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Review: Splendour of the Seas

Cruise - Ocean Cruise

Venice to Malaga

  • By SilverTraveller Pete

    2 reviews

  • Oct 2011
  • Wife
  • Regular holiday
  • Oceanview

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The adventure started with flying from Stanstead to Venice with RyanAir. This was the first time flying with them and after hearing so many "war" stories we were a bit anxious, however, we needn’t have worried as everything went smoothly, from check-in, to boarding, to finding a seat, the flight itself and landing at Venice Marco Polo airport. After a short car journey, we played the embarkation game and arrived in our cabin onboard Splendour of the Seas. This was our third cruise with RCCL the previous two being on the Splendours sister ship, Legend of the Seas, so we were really looking forward to it. Unfortunately, owing to time, we were unable to tour Venice, still, it gives us an excuse to visit again. I managed to find out that when the ship sails, it will sail past Venice, including St Marks square so there would be a good opportunity to take photos. As hoped, this turned out to be excellent especially since we were also advised to be on the port side.

First port of call was Dubrovnik, somewhere which we had never visited. We weren’t disappointed, people are friendly and the old city is well worth a visit. If the legs will stand it, take walk up the steps and walk around the city walls, the views are incredible. If you can’t manage the steps, go down to the harbour, find yourself a seating place and just relax and admire the view.

From Dubrovnik it was a day at sea so time to relax and get familiar with ship.

Next stop was Malta, I’d not been here since working on the Grey Funnel Cruise Line (Royal Navy) so it was interesting to see the changes. The main city area seems to be undergoing a massive rebuilding phase but its still worth a visit, in fact, its on our list of places to holiday. If visiting, its well worth going to the Royal Palace, oh, almost forgot, it has a Marks & Spencer store, so it must be good.

After Malta, it was another day at sea so more time to relax, sleep, eat, relax, eat, relax, sleep, eat, I think you get the gist.

Cartegena was the next port of call. We’d not been here either so it was all new to us. Some excellent sight seeing but some strenuous walks up hills, so be warned. There is an excellent site of a Roman amphitheatre which has only recently been discovered. You can pay to visit but I found that if you walked up one of the hills you could overlook and see everying free of charge. Always a good thing.

From Cartegena it was onto to Gibraltar and a wander around the “boys toys” stores, anything electronic. We didn’t go to the rock and wrestle with the apes, instead we just aimlessly strolled around the centre. We had been before but we still enjoyed.

Finally onto Malaga where we had to disembark at 8.30 am. This was because the ship was due to sail into drydock so clearly they needed everyone to be off as quickly as possible. Our flight home was until 8.30 in the evening, so we had a few hours in Malaga. Here’s an excellent tip if you’re have to spend a long time waiting for a flight in Malage. Prior to the cruise, I had made enquires about luggage. Now, unsurprisingly, luggage cannot be left at the airport but there are left luggage lockers at the main Malaga railway station, for five euros for the day. The stations itself is in the middle of a shopping precinct so not far to go to spend left over Euros, in actual fact there was another shopping mall just five minutes away. To get into Malaga central you could either walk or for two euros return, take the metro. The journey is approximately five minutes. When its time to go to the airport, this too is on the metro for a two euro fare. All in all well worth it.

The ship itself was fabulous although it was showing its age a bit, possible one of the reasons why it was having a refurb. The food was excellent and plenty of it and the shows were highly professional. All in all, a cruise we both thoroughly enjoyed and didn’t disappoint. I could say more but you would probably get fed up reading about. One final thing is that we booked the cruise through a company called DCruise, who are based in Malta but are very friendly and accommodating. It’s the second time we’ve used them and thoroughly recommend them.

That’s it, I hope you enjoy reading this and I apologise for any spelling mistakes and grammatical errors, still its not much fun being too perfect.

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