Author: Heather Rushton
Sailed on the Grandeur in October and was very impressed. This was my second cruise with Royal Caribbean, having previoulsy sailed on Mariner of the Seas I was aware that Grandeour was much smaller and older. However, it did not disappoint! Ship was still lovely. We had an interior cabin which was perfectly sufficient for a week's cruise where we were out of the cabin most of the time. We found all of the staff to be exceptionally friendly and helpful, especially the dining room staff. The food was great with a varied menu selection in the dining room each evening. Drinks prices were as expected. Cocktails were quite healthy measures so I didn'y feel short changed. The main difference that I found between the 2 cruises was the standard of entertainment in the theatre each evening. This was much better on the larger ship - we only went to the theatre once this time. Being a younger person, I found that although there were bars open late, they were pretty much empty after about 11pm. Being as we had a busy itineray and were up early this wasn't too much of a problem. Ports of call: Cannes, Florence, Rome and Palermo. The best port of call for me was Florence. We did the Taste of Florence tour run by RCI. It lived up to its name and was a whistle stop tour and very busy in Florence, however we did get to see all the sights and due to the distance from port to Florence, it was the best we could have done. We had enough time to enjoy a meal in Florence. Prices for food were similar to UK. In Civitavecchia we got the train to Rome, which I was apprehensive about but having done it once wouldn't hesitate to do it again. €9 return includes use of metro which takes you directly to Colesseum. The worst port was Palermo - Sicily was very busy and dirty and not much there to do. If you are looking for something to do on your own in Palermo, I would recommed doing the tour of the Teatro Messina, the largest opera house in Italy which is very impressive. Not much else to do. Overall, I would recommed this ship and itinery, especially as the ship is being refurbished in 2012.