Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by Robert Upshall
- Sail Date: June 2012
- Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Junior Suite
I think we got more or less exactly what we expected but I would say that the Dining Room staff and our Cabin Attendant were attentive and seemed caring. I certainly didn't begrudge them their tips.
The guides (provided through the Greek Company 'Navigator' varied from quite good to excellent). I would single out two guides for special mention. The guide on Crete that took us around Knossos (and later as an extra in his and our free time a wonderful tour of the local archeological museum for those particularly interested). If everyone in Greece is as conscientious as he then they will be out of their economic woes in no time - I suspect that might not be true. The other guide I would single out is the guide on the tour to Corinth (which we took instead of going to Athens where we had already been). He had some idiosyncratic theories but this was entertaining to listen to.
The shows on the boat were good. Not up to the standard of the Allure, of course, but one suspects that on a ship more than twice as big they can pay artists at least twice as much and getting stronger acts - but I thought what we got was at least as good as my expectations.
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