Splendour At Its Best: Splendour of the Seas Cruise Review by shipnshore114

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Splendour At Its Best

Sail Date: May 2011
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Venice
My wife and I boarded our ship in Venice on May 23rd. Great itinerary of Montenegro, Greece, Turkey and Croatia which is why we selected it. After reading previous reviews that were not real positive, we feel compelled to put in our findings.

Our cabin was meticulously maintained the entire cruise and our cabin steward, Jas, was the best we have ever had on any cruise. He was telepathic in providing for us and we really appreciated his fine service. Although the ship needs some updating and renovating (planned for this October we heard), it was still well maintained and always clean and fastidious.

The food was outstanding. We ate all of our dinner meals in the King and I dining room and had a 6:30 set time. We have sailed on HA before with a fixed time choice of 5:45 or 8:15 of which neither was desirable for us. It was nice to get to know the waiters and we always had fun with them-Sergio and Abdumalik both had a great sense of humor and took great care of our More table.

The entertainment we saw was first rate with plenty of variety. We usually wore ourselves out during the day so the entertainment wasn't critical to us but we were pleased with what we did see.

As for things that could use a little tweaking, it would be nice to have wifi available in the cabins. Fortunately we were on the same floor as the computer center so it was not a huge deal. The computer speed was not good and the minutes expensive. It was tiring waiting for windows to open, knowing it was costing money. This is pretty standard on most ships and, hopefully, will be improved in the future. We thought the drinks were exorbitantly expensive. RCCL could provide a better value if the balanced this out-they would probably sell more if people didn't feel they had to nurse drinks for an extended period just to feel they received their money's worth.

All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and felt it was a good value. Less

Published 06/27/11

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Port and Shore Excursions

Big city with lots of history. We are glad we saw what we did when we did as there is much civil unrest going on. We did not have problems while there. We booked a private tour on our own and were glad we did. We didn't want to fumble around with metro train and bus schedules with only one day to see Athens. We saw everything we wanted to see in that day. The new Acropolis Museum is incredible. Others we met on the cruise did their own thing and didn't have time to see it.

Bodrum was a small Turkish portside village. We took a ship excursion called the Blue Voyage. We went to Camel Beach on a Turkish boat called a gulet. The beach was very forgettable. Rocky beach with cheap plastic beach chairs-rattan umbrellas painted blue with paint chips all over the place. Second stop was more fun where we coved out and swam. The boat owner gave us a history lesson (rather lengthy) and politically pleaded to not hold Turkish Muslims responsible for 9/11 or other extremist occurrences. Turkish shopkeepers will drive you nuts. Shopping not enjoyable.

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We booked our own tour here through a company called Ephesus Deluxe. Great value-had an English speaking tourguide, Ahu, that really made the tour special. We thought the ruins in Ephesus were as good or better that what we saw in Athens. Also, saw the Virgin Mary's home where she lived after the crucifixion of Jesus. Our guide gave us plenty of time to feel the spirituality of that place. It was very moving.

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Do your own thing. Fun to wander through the alleyways. Just get lost-easy to find your way.

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Did a ship's tour which was a complete waste of money. In other forums, we read it was best to take the first tender in Santorini or you could miss two hours trying to get off the ship. We did get off quickly and took a bus to Oia arriving at about 8:10am. The tourguide told us to meet back at the bus at 9:15 so we only had about one hour (TO SEE ONE OF THE MOST INCREDIBLE SIGHTS IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!!-NOT). Needless to say, we punted the rest of the tour (and our $144)and spent 5 hours in Oia, which was still not enough time. We would have done better on our own. Hint:the only advantage to getting off early would be if your ship arrives in port late in the morning or early afternoon. If you're in early, do your own thing as it's easy.

Croatia is beautiful. Do your own thing here, too. See Diocletian's Palace and wander the Riva.

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Get a good map, wander and get lost. Every turn is another postcard perfect picture. We saw Doge's Palace, Murano Island and San Marco's Basilica. Saw about everything else too.
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