Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by cubaly: Grand Time indeed
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Grand Time indeed
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
As this was our 1st cruise was wondering how it would turn out and we were pleasantly surprised.
Flights from Glasgow to Palma were fine, at the airport we were greeted by the Royal Caribbean representative who pointed us to the bus waiting to take us to the port which was about 30 mins away. The transfer was all very smooth.
Check in went well also, no problems embarking, headed for the windjammer which was mobbed as I thought it would be but the food selection was excellent.
Next up was an exploration of the ship and it had to be said although it's just been upgraded in May, the ship was immaculate. Once we had access to our stateroom about 1pm our luggage was waiting outside the room and we were pleasantly surprised by the room, there was plenty space for clothes, a digital flat screen telly was incorporated also. Would have preferred a glass shower door and not a curtain but not sure if this would have been possible or not.
One thing would have More been a useful was the ability to see your bill in your cabin on the telly, the guest services advised this isn't possible yet but could be in the future.
The stateroom attendant couldn't do enough for you and the towel animals added an extra touch to the service, our room was always cleaned and arranged nicely for our return and may I mention the bed was really comfortable.
Highlights of the cruise was the 3 speciality restaurants we went to, Chopps Grill (my birthday) Izummi (thai food and sushi) and then Giovannis Table. All 3 were excellent service and a welcome change to the great gatsby dining room. Food was awesome and so tasty plus the service was outstanding, they couldn't do enough to make you feel special. I even got sung happy birthday by the waiters. Must mention Oswaldo the waiter in Izummi, he made the dining experience a pleasure and remembered our names the next morning in the park cafe.
Mytime dining was good also, again friendly staff and plenty of variety.
Drinks we didn't buy any packages as found the all inclusive spirits package wouldn't have paid for itself. One thing that did annoy us was the Spanish tax on everything (even when not in Spanish waters!) 10 % on drinks and when we bought photos in the gallery it was a whopping 19% tax on top. Did find the onboard shopping pretty poor, apart from photos we didn't buy anything.
Activities on board were good, the theatre shows I found were really good, ranging from a magician to Broadway musical singers and dancers to Viva Voche (an Il divo type group). The only problem we sometimes had was bingo was cancelled due to clashing activities on other areas of the ship, wasn't enough people to commence with it, which was a shame, as a sorry we did get free tickets to the next session.
Must mention the cruise entertainment director Luke Aerowsmith, he was so funny and did a late night early morning programme on the telly, reading out your comments and telling you about various activities, he got really involved in some of the shows for instance the 70s themed night, he was a right tonic. We found ourselves going to bed and watching his show before going to sleep and looking forward to his comments the following night on the tickets we left him to ponder.
Another must when you are sick of the windjammer being too busy is the park cafe great for a relaxing lunch or breakfast, there is even a bagel and salad bar. late night a burger and chips and it was open till 1am. We loved it. If you want a quiet spot the Viking Crown Lounge is a must.
The ship felt quite a size but never too crowded, I think I would like to try a bigger ship next time to see the difference it makes.
We did have 1 discrepancy on the bill where we were charged for the wrong wine, this was corrected and offered a free glass of wine.
Overall we really had a fab time on Grandeur of the Seas. 2 days later after coming back I'm still pining for the food and service! Roll on cruise number 2. Less
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