2 Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Reviews for First-Time Cruisers Cruises to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean from Venice

Hello: We just came back from a 10 night cruise in the Mediterranean, Greek Islands on board of the Grandeur of the Seas. We are first time cruisers and did not know what to expect. The ship was recently renovated, June 2012 and it looked ... Read More
Hello: We just came back from a 10 night cruise in the Mediterranean, Greek Islands on board of the Grandeur of the Seas. We are first time cruisers and did not know what to expect. The ship was recently renovated, June 2012 and it looked fantastic!! The room: We got an ocean view room, on Deck2 on the back. Room was big enough for two people, no more than that. It had a security box, a flat screen TV, a sofa, dresser and the bathroom was bigger than what I expected. Shampoo and soap is provided, but nothing else. People recommend rooms in lower decks to avoid seasickness. You do feel the rocking of the boat from time to time, so be ready. My girlfriend has really bad motion sickness, even on a bus...she wore a patch for preventing getting sick and it worked beautifully. In addition, we were close to the engines, and some reviews say that you may get extra vibration in the room; however, we did not feel it at all. The boat vibrates from time to time, which you would feel regardless where you are. The food: You will not starve!!! Three options are included: Buffet restaurant, snack coffee place, and main dining room. The buffet is good always for breakfast. Lunch and dinners are good only for meat eaters; however, if you are a vegetarian you would be disappointed, since the veggie options were very limited. Thankfully the main dinning room was amazing. We had dinner there every night. The food is fantastic, many options for vegetarians, lactose intolerance and meat eaters, do not limit yourself to order only one dish, order as many as you want. They are very flexible with the dress code, so if you do not feel like dressing up during the Gala nights, you could get away with it. The snack place is good too, great salads and a good option for late "lunch", if you came back to the boat after 3 pm. There is a menu for room service which is good too, especially for a late night snack. They charge after midnight for room service...There are specialty dinning options, which we did not try since we were happy with was what included. Drinks: We live in Canada, and drinks here are very very expensive. Most of the prices of alcohol on the boat are similar than what we are used to, so we did not feel that much difference. Be ready to pay 5.5 dollars for a beer bottle, 6-8 dollars per cocktail. They had a 750ml beer can, for 8 dollars which to me was the best option. Wine is expensive. RC has an all you can drink package for 45 dollars per day, but you have to buy it per cruise and for all the members of the room, so this option could become really really expensive, if you do not drink that much. Also, we were told this option does not include the wine at the main dinning room. The all-inclusive option was too much money for us, so we paid per drink. Each drink has an extra charge of 15% tip. Water, coffee, tea, lemonade, and flavoured water was included. You had to pay for pop/soda, specialty coffees, and natural juices. The cruise amenities: We were there as a couple celebrating the anniversary. We are a young couple and were looking for a quiet, romantic, and childless cruise experience, and we FOUND it!!!!! These particular Mediterranean cruise was very couple oriented. There were almost no kids, because it was late September, and the crowd had an average of 50-65 years old. The cruise offers many activities for all kinds of tastes: casino, shopping, shows, programmed activities, bars, etc. We specially enjoyed the sauna, gym, and solarium. They have a spa you had to pay for. The ship has a Centrum, where they had live music and it looked beautiful. Despite the fact that there were 2000 people, it would never feel crowded (maybe sometimes on the main pool). The music on the pool was OK and not loud, and you could not hear it, even if you were in the solarium!!! GREAT :) Ports and Shore excursions: You get a seecard pass which works as your passport. Be sure to be back to boat on time for departure, we were told they will not wait for you!! Shore excursions were ridiculously over priced for us. You could do most of their tours for a 1/3 of their price on your own. Our recommendation is to do a research of each port before hand and choose the option that suits you better. Overall experience: This cruise and the Mediterranean route are highly recommended, especially for couples looking for a romantic and relaxing get away. The service was excellent and the experience unforgettable. Do not hesitate to try. Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
We have just returned from a 10 night cruise around the Greek Islands with Royal Caribbean on Grandeur of the Seas and it was just like a floating holiday camp. For the money we paid we expected much more. The entertainment was worse ... Read More
We have just returned from a 10 night cruise around the Greek Islands with Royal Caribbean on Grandeur of the Seas and it was just like a floating holiday camp. For the money we paid we expected much more. The entertainment was worse than terrible, really boring cabaret - all American singers - you couldn't even call them singers, it was more like they were talking. You expect a luxurious relaxed holiday and instead you get a very loud experience were on a regular day to day basis most of the entertainment is the guests themselves being drawn into partaking in belly flopping, karoke and taking part in "The Quest" where they have to run around in teams looking for items at the request of the loud mouthed irritating host. Even a normal game of Bingo is turned into a long drawn out charade where inbetween calling the numbers the same host constantly tries to sell further activities to the guests. It is all about getting as much money out of people as possible all the time, everything is extra, even when you pay for a spa treatment which start at $99 you have to pay a further £20 tip which you aren't expecting. The ship had six jacquzzis and from start to finish none were working. The pools are small and one of them has constant silly games going on so it isn't possible to use it. Even paying for gratuities in advance is a let down when you get your book of vouchers in the belief you can give them out to your favourite crew members only to find you can only give them to your head waiter, assistant waiter, waiter and stateroom attendant. Bad luck if you get friendly with the barman, cleaner or anyone else as you will have to tip them yourselves at extra cost. Save yourself some money and check out your cruise to the fullest first or find a nice luxurious hotel somewhere - you will still save money! If you hate holiday camps do not try this cruise liner!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
Grandeur of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.0
Dining 3.5 4.0
Entertainment 3.5 3.8
Public Rooms 3.5 4.2
Fitness Recreation 3.5 3.8
Family 3.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 3.5 3.8
Enrichment 1.0 3.5
Service 4.0 4.5
Value For Money 4.5 3.9
Rates N/A 4.2

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