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Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by LalitoCR: Grandeur of the Seas - Greek Islands


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Cabin 5.0
Dining 4.0
Embarkation 4.0
Enrichment Activities 4.0
Entertainment 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 3.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Value for Money 4.0

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Grandeur of the Seas - Greek Islands

Sail Date: September 2012
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Venice

Hello: We just came back from a 10 night cruise in the Mediterranean, Greek Islands on board of the Grandeur of the Seas. We are first time cruisers and did not know what to expect. The ship was recently renovated, June 2012 and it looked fantastic!!

The room:
We got an ocean view room, on Deck2 on the back. Room was big enough for two people, no more than that. It had a security box, a flat screen TV, a sofa, dresser and the bathroom was bigger than what I expected. Shampoo and soap is provided, but nothing else. People recommend rooms in lower decks to avoid seasickness. You do feel the rocking of the boat from time to time, so be ready. My girlfriend has really bad motion sickness, even on a bus...she wore a patch for preventing getting sick and it worked beautifully. In addition, we were close to the engines, and some reviews say that you may get extra vibration in the room; however, we did not feel it at all. The boat vibrates from time to time, which you would feel More regardless where you are.

The food:
You will not starve!!! Three options are included: Buffet restaurant, snack coffee place, and main dining room. The buffet is good always for breakfast. Lunch and dinners are good only for meat eaters; however, if you are a vegetarian you would be disappointed, since the veggie options were very limited. Thankfully the main dinning room was amazing. We had dinner there every night. The food is fantastic, many options for vegetarians, lactose intolerance and meat eaters, do not limit yourself to order only one dish, order as many as you want. They are very flexible with the dress code, so if you do not feel like dressing up during the Gala nights, you could get away with it. The snack place is good too, great salads and a good option for late "lunch", if you came back to the boat after 3 pm. There is a menu for room service which is good too, especially for a late night snack. They charge after midnight for room service...There are specialty dinning options, which we did not try since we were happy with was what included.

Drinks:
We live in Canada, and drinks here are very very expensive. Most of the prices of alcohol on the boat are similar than what we are used to, so we did not feel that much difference. Be ready to pay 5.5 dollars for a beer bottle, 6-8 dollars per cocktail. They had a 750ml beer can, for 8 dollars which to me was the best option. Wine is expensive. RC has an all you can drink package for 45 dollars per day, but you have to buy it per cruise and for all the members of the room, so this option could become really really expensive, if you do not drink that much. Also, we were told this option does not include the wine at the main dinning room. The all-inclusive option was too much money for us, so we paid per drink. Each drink has an extra charge of 15% tip. Water, coffee, tea, lemonade, and flavoured water was included. You had to pay for pop/soda, specialty coffees, and natural juices.

The cruise amenities:
We were there as a couple celebrating the anniversary. We are a young couple and were looking for a quiet, romantic, and childless cruise experience, and we FOUND it!!!!! These particular Mediterranean cruise was very couple oriented. There were almost no kids, because it was late September, and the crowd had an average of 50-65 years old. The cruise offers many activities for all kinds of tastes: casino, shopping, shows, programmed activities, bars, etc. We specially enjoyed the sauna, gym, and solarium. They have a spa you had to pay for. The ship has a Centrum, where they had live music and it looked beautiful. Despite the fact that there were 2000 people, it would never feel crowded (maybe sometimes on the main pool). The music on the pool was OK and not loud, and you could not hear it, even if you were in the solarium!!! GREAT :)

Ports and Shore excursions:
You get a seecard pass which works as your passport. Be sure to be back to boat on time for departure, we were told they will not wait for you!! Shore excursions were ridiculously over priced for us. You could do most of their tours for a 1/3 of their price on your own. Our recommendation is to do a research of each port before hand and choose the option that suits you better.

Overall experience:
This cruise and the Mediterranean route are highly recommended, especially for couples looking for a romantic and relaxing get away. The service was excellent and the experience unforgettable. Do not hesitate to try. Less


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Cabin review: Grandeur of the Seas Large Oceanview Stateroom Deck 2 2624

We got an ocean view room, on Deck2 on the back. Room was big enough for two people, no more than that. It had a security box, a flat screen TV, a sofa, dresser and the bathroom was bigger than what I expected. Shampoo and soap is provided, but nothing else. People recommend rooms in lower decks to avoid seasickness. You do feel the rocking of the boat from time to time, so be ready. My girlfriend has really bad motion sickness, even on a bus...she wore a patch for preventing getting sick and it worked beautifully. In addition, we were close to the engines, and some reviews say that you may get extra vibration in the room; however, we did not feel it at all. The boat vibrates from time to time, which you would feel regardless where you are.

Port and Shore Excursions


From the cruise you walk 40 min to the subway station, then follow the lines to Acropolis. 1.4 euros ride. There were private buses too, but we did not use them. Go to Acropolis and the museum (12 and 5 euros, student discount is available). Great experience.

You can walk from the cruise to the town, about 30 min walk. The town is ok, but not spectacular, walking around the streets was pretty nice. We did not pay to go anywhere.
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There is a shuttle from the cruise to the city Chania, 1.5 euros. Chania is a very nice city, with a Venezian flavour. Nice to walk around and sit down to drink something. We wanted to go to the Balos Lagoon, close to Kissamos. You can take the bus to Kissamos for 4.4 euros and then rent a motorbike or car to the parking lot close to the lagoon, then walk down for 30 min. At the end we did not make it to the lagoon. We arrived to Kissamos and went to the port. Then walk along the coast and you can find two great little beaches with pristine water and not tourist around.

We did not expect it to be so nice. Little little town. There is a "fun train", hop on/off. 6 euros, takes you to the Mercuri Winery and to the beach. The Winery is highly recommended. Beach is nice...we did not go to Olympia. You could go taking an hr train and walk around the ruins...

Absolutely beautiful. Walk around the city, get lost, is beautiful anywhere you look. The traditional windmills are very close to the port.
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The best port of all. Take the cable car up, 4 euros each. Otherwise be ready for walking up hill 400 steps, covered with lots of donkey poop. We took the hike from Fira to Oia (look it up), breathtaking views!! Both from the sea and the city. Grab a bite looking at the sea from the heights

Cruise tenders to the main town. No need to walk any further, just around the town. There is a beach about 2 km to the left, pretty but water very cold.
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