2 Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Europe - Western Mediterranean

This was my honeymoon and I planned this trip for the itinerary and not for the boat. Royal Caribbean is my favorite cruise line but I knew this was an older smaller ship. I was very excited to find out that they had remodeled it and it ... Read More
This was my honeymoon and I planned this trip for the itinerary and not for the boat. Royal Caribbean is my favorite cruise line but I knew this was an older smaller ship. I was very excited to find out that they had remodeled it and it was like being on a new ship. I actually prefer the smaller ships now because of our experience. Venice is a little different port so when you get dropped off there was quite a ways to walk and I do not pack light. We at the time were platinum members of RC so they have a special line which was extremely quick. Room was an ordinary balcony room (we splurged because it was our honeymoon but normally we do the inside cheap cabin because you are never in your room) with a nice closet and couch. They were almost brand new so I was happy! We always choose the late dining time so we have enough time to see everything and not be rushed. The first night when we went to our assigned table there were no seats. The sat us at a different table but the only problem was they spoke little english. It ended up being great because they were all amazing people and I ended up practicing my Spanish and my Italian! The food was probably the best that I had and the service was amazing. The one thing I can say is everyone from the waitresses to the customer service desk really was all about customer service. I love banana daiquiris and a few of the ports where they are suppose to pick up supplies did not have it so a few times I ordered it the bartender would run around the ship trying to find the banana mix. Great experience and can't wait to go on this ship again! Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
This was to be the holiday of our lives (so far) to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary, so it had to be extra special. We were not disappointed. As we had never cruised before, I spent many hours researching various companies and ... Read More
This was to be the holiday of our lives (so far) to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary, so it had to be extra special. We were not disappointed. As we had never cruised before, I spent many hours researching various companies and options and based on reviews and friends' recommendations, I am happy to say I chose this one. Immediately upon boarding, we knew I had made the right choice. The staff are so absolutely professional and committed to ensuring you have a great time - nothing was too much trouble. The ship was clean, tidy and comfortable, with the spectacular centrum area - a definite wow factor. We were pleasantly surprised at the 2 decent-sized swimming pools, large enough to swim in. There was a reasonable range of activities, no need to be bored, but beds by the outdoor pool were hard to come by. Having said this, there were plenty of beds on the top deck, where it was more peaceful. The entertainment was quite good, especially in the theatre, but some more variety (more upbeat) from the duos and other musicians would have been welcome. Our cases were delivered promptly to our stateroom, but it didn't really matter anyway, as we were busy being fed and entertained upstairs at 'Windjammer'. The cabin was clean and comfortable and our stateroom attendant, Margarita, immediately introduced herself personally and remembered our names throughout the duration of the cruise. Nice touch with the towel animals at night. The dining room was beautiful, with an impressive art deco statue at the foot of the sweeping staircase. We were served by Raul and Rommel - a very slick double act. I can't praise these two men highly enough: they were very friendly and fun, yet still highly professional. We ate in there every night and both enjoyed every single course of every meal: delicious! Drinks on board are expensive, so we bought the beer package, which includes most drinks apart from juices. It also meant we didn't have to bother signing receipts or worrying about a hefty bill at the end. We didn't go on any organised tours; some lasted 10 hours, which we felt was too long. We also thought they were rather expensive and quite enjoyed finding our own way on local transport at a fraction of the cost, which we did at Cicitavechia where we got the train to Rome and the Vatican. However, be very careful if you try to do this, as if you're not back on board on time, the ship will sail without you. Overall, a fantastic time & congratulations to Royal Caribbean on such fantastic staff. We can't wait for next time. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
Grandeur of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.0
Dining 3.5 4.0
Entertainment 3.5 3.8
Public Rooms 3.5 4.2
Fitness Recreation 3.5 3.8
Family 3.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 3.5 3.8
Enrichment 1.0 3.5
Service 4.0 4.5
Value For Money 4.5 3.9
Rates N/A 4.2

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