Enjoyed every single second of this cruise. Each destination was absolutely gorgeous!! This was our first cruise and we were very impressed. Will be taking more cruises in our future! We loved the variety of things to do onboard and flexibility of disembarking at ports. Drink package was well used, but not explained well even though we asked at least 5 people what our package included (no one gave us the same answer twice). Great staff and entertainment!
My boyfriend and I took our first Mediterranean cruise through RC and had a fantastic time. The entertainment staff was very interested in everyone having a good time. The staff was extremely nice, but I feel a little understaffed. I didn't feel as pampered as the previous three cruises I've taken.
Overall the trip was great. The food while good, was not great. The activities were a bit on the boring side and not greatly varied. The ports of call were wonderful! However the shore excursions were not really worth the money.
In all honesty, overall I had a great time on the ship. However, my friend and I paid a premium price to go on this cruise, hence I expected a premium experience. The entertainment crew, staff, housekeeping and restaurant servers were wonderful! With that said, there were some major issues that I will disclose. 1. Some of the events on the ships Compass/events schedule were cancelled, or simply did not happen, i.e. trivia night in the bar or majority rules game poolside. It's a bit disappointing to visit a venue and have no one at least let us know that that the event was cancelled. 2. The ship is very outdated, it states that the Splendour of the Seas has some fairly recent renovations. However, furniture, cabin A/C, toilet suction, Karaoke machine, overall decor of ship were either non-functioning or falling apart. Again, please know that had the service and actual crew members not have compensated with their positive energy and focus on customer satisfaction, this would have been easily a dismal trip! Lastly, in comparison to other cruise lines, the food quality was subpar at best. The best meal I had was at that specialty dining Chef's Table and it was a pretty penny for a quality meal.
We loved the 8 night Greece & Turkey cruise out of Venice, Italy. Enjoyed the outstanding destinations and excursions. Had a lovely stateroom with ocean-view. We liked the size of the ship--not too big.
Loved the ports of call! Never a cloud in the sky. The Splendour of the Seas was an older ship. Apparently they added more staterooms which made my time dining nearly impossible. We had to make reservations, the first available was 9:30 pm, which in my opinion is not my time dining. We opted for the buffet but I felt cheated. We did manage 3 nights in the dining room with reservations made way ahead of time. Also breakfast, we were asked to leave our tables as soon as we were finished eating due to lack of space. On the last sea day the waiter asked my kids (kids, 25 and 21) to leave a handicapped table. Five vacant handicapped tables. No other seats available. They ate by the pool. By the time my husband and I got to looking for a table all five handicap tables were occupied by unhandicapped people. One table for two that hubby and I sat at. Really? We had met the waiter and chatted with him everyday at that table. Never mentioned we shouldn't be sitting there.
Overall we enjoyed our cruise, but the eating situation was definitely and issue!
The Itinerary was near perfect. The locations visited were quite picturesque, especially Mekonos. If Santorini was also on the itinerary it would have been perfect. We booked excursions mostly on our own, so that we could limit the group size. This way, we saw the islands in a more private way, rather than with a bus load of people. The rooms were a little small, but extremely clean. The housekeeping staff was wonderful. I was impressed with ship sanitation. They had hand sanitizing stations everywhere on the ship, and as you entered a public space staff suggested that you sanitize your hands. The main dining room food and staff were marvelous. They took care of myself and family very well, quickly learning our names and knew what each of us wanted to drink upon arrival in the dining room. I was a little disappointed in the main Windjammer buffet. Food was too often repeated and the scrambled eggs were dreadful. But, you could easily ask the omelet chef to scramble eggs and they were perfect. Also, I thought it closed too early, 9:30pm. It should have stayed open until midnight. We got the deluxe drink package and was very pleased. Drinks and Wine for example cost $9 to $14. So, If you had one or two drinks in the afternoon around the pool and two more at dinner and two later in the evening the package quickly paid for itself. Overall, I highly recommend Royal Caribbean.
This was our first cruise and many friends had told us how great cruising was but none had been on this particular cruise. I am big on using the internet to research places and had downloaded an app (Ship Mate) to track the ships progress. I paid for the top WiFi package so I could access the internet on 2 devices. Internet access was not available in our state room and spotty on the upper decks. Couldn't use the app or research our excursion destinations. Very frustrating. Also, couldn't smoke a cigar anywhere but the starboard side of the upper two decks and it was too windy in the evenings.
We enjoyed the excursions and met some great people but the ship was crowded and relaxing lounge chairs were hard to find. IF we cruise again we will likely try another cruise line or a larger ship.
Royal Carribean does excellent job. I will miss this ship. Second time we have been on it. Oldy but goody. Staff well trained and organized. Food and entertainment excellent. Love the solarium with pool, more quiet and offered more protection from sun. Spa services were top notch. I had three massage services Disappointed in cost for beverages. 9.00 for glass of wine. Beverage packages were very expensive. Hard to make worth your while if you are off ship during the day. Did not miss going to or paying for specialty restaurants as the food in dining room and in wind jammer were very good. Would have liked more time on the islands. Excellent security on ship. I appreciated emphasis on hand washing to prevent disease outbreaks. Loved the movies on outdoor screen and blankets to keep us warm! Can not comment on casino as we did not go there.
Would've been nice to receive daily planners ahead of time rather than late the night before the next day. Can wait and plan excursions once on ship. King and I dining experience is fun (get dressed and up and be waited on), but food is only fair. Windjammer food was good and variety was great!
There was nothing to drink after dinner except the bars. They didn't have a midnight buffet like the other cruises I've been on. The food was just ok. The lemonade was awesome. The alcoholic beverages were $14 each (very pricey). There were plenty of things to do on the ship daily.
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