I am only 15 so this review will be from my perspective and this may or may not help you when deciding to book a cruise if you have teenage children.
I had been on two cruises before this one however they were both Caribbean. I was slightly concerned that the sea would be rough on the Mediterranean ones, but to my delight it wasn't rocky at all. The only night i felt anything was on the first night and i put this down to the fact i was getting used to it.
The Grandeur is one of the older ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet and therefore doesn't have as many facilities as the newer ships but to be honest i don't think i would've has time to use them anyway. There is a teenage club for ages 12 to 17 in which they split into two groups, 12-14 and 15-17. I am 15 so i was just in the eldest group. I thought the activities would be quite lame but they weren't. The entertainers mostly leave it up to you what you want to do and they just sit there and chat with you. I found More
myself making lots of friends and sitting in the Jacuzzi until 1am! My mum never saw me which to be honest i think was good.
The food was amazing , i read before i went one review about the grandeur where a man was complaining about the service and the food however there isn't one negative thing i can say about my experience in the dining hall. The waiters and assistant waiters did everything we wanted and were fully deserving of the tips. The head waiter had lots more tables to watch over and we only saw him once throughout the whole cruise. I couldn't fault the food at all.
The windjammer is the other place at which you can eat and the only problem there is , it is quite small on this particular ship , so it is always busy. My advice on this is , pick the correct time to go in. Most days you'll have been off the ship anyway so by the time you get back on it will most probably be late afternoon. This is the ideal time to go for lunch especially if your on second sitting dinner time. The windjammer will be quiet and you'll feel full until dinner time. Of course if you do feel the need to have a snack , there isn't a promenade on this ship so the snacks are served in the solarium.
For anyone who, wants a short Mediterranean family break royal Caribbean is definitely suited to you. I wouldn't worry about the kids having nothing to do whether they're 5 or 15! They'll enjoy is most probably more than you and you may not see them much which gives you the time to watch shows , gamble in the casino and relax. Less
Grandeur of the Seas Cruises to the Eastern Mediterranean
Considering we chose an inside cabin because my mum doesn't actually like looking at the sea when there is no land in sight the cabin was lovely. Of course it is going to be a bit on the small side but in truth your never in it anyway because there's too much to do!
We didn't book any excursions with the company itself we did them all online before hand. I was lucky in Barcelona because a family member was working out there so they showed us what was worth seeing in the city. Barcelona, has too much in it to see in one day. My advice is, if you want to see as much as possible get yourself on a tour bus that takes you round the city. They're a good price. Also, try to leave as much valuable stuff on the ship as possible. As most people know Barcelona has quite a problem with pick pocketing, although it is improving it is still a risk. Never put your mobile phone down on a table at a cafe unless you never want to see it again. It isn't a case of being scared, just vigilant. The tube system in Barcelona is extremely good as well however it does need some planning if you're not able to speak Spanish.
Gibraltar was not what i expected at all. It's weird going to such a different country yet using the same currency and it has all the same shops such as marks and Spencer's and topshop! It is extremely small and you can walk from one end of the middle to the other in about 20 minutes so there's no worry about going too far away from the ship. The main attraction is 'the rock' and i suggest that if you have never done it before then by all means do it however try and book tickets online because otherwise you can find yourself queuing for a long time in the heat.
The port in Ibiza is in quite a funny place. It is about a 25 minute walk away from a beach. Or your only other option is to get the bus which the cruise ship provides at a price of $10 per person into ibiza town where there is more going on.