If a self-contained floating city with eight bars and themed lounges, Broadway-style shows, a casino, and a day spa and fitness center sounds like a great vacation, then Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas (royalcaribbean.com) is the place for you. Add that to day trips and entertainment, multiple pools and spas, shopping and fine dining and, for those taking a family vacation, a youth center and teen disco, and this cruise ship has something for every traveler.
To start, this cruiser offers indoor and outdoor pools, six whirlpools and a full-service spa. So, lounge by the pool all day reading books available at the on-ship library, or make a reservation for a massage and an afternoon away from the kids. For those who want to stay active while the ship is at sea, a fitness center, outdoor jogging track, rock climbing wall, basketball courts and a miniature golf course are available. You can also take part in the Vitality Wellness Program, which offers classes and sessions on a more holistic approach to healthcare, catch a wave on the FlowRider wave simulator and attend the SeaTrek Scuba classes.
Entertainment by Day
Different morning and afternoon entertainment is available every day. Whether it is a movie, a dance class or a belly-flop competition, the cruiser most likely has something for you and your family. Also check on the spa's couple's deals of the day, drink and eat specials, shopping specials and fitness classes like yoga and Pilates. When the ship is at port don't miss out on the many day excursions available. Because the Grandeur travels around the world, your day trips could include lounging on the beach in the Caribbean, sight-seeing and lounging in Mallorca, Spain, or spending the day exploring Rome.
Wining and Dining
Whether grabbing a casual snack during the day at the Windjammer Cafe, Ben & Jerry's or Latte-tudes coffee shop, eating in the main dining room for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or frequenting the Solarium Bistro or Izumi Asian Asian Cuisine, a variety of quality food is at your fingertips. If you are up for something with a little flair, visit one of the eight lounges that include The Champagne Bar, The Schooner, Vintages and Boleros for drinking and the showboat lounge for live music and dancing.
In the evening, a myriad of live music and dance options are available as well as Broadway shows and formal dinners. Entertainment and childcare is also available for teenagers and children aged 3 to 17, with a fully-staffed nursery, the Adventure Ocean program for children aged three to 11 and a teen center and myriad of activities for teenagers. The Adventure Ocean program groups children according to age and combines education with crafts and parties. The program for teenagers centers on no structure and includes activities like dodge ball, DJ contests, dances and an arcade and a teen center that is open from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. -- and only teenagers are allowed. For a rundown of a typical entertainment schedule check out the Royal Caribbean website.
Finally, for those over the age of 18 who want a Las Vegas-style casino, the ship offers blackjack, craps, roulette, slots and nightly tournaments. Don't miss the late-night happy hour.