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Suzanne Pierce

Age: 65

Occupation:Tutor

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Grandeur of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2012-09-24

Itinerary: Eastern Mediterranean

Great itinerary and we were very happy with every aspect.

We ate at The Windjammer throughout as it was situated on Deck 9 and overlooked the bow of the ship with a 180' outlook. It was a perfect viewing situation - especially when entering a port! We thought the variety and presentation of food was excellent and we were very satisfied with our whole experience. After several days at sea the Main Dining Room staff phoned us to invite us to dine there because they had realized we hadn't been to that dining room at all. We thought that was a very good service. The officer in charge of dining in The Windjammer was present and checked on diners and their opinions at almost every meal. We felt that every possible effort was being made to ensure all guests were happy.

We were very pleased with our stateroom which was a Balcony one just a bit towards the bow from the main forward staircase on Deck 7. The space was about a metre longer than the stateroom we had had on a previous cruise (with another cruise line) and the extra space meant that there was a full sized settee in the stateroom as well as the bed. The linen was of a very high quality and we thought the bed was very comfortable. The stateroom was kept in an immaculate condition by our steward.

There seemed to be plenty of activities to suit most tastes. We attended most of the shows but apart from that we usually spent our time on board reading, eating and generally relaxing as we wanted to save our energy for the ports that we were visiting. The swimming pools were a good size and there were plenty of deck chairs for all. Many of the passengers spent most of their time there.

Travelers should make sure that they read the descriptions carefully and pick excursions that suit their physical ability and their level of interest in that particular site/sites. We went on shorter tours in Athens, Kusadasi, Santorini and a longer one from Split. I found that comments on cruise review sites were helpful in deciding which tours would suit us best. If I went again I would spend more time exploring Split. Passengers who went on the excursion which included a river cruise said that it was a great day and they loved it.

My husband and I wanted to visit Dubrovnik, Santorini and Mykynos and this was the only cruise at this particular time of year that included all three places. As we expected these ports proved a great experience but we also really enjoyed just wandering around the shops in Bodrum and also thought Split was definitely well worth a return visit at some stage in the future. We began the cruise in Venice and it was an amazing experience. We sailed very slowly along the channel between the islands and right past the entrance to the Grand Canal. It was an absolutely perfect way to begin the cruise and we will never forget such a wonderful sight.

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