Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by The Transatlantic Kid
- Sail Date: April 2012
- Destination: Transatlantic
- Cabin Type: Large Interior Stateroom
This was one of the smaller inside cabins we have been in. Only about 136 sq feet and room for a chair and not a sofa. Having said that, there was plenty of storage, the bed was very comfortable, and the air conditioning was whisper quiet and very effective. This was the last cruise before the dry dock, so the TV was an old-school 15inch set which was a little disappointing. The stateroom attendant, Rolando, kept the cabin very clean and was friendly.
The bathroom was tiny, but good enough for dealing with brushing teeth and putting in lenses. The shower area was very restricted so we always headed up to the spa area and showered in the spacious sauna and steam areas in the locker rooms.
Before the refurb, there was no speciality restaurant on the ship, so the choice was buffet or dining room. As on previous cruises, the service in the dining room was very slow, so we ate most of our meals in the Windjammer cafe. On the whole the food was good quality with a nice selection. We soon became jelly addicts, and despite my resolve to avoid all cakes, I quickly started adding a slice of anything chocolate onto my fruit salad!
The staff were efficient and friendly, and there was good coffee (Seattles Best) always on hand.
Flimsy, uncomfortable loungers by the outside pool, and not much better cushions on the solarium chairs either. As there were many germans on the ship, all good deck chairs had been reserved by 9am, despite signs prohibiting this. The two swimming pools were always cold, and I picked up a chest cold and cough from this after about 5 days, then only went into the jacuzzis. Getting pool towels from the attendant and giving your cabin number is a complete nonsense,as you can go to the spa and walk out with 5 towels if you want to pad out your chair and no one will stop you.
Basic and good enough, but very small by other ship standards and limited equipment, work out area. Also, the gym was always too hot with pockets of air-conditioning reaching only some parts of the room. The god send was the free saunas and steamrooms in the locker rooms which were excellent and very well utilised in the men's room. Great showers and lots of huge towels.
The trivias were poorly attended and the questions very repeated. Also, the staff seemed always embarrassed to explain how poor the prizes were if you won. They tried hard to make them fun, god bless them. The evening entertainment was very poor, and probably the cheapest acts I have seen at sea. The show room, the Palladium was a beautiful room and the RCCL shows were well choreographed with some excellent singing. Deckside activities were something out of a bad 1970's sitcom, and poorly attended and repetitive.
This was a friendly and intimate ship and the Captain was always around to make you feel welcome. He was funny and charming and the best asset of the ship.
Despite the niggles above, the cruise was fun and I put on weight, so the food can't of been that bad! Yes, everything could have been better, pools heated, chairs more comfortable and more dining choice, but it did the job at an amazing price. We may be put off the smaller ships, however, because of the size of the cabins and the limited entertainment.
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