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Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by Mike Lowe: Grander than expected !!


Mike Lowe
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Cabin 4.0
Dining 4.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 5.0
Entertainment 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 1.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Rates 4.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Value for Money 4.0

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Grander than expected !!

Sail Date: October 2011
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Other

My wife & I have recently returned from a Spanish Mediterranean cruise (departure date 23/10/2011)aboard RCI's Grandeur of the Seas.

We had booked the cruise some months previously, but were quite apprehensive as the departure date approached as we had read a number of negative reviews about the ship.

We needn't have worried - the ship (although showing a few signs of her age ) was fine & the levels of service and friendliness of the crew were exceptional.

We had spent a few days in Mallorca prior to embarking in Palma, so we were at the cruise terminal at midday & were quickly aboard and enjoying lunch in the Windjammer buffet restaurant.

Our cabin (inside midships) was smallish, but very clean & with lots of wardrobe space and perfectly ok for our needs.

The cabin stateroom(#3569) appeared to be flanked by storage/utility units and we had none of the noise often associated with adjoining cabins.

The ship is beautifully appointed - and More will be even better after the planned refit this Spring - and the public rooms are well planned & spacious.

Our favourite bars were the Schooner Piano Bar & the South Pacific Showbar(which is like a mini theatre)and there is also a disco bar (Crown Viking) & casino.

The Great Gatsby main restaurant has the choice of early & late sittings with the option of "My Time" dining (on the upper floor).

The restaurant is very well furnished, the dining room staff are fantastic (our waiters, Lichenerie & Kelroy were very efficient & friendly) and the food is varied & well prepared, although not always as hot as we would have liked.

Drinks are very expensive, but we pre-ordered the Gold wine package(7 bottles) which worked out at approx £18 per bottle and was quite good value.

We did not attend many of the shows - we opted for late dinner sitting and the timings of the shows was difficult - but the ones that we saw were very good although we were not too impressed by the tennis racquet juggler !!

The ports of call were good (Palma , Barcelona, Ibiza, Malaga & Gibraltar), but the port shuttle & excursions are a rip-off.
We walked quite easily into the various towns (average 15 mins)even though RCI were charging $10 per passenger for the shuttle and we could replicate the RCI excursions ourselves at a fraction of the cost.

However, that is only a minor gripe on what was a very enjoyable cruise.

We also had 2 medical emergencies on board, the first of which required the ship to turn around & return to Malaga and the second involved the patient being evacuated from the ship by helicopter.

Both incidents added a little excitement to the cruise & I hope resulted in prompt treatment & recovery for those concerned. Less


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Port and Shore Excursions


We have been to Barcelona on a few occasions in the past, so we knew what to expect, but it is a beautiful city to stroll around. We easily walked from the ship to the Christopher Columbus column (at the bottom of La Rambla)in approx 20 mins. From there you can walk up La Rambla (watch out for pickpockets!)for about 1000 mtrs until you reach the Placa de Catalunya, where there is plenty of designer shopping for the ladies. Just off La Rambla is the Gothic quarter which consists of numerous narrow streets, historical buildings & churches. Other places of interests are Segrada Familia, the Nou Camp Stadium (home of Barcelona FC) and Montjuic Olympic Park which is adjacent to the port area. There are also 3 or 4 lovely beaches close to the city centre.

We had never been to Gibraltar before and were looking forward to our visit. However, after walking from the cruise terminal (about a 15 min flat journey) we found the town of Gibraltar very disappointing. There were 2 other cruise ships in port at the same time and the place was very busy, but we found that Gibraltar Town lacking in charm & character and to us appeared a little scruffy, with lots of tacky souvenir shops. However, it was redeemed a little by our visit to the Rock via the cable car on the edge of the town, which was very interesting & offered superb views of the Med & North Africa from the top. There are also many tour companies offering mini-coach tours to the Rock. All-in-all we were not too impressed & were back on the ship within 3 hours.

We walked into Eivissa (Ibiza Town) from the port. Although the cruise terminal is very close to the town it is only accessible by crossing the wide bay and therefore took approx 35 mins on foot. However, it is an enjoyable stroll through the newly-developed area of Talamanca which houses several 5 star hotels & luxury apartments close to an upmarket marina. However, upon reaching the main town we found many of the shops & cafes closed (out of season) and it was a little quiet. Nevertheless we enjoyed strolling around the narrow streets and admired the architecture of the Dalt Vila.
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