Splendour of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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3 out of 5

Cruise was medium/good

Sail Date: September 25, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Inside

Overall good. The ship was nice and clean. I loved the destinations. The water really is that beautiful. You should do homework ahead of time and read about the places. Some like Delos (trip of Mykonos), you can do easily if you take the ferry from the area it drops you off to tender. You can also use public transportation (bus to metro) to get to the Acropolis if you can read maps. I recommend getting someone who knows their way around on Katakolon (either rent a taxi for the day or go on the ship's tour), They have a library on board, but not a lot of information on the sites as they want you to take their tours.

The cruise has some good features like rock climbing and an Italian class that is free, but they also try to always get you to pay a little extra- like charging for the sangria to go with the free paella. Word to the wise- avoid something if the waiter tells you to, even if it sounds delicious (ie lobster bisque.)

Pros: Destinations, courtesy of staff, huge windows in the dining area

Cons: Small quarters, food quality (not inedible, just not great)

Recommends Splendour of the Seas? Yes!

Entertainment
The greek singers were very good. Some of the other lounge acts, not to my taste, but nothing horrible. The activities usually cost extra, so we didn't do many, but we did enjoy Italian class.
Ship Quality
It's a medium-sized ship. The public restrooms were very clean and much larger than ours, so we used them often. Same with the shower in the sauna area.
Food and Dining
The servers are nice and courteous. Our waiter figured out that we decided things quickly and placed our orders quickly and tried to get our food quickly and kept us well stocked with bread and water. Breakfast was edible, but not delicious. We only ate in the Windjammer except at the brunch day. The brunch day was better but still not as much as I expected. Coffee is better in the dining area than in the Windjammer. Dinner was much better and I highly recommend the duck and the lamb. Steer clear of the lobster bisque, the calzone and the fried cheesesticks. The various iterations of mashed potatoes accompanying everything that was a main course got old after a while.
Cabin / Stateroom
It was small and tight, but we made it work 3 small individuals. There is a convenient bunk that folds down. Two large people would have likely had a fight. The bathroom is super small. You'd be better off doing business in the public restroom when you can.
Service and Staff
Very nice people.
Mykonos, Greece
Get the ferry to Delos at the area you tender in. You can do it on your own for 13 euros I think. There are so many guided tours, you don't have to join an organized one unless you want to. Hike up Mt. Kythnos for a great view. Be sure to bring food and water. Back in Mykonos we found Petros the pelican also to be a ham and very funny.
Don't Miss: Temple ruins at Delos
Split, Croatia
Diocletian's palace was nice, but it was rainy and we were not having any fun the first 3 hours til it cleared. Knowing what I know now, I would have waited on the boat for better weather, because it does not take much time to see most of Diocletian's palance. It was not as majestic as I was hoping for wet, cold feet. When it cleared a little we walked up the hills to a public park that had great views of the harbor, and we happened to be there on race day- so it was really cool to see the sailboats exit the harbor, line up, then hear the crack of the start gun. Don't bother with the chocolate shop (I was so excited), The beer in the town was good, but I liked the walnut liquer, which is the local specialty.
Don't Miss: Walking up the hills in the park.
Katakolon (Olympia), Greece
Get a driver or get on the tour. I wish now we had signed up for some organized tour. Unlike Delos, where the space is so small that it is easy to just hear what the various guides are saying, Olympic ruins are more spacious and you cannot hear what the guide is saying as easily if you are not part of the group. If you have a driver, definitely do both the Olympic ruins and go to the beach! It was so gorgeously blue and very comfortable water temperature. Our cab driver, Dmitri, was sooo nice, he showed us a great local restaurant that was not expensive, then I wanted baklava and he knew a great little shop and got us baklava, and he was informative.
Don't Miss: Olympic ruins
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Acropolis, Hadrian's gate, parliament building guards (their march is something else- it was comical.) Use the bus and the metro and don't get swindled by a cab driver. Look at a map and info ahead of time to get the bus number and buy a ticket at the kiosk before you board.
Don't Miss: Acropolis
Corfu, Greece
The old fort is a very fun area to walk on and take pictures of. The museum is nice if you don't want to be overwhelmed.


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