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Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by Tayco

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2012
  • Destination: the Western Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Interior Stateroom

Our cruise started in Venice. Got the people mover from Piazzale Roma for €1 which took us to the cruise terminal. A free Royal Caribbean shuttle bus was provided to take us to check in. Our cases were taken at this stage and we were given information about the ship and what we had to do next. We were on the ship within an hour of arriving at the Port.

The food on board was delicious. My husband is a coeliac and was well looked after especially by Chef Henry in the Windjammer restaurant who made a chocolate cake for him. The Great Gatsby Dining Room was waiter service which we preferred for our evening dinner. The Park snack restaurant was great for getting cookies or crisps to nibble on in the afternoon. Water on board was free from restaurants and water dispensers around the pool area, where free ice cream or frozen yogurt was also available.

The entertainment was good, especially the shows. Dance, Karaoke, Quizzes, there was something for everyone. Our 15 year old son didn't think the entertainment for teenagers was great, but he made lots of friends with children his own age and he loved it, he can't wait to go on another one.

We stayed in an inner stateroom which was quite small but adequate.

Our last port was Palma where disembarkation was well organised and we were off the ship by 8.30. Taxis cost around €25 to the airport.


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Cabin Review

Interior Stateroom
Cabin M 3515

3515 - quite cramped. Quiet location.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Dubrovnik

First port of call was Dubrovenik. Royal Caribbean were charging for their shuttle bus $15 per person. We got a taxi into the old town for €10. Don't bother exchanging your money into Kuna they accept euro and it was usually better value. The town is lovely well worth a visit.

Kotor

Kotor - Montenegro was beautiful. Tender took us into port and it was a short stroll into the lovely small town with narrow streets.

Naples

Naples - ship docks near town. 15 minute walk to train station. Good shopping area. Old castle and Opera house near the port.

Florence (Livorno)

Pisa/Florence - The ship docked in La Spezia. 20 minutes walk to the train station to get the train to Pisa. €46 euro return for three. The Leaning Tower is quite a distance from the train station so get a taxi for around €10 each way. A lot cheaper than getting the Ships organised tours.

Rome (Civitavecchia)

Civitavecchia - Is about 90 minutes in the train from Rome. Too much of a rush so we spent a few hours at the beach beside the port. Very pleasant.

Marseille

Marseille - It was ridiculous that RC were charging $15 per person for their shuttle bus. This port is awful. The ship docked in what looked like a quarry. It was stated it was a mile to the bus but it seemed longer. The bus is €1.50 into the town. I think RC should provide free shuttle buses to the port when they have docked so far from the main entrance.


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