Difficult to compare since this was my first cruise:
-food was acceptible on the Lido and pretty special in the dining room except the coffee which was fairly bad everywhere
-service was very good, esp. the dining room
-balcony cabin was well-fitted with plenty of storage space: someone suggested a power strip to avoid the one plug crowding
-entertainment was variable: some better than others; some more appealing than others
-I like the cruise director and his corny announcements
-we got what we needed from the shore excursions: they were pricey, but gave us hassle free sight seeing without worrying about finding our way
-totally annoyed by the photographers popping up everywhere; we each had a digital camera and were happy with our own photos
-the decor was fairly hideous. I have seen better Burger Kings and the voice in the elevator was a little pretentious
-laundry facilities were inadequate and frequently broken
-no policing of the adults only spas which were frequently occupied with splashing children
-a little uncomfortable being a foreign country without a passport (they held them until we finished traveling through Turkey and Greece) but since we went on Carnival excursions I guess it was okay. I would have been much more uncomfortable if we went sightseeing on our own.
-liked the Sign and sail system.
-the beds, towels, and robes were fantastic.
-also the space to guest ratio must have been pretty good because it rarely felt crowded; there were plenty of service people taking care of business
-the trip to the dining room was a little klugey: you needed to cross over on the 5th deck and down to 3 for the back dining room. I really needed a map of the ship for the first few days; not just what was posted by the elevators.
Looking at cruising with the Splendor in Northern Europe