day. Kusadasi provided a gateway to the ancient ruins at Ephesus but had little else of note unless you enjoy shopping in a fairly high pressure environment! Santorini was stunning, with Fira and Oia perched on the cliffs the views were amazing and wandering the narrow lanes was especially enjoyable. Shops here were much more varied than other ports with some offering one off hand made items too. By the time we got to Corfu we were ready for day on the beach so took a taxi to Dassia beach to chill out for the afternoon.
We would cruise with RCI again despite the high price of excursions and drinks. We enjoyed the mix of people on board from all over the world and liked dressing up for the formal nights although it was possible to eat at the Windjammer if you preferred not to don the finery. This was our first cruise but definitely won't be our last.
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Cabin 3070
Cabin 3070. Although this was a connecting cabin there was no extra noise from the adjoining cabin. Plenty of storage, comfortable bed. Very convenient for the lifts and only one floor below the dining room.
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