We embarked on this cruise 2 october. Check in at Palma Seaport was extremely efficient and quick. In less than 20mins our luggage had been taken from us by RCI porter and documentation completed and photograph taken. We were in our cabin immediately as we had arrived in port at 1400hrs.
The ship is a little tired, but no more than our previous cruise experiences with RCI on Brilliance of the Seas. Unless you are paying 5* prices you should not expect 5* fittings and fixtures. I would grade this ship as 3 - 4* leaning more to the 4* grading.
Food was excellent although the Windjammer offered a great choice, the number of users and their attitute to other cruises often led to pushing and shoving - the food was not going to run out but you would think the users expected it to.
I would say on the whole the dining experience is exactly what you want it to be either relaxed or hectic dependant upon your choice of location for dining.
The Solarium offered teas/coffees 24hrs so there was no need to go to the coffee points outside the Windjammer if you wanted to get a quieter cuppa. Also at the Solarium was a home made pizza and burger bar with fresh fruit and cakes for those with either a healthy or a sweet disposition.
Cabin was very comfortable - the beds are great. Linen of excellent quality and although the mirrors in the bathroom were a bit scratched at the sides this would only amount to minimal distraction. Just how much does one need to see of oneself I ask?
Staff were absolutely lovely, nothing was a bother and Nelvis and Laurena were most accommodating to any unusual choices. One of our dining colleagues loved their apple sauce and another the chocolate sauce. Every night this was made available if requested.
It was just a pity the dining room was not used more as I think the service they provide is excellent. obviously some people want to eat and run but this is not my idea of a good dining experience. You are there to be treated so enjoy the service provided.
Ports were La Speiza, Cannes, Cittavechia and Palermo. All were excellent ports and we enjoyed the local facilities in all ports. Well worth a visit to each.
In La Spezie we visited the Cinque Terre - the train station is a 20 - 30mins walk away so be prepared. The ticket for the day was 7euro and allowed jumping off and on at all stations for 6 hours in one direction and then 6 hours in the return section.
In Cannes - we took the local train to Antibes - if you are 60 or over you get discounted travel - well worth asking. Cannes itself is a beautiful port and the train station is only 10 mins from Port area. Train to Antibes return for 2 people came to under 10 euros
Cittavechia train station is easy to get to - 10 mins along front - keep the sea on your right and you will be fine. 9 euro for the Birg ticket allows travel on regular trains, trams, busses and underground from Cittavehcia to Rome and then in and around rome.
We did the organised trip to the Catacombs with RCI and although this was expensive for what you got it was worth it as there was a Strike in Palermo that day and travel in the city was horrendous.
Entertainment on the ship really needs to be addressed - but the comedian Mike Doyle was superb. he covered a second night due to the act who was scheduled being unable to perform due to high seas. The second night was a completely new show - this gentleman pulled off an excellent show and had everyone participating in his act. Worth every penny RCI paid him. The dancers were RCI employees who need better correography and when talking with other cruisers the showtime repertoire was only based on 1 week cruisers so shows were repeated. - Which is a great pity as this pulled down the holiday enjoyment of big shows.
Go on any cruise on Grandeur with an open mind and do not let someone else's moans put you off, It is a beautiful wee ship with great staff visiting wonderful places.