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Cruise dining with Royal Caribbean International on Grandeur of the Seas

Grandeur of the Seas
Grandeur of the Seas
Stephanie Hannold Coder

Grandeur of the Seas dining

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A few weeks ago I embarked on my first cruise and, admittedly, I was slightly nervous about it. I was skeptical about a lot of things, including the food, but was pleasantly surprised to find out that food onboard the ship was actually quite good and offered plenty of variety.

The Grandeur of the Seas is a beautiful ship, part of Royal Caribbean International's vision class, and includes 11 decks, 6 pools and whirlpools, 8 bars and lounges, and 9 different dining options. It currently sails from Baltimore and cruises to the Bahamas, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Canada and New England.

As far as dining options go, there are a plethora of choices, some of which are complimentary. The beautiful Great Gatsby dining room offers multi course menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner with new specials each day. The Windjammer, a buffet restaurant, is a good option for those that prefer a more casual and relaxed atmosphere. It's probably the most popular spot for breakfast on the ship. If you happen to get hungry during the few hours that the Windjammer & Great Gatsby dining rooms happen to be closed, you can always stop by the Solarium Cafe, which offers flexible dining hours and yummy snacks including a salad bar, panini bar and soup station. Room service is also included in your dining package, unless you order between the hours of midnight and 5am.

The ship also offers three restaurants that are not included in your dining package but are actually quite affordable and offer delicious menus and generous portions. Check out Chops Steakhouse, Giovanni's Table Italian Restaurant, or Izumi, which specializes in sushi and Asian-fusion cuisine. Chops Steakhouse is Royal Caribbean's signature steakhouse and is offered on most Royal Caribbean ships. Giovanni's & Izumi can also be found on a number of other ships in Royal Caribbean's extensive fleet.

Cruise dining onboard the Grandeur of the Seas is truly an enjoyable experience, for foodies, picky eaters and even for skeptics.