RCI or NCL? Who would we choose next time!: Splendour of the Seas Cruise Review by taylor

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RCI or NCL? Who would we choose next time!

Sail Date: September 2010
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Venice
This was our first cruise experience with RCI. Our party of four have just returned from enjoyable med cruise from Venice to Greek Islands and Turkey. We have cruised twice previously with NCL.

The positives first:

Having checked in on line before leaving UK,boarding was simply and quick.

Cruise staff on board were helpful and pleasant. The two waiters on our table in King & 1 dining restaurant were absolute gems. A comedy duo who provided great entertainment to our table of 8 diners for the entire week. Very attentive. Maitre D' was more than accommodating in our dining requirements. The food was good, with choice of 5 or 6 dishes for each course.

Breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer provided plenty of choice for all tastes and the food was good. It inevitably became busy and peak dining times and table space was sometimes difficult to find, but did not prove too much of problem.

Our outside cabin was clean and had a large double More bed, and large window and mirrors which made it very bright.

Our cabin attendant made up towel animals and hung them from our cabin mirror (wearing a pair of our sunglasses)whilst we were at dinner, and making our towels into two heart shape swans for our wedding anniversary was lovely.


The lack of nicely presented complimentary toilets was also lacking. Small piece soap was provided and pump of shower jel on shower wall did not make up for this little touch, which is a minimum requirement of even a small 3 star hotel.

The bar drink prices were exceptionally expensive. The cocktails contained more ice than alcohol and were expensive for what they were. We therefore ensured we limited the funds we were prepared to pay out for these.

Shore excursions were also very expensive, so we did our own getting around.

Overall we had a great cruise. Would we go with RCI again? Yes. Less

Published 09/16/10

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Cabin was good. Light and clean.

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Port and Shore Excursions

A lovely town. Lots of old winding streets to look at the many shops, with no hassle from traders. We took a horse and carriage ride round the quieter area of town. Pleasant surprise as we did not know what to expect here.

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It cost $5 dollars each one way for transfer to city walls. Although we would have expected complimentary transfer, we paid for the transfer for the sake of ease. Too far to walk for us.

Dubrovnik is very much geared up to tourists. Cost of walking round the inside wall was 10 euro, so we opted instead for the cable car which cost the same. The cable car runs up the side of the hill behind Dubrovnik town walls, just a 5 minute walk away. The views on a clear day are fantastic. You get a great view of the whole of Dubrovnik town from here. There is also a small pleasant beach just outside the town walls.

Easy to reach town. Just short walk from ship along the port.

We did not take the opportunity to go on excursion as we have seen our fair share of historic ruins on previous cruises. If you can stand the constant hassle from shop traders then there are plenty of shops to look at. Would like to have spent more time meandering through the market and shops but it was constant hassle from beginning to end so we gave up and took a local taxi to Ladies Beach just round the bay for the cost of 4 euro, where we spent pleasant couple of hours swimming and relaxing on the beach. Although beach is covered in used cigarette ends!

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What a gem. It met all our expectations. We decided to go up by donkey and not cable car. If you are of a nervous disposition you are better off waiting in long queue for cable car. Not a journey I would undertake again, it was quite scary. There are hundreds of donkeys/mules coming up and down a steep hill (all at the same time!)and very close to wall with sheer drop down.

Oia is the place to see with the blue roofs and whitewashed houses and little lanes to wander down. Fantastic views across the bay. A local bus runs about every half hour from Fira to Oia and back.

We waited for about 40 mins in queue to get on cable car to return to the ship.

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