Splendour of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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7+ cruises

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4 out of 5

Itineary perfect, ship good

Sail Date: September 05, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

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. 

 

Cabin / Stateroom
Balcony: pillows were flat & hard, no frig, lacking storage & amenities
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Entertainment
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
Food and Dining
the food which had uninspired menus, nothing reflecting local ports cuisine. Very average quality. (service was very good though
Venice, Italy
St Marks plaza - earlier in the day is better for shopping, eating, drinking, gelato, but always fun.
Kotor, Montenegro
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!
Corfu, Greece
palace was nice, the monastery a waste
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
got to do the Acropolis
Mykonos, Greece
shop, eat, drink, repeat! the back streets are filled with surprising shopping
Argostoli, Kefalonia, Greece
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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