We had the pleasure to sail on the Grandeur of the Seas in its very first sailing after its month-long dry-dock. This was our first cruise on Royal Caribbean and also our first time to Europe and the Mediterranean. This was also our first booking in a suite -- and it likely won't be the last now that we know what we've been missing!
CHECK-IN -- Our check-in was swift, but part of that is that we were in the priority line for suite guests. We boarded quickly after bypassing the annoying photo op on the gangway and headed straight to our room. We met our cabin steward, Robert, right away and were blown away by our suite. The bathroom was huge with double sinks and a full shower/bath. What a welcome sight after cramming into TINY showers on past cruises where we could hardly turn around. We had our two kids with us to there were two queen beds ready to go with a curtain between if we wanted to close it. We had a bar area inside the door and lots of closet space and drawers for clothes, etc.
FOOD -- We had the 6PM seating in the main dining room. Overall the food in the dining room was very good. I was happy with the selection every night and always found something enjoyable to eat. We ate in the buffet several times and the food was decent, but I was a little disappointed in the buffet quality overall. We did get the opportunity to sample two of the new specialty restaurants, Izume and Giovanni's Table, and loved them. I especially enjoyed the sushi in Izume. We ordered room service 3 times for breakfast in order to enjoy dining on our balcony and were pleased with the quality there as well.
Great cabin. Didn't have noise problems from above except for one night when people were cleaning the decks or something overnight. Great balcony and bathroom.
Took the train to Monaco and Monte Carlo on our own. Enjoyed just wandering around on our own.
Loved the ancient Olympia site. Make sure you have a good guide or podcast here.