Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Contributor Level: Purser

2-3 cruises


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5 out of 5

A classics-lovers dream

Sail Date: July 02, 2012

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

This was my third cruise and by far the best. The ship was large and there were many different areas and activities--a fitness center, an outdoor track, a rock climbing wall, though the pools did leave something to be desired. The ship was clean and the crew was very friendly.
As for food--the main dining room staff was terrific and incredibly accommodating. I have certain dietary restrictions (gluten) and I was excited to see that the menu marked which items were gluten-free, but this turned out to be not always correct. So if you have lactose/gluten issues, just make sure to ask your waiter and I'm sure they'll help you out. The buffet was also good and I was able to ask the staff there questions about the food. When those were closed, the ship had a cafe with satisfactory food options. Otherwise, all food had to be paid for.
The reason I chose this cruise was due to its ports-of-call. As a classicist, I was eager for stops in Athens, Ephesus (port is called Kusadasi), and Mykonos (from which a ferry can be taken to Delos). It was great to go to these places and I took the ship's organized excursion at Ephesus which was pretty good. The other ports were also excellent--especially Santorini. All the stops were unforgettable experiences (except Bodrum, which was so-so).

Pros: ports of call

Cons: allergy markings

Recommends Grandeur of the Seas? Yes!

Ship Quality
very clean!
Food and Dining
The markings of gluten-free were NOT reliable\, but the staff (Chandra and Milan) were very competent at finding things for me. Also\, it would have been nice to have some spicier food
Cabin / Stateroom
Excellent amount of storage space
Service and Staff
My stateroom attendant kept my room great and personally helped look for an item which was lost in the laundry

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