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Grandeur of the Seas Review

4.0 / 5.0
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1835 reviews
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A disappointing cruise

Review for Grandeur of the Seas to the Western Mediterranean
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geoff blunt
2-5 Cruises

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Sail Date: May 2011
Cabin: Large Ocean View Stateroom

We have previously cruised with Princess and P&O and expected Royal Caribbean to be equally as good. What a disappointment!First the good points 1) the ship although relatively old was clean, well furnished and comfortable and the cabin stewards and waiters were excellent always polite and very helpfulNow the bad points-1)The check-in at Palma was chaotic, - although the majority of passengers had booked in on-line it still took over an hour to book onto the ship standing in-line in a very hot,sticky dockyard shed. The few passengers who had not booked in on-line were directed to a separate area and were on the ship in 10 mins.2)The cabin was smaller than equivalents on P&O, but well equipped. No toiletries were supplied and there was no refrigerator. The small box TV would have been considered modern 20 years ago.3)There were 2 dining areas on the ship,the main formal dining room which was only open for breakfast and dinner on port days,but also open for lunch on sea days.The other dining area catered for buffet dining and because of the number of passengers it always resembled a football mob fighting for tables. The food in either could only be described as fair/good. WE eat mainly in the formal dining room and the selection and quality of the food was not as good as P@O and the evening meal was slow normally taking over 2 hours. We also like 'freedom dining' but on this ship there was only limited availability and were forced to choose between dining at 6pm or 8-30pm. The former was too early,the later too late. To change from one seating to the other required high level discussions.4)The entertainment was appalling. The large theatre was very comfortable but totally under-used. There were two poor 1-hour shows each evening, and beyond that the theatre was never used. No talks,no lectures, no films etc. At the other end of the ship was a second theatre lounge, no professional entertainers but instead we were offered 5 nights of karaoke and 2 nights of party games. Again the area was totally under-used. Entertainment around the pool was even worse, a belly flop competition, Mr Sexy competition, and Miss Grandeur of the Seas hardly seems the entertainment associated with a 4/5* cruise ship. Overall the kindest description of the entertainment would be unimaginative.Overall despite the above comments : Did we enjoy the cruise? Yes of course. Would we cruise again? Yes of course. Would we cruise again with Royal Caribbean Doubtful Would you cruise on this ship again No

Cabin Review

Large Ocean View Stateroom

Cabin H

Well furnished cabin with two small port holes too high for viewing outside. Smaller than on other cruise ships No refrigerator.No tea or coffee maker. Very old box-type television. Noisy in the morning when ship is docking due to anchor chains being released.

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