September 2015 - Splendour of the Seas to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Starting in Venice, arrived a day early to enjoy this great city, then adding Kotor Montenegro ( a neat surprise), Corfu (palace was nice, the monastery a waste), Athens ( got to do the Acropolis!), Mykonos (shop,eat, drink, repeat!), & Argostoli (keep walking - a cool little town when you get a little past the initial waterfront), ending back in Venice was a perfect itinerary. Each port was special and different.
The ship staff was very friendly & helpful, clearly wanting to make a good impression, save for one front desk supervisor who needs to be relocated to the engine room so he never has to talk to Guests.
This was our third R.C cruise but first in a number of years. We had expected R.C. to exceed competitor cruise lines from our recent cruises in the past year, (2 carnival & 1 Norwegian), however on several levels R.C. fell surprisingly short: from the stateroom (pillows were flat & hard, no frig, lacking storage & amenities.), to the music (no variety-all the same- 'elevator' style, & no cultural music infused from the destinations visited), to the shows which were just ok but far short on inspiration & production quality as we experienced on Carnival & Norwegian, & the food which had uninspired menus, nothing reflecting local ports cuisine. Very average quality. (service was very good though)
Sorry, R.C. but there was no WOW from you on this cruise. We have gained new respect for your competitors & will choose them (also Celebrity) for our near future trips.