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PAUL

Age: 58

Occupation:management consultant

Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Splendour of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2012-06-30

Itinerary: Greek Islands

The ship is one of the smaller in the fleet, and a lot smaller than the Explorer which was our last cruise. We felt that it was much more accessible and intimate and yet large enough to not feel crowded. In fact, I am sure that the smaller ships have a bigger public-space/guest ratio than the larger ships!

Staff were as always very friendly and helpful- not a single issue to complain about in the entire week.

Food is good, but nothing special, and facilities are modern, clean and well looked after.

We had a balcony stateroom, which I can certainly recommend for this cruise ( not so for the Caribbean, where there is not much to see between stops- in the Med there is, and having a place to sit outside and watch the islands go by is worth the extra cost

I am not a great fan of ship activities, so I would rather not comment

Corfu and Bari- worth a tour.

Mykonos- no- just go ashore- you can shop and swim right there, no need to pay to go anywhere.

Athens- Parthenon and Athens is worth it- but go very early- in summer, by 0900 there are 50+ coaches waiting!

Dubrovnik- kayaking- great fun, but not for the unfit- its quite long and requires a degree of fitness and strength.

Venice- we stayed there for 2 days before the cruise- magnificent!

From embarkation to the end it was a real pleasure to deal with RCI. They are so friendly and helpful- nothing is too much trouble.

I recommend the MY-TIME dining, as it is convenient. we did not see many of the shows, as we don't cruise to see shows- rather spend time on deck. My teenage sons loved it- a week-long party !

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