Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by tlobs: The refurbished and updated Grandeur of the Seas!
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The refurbished and updated Grandeur of the Seas!
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
I would like to add to the report from Scot which highlighted the abysmal registration and loading at Venice which in today's day and age is unacceptable.
I was also a little concerned about the reports about the age of the ship prior to booking but read the reports and watched the Royal Caribbean video's about the $48 million refurbishment in May 2012
The ship itself does look new but you can see from the design and layout that it is still dated.
The problem is that in trying to develop new forms of entertainment they have in my opinion forgotten about other areas or have had to make cut backs to fit in with budgets.
The entertainment in the main theatre for example was abysmal, apart from a couple of nights when there were relatively good standard singers performing. As for other nights a lad balancing on a bike and an illusionist fell way short of the mark and the guests started flooding out after about ten minutes.
It looks to me that they More have invested hundreds of thousands developing the central atrium with the gymnastic balancing shows. It's OK but nothing special.
It has taken a lot of capital equipment to be installed and takes a team of about a dozen staff to put each show on. My own thought is that the money should have been invested elsewhere and ideally in maintaining a higher standard of entertainment in the main theatre.
A great deal was made of R Bar which is also located in the centrum. Again this for me doesn't work. It's like trying to have a drink and relax in a hotel reception area.
Other areas are the revamped Schooner Bar and the South Pacific Lounge.
The South Pacific Lounge provided a large area for a range of game shows and the ships director was able to generate a decent atmosphere in there. To get there however you had to walk right through the middle of the Schooner Bar.
On one side you have the skilled musicians trying to entertain the guests who were predominantly sat on the other side of the Schooner Bar. I am not sure why it was thought that it would be a good idea to have a thoroughfare right through the middle of what could and should be a nice relaxation area with a good atmosphere. I felt sorry for the musicians and guests trying to make the most of what is a classic design disaster!
The itinerary of the Venice/Greek Island cruise was excellent. Service onboard was excellent. Drinks were expensive and the simple (unreliable) Wi-Fi service offered was extortion. In today's era of e-commerce and e-booking etc a reasonable albeit limited free Wi-Fi service should be provided free of charge to guests in my opinion.
Overall though an enjoyable cruise that could have been better had it been based on one of the more modern ships such as the Voyager or similar. Less
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