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Splendour of the Seas Cruise Review
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Splendour of the Seas Cruise Review by dragonflylt

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  • Sail Date: Sep 2011
  • Destination: the Eastern Mediterranean

Although I had cruised with Disney Cruise Line before, to me, this was my first cruise. The purpose of this vacation was to celebrate the completion of my MBA at 42 years old. In general, the experience was superb. We visited 8 ports of call and I can write a book about each of them. All of it positive. The crew on the ship was amazing - in general, this experience was one of a kind and one that I will remmeber forever. Due to a restricted budget, I only took 3 shore excursions, Athens, Santorini and Ephesus. I wish I would have been able to take more excursions, however, I cherished the time spent walking around on my own. The ship had lots of entertainment, great music and drinks - dinner every night (late dinner) was fabulous and we met wonderful people from Switzerland. I believe we made friends for life.

This cruise is well recommended to anyone that is looking forward to see other cultures and experience what life was in the past - the highlight of it for me was to walk in Ephesus, in the Virgin's Mary home... it is a blessing to be able to walk those precious path that carry so much meaning to me. I took a private tour for this portion of the trip, it was same money than the cruise shore excursion but with just 4 people... It was worth it as we even had lunch in typical Turkish restaurant. The company is Ekol Travel - they were wonderful.


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Cabin Review

Comfortable bed, great oceanview, great space for two people, not noisy at all!


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Venice

Had some wine and pizza - and a nice gondola ride with friends...

Athens (Piraeus)

Very historic - took an excursion here to not miss the must see... Totally recommend the excursion for first timers.

Kusadasi

my favorite port - took a private tour...with Ekol Travel.. 100% recommend them!

Bodrum

one of my favorites for shopping! walked on our own.. drank, shopped, visited the castle....

Santorini

gorgeous - took shore excursion... it was ok because we went to winery and drove around the mountains... worth it!

Mykonos

we went to the beach ... .it was painfully cold (I am a Floridian).. but it was so beautiful... Amazing downtown.. walked around the cobblestones roads...and ate and drink by the shore...

Split

Loved it! I wish i would have done an excursion here... Walked around the palace, it was beautiful... Split is amazing.


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