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Lynne Poirier

Age: 67


Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Splendour of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2010-10-2

Itinerary: Mediterranean

Overall, this was a wonderful cruise made more so by the RCCL staff. The ship is very beautiful and well maintained but it is older with spots of rust and corrosion in places. No big deal though. The excellent buffet was a big part of our cruise experience as I am a fussy eater.

The food in the Windjammer was very very good and except for one dinner in the dining room, we decided buffet style suited us better. The desserts are very hard to resist, everything is fresh and hot or cold as needs be and the staff cleans up lickety split. We found our table in the dining room very uncomfortable. It was a table for four jammed into a tiny corner so that no one could get out from the inside unless the outside diners got out of their chairs. The waiter hovered way too much and I was disappointed in the seasonings and sauces on my Vitality fish entree.

Very comfortable room but the window was old and dirty which hampered out view somewhat. The sickening peach pink plastic walls and floors in the washroom are annoying after a few minutes in there. The bed was hard so I had to sleep on pillows laid out on the mattress. The stateroom attendant did everything possible to make us comfortable but he can't make a new mattress! The linens were always very clean and fresh. The attendant even folded my PJs which I found cute but freaky.

There is soooo much to do and so much variety that you would have to be brain dead to be bored.

Potty before you leave the ship especially if you are visiting Oia. The public washroom and the bus station washroom recommended by the tour guides absolutely reek from yards away. You will gag! With the thousands of tourists going through that town every day, you would think they could pay someone to slosh around a mop and some bleach. Also truck in some water so the toilets work properly. The town and views from the mountain are gorgeous but I saw a shopkeeper kick a dog out of his store so hard that he hit the wall on the other side of the alley. This sticks in our minds and we would NOT go back to Santorini if you paid us.

We would highly recommend this cruise but wouldn't pay for excursions in future except for Ephesus. Take the free RCCL shuttles into town and just stroll and shop with the money you saved on tours.

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