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Splendour of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 15

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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7 Night Greek Isles (Venice Roundtrip)
Sail Date: September 05, 2015
Ship: Splendour of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 6586
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

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. 

 

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
the food which had uninspired menus, nothing reflecting local ports cuisine. Very average quality. (service was very good though

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

1 out of 5
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

Service and Staff

3 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Balcony: pillows were flat & hard, no frig, lacking storage & amenities
5 out of 5
St Marks plaza - earlier in the day is better for shopping, eating, drinking, gelato, but always fun.
5 out of 5
be up on deck about 2 hrs early to see the arrival up the fiord, amazing- just a few steps from the pier is the old fortress town- walk all throughout & find interesting shops, pubs, restaurants, church, etc- don't stop at the entrance- too much inside the fortress to see!
3 out of 5
palace was nice, the monastery a waste
5 out of 5
got to do the Acropolis
5 out of 5
shop, eat, drink, repeat! the back streets are filled with surprising shopping
5 out of 5
Save some shopping money for this port, its the best value all week, just keep walking - a cool little town when you get a little past the initial waterfront. Enjoy a beverage in the town square or at Kafe Kefalonia, water front.
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