We stayed for two nights in Venice before transferring to the port by taxi (18 euros). We could have got the People Mover (1 euro per person) from Piazzale Roma but having investigated the day before decided against it as there is a long walk from the People Mover to the ship. Arrived for embarkation at 11.10 am and we were on board by 11.30 am.
Had a meander around the ship before heading to Windjammers around 1.00 pm when it was fairly quiet as the cabins were ready at that time. Our cases didn't arrive until later in the afternoon but no big deal as there was plenty to do in the meantime.
We were quite pleased with the size of the ship and what it had to offer in comparison with the Adventure and Freedom of the Seas. Ok there was no Royal Promenade but the Centrum on the Granduer was quite impressive and there was plenty of room to relax and have a drink.
3504 Very noisy when docking or anchoring. Two small portholes instead of windows.