Splendour of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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Experience
2-3 cruises

Review
1

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4 out of 5

Splendour was splendid

Sail Date: November 21, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

This cruise was a great way to sample several sites by traveling with our "hotel and restaurant".  The King & I dining room service was most exceptional.  We enjoyed our time in Venice before and after the cruise; it's worth an extra day or two.  Ephesus was our favorite stop during the cruise.  Although the weather during this end-of-the-season trip caused us to miss our stop at Dubrovnik, overall the much-reduced crowds and cooler temperatures for walking made it all worthwhile

Cabin / Stateroom
Wow! The junior suite with balcony was really worth the extra cost. We had a great time sitting outside eating (room-service) breakfast or drinking coffee while enjoying fantastic views coming into Venice and Kusadasi. When the weather was rough, there was the added benefit of plenty of glass through which to watch the horizon from the comfort of our room.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Getting on & off the ship was very easy. Even when there was a queue, we were impressed by the focus and efficiency of the staff. They did well blending the needs for security and convenience.
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Entertainment
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Venice, Italy
Dubrovnik, Croatia Sadly, weather delay leaving Venice caused this stop to be cancelled.
Rhodes, Greece
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
This was the highlight stop of the trip--Ephesus! We purchased a shore excursion through CheapCruises & used the voucher they provided, which cut the price in half. It was a wonderful and intimate (6 people) walk through the ancient city & ruins of St John's basilica with our knowledgable guide (Rose, in english; don't remember her proper Turkish name). Lunch was in a large garden outside a carpet shop. Food was excellent and the setting very relaxed. The carpet-making explanation was fascinating and impressive. We were not in the market for a carpet and are happy to say the sales pitch was not high-pressure, even though we were the last cruise ship of the season.
Split, Croatia

Tip

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