We are mid 60's, fairly active, and enjoy travel. This was our 26th cruise. We selected this ship based on itinerary and price. Also, since we live in Michigan and fly to the ports, we try to book 10 days or longer. We flew into Baltimore the day prior to the cruise and stayed at Spring Hill Suites on Redwood Street. Taxi from BWI to hotel was about $35. It is a very nice hotel, and we had stayed there prior to another cruise 4 years ago. We walked around the Inner harbor, stopped for lunch, and later had dinner at Gertrude's Restaurant, located at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The morning of the cruise, we took the free shuttle from the hotel to visit Fort McHenry. It was very nice, and only took about 2 hours. We then took taxi ($15) to the ship.
EMBARKATION: WORST I have ever experienced, due to the security check. I have written this story on the Eastern Departure Ports page. We stood in security line for 90 minutes. Once through that, we were registered and on the ship in 10 minutes.
Cabin: We had an inside on deck 4. Nice and quiet. Room is showing some wear and tear, although there was a new flat screen TV.
Crew: A very good crew on this ship; very attentive, professional, and eager to please.
Food: no complaints. Took breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer and all dinners in main dining room. We had My Time Dining, but liked a particular waiter, so we were with him most of the time. We did try the Park cafe in the Solarium a couple of times, but did not really care for it.
Entertainment: all musicians were good. Production shows were some of the better ones I have seen. Special entertainers Tony Pace and the Happenings were very enjoyable.
BIG COMPLAINT: The new large screen TV installed on the pool deck is VERY annoying. I wrote of this on the RCCL page. They show movies and sports in the evenings, which is okay, as the people who want to see them go there and watch. BUT, for some reason, they BLAST the CNN news each morning from 8 to 10, when the pool should kind of be a "quiet" area. Have not heard from anyone who enjoyed watching 2 hours of news. They also show some candid camera type videos each morning about 11. Some people liked to watch them, but WHY have the music and laugh track playing. That is not necessary to enjoy the video and just irritates the 90% who are not watching.
DIS-EMBARKATION: walked off the ship about 9:15, went through customs, got our bags, and taxied to the airport (flat rate-$30) by 10:00. Easy.
SUMMARY: Without the big screen and embarkation issues, this would have been one of the best, and relaxing, of our cruises. Can't do this one again, as this ship is re-positioning to Florida to do 3 and 4 day cruises. I think Grandeur is taking her place out of Baltimore.